One of the difficulties that some blenders have when it comes to making juice is how they actually work. Too often, the blender only keeps rotating the ingredients in the mixing bowl and never get the blades near the bulky bits. This can lead to unevenly mixed juices and smoothies and some disappointing beverages.
That isn’t a problem with the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher blender. This unique blender has a special design in the mixing bowl, plus dual action blades, that helps force your ingredients down unto the blades. This leads to a constant motion that blends and chops all of the ingredients into a juice or smoothie mixture that is free of large chunks.
Good Blenders Need Power
Size does matter when it comes to the motor on a blender. Not enough power and your blender struggles, and often fails, to properly juice or mix. This powerful 700 watt motor is more than enough to handle the densest of fruits and vegetables. Besides having 6 different speeds for blending, there is a special setting just for crushing ice. Food processors and juicers can’t do this, they just aren’t made to crush ice. This blender does it well and does it easily.
No one likes to look at the controls on an appliance and not understand what they actually are for. All of the options are laid out cleanly on the front panel. There are 7 specific chopping and blending speeds, plus the ice crushing setting. No need to read complicated instructions, this is very easy to understand.
No one likes to clean up after making juice or blending smoothies. Some blenders are almost impossible to clean easily. The blades won’t come out and you end up slicing your hands trying to clean them properly. That’s not a problem here, this is one of the easiest to clean blenders on the market. The 40 ounce mixing jar (glass, not plastic), snaps on and off easily and can be popped into your dishwasher. The rest of the blending unit, including the blades, also goes into the dishwasher.
The base is stainless steel and very sturdy. Kitchen tools and appliances that are flimsy, with a lot of plastic, never last long. This is not the case with this blender, it is solid and very well built.
Should you buy it? If you are only going to be doing juices, you may prefer a juicer. While they are more expensive, they are easier to use when making juice. They come with their own filter system and are less messy. However, this blender is usually priced under $40, crushes ice easily and has a really strong motor. If you plan on making smoothies as well as juice, or want to make sauces and soups, this is a must have. It’s value priced and works really well.