HealthMaster Elite Blender by Montel Williams Review

HealthMaster Elite blenderAlthough, HealthMaster Elite claims to be a juicer, blender and food processor but it is just blender that does not include any juicing or food processing attachments and accessories. Yet, it is a very versatile blender.

Here, we will closely look at this blender and analyze how efficiently it performs all the claimed tasks and if it worth the attention of fussy type customers.

Functionality and Versatility

Smoothie: HealthMaster Elite will make excellent drinks from soft and tough ingredients. It also able to produce decent quality green smoothies even from tough food. The gadget will pulverize well nut, chia seeds and seeds in drinks including such usual suspect as strawberry and raspberry seeds. But to achieve the smooth consistency of drinks it may take up to 2-3 minutes to process.

Juices: The Montel is not able to produce classic juice that separates fiber from a liquid. However, it is perfectly capable emulsifying smooth drinks aka “whole juice”.

Frozen ingredients/desserts:  The blender has enough power to process frozen ingredients and ice cubes in drinks. It also able to shave ice to produce frozen treats and frozen drinks like margaritas, and other types of your favorite slushes.

Nut milk: This machine is able to pulverize nut in liquids to produce excellent quality nut milk.

Pureeing: The gadget has enough power to puree raw and cooked veggies to make a variety of recipes from the mash potato to most delicious spreads and dips.

Soup/ hot ingredients: This blender can handle hot liquids. It even able to make hot soup from cold ingredients heating them via frictions up to the 201F (94 C) and blending at the highest speed 8 for about 8 minutes.

Chopping/food prep: This machine has a good range of speeds and pulse function. So it is perfectly able to perform a range of food prep tasks from chopping veggies for coleslaw to making a salad dressing, salsa, and marinades. It is also will chop nuts and grate cheese.

Nut butter: HealthMaster Elite has enough power to make a decent quality nut butter only with some oil or water added. It also equipped with tamper which the necessary tool for such challenging task as processing thick mixtures.

Grinding/milling:  This machine is designed to grind coffee beans and herbs. It also perfectly capable milling the baking quality flour.

Dough/batter: This machine is designed to knead dough and mix batter.

HealthMaster Elite is a very versatile blender. It is equipped with enough power and range of speed to perform even most challenging tasks such as producing frozen desserts and nut butter. However, as any multitasking machine, it requires the time and effort to master all these functions.

Speed Settings and Programs

61fz0glbtl-_sl1500_HealthMaster Elite comes with 8 speeds, pulse function, ice cycle and quite unusual digital control panel. The control panel equipped with ON/OFF, PULSE, RUN/STOP, ICE buttons and digital LED display with two ((+) and (-)) TIME and two ((+) and (-)) SPEED buttons that regulate speeds.

The blender activated with pressing the ON button which illuminates also LED display. The one of eight speeds selected by pressing the SPEED’s (+) or (–) buttons and time from 0 to 10 minutes selected by pressing the TIME’s (+) or (-) buttons. Then a machine is ready to run by pressing the RUN/STOP button. The unit will not run until the time is selected and if speed were not selected then it will operate on speed 1. When a user needs to blend ingredients for less than 1 minutes the STOP button should be pressed manually when desired consistency is achieved.

Pulse functions run by pressing and releasing PULSE button for each pulse bursts. The machine is also equipped with special ICE button that supposed to be used for processing ice and pre-programmed as continuous pulse bursts until a user manually stops it by pressing STOP button.

The HealthMaster Elite control panel is not absolutely straightforward to operate and requires some learning to master it.

Ease of Using and Cleaning

Operating:This blender is very easy to assemble for use because it has irremovable blade system and does not have any container and lid locking mechanisms. So, the user just has to securely sit the jar on the top of the base unit. Ones it sits properly the safety weight switch at the back of the base unit will be activated. Then a user may fill the container with ingredients, push firmly the lid on the top of the jar until the lid meets jar lip and it is ready to operate. The jar equipped with vented 2–part lid (rubber lid and lock cap). So the lock cap could be removed for adding extra ingredients during blending or for using the tamper. The cap also intends for releasing the steam pressure during the processing of hot ingredients.

Tamper: This machine comes with a plastic plunger which designed for helping to process the thick mixture and removing the air pockets.

Cleaning: The HealthMaster Elite is also very easy to clean. Although, this machine is not dishwasher safe but it could be easily clean with hand or using self-clean-up – adding few drops of soap into the container filled halfway with water and run for 1 minute at the highest #8 speed. Then rinse thoroughly and dry with a cloth.

Base Unit and Motor Power

This machine comes with powerful 1200 watts motor that rotates blades at the speed of 22,000 rpms (enough to heat liquids via frictions). The unit also has overheat protection system that automatically shut off the machine for 35 minutes when it is overheated.

However, it seems that the unit manufactured the way that it cannot handle the high loads for the extended period of time and few fatal faults make the motor not very durable. For example, the bearings at the bottom of the jar are not welded into the blade system but glued in with silicone. And when the unit run at high speed the silicon melts and cause the bearing to shift away, unit start to vibrate and produce some unusual sound. All this indicates the wearing out of the motor.

Container and Blades

This machine comes with 60 oz. (1700 ml) polycarbonate container and permanently inbuilt into it blade assembly. The container made from low-quality material and as reported by a customer may develop some cracks within 1 – 1.5 years of use. The replacement container is quite expensive and costs around 2/3 of the blender price. The container has the rubber lid and lock cap which are well-made and sit on the jar securely during blending.

The 4-prongs serrated blades are made from good quality stainless steel. However, it has a major fault with bearings to jar connection. Which is fixed so badly that often cause the cracking of the container just near the bearing connection what result in leaking liquids and other resulting problem.

Special Features

Colors: This machine is available in three colors – black, white and red. The white is the cheapest one currently.

Certified Refurbished: The certified refurbished models are available for this machine. However, the price is almost similar to the original version.

Use in countries outside of USA/Canada: This machine comes with 110-120 voltage system for use in USA/Canada. The blender could operate via voltage transformer in counties with 220-240 Volts system but it will void the warranty. 

Set Includes

  • Base unit with 1200 watts motor;
  • 60 oz. (1700ml) BPA-Free pitcher with permanently inbuilt stainless steel blade system;
  • 2-parts vented lid;
  • Custom tamper;
  • Recipe book (over 100 recipes, hardcover);
  • User manual. 

Warranty and Customer Service

The HealthMaster Elite comes with 3 month LIMITED warranty for the machine and lifetime warranty for the motor. However, the manufacturer tries to avoid honoring the lifetime motor warranty and often claim that they discontinued the model you have the warranty for and offer to buy the refurbished unit instead of repairing or replacing the faulty motor. The replacement parts are so expensive and will require paying shipping cost that often worth as much as the new unit. In addition, Montel Williams also charges the shipping cost for returning or replacing initially faulty item. What means that the HealthMaster Elite warranty almost does not exist. 

Noise

This machine is very noisy and outputs more decibels than other blenders with similar power capacity.

Optional Accessories and Attachments

There are no extra accessories or attachments available for this machine. The replacement parts could be obtained from manufacturer customer service. However, they are so expensive that often not worth to replace and cost as much as a completely new machine.

In addition, the manufacturer recently changed the design of this machine and no part from the previous version as compatible with the new models. So, this machine has a lot of problems with replacement parts.

Dimensions

It is a bulky machine with a footprint of 8.25 x 9 inches and height profile of 19.75 inches. This blender is too tall to fit under standard kitchen shelves. However, this machine has very neat cord storage beneath the base unit.

The machine is quite heavy and with a weight of 10 pounds, it does not travel over the counter during operation.

Pros and Cons

Pros:

  • This very powerful and versatile machine which is able to produce good quality smoothies including the green ones;
  • The blender can not only heat liquids making the hot soup via frictions but also makes frozen desserts and even knead dough;
  • The gadget comes with tamper and allows easily to process any thick mixtures;
  • The machine is very easy to use and clean.

Cons:

  • The HealthMaster Elite is not very durable and has average life expectancy of about 1-1.5 years;
  • The machine comes with few designed problems such as faulty bearings to jar connection and leaking container;
  • The blender comes with only 3 months of warranty for the unit part and lifetime for motor, however, the manufacturer avoids to honor it;
  • This machine is noisier than other blenders with comparable motor power.

HealthMaster Elite Consumer Reviews

The blender has a very good initial concept, comes with powerful motor and very professional promotion. However, the machine has very high failure rate what often reflected in customer’s reviews.

Amazon rating – 4.4

HealthMaster Elite Price

The price dropped significantly for HealthMaster Elite in the last 2-3 years from $200 to about $75. The machine has a number of designed faults which manufactures was not able to correct. So it is compulsory measure the manufacture implements to attract consumers.

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Summary

HealthMaster Elite could be a real winner if only the manufacturer invested more money into higher quality components and better construction methods. As for now, it is the very versatile machine which is able to perform functions the typical commercial type blender does. It blends from great smoothies and excellent frozen treats to heating soup from frictions and even kneading dough. Unfortunately, this machine does not last and after a short period of excellent performance. It may start to fall apart with a reduction in quality of performance.

So, this it can only suit to those consumers who want to try the powerful machine until it last (average life expectancy is about 1-1.5 years). Otherwise, it is better to look for a more durable alternative in the segment of powerful blenders under $100.

 

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