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Small Appliances: Convenience, price, not power is this blender's bag

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Small Appliances: Convenience, price, not power is this blender's bag

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For $40 the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go blender offers commuting smoothie drinkers an affordable way to sip mixes while traveling.

Hi guys. This is Brian Bennett for CNet. And right now we're taking a first look at the Hamilton Stay or Go blender. Now this appliance is designed for busy people who also love their smoothies. Priced at $40, this device is not only compact. It's also very inexpensive. You get two travel jars here for both blending ingredients together within, inside the blender, and also little cups here, little caps on top, which let you take the smoothie you've created and walk out the door with it and drink it on the go. ...You also get this grinding cup which is made for grinding solids such as nuts, hard cheeses like parmesan and even spices if you want. You can also do coffee in here. Another thing I like about the Hamilton stay or go blender, is that it's very easy to clean. It doesn't have many parts and it's also dishwasher safe. You can just throw everything into the dishwasher... And you're good to go. At $40 you might not expect it to actually deliver some of the capabilities that more expensive blenders can. Say, you know, blenders that cost $100 or more. And you'd be partially right. As. you can see the, cutting blades here are very small; they don't reach up into the. The blending jar here. So you can't really blend a lot of complex and textured ingredients very quickly. You might have to go in there and mash it up with a spatula. So one of the things this blender can do that other blenders can't is blend hot liquids. Just be careful because the pressure may cause the top to erupt. Another thing I don't particularly like about the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go blender is its all plastic design. As you can see it doesn't feel very expensive, and you won't be blown away by its premium looks. So another thing I don't like about this blender is that the controls are pretty basic. You just get two buttons, one for pulse and one for on and off. So, overall, the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender is a pretty good option if you only have 40 dollars in your pocket. It also will help you grab those smoothies and run out the door with it, but if you want something a little more powerful, you are going to have to spend more money. I'm Brian Bennett from cnet this has been a first look at the Hamilton Beach stay or go blender.

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