Lark Reply to on 30 January 2018
|I have been using this for a couple days now, tried out some of the recipes in the instruction manual (it contains a number of recipes, smoothies, fruit juice blends and protein drinks) with success, the blender is pretty intuitive to operate but the instructions manual which accompanies it is very clear and easily understood.
The blender unit is very compact, smaller than the average toaster, so I would say that it is something which would be of especial use to anyone who moves often or shares accommodation, such as a student, and not difficult to clean should there be any accidental spills. Included with the blender unit are two plastic bottles with the lids which have snap shut lids on them, the kind I have seen people using in my local gym, I would not put these in a bag though as the lid does not secure like a screw on lid, however, it is easy to open with a flick of the thumb. To operate the blender you open one of these bottles, fill with the ingredients for the blend and screw on the plastic attachment with the blade in it when with a press and twist attach the bottle and attachment to the blender base, there is a helpful marking on the base and another on the blender bottle attachment to assist with alignment. You can have a steady blend or bursts by pressing and holding or pressing and depressing the button.
The unit is noisy but I'll be honest that it is only as noisy as two other blenders which I have owned in the past, these were larger pitcher blender units as opposed to this smaller convenience blender. It is important not to over fill the flasks when blending, also, I found, through trial and error, that if you use too much ice, my ice is dispensed from the fridge freezer unit but I would assume ice from a tray may be the same, or too much frozen fruit chunks form a supermarket ready bag, then these can clump up and freeze together in the middle or end of the flask (at the middle the flask is slightly more narrow). This means that the flask can require a good shake or you need to wait a moment for it to defrost, I would not necessarily say that this is a complaint, just something to be aware of when operating it.
The blades, I have found, are able to operate with ice chunks, frozen fruit chunks (pineapples, mango pieces, mixed berries) without any sticking or grinding, I have not tried it with harder vegetables like carrot chunks but have no reason to suspect that it would not be able to blend as easily as it did the ice chunks. Also, as I say, I have been using it for only a few days, so I can not comment as one other reviewer did about the likely wear and tear on the blades or cost of replacement. On the other hand, as yet another reviewer has stated, there are flasks for the gym, of slightly different and larger design perhaps, which cost about the same or just less than the whole package of two flasks and the blender.
I am looking forward to blending vegetable drinks in this, also making cold soups or preparing soups which can be served heated up, so I will provide updates. This is a product which I have used daily, a few times daily actually, since I have had it and it is much easier to clean and more compact to take out and use and store away again than other blenders I have owned (these issues were largely why I stopped using those blenders actually).
Cleaning can be undertaken largely by wiping it over with a damp cloth, the flasks and their tops can be rinsed clean or washed in the sink, the blade attachment can be rinsed under the tap or washed with a cloth. If not operated properly, ie using the bladed attachment with the flask not properly screwed in place/attached or without the flask in place/attached at all, this is likely to be unsafe, so I would say it should be operated by adults or under close adult supervision.