PHILIPS MINI BLENDER HR2870
$65 (comes with a 600ml jar, two 350ml tumblers, a lid, an extra chopping blade and a recipe book), from major department and electrical stores USING IT It has two speeds – low, for soft fruits (which worked well for my smoothie) and high, for denser fruit like avocados. It took me a while to figure out how to attach the blade, and detaching it was scary as I had to fit my fingers into a nook at the back of the blade holder to unscrew it. It’s the only one with an extra chopping blade for mincing garlic and onions.
STABILITY With no suction pads on the base, the blender jumped a bit while in use. TUMBLER DESIGN The lids go on and off easily but aren’t spillproof. The mouths are wide enough to easily take half a banana and whole strawberries. Unlike the others, which have flip-top lids, I had to remove the press-down lid to drink from them. NOISE The quietest of the lot. CLEANING UP The wide mouths made cleaning up a cinch. VERDICT Quiet, easy to clean and doubles as a chopper too, although the blending blades took some effort to attach and detach.