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- Professional grade 3.5 peak horsepower blender tackles smoothies, soups, and ice
- Oversized, weighty base stays put during use
- 64-ounce polycarbonate pitcher with integrated blades and nonslip handle
- 2 speeds plus pulse action; 19 inches high; weighs 15 pounds
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
What is it?
A powerful offering from Waring with an unbelieveable 3.5 peak horsepower motor. It comes with a 64oz, BPA-free, polycarbonate pitcher and a standard lid which simply presses into place to be secured. It comes with a clear cap that can be removed from the center of the lid to add ingredients if needed. While the container is dishwasher-safe, it’s recommended that you hand-wash it for maximum durability. This blender is a two-speed as opposed to variable speed, and therefore the control panel has a simple High-Low-Off switch as well as a pulse toggle switch.
What we like:
The motor – a 3.5 peak horsepower motor is ridiculous. In comparison, Vitamix’s most powerful motors stand at 2.2 peak horsepower. Blendtec’s most powerful offerings stand at 3 peak horsepower. While it’s true that motor horsepower is definitely not the end-all-be-all of blender performance – and also that peak horsepower means even less than sustained horsepower – it’s surprising to see such a high horsepower from Waring. Users who purchased the blender specifically to liquify tough, leafy greens in green smoothies were particularly impressed. It was a common trend throughout all user reviews that the motor power (and quality) was simply amazing.
The quality – many users praised Waring for building such a solid blender. We didn’t see anyone complaining that the motor burnt out (a common problem with cheaper blenders) or reporting any issues with the motor drive shaft. There were a few complaints about the control panel, however (see below for more info), but the overall quality is largely a positive.
The carafe – a 64oz carafe is definitely welcome. Though at this price point we somewhat expect that size. Still, it’s large enough to blend for groups or families without having to worry.
The dull blades – not a huge deal, but we’re a fan of blenders that use dull blades and rely on pure horsepower to ensure a good blend. Plus, it lessens the chance of any cleaning mishaps.
The noise – this blender is extremely loud, perhaps louder than most other blenders – one user measured the sound 1 foot away from the blender to be 92db, which is very high even for a blender. In comaprison, the Vitamix 5200 measured at 90db and the Vitamix Pro 750 measured at 84db. While a few db might not seem like much, decibels are measured on a logarithmic scale so that a sound at 90db is roughly twice as loud than a sound at 80db. Multiple users recommended wearing earplugs while operating the blender, though many already had earplugs from operating their previous blenders.
The switch durability – as mentioned above, a few users have complained that the paddle switches on the control panel are prone to breaking. Waring will repair them if you bring it to a repair center, but it’s still an added hassle that shouldn’t exist. It’s important to note, though, that the majority of users didn’t encounter any problems with the switches. There were also a few users who said the blade eventually broke, but it occurred after 5 years or several hundred smoothie blends.
The warranty – we were surprised to see that it only has a 1 year warranty on all blender parts except the motor, which has an extended warranty. Most blenders at this price point have longer warranties, and while you can pay extra for a longer warranty, it costs $30 for a 2 year warranty and $40 for a 3 year warranty, which still doesn’t come close to Vitamix’s 7 year standard warranty.
We’ve also heard conflicting reports about Waring’s customer service. Some users complained that they had long waits before anyone replied. However, others praised the customer support workers for actually having in-depth knowledge of the blenders. We have no firsthand experience, but it’s something to be wary of.
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Should you buy it?
This blender is directly competing with Vitamix’s Turboblend Two Speed, which offers a similar control panel and similar performance, but at the $300 price tag, it remains roughly $100 cheaper than the Turboblend. This price comparison alone is what draws most people to the blender. And the quality and performance they find once they dig deeper is often enough to make them think twice about jumping at a Vitamix, or simply purchase the Waring flat out. So is the blender right for you? In short, it’s a strong competitor against the cheaper Vitamix and Blendtec offerings.
Let’s first assume you’re in the market for a high-powered blender that can handle heavy-duty kitchen tasks and not a cheaper, less powerful option. Looking at other blenders around this same price point, the Brevile Hemisphere is $100 cheaper, but also much less powerful and comes with a smaller 48oz container. The Vitamix Turboblend Two Speed, as mentioned above, is similarly powerful and also offers exceptional performance like the Waring, but it comes with a price tag $100 more expensive. Many users also compare this blender directly to more expensive Vitamix and Blendtec offerings as well. In fact, multiple people chose this blender over a Blendtec not just because of the cheaper price, but also because they preferred the manual control panel instead of Blendtec’s electronic control panel; they were concerned that repairing an electric control panel would be much more difficult than repairing the Waring control panel if either broke down the road.
The 3.5 horsepower motor seems ridiculously powerful, and while it’s extremely impressive, remember that pure horsepower is not the only thing that determines a blender’s ultimate performance. Quality of the parts and blender design also factor in heavily. That being said, the Waring MX1000 has both of those as well, and it results in a very impressive blender option that often flies under the radar, overshadowed by offerings from the blender giants, Vitamix and Blendtec.
The only big downside to be concerned about is the quality and warranty. While the blender is mostly very sturdy and well made (especially the motor, which we haven’t heard anyone have issues with), a few users cautioned that the switches on the control panel may break during the blender’s life. We haven’t heard similar complaints about Vitamix machines, so if quality is of the utmost concern, the Vitamix Turboblend may be worth the additional cost. Vitamix also offers a 7 year warranty compared to Waring’s 1 year warranty, as mentioned above. Other than these two concerns, the quality offered by the Waring is exceptional and definitely rivals high performance offerings from competitors.
A further note: some people may be put off by the lack of variable speed options on the control panel. If that’s an issue for you, then you’ll need to seek out alternative options (such as the Waring MX1200, which comes with a variable speed control, or a Vitamix 5200, which also has a variable speed dial), but we don’t see much trouble with only the three options (high, low, or pulse) as they can handle pretty much any job you need.