Hamilton Beach 51101 Details
The Hamilton Beach 51101B blender can actually be included in two different categories. One as a personal blender, which is what this review is for, but it could also be included in the countertop blenders category. For this review however we are aiming for a blender that can produce a great quality end product in small amounts, enough for just you.
We've all been there at one time or another, you woke up late or ran out of time whilst getting others read for school. What ever the reason, time has just ran away from you and now you're trying to quickly grab some breakfast before rushing out the door yourself. With this Hamilton Beach single serve blender there will never be a time when you have to lug out the heavy-duty countertop blender for your morning smoothie, protein shake or whatever your best blended beverage is in the morning.
This convenient compact blender offers one-person portions easily with its one-touch pulse blending action and stainless-steel blades to ensure fast results. Best of all however must be the 14-ounce blending jar, where all the magic happens, actually doubles as a travel cup with an attachable drinking lid. Sipping from the same container you blend in not only means faster transfer time, zero seconds, but it also means less to clean as you've only used one jug for blending and drinking.
This portable travel cup includes measuring marks up the side to ensure your mixology is perfect every time you want to make a drink without the added washing up of measuring jugs.
- 175-watt motor
- One touch operation
- Stainless-steel blades
- 14-ounce blending jar/travel mug
- Fits most car cup holders
- Recipe book
- Measures 3-3/4 by 3-3/4 by 12-1/2 inches
Hamilton Beach 51101 Spares
Nothing much can go wrong with the Hamilton Beach 51101 that you can actually repair yourself. There are in fact only 3 components that make it up the lid the jug and the motor unit! If you over use it or try to blend hard food like nuts or cheese the motor will burn out quickly and that's the end of your blender, no repairing that. You can however buy extra blending jugs and travel lids. This way you could prepare two or three smoothies and store them in a cool bag to be drunk throughout the day or share the smoothie love with someone else.
Hamilton Beach 51101B Reviews
This is a very popular personal blender that has that has collected almost 3,500 reviews, now that is a lot. Not all have been 5 star but with 2,500 reviewers (72%) giving 4 or more stars I think we can assume it's a good compact blender. The main positive points were its simplicity to use, the compact design and the value for money. Here are a few of the positive quotes found from actual buyers and users.
Darin says "this is a one serving blender, and for $12, you get more than what you pay for. I'm sure there are better ones out there, but not for even twice the price of this one..."
T.Boland says "It's simple and it works. It makes no more than two servings, and it does a real good job with single servings. I can make one kind of smoothie or shake."
As already mentioned although this is a hugely popular blender in the personal blender category it does come with some negative reviews and received around 700 (20%) unhappy customer reviews. The main issues were centred around the motor while some saying it didn't last long others said it wasn't strong enough to provide a smooth blend. Unfortunately it can happen that on some occasion people may have been provided with a defective unit were the motor as well as other parts like the blades or lid do break. Asking for a replacement sometimes isn't practicable but if the damage wasn't your fault then a replacement should always be requested. The reviewers commenting on how they are unable to get a smooth drink could actually have one of the blenders with a broken motor which is unable to blend properly. If your blender is unable to make a smoothie from a banana then you may actually have a broken blender. Here is just one of the many reviews expressing the problem with the Hamilton Beach 51101B blender.
Steve says "It has almost no power so in order for it to blend even a soft banana I have to use a spoon inside and crush it down to the bottom at least 5 times before its able to blend."
Thoughts and Opinions
This compact personal blender is relatively inexpensive (average price $15 or £10) for what it actually does. Not only a bargain it's also very elegantly styled in it's simplicity. We liked the dual functionality of the blending container doubling as a travel mug but the lid is a little flimsy. If you are someone who is always on the go then the Hamilton Beach 51101b personal blender is an ideal companion to make sure you stay healthy as you go about your day.