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Oct 19, 2012 10:42 AM

Help me stress test my blender!

I may have done a dumb thing or a very smart thing. Either way, I picked up a Breville iKon Hemisphere LCD blender ( for $80.

Why so cheap? It was remanufactured. We'll see whether that means they fixed the stuff that people frequently find wrong with Brevilles or not.

I need your help to stress test the thing over the next couple weeks. I intend to find out during my shortened warranty window whether this thing is up to snuff.

So what should I blend (foodwise!). I know ice is the big slayer of blenders, so lots of frozen margaritas, pina coladas and shaved ice are in my immediate future. Soft fruits shouldn't stress it but I'm led to understand that's a good test of quality.

I've read a lot about kale as a test. Is kale somehow tougher on blenders than, say, spinach? Either way I guess I'm going to learn to love green smoothies.

How else do I stress test this thing over the next 89 days?

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  1. Although soft fruits may not be a huge stress challenge- fruits with hard seeds, like kiwi, will definitely make it clear if the blender is blending evenly and thoroughly.

    You may also want to try making a soup or something savory that includes cheese. I noticed broccoli and cheese soup is super easy to make in a good blender, but less powerful blenders just cannot handle cheese (even when cut into chunks and brought up to room temperature), or broccoli that is anything other than overcooked.

    1. Go to Youtube and search for a series of videos called, "Will It Blend?". Very entertaining.

      1. Carrots and kale are hard to blend smoothly. Get the larger more mature leaves to test, as I was able to blend the more tender ones as well as spinach in the Ninja. They are the things the Ninja Pulse couldn't grind up fine enough so you didn't have to chew your smoothie. I doubt the Breville could do it either, but let us know. Frozen fruit in harder on a blender than ice. Try the frozen fruit with some yogurt to see if it will blend a smooth frozen dessert for you.

        1. Sorry I didn't get back to this thread. I spend a few days away but I didn't want people to think I'd ignored peoples' contributions. Thanks for the ideas. I'll report back on the results.