Update June 2020: This blender is still going strong and this review was first published in 2015. We have bought name brand appliances and blenders that have never lasted this long. Since the issue of the screw coming loose and using some Loctite on it, we have had no issues and the screw hasn’t come loose. This blender is now five years old and doesn’t seem to be showing any signs of death.
Update February 2017: The blender is still going. I fixed that screw issue with some Locktite and it never came loose again. For the $100 that I paid for this, it’s going a lot longer than expected for everyday use. If it stopped working tomorrow, I’d feel like I definitely got my monies worth.
Update January 2016: So we got married, had a kid and the blender is still going almost 1 year strong. Minor annoyances are the base where the jug sits on has this female toothed socket with a screw that comes loose quite often. At first, I just tightened it up, but it kept coming loose. If this happens to you, my advice is to buy some Locktite and put it on the screw. It won’t come loose again.
No issues thus far with the motor itself, the jug has not cracked and seals all appear to be in working order. We use this blender almost every day (definitely Monday to Friday). Considering how cheap it was, I am shocked. If it does not last 2 years, under Australian consumer law you can get it repaired or replaced for free anyway. Happy blending.
My fiancée has been wanting a Blendtec or Vitamix for some time now, sadly they are out of our budget for the moment because of the baby on the way and expensive wedding we are having. Looking for a cheap powerful blender, we considered a few options.
While the thought of owning a Vitamix is still in our sights, we figured if we can get something cheaper for the moment even if it lasts only the two year Australian warranty period, it would have served its purpose.
At first we were going to get some Breville Kinetix blender with a 1000 watt motor for $129 from Big W, but we opted to keep on looking. Our requirements go beyond just blending up fruit which cheap blenders can do, but the build quality is usually sub-par. Opting for quantity over quality it seems is the approach a lot of manufacturers take when producing budget family blenders.
We wanted a blender that could crush ice, blend frozen fruit into liquid, and handle things like frozen spinach and kale. We have had issues in the past with cheap blenders not being able to handle frozen spinach and really struggle with kale. which is a shame because one of the primary reasons for wanting a strong blender was to make green smoothies. This is why we set out to find a decent strong blender.
After deciding to go onto eBay we found some relatively no-name blender that goes by the name LOGIK. An Australian company that appears to have their blenders made in China and then sells them in Australia. The blender was $150 including free shipping, only being a little bit more than the Breville and over twice the wattage, we decided to take the leap and buy it.
Part of the reason we also decided to purchase this blender was due to the fact Cold Rock Ice Creamery here in Australia supposedly use these blenders for their shakes, etc.
I had never paid any notice, to be honest, but it’s nice to know that a company like Cold Rock are using these blenders instead of more expensive ones like Blendtec’s or Vitamix’s. If this is really the case, who knows.
It appears as though the only place you can get these blenders at the moment is via eBay or through the site Close The Deal. Although the eBay seller in my case was the same operators of the site. They sell through eBay and their own site. So buying, either way, you’re buying from the same people.
Unboxing and plugging it in
From the moment we plugged this thing in, it exceeded our expectations. Weighing in at almost 5kg, this blender definitely feels commercial. If you can, maybe try and avoid moving it around, the weight really lends itself to a more permanent spot in your kitchen.
It is powerful even on 3/4 speed, turning the speed dial all the way up practically rips a hole in the space-time continuum and sucks you in. The 2200 peak watt motor was probably overkilling for us (this thing can grind coffee beans and pulverise nuts), but it’s nice to have that power.
To put the power into perspective, Blendtec’s most expensive model the Tom Dickson Extreme which comes in at 2400 watts is USD $1,034 which is just shy of AUD $1350 after converting the amount and applying the current exchange rate. Blendtec’s most expensive version only comes in a meagre 200 more peak watts.
If you are looking for a quiet blender, this is not for you. This blender is seriously loud, given how highly rated the motor is, you probably already expect it to be loud. Maybe close your doors and windows if you’re planning on using this early in the morning so you don’t wake the neighbours.
Let’s throw some things in
This isn’t a Will It Blend type situation where I tried blending iPhone’s and magnets (as fun as that would be), I’m not sure the blades would be that strong in this cheap blender. However, I attempted various food additions to the blender to see how it handled them.
Ice – The large chunks of ice I put in were decimated in a matter of seconds. The power dial wasn’t even turned all of the way up, probably around the 3/4 mark and the ice was destroyed.
Mixed nuts – A cheap bag of mixed nuts thrown in (the entire 500g bag), dialled the power up to the maximum and turned it on. There was no struggle, the blender mowed down the nuts like they were soft butter, crushing them into a fine dust. This is a task that many cheaper appliances struggle with.
Coffee beans – Eh, why not? The description of the blender touted it could grind coffee beans, so I put it to the test. Seemed to work well, considering coffee beans would probably be easier to grind than nuts, I think a lot of blenders could do the same.
I think it’s safe to say the only limiting factor of this blender is your imagination. Just don’t go blending anything weird in it, alright?
Honestly, don’t expect much in the way of features. This LOGIK blender is literally a couple of switches and a dial with a jug. Unlike the Blendtec blenders, you don’t get automatic programmed modes or fancy blue-lit LCD screens.
The LOGIK looks similar to a Vitamix, especially the professional series ones, however, all these LOGIK blenders do is blend and allow you to change the speed. You don’t get any programs or schedules, no auto-sensing functionality to adjust the speed to the contents.
Once you use this blender you realise that those other features while they might look nice and impressive, they don’t really serve any practical purpose.
If you’re a busy mother or father with two young kids and you’re trying to make some baby food, auto modes might be nice as you don’t have to keep an eye on it while you do other things. But for the most part, you can forgo these niceties.
You also get a nice 2 litre BPA free plastic jug with this blender meaning it is large enough to make soups for dinner or milkshakes for multiple people at the same time. Have some friends around, you could use this to make a lot of cocktails as well.
I think the plastic jug is a nice touch. After owning a few cheaper blenders in the sub $100 mark and experiencing issues with the glass cracking, plastic will undeniably last a lot longer and is probably cheaper to produce (hence the low price of this blender).
Honestly, you don’t get a lot for $150 these days. The motor seems decent, the blades also seem decent as well. How long this blender will last? who knows. There isn’t a lot of information out there about this blender, I think it could be quite new (but I am not sure).
All I know is we got a powerful blender for a few dollars more than a cheap Breville from Big W which probably wouldn’t last as long as this one. It doesn’t struggle to make green smoothies or soups, I have yet to make a milkshake in it, but I don’t doubt it isn’t up to the task considering it can grind nuts and ice.
I’ll be sure to keep this post updated in-case the blender only ends up last a couple of months. But I have a feeling this thing should last well beyond the required minimum two-year Australian warranty.