Updated 10 Sep 2018

Optimum

9400A 2nd generation

Snapshot: The Optimum 9400A 2nd generation benchtop super-blender has continuous variable speed and comes with a plastic jug. How does it rate?

9400A 2nd generation
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$879

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Test results

Overall score
84
Ease of use
?%
Pureeing soft food
?%
Crushing ice
?%
Chopping carrots
?%
Green smoothie
?%

Good points

  • Excellent results in our frozen fruit-pureeing and ice crushing tests.
  • Very good results in our carrot chopping test.
  • Very good at blending kale.
  • Excellent at making green smoothies, nut butter, sorbet and soup.
  • Excellent at grating parmesan cheese and milling almonds.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Parts are dishwasher safe.

But

  • Jug is plastic (so can stain).
  • Relatively heavy for a plastic jug.
  • Jug is large (so can be difficult to wash in a domestic sink).
  • Unit can jolt when processing a heavy load.
  • Liquid is pushed up into the lid so can drip when removing lid.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Pureeing, crushing, chopping, green smoothie, blending kale (60%) – regular blenders.
Pureeing, crushing, chopping, green smoothie, blending kale, nut butter, sorbet (60%) – super blenders.
Ease of use (40%)

For our tests we pureed soft frozen fruit (some older models pureed soup), crushed ice and chopped carrots. We made a green smoothie (a combination of English spinach, pear, kiwifruit, cucumber, mint, celery and water) and blended kale. For super blenders we also made nut butter, sorbet from frozen fruit, dough and almond meal, and grated parmesan. In the latest batch of super blenders we made hot soup from raw ingredients. The dough, parmesan, dry milling and soup scores don’t contribute to the overall score. We measured noise blending kale on the highest setting.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$879
Price surveyed
July 2018
Type
Super blender

More test results (/10)

Blending kale
8.6
Nut butter
9.0
Sorbet
9.0
Dough
-
Parmesan cheese
9.0
Raw soup
10
Dry milling
9.0

Specifications

H x W x D (cm)
46 x 17 x 18
Noise (dB)
82
Watts (W)
1500
Blender weight (kg)
5.3
Jug weight (kg)
1.4
Jug capacity (L)
2.00

Features

Blender construction
Metal
Jug construction
Plastic (BPA free)
Number of speeds
Variable - also has specific "task"buttons.
Cord storage
Yes
Pulse option
Yes
Removable blade and housing
No

More Info

Notes
Not suitable for making dough.
Availability
-