Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender 56206 Review

The Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender 56206 delivers on the blending performance you and me ask for most, instead of piling on a lot of expensive features we don’t need. Aside from affordability, what do people want most in a blender? We want to make the perfect smoothie. We want drinks and pureed mixtures to come out smooth every time. And last but not least, people would like to pour into a glass without making a mess.

Until the Smoothie Smart Blender, doing all those things — and doing them well — was a hit-or-miss proposition. Not anymore. The Smoothie Smart Blender prepares a perfect smoothie with the press of a button: Auto Smoothie. This 45-second smart blending cycle is programmed with the precise pulses and speeds needed to get the job done right. At the end of the cycle, the blender shuts off automatically.

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender 56206 Review
Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender 56206 Review

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender Reviews

Features:

  • Lets you blend the perfect smoothie for breakfast, lunch or dessert
  • One touch of the Auto Smoothie button activates the smart, 45-second blending cycle with pulsing action to crush ice, low-speed mixing and high speed for final smooth results
  • When your perfect smoothie is ready, the Smoothie Smart Blender automatically shuts off, preventing over-blending
  • Equipped with 5 blending functions including pulse, ice crush, mix and puree
  • Ice Sabre blades and 700 watts of peak power provide excellent ice-crushing performance
  • Easy-clean smooth touchpad
  • Dishwasher safe jar, blades and lid
  • Cord storage area underneath base

Body type

Finding a blender that’s high quality without also providing unnecessary functionality was initially a challenge: who needs 20 different speed settings? Instead, I was pleasantly surprised with this one which had three ‘auto’ options including two that automatically vary the blender speed so that denser elements (like ice) can fall lower to the blades before increasing the speed again. And one manual ‘pulse’ option. Perfect.

The body is from solid glass and the lid features a nice rubber which seals liquids in well. And the lower portion of the vessel has a wide diameter that allows one to more easily unscrew it.

It’s almost like someone said, “Okay, if I designed a blender that I actually wanted to use, what would it be like?” before putting this together. Not super-fancy but is easy to use and pragmatic: hands-down, the best blender we’ve ever had in a long time.

Blending function

This blender is one of the highest wattage blenders in this budget price range, which is why I ended up choosing it. It definitely blends things better than other “cheap” blenders that I have owned in the past.

Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender 56206 blending functions

It was sent to me in packaging that revealed what the item was, so be wary of that if you order one. It has the typical glass cup that seems fairly sturdy, sometimes things can get stuck in the corners of the blender when cleaning and when blending, which can be a hassle at times.

Other than that, my experience with the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender 56206 has been fairly standard, and I would say it is a fine choice in the under mid 100 dollar range, but I wouldn’t spend too much on it.  …  ”

Reliability

I use this to make a smoothie every day. I love the smoothie setting! The lid is super tight, so no dripping. Although it’s actually a little hard to pull off if you don’t have good hand strength.

Great pour spout too.  If things are too frozen you have to use the puree setting. Overall I am very happy with my purchase.

Price

More than we expected and well worth the investment.

Pros & Cons

Pros
  • 700 Watt peak power
  • Patented wave action system
  • No mess pouring spout
  • Easy to clean and use
Cons
  • May smell like burned plastic after multiple uses.

Final thoughts

Unlike other Hamilton Beach Blenders I’ve already reviewed this Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender 56206 is different. You’ll get a budget friendly blender that is easy to use and clean. It comes with all the basic features to make you perfect smoothie within 30 seconds of starting the process.

It also comes with a 700 watt motor which can blend most hardened ingredients to a pulp. Let’s start blending and enjoy a delicious smoothie.

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