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Many of my readers ask me what blender I recommend and my answer is Vitamix.
But what if you just don’t have $450 to fork over for a new blender? What if you want a high-quality blender that does what the top two blenders on the market do but for half the price?
Until recently, I didn’t know what to recommend because I prefer to only recommend what I know and use, and that has always been a $400+ blender.
When I was sent a JTC OmniBlend V 3 HP blender (model TM-800A) to try out last month, I was quite impressed with it. For the price, it’s a pro-level smoothie blender that makes amazing smoothies.
What Is The OmniBlend V 3 HP Blender?
The JTC OmniBlend V 3 HP blender boasts a powerful 950 watt, 3 horsepower motor. The motor matches the horsepower of the Blendtec, which has a 1560 watt motor, and it’s greater than Vitamix’s 2 horsepower. Now when it comes to blending green smoothies, pure horsepower isn’t really that big of a deal. The difference between 3hp and 2hp is negligible when blending fruit and greens. It all comes down to blender design.
So moving on, the OmniBlend V has a six-blade assembly. (Two additional, downward-angled blades are located beneath the four blades pictured.)
It also comes with a large, 64-ounce square pitcher. I prefer a square pitcher design because it’s easier to clean, remove ingredients and, in my opinion, blends much better. The pitcher and blades are appropriate for both wet and dry ingredients.
A nice accessory that comes with the OmniBlend V is a tamper tool. A tamper is a great thing to have, especially when making green smoothies because greens love to get stuck above the blades. When you put in 4-5 cups or handfuls of greens and you don’t want to spend the time chopping them up first, a tamper gives you an easy shortcut by allowing you to push them down while your smoothie is blending. Does the Omni V really need a tamper tool? Keep reading…
The blender has a simple button interface panel that allows you to select “slow”, “medium” and “high” speed settings as well as a “pulse” button. It has three timed blend cycle buttons, 35 seconds, 60 seconds and 90 seconds.
The Omni V has a wide, steady base. The blender (with pitcher) stands about 16 and 1/2 inches tall, 7 and 1/2 inches wide and 9 inches deep. There is no digital display. There is convenient cord storage beneath the blender base.
The blender comes with a 7-year warranty.
The Omni V 3 HP blender retails at $240, which includes free shipping to the USA. That’s almost a $200 savings from the top two blenders on the market right now.
My Experience Using The OmniBlend V 3 HP Blender
When it comes to green smoothies, the OmniBlend V does a fantastic job. It outperforms any department store blender. It quickly and easily handles large chunks of fruit, whole leaves of kale and liquifies hard things like carrots and pineapple core perfectly. There’s no “sipping and chewing” your smoothie like you do when using cheaper blenders.
The texture of each green smoothie we blended was creamy and smooth. The consistency wasn’t quite as smooth as our Vitamix and Blendtec blenders, but pretty close. We didn’t get any chunks of fruit that didn’t blend and we didn’t get large bits of leaves in our smoothies either. This blender breaks open cell walls and releases nutrients so that your body is better able to absorb them. We were very happy with the smoothie quality.
Only once did I have to use the tamper tool, and that was more my fault than the blender’s. Typically, we’d simply toss in large chunks (not whole fruits) and handfuls of leafy greens (not chopped), then hit the “High” button and the blender would pull the ingredients into the blades without having to use the tamper or hit the pulse button first. Smoothie making is easy and frustration-free with this blender!
I found that the best procedure for making a green smoothie was to hit the “High” button, count to about 30, then turn it off (hit the “High” button again to turn off).
My experience with the 35-second timer button was that it started slow, then sped up and wasn’t as effective in pulling the ingredients into the blades. Keep in mind that I routinely blend 4-5 cups of greens or an entire, large head of romaine in my smoothies, so I definitely give blenders a good workout. Using the tamper tool to push the greens down about 10 seconds into the timed cycle would do the trick nicely if you use a ton of greens like I do. You could also “Pulse” it a couple times, then hit the “35″ button.
While you can purchase an optional sound enclosure, the Omni blender isn’t that loud. It’s quieter than my Blendtec and about the same loudness as my Vitamix.
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How OmniBlend Compares To Blendtec, Vitamix and Other Blenders
The OmniBlend V 3 HP blender is very close in quality and power to the top two leaders in the blender market – Blendtec and Vitamix. Both Blendtec and Vitamix make slightly creamier smoothies, but you won’t notice the difference unless you were previously using these two blenders before the Omni. The difference is very slight and almost negligible. Trust me, you won’t have any complaints about green smoothie quality with this blender after blending for only 30-35 seconds!
Both the OmniBlend and Vitamix come with a tamper tool. The Blendtec doesn’t, and you’ll wish you had one if you got the Blendtec FourSide jar.
Blendtec has a wide array of preset buttons (smoothie, juice, salsa, etc…) and more precise speed controls than the Omni’s simplified button options. Vitamix offers more precise blending control as well. You won’t be able to fine-tune your blends with the OmniBlend V, but for things like smoothies, nut butters, salsas and fruit ice creams, it’s not a problem.
The Omni is similar in size and weight of the Blendtec (it’s bigger around at the base). The OmniBlend will fit under your kitchen cabinets. The Vitamix is much taller.
All three blenders come with a 7-year warranty.
Vitamix is made in the USA, OmniBlend is made in China.
The OmniBlend V 3 HP blender is not a $240 Blendtec or Vitamix, but it’s close and delivers professional quality smoothies at this price point.
Would I Buy This Blender?
I’m not switching from my Vitamix to the OmniBlend V, but if I was in the market for a blender right now and I absolutely could not spend more than $240, I’d purchase the OmniBlend for sure. At only $240, it does what a high-end blender should do and makes fantastic green smoothies for the money.
OmniBlend V 3 HP blender has a 3 horsepower motor and blends powerfully. It makes green smoothies that have a rich, creamy texture and is a pleasure to use. It’s got a 7-year warranty so you know it’s built to last and comes with a 30-day, risk-free return policy.
If a Vitamix is simply out of reach and you
want need a pro-level blender right now, then I don’t think you will be disappointed by the Omniblend V.
Order Your Omniblend V 3HP Blender Today!
For rich, creamy green smoothies from a high-end blender without the high-end price, then go for the Omniblend V 3 HP (horsepower) blender.
The Omniblend V features a 950-watt motor, 64-ounce square jar, six-blade assembly, a convenient tamper tool, and a 7-year warranty!
$279 $240 – Includes FREE SHIPPING to continental USA!*
– Free shipping to the continental USA via Fedex Ground.
– Shipping to Alaska, Hawaii, Puerto Rico & APO addresses – $35.
– Shipping to Canada – $36.
– All other locations – Please contact customer support before placing your order.
– Returns are accepted within 30 days of original order date (the date you placed the order). A $25 restocking fee will be deducted from your refund. You must contact customer support before making any returns.
Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.