I’ve used a variety of blenders at a variety of price points. More often than not the cheaper the blender, the crappier the performance. But sometimes there is a blender that stands some good middle ground, and the Cleanblend blender is just that.At $200 the Cleanblend isn’t a drop in the bucket, but it’s a blender that should last the test of time. It’s far from perfect, but again, for the money it’s hard to snub the blender that’s genesis is the result of two San Diego friends looking to achieve a healthy lifestyle. You don’t always need a top of the line Blendtec Designer 725 – Editor’s Pick/Best Blender for Crushing Ice Cubes.
So keep reading my Cleanblend Blender review to find out more.
WHY IT’S A TOP PICK: Easy to use power at $200.
Summary: The Cleanblend Blender is $200 and it shows. With it you won’t find a fancy touchscreen or multiple attachments. But in simplicity is rooted ease of use and efficiency. The Cleanblend get it’s done, though it can’t match the power of Blendtec.
What We Liked
- Easy to use and simple controls
- Completed sealed blade housing
- Not too loud compared to other 3 hp blenders
What We Didn’t
- Didn’t quite blend ice to our liking
- Included 64oz jar too tall to fit under a counter
Cleanblend Blender Specs
|Included Jar Size||64 oz|
|Warranty||5 Years (upgradable for $)|
While the Cleanblend is lighter (and quieter) than that of some other blenders, such as a Vitamix or a Blendtec, its design lacks pizzaz and perhaps best shows where the cost savings come in. The base is a plain glossy black. On its face are the controls; two switches and one knob. It makes controlling the Cleantech pretty straight forward, but I found that there isn’t much variance that can be had from them. Which is to say that the lowest to highest setting didn’t seem remarkably different in output, though during start up it was most evident – on high the blender’s contents would jump higher in the jar.What I found the biggest dissuading factor of the Cleanblend is its jar size (64oz – there is a 32oz option for more money). It’s the tallest that’s ever reached my counter. And when it’s placed on its base, which also stands relatively tall – it won’t fit underneath my kitchen’s cabinets, which I believe are of standard height. So there is a good chance it won’t do the same for you either. Blendtec’s 725, on the other hand, fits nicely.
And speaking of Blendtec, unlike that brand, Cleanblend blades, while mostly dull, does include one sharp blade. Fortunately, the blade assembly is completely sealed, so you’ll never have to worry about it coming loose, or have to remove it for cleaning. Just add warm water to the jar, a few drops of dish washing liquid, 30 seconds of blending and you should be good. Or you can run it through the dish washer, which I occasionally do for posterity’s sake.
In short, the Cleanblend is good but not great. How so? Great, is Blendtec’s offering, specifically the 725. That said, both blenders boast a 3 hp motor, or so advertised (update: 8 had the Blendtec unspec’d. It’s in fact a 3.8hp motor which might explain the delta in performance). And while I can’t dispute the advertised numbers, the proof is in the pudding, as tested with a few key items: crushing ice, and blending kale. These two are the most challenging in my experience when it comes to blender standards.
On the max setting, the Cleanblend Blender is able to reduce ice to a powder, with half resulting in small to large chunks. However, it’s all far from the snow like consistency you can achieve with Blendtec’s 725 blender. So the Cleanblend takes a slight ding here, as it boasts the same horsepower output as the Blendtec yet doesn’t achieve the same results.
The Cleanblend does an admirable job at blending and reducing kale, a very fibrous vegetable, to a smooth-ish consistency. However, it’s not equitable to that of the Blendtech Designer 725. During my testing, using the same proportions in both blender tests, the Cleanblend produced a more chalky like consistency, making shakes less palatable.
But, on a more positive note, the Cleanblend is much, much quieter than the Blendtec 725, which is often deafening and unlike the Cleanblend, doesn’t allow you to hold a conversation. However, the lower dB might also explain while the Cleanblend can’t keep up with the Blendtec Designer 725 (that and less horsepower).
In real world use, the Cleanblend Blender is more than acceptable, especially given its price point of $200. It may not perform as well as Blendtec’s 725 in our benchmark tests, but those are designed to show the give and take, and perhaps best explain where the compromise is when purchasing a $200 vs a $650 blender. That being said, the Cleanblend performed admirably when making smoothies and just about anything in between. Personally, aesthetics are important to me, so my vote still sits with the Blendtec 725. But if price point is a concern, and you don’t plan to make your own snow cones, you’ll be just fine with the Cleanblend blender.
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