The Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender (56206) looks like the others on the aisles of the kitchen appliance department, but it stand out by delivering impressive power without hurting your pocket. It comes at a price that is more affordable than most of the other options with the same amount of power. This provides quality blending performance without the additional expensive features, so if you’re looking for something that will provide high value for the money, definitely read on.
Specifications and Features
The Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender is 14.5 inches tall, seven inches in width, and 8.5 inches in depth. It comes with a sturdy 40-ounce glass pitcher and has a black finish.
The blender has a simple design, which is to be expected from its price. It has touchpad controls that allow an easy single-touch operation. It comes with five different functions; pulse, ice crush, puree, and mix, which let you create different types of blended drinks pretty quickly. Its Auto Smoothie is an easy to use pre-programmed blending cycle with precise pulses and speeds that automatically shuts off after 45 seconds.
It has a patented wave-action system and Ice Sabre blades that crush ice thoroughly and blend ingredients smoothly without having to stir manually.
Cleaning this appliance is super easy since it is dishwasher-safe. The jar, lid, and blades can be quickly placed in your dishwasher for a good clean.
It has a tough motor with 700 watts of power and cord storage for keeping your kitchen countertop clean after every use. 700 watts is enough for the majority of blending tasks, including smoothies of all kinds (even with chucks of frozen fruit or veggies, although it will take longer to get a smooth consistency).
Because of its simple design, using it is a breeze. It has a sturdy build and is quite user-friendly. The buttons are streamlined and come with your typical blender settings.
The lid has a spout so you don’t have to remove it when pouring your smoothie into the container. The glass jar fits snugly into its base and its handle is sizable that makes lifting quite manageable.
When crushing ice, the manual notes to ensure that the pieces aren’t stuck together. This tip does help in speeding up the process. However, it still took some time before the ice got crushed thoroughly. Ice cubes in water are faster to blend with the Hamilton Beach blender, though. This might be something that you have to consider when using it, especially for frozen cocktails.
Blending a smoothie with this device might leave you with a few chunks in your glass. You have to be patient if you want to have perfect smoothies with it. Unlike more expensive blenders that do the job very quickly, you will probably need to blend a little bit longer in order to get the smooth texture that you want.
For most people, their blenders also act as a food processor alternative. Doing that with this Hamilton Beach appliance can be a challenge. Slicing or grinding chunky ingredients will be difficult, especially with solid ingredients. Getting a reasonable consistency will take more pulses and the result will probably still going to be a bit chunkier than usual.
The great thing about this device is that it’s quite affordable. This device does the job without the superfluous price tag and features. It outperforms most other blenders in its price range. It also comes in the perfect size for your kitchen countertop.
It’s easy to use and comes with buttons that are not too complicated to figure out for first time users. You can just plug in and turn the machine on to start making your smoothies. It does the job well for normal blending needs. You can quickly whip up a smoothie, soup, or batter without any problem, and its lid design makes it easy to pour.
Although this appliance blends and pulses ice, do not expect it to be fast and smooth like its high-priced competitors. It definitely will take time to produce the results that you want. There are better and more effective blenders on the market today.
In addition to that, it only does well on softer ingredients. Using this for chopping solid ingredients will be difficult. It just isn’t as powerful as the other food processor-blender hybrids out there.
Many users note that it can be a bit noisy during operation. However, it’s not too noisy that it makes you want to leave the room. For its low price, you can probably disregard the noise it makes and just continue to blend.