Hamilton Beach 58148A Review
Pros: Very inexpensive, solid for smoothies
Cons: Can catastrophically leak if base isn’t attached, struggled with grating hard cheese
Manufacturer: Hamilton Beach
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|Pros||Very inexpensive, solid for smoothies||Fantastic smoothies, great at crushing ice, silky-smooth purees||Excellent at crushing ice, perfect at pureeing, superb at smoothies||Great blended drinks, excellent at pureeing, solid at making nut butter||Fantastic at crushing ice, very convenient, great value|
|Cons||Can catastrophically leak if base isn’t attached, struggled with grating hard cheese||Blade showed signs of wear and tear||Pricey||No presets, digital timer||Motor felt underpowered for pureeing nut butter|
|Bottom Line||While certainly not the best appliance out there, this is one of the best we have seen at its price point||We think it's hard to go wrong with this kitchen appliance if you want the best of the best for your blending needs||This product is one of the best blenders available, handling everything we threw at it||If you are shopping on a budget, it’s hard to go wrong with the Nutribullet ZNBF30400Z||If you are looking for a budget blender that makes fantastic frozen drinks and superb smoothies, look no further than the Ninja|
|Rating Categories||Hamilton Beach...||Cuisinart...||Vitamix A2500...||NutriBullet...||Ninja Chef...|
|Specs||Hamilton Beach...||Cuisinart...||Vitamix A2500...||NutriBullet...||Ninja Chef...|
|Model Number||58148A||CBT-2000||A2500||ZNBF30400Z||CT805, CT810, CT815|
|Power||Peak .94 HP||Peak 3.5 HP||Peak 2.2 HP||1.6 HP||Peak 2 HP|
|DImensions||14.7" x 6.5 " x 8.7"||10.05" x 8.50" x 17.55"||11" x 8" x 17"||16.5" x 9.8" x 7.5"||17.99" x 9.72" x 8.46"|
|Jar size||40 oz||64 oz||64 oz||64 oz||72 oz (64 oz max liquid capacity)|
|Dishwasher safe||Yes||Yes||Yes||Pitcher; top rack only||Yes|
Our Analysis and Test Results
Unfortunately, this blender does struggle with some of the more difficult tasks and can't compete with the top-tier products but also usually costs less than a tenth of the premium appliances, making it a much more attractive bargain option
For our first set of tests for these blenders, we made three different smoothies and a malt using the same recipe. We awarded points based on the quality of the finished drink, with our judges looking at both taste and texture. The Hamilton Beach 58148A performed quite well, earning an above-average score.
This blender did exceptionally well with the Oreo malt, producing a great drink after only a minute of blending. The texture wasn't quite as smooth as the top models but our judges scored it highly when it came to taste and the ingredients were well incorporated. However, we did need to give it just a little bit of assistance to get started and loosen some wedged cookies partway through blending.
Next, we moved on to our trio of fruit and vegetable smoothies. The performance of this blender dropped overall but it still did better than average. It took this blender a little over a minute to successfully blend the green smoothie. It did manage to fully incorporate all of the ingredients but the texture wasn't the best in our minds. The Hamilton Beach 58148A seemed to max out with the kale at a certain size and never managed to break down the flakes after a point, leading to a rather chunky texture and a smoothie with tons of pulp.
We think the Hamilton Beach 58148A did about the same with our berry smoothie. It did need a little assistance towards the end and this blender was struggling a bit — with an accompanying smell — with this higher viscosity mixture but it eventually got all of the ingredients incorporated. However, it again left plenty of smaller pieces of berry skin unblended and couldn't break down the seeds, leaving a much grainier overall texture.
This blender did struggle the most with our fruit and oat smoothie, due to its lack of liquid. We had to shake the blender pitcher multiple times to get it going and it took a full 90 seconds before it was even close to being acceptably blended. Even then, it was still very grainy and had unincorporated oats at the end, but we would consider it a successful smoothie.
For our next metric, we scored the Hamilton Beach 58148A on its abilities to both crush ice and to make a blended margarita. It did very well, earning a score well above average and holding its own with blenders that cost significantly more.
The difference between this blender and the top-tier models was most noticeable when it came to crushing the ice cubes but the Hamilton Beach 58148A still delivered respectable results. It didn't seem to struggle with breaking down the cubes but we found the bottom of the pitcher would jam up with crushed ice, blocking the unblended cubes from reaching the blades.
However, the performance of the Hamilton Beach 58148A greatly improved when we added in some margarita mix and liquor. It didn't have any trouble achieving a homogeneous mixture in about 60 seconds and we found it to be quite pleasant to drink. It has a bit more of a granular texture than the best blenders but, all in all, created a more than acceptable blended margarita.
Moving past actual blending performance, our next group of assessments looked at the ease of use for each of these appliances. We awarded points based on the ease of cleaning, the interface, presets, and how difficult it is to remove the lid. The Hamilton Beach 58148A is a bit limited when it comes to some of these features but it still merited a score just a tiny bit above average.
We do like that not only the pitcher but also the blade and the lid are safe to put in the dishwasher. We also like that the blade can separate from the base to make it super easy to clean by hand. This also severely mitigates the chances of cutting yourself but you do need to make sure the lid is securely attached before blending or risk a catastrophe.
However, you do usually need to dry the components on a separate dish drainer, as we don't think there is enough airflow to let it dry on its base. It is very well labeled, with large text that is easy to read for its low, medium, high, and pulse settings. Unfortunately, this blender lacks a digital timer or any presets, so you need to judge the amount of blending time independently. We also found that the lid fits very tightly on the pitcher which can make it quite difficult to remove, though handy for minimizing spills while pouring.
Back to blending performance, our next metric looked at how the Hamilton Beach 58148A did at pureeing. To assess this, we made nut butter and tomato soup, as well as seeing if we could actually heat the soup to serving temperature just by blending. This blender again did decently well, earning a score just above average.
Surprisingly, we found this blender did exceptionally well when it came to making nut butter — something that traditionally stymied the cheaper blenders. It did take a little help to get it started but it ran for the full 8 minutes, producing a smooth and creamy almond/peanut butter. We also liked that it didn't need any assistance from us once it got going and didn't require any additional oil.
The performance of the Hamilton Beach 58148A dropped a bit with the tomato soup, requiring a decent amount of stirring and prodding to get it started. We ran for 6 minutes on high but the resultant soup was quite viscous, requiring significant effort to get it through the sieve.
It also left just about all of the seeds intact. On top of that, we didn't register much of a temperature increase at all, with the soup definitely requiring additional heating before it could be served.
Our last metric had some of the most difficult tasks for these products. We looked at how this blender did at powdering sugar, grating parmesan cheese, and milling corn kernels. Overall, it delivered a somewhat disappointing result in this metric, earning it a score well below average.
The Hamilton Beach 58148A struggled with the powder sugar test, failing to do much of anything to the granulated sugar after 60 seconds of blending. A small amount could be considered powdered sugar but the bulk of it was definitely still granulated.
It didn't fare much better with the hard cheese. It grated a small amount but large chunks remained after 30 seconds of blending.
It did slightly better with the corn kernels but not by much. The final product was a far cry from cornmeal and most of the kernels would not pass through a fine-mesh sieve after blending.
This was even after adding an extra minute to our usual milling time.
If you are looking for a great bargain buy when it comes to blenders, then the Hamilton Beach 58148A is definitely one of the best options out there. It costs a fraction of the top models while delivering respectable results.
All in all, we were pleasantly surprised with the performance of the Hamilton Beach 58148A given its ultra-low price tag compared to the top-tier products. It produced solid smoothies and frozen drinks, all while being simple and easy to operate. It does lack many of the convenience features of the upper echelon of blenders and struggles with tasks like grating hard cheese or milling flour but we think it's hard to beat for anyone shopping on a budget.
— Austin Palmer and David Wise