Review: Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone blender

Like my review of the Juiceman, Jr., the Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone Blender caused me to move beyond my staple meals of ramen noodles, chicken wings, and beer.  I spent time in parts of the grocery store that I didn’t know existed.  As a bachelor, blending isn’t high on my list of food preparation activities, but for you, dear reader, I tied on my apron and blended a variety of things.

Let’s face it: blenders aren’t new technology.  They’ve been around for over 80 years, and chances are the belnders used by our parents and grandparents don’t differ too much in terms of functionality from today’s blenders.

The Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone has a sturdy base, an easy to clean blade, and a hefty glass carafe.  I was surprised by the glass when I unpacked this thing, as I was expecting some cheap plastic.  The weight of the glass helps lend a feel of quality to the blender, and also helps keep the thing firmly planted on your countertop as you blend your fruits and veggies.

In addition to lots and lots of strawberry/banana smoothies, I’ve also made applesauce, a couple recipes of salsa, and a handful of “breakfast drinks” of different sorts.  I’ve learned that I don’t like honey nearly as much as I thought I did.

The bottom line

The Black and Decker 10-speed Cyclone blender is a solid, no-frills performer.