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September 3, 2013

Why I Love My Blender

I’m back home from Burning Man and so glad to be able to have my morning green smoothie again. When I wrote that post, I promised a follow up about my blender. Well, here it is.

Back in 2011, I wrote about hanging out with my friend Mark and watching him make homemade ketchup. What I didn’t mention was how impressed I was with his blender.


It’s a Waring Pro MBB518 stainless steel blender. Mark said that even though it only has two speeds, it’s the sturdiest and best blender he’s ever had. But what caught my eye was that there is no plastic at all inside the glass pitcher to come into contact with the food.

See, my current blender, a Kenmore that I’d had for years and that also had a glass pitcher had plastic at the bottom that twisted on and off for cleaning.




I wasn’t crazy about that plastic inside the pitcher, but it wasn’t enough to make me chuck the machine for a new one. And then the bottom started to leak. And the leak got worse and worse every time I used it. Green smoothie pouring out all over the kitchen counter. I tried to think of how I could fix it, and then I made the same decision I made in the case of the aluminum rice cooker back in July. I opted to recycle it at Green Citizen and order the kind of blender Mark has to avoid the plastic in the bottom.

After my experience with the Lotus Foods rice cooker packaging plastic and styrofoam, I was interested to see how the Waring would be packaged.


So, I opened the box and found… cardboard! The glass pitcher is wrapped only in cardboard.



I knew there had to be some plastic in the box, and I was right. But compared to the way most things are packaged these days, I’d say it’s less.


So… about the construction of the blender itself… this sucker is heavy. The base is stainless steel, and when you set it down, you can be sure it’s not going anywhere. There is a plastic section at the top of the base that holds the pitcher in place…


But there is no plastic inside the pitcher itself. And no removable parts. The blade assembly is attached to the pitcher.



Well, when I say it’s not removable, I mean you don’t remove it to clean it. You can remove the blade to replace it if it wears out. Amazon sells replacement kits,which is awesome, so you don’t have to replace the whole pitcher.

Compare my old blender and new blender. The old one has a lot of plastic and a lot of buttons, most of which I never used. The New one has much less plastic (only the middle ring assembly, power cord, and pitcher top) and only two speeds controlled by a simple metal switch.


And compare the bottoms. The Waring looks like it could easily be opened up for repair.



Made in the USA


I was also happy to purchase a Waring instead of any other brand because the machines are assembled in the United States, rather than in China like most brands. They do, however, contain some foreign parts. I don’t think there’s any getting around that these days.

And as I mentioned in my green smoothie post… or should have if I didn’t… The machine works great for its intended purpose. I don’t need to liquify anything. Not trying to turn veggies into soup in 10 seconds. All blenders these days that are powerful enough to do that (Vitamix, Blendtec, etc.) come with plastic pitchers. They say it’s because glass can break at such high speeds, but that doesn’t explain why they don’t offer a stainless steel pitcher option for those who want to avoid plastic.

Anyway, my blender is solid and beautiful and makes me happy every morning when I use it.

Disclosure: I did not receive anything from Waring for writing this post (although if they wanted to send me something now I wouldn’t turn it down.) But the above links are Amazon affiliate links, so if you order through clicking links on this page, My Plastic-Free Life receives a little bit of commission to support this work.

40 Responses to “Why I Love My Blender”

  1. Carol says:

    I bought my first Waring (Blendor” it was originally called) back in the 80s for $5.00 at a garage sale. It had a bakelite lid. It was quite old, and unfortunately leaked from the bottom. I wish I’d kept it, though. Years later, I bought a new one. Unfortunately, I used it to crush ice on a daily basis. First one of the blades broke, then another, then a third, and the glass cracked. Woe is me! At the time I couldn’t afford to replace the glass jar, and buying another brand of blender was simply out of the question. Then one day I found a Waring glass jar at Goodwill for $5.00! I’ve been using it ever since. If ever this blender goes out, I wouldn’t dream of buying a Vita Mix (with its “BPA free” plastic jar) or anything else. Perhaps one of the Waring Commercial ones with a stainless steel jar. I bought the first one back in the 80’s for nostalgia and aesthetics (the clover-shaped ribbed glass jar is a thing of beauty, much like my Anchor Hocking ribbed glass refrigerator dishes, which I also originally bought for nostalgic and aesthetic reasons), but this one is for function…and still a thing of beauty to me.


  2. Maria says:

    Great info. I was looking at the Oster Osterizer 14-Speed Blender, although it has a plastic base, the jar is made out of glass, sold for less then $25 at Walmart online, but the glass jar has 5% boric acid which is dangerous to humans and animals when ingested. Does anyone know if the Waring glass jar has boric acid? Thanks.

  3. B.F. says:


  4. j666laz says:

    I had the same blender and after 6 months the jar started leaking from the bottom. Waring fixed it under warranty but less than 2 years later it is leaking again. Say what you want about plastics but our 15 year old Hamilton Beach unit is still working without ever having a problem. (Hamilton Beach blender cost us about $29 whereas the Waring blender cost us $99)

    • Beth Terry says:

      I’m sorry you had that experience. It’s been almost two years for me, and so far no leakage. And I use it almost every day. My old plastic Sunbeam blender, on the other hand, did leak from the bottom. I don’t think it’s a matter of glass vs. plastic but design and workmanship. Your 15-year-old blender is probably better built because things were made better 15 years ago. People are still paying hundreds of dollars on eBay for vintage stainless steel Vitamix machines because they work so well. If you want a plastic-free pitcher, maybe look for something secondhand?

  5. Mary Brune says:

    Been following your work for a long time as co-founder of MOMS and when I worked at CEH. Our last blender choked out and I was searching for a blender with a glass pitcher and came across this post. I’ll gladly buy it from Amazon so that I can 1) send you a little kick-back, and 2)send a little $ to my kids’ school through iGive. Win-Win. Yeah. Thanks! – Mary Brune

  6. nasa says:

    Hi, thank you so much for posting. I have tried to buy Waring Stainless steal to avoid plastic, but I am worried that even though it does not have plastic, it leaches PTFE/teflon into the food (used in the blade assembly), so I am thinking about this blender. But I do have a very weak digestion, and I need to be able to make nut butters and nuts milks with it…and pretty smooth smoothies (although I don’t need to make soups)…could you share how this blender handles the smoothies and nuts? Is it possible to make nut milks and butters with it? and Do smoothies come out without big chunks?

    Thank you so much

    • Beth Terry says:

      Nut milks are fine because there is plenty of liquid – and especially if you soak the nuts beforehand. I wouldn’t try nut butter in this type of blender. The assembly would get stuck.

    • Patty says:

      Do you have any information to share about stainless steel blenders? I am in the same predicament as you and want the stainless steel one but I am not sure if it will also poison my food. Thanks.

  7. Karla says:

    How has your blender held up?  This blender has quite a few bad reviews, compared with some other brands.  I have an Oster blender with glass pitcher but it isn’t working well after almost 12 years, even after replacing the blade. :(

    • Beth Terry says:

      It still works great after almost 2 years. My dad has an Oster blender, and it’s pretty awful. But I do use it when I visit him because I don’t have a choice.

  8. I just found your blog and will definitely follow it from now on. I have been slowly getting rid of all the plastic I can in my life and I am sure your tips will be really helpful.  This one in particular already is!  I am definitely getting one of these to replace my chopper and blender (both of which have plastic!). Sigh…..

  9. lck says:

    I just want to thank you so much for this blog,  This is what I needed to hear.  I do not want a plastic smoothie maker.  Yes I keep hearing the glass will chip…. maybe if I decide to throw a few bolts in my smoothie.  I am going to buy one just like yours. Thank you so much

  10. lynntofu says:

    I am in the market to get a VitaMix, but now not so sure after reading your post. My Black n Decker (made of glass) blender works fine for my smoothies/soups/sauces/ect, but I wanted a high speed one for making nut milks. Can you make smooth nut milks in the Waring?

  11. ScarletBothrium says:

    I have an all metal drive Oster professional series. It has on and pulse. The base is metal. The only plastic is the ring that screws on the all metal blade and mount to the glass jar and the plug. Nothing in the blender comes in contact with plastic. I like it that way. I’m not plastic free, but I am wary about how much I use it. My daughters use mason jars and I’d like to figure out how to replace the sippy part since that’s the only plastic on the cup (and I don’t have two dimes to rub together). I think it’s to everyones benefit for us to not use plastic for EVERYTHING. I’m slowly but surely replacing it with glass, metal or fabric.

    • BethTerry says:

      Your blender sounds a lot like mine.  Yes, like you, I try to avoid having my food come into contact with plastic on a regular basis.

  12. Erin says:

    A Thermomix has a stainless steel jug and will also cook your vegie soup while blending it. It’s an investment, but very much worth it in my experience.

  13. Tricia Terrell Collins says:

    Don’t forget the Osterizer is wonderful, too!

  14. livetolist says:

    NICE! I have a blender, similar to your ‘bad’ old one, but I got it for free on freecycle, which to me is better in some ways than buying new.  Thought I’ve never thought to (or tried) to dismantle it to clean it, and seeing it looks so similar, I shall most certainly try.
    Although a reader for a while, I only just grabbed your book from the library (it’s been popular), and I didn’t know if you allowed plastics that existed before you zero plastic commitment, so this post helps me understand.  Can’t wait to find out about other items – computers, phones, remote controls etc

    • BethTerry says:

      Chapter 9 talks about things like appliances and computers and phones.  Buying secondhand is usually my strategy except when it comes to plastic in contact with food.  I mostly still use all the same things I already had.

  15. laurawk1 says:

    I have an Oster blender – I think it’s a recent model (got it off Freecycle when my older from-Freecycle Oster blender stopped blending well).  It has a glass pitcher, and there is also no plastic on the bottom to come in contact with food.  The blade is on a round base, and gets inserted into the glass jar with a rubber gasket (I assume this is actually rubber) between the blade and the pitcher.  Then there is a plastic base that screws onto the pitcher, and of course the blender base is plastic, and so is the pitcher lid.  But for something that was free I can’t really complain!  Just wanted to let you know that there are other less-plastic-in-your-food options!  And I keep a kosher home so it’s nice that I can have multiple blades/gaskets to use whether I’m making something dairy or non-dairy.

  16. Jay Sinha says:

    Great post, Beth. I grew up with a Waring blender my parents had – incredibly solid and dependable – and then working as a bartender years ago there were always Warings around. We were able to find a vintage VitaMix on eBay with a stainless steel pitcher and it too is a dependable workhorse – very basic but does everything we need and has that super powerful motor.  Here’s an example:

  17. Austine says:

    I have the Waring blender that my mom bought in the ’60’s. It looks the same except the base doesn’t have any plastic. It still works fine. I don’t use it all that often, but it is my blender. I do use an immersion stick and a high plastic content food processor that I’ve had for about 20 years.

  18. Mark says:

    i’m so glad you like the blender. I still love mine

  19. TigerLee says:

    I believe you can buy commercial vitamix with stainless pitchers. I saw them on eBay the other day.

    • BethTerry says:

      Jen, maybe they are vintage?  I just checked the commercial Vitamix site, and I don’t see any stainless pitchers.  

  20. That is really cool. We use a mason jar with our blender.  Kind of like this 

    • BethTerry says:

      I tried that with my old blender, but it wouldn’t fit.  Also, I wanted to avoid the plastic base.  But yes, it’s a great idea.

  21. EcoM8s says:

    I have a Waring like this one that was given to me at my wedding 20 years ago! I’ve used it many times per week and it is just now starting to leak at the bottom. So, maybe just a new gasket? Motor still running strong. I am impressed and hope your lasts just as long. @Melody I just put a little soap and hot water in my blender (before food gets dried/stuck on) and rinse; haven’t had any problems. I”ve also put it in the dishwasher without any problems.

    • BethTerry says:

      I’m sure you can order whatever part is needed and fix it right up. I’ve seen parts on Amazon.  I’m guessing they are available from other outlets as well.

  22. EcoCatLady says:

    Thanks for this review! If I ever decide to get another blender I think this will be it! For the moment though, I’m very happy that I decluttered mine and replaced it with an immersion stick blender instead. It’s SOOOOO much easier for soups and sauces, which is the main thing I use it for. I’ve made a few smoothies right in the glass with it too, but you do have to leave some space at the top (ask me how I know…)
    p.s. So glad to finally learn what Burning Man is… here I thought it was some sort of sunscreen protest! :-) BTW, what do you do about sunscreen? Is there a plastic free option available?

  23. Melody says:

    So if the blade doesn’t come out, how do you clean it?  Are your hands flexible enough to get a scrub brush in there?

    • BethTerry says:

      See my response to Kate below.  I haven’t needed to use a brush.  I just rinse it out, and it comes clean easily.  Or you can put some soap and water in it and run the motor.  Then, rinse it out.

  24. retrohousewife5 says:

    Oh my gosh I want this! I love that it looks vintage.

  25. Kate says:

    Can you put the pitcher in the dishwasher? If so I am totally getting one of these for Christmas. Thanks for the write-up!

    • BethTerry says:

      No, it can’t go in the dishwasher because of the blade assembly.  Waring has some complicated instructions for cleaning it, but honestly, if you rinse it out right away, it comes clean with just a rinse.  No need to get a hand in there.  After I make my smoothie, I rinse it out immediately — even before taking a sip.  There is nothing left in the bottom at all.  If it does need more than a rinse, you can fill halfway up with water, add a little soap, put the lid on, and blend it.  Running the motor with soapy water in it will clean it easily.
      Okay, here are Waring’s over-the-top instructions:
      How To Clean Containers with Nonremovable Blades
      1. Remove the container from the unit base. Remove the lid. Add a cup of cleaning solution, made by adding a few drops of dishwashing detergent to 1 cup of cool water, to the container. Scrub and flush out the interior of the container and the lid to dislodge and remove as much residue as possible. Empty the container.
      2. Add more cleaning solution. Put lid on container, place container on unit base, and run on high speed for two minutes.
      3. Empty the container and repeat as above, using clean rinse water in place of cleaning solution. Empty, rinse and dry, prior to storing unit.
      4. Wash and rinse container prior to initial use, and immediately after each use.