This content is rated TV-MA, and is for viewers 18 years or older. Are you of age?
Sorry, you are not old enough to view this content.

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

About Video Transcript

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

2:21 /

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.

New releases

Tech to expect in 2015
2:31 December 26, 2014
The five most-anticipated gadgets we expect to see in 2015.
Play video
Best websites for finding child care
1:01 December 26, 2014
Between holiday parties and New Year's Eve plans, it can be tough to secure a babysitter. In this Tech Minute, CNET's Kara Tsuboi reports...
Play video
What's new on Netflix in January 2015
2:08 December 25, 2014
Find out what you should add to your watch list and what other videos are disappearing in the new year.
Play video
Brian Tong's Viewer Feedback 2014
2:17 December 25, 2014
We read the e-mails, tweets, and YouTube comments from you that have helped us create the best tech videos on Earth.
Play video
XCAR Awards 2014: Best-Looking
1:31 December 24, 2014
The XCAR team has played with some amazing cars in 2014, but which will be crowned the best-looking?
Play video
LG's bare bones oven needs a little more meat
2:02 December 24, 2014
The LG LRE3021 gives reliable mid-range performance, but lacks the features you can find from other brands for the same price.
Play video
Tomorrow Daily 106: Our 'Best of 2014' Extravaganza
27:44 December 24, 2014
On today's show, we celebrate another year gone by naming our (and your) favorite tech stories, pop culture news and video games of...
Play video
The big trends to watch at CES 2015
2:55 December 24, 2014
With CES around the corner, Bridget Carey tells you what to look out for at the tech expo. Expect buzz around the smart home, virtual...
Play video