If you’ve been lusting after the latest kitchen gadget but aren’t sure if it’s worth the expense (or counter space) then read on! In our tireless search for the truth, Vv Magazine’s Libby Roach is inspecting the goods, the bads and the in-betweens of the everyday appliances vying for your hard earned bucks.
The battle of the blenders has been (not so) quietly grinding away, with sought after, yet abhorrently expensive Vitamix leading the pack of to-lust-after blenders. Their top of the line blender rings in at car payment worthy cost of $619, making it the bougiest blender on the market.
What’s a sensible smoothie addict to do? Opt for the next best thing, the runner-up, in this case, the Sears knock-off Kenmore Heavy Duty Professional Blender. Chiming in for a meager $149.97, this Vitamix clone has been flying off the shelves, with Sears having a hard time to keep up with demand for this cost-effective appliance.
So how does it stack up? The Kenmore model is a beast of a machine, with a whopping 1450w motor. Six Japanese stainless steel blades obliterate frozen pineapple, with eleven speeds (one more than Vitamix) to whip through it with. And whipping it does – it also heats, makes sauces and soups in one fell swoop. But with great power comes loud AF whizzing noises – this guy kicks off a serious convo killing decibel racket, literally a room clearer.
With a handy dandy recipe book, I was charmed and slightly car-wreck curious as to how you could (or why you would) make mac n’ cheese in a blender (just the sauce). It’s confoundingly easy, although the motor reaches pitch fever on high for 12 minutes – and everyone knows you don’t turn your back on a roaring blender, so best to don some ear muffs for this mission. The sauce does whip up perfectly ooey-gooey mac with really minimal interference. Other than stirring noodles in at the end it was effortless.
With a design similar to the top of the line blender, the Kenmore model comes with a 2L plastic jug, snug-fitting silicone lid, and tamper for juicing. A cord tucks under it making it easy to store – it’s a beast you probably don’t want to burden your counter space with.
Other than a sleek control panel and a splurgy 10-year warranty, the Kenmore is a mighty match for the Vitamix, a contender blender that’s berry-busting, not budget busting.
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