The classic style of the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender harkens back to the days of poodle skirts, drive-in movies, and soda fountains. For generations, Waring drink mixers have been used by professionals to make shakes and malts. Now, that same high-quality craftsmanship can be brought home to mix up everything from milkshakes and whipped cream to scrambled eggs and pancake batter.
This unique mixer is easy to operate. Fill the stainless steel cup with your ingredients and slide it up and over the slender agitator. The cup rests securely on a small ledge, while the stainless steel spindle quickly beats the ingredients on either low or high speed. The commercial motor is quite powerful and can whip cream into tall, fluffy peaks in less than a minute. To complete the retro aesthetic, the mixer is available in 4 colors: Black, Blue, Red, and Raspberry. Even though this mixer is more specialized than a blender, it is actually quite versatile. In addition to a perfect milkshake or malt, the PDM series drink mixer can also mix together a nutritious protein shake or fruit drink. With a little imagination, the mixer can be used to create perfect smoothies or a fluffy omelet. A recipe book comes included to help you unlock its potential. Once you get a sense of the many uses for this mixer, you’ll want to use it several times a day. Luckily, the stainless-steel cup and spindle agitator are easy to clean with soapy water.
In researching the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender, we discovered that users are raving about this classic, well-built product. While there are the occasional complaints, this mixer earned an excellent user rating of 4 stars out of 5. The vast majority of reviewers are immensely enthusiastic about their new drink mixer and are finding every occasion possible to use it. Users are thrilled with how this mixer makes it easy to recreate classic soda shop drinks that they remember from childhood. Many reviewers agree that the machine is solidly built, sturdy, and very heavy-duty.
However, a few reviewers did say that, for the price, they wish the plastic, the chrome-plated motor cover had been built of the same die-cast metal as the body of the mixer. Several reviewers found that this machine was so easy to use that they often allowed their kids to operate the mixer. Since the spindle agitator is stainless steel and completely contained inside the cup, one reviewer said she felt it was safer for her kids to use and clean than their household blender. Many users wrote that this machine is wonderfully easy to clean and stands up to being used several times throughout the day. One of the rare complaints involved the height of the machine. Even though the minimal footprint of the machine does not take up much counter space, at nearly 19 inches tall, the Waring Pro drink mixer does not fit under many kitchen cabinets and can be hard to store when not in use. If purchasing this machine, your biggest worry may be figuring out where it can fit in your kitchen.
Another concern involved the stainless steel cup. Although it boasts a 24-ounce capacity, one review pointed out that it cannot mix more than 16 ounces without spilling and needs at least 4 ounces to mix properly. Other small drawbacks included the fact that the machine is not particularly quiet or especially affordable. However, one reviewer wrote that comparable commercial drink machines often cost hundreds of dollars more. Overall, the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is a beautiful and well-made machine that deserves its 4-star rating and easily wins our recommendation. In addition to making an excellent milkshake or malt, this drink mixer can quickly blend, whip and beat many liquids and may replace your traditional blender. If you have room in your kitchen for this elegant, tall machine, we believe it will be a fun and welcome addition.