This post is sponsored by Hamilton Beach.
I used to make smoothies on a pretty regular basis, when I was still in my psuedo-healthy-living phase. I managed to kill my mom’s old school avocado green blender that was probably about as old as I am. I got myself a new one, but I wasn’t thrilled by it, because I was constantly having to stop, move the contents around, and if I was lucky, didn’t get splashed in the face by an air pocket. So I was happy to oblige when the folks at Hamilton Beach asked me to test their WaveAction Blender.
(And yes, you can see me and my camera in the blender’s reflection)
From the website: “The Hamilton Beach® Wave~Action® Blender easily makes smoothies or shakes, and it’s also great for making soups, sauces, or salsa. Ordinary blenders spin contents around the walls of the jar, which can leave whole chunks untouched by the blades. The unique Wave~Action® System is designed to continually force the mixture down into the blades for consistently smooth results. Enjoy no-mess serving with an easy-pour spout that eliminates drips.” Here’s some video of the machine in action:
I will say that I have not used all the functions on the blender as yet. I haven’t tried making salsa in it, but will give that a go once our tomatoes and peppers are ready to harvest. I also haven’t used it to puree soup, as it’s just been too bloody hot for it–And this is coming from someone who will happily eat soup year-round!
I have made milkshakes and smoothies with it, though. For the milkshakes, it worked beautifully. And for the smoothies, it worked fine too, although due to the frozen strawberries I was using, it took several jabs with the spoon to move the berries around. I will admit the fault is mine, as the recipe (which I’ll have for you in a couple days) even states the berries should be slightly thawed, and once I added a little addition liquid, everything moved around just fine.
I have to say, I also like how sturdy the glass pitcher is–It’s very heavy and it doesn’t wobble on the motor. I also really like the spout, which is definitely less messy than my previous blender was. Overall, I think it’s a decent, solid blender, and best of all, it’s under $40!
So, if you’re in the market for a new blender yourself, Hamilton Beach is giving away a WaveAction Blender to one of you! As you know by now, I don’t like giveaways that make you jump through 8 bajillion hoops, so just leave a comment, and you’re entered! Tell me hello, tell me what you’d use this for, tell me your favorite salsa or soup recipe, or tell me to get off the internets.
DETAILS: This giveaway will run from now until 6:00 CDT, Friday, July 31, 2015. The winner will be chosen using a random number generator, and will have 48 hours to respond. After that, another giveaway winner will be chosen. The winner must be 18 years or older and reside in the 50 United States or Washington D.C. Hamilton Beach is unable to ship to P.O. Boxes.
DISCLOSURE: Hamilton Beach provided me with the blender for purposes of review. They will provide the same to the winner of the above giveaway. No other compensation has been provided. All thoughts and opinions are my own.