With 900 watts of power, L'Equip makes short work of ice, frozen fruit and veggies, reviews say. It earned high scores in two professional tests. Experts cite noise as this blender's big drawback. With less than 20 owner-written reviews, it's hard to get a clear idea of this blender's long-term performance. We did read reports that the L'Equip blender smelled like it was overheating, and a few more reports of burnt-out motors after just months of use. This blender does, however, come with a six-year warranty.
We read expert reviews of the L'Equip RPM 228 in Cook's Illustrated and Consumer Reports. These publications put blenders through rigorous puréeing, grinding, and ice-crushing tests. We also looked at a number of owner-written reviews posted to Amazon and Epinions to get a complete picture of this blender's performance.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
In comparative tests of nine blenders by Cook's Illustrated, the L'Equip R.P.M. wins the editors' highest rating. Testers liked its manual power dial and built-in stir stick, but they report that fitting the jar into the base can be a little fussy.
Review: Sizing Up Souped-Up Blenders, Editors of Cooks Illustrated, July/August 2006
The L'Equip 228 earned high scores in all tests, and it's quieter than the Vita-Mix 5000 and Blendtec Total Blender.
Review: Blenders, Editors of Consumer Reports, Aug-07
The L'Equip RPM 228 earns an overall rating of 3 1/2 stars in 17 owner-written reviews posted here. Owners say that this blender is taller than most and won't fit under kitchen cabinets. We read a number of complaints about burning odors during processing, broken RPM meters, and burnt-out motors after just months of use.
Review: Review of the L'Equip RPM 228, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of February 2008
Eight Epinions users give the L'Equip RPM 228 an overall rating of 2 1/2 stars (out of 5). Owners say that this blender is bulky and loud. A number of owners report that this blender broke down after a few months of use.
Review: Reviews of the L'Equip RPM, Contributors to Epinions.com, As of February 2008