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Wednesday
Aug032011

And Along Came the OmniBlend

To say that I have been waiting for this day is an understatement.

I have yearned for this day.

It recently came to my attention that a new contender had entered the high-powered blender arena (well I must be living under a rock because it's been on the market for two years) and I am here to tell you a little about it.

In my opinion, no home should be without a high-powered blender. Forget the KitchenAid stand mixer and that Cuisinart food processor can wait. A high-powered blender is where it's at and if you agree, we'd love to hear the juicy details of your love affair with yours in the comment section below.

In our switch to healthier, nutrient-dense eating, a high-powered blender made all the difference. From raw fruit and vegetables to raw nuts, the purees and smoothies these machines produce are unlike any other. The next time you visit Starbucks or Jamba Juice, take a look at the blenders sitting on their counters—Blendtec and Vitamix respectively. These are work horses, incredible machines.

The unfortunate thing is that these high-powered blenders we have grown to love—the Blendtec and the Vitamix—carry hefty price tags of $450 and up! Needless to say, cost prohibitive for many. 

So, today I want to spotlight the "new guy"—the OmniBlend.

Now, I bet you're wondering if the OmniBlend stands up to the competition? Well ...

This week I put my Blentec away to spend some time test driving the OmniBlend and I must say, I am impressed. This machine gets the job done! And the best part? It retails for $250a $190 savings over Blendtec and $199 savings over Vitamix. The only caveat is that some blend jobs may take a few additional seconds. But for close to $200 in savings, um yeah, I don't mind blending 20-30 seconds longer. Would you? AND, having used all three machines (Blentec, Vitamix and OmniBlend), I've observed that each has its strengths with certain foods and mixtures.

Here, in Lexie's Kitchen's FIRST (and quite nerdy) video, my friend Hannah and I, are comparing a Cuisinart, the Blendtec and the OmniBlend blenders. We hope you like it : )

Omni Blender Comparison to Blendtec from Lexie's Kitchen on Vimeo.

The OmniBlend is a great machine and one I would definitely consider if I were on the market for a high-powered blender. For some fun demo videos and more information, visit the OmniBlend website. I love this company's guerilla marketing—everything about the company is transparent. I find it refreshing. In the demo videos, founder Thomas Fox reminds me of a mad scientist at play—much like myself.

Though I am super pleased with my Blendtec, I believe that the OmniBlend is a fine machine and quite possibly the best bang for your buck.

Lexie's thoughts on the OmniBlend

  • Price. OmniBlend retails at $250 + shipping and handling. A big savings over Blendtec and Vitamix.
  • Blending. When it comes to pulverizing foods such as kale and raw nuts, I would have to give the Blendtec (and likely the VitaMix) a 10 for speed and smoothness. OmniBlend earns an 8. The standard blender (like the Cuisinart in this video) a 4. For grinding whole grains such as buckwheat groats and oats, the Blendtec is super efficient, earning a 10. The OmniBlend had a harder time and did not achieve the powder-perfect flour like I did with the Blendtec. May I needed to fill the carafe with more grains to get a more efficient "whirpool/funnel" effect that would rotate the contents.
  • Carafe design. Like the Blendtec, OmniBlend's carafe design makes it easy to scrape with a spatula. 
  • Carafe size. Resembles size and capacity of Blendtec's Wildside carafe.
  • Footprint. Blendtec offers the smallest footprint. OmniBlend and Vitamix take up about the same amount of space.
  • Low profile. Like the Blendtec, OmniBlend fits under standard height upper cabinets. NEW! Vitamix offers a smaller capacity, lower profile carafe option that will fit under standard cabinets.
  • Basic. No fancy bells and whistles—much like the Vitamix. Three speeds, three timer presets.
  • Shhh, the baby's sleeping. OmniBlend appears to be the the quietest of the bunch. But really, they all put out a good bit of noise.
  • Blending. The OmniBlend is a little more "lady like" when it blends. The others send contents flying, splattering all four walls and the lid. As mentioned before, the OmniBlend may take a few more seconds to get the job done—all depending on what you're blending.
  • Warranty. All three blenders carry a 7-year warranty.
  • Manufacturing. OmniBlend-China, Blendtec-Designed and Assembled in the USA, Vitamix-USA

Reader Comments (17)

I have been wanting a high powered blender and wasn't able to get one because they are so highly priced. I'm keeping this on my list and hopefully I will get one. Thank you for the review very helpful!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiedre

I don't own any of them, Lexie, but I thought your video and written review was great! I know it will help many decide, even me--once I decide that my old Oster blender will no longer "cut it:" (pun intended). ;-)

xo,
Shirley

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterShirley @ gfe

Lexie, we have an older VitaMix which works well, however the motor load is huge for our electrical system (we are off-grid, on our own PV/battery power system). I am just now reading about the OmniBlender's optimized motor that is self-compensating and energy efficient! This will be so much easier on our AC inverter! I will click your purchase link for our new OmniBlender as soon as I get clearance (from the debt ceiling manager)! Thanks for posting the video!

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPoha

must show this link to hubby!! I NEED a high powered blender...and the price of the others is just way out of reach for us...this one he may budge on ! anyone else hear sleighbells? :)

August 4, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDanielle

I showed this to my boyfriend and asked him to buy this high powered blender. It was a birthday gift for me, I tried it and wow it's really amazing.I strongly agree with you, smoothies these machines produce are unlike any other, the price is worth it! Thanks for posting this, I owned one now!

August 5, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDigital Printing

Sold-We have wanted one for a long time but hard to justify the price tag! I'm placing an order today:)

August 9, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCarole

Lexie, that you for your video review. I was seriously considering buying a Blendtec, but I noticed the OmniBlend V and did some research. This is a very good blender and I'm glad I made the decision to save the money and buy this one over the blendtec.

September 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDwain

Great post Lexi and Hannah!! Loving experimenting with the Omni blender. Thank you so much for letting me try it out ! When are they going to let you give one away to your loyal readers:)

September 16, 2011 | Unregistered Commentergina

thanks so much for this review-there are not many out there for Omniblender compaired to it's competitors, so this was very helpful information! Great site-I'll be back for more:)

November 1, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

Thanks a bunch for making this, it sounds like OmniBlend deserves a chance if ur not sure u wanne spend 500 us for a blender! love it, thnx.

July 5, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterIKKY

I'm glad I found this before I opened up this Vitamix! The Omniblend is in the mail. :)

September 13, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterMrs.Smith

I just posted this review on another website and then I found this one and I'd like to help spread the word ... So here it is......After doing my online research of looking at reviews and watching Youtube comparison videos, I decided to purchase this wonderful blender.. I’ve had my Omniblend V for a couple months now.. I have no complaints whatsoever… It does all I could ask from it and at a much, much lower price than a Blendtec or a Vitamix..It also comes with a 7 year warranty that matches the warranties of the other more expensive blenders… I am very pleased with my Omniblend V…. I Highly recommend this blender

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBrad

Thanks Brad! I wholeheartedly agree. I appreciate your taking the time to share. xoLexie

January 21, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLexie

Hi,
I'm about to buy the omniblend V however I've just found a different model, the omniblend I.
Does anyone know what the difference is? Also, which is the newer model?
This is a link to the "I" model: http://www.omniblender.com.au/omniblend-i-black-2l-jug.html

April 1, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndy

Hi Andy,

Well, that one stumps me. That model is looking more like the Vitamix and do not think it is being sold here in the US (I am a US affiliate). So I would contact Omniblender.com and ask them if this indeed is their machine and if it is only available in the Australia. The are great folks and am sure they'd be happy to chat with you about the differences.

xoLexie

April 1, 2013 | Registered CommenterLexie

Can you please tell me what the voltage is stated on the machine? Sometimes I see it's 110/120 60 htz and others 220/240 50 htz. I'm trying to decide whether or not to buy one. If I can take it to Europe that would be great. Thanks!

February 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterMaria

Hi Maria,

Eeks, I do not have the answer to your question. The machine I have is a couple years old and is on loan to a friend. I'd check if I could. I would just contact the manufacturer. They are really great people and are happy to answer your questions.

xoLexie

February 17, 2014 | Registered CommenterLexie

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