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How a Blender Changed My Life

blenderlifechangeI’ve been writing professionally for several years now, and I’ve received quite a few products to review. There are, of course, some that don’t make the cut, but most of the items I accept for review are pretty good; great, even. Like, I would spend my own money, gladly, to have them.

And then sometimes, I review a product that’s truly life changing. Like my new lover blender*, the HealthMaster Elite.

You may recall that, for a month or so, I was on a liquid and soft foods diet due to a wonky jaw. I started out using my old blender, which I think I’d had since I started college—those margaritas weren’t going to mix themselves! And while it did the job, it wasn’t without a good bit of effort on my part. I was always stopping the blender, moving things around, hitting different speeds, and even then, sometimes I ended up with a big clump of frozen spinach in the middle of my smoothie.

I tried another inexpensive blender, thinking newer would mean better, but there was no improvement. I started asking around, and everyone I knew was pushing blenders that I thought were out of my price range. I mean, how am I going to justify spending hundreds of dollars on a blender when I can get one for $25 bucks? Sure, the one I got for $25 bucks was sitting in the box, unused, because it sucked, but still!

So, when the folks at HealthMaster came calling, I was thrilled. This would be my chance to determine whether a pricier blender was worth the investment! The first thing I realized was that the Living Well | Montel HealthMaster Elite ($239.92, available here or here) was way more than a blender. I mean, it’s great for making smoothies and shakes (and margaritas!), but it can also be used to process dough, make nut butters, puree hot soup, chop veggies…you get the idea.

But let’s be clear—my most pressing concern was how efficiently it could make the smoothies that, at that time, were the bulk of my diet.

You guys, the first smoothie I made was like a dream. Where before, I would’ve had to start at a slower speed to chop up the frozen bits, run that for a minute, stop and move things around, start it up again and try a higher speed until the frozen fruits and yogurt and whatever else I put in finally reached an agreeable consistency, this time was a matter of selecting a speed (8) and time (1 minute). I hit start, and in just one minute, I had a smoothie. It was smooth, creamy and perfect. And oh, was I happy.

The other huge bonus is the size. The BPA-free pitcher holds up to 70 oz., which comes in super handy when you’re trying to see just how much fresh spinach you can stuff into a smoothie before it tastes too leafy.

So, yeah, it makes good smoothies, but what about this life-changing business? Well, here’s the deal. I now have the all-clear to eat regular foods. I never have to drink a smoothie again. But I do—and often. I love that smoothies are an easy way to get lots of servings of fruits and veggies, but I was always so turned off by the amount of work they required. Now that I have a HealthMaster Elite sitting on my counter, the effort required of me is minimal. Even if I do throw in some ingredients that need a bit of help mixing, the HealthMaster Elite comes with a tamper that you can safely pop in through the opening in the lid while the blades are whirring to get things mixed up. It’s awesome.

The only complaint I have*, and it’s not a big one, is that it’s not a quiet machine, which poses the occasional problem when I have an early morning workout and my husband is still asleep. But, even so, it’s only loud for one minute. That’s it. A single minute, and then I have a delicious, totally healthful meal. Even a sleepy husband can’t complain too much about that.

Do you have a fancy blender, and, if so, has it changed the way you eat? If you don’t have one, is it something you’ve ever considered? —Kristen

Although I was provided a HealthMaster Elite to review, I was not compensated by HealthMaster for this post or required to write about the product, and all opinions are entirely my own.

*Edited to add in March 2015: Since receiving my first HealthMaster, I have gone through three of them. Customer service has been wonderful about replacing them (and each was awesome … until it died), but each has lasted less than a year. Figured that was a pretty important update to share. —Kristen

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  1. Melissa says:

    I love my Vitamix. I can throw a whole mess of things in there without lots of prep work and ‘poof’, something delish comes out. Defintely makes it easier to get more fruits and veggies in every day.

  2. Angela says:

    I have a euro pro ninja master blender and it is wonderful. I received it as a gift last year and it makes the most wonderful smoothies and I even made snow cones once because it can break up ice that fast.

  3. How is the clean up on this blender? Does it have many extra parts or is it just like a regular blender in that regard? I love making smoothies but you are right they do require some time and effort in a mediocre blender. I have been looking into blenders/juicers and want something that does a lot but is not going to take me as long to clean as the one I have now takes me to make a smoothie. I would rather do the extra work before and have minimal clean up after. Probably because I get rewarded following the making of the smoothie but not so much after the clean up… =)

  4. Jen says:

    I bought a Health Master after first seeing the infomercial with Montel Williams. I instantly loved it, because like you my diet at the time consisted of mainly smoothies. Give it 4 months of regular blending and you’ll see the blender deteriorate. It starts to leak rust colored gunk. Once I noticed this happen I searched the web for reviews/comments on this issue and you wouldn’t believe the number of complaints on the web regarding that very issue. It is a poorly constructed blender made with cheap parts, and comes with utterly zero customer support to help resolve the issue. I hope that once you see this happen to yours you’ll write a review about here. Maybe after enough honest “bad press” starts to pop up they will do something about it.

  5. Carol says:

    I love my vitamix – I use it every day, if not more than once! Smoothies that are actually – SMOOTH!

  6. Desiree says:

    I have a Ninja blender. Smoothie wise, it’s better than a standard blender for green smoothies. Some day, I hope to have a Vitamix. The Vitamix company used to offer payment plans, but when I last checked they no longer offer this.

  7. mo says:

    I have a HealthMaster Elite, too, and I love it. I had an older model at first, but the motor burned out so I contacted customer service, and they sent me an Elite for $40. I’ve been using that one at least once daily for several years, and it still works like new. I love that I can add raw carrots, pumpkin seeds, and other things that don’t easily/smoothly blend, and there is no texture at all. I’ll be getting another one when this one finally dies.

  8. Maggie says:

    The Nutri-Bullet is good if you don’t have the money for a larger one of good quality. You make single servings and it is also the easiest to clean. They are $100 and sometimes you can find them on sale or on Amazon Marketplace for less.

  9. Blender are real time & life saver, I am really happy it has increased lot of veggies & fruit intake of mine.

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