I think I've found the one. My life long kitchen partner.
I've been through a fair few blenders in my time and there have been some highs and lows. There was the shall-not-be-named Briscoes blender that catapulted smoothie all over my kitchen as I lifted the jug from the base. The blender that obliterated my spatula. The one that shimmied across the bench when it was on so you had to keep all hands on it. These blenders suited my banana berry smoothie habit just fine, but when I discovered green smoothies, plant-based and raw meals, I felt an upgrade was in order.
Along came Omniblend in the summer of 2012. We had some pretty special moments, with daily green smoothies, raw desserts and soups. It was cloud 9 at first, Omni could do no wrong and I was impressed by its power and reliability. But as time went on our relationship was tested. I became more demanding, the mixtures got thicker, my expectations higher. It became apparent I was trying to make a Vitamix out of my Omniblend. And who could measure up? So we parted ways. Don't get me wrong, Omniblends are a faithful, fairly priced, reliable kitchen companion, just not for me.
Cut to the present day, and welcome to the family Optimum 9400.
Now, this Optimum Blender review is purely my personal opinion. Like every brand, it has a list of pros and cons, which I'll cover. The reason I decided on the Optimum 9400(and subsequently decided to distribute it to you guys) is that after doing my research into price, quality, versatility, after sales service, warranties and guarantees, Optimum came out on top for me. This is not to say there aren't some amazing machines out there. Or that the old blender in your pantry isn't worth it's weight in gold. Because no matter what blending device you've got, even if it's an egg beater, if its helping you get healthier, then all power to you!
But, for those interested in buying a high speed blender, Optimum was my conclusion and I'll tell you why.
I use my Optimum 9400 every day, often twice, and I make smoothies, nut milks, raw desserts, soups,ice cream, dips, LSA, and flour out of grains like buckwheat, quinoa, and nuts. I can pulverise just about anything, from avocado pips (super high in potassium actually!) to raw pumpkin.
Furthermore, we recently bought another one to use at the Markets in Mount Maunganui, because these babies are more than capable of hacking the commercial pace of a smoothie shop.
Quiet and powerful
The first thing that got me about the Optimum was how quiet it was compared to my Omniblend. And yet more powerful - how does that happen? I don't know. Kind of like those cars that can go 1-100 in 6 seconds yet the engine still feels quiet and smooth. It seems to blend up the hardest frozen chunks with relatively quiet ease, and I rarely have to use the tamper for wet mixtures. It will blend your smoothie in 30 seconds or less, without leaving little bits of kale or anything else floating around. It'll make LSA, buckwheat flour and nut milks in seconds, and nut butters in a few minutes.
The Optimum is powerful because it's equipped with a self-compensating energy-efficient motor which can reach a power of 2,238 Watts, 3 horsepower and a staggering speed of 44,000 rpm. I was told that's pretty much the same as a motor for a runaround boat - wowza!
Second thing I liked, was the price. Now the 'Rolls Royces' in blender land would have to be the Vitamix and the Blendtec. These machines start at NZD$1200 and can cost up to NZD$3500. That's because they are amazing, no doubt about it! But, for most of us that's just not practical. I wanted to find a blender that matched the quality of a Vitamix, and a blender that individuals and families could afford. The Optimum range is approximately 40% cheaper, at the time of writing my Optimum 9400 is $599NZD. That may still seem like a lot, but wait till you hear what it can do, and how long it will last.
Here's a quick comparison of the Optimum 9400 with the Vitamix 5200 and the Blendtec HP3A - at more than 40% cheaper, Optimum sure gives them a run for their money!
After sales support
I'm also pretty impressed with their after sales service. I have peace of mind, because my Optimum Blender comes with a 5 year (free) or 10 year warranty, a 30 day money back guarantee and a 24/7 support team - who you can call on a local number, for free.
The efficient carbon brush motor, overload protection switch, hammer-forged stainless steel blades, and unbreakable Eastman Tritan Copolyester (BPA FREE) jugs are a testament to the Optimum blender’s durability, designed to outlast expectations in both a domestic and commercial environment.
Do blenders over heat the enzymes when blending?
Not if you're blending for under a minute. The Optimum breaks the cell walls of raw foods to make the enzymes more bioavailable, but they stay cool unless you are intentionally heating it up to make soup (this takes 5-7 minutes).
Here are some of the things you can do in an Optimum Blender
So there you have it. My review was all good news. But honestly I can't see how a review of this machine could go any other way! It's awesome! But there's still the pressing question:
Do you NEED one?
I love my Optimum and I use it everyday. I am so happy with its performance and it's a joy to use.
But, as with all kitchen appliances, your investment in an Optimum Blender is as good as you make it. It requires a bit of re-training in what you choose to cook and the way you cook. We've all gotta learn how to get the most out of this high speed nutrition machine! If you only make the odd banana smoothie in a blender, then a regular $200 blender will probably do you just fine. If you love your daily green smoothies and/or are looking to get serious about a whole foods or raw diet, then you will definitely realise the value of the Optimum Blender for many years to come.
The good news is, when you purchase an Optimum Blender you get a free (and amazing) raw recipe book, and you can follow Health Yeah for heaps of free recipe inspiration!
Want to find out more? Check outFroothie's Optimum Models here (they also sell excellent slow juicers!).
Own an Optimum? What do you think? Share your testimonial in the comments below!
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