To say that I have been waiting for this day is an understatement.
I have yearned for this day.
It recently came to my attention that a new contender had entered the high-powered blender arena (well I must be living under a rock because it's been on the market for two years) and I am here to tell you a little about it.
In my opinion, no home should be without a high-powered blender. Forget the KitchenAid stand mixer and that Cuisinart food processor can wait. A high-powered blender is where it's at and if you agree, we'd love to hear the juicy details of your love affair with yours in the comment section below.
In our switch to healthier, nutrient-dense eating, a high-powered blender made all the difference. From raw fruit and vegetables to raw nuts, the purees and smoothies these machines produce are unlike any other. The next time you visit Starbucks or Jamba Juice, take a look at the blenders sitting on their counters—Blendtec and Vitamix respectively. These are work horses, incredible machines.
The unfortunate thing is that these high-powered blenders we have grown to love—the Blendtec and the Vitamix—carry hefty price tags of $450 and up! Needless to say, cost prohibitive for many.
So, today I want to spotlight the "new guy"—the OmniBlend.
Now, I bet you're wondering if the OmniBlend stands up to the competition? Well ...
This week I put my Blentec away to spend some time test driving the OmniBlend and I must say, I am impressed. This machine gets the job done! And the best part? It retails for $250—a $190 savings over Blendtec and $199 savings over Vitamix. The only caveat is that some blend jobs may take a few additional seconds. But for close to $200 in savings, um yeah, I don't mind blending 20-30 seconds longer. Would you? AND, having used all three machines (Blentec, Vitamix and OmniBlend), I've observed that each has its strengths with certain foods and mixtures.
Here, in Lexie's Kitchen's FIRST (and quite nerdy) video, my friend Hannah and I, are comparing a Cuisinart, the Blendtec and the OmniBlend blenders. We hope you like it : )
The OmniBlend is a great machine and one I would definitely consider if I were on the market for a high-powered blender. For some fun demo videos and more information, visit the OmniBlend website. I love this company's guerilla marketing—everything about the company is transparent. I find it refreshing. In the demo videos, founder Thomas Fox reminds me of a mad scientist at play—much like myself.
Though I am super pleased with my Blendtec, I believe that the OmniBlend is a fine machine and quite possibly the best bang for your buck.
Lexie's thoughts on the OmniBlend
- Price. OmniBlend retails at $250 + shipping and handling. A big savings over Blendtec and Vitamix.
- Blending. When it comes to pulverizing foods such as kale and raw nuts, I would have to give the Blendtec (and likely the VitaMix) a 10 for speed and smoothness. OmniBlend earns an 8. The standard blender (like the Cuisinart in this video) a 4. For grinding whole grains such as buckwheat groats and oats, the Blendtec is super efficient, earning a 10. The OmniBlend had a harder time and did not achieve the powder-perfect flour like I did with the Blendtec. May I needed to fill the carafe with more grains to get a more efficient "whirpool/funnel" effect that would rotate the contents.
- Carafe design. Like the Blendtec, OmniBlend's carafe design makes it easy to scrape with a spatula.
- Carafe size. Resembles size and capacity of Blendtec's Wildside carafe.
- Footprint. Blendtec offers the smallest footprint. OmniBlend and Vitamix take up about the same amount of space.
- Low profile. Like the Blendtec, OmniBlend fits under standard height upper cabinets. NEW! Vitamix offers a smaller capacity, lower profile carafe option that will fit under standard cabinets.
- Basic. No fancy bells and whistles—much like the Vitamix. Three speeds, three timer presets.
- Shhh, the baby's sleeping. OmniBlend appears to be the the quietest of the bunch. But really, they all put out a good bit of noise.
- Blending. The OmniBlend is a little more "lady like" when it blends. The others send contents flying, splattering all four walls and the lid. As mentioned before, the OmniBlend may take a few more seconds to get the job done—all depending on what you're blending.
- Warranty. All three blenders carry a 7-year warranty.
- Manufacturing. OmniBlend-China, Blendtec-Designed and Assembled in the USA, Vitamix-USA