Review: Kmart/Homemaker Mini Blender
For a long time now, I’ve wanted a Magic Bullet. I received a juicer as a gift for Christmas, and while I absolutely love it, cleaning it in a hurry is almost impossible. A few weeks ago we discovered Kmart has a very similar product to the Magic Bullet which they call a “mini blender”. I have to say at first I was skeptical. As great as Kmart is, the quality you would get for AU$29 would be pretty bad compared to the AU$120 Magic Bullet, right? Well, maybe. Without ever handling a Magic Bullet I can’t really make that comparison, but this thing gets the job done at a quarter of the price of the Magic Bullet. It’s a little cheap feeling around the power button, but it works fine and comes with a one year warranty, so even if it does break/fail you can send it back.
There’s not many downsides I can come up with for the price, really. The shaker-style lids are a bit useless as the mouthpiece is tiny, but you can just unscrew the lid and use it like a cup. The plastic feel doesn’t seem like much of a downside as you wouldn’t really expect anything more for $29.
Update: I’ve had the mini blender for a few months now and have had a chance to really give it a whirl. Let’s just say, if you’re looking to buy one of these as a mini juicer, you’re out of luck. Unless you’re juicing super soft fruits like oranges, the mini blender struggles to blend vegetables/fruits to even a pulp, let a lone a juice-type texture.
To sum it up – if you’re thinking about getting a Magic Bullet or similar product, try this first. For a quarter of the price, you won’t be disappointed. Unless you’re trying to make juice.
Where to buy: Kmart
The first image above is of the machine and my freshly made Strawberry Banana Protein Smoothie. You’ll have to excuse the bad photo – I was still half asleep!