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.
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.