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Hamilton Beach Blender Review: Glass Jar Smart Smoothie Maker

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Hamilton Beach blenders are one of the most affordable blending machines in the market that comes with lengthy warranty coverage. It’s not typical for a cheap product to have a 3-year guarantee. That’s one of its ultimate selling points.

I’m not a fan of its design, though. The funnel-like glass jar and the drip spout on top of the lid look a bit awkward. The good news is there are plenty of Hamilton Beach Smoothie Blenders to choose from.

Here are four of them:

Hamilton Beach Smart Digital Blender
Smart Digital Smoothie Blender
Hamilton Beach Smart Blender (56206)
Smart Smoothie Blender
Hamilton Beach 10-Speed Blender (50167)
10-Speed Smoothie Blender
Hamilton Beach 650W (50190)
650W Smoothie Blender
Model # 56207Model # 56206Model # 50167Model # 50190
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40 oz (1.2 L) Glass Jar40 oz (1.2 L) Glass Jar56 oz (1.65 L) Plastic Container56 oz (1.65 L) Plastic Container
700 watts700 watts575 watts650 watts
Detached Blade SystemDetached Blade SystemDetached Blade SystemFixed Blade System
Auto SmoothieAuto SmoothieNoNo
Dual SpeedDual Speed10-Speed10-Speed

And there are still more if you’ll check the entire catalog. Those are the best of the best.

As you can see, these Hamilton blenders aren’t high-performance products. However, it’s good enough for making smoothies, protein shakes and performing basic food processing tasks. It’s an excellent entry-level blender.

In the next section, we’re going to explore all of its advantages and disadvantages.

PROS

  • Modern digital look
  • Budget-friendly
  • 700-watt motor
  • Auto smoothie preset
  • 40-ounce Glass Jar
  • Wave action for better blending efficiency
  • Blade design is optimized for ice crushing
  • Cord storage
  • Clean setting
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 3-year warranty

CONS

  • Blade assembly and disassembly may be needed
  • Controls could be better (no manual speed)
  • It doesn’t say whether the plastic parts are BPA-free or not

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Blender Features

Application

Despite its 700-watt motor, the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Blender is a capable machine. It’s excellent at crushing ice and making smoothies, as the name implies.

Apart from making your favorite green drink, or perhaps protein shake, here are a few more things that it can help you with.


Smoothies
crushed ice
Crushed Ice
baby food
Baby Food
salad dressing
Salad Dressing
salsa sauce
Sauces & Dips
protein shakes
Protein Shakes
Strawberry Cocktail
Cocktail

That is a long list of possible applications for a 700-watt blender. It’s definitely in the same league as the Cuisinart Blender. In comparison, newer personal blenders like the NutriBullet Pro have a more powerful motor.

What I’m saying is, the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Maker is not ideal for tough jobs like processing thick blends or nut butters.

Here’s a full list of what it can’t do.

Hot Soups—You can blend hot items with the Hamilton blender, but you need a separate pot to heat your ingredients. If you need a medium-sized blending machine that can heat puree on its own, try the Nutribullet Rx.

Make Flour—It’s not powerful enough to create a fine flour for baking. That is something that only high-performance countertop blenders can offer. Vitamix Blenders are quite capable of doing just that.

Thick Blends—For recipes such as sorbet or smoothie bowl, the motor will likely stall. It’s not recommended for recipes with a thick consistency. Except for Vitamix blenders, the Ninja Foodi Power Nuri Duo is also a good option for processing thick blends.

Nut Butters—Last but not least, the Hamilton Beach blender is also not ideal for making peanut butter.

Ease of Use

hamilton beach smoothie blender control panel

The Hamilton Beach blender has a single automatic blending function—Auto Smoothie. It’s a 45-second cycle that will turn your ingredients into a perfectly blended smoothie. Coincidentally, this is the sole reason why it’s called a “Smart” Smoothie Maker.

It’s not that smart after all, IMHO. However, it’s still a good option considering its rock-bottom price.

Moving on, let’s get to the remaining buttons. You also have the stop, puree, pulse, and clean. These options aren’t automatic. You need to hold them down until you’re done, except for the stop button, which complements the automatic smoothie cycle.

The pulse button also doubles as a crush ice function. On the other hand, the puree button is like the manual mode of the Auto-Smoothie preset. And for obvious reasons, there’s also the clean button.

One gripe that I have about this machine is that the blade assembly is not fixed. It adds an extra hassle in terms of operation and cleanup. But, thankfully, it’s dishwasher friendly.

Overall, it’s a 3/5 usability-wise.

See the Hamilton Beach blender in action:

Hamilton Beach blenders are affordable entry-level blending machines that come with unbeatable 3-year warranty coverage. The Hamilton Beach Smoothie Blender, in particular, features a 700-watt motor capable of crushing ice. It’s equipped with an automatic program for making smoothies with a generous 40 oz (1.2 L) glass pitcher.

Hamilton Beach Smart Smoothie Blender (56207) Specs

TypeCountertop Blender
Brand/SeriesHamilton Beach Smoothie Blenders
Price$
Ratings4.1 out of 5
SpeedDual speed with pulse
Wattage700 Watts
BladesIce Sabre blades
Container40 oz (1.2 L) glass jar
Dishwasher safeYes
BPA FreeThe container is a glass jar but the manufacturer didn’t mention if the plastic parts are BPA-free or not.
ColorsBlack, Stainless Steel
ApplicationHome & Personal Use
Warranty3 Years

Verdict

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Blender is an amazing entry-level medium-sized countertop blending machine. It’s indeed a dependable smoothie and protein shake maker, backed by 3-year warranty coverage.

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