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I've made some good purchases this year. I've had a hard time choosing between my Siemen's tumble dryer, my Baavet wool pillow and my Magimix Blender for the best purchase of the year, but I think the blender takes the win because it is both highly practical and extremely pleasurable to use.
===Why did I choose this blender?===
After having a horrible experience with a rather pricey Duronic BL1200 blender I did a LOT of research before settling on the Magimix 11610, 1.8L blender in black. The Amazon reviews were highly complementary and the Magimix received high praise on a number of raw food forums- I don't follow a raw food diet but I figured if the Magimix can handle raw carrots and whole apples then it would be able to handle anything I would throw at it. The raw foodies seemed to think it was the next best thing to a Vitamix, which start at around £400 and are clearly excessive for my needs.
The Magimix 11610 has a powerful 1200W motor with 8 speed settings and 4 pre programmed settings for ice, smoothies, soups, and desserts. The square, 1.8L jug is made of heavy, heat resistant glass. It is easy to clean and fully disassembles for thorough cleaning. It comes with a specially made spatula that can be used while the blender is running.
One of the reasons I bought this blender was that it had the ability to remove the blade from the base. I've had a number of blenders over the years and find that the "auto clean" functions are fine for every day cleaning but now and again I like to take everything apart and get into all the nooks and crannies. Unlike my awful Duronic blender, this one FULLY disassembles- meaning every part can be taken apart. It isn't hard to do and goes back together without fuss. However, I rarely need to take it apart because it is extremely well designed and there aren't any nooks or crannies for food to get into. To clean it on a day to day basis I just rinse it out and fill it about half way with warm water and a drop of washing up liquid then run it on speed 3-4 for about 30 seconds.
I primarily use this blender to make breakfast smoothies every morning. It does this extremely well. The powerful 1200W motor blends everything effortlessly and I've never felt like it was struggling to mix everything together (even when I'm making very thick smoothies with lots of frozen fruit). The smoothie setting is wonderful; it starts off slow and then builds up speed ensuring that the mixture is not thrown up on the sides of the jug. Then it slows back down to make sure any chunks settle back down into the blades before one last speedy blend. The result is incredibly smooth smoothies with never so much as a lump of unblended fruit (it even makes light work of raw, unpeeled apples). The lid fits snugly and there is a nice removable part to allow for easy additions while the blender is running. I use this to add whey powder mid cycle.
The soup setting is equally good. Unlike my old blender, it can be filled right to the top without the lid trying to shooting off. The heat resistant jug means soup can go in piping hot without fear. Soups come out lovely and smooth.
The dessert setting is fantastic too. The blender comes with a little recipe book and so far my favourite is an ice cream/sorbet thing that is made from a frozen banana, frozen raspberries and a bit of apple juice. It is an amazing, tasty treat in summer or a perfect healthy alternative to ice cream. For many of the desserts you need the specially designed spatula (included) that allows you to press the fruit into the blades while the blender is running. It means you need far less liquid to blend everything together making thick, ice cream like mixtures possible.
Another positive of this blender is that it is relatively quiet. It's not silent, but there's no need to stop your conversation or shout while it is running. It is slightly louder if you take out the part of the lid to make an addition while it is running, but nothing unbearable.
The whole unit looks nice sitting on the counter and more importantly, it stays in place. Even on the highest settings there isn't even a hint of counter creep.
Are there any negatives? No.
===Price and Availability===
This blender is not cheap. It is currently listed on Amazon for £159.99, which is the same price I paid for it 6 months ago.
This is an expensive blender worth every pence. I have used it at least once a day, every day for the past 6 months and it still brings a smile to my face every time (And trust me, it's not easy to get a smile out of me first thing in the morning!) I absolutely LOVE this blender and it wins my award for Best Buy of 2013.
The Magimix 11610 Black Le Blender is a high performance blender that comes in a chic gloss black finish / It features 4 pre-programmed functions that allows you to choose the setting you want for ice smoothies soups and desserts / It also features an energy saving mode in which it consumes 0 watts in energy / It also features powerful 1200W performance motor in which the blades rotate between 600rpm / 1500rpm along with an ultra-quiet function enabling you to continue your tasks without disturbing the household / It also comes with high quality 1.8L capacity and strong heat-resistant glass bowl ideal for both hot and cold foods and also has a water tight lid and measuring cap for extra convenience.1200W power1.8L capacityVariable speeds & pulse4 pre-programmed functionsIce crushSilent operationEco-mode settingHeat-resistant glass bowlIncludes recipe bookWeight: 4.45kgColour: BlackDepth: 16 cmHeight: 38 cmWidth: 14 cm / Short name: Magimix 11610