Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender

The Good The Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender can blend the basics with relative ease. In some cases, you might not even notice the slight performance differences between this $40 model and blenders that cost $200 or more.

The Bad Most of the more expensive models tested outperformed the Hamilton Beach blender. It just isn't as powerful as some of its blender-food processor hybrid peers.

The Bottom Line This blender is a great budget option that will make smoothies and other simple snacks without complaint. Just don't expect anything extraordinary from it and you won't be disappointed.

Editors' Rating
  • Performance 7.0
  • Usability 9.0
  • Design 8.0
  • Features 8.0
7.9 Overall

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Review

This $40 model keeps it simple

When you picture a blender, you probably imagine something that looks a lot like this:

That's the $39 Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender -- and it's an excellent option for all of your basic blending needs. More and more often, though, all kinds of fancy-pants blenders that boast ginormous capacities, powerful motors that sound like helicopters in flight, and special features like touch screens and single-serving attachments are popping up in stores.

So we tested this $39 model against the $149 KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender, the $199 Cuisinart PowerEdge 1000 Watt Blender, the $199 Breville Hemisphere Control Blender, the $199 Ninja Ultima Blender, the $454 Blendtec Designer Series Wildside Blender, and the $529 Vitamix 7500 Blender to see what you might be missing if you opt for a budget model over a significantly more expensive one.

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