From Storebound, a product design company that helps produce and distribute inventor-designed products, the Dash Blender is relatively new to the market (introduced in late 2012), and aims to give high-performance blenders like those from Vitamix and Blendtec a run for their money.
About the Dash Blender
With a 1,400-watt motor, the Dash Blender claims more power than most other blenders on the market (including the Vitamix and Blendtec).
It has a similar look to other high-end blenders, with a tall design and a generous-capacity jar. The base, with its sleek, rounded shape, its illuminated digital display, and its dial control has an upscale, stylish look: those who think that the other high end blenders are too commercial looking will appreciate the splash of color (choose from red, green, black or white) and element of design this appliance brings to a countertop. It's one you won't mind leaving on display all the time.
The blender’s control is a large dial. It has six preset functions: Puree, Soup, Smoothie, Crush, Frozen, and Rinse, which you choose with the turn of a dial. Buttons in the center of the dial can be used to control the speed manually and to set a timer, and there’s also a digital display in the center that shows the countdown timer and the speed.
The Dash Blender to the Test
Having tried out Vitamix and Blendtec blenders, I was interested in seeing how the Dash measured up, especially since it’s a little cheaper than a Blendtec and significantly cheaper than the Vitamix blenders, particularly those that also have preprogrammed settings.
My first test was my favorite green smoothie recipe; in some blenders I’ve used, the spinach doesn’t get pureed enough and you can feel the flecks in every sip. With the Dash’s preprogrammed Smoothie setting, I simply added my ingredients, turned the dial to the Smoothie program, and let it do its thing.
It went through a cycle of different speeds and pauses, and less than a minute later, I had my smoothie, as creamy as a milkshake. Impressively, the blender was even to pull the big handfuls of spinach into the vortex, without my having to stop the machine to tamp them into the rest of the mixture. The Dash does come with a tamper to help integrate ingredients, but I never had reason to use it; the design of the blender jar and the blades seemed to do a very good job in creating a vortex that pulls all the ingredients into the contact with the blades.
I also tried a pina colada recipe made with ice cubes, but it didn’t turn out smooth and frothy as a recipe I made in a competing blender. It did, however, do a great job in pulverizing ice cubes into fine snow (there’s even a preset for crushing ice).
Like some of the other high-power, high-RPM blenders on the market, the Dash claims to be able to heat soup simply from the friction of the centrifugal action. I put it to the test, filling the jar with water and setting the “soup” program. The 8-minute program processed what was inside at a super-high speed. And sure enough, when I pulled the lid off, steam billowed out. The water measured 170˚F – the perfect temperature for soup.
It’s important to remember that the blender won’t actually cook your food; it’s not going to reach a temperature for simmering (212˚F). But you could indeed make a hot soup out of broth and canned or cooked ingredients like vegetables, for instance.
In most of my other tests, I was pleased with how the Dash performed, and it was fun and easy to use. Cleaning was a cinch with the “rinse” cycle – all you need to do is fill it with warm water and a squirt of soap, and the cycle will clean the jar for you.
My biggest complaint about the Dash, besides the fact that it takes up a lot of room on my counter since it’s too tall to fit under a cabinet, is with the lid. The lid has a flexible rubbery ring around it that’s designed to create a snug fit, which it does. But getting the lid off is difficult, because it fits so tightly, and there’s not a good place to get a hold on it to pry it off.
I ended up having to hug the jar of the blender against me for leverage while pulling the lid off.
Bottom line: despite the annoying lid, the Dash is a worthy contender in the high-end blender category. It performs well, has lots of great features and functionality, and is well-priced.
- Preset options for one-touch operation
- Sleek and stylish
- Powerful performance
- Design is too tall to fit under most cabinets
- Lid is hard to pull off
- 1,400-watt motor
- Dial and pushbutton controls, and digital display
- Has 6 preset programs, manually adjustable speeds, and a pulse feature
- BPA-free, 68-ounce jar
- Measures 8.98 x 9 x 19.6 in and 13.05 pounds
- Available in green, black, red and white
- One year warranty (7 years on motor)
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Disclosure: Review samples were loaned to the reviewer by the manufacturer.