Updated 10 Sep 2018

Zip

231

Snapshot: The Zip 231 benchtop blender has 2 speeds and comes with a plastic jug. How does it rate?

231
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$80

Price comparison

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Test results

Overall score
68
Ease of use
?%
Pureeing soft food
?%
Crushing ice
?%
Chopping carrots
?%

Good points

  • Excellent results in our frozen fruit-pureeing test.
  • Very good results in our ice-crushing test.
  • OK results in our carrot-chopping test.
  • Easy to use controls.
  • Lightweight plastic jug.
  • Wide base area of jug makes it easier to remove load around the blade.
  • Parts are dishwasher safe.

But

  • Poor results in our kale test.
  • Jug is plastic (so can stain).
  • Blade housing requires strength to remove.
  • Small chute.
  • Jug is large (so can be difficult to clean in the sink).

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
$80
Price surveyed
July 2018
Type
Benchtop blender

More test results (/10)

Blending kale
3.3
Nut butter
-
Sorbet
-
Dough
-
Parmesan cheese
-
Raw soup
-
Dry milling
-

Specifications

H x W x D (cm)
38 x 16 x 16
Noise (dB)
78
Watts (W)
500
Blender weight (kg)
1.6
Jug weight (kg)
0.5
Jug capacity (L)
1.50

Features

Blender construction
Plastic
Jug construction
Plastic
Number of speeds
2
Cord storage
No
Pulse option
Yes
Removable blade and housing
Yes

More Info

Notes
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Availability
From Briscoes only.