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    This Compact And Gorgeous Blender Makes My Mornings So Much Easier

    If you love smoothies and have limited counter space, it's hard to beat this Beast Blender.

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    If you're like me, you 1. love smoothies and 2. don't have the time, energy, or counter space to store, use, and CLEAN a giant blender.

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    ^Me, talking to me, trying to stay optimistic on another 2021 morning

    Enter the Beast Blender ($155 on Amazon), a narrow, single-human-size blender that's powerful, easy to use, and works in every size kitchen (including New York apartment-size ones).

    The circular, tall light grey blender in my kitchen
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    This thing *lives* on my counter, and I don't mind it taking up the (admittedly small) space at all, because it's that dang stylish — AND I use it truly allllllll the time!

    Here's how it works: Just fill the blending container with your ingredients, twist on the blade attachment to seal closed, and twist down onto the blending base.

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    The controls are super intuitive for my pre-caffeine morning brain. When you twist the blender jar in, the yellow indicator light turns white, which indicates it's locked and ready to use. Just press to pulse, or press and hold for *just one second* to start a 60-second automatic blend.

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    And the design isn't *just* for looks — it's really smart too. I'm no engineer, but apparently the ribbed design of the jar is to ~increase the turbulence~ and efficiency of your blend. Plus, the blade speed adjusts automatically to properly move and incorporate ingredients.

    The blender jar filled with berries, yogurt, and other fruit
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    It might not be a Vitamix, but the 18,000 revolutions per minute get the job done. Let's watch the Beast crush some ice:

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    As you know, Vitamix blenders go for $200–$600 bucks a pop (even if you buy refurbished), so the Beast is also just a great bang for your buck!

    It might be small, but it is mighty. And the results? It's basically homemade snow.

    My hand holding a couple tablespoons of crushed ice
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    The smart design continues: The gray material on the lid and bottom of the container make it *really* easy to twist open/closed and grip — without freezing your hand.

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    Look at this smoothie rainbow.

    And as you can see above, I usually just drink it from a silicone straw straight out of the wide mouth opening. But if you want to take it on the go, it comes with a travel lid complete with on-the-go handle.

    The blender in black with the on-the-go lid with handle
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    It's always great to add liquid when you're blending or making a smoothie, and it's recommended with this blender, but my liquid is often just...Greek yogurt...and I have no trouble blending my frozen ingredients oh-so smooth.

    My blending jar with the following ingredients: frozen zucchini and mango, plain greek yogurt, chopped kale, and a Trader Joe's acai packet
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    This is when the weird liquid that floats on top of your Greek yogurt comes especially in handy.

    If I go too overboard with the frozen ingredients, it's easy to blend, remove the jar, give it a quick shake, and blend once more.

    I like my smoothies tttthhiiiiiiicccckkkkk (when I go out for a smoothie, ordering extra thick is the way to go), and I've been able to make deliciously creamy, not juice-like smoothies EVERY DANG TIME.

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    Thick smoothie pro tip: I have a banana allergy right now (guess what, bananas share similarities with ragweed pollen!) and can't eat them, and it turns out frozen zucchini is an amaaaaazing smoothie thickener. It doesn't add sweetness like a banana does, but it's also pretty flavor-free so it won't make your blend taste super "green" like some veggies do.

    And cleanup is incredibly easy. Just rinse the blade base with soapy water (or a quick dish sponge scrub for stubborn ingredients), wipe down the blender base as needed, and alllll the other parts are dishwasher-safe.

    My hand holding the standalone blade attachment under a faucet to rinse clean
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    The blender comes with the largest (1,000-ml) blending container, but you can also purchase smaller 800-ml ($18) and 500-ml ($16) containers for smaller recipes.

    The three container sizes
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    You can shop all the Beast blender accessories, including the extra containers, here.

    I also have the shorter container, and it's great for food processing tasks, like whipping up a super easy fresh salsa.

    The salsa in a bowl next to a blender
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    I didn't take a picture of the salsa at the time, but it was VERY GOOD.

    If you're looking for a recipe, try The Kitchn's for how to make restaurant-style salsa in a blender (that's what's pictured above).

    But smoothies aren't the only thing I can quickly whip up in this bb. My go-to Sunday Scaries food, at-home crepes, are just a blend away.

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    And thanks to the compact size and included lid, I can pop the jar of batter right in the fridge for the required chilling — something I wouldn't be able to do in a standard (too tall) blender. Aaaand that means one less dish to wash, too.

    You blend the batter in the jar, pour the batter right OUT of the jar into your pan, store the batter in the jar (including the leftovers, which I use for weekday dessert crepes the following Monday/Tuesday), and then just....toss in the dishwasher.

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    You BY NO MEANS need a crepe pan to make crepes at home (thin batter + tilting the pan = a nice thin crepe), but I *do* have one, and it's great. If you love crepes as much as I do and are interested, you can get the pan (plus a wooden spreader + spatula) from Amazon for $49.95.

    Seriously, I make these pretty regularly, and they turn out consistent every time. BTW, you can find the crepe recipe I use here!

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    Does this do EVERYTHING? No. For recipes where you have to add in ingredients as you go (emulsifying in particular) you need a traditional blender you can add ingredients to while you blend. But for easy, everyday smoothies, dips, sauces, etc. this is the ticket. WHY whip out (and clean) your giant blender every dang day??

    TL;DR: If you like to start your day with a smoothie, like whipping up not-huge amounts of blended sauces or soups, or just hate dealing with (and washing) a full-size blender, the Beast Blender really might be the perfect one for you.

    It's a fairly new blender, but the reviews on Amazon and the Beast Blender's website are pretty dang good already.

    Let's hear from some:

    "To be completely honest, I got this off the aesthetic alone (after reading other reviews that it was as beastly powered as they say, of course). Not only does it look nice on my countertop, it really blends ingredients perfectly. I love the convenience of just pulling the container off the blender and switching the top so I can sip right out of it. Very easy to clean as well, which is a huge thing for me. Overall big 5/5 stars. If Beast carried more appliances, I'd happily add to my collection." —AJ M.

    "So far it's the best blender I've ever owned. I've had several similar class blenders from Ninja and even one from Blendtec. I have to say — by comparison I am blown away at the engineering and build quality of the Beast! Not only that but it is extraordinarily quiet too while doing an even better job of actually blending. Thanks for making an incredible product! I personally think this should be considered the de-facto modern blending device, the Gold Standard really. Especially for people like me who mostly just want to blend smoothies." —Jeremy J.

    "I have used many devices for smoothies but this product is the winner! No matter how many veggies I put in… everything is blended so smoothly unlike other products which left lumps." —Marita Della R.

    Style AND function? Dreams really do come true. If you want to try the Beast Blender out for yourself, you can get it from Amazon or The Beast for $155 (available in pebble grey and black, plus in white exclusively on The Beast website).

    The black blender with text looks good, blends better
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