Although most economical blenders receive low scores from consumers, the Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express (*Est. $20) generally fares well. This blender features a dishwasher-safe plastic carafe and a spigot for dispensing smoothies, milkshakes or icy drinks. The blender gets a warm reception from reviewers at both Amazon.com and Walmart.com. Reviewers say the blender does fall prey to common issues with less-expensive blenders. Some question the durability of the machine, and others dock the Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express for leaky gaskets. There are also issues with the container locking securely on to the base of the blender. Still, the Wave Station Express satisfies most buyers, especially considering the low price. Reviewers say that the machine whips up a solid smoothie (though it may need an extra stir here and there). Ice blends easily, and the machine can make its way through most vegetables. Although we did find more professional reviews for the Kalorik BL-1699 , consumer reviewers rate that blender lower than the Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express.
The only professional review of the Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express comes courtesy of the editors of Good Housekeeping, who give the blender an "A-" thanks to its ability to whip-up stellar margaritas and smoothies. Hundreds of users at Amazon.com and Walmart.com give brief but insightful feedback about the benefits and drawbacks of the Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express.
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1. Good Housekeeping
The editors of Good Housekeeping test, review and grade nearly 40 of the most popular blenders on the market. The Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express earns a strong A-, with editors praising the drink-making abilities of this blender.
Review: Hamilton Beach Wave Station Express 54615, Editors of Good Housekeeping
More than 160 users provide feedback on this budget-friendly blender. The model earns an average of 4 out of 5 stars -- higher than any other model in this price range. Reviewers say that for the cost and performance, this blender is a very good value.
Review: Hamilton Beach 54615 Wavesation Express Dispensing Blender With 48-Ounce Jar, Black, Contributors to Amazon.com
Walmart.com consumers provide more than 200 brief reviews of the Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express. Reviews are generally quite positive, with most reviewers praising the smoothies and smooth blends produced by this machine. Some note that the blender struggles to get through tough frozen fruits, others report that it is often necessary to tamp down foods to get them to process fully.
Review: Hamilton Beach Wave Station Express Dispensing Blender, Contributors to Walmart.com