The Good The inexpensive Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender creates blends smoothies that travel, plus it can grind beans and other solid foods in its special cup. The blender is also dishwasher-friendly and easy to clean by hand.
The Bad With a weak electric motor, short blades, and all-plastic parts, the Stay or Go will neither tackle tough blending tasks nor impress appliance style hounds.
The Bottom Line For simple, travel-size smoothie making, look to the affordable Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender, but you'll have to spend more for hard-core food processing.
Easy but slow smoothies to grab and go
If you have your heart set on owning a blender and have money to burn then there are plenty of high-priced choices from the likes of Vitamix, Blendtec, and Oster. Budget appliance maker Hamilton Beach, however, suggests that members of the smoothie set should save their cash and buy its $40 Stay or Go Blender. For much less than the competition, this compact machine competently whips up fresh, fruity beverages. It also offers a range of accessories for taking your blends on the run and even grinding coffee beans and other solid items. But as the old adage goes, you get what you pay for. Underpowered and with short blades, not to mention cheap all-plastic construction, this mixer is far from a premium performer.
Judging from its small stature and modest appearance, you might be tempted to dismiss the Hamilton Beach Stay or Go Blender's abilities. I know I did, at least at first. With its all-plastic build materials and slight 2-pound, 11-ounce weight, this home appliance certainly won't stop you in your tracks with its looks. That said, this mixing machine can tackle quite a lot despite its compact size.
Bundled with the Stay or Go is a handy array of hardware that when combined offers plenty of food prep flexibility. Besides the standard 32-ounce blending jar you'll also find two 16-ounce travel jars designed to both mix ingredients in and carry blended contents out the door with you. Their plastic drinking lids sport wide, mouth-shaped openings that are perfect for guzzling down thick liquids. Just remember that there's no way to completely close the jars, so don't flip them over.
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