Experts say that the tapered shape of the Kalorik BL-16909 glass jar helps to keep contents consistently moving toward the blade assembly, resulting in well-blended concoctions. In comparison tests, the blender does an excellent job of crushing ice but has a tendency to leave pulp behind in smoothies. Professional reviewers say the blender's six-blade assembly makes it especially efficient, while owner reviewers at Buzzillions.com and Amazon.com praise the blender's affordability and simple two-speed design. Some question its durability, saying that it begins to leak after just a few months. Reviewers say that inexpensive blenders such as the Kalorik BL-16909 are best suited for light-duty jobs, such as pureeing soups, mixing dressings and whipping up smoothies. Overall, we found somewhat better reviews for the Oster Beehive Blender 4096 (*Est. $70) and for the KitchenAid KSB560 (*Est. $100) , but those models cost more. In this price point, the Hamilton Beach 54615 Wave Station Express (*Est. $20) receives better user feedback, but it is really suitable only for those looking to blend smoothies and icy drinks.
We found the most thorough review of the Kalorik BL-16909 at ConsumerReports.org, where it's included among more than three dozen blenders tested, and at a foodie magazine, where it is tested and compared with nine other blenders for ice-crushing and smoothie-making performance, among other factors. The blender is also tested thoroughly by the editors of Good Housekeeping, from whom the Kalorik BL-16909 receives fairly positive feedback. User reviews at Buzzillions.com and Amazon.com offer insight into durability and real-world performance.
Professional testers at ConsumerReports.org rate more than four dozen blenders, spending hours crushing ice, making frozen drinks and smoothies, and pureeing vegetables. The Kalorik BL-16909 blender was included in testing.
Review: Blenders That Beat the Competition, Editors of ConsumerReports.org
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Ten basic blenders are evaluated by editors at Cook's Illustrated in rigorous hands-on tests. The best blenders have V-shaped jars and tapered or serrated blades, but most included in this test struggle to break down ice. The Kalorik BL-16909 is one of the blenders tested.
Review: Blenders, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2009
3. Good Housekeeping
The editors of Good Housekeeping test, review and grade nearly 40 of the most popular blenders on the market. The Kalorik Blender 19611 is tested. The model is identical to the 19609 except in color (the 19611 is red). The blender receives an A- grade. Editors say they are pleased with its ability to make smoothies and icy drinks but criticize the durability of the machine.
Review: Kalorik Blender 16911, Editors of Good Housekeeping
The Kalorik BL-16909 earns an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars from more than 120 users. Owners praise its attractive styling and powerful motor. Many say it is easy to clean, but some point out that it sometimes leaves clumps of fruit behind in smoothies.
Review: Kalorik Professional Grade Blender, Contributors to Buzzillions.com
There aren't as many reviews posted for the Kalorik BL-16909 at Amazon.com as there are at Buzzillions.com, and the reviews here are less positive overall -- about 2.6 stars out of 5. Owners say the blender works well at crushing ice and making smoothies, but they note that the motor is loud. Some complain that the blender failed after a short time of use and that the company doesn't stand behind the warranty.
Review: Kalorik BL-16909 500-Watt 2-Speed Countertop Blender, Contributors to Amazon.com