It took us multiple cycles to get our ingredients all blended, and we needed to use the tamper a lot to keep the vortex swirling, but we did end up with a pretty creamy drink in the end. Disabling it will result in some disabled or missing features. It comes in brushed stainless metal, black or gray, and although it’s an investment, it comes with a free 10-year warranty. Instead, our system considers things like how recent a review is and if the reviewer bought the item on Amazon. The model is similar to those in the brand’s Ascent Series (we tested the also-wonderful Ascent 3300), with both featuring a 1,400-watt, 2.2-peak horsepower motor, digital timer, 10-speed manual dial, pulse control and on/off switch. Overall, it works as described. If you’re hoping this blender will keep your spouse or kids from waking up while you blend your pre-morning workout smoothie, you’ll be disappointed. Oh, and as for the advertised “quiet” feature of this model: It might be slightly less noisy than other models, but when you’re crushing ice at 186 miles an hour? It could have performed better on the smoothie setting. But if you like to take your morning smoothie with you on the go and have the storage space, smaller cups or attachments are convenient. Many of these containers have a capacity of 64 ounces or more, meaning you can blend up several servings at a time (great for entertaining), and some come with smaller-sized accessories, such as a smoothie-to-go cup that often can be used as an attachment. Everytime I have liquid I have to hold the tip with all my might because it starts to fly off.. Horrible.. Just right for our next round of cocktails. A good rule of thumb: Go with the highest number of watts your budget allows. Top subscription boxes – right to your door, Breville BBL620SIL The Fresh and Furious Countertop Blender, Silver, See all details for Breville BBL620SIL The Fresh and Furious Countertop Blender, Silver, © 1996-2020, Amazon.com, Inc. or its affiliates. Don’t need all the techy bells and whistles? And totally easy to use. And despite that Q being for "quiet," it did so with a holy racket. But with so many options — and a huge range of price tags — picking the right one for your needs can be tricky. Please also consider subscribing to WIRED. When it came to performance, however, it was close, but not quite as good as its Venturist and Ascent siblings. It spins with a movement that pulls the top material down into the blades and so thoroughly blends. But tech geeks will love the fact it can be controlled by app via Bluetooth, allowing you to choose from 17 presets. I put fruit smoothies on heavy rotation, making breakfast smoothies for breakfast several days in a row, and while I'm still not a smoothie person, I liked that button. Ice? Like many good things, they have "dumbed it down", all plastic, very noisy, and it's made in China. I had to clean a giant mess. Those two models made thicker, creamier smoothies and more velvety soup that was also hotter in temperature. Next up were smoothies. Wired may earn a portion of sales from products that are purchased through our site as part of our Affiliate Partnerships with retailers. Reviewed in the United States on March 18, 2019. Preset buttons include pulse/ice crush, smoothie, green smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, clean and timer. It’s still loud. The ice was mostly snow-like, but some shards remained. You’re starting to close in on the entry level Vitamix models, which are more capable, albeit less smart blenders. It is the essential source of information and ideas that make sense of a world in constant transformation. The point system breakdown included: Vitamix Ascent A3300 ($549.95; vitamix.com).