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I bought my "Smoothie 2 go" blender at the end of 2012 with the intention of using it from January '13 in a healthy eating regime, as is often the case my good intentions went out of the window and instead my shiny new machine stayed in its box and was buried away in a cupboard. A year later I had the brainwave of starting Slim Fast in an attempt to shift the excess pounds and as the powdered milkshake replacement meals have to be blended to make them palatable it dawned on me that my Smoothie maker might be useful after all so a little over a year after purchasing it finally saw the light of day.
I bought mine from amazon where I paid something in the region of £20.00 for it, looking today for the purpose of this review I can see that it's still available but the price has gone up to £32.99. For just how versatile, as I'll explain in this review, I think that even at the higher price it's still a good buy either for using it to blend milkshakes or, as it was intended for, freshly made smoothies.
The Smoothie 2 Go isn't a very big machine so doesn't take up much room on my kitchen counter. It comes in 3 parts; the base, blades and 0.5 litre capacity plastic cup/jug and cover, included in the pack is a spare cup and cover which is handy if there's more than one of you at home and the idea behind the machine, as its name suggests, is that you blend your smoothie/milkshake directly in the container that you're going to drink from. The covers provided are non-spill so easily portable and though it's not the most attractive of drinks container you could hope for it's certainly a clever idea and I like how it saves on the washing up.
In use then you simply add whatever ingredients you want to blend into the cup, screw on the blades (which are housed in sturdy plastic) onto the cup itself, flip the thing over and insert it into the base where it fixes in place in a turn and lock mechanism. The blender itself won't work unless the cup is inserted correctly so there's no chance of it whizzing off the base and though you do have to trust the cup not to leak when you flip it over I'm happy to report that in time I've been using mine for it has safely contained the liquid and hasn't caused me any cause for concern. On the front of the base are the settings, these are "Pulse", "High" and "Low" along with "Off" and it's simply a case of turning the knob that controls these to the setting you want, switching it to Off when your drink is ready and then removing the cup from the base and the blades from the cup.
One thing I do like about the machine is that it's easy to use and when I used mine specifically for milkshakes it was just a case of adding milk, the powder and a bit of ice to the cup, screwing on the blades and inserting it into the base. 30 seconds later on High with a couple of blasts of Pulse left me with deliciously blended milkshake that was creamy and without any powdery residue lurking anywhere in the cup. It only has a 300 watt motor so isn't on a parr with some food blenders that are available but for fruit and milkshake powder it really is a handy little machine that is simple to use and makes beautifully blended drinks. Since coming off Slim Fast I've used the machine to make fruit smoothies and again it copes fine with any soft fruit, adding some water and ice to whatever you want to blend down results in a nicely mixed drink that is delicious, and of course, healthy.
One thing to point out is that the machine is very noisy when it's blending, especially if the blades have ice to cut through. As it only takes 30 seconds or so to pulp everything down to a drinkable consistency this isn't too much to bear but if you're thinking of using this first thing in the morning then be aware that it's not the quietest of machines around and isn't discreet by any stretch of the imagination. On the plus side it's easy to maintain, the blades clean off in hot soapy water and the cups wash through without any concern at all. The cups do have plastic handles which are fine along with measurement markings along the sides if you need to follow a specific recipe, again this came in handy for me with Slim Fast as I had to use 250ml of skimmed milk in my milkshakes and could just add the milk directly into the cup and use the markings on there to guide me.
For what it is I think the Smoothie 2 Go from Kenwood is an excellent idea and overall is a very good machine, it is a little noisier than I would like it to be but it's not as if it's on the go for hours and I only use mine a few times a week now. I think it's an innovative idea being able to drink directly from the container you make your drinks in rather than having to decant into another container and the covers that are provided make them fully portable and convenient to take out should you wish. The overall construction of the machine looks decent enough, it's not huge and not all that heavy but the plastic components certainly withstand plenty of knocks so I do think it's sturdy enough to cope with long term use. I don't think it's particularly attractive, the base looks a little on the plastic-y side and it's a shame that it's not available in other colours apart from Silver but that's just a minor complaint about how it looks not how it operates.
For someone who doesn't want or need a food mixer/blender and is just looking for something specifically to make blended drinks then this is a good choice and I'm happy enough with mine to award it four stars here as a rating losing one simply for how noisy it is.
Recommended. Thanks for reading my review.
To be honest I don't eat as much fruit and vegetables as I should do so last year when I heard the concept of juicing and smoothie-making it really appealed to me so I invested in a juicer and blender. The blender that I decided to buy after a little bit of research was this one, the Kenwood Smoothie 2Go.
=== THE SMOOTHIE MAKER ===
I have this in the model SB055 and it was quite cheap because there is a more recent version out. This is marketed as a smoothie maker however it is just an average blender which can be used to blend whatever you wish, I have blended up ingredients in this to make a pasta sauce so it isn't limited to just smoothies. I bought the blender from Argos and paid around £20 for it, the retail price is around £24 which is a fair price in my opinion.
The smoothie maker is available in only one colour, silver. The more recent version is available in black however this model isn't. The silver colour-scheme is a little bit cheap looking in my opinion however it is compact and easy to use so these factors outweigh the appearance of it.
=== IN USE ===
The smoothie maker comes with a round base which is fairly weighty and feels well made, and although it is made from plastic it isn't flimsy feeling. Although it isn't lightweight, it is still light enough to transfer from the cupboard to the kitchen work surface without struggling, though only just. The base has got rubber on the base of the corners which keep it in place which is good as when the blender is on it is very fierce and could easily topple over without the rubber pads.
The base has a cable connected to it which plugs into the wall and once you're ready to use the blender you just need to turn it to the setting that you want. The blender comes with two plastic jugs, these each holds up to 500ml of liquid which I think is quite a good capacity. Each jug has got the measurements written on it which is handy if I am following a smoothie recipe and the jug is made from a good quality plastic and it has a handle on the side.
The handle in my opinion is badly designed as I can only fit a few of my fingers through it rather than all of them so it can be uncomfortable to hold the jug when it is full. The blender also comes with one blade attachment and two lids.the blade attachment is basically a lid for the jug but it has blades on it, so you screw it onto the jug and turn the jug upside down and slot it on to the base, you then twist it in place so that it clicks in and then you're ready to blend.
I have found that if I twist the lid on too tight I can sometimes struggle to get it back off again, but too loose and obviously there is a mess to clean up! When slotting it into the base I sometimes struggle to get the position right too. The lids that come with the smoothie maker are silver and they have got a flap which you lift up and this has space for a straw to go through.
The flap clips back down if you're not bothered so about a straw and I think the inclusion of the lids is handy as it keeps the smoothies fresh. If you're going to drink your smoothie on the move the lid will also come in handy however if I'm honest I personally find the jug is too bulky to take anywhere with me. It is too big to fit in the drinks compartment in my car and the lids are not anywhere near secure enough for me to put the drink in my bag.
I just have mine at home and I drink it straight out of the jug to safe on washing up. I do have to use a straw though because the plastic around the opening of the jug around the rim is ribbed as obviously this is where the lid and blades screw on to. The smoothie maker is powerful and blends up most things, it isn't very good with dry things though for example if I put just a banana in it it won't blend it, I need to add milk or some liquid for it to be able to blend.
The speed settings are easy to use and there's a pulse setting. I use the highest setting which is very powerful and blends up a banana smoothie with a lovely smooth consistency within 30 seconds. The smoothie maker is quite loud and when I'm using it on the highest setting I can feel it vibrating and because of this I don't use it for more than 30-45 seconds at a time as I'm worried the motor could burn out if I leave it for too long.
The blender is easy to clean, the jugs can be put in the dishwasher and so can the lids however the blades shouldn't be submerged in water so I just rinse this part. The base is easy to wipe down with some tissue if anything gets on it.
=== CONCLUSION ===
All in all I recommend this smoothie maker as it's easy to use however I think the ides of someone walking around with a chunky 500ml hard-to-hold-properly jug is a bit ridiculous, I can see where the marketing for a smoothie you can drink on the go came from but they really need to improve the design of the jug if they want people to use it like this.
==Kenwood Smoothie 2 Go==
I celebrated my 30th Birthday in March of this year and had big plans on a weekend away with my girlfriends. However I hadn't bargained on getting a bad case of pneumonia and feeling as though I wouldn't make my 31st Birthday. I was ill for nearly a couple of months and not just with the pneumonia but with oral thrush from the antibiotics and a host of other ailments that would generally bring me down. So when I was beginning to get back on my feet I swore that I would treat my body as a temple and make sure I blasted my system with as much fruit and veg as I could handle. In comes the Kenwood smoothie maker......
I did a search online and had a look at a few different ones which had dispensing taps but the general consensus on those is that the cleaning aspect of the tap makes it hardly worth using because of the hassle of cleaning. At the time of purchasing this item was on offer in Tesco for a good price of £19 which I think was around a £10 discount and was actually one of the cheapest ones I could find.
The smoothie maker came housed in a relatively small box although inside was a small instruction booklet, two clear plastic handled jugs, two on the go lids, a large lid with a four blade blender attached and of course the main base of the product. Everything came individually wrapped in plastic and it was housed in extra cardboard and it did seem to be excessively packed.
The power lead on the product is of a good size and I can position the smoothie maker a good deal away from the plug socket with ease. I made sure I gave everything a good soapy wash and rinse before using it and apart from plugging it no set up was required and it is ready and waiting for the fruit to be added.
I googled a few different smoothies to make and there are a ton online so don't waste any money on buying a book as this really isn't needed due to the pages of tried and tested smoothies online there really is something for everyone.
I started off pretty simple and used frozen fruit which not only keeps the smoothie nice and cold but also is better in terms of having a wide variety of fruit which isn't going to start going mouldy quickly. There is plenty of frozen fruit available in supermarkets and the price is very reasonable too. I liked using the basic strawberry's, kiwi and apple which was lovely. One of the plastic handled jugs needs filling up with the fruit to the fill line. There are two separate fill lines on the jug, one for frozen fruit and the other for fresh. With either fresh or frozen fruit you do always need to add a splash or two of some sort of fruit juice just to loosen the whole mixture up a little.
Once the fruit is in the jug the lid which has the four chunky blades on then needs to be screwed to the jug and the whole thing then turned upside down and twisted into the base. There is a twist knob to the front of the machine and it has two speeds. Generally I always cranked it up to two just for quickness but on either of the settings the smoothie marker is very noisy and disruptive although I guess this is what you would expect especially when it is trying to liquidise frozen fruit!
It doesn't really take too long to get the fresh items into a smoothie state and of course it takes a little longer with the frozen fruit. Occasionally the jug lid will leak ever so slightly but generally only if I have over filled the jug with the ingredients in the first instance. I found if I left it to continually blend then over blending will heat up the mixture inside which of course is not ideal.
The jugs in which the smoothies are made are really quite big and chunky and the whole "2 Go" aspect of the smoothie maker although appealing to me on the day of purchase once I had seen how large and thick the plastic of the lid was I didn't think taking this out and about is really a great idea. I tend to drink the smoothies in the morning for breakfast out of a glass rather than the cumbersome jugs that I don't really feel have been made for taking out of the house. However the thick chunky plastic of the jugs is needed when making up the smoothies and not being able to take the jug and lid out doesn't really bother me in the slightest.
Cleaning the smoothie maker is really quite easy and again I feel that this thick and chunky design of the jugs and lids makes this aspect very easy. Everything can go in the dishwasher and it always comes up very clean although the lid with the blades in will take on a bit of water so will need to have a shake out after getting out of the machine.
The Kenwood smoothie maker I have at the moment is actually the second one I have had as I did think it would be a good idea to try and blend up a shepherds pie in the smoothie maker to give to my little boy. Unfortunately this didn't go to plan and I think I worked the parts too hard and it burnt out. I did try and change the fuse but that didn't work so I ended up taking it back to Tesco who kindly replaced the item (even though it had gone back to the full RRP).
All in all I find this is a very good item for the money I paid for it. I don't think I would have wanted to pay any more for it than £20 and the whole idea of taking the jugs out with me seems a little silly as they are not lightweight or easy to drink from. The machine although loud will blend up all the fruit within a short period of time so it is not noisy for too long. The ease of cleaning is a real plus and I feel that this is a smoothie maker worthy of a good score of 4 out of 5 stars. The one minus mark being for the design of the travel lids. Possibly if these lids were made of thinner plastic, making it more comfortable to drink from, I may well have thought about taking one out "2 Go" as the main USP of this product.
However I would still recommend this smoothie maker as it does a good job and surprisingly it is still on my work top and being used on a regular basis (albeit not as regular as when I was claiming to make sure my body was a temple - but still).
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
If like me you are not a big fan of fruit and find it a struggle to consume your five a day, then look no further. The Kenwood Smoothie 2Go will zap whatever fruit combination you fancy into a nutritious drink that can be sipped at your leisure.
The Smoothie 2Go is incredibly easy to use. It comes with two large travel mugs with screw on lids that have re-sealable openings to sip the juice etc through. The fruit is piled into the mug, up to the limit on the side. I add water because I am on a diet, but you could use fruit juice, milk, yoghurt or any kind of liquid. The blade attachment is screwed onto the mug, slotted into the main body of the unit and the contents blitzed for about 20 seconds. The mug is then removed from the main unit, the blades unscrewed from it and the lid screwed on, ready to drink the contents :-)
The various components are easy to clean and robust. I wash mine by hand but a friend has been putting hers in the dishwasher for over two years and they still look in pristine condition.
I make up a fruit smoothie every morning in a matter of minutes and take it to work with me. My daughters have used it to make milkshakes and thickshakes (using ice cream). It could also be used for blending soups or purees and I know of others that have used ice and frozen fruit in it - the combinations are endless. All in all it is a versatile and useful appliance to have in your kitchen!
This Kenwood Smoothie 2GO does a good job at doing exactly what it says on the tin. No more, no less.
I bought this for my son for Christmas because he goes to the gym every day and drinks protein shakes, which are quite hard to mix up manually. This blender was 30.00 at Sainsburys but I think you can buy it at many places easily enough.
The 'engine' part of this blender is very compact and simple in shape, silver in colour it fits neatly in the corner of a work top and takes up very little space. This part is very easy to wipe clean, without any crevices or corners for grime to build up in. It looks quite smart in our kitchen.
With the blender you get 2 clear plastic mugs which screw onto the blades of the machine, and 2 lids. The lids have hinged stoppers on them, like on a sports bottle, so you can use the mugs as a takeaway cup - hence the 2GO part of the product.
The fact that the mugs screw directly onto the blades makes this unit simple and quick to use. You fill the mug with the fruit, protein powder, ice cream, milk or water you want to blend, then pop on the blade, turn it upside down and attach to the engine. The motor won't turn on until the blades are fixed on properly as a safety feature. The blending then begins, there are 2 speeds - low and fast. It is quite noisy but you don't need to run it for long to blend the smoothie. You then remove the mug, turn it up the right way and unscrew the blade. You can drink from the mug with or without the travel lid fitted.
Once you have finished, washing up the blade and the mugs is quick and easy. The pieces can go in the dishwasher too. The fact that there are 2 mugs and lids is very handy, you can obviously make one for you and one for a friend, and they don't have to be same flavour.
The engine is only 300w so don't use it for anything very difficult to blend or you will burn it out. Soft fruit and small pieces of ice is really what it is meant for. You will need a more powerful motor for hard fruit or lumps of ice. My son uses this blender daily but tends to blend just bananas, milk and the protein powder. He is always in a rush, but he has kept this clean with ease and often takes the smoothie with him on his way out of the door.
This blender really suits what he wanted it for, highly recommend this for all you gym rats.
I was given one of these as a Christmas present last year. In all honesty, this is not the type of appliance I would ever go out and buy for myself.
The most obvious function of this gadget is that the containers which you mix the fruit up in is the same container which you drink out of. This for me is very handy as you simply unscrew the blade and replace it with one of the lids, and you are ready to go.
The blender comes with 2 containers and lids in the box, which is adequate for me. The containers and lids can also be washed in the dishwasher.
The unit itself is very small - a lot of blenders are massive and take up a lot of room in the kitchen. The one I have is black in colour, not the grey shown. This fact, coupled with its small size, means this blender fits in well with most kitchens.
In terms of operation, there is one know on the front of the base unit which does it all. There are 3 different settings; high speed, low speed and pulse. On high speed the blender will mix everything, including nuts.
Overall and excellent unit, and if you shop around you will be able to get one for under £20.
Always one for a new fad, the smoothie craze of about three years ago ensured that I ended up investing in one. This one, the Kenwood SB055 Smoothie 2go. Smoothies being useful because you can put any combinations of food into them, add healthy ingredients, et voila, you can have a healthy and nutritional drink that can be consumed quickly while containing all the goodness and energy of a meal. Health fanatics lapped them up. And put them in their boxes and forgot about them. However, I am glad to stay that fate has not been shared by mine.
It is a simple little device measuring 32cm x 16cm x 15cm and weighing 1.75kg. It runs on 300w of electricity from your wall socket and is made from plastic. There are two main parts to the device. The bottom is the main unit containing the motor which will move the blending blades. Onto this you will fit one of two 0.5 litre plastic cups which serve as the mixing unit. They have screw top lids where you can fix firstly the blade lid to blend the ingredienst, then once satisfied, remove that and replace with a drinking lid if you wish to drink from this cup.
Production of the smoothie is easy. Once you have inserted all of your ingredients into the cup, you affix the blade lid and invert ontt the motor unit. This has a locking facility ensureing the device will not work until you safely affix the cup. This also ensures that there are none of those comedy moments that see all you ingredients spraying the walls. There are two speeds to the blender, which ensure you can mix the ingredients to your liking. Either very thin or a more creamy texture.
It is gauranteed for 1 year. There a couple of minor issues. Firstly being an entry level machine, it's capabilities are limited to soft ingredients so no ice. secondly, it does produce a rather worrying smell if you use too much. The instruction book does state that you should use it for periods of 30 seconds. This smell clears after you have let it cool for a minute if you do lose track of time.
It is easy to use, and provides an enjoyable alterantive. And when you consider that the retail around the £15 mark in most major retailers, it's a good option. Perhaps the best use I have found is for fruit which while not bad, has gone a little soft or mushy. Just mix a couple of these in and a delicious, refreshing and nutritional drink awaits. Very convenient for those struggling to eat their five fruits a day.
This is a review of Kenwood Smoothie maker SB055 which got a nick name Smoothie 2GO form his beloved parents. You would expect from the nickname that it has MP3 player, GPS navigation and silly iPhone-type of games installed and you can play and get lost while sipping (sucking, better said) a smoothie on the way to your cosy cubicle at Slough industrial estate. So better to explain the nickname first and set right expectations. Smoothie means that you can make smoothies in the smoothie maker (clever), 2 means you have 2 cups and GO means that you can go with both cups in hand(s).
Is it a smooth operator?
'He move in space with minimum waste and maximum joy'
That's true - it does not take much space.
'No place for beginners or sensitive hearts
When sentiment is left to chance
No place to be ending but somewhere to start'
It is definitely not for beginners and sensitive hearts - it is only 300W and don't use it with nuts or harder stuff or it will die. Also instructions say that dry stuff is not good but ice and frozen fruit are OK to use. It is not intended to be ice crusher but in recipe book ice can be added together with fruit.
I already destroyed one blade unit. The reason was that I used it once to chop walnuts and it was against Kenwood rules for S2GO and small damage became a hole after some time. Liquids started to drip out... Kenwood service parts department was quick and replacement was cheap.
'Coast to coast, LA to Chicago, western male
Across the north and south, to Key Largo, love for sale'
Sounds nice but nothing to do with this little machine.
'A license to love, insurance to hold
Melts all your memories and change into gold
His eyes are like angels but his heart is cold'
Insurance policy is not necessary as it is a cheap product. Kenwood recommends that you don't use it longer than 30 sec in one go. It nicely melts fruit but his heart gets hot very quickly.
'No need to ask
He's a smooth operator
Smooth operator, smooth operator
It is simple to operate - there are 2 speeds and pulse. You have to be gentle with it but if you intend to use it occasionally for smoothies it will be your smooth operator, smooth operator...
I bought it to process food for my little son and it did its job. I didn't want something huge to take up the space in the kitchen so this one was fine (31.3 x 16 x 15.2cm, 1.75 kg). Both mugs have drink-through lids and can be easily stored in the fridge or be ready 2GO. The capacity is 0.5 l. The only downside is that it is not dishwasher friendly. Not a huge problem with fruits/vegetables if you rinse it straight away though...
You can find it under £20 on various sites. I bought mine in Tesco while on special offer. Instruction booklet has few useful recipes to set you 2GO from the very first minute (if you lose your smoothie inspiration in the new-product-unpacking-excitement).
...and now for something completely different...
Actually called "Kenwood Smoothie2Go" on the box.
Bought from Tesco for £14.97.
Purchase - Bought as a Christmas present but turned out to be faulty. Fault was a plastic molding error. Retailer swapped it no problem. Second one works really well.
Ease of Use - Like the fact that it can blend ice into the drink and there is very little mess in using it. Drink can be taken out with you as it blends in its own travel cup. Hardly any washing up which is good. It is reasonably quiet in operation compared to other blenders I have used in the past.
There is a recipie book in the pack with the unit which has some nice recipies in it but once you have the basic principles you can make up your own concoctions.
I would advise using frozen fruit in it, the kind you can buy in the supermarket, as this saves using ice cubes and the machine copes with this easily.
All in all we are happy with the machine - other half because he can take breakfast smoothies to work and me because there is so little mess!
Updated to say - Tesco are now selling this for £12.94 online.
The SB055 Smoothie 2GO is perfect for on-the-go lifestyles helping you get your five-a-day of fruit and vegetables wherever you are.It is easy to make your own smoothie - place the ingredients into the travel mug fit the chopping blades fix onto the compact base and you are ready to make your smoothie / The low high and plus pulse speed options allow you to mix your drink to the smoothness you prefer / Simply fit the drink-through re-sealable lid to the top remove the travel mug from the base and you are ready to go with your smoothie. / Short name: Kenwood SB055