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Going nuts with the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart BlenderThis budget blender rivaled the $200 Cuisinart in performance.
Hi, guys. Megan Wollerton for CNET here, with the review of the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender. This $40 blender is cute, and it's on a smaller size, so it won't take up a lot of space on your counter. I really like the presets that it has. It has a smoothie button, an ice, and pause button. And it's really, really easy to read and use. One thing that I really like about this little blender is that, the pitcher is made of glass. That way, it feels really sturdy, and the other ones, even the $400, $500 ones are made out of plastic. Overall, it did really well in the performance test, especially for the more simple things we tested. It did really well, blending the smoothies and the other soft foods we tested. But it had a little trouble with the harder items, like nut butter. It did a really great job making almond flour. In fact, better than many of the more expensive models. But, it didn't make it all the way to almond butter. But for $40, it really excels at the basics. It makes a great smoothie, and you really can't go wrong. It's really great for small jobs, but if you wanna make more complex foods, or blend something like peanut butter, you might wanna get the Breville Hemisphere Control Blender, or the Ninja Ultimate Blender. Both of those are $200. You really need to be commited to that almond butter. But this is a great, great product for $40. The bottom line is, that it's cheap, it's durable, and it's easy to use when you're blending those basic foods. Thanks for watching. I'm Megan Wollerton, for CNET.com.