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Discount any review of a blender that reflects only several months of use. As a smoothie addict, shoveling a dozen or more ice cubes into the jar daily, I’m still looking for a machine that can go the distance (is a full year’s use asking too much?). The Braun burned out in the first 90 days, faster than my Black and Decker, Oster, even Hamilton Beach (though it lasted longer than Back to the Basics). The best thing I can say for the Braun is that it doesn’t have the impossible-to-clean push buttons (always look for a single switch, a knob, or a touch-pad). Otherwise, their shavers have served me better, mowing down whiskers more dependably than ice cubes. I’m going back to the beginning and giving the classic single-switch Oster another try, though I’m beginning to feel guilty about cluttering the landfills with more broken machinery and useless glass jars. [Update: I decided to give the reconditioned Kitchen-Aid sold by Amazon, currently at a drastic price reduction, a try. So far, so good. It’s solid and heavy, built like a fortress. ] Check it out!
Product Description PowerMax by Braun is the most powerful jug blender made. It combines 525 watts of power with five speeds plus a pulse setting for whipping up smoothies and all sorts of eye-opening concoctions. The large-capacity 7-cup glass jug is scratch resistant and won’t retain food odors. The unique triangular design ensures easy pouring from any pouring channel. White. Model MX2050. This appealing blender looks great, with a rounded triangular shape that marries form and function. It pours perfectly and cleans beautifully, but what we noticed first was the terrific grip on the handle: firm and comfortable, like a great handshake. The lid is also well designed, sealing easily and snugly, with tiny rubber tips attached on three sides to facilitate a smooth release and opening. This blender packs a lot of power, puréeing in seconds and turning eggs and oil into mayonnaise in fewer than two minutes. Five speeds let you whip up everything from chunky salsa to velvety soups; there’s also a pulse mode when you need an extra surge to add solids or give something one last stir. As a bonus, this blender looks great on the counter or stores easily in two parts in the cupboard. –C. Whitney-Ward Editor’s Choice:Braun’s PowerMax blender is an ideal first blender–not too expensive and still heavy-duty enough for many blending tasks–and is our pick for best blender under $50. It has five speed settings and a pulse feature. The blades are made of stainless steel, which makes them strong enough to crush ice (don’t pack the ice too tight, though), and they remove easily for cleaning. The blades, jug, and lid go in the dishwasher, while you wipe the base by hand with a damp towel.
Braun MX2050 PowerMax Jug Blender Review
I love this blender. Well, I used to; I don’t anymore. I have had two of these blenders in the past eight years. The older one burned out about a month ago. (Ironically, in that same week, two other Braun appliances–a hand blender and a coffeemaker–burned out, too. Died. Dead. ) Today, the second blender, as did the one before it, lost its cheap plastic gear-teeth, and I ordered another blade assembly. In both instances, the gears broke (see photo) while making bread crumbs, although, each time, the glass jar was only about a sixth full, and the bread was first torn into small pieces. I initially bought these to grind ice but found them useless for that. The good news is that these blenders and their cheap blade assemblies are no longer sold in this country. When this one dies, I will purchase one made by Breville. Braun was a great German brand known for design and engineering, but its reputation for quality went downhill after Procter & Gamble bought Gillette in 2005. (Gillette had acquired Braun in 1967. ) In a new development, De’Longhi, the Italian manufacturer, bought manufacturing rights to the brand in 2012. Maybe the Italians will restore German quality to Braun. -Read Reviews-
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525-watt blender with 58-ounce capacity
5 speeds plus pulse setting for just the right amount of control
Heavy-duty, stainless-steel blade crushes ice quickly
Triangular lid design allows pouring from 3 different positions
Measures 14-7/8 by 8-1/2 by 11 inches; 1-year warranty
I’ve had this for 6 years and used it lightly (25 times a year). It worked well for that time (150 blends), but that’s not alot of smoothies. .Pros: The blending of ice and harder, thick soups was decent. The noise level was moderate. Cons: Unfortunately, the way pitcher rotor attaches to the base with a plastic gear was defective by design. I was always careful placing it back in it’s cradle, but all the teeth eventually broke. Many people warned me in reviews, but I got it anyways. So I give it a 3/5 for performance and 1/5 for the poor gearing or longevity. I suspect most people who use their blenders probably go less than two years out of it and I blame the Braun’s QA and buyers for not cancelling this product before it went into production. I no longer consider Braun’s brand to be worthy of claiming German engineering (whether it’s made in China or not). I currently own a 1500 watt blender that came with a pitcher, blending cups, and a food processor. It was three times the money and totally worth it.