The Kitchenaid, Oster, Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart, and Waring are the well-known manufacturers on the market that produce blenders with a non-plastic, glass or stainless steel container. However, most of these machines come with a low power motor that is usually not higher than 450 watts. And it is indeed a challenge to find a really powerful and versatile blender with a glass container these days. There is a reason behind this problem. The glass pitchers are not shattering proof if they are exposed to the high load that powerful blenders produce. So the consumer must often make a tough choice between a powerful, versatile blender and a glass jar.
There was a time when even the top of the market, Vitamix, used to produce all of its machines with the metal pitcher, but that is not the case anymore. Now, most of the high power blenders come with Eastman Tritan copolyester (premium polycarbonate) pitchers. But there is a considerable number of health conscious and plastic allergy consumers who are still in search of a blender that is able to produce quality pulverizing comparable to top end blenders, with a jar that is not plastic.
This article will try to solve this problem and come up with a list of the blenders that are able to perform a relatively heavy duty job and at the same time comply with the requirements of most health conscious consumers.
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How Research Was Done and the Ratings Were Attributed
We selected a list of 14 blenders with glass or stainless steel (Waring) jars and power of 700 watts and over, in our quest to find powerful blenders. The list includes Cuisinart, Kitchenaid, Electrolux, Oster, Black & Decker, Frigidaire, Omega and Waring blenders. Then we selected the list of criteria to apply to the gadgets so as to shortlist the best nominees. Criteria included: blade assembly, motor power and rpm, functionality and performance, price, control panel and speeds, warranty and customer service, consumer, ratings, and a number of reviews. After thorough research of the manufacturer’s product manuals on selected machines, it became clear that only 5 blenders passed the no plastic and all metal blade assembly criteria – two Oster models, Tribest, Waring and Magimix (European brand that is not available in the USA). These criteria are the most important one in our research as it deals with whether or not this blender may be treated as one that has no contact with plastic during blending. Surprisingly, many of the brands known to produce glass containers come with plastic blade couplings.
Assessing the rest of our criteria against our shortlist turned out to be an easy job, as we came across in the past and had a chance to test all of the blenders in our shortlist. However, two Waring models also dropped out of our shortlist as they turned out to be not powerful enough while crushing ice or pulverizing hard or leafy vegetables. Really powerful Warings gadgets usually come with a metal jar but are terribly overpriced considering the low power they usually deliver.
Here are the short reviews on the best powerful blenders with a glass jar, after the rest of our criteria were applied.
#1 Oster Pro 1200 Blender
This popular gadget is actually the most powerful with the best performance against most of the selected criteria/parameters. The machine comes with an impressive 1200 watt (1.6HP) at peak motor that delivers the effective power of 900 watts and 19,000 rpm. With an all metal drive connection, this gadget is very durable and is likely to serve their customers for many years. It has a heavy and very stable base and quite a sleek, modern look.
Control panel: The blender control panel is equipped with 7 speeds – the low, medium, high speeds, pulsing mode and 3 pre-set programs for a smoothie, crushing ice and chopping – and this allows good control over the blending job.
Container, blades: It comes with a stress and temperature resistant silicate glass 6 cups (48 ounces) pitcher. The glass pitcher and the all-metal blade mounting ensures that the food has no contact with plastic when blending and thus will satisfy most of the strict requirements of health conscious people who are looking for a non-plastic jar blender. This machine does not include a tamper to help with pushing the food down to the vortex, and this is probably the only downside of this blender.
Functionality: Oster Pro 1200 is quite versatile and performs many tasks very well. It makes an almost perfectly smooth drink from soft fruits, decent frozen and green smoothies, chops food and makes a number of different salsas, mixes and salad dressing recipes. It is also able to make decent frozen desserts. And, most importantly, although with a great effort but it is able to make nut butter. This machine does not have enough power to heat liquid or mill quality flour. But it will grind herbs, nuts, and other softer ingredients.
Warranty: The gadget comes with a good 3-year limited warranty for blender parts and a 10-year limited warranty for the all-metal motor and drive connections.
Summary: No doubt this machine came out to be number one as the best powerful blenders with a glass jar. It has very decent functionality and, most importantly, it comes with a very reasonable price.
Read the full Oster Pro 1200 review here.
Amazon rating – 4.1 with nearly 1000 consumer reviews.
#2 Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean Blender
This model is actually a recently released upgrade of the Tribest DB-850 gadget. This machine has the same as the 850 version, a fairly powerful 1.1HP (820 watts) motor and delivers at the highest speed a considerable 23000rpm.
Container, blades: The Tribest DB-850 gadget had the problem that the majority of glass jar blenders have – it has a glass jar, but has plastic blade mounting. This DB-950 Dynablend Clean model comes with a successfully resolved blade mounting issue and it has a total glass container with silicon sealing gasket and all-metal blade and coupling. It comes with (64 ounces) 1800ml thick heavy-duty glass pitcher and includes a metal scoop that has the role of tamper and can be used for pushing or stirring thick ingredients during blending or as a measuring scoop.
Motor: This machine has the same as the 850 version, a fairly powerful 1.1HP (820 watts) motor and delivers at the highest speed a considerable 23000rpm.
Control panel: Its control panel has 5 variable speeds and two pre-set programs – 30 seconds pulsing mode and 60 seconds high-speed blending mode.
Functionality: This gadget usually makes a very decent quality smoothie, although sometimes it is a little textured. It handles frozen ingredients well, or ice cubes, when using its high-speed 60-second cycle. The machine will chop different vegetables well, and nuts using the pre-set pulse mode or variable speeds. It will do a decent herb grinding job, but milling grains is a bit challenging for this gadget. This machine does not deliver enough speed to heat soup from friction. With considerable effort, this machine is able to make nut butter, but you will have to run 8-10 high-speed cycles to achieve a smooth consistency.
Warranty: Most importantly, this blender is backed by the highest 10-year warranty and that means that the manufacturer stands by the product and its durability.
Summary: Overall, this is a decent blender that is powerful enough to make decent smoothies, crush ice and produce other quality blending tasks. However, this machine has one drawback: It is still a bit pricey.
Amazon rating – 3.7 with over 30 customer reviews.
#3 Magimix 11610 Blender
This blender produced in France and currently available only to European consumers. It comes with powerful 1200 watt at peak motor and operational power of around 600 watts.
Control panel: This machine control panel has 4 variable speeds, and 4 pre-set programs (ice, smoothie, soup and desserts) and pulse mode. The variable speed delivers amplitude ranging from 600 rpm at lowest to 15000 rpm at highest speed.
Container, blades: Magimix 11610 comes with 1800ml (64 oz.) heat and cold resistant borosilicate glass jar. It includes very convenient tamper that allows for stirring stubborn ingredients during blending for effortless processing. Most important, it has all-metal blade assembly that ensures no food contacting plastic during blending.
Functionality: This machine makes very good quality smoothies from soft fruits and leafy vegetables. It process well ice and frozen ingredients and its user manual include few recipes for frozen desserts. This machine comes with additional grinding ball and blade assembly, so it is able to grind herbs or chop nuts quite well. This Magimix blender will not heat liquid from friction but makes pancake batter. It is also possible to expand its versatility by buying additional food processing attachment compatible with this blender.
Warranty: Magimix 11610 Blender comes with reasonable 3 years warranty. The producer has a good reputation as it well-known in Europe for the popular Food Processors product lines.
Summary: Overall, it is very sturdy and versatile gadget with all metal and glass jar and blade assembly. It is priced and performs very similar to Tribest blender. So European health aware consumers when choosing between those two blenders may base their decision on brand loyalty or design preferences.
Amazon UK rating – 4.6 with nearly 400 consumer reviews.
#4 Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender
This machine very popular with the fans of frozen ingredients smoothies as it designed to crush ice well. It comes with powerful enough 1000 at peak watt motor that outputs effective 600 watts when working continuously or crushing ice.
Container, blades: Most important, this Oster model satisfies no plastic inside of pitcher requirement. It has all metal blade and mounting assembly and has very well built the durable motor. It comes with solid and stable unit base that do not travel over the counter when working.
Control panel: This machine has low, medium, high speeds, low pulse and high pulse modes and two pre-set programs for making frozen drinks and chopping ingredients that allow fairly decent control over blending.
Container, blades: It comes with a 6-Cup (48 oz.) Boroclass silicate Glass jar. The glass is stress and temperature resistant and shatters proof. This machine has no tamper and will require you to stop and to stir sometimes.
Functionality: Oster Reverse Crush blender has limited functionality and is designed to handle frozen ingredients. Still, it is possible to make a fairly smooth smoothie, with some effort. If you use hard ingredients, it will probably have to be run on more than one cycle on pre-sets, or 2-3 minutes on high speed. It will chop vegetables fairly well and can produce salsa or salad dressings. This machine has limited grinding abilities, and it will not make nut butter.
Warranty: As the majority of Oster blenders do, it comes with a 3-year machine limited warranty and a 10-year limited warranty for its motor parts.
Summary: Generally, this gadget performs very well for limited tasks such as smoothies and making and crushing ice. It will do other jobs to various degree of perfection. However, this machine has a very attractive price of around $60.
Amazon rating – 4.2 with over 2,000 consumer reviews.
The Oster Pro 1200 Blender is unquestionably the best powerful blender with a glass jar according to our research. Although, Oster 1200 and Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean show very similar performance – both make good smoothies, handle frozen desserts well, and are able to make nut butter – the Oster is almost 3 times less expensive than Tribest. Apart from another powerful and “healthy” Reverse Crush, there are a couple of other Oster models with at peak power of around 1000 watts, but they have only two or three speeds and thus the user has limited control over different blending recipes. Therefore, people who are looking for a powerful blender with a non-plastic jar have to decide between Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean and Oster Pro 1200 and Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms blenders. The European customers will decide between the very similar performing Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean and Magimix 11610 blenders.