The Waring PBB201 (*Est. $130) is a simple, two-speed blender that reviewers say is easy to operate. Professional testers say it excels at producing snowy, slushy frozen drinks, but that it suffers from a wobbly and undersized jar. For function and value, testers say you'd be better off with the less expensive Oster Beehive Blender 4096 (*Est. $70) or the KitchenAid KSB560 (*Est. $100) instead of the Waring PBB201.
We found a review with professional testing behind it from Good Housekeeping, where editors put more than three dozen blenders through the tasks of chopping, making smoothies and more. The blender is also included in a testing of 10 blenders by Cook's Illustrated, though specific details on this model are lacking. Owner reviews at Amazon.com round out the picture, giving feedback on durability as well as user friendliness.
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1. Good Housekeeping
Editors test 38 blenders for features such as user-friendliness, performance in various blender tasks and customer service. They say the Waring PBB212 -- the same blender as the Waring PBB201 but in green instead of white -- excels at whipping up frozen drinks, and its two-speed design is simple. But the 40-ounce jar is on the small side, they say, and it doesn't chop solid food such as onions very well.
Review: Best Blenders: Reviews and Ratings, Editors of Good Housekeeping, Not Dated
2. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Cook's Illustrated puts 10 blenders through a variety of tests ranging from ice crushing to smoothie-making. The models are also rated based on speed and sound level. The Waring Professional Bar Blender is one of the tested blenders.
Review: Blenders, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, March 2009
About 120 reviews give the Waring PBB201 4 out of 5 stars, with many customers extremely satisfied with its performance and durability. But a number of unhappy owners say they've had problems with the blender breaking, which seems to be typical even for mid-range blenders.
Review: Waring PBB2 Professional Bar Blender, Contributors to Amazon.com