I’m a sucker for kitchen gadgets and appliances so I jumped at the chance to try out the Wave Actino Blender by Hamilton Beach. I was intrigued by its claim that it “pulls mixture into the blades for smooth results” and eager to give it a spin.
The Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender is a very attractive appliance and blends a modern feel to a classic silhouette. The 48 ounce pitcher has a nice wide mouth that makes it easy to fill and is made of glass so it’s easy to clean and won’t stain or take on the flavors and odors of the foods you blend and is dishwasher safe. The base of the pitcher is removable for cleaning.
The lid on the Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender is unique to any other blender I have used. It has a spout built in for easy and tidy pouring of your blended products. Another feature of the lid is the very tight fitting seal it has against the pitcher – no worries about splatter when you turn this blender on. I did find that removal of the lid could be a little difficult. I have arthritis in my hands and had some trouble removing the lid.
The base of the pitcher and the blender base have deeply grooved gears that don’t look like they could wear down easily. The base of the pitcher fits easily and tightly into the blender base without having to twist into position – you pretty much just slide it into the base and you are ready to go.
How well does it work?
I’ve always thought that ice cubes were one of the best tests of a blender and since the Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender advertises itself as “Ideal for Smoothies and Shakes” this seemed like a good test. I added one tray of ice cubes, a banana, some yogurt and juice and pressed the button for frozen drinks. The mix, including a full tray of ice cubes, was reduced to a velvety smooth drink in LESS THAN 30 SECONDS!
The Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender uses a 700 watt peak power motor and a uniquely designed blade that truly delivers on its promises. The mixture seemed to fold over onto itself instead of the typical “tornado” you see in other blenders. Included with the blender is a stir spoon for thicker foods or mixtures.
Those of us who have sacrificed spatulas to the blender gods will certainly appreciate that addition, but honestly, the way this blender chopped up so much ice in so little time I have trouble imaging a situation that the spoon would be needed.
I was very impressed with the Hamilton Beach Wave Action Blender. I am looking forward to using it in many projects in the future!
Now for the fun part — we were given one for FREE to test so we could give one away to a lucky reader!