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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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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.

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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…

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

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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.

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

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Made in the USA

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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.

42 comments
BethTerry
BethTerry

ScarletBothrium  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.

ScarletBothrium
ScarletBothrium

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.

ScarletBothrium
ScarletBothrium

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.

Erin
Erin

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.

BethTerry
BethTerry

livetolist 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry

@Cory at AquarianBath 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry

EcoM8s 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry

EcoCatLady YES!  I wrote about plastic-free sunscreen after Burning Man last year:  

BethTerry
BethTerry

@Melody 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry

@Kate 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry

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

livetolist
livetolist

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

livetolist
livetolist

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

laurawk1
laurawk1

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.

laurawk1
laurawk1

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.

Jay Sinha
Jay Sinha

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: http://www.ebay.ca/ctg/Vitamix-3600-Plus-Blender-/73291138

Jay Sinha
Jay Sinha

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: http://www.ebay.ca/ctg/Vitamix-3600-Plus-Blender-/73291138

Austine
Austine

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.

Austine
Austine

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.

Mark
Mark

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

TigerLee
TigerLee

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

TigerLee
TigerLee

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

EcoM8s
EcoM8s

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. 

EcoM8s
EcoM8s

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.

EcoCatLady
EcoCatLady

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?

EcoCatLady
EcoCatLady

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?

Melody
Melody

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?

retrohousewife5
retrohousewife5

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

retrohousewife5
retrohousewife5

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

Kate
Kate

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
BethTerry moderator

@ScarletBothrium  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.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@livetolist 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Cory at AquarianBath 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@EcoM8s 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Melody 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.

BethTerry
BethTerry moderator

@Kate 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 with a cup of 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.