The summer heat sparks sales of frozen drinks and smoothies. But before you toast the season, see what Consumer Reports tests of more than 40 blenders turned up.
Included in the tests, a blender from a company that's marketing in a most unusual way.
"I love my new iPad. It does a ton of cool things. But will it blend?"
The iPad is the latest object to face destruction in Blendtec's wacky video series: "Will it Blend?"
These super successful viral videos are getting millions of viewers on YouTube. You can also see if glow sticks...golf balls...and a rake handle really well.
But how good are Blendtec blenders with food? Consumer Reports tested Blendtec's Countertop Total Blender...and 40 other blenders...putting them through a battery of tests.
Dan DiClerico of Consumer Reports says, "We evaluated how well they made icy drinks and smoothies, crushed ice, and grated cheese, as well as pureed."
Crushing ice didn't come easy for all the blenders. With one, even after a minute, hardly any of the ice was crushed.
And testers also used ice to check durability. Several blenders failed the test.
DiClerico says, "On some the gears broke, while with others the motor burnt out and they wouldn't even turn on."
And the task of grating cheese separated the great...from the not-so-great.
Cindy Fisher of Consumer Reports says, "You can see there's a lot of fine cheese and very little waste. And with this one, there's very little fine cheese but several chunks, as well as medium pieces."
So how well did the Blendtec do?
DiClerico says, "The Blendtec blender did rate very good in our tests. But it costs $400."
The good news-testers found a Best Buy that did just as well for one-tenth the price. It's the Oster which goes for $40.
There's also a blender recall you should be aware of. The Haier Commercial model HB-500-BSS was recalled due to the risk of laceration from a faulty blade assembly.
If you have this blender, you can call Haier America at 866-327-6147 to receive a free replacement blade assembly.