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Review of the Phillips HR2095 Blender

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Review of the Phillips HR2095 Blender

The Philips HR2095 Blender is a quality blender marketed as mid range in Europe and higher range in the U.S., with prices varying between $60 and $250 depending on where you look. While that might seem like a wide price range, the U.S. charges heavy customs on imported electronics.

I’ve had the HR2095 blender for 6 months, and this is my review.

The Blender

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The blender is constructed of sturdy plastic and very thick glass. It is heavy, but if you pick it up, you do get the feeling that it will probably survive being dropped short distances, if not from countertop height, although it is glass, so it’s not recommended to test, especially not if you have a concrete floor. The blender is well made, and sturdy enough to stand up to regular use.

The Pitcher – The Phillips HR2095 features a very heavy duty glass pitcher that is too heavy for some, but sturdy and good for everyday use. The pitcher holds up to 1.5 liters and features measuring marks on the side, so you can easily measure out ingredients. This is especially great for making smoothies and cocktails with a recipe. If you have weak wrists, it is much too heavy.

The Lid – The Lid features a removable plastic measuring cup which is great because you can add items in through there without turning your blender off. It also comes with a scoop to press items down from the side, but this is much too short, and you’re better off using a small wooden spoon. The design is slightly difficult to clean, but seals very well on the blender, and hasn’t come off, even with a very full pitcher.

The Base – The base is sturdy, features a longer cord than most other blenders I’ve tried, and well laid out. The buttons are easy to see and read, and the unique locking function of the pitcher makes it difficult to accidentally turn the blender on, which is a really great safety feature.

Blender Settings

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There are two buttons and one dial on the Philips blender, and they each have a function.

Dial – The dial sets the speed of the blender, which is smoothie, low, medium, and high. Smoothie, is of course, best for blending solids into liquids. Low, medium, and high, are different speed intensities, and they all work fairly well at different speeds, making them ideal for different foods. So far, my most used setting has been smoothie, but I’ve used all three fairly regularly. The lowest setting works on bananas, kale, soft fruits, and so on. The highest setting is strong enough to work on carrots.

Clean – The clean function is set to clean out the blender by rapidly swirling water around. However, it does have some flaws. For example, it doesn’t really clean the lid.

Pulse – If you’re looking to chop up onions, or any other item in your blender rather than shredding it, the pulse function is excellent. While it does slightly shred soft items like onions, it chops very well. It’s also ideal for mixing thick foods (like meat for meatballs with egg and onions).

Review of the Phillips HR2095 Blender

The Phillips HR2095 blender is extremely good at blending. It’s one of the only blenders that I’ve seen to turn very large carrots into a smoothie consistency. That’s impressive for something that cost 60 euros. In some cases, especially if you’re using hard items, you will have to blend multiple times to get the right effect, but that’s to be expected, especially if you’re adding multiple items such as apples, carrots, and beets. It does, however, go through these items. Less solid foods like bananas, oatmeal, and nuts are good with one blend. In fact, the blender makes plant milks almost effortlessly.

The Pros

  • Very good at blending, probably one of the best blenders in the price range
  • Fast, relatively noise free
  • Does not smell while blending like some blenders do
  • Pulse function works as a chopper
  • Pitcher locks into place before you can turn the blender on
  • Heavy duty plastic and glass
  • Crushes ice
  • 700 watts

The Cons

There are also multiple cons to this blender. For example, the pitcher is designed to come off of the base so that you can clean it easily, but this also leaves a gap, which means that the base can get pretty messy in between the plastic and the glass if you aren’t careful. It’s also difficult to remove the pitcher with one hand, because it is heavy.

If you’re blending sticky items like meat, the curved blades also make it difficult to remove all of the food, so you will need a small spoon to get things out.

  • Might take two or three blends to get a smooth consistency with very hard items
  • Pulse function slightly shreds soft foods
  • Too expensive in most areas of the U.S.

What’s the Verdict?

The Philips HR2095 is a very good blender with a lot of power, especially in its price range, but it’s a better fit for younger people and families, rather than the elderly, thanks to a very heavy pitcher. If you’re in the U.S., you can also get similar blending power for less money with a Ninja blender, but if you’re in the UK or western Europe, it really is one of the best in its price range.