Cleanblend Blender Review – A Vitamix Clone
When you talk about blenders, Vitamix has got to be one of the first blenders that a lot of experts recommend and rightfully so.
It’s one of the most versatile tools that money can buy because it will pulverize almost anything edible.
But there’s a problem. A Vitamix costs around $420. Even though a lot of people justify the cost saying that this machine is versatile, $400 is still a lot of money.
What if you simply can’t afford a $400 blender? I have good news, you don’t need to spend that kind of money on a powerful blender.
The Cleanblend blender can certainly match the Vitamix in terms of power with its 3hp motor and for a limited time, you can buy this commercial grade blender for at a price of a consumer blender.
The bigger question is does it have enough torque to not only make smoothies but also grind peanuts or mix a batter?
It certainly looks the part with manual controls and we will find out in this review.
A Quick Look
Power: 1,800 watts
Height: 19″ (approx)
Warranty: 5 yrs.
Pitcher: 62 ounces
- Comes with a shatter-proof, BPA free, 64 ounce jar
- Stainless steel blade with a sealed metal drive
- 3 horsepower motor (1,800 watts)
- Comes with a tamper
- Manual controls with variable speed and pulse options
- 5 year warranty
- Has commercial grade power at a price of a mid-range blender
- Easy to use controls
- Comes with a large jug that is BPA free
- Very tall, may not fit under smaller countertops
- No preset options – everything is manual
- Very loud (according to reviews)
At first glance you’d easily mistake this for a Vitamix because of the layout of the controls. It almost looks like a Vitamix. Here’s a look at these two machines side by side.
You be the judge.
Both of these blenders have a matte black finish and a similarly styled interface.
If you’re not familiar with blenders, you could easily mistake the one from the other. But there are distinct differences.
First would be placement. Cleanblend has its controls positioned at the middle, Vitamix is close to the top.
Second when you look at the jar, the Vitamix has a rubber sleeve on the handle that will give a better grip.
Cleanblend’s jar does not have this feature as it is all plastic. Hopefully they’ll add it in future versions.
Lastly, like the Vitamix it also comes with a tamper that use can use mid cycle to push ingredients down on the blade.
Under the hood, this machine is powered by a strong 1,800 watt motor that produces 3 hp and if you look at video reviews, the motor sounds powerful.
The bigger question is does it have enough torque which we will find out next.
If you look at Cleanblend’s website they’ve listed several recipes that includes smoothies, soups, guacamole and almond butter
Now let’s see how this blender in action through videos I found on Youtube.
Here’s a demon on making green smoothie…
At least for this recipe (frozen banana, kale, spinach, Greek yogurt, etc.) the blender was able to blend it to a smooth consistency.
Drew Palermo talks briefly about the features and another smoothie demo…
Another smoothie demo (making the perfect green smoothie)…
The ultimate test on a blender’s torque, making homemade nut butter…
Don’t try this on blenders with weak motors because it will burn out.
How about frozen yogurt…
You can make a frozen yogurt in less than a minute.
This machine is pretty versatile. Now I’m not sure if it can mix a batter, a feature which frankly separates the Vitamix from other blenders but when you look at the price it is hard to beat since you’re getting a blender with a commercial grade motor under the hood.
Cleanblend recommends cleaning this by filling it half full with warm water, adding a couple drops of dishwashing liquid (e.g. joy) then running it at the lowest speed setting between 30 to 60 seconds. Don’t forget to cover the jar.
Just make sure to clean this immediately after using it so that ingredients (particularly hard to clean ones like oil) don’t harden up and make cleaning almost impossible.
|Motor||1,800 watts (3 HP)|
|Height||19" (more or less)|
|Jug capacity||64 ounces (BPA Free and shatter-proof)|
|Blade Type||6 blade system|
|Preset blending cycles||None|
Cleanblend backs this up with a 5 year warrant and a 30 day money back guarantee. Read more about the warranty details in here.
One thing I noticed from all the reviews is the great customer service that Cleanblend offers to their customers. A few people who initially gave bad rating because of the faulty rubber gasket upgraded their ratings after Cleanblend offered to send them a replacement blender free of charge.
Remember that this is a relatively new company and they may be relying on consumer feedback to iron out the rough edges and make their product better.
As for performance, consumers say that this blender has a strong motor and will handle anything you put inside it. I’ve also shown you in one video above a demo on how it is fully capable of turning almond nuts into almond butter in less than a minute with minimal effort.
If you’re thinking of buying a Nutribullet, have a look at this first before taking the plunge because it has a longer warranty (5 years vs 1 year) and a way larger motor that will make smoother smoothies and crush ice without adding any water.
That’s how powerful the motor is.
The bigger question is longevity but with the great customer service and 5 year warranty. This product is hard to beat.
Give this product a shot. They’ve got a 30 day money back guarantee, no questions asked.
But wait there’s more…
When you buy direct you’ll receive a Cleanblend 20 oz. water bottle ($29.99 value) for free!
This is a great time to buy this blender while the price is still low and if you read the reviews a lot of people only had good things to say about this blender.
This machine will be able to make smoothies, nut butter, soup, baby food, etc. and even crush ice without water. It will essentially replace several appliances which also saves you money while allowing you to eat healthier.
Buying this is essentially risk free because you’ll get a 30 day money back guarantee. If you’re not happy with this product, return it for a full refund within 30 days.