Model Quik Stik WSB33
It was not until I purchased a Vita Prep blender that
I realized that not all blenders were created equal
- I decided this was article material!
We put the blenders of four well-known companies to
the test taking the following elements into consideration.
Noise level, physical look, color range, materials used
for construction, jug type, ease of cleaning, emulsifying,
chopping, blending, pureeing and grinding proficiency.
These were measured in relation to the machine's price
tag and graded like a good old school report - A, B,
and C etc.
Aid Model KSB5SSOB
List Price $120
The kitchen Aid "5 Speed Professional" series is more
gauged towards the home kitchen of a serious cook; it
is however readily available though commercial wholesalers.
Manufactured in numerous colors the "Professional 5's"
construction offers a modern looking piece of equipment.
The machine's straight-sided jug is made of stainless
steal with the measuring markers logically painted inside
the jug. The Kitchen Aid's motor was able to tackle
the emulsification work, blending and pureeing without
a problem - B+, chopping was a challenge - scoring a
C, but was unable to make a dent in the chick pea grinding
task - scoring an F. With reference to cleaning - the
blade is mounted on a white piece of plastic which will
eventually turn brown - not such a good thing. This
machine is not too noisy, with the color options taken
into account and its good looks it would make a great
fit for an open kitchen that needs to finish soups and
sauces during service.
Beach Model 91555
List Price $620
H.B's blenders are well known on the bar front but not
so well used for in the back of the house. So when I
opened the box of their 91555 model I was really surprised.
From the machine's appearance it looks as if this is
Hamilton Beach's response to Vita-Mix's Vita-Prep. The
91555 is a well-built piece of equipment, with a cool,
curvaceous retro look. The motor offers three different
program cycles with the addition of a pulse action and
has a built in safety sensor - the machine stops when
the jug is removed. The three program cycles control
how quickly the machine achieves full speed and can
only be used in conjunction with its timer which runs
for up to one minute. The machine's square slanted jug
has it measurement markings painted on and its wide
bottom offers the easiest cleaning of all the blenders.
Put to the test it gets an A+ for all the duties with
the exception of grinding where it was a little challenged
and scored a B+. For such a powerful machine it is delightfully
quiet. With its sturdy construction it offers itself
as a well-built addition to any professional kitchen
that needs equipment that lasts (or one that has a bunch
of six fingered monkeys working in it).
Model Blendfast HPB270
List Price $442
Waring's Blendfast is a good commercial blender. It
offers no fancy speed settings (hi and low only) and
is really noisy! But with the glamour aspects pushed
to the side it is a good workhorse. It blitzed through
the basic tasks scoring an A and proved to be the superior
of all the machines in the grinding challenge - a definite
A+. At a cost of around $442 - $200 less than the other
high power machines, it offers itself as a good option
if you need several machines within a budget and are
not planning to use them in an open kitchen.
List Price $98
Another good option from the Waring camp is their two
speed "Quik Stik" immersion blender - this tool is like
a magic wand when it comes to finishing sauces and blending
soups. It is super quiet too. This is a great asset for
both the professional and home kitchen.
Model Vita Prep
List Price $765
The Vita-Prep has become infamous throughout North America
thanks to its advertising campaign. For international
readers, let me elaborate. Each month a well known chef
can be found posing butt naked within the pages of Food
Arts Magazine with only their Vita-Prep blender for company.
But how does it measure up in comparison to the other
blenders? It works as hard as the Hamilton Beach and it
is as equally as quiet. No task proved too hard scoring
a good healthy A. The only aspect that separates these
two apart is that Vita's machine does not offer a safety
sensor and costs $145 more.
The kitchen Aid "5 Speed Professional" series is a good
fit for the home kitchen and a decent good looking blender
suitable for light duty tasks in an open kitchen. Waring's
Blendfast is a workhorse albeit a noisy one and their
Quik Stik is a must have. The Vita Prep is a classy creature
but Hamilton Beach's 91555 is just as good but with the
bonus of a saftey sensor and a lower price tag, H.B get
the thumbs up.