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Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51102 Review

Home Test of Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51102 With 2 Jars & 2 Lids

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Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51102

Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51102

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Hamilton Beach's Single-Serve Blender model 51102 comes with two jars and travel lids - quite convenient for commuting. It's the same single-serve blender as model 51101, with the addition of the extra jar and lid. It's made for small amounts including icy drinks and smoothies - my favorite - so I was anxious to try this personal model to see how well it blends ice.

Product Description

  • Hamilton Beach® Single Serve Blender 51102 comes with two 14-ounce jars and 2 travel lids
  • 175 Watts
  • Stainless steel blade in each jar
  • Travel lids on each jar; lids have slide closure
  • Jars fit in most vehicle cup holders
  • Great for smoothies, icy drinks, shakes and more
  • One-touch pulse blending
  • Easy to store and clean
  • Wrap around cord storage
  • MSRP $19.99
  • Visit Hamilton Beach to learn more about this single-serve blender

How the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender Performed

July 3, 2009 The plastic jars are made with a sturdier plastic and lids fit snuggly and snap down tightly for blending. Lids are not leak proof, but have a slide closure. The hole in the lid is large enough for straws, but the lid lip is very comfortable for drinking. Each jar has its own stainless blade and they're not removable. So cleaning is quicker if you wash them immediately, but you can immerse the jars to clean. The blender has a tiny 4" footprint on the counter - great for compact kitchens, rv's or motel rooms.

Jar size is slightly larger than most personal blenders, so the ice and contents easily circulate and blends. Though the jar is bigger, it's still comfortable to hold in the hand. Blending is thorough and reasonably quick - it needed only 4-5 on/off pulses to blend an iced smoothie, iced coffee or frosty juices. I placed liquid ingredients in the jar first, followed by other contents and 5 regular-size ice cubes. Leave room for expansion - blending does produce a froth. Ensure blender jar is in locked-in position for blending.

Ice crushing noise was expected, but I found it surprisingly quieter than some models and blending time was comparable. In fact, blending too long will dissolve the ice and I like to have some ice left in the drink. Smoothies are not quite as thick as I've made them with other blenders, but I do like the size of the jars that allow foods to blend without jamming. It's not designed for hot contents or hard foods, but works well for blending liquids such as icy drinks, protein shakes and oil/herb dressings.

Overall Impression

The Single-Serve blender is ideal for quick cold and icy drinks and the second jar and lid is very handy for making a second one for your passenger. For a 175 watt blender, it blends much better than expected, probably due to the larger-size jar, plus it's comfortable to drink from. It's definitely easy to use and clean.

As far as durability, the jars/lids seem very durable and the blades are stainless steel. The drive clutch is hard rubber, as opposed to plastic. This seems to give the blender a gentler start than most. It's not unusual for blenders to wear out quickly when used daily for icy drinks, mostly because the hard start shocks and impacts the drive, wearing it out. Will the rubber drive assembly have a longer or shorter lifespan? I'd love to get feedback from consumers on the life of their single-serve blenders.

But the bottom line is, you can't beat the price value you get for this blender set and it does work as advertised for icy or cold drinks.

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