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Harley Pasternak Blender Review – Comparing to a Vitamix

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Harley Pasternak Blender Review by @BlenderBabesSalton Harley Pasternak Blender Review 

Harley Pasternak is a cutting-edge fitness/nutrition guru to some of Hollywood’s most talented stars. His SuperHot clientele include Lady Gaga, Halle Berry, Robert Downey Jr., Katy Perry, Robert Pattinson, Rihanna and Jessica Simpson (just to name drop a few).

He holds a Master of Science in Exercise Physiology and Nutritional Sciences from the University of Toronto and is a New York Times Bestselling Author whose books have been featured on every major daytime talk show and popular print publication imaginable (we really enjoyed the insights and recipes from Body Reset Diet).

In his first book Harley told followers to go and buy Vitamix or Blendtec, stating you need a really good blender.

He then received a bunch of fan mail advising they couldn’t afford the higher end units on the market.

So he reached out to Salton to help create a powerful machine that is comparable to the other high end units in the market but at an affordable price.

So Harley teamed up with Salton to create this Professional Grade HighPowered Blender, which today Blender Babes is going to reveal the results from our thorough testing of this blender, including top tests comparing to the popular Vitamix 5200 —one of their tried, trusted and true Certified Reconditioned Vitamix models…

Salton Harley Pasternak Blender – Cost

Currently the Harley Pasternak Blender can be purchased direct from Salton Group and the price is $199.99. Canadian buyers, click here for the Canada website with a price of $229.99

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So if you’re on a super tight budget but still need and want a high-powered blender to dramatically reduce the time it takes to prepare healthy meals at  home (while rocketing your diet and exercise routine to the next level!) this sleek new affordable creation just may be the One for you!

But as the Blender Babes community knows all too well, ya need ta craft a pretty solid machine – AS WELL AS price it well enough – to stand any chance of competing with Blendtec and Vitamix’s awesome engineering, staggering versatility and legendary dependability

So let’s see just how well Mr. Hollywood’s invention actually measures up!

Salton Harley Pasternak Blender – Presentation

Straight outta the box it’s clear lots of thought went into this machine; you don’t get the sense at all that some weird random company just paid Harley gobs of cash so they could slap his high-profile name all over their inferior product.

Harley Pasternak Blender Review - Comparing to a Vitamix @BlenderBabesThe box is sturdy and secure. The Stylishly Chic yet Totally Cute Candy Apple Red blender came outta the tightly-packed box cleanly, looking every bit as sharp as it does in its picture. Right away we felt its powerful center of gravity, though at just over 9 lbs. it does weigh less than standard Vitamixes

We noticed how similar each blender looked next to each other, from the base with variable speed control and pulse, the mounting, the drive socket, the tall BPA free jar and the tamper.

Immediately the Babes fired the HP Power Blender up (without any ingredients thrown into the sturdy jar with its tight-fitting lid) just to hear how well it roared to life – and we could all hear right away that it ran just as loud as our other high power blenders.

But to be fair it also sounded like one hellofa well-oiled, finely-tuned machine that was ready for any recipe we threw into it…

So at this point our hopes were running on high! 

Salton Harley Pasternak Blender – Design

  • Harley Pasternak Blender Review - Comparing to a Vitamix @BlenderBabesThe Motor: 2-Peak Horsepower 1,500 Watt Motor hitting a maximum 30,000 RPMs.
  • The Dimensions: 7.3 Inches Wide by 19.9 Inches High by 8.6 Inches Deep
  • The Container: 2 Liter/Quart (64oz) BPA Free Triton Jar with Cup & Millimeter markings. 
  • The On-the-Go Bottle: 24 ounces of Super Sleek Convenience with a Spill-Proof Flip-Top Lid. 
  • The Blade: Eight (8) Stainless Steel Multipurpose Blades for Harley Pasternak Blender Review - Comparing to a Vitamix @BlenderBabesconsistent blending—which connect to the Hardened Metal Drive Socket & Motor Base via a Locking Nut for reliable dependability.
  • The Controls: Variable Speed Control & Pulse Switch, giving you complete control of the machine.
  • The Tamper: Perfectly designed for safe effective use for all of your tougher/thicker recipes—rounding out every high-powered blending accessory you’ll need to handle any creation you can imagine!
  • The Color: 12 FUN colors were just released at Salton.com including pink, mint, purple, tangerine and more! (YAY! SO EXCITED ABOUT THIS!)

Some Observations on the Salton Harley Pasternak Blender Design vs Vitamix Design

  • The Motor: This powerful motor has a high RPM, however it does not have the same low RPM that the Vitamix has. A low RPM allows for more control when blending on low.
  • The Dimensions: The Vitamix is a little taller than the HP Power Blender.
  • The Container: The clover shaped container has a wider base than the Vitamix 64 oz tall standard jar – which is to help eliminate pockets of unblended food. It also made it a little easier to get all ingredients out of the bottom, however it does make it harder to blend small amounts.
  • The Blade: 4 of the 8 blades have serrated/sawtooth edges and the other 4 are angled. This helps to pulverize ingredients, however need to be careful when cleaning around the blade.
  • The Controls: Both have a Variable Speed Control Dial. The HP Blender has a separate PULSE feature while the C-Series (Vitamix 5200) does not. (Note: Vitamix can still pulse by turning the machine on and off to equal one pulse.)

Harley Pasternak vs Vitamix Design Comparison by @BlenderBabes

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – the Tests:

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – Green Juice

Harley Pasternak Blender Review - Comparing to a Vitamix @BlenderBabesFirst up we wanted to see how the Harley Pasternak blender handled a highly fibrous Green Juice Recipe. Since most people want to be able to blend kale, celery, carrots, etc. into a smooth liquid, this is the first test we do with a blender.

As expected Vitamix obliterated everything Super Fast – yielding a Silky Smooth delicious glass of pure green energy! Just like we knew it would.

The Harley Pasternak Blender took a few moments to finds its rhythm as it adjusted to the weight of the ingredients, but as soon as it did with a little help from the tamper, it whipped all of veggies and water into a Beautifully Smooth juice, which was clearly seen with both a smear test and after having been poured through a sieve.

Note: Both blenders created green smoothie foam from the insoluble fiber in the ingredients. This is normal for high power blenders, however the HP Power Blender did produce more foam than the Vitamix.

Harley Pasternak vs Vitamix Green Juice Comparison Test by @BlenderBabes

Conclusion: It took a bit more time to create the same silky smooth green juice consistency, however the result of this test were pleasantly surprising! Some other mid-tier blenders we’ve tested didn’t even come close.

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – Soup Test

Easily one of the most jaw dropping features high-powered blenders possess, the ability to create HOT soups just from the friction generated by their amazingly powerful blades. The Babes were thoroughly impressed with how efficiently Harley Pasternak’s Power Blender produced delicious and piping hot soup!

Vegetarian Tortilla Soup Recipe by @BlenderBabesThe HP Power Blender took just a little over six (6) minutes to transform our hearty Tortilla Soup Recipe, which features nourishing broth, raw unchopped carrots and tomatoes combined with fresh cilantro and seasonings, into a hearty soup…

And just like more expensive Vitamix blenders, the billowing savory aroma flowing outta the jar the moment we opened the lid not only had us instantly salivating, but our energizing blend registered a near perfect 143.3 degrees Fahrenheit!

Based on these remarkable results, we then added hearty black beans, rotisserie chicken and crunchy tortilla chips, and quickly pulsed to create a chunky soup!

Conclusion: It took the same amount of time to turn cold ingredients into a piping hot soup as our Vitamix! (Sorry, we didn’t get a photo of this!)

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – 90-Second Berry Seed Smoothie Test

Harley Pasternak Blender Review - Comparing to a Vitamix @BlenderBabesNext up we subjected Mr. Hollywood’s blender to 90 seconds of Blender Babes’ telling Berry Seed Test, which given how difficult raspberries, strawberries and blackberry seeds are to fully blend – makes for one of the toughest high-powered blender smoothie challenges there is…

But not for the Vitamix 5200, which created a SilkySmooth Smoothie almost instantly! Within 60 seconds our Vitamix produced a berry rich smoothie with only minor traces of seeds remaining – and at 90 seconds rendered a Seed Free (and Lusciously Delicious!) Smoothie with the consistency of practically pure juice…

The HP Power Blender fared much better with this test, but couldn’t match Vitamix’s superior performance pulverizing 2 cups of berries. Though its 8 Stainless Steel Blades sliced through all the ingredients with fast impressive force, at 60 seconds the HP Power Blender’s smoothie we tasted shards of seeds. At 90 seconds, we used a sieve which clearly showed more berry seeds left with the Harley Pasternak Blender.

Harley Pasternak vs Vitamix Berry Seed Comparison Test Test by @BlenderBabes

Conclusion: The Harley Pasternak Blender left some berry seeds but otherwise yielded virtually the same juice consistency as our Vitamix. If berries are in your smoothie, expect a few pieces of seeds.

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – Peanut Butter Test

Though still considered somewhat of a niche feature, having the ability to make your very own nutritiously decadent spreads in minutes is rapidly increasing in popularity – and is an absolute necessity for many health enthusiasts… So to determine how well the HP Power Blender fared with the nut butter challenge, we used two (2) cups of roasted peanuts—that’s it!

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix Peanut Butter Test by @BlenderBabes

 

The HP Power Blender needed just over three (3) minutes to turn these crunchy protein powerhouses into amazingly fresh butter… But given that less than 3 cups of nuts were used, we clearly saw that the tamper couldn’t reach the jar’s corners to easily push the ingredients toward the blades (much like our ice cream test).

So two and a half (2.5) minutes into the blend, though it was almost done to our liking, the butter wasn’t gettin’ any creamier—at which point we stopped the machine and took the lid off to push the butter toward the center of the jar with a spatula, and after thirty (30) more seconds of blending we were rewarded with a perfect creamy consistency!

Our Vitamix on the other hand needed only a minute and a half (1.5) to reach the exact same consistency from the same amount of nuts, which with its tall standard narrow jar, made assisting the blend with the tamper much easier to accomplish.

Conclusion: The jar of the Harley Pasternak blender may need 3 cups of ingredients to perform certain tasks without needing to take the lid off and help out. It takes a little longer to grind nuts into a creamy butter but it still completes the task.

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – Banana Ice Cream Test

As many of our community members know (and why our Ice Cream Tips is a top post), creating your own healthy homemade ice cream is one of the trickiest blender recipes to master – but once ya get it down you won’t need to visit neighborhood ice cream parlor imaginable!

Blender Babes’ general rule of thumb is to use as little liquid as possible, while ONLY utilizing Frozen Fruit to keep everything Decadently Rich & Thick – otherwise you can quickly end up with a smoothie (which can ultimately make tons of ice cream practice pretty yummy)!

Always start with less liquid, adding more as needed – usually we start off with just two (2) tablespoons… Using 2 cups of frozen banana chunks and strawberries, as well as half a frozen acai packet, we set out to make one of our favorite flavors of Banana “Nice Cream”…

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix Ice Cream Comparison

The HP Power Blender required just a bit more liquid than a Vitamix needs to turn two (2) cups of frozen fruit into a soft serve ice cream (using about a half cup of liquid in all).

When we tested with 2 cups of ingredients, the tamper couldn’t reach the deep corners of the wider based jar, so when the ingredients got stuck, the machine had to be stopped and the lid removed, so that we could then push the rest of the ingredients toward the blades with a spatula to finish making our ice cream! (Note: When we tested this recipe again with 3 cups of fruit and 3/4 cup of liquid, the tamper was all we needed to create our Nice Cream!)

Conclusion: The Harley Pasternak Blender can turn ice and frozen fruit into healthy ice creams. If you want to make less than 2 servings you will probably need to remove the lid and use a spatuala to push ingredients towards the blade.

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – Grinding Rice Flour Test

Brown rice was used to perform our grinding test to see if the HP Power Blender could turn grains into flour effectively. This feature is especially helpful for those wanting to create their own gluten-free flours and gluten-free recipes, which more and more people are doing… Plus who doesn’t totally love being able to grind coffee beans for a heavenly French press, as well as turning flax and chia seeds into nourishing meal, both of which are the perfect inexpensive Superfood Boosts that can easily be added to smoothies!

Harley Pasternak Blender Review - Comparing to a Vitamix @BlenderBabes

Having blended wet, hot and cold ingredients with ease, we were confident that the HP Power Blender could handle dry ingredients.

One (1) cup of whole grain brown rice got thoroughly obliterated into rice flour in a little over a minute… which when compared to our Vitamix in both its standard 64-ounce wet jar, as well as its dry goods jar (which is about $100 additional to buy), both jars ground the rice into flour to the exact same consistency as the HP Power Blender—but they did so in a less time, roughly 30 seconds.

Harley Pasternak Blender Review - Comparing to a Vitamix @BlenderBabesWe also tested grinding flax seeds in the Harley Pasternak blender. We didn’t have quite a cup so couldn’t cover the blade completely, however it was still able to grind whole flax seeds into flax meal quickly and easily, in only 37 seconds!

Note: The Power Blender’s manual clearly states that “chopping/grinding hard ingredients may scratch or mar the inside of the Jar”—though this will in no way alter the performance of your blender. However, this kind of continued use may dull the blades… After our initial tests we noticed some VERY slight scratch marks in the jar. This is completely normal and also happens with Vitamix and Blendtec blenders.

Conclusion: Although it took a little longer than the Vitamix to achieve the same consistency, we were overall pretty impressed by the Harley Pasternak Blender’s grinding abilities—especially since you can grind in the same jar without having to purchase a separate/specific grinding jar!

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – Ice Grinding

Being able to grind ice into snow efficiently helps to create restaurant quality cocktails, ice creams, and smoothies. But this simple task can prove troublesome for most blenders.

At 60 seconds with moderate tamper assistance, as well as the powerful vortex created by Vitamix’s specially-designed container, the Vitamix 5200 easily crushed two cups of cubed ice into fine snow—however it did leave plenty stuck underneath its razor-sharp blades, which requires care to remove…

For the Harley Pasternak Blender we followed the manual instructions and used the PULSE feature continuously to crush 2 cups of ice. It crushed the ice into snow pretty quickly!

Harley Pasternak vs Vitamix Ice Grinding Comparison Test by @BlenderBabes

Conclusion: You can turn ice into snow just as well as the Vitamix can, the only difference is you use the PULSE feature and not the variable speed dial.

Harley Pasternak Blender vs Vitamix – Cleaning

One of the best things about a high powered blender who’s blade does not need to be disassembled from the jar – is the super easy clean up!

Similar to a Vitamix, to clean the HP Power Blender all you have to do is add some warm water and dish soap and blend. You want to fill the jar a little more than halfway with water, so that it will better reach the lid when splashing the dish soap around.

As discussed in the Design observations, the 8 blade design includes 4 sawtooth edges and 4 angled blades, so be careful when cleaning same as you would a Vitamix. Since the HP blender has a wider base than the Vitamix 64 oz tall jar, it was easier to clean around the blade.

Conclusion: Easy to clean is always a plus in our book. The manual also gives some more clean up tips than just regular jar cleaning (i.e. how to clean the base, periodic sanitization, etc.)

Warranty Info

Harley Pasternak Blender Review - Comparing to a Vitamix @BlenderBabesThe Harley Pasternak Power Blender comes with a 5-year Limited Warranty. This is much longer than most other mid-tier blenders we have seen and/or tested.

This Limited Warranty only extends to the original owner—and is only valid with the original sales receipt.

Salton Canada states that its Harley Pasternak Power Blender “shall remain free from defects in material and workmanship for only five (5) years from the original purchase date,” wherein which at their discretion—they’ll either make repairs, replacements, or issue a refund…

Note: Any refund will be issued at a pro-rated value based on the remaining period of the warranty.

Their warranty does not cover the cost of shipping, so should your Power Blender need any legitimate repairs, these costs will come out of your own pocket.

Final Thoughts

FruitsHarley Pasternak’s Blender does indeed offer noticeably better performance and is engineered and constructed with far superior workmanship than that many of the other mid-tier (i.e. $150-$250 price point) high-power blenders currently on the market. At its current $199-$229 ($149-$179 with our exclusive promo code) price point it is much more affordable than other brand high power blenders starting at $400+. We think this may be the perfect blend of power and affordability.

The Harley Pasternak Blender was able to do everything our Vitamix could do in our tests except completely obliterate berry seeds, however this is one of the hardest things for any blender to do. (Note: the only test we didn’t perform was making bread dough.)

The vortex in the HP Power blender is not as strong as the Vitamix. Therefore, it might take a little longer to complete some tasks, but if you have the extra 30 seconds and can work that tamper, you should be good! If this price point works best for you and your budget, then it just might be the perfect blender for you.

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175 thoughts on “Harley Pasternak Blender Review – Comparing to a Vitamix”

  1. Hi. The H P blender sounds great. The only question I have is the noise level and how it compares to Vitamix? Or other similar blenders

    1. Blender Babe Jassmine

      Hi, Beth, the Harley Pasternak and the Vitamix are really similar in noise level, especially with them sharing a similar motor with 2 peak horsepower. If noise is a serious issue, I would recommend the Blendtec Pro 800 due to the sound enclosure. It’s not cheap, but they also have a less expensive refurbished Blendtec Pro 800. The Blendtec blade is 10x stronger than typical blenders and about 5x stronger than Vitamix blades. It can handle whatever you toss in there, literally πŸ˜‰

      1. Thanks Jassmine for the info. I think I will go with the H P blender tho as it sounds like a great choice and if it’s about same noise level as vitamix, that’s ok. Thanks again

        Beth

        1. Blender Babe Jassmine

          No problem, Beth! I’m happy you were able to make a decision.
          Be sure to use our promo codes when ordering and forward your purchase confirmation email to freegift@blenderbabes.com to redeem our free gifts offer.
          Happy Blending, XOXO

    1. Blender Babes

      Hey Danielle! I haven’t personally tested the HP blender with compact jar so I can’t compare results, however the Harley Pasternak blender with compact jar is a 1000 watts vs the 1500 watt standard version. The power is going to really help determine how well and/or how fast it breaks ingredients down. They do have a warranty so you can always try it out first. πŸ™‚

  2. The Harley Pasternak Blender is currently on sale at Kitchen Plus in Toronto, September 15, 2016, for $199. Just bought it today.
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    1. That’s a great deal Rick! Thanks for sharing! You’re now an HP Babe πŸ™‚ I hope you love your new Harley Pasternak Blender! Keep me posted how it goes and be sure to join our community for awesome and tested new recipes to try in your blender! ~ Blender Babe Tarashaun

    2. Therese Wiebelhaus

      Hey. I Love my HP. First thing I made was soup. Loved how easy it was and yummy. I tried the ice cream but I dont think I follwed directions well. My son made Honey Walnut butter. It was out of this world. We got quite a bit when he was done.
      The sad part is when I moved from MN to Florida I had to leave it at my brothers till I can go get my things.

  3. Thanks so much for your informative site! I’m on a budget (in Canada) and currently trying to decide between the Oster 1100 watt blender which is on sale, a Ninja system of some sort or the Salton Harley blender. I’m thinking you all would recommend the Harley? Any insight would be most appreciated! Thanks!

    1. Blender Babes

      Hey Paige and welcome! I’ve tested the Oster 1100 and it doesn’t compare whatsoever to the Harley Pasternak. The only Ninja that could compete with the Harley Pasternak Blender is the Ninja Ultima. It outperforms the Oster and all other Ninja kitchen systems by far and it’s hard to beat the price! Hope that helps! Keep me posted on what you get! xx

      1. Thanks for your reply! The Ninja Ultima is very expensive in Canada as it does not seem to be available anywhere so I’ve placed my order for an orange Harley! It is scheduled to arrive on Monday and I can’t wait! Now I’m debating on whether to order any of Harley’s books – it sounds like they have some good smoothie recipes and I’m new to the whole smoothie thing. Can’t wait to incorporate them into my diet πŸ™‚

  4. Daphne Dykeman

    Your tests and comments are very helpful, but I still have one question:
    Can I use this blender to grind whole blanched almonds into almond flour? Or will it just turn into nut butter?

    1. Blender Babes

      Great question Daphne! You can blend the blanched almonds into flour but you will have to dry them first with a dehydrator or on low temperature in the oven. If they are wet they will turn into almond butter πŸ™‚

  5. Thank you for such a thorough and informative review. I had read some other reviews about the HP blender that were not as complimentary, but it seems you’ve shown that it can stand up to the demanding tests that you gave it. Will I buy it? Not likely. I’ve had enough high-powered mid-tier blenders and I know (in my heart of hearts) that what I really want is a real Vitamix, and not a clone. I hear that Vitamix offers very solid support, and that means a lot, plus the warranty is longer than the HP. Thanks again!!

  6. I’m really interested in this blender, I don’t want to dish out the money for a Vita-Mix or Blendtec – and not loving my Breville, I need to upgrade – I’m a little hesitant as I can’t find many consumer reviews that have used the blender long term – would love to hear from anyone using it. Thanks! ☺

    1. Hey Eva! I’ve personally used both blenders for several years and have spoken to literally hundreds of people who have each had their blender for 10 years up to 20! It’s remarkable! If you have any specific questions please feel free to reach out and if any users see this, please provide your own feedback. πŸ™‚

    2. I’ve owned this blender for around a year now and have made ‘green’ smoothies pretty much everyday. I haven’t had any issues with it and have been very happy with it.

      I have not used a Vitamix or Blendtec blender before, but I have tried various blenders <$300 such as the Nutri Ninja, Nutribullet and Oster Versa. This HP blender produces a silkier consistency and does a better job of breaking down berry seeds than any of the blenders I've used.

      If you're like me and didn't want to spend $400+ on a Blendtec or Vitamix, this is the best option in my opinion. I don't think you can beat the build quality and performance at this price.

      The only issue I have is that it doesn't quite fit under my upper cupboards so I have to keep it on the island.

      1. Thanks for sharing Sam! Yes we agree the Harley Pasternak Blender by the Salton Group is very comparable to the $329 refurbished Vitamix 5200 and other C-Series standard machines. It’s a new product so we don’t know the longevity in comparison yet (Vitamix will last 15-20 years) however it does come with a 5 year warranty.

  7. Wow this blender looks amazing, I can’t believe how comparable it is to a vitamix! Your reviews are always so great (:

  8. Very thorough and well written article ladies! I at first “poo-poo”ed the HP blender (I am a bit biased about my Vitamix!). But after reading this article, I see it could be a fair alternative and the price is great for the amount of power it has! Thanks for the eye opener πŸ˜‰
    And keep up the good work…..

  9. Is the Harley Pasternak just a rebranded Montel Williaams Healthmaster? (which bore an uncanny resemblance to the Jack LaLane blender)

  10. The video and article did answer most of my questions and I think this is an awesome and effective alternative to more high-powered, expensive blenders.
    When blending things like nuts, for nut butter, you say 3 minutes. Any chance of it over-heating when blending for that long or is it best to do in sections, say a minute, rest, another minutes and so on. Thanks so much!!! πŸ™‚

    1. We like to keep our blender on the kitchen counter so we’re encouraged to use it more (and not collect dust like our other appliances!!). That’s why we prefer a shorter blender that’s less than 18 inches high…

  11. I’d love to see how this measure up against a Blendtec. Great to have a reliable review to reference to make informed purchasing decisions!

    1. We would like to see that too! It’s a time consuming process but I’m sure we can do a few tests of the Harley Pasternak Blender vs Blendtec πŸ™‚

  12. Its great to see that the jars on powerful blender brands are all becoming BPA free. Vitamix used stainless steel in the past though, and from an environmentally friendly point of view… I think that is more sustainable and less prone to defects. — Thoughts?

    1. That’s a great point Kira! Yes there’s a group of people who still believe that even BPA free jars are harmful, especially since these blenders can heat product. Considering that I still use a microwave I’m not as concerned about using a BPA free jar. I don’t heat ingredients very often, usually just puree hot stuff. I prefer to be able to see inside the jar vs a stainless steel (and heavier) jar. It’s definitely a personal choice everyone must make. The blender companies though do very thorough testing and it’s regulated, so I’m sure they know more than I do regarding this. I appreciate you bring this up though, it’s something we all need to think about!

  13. Looks like a good option in blenders. Time will tell if they hold up as long as a Vitamix though, which is proven to stand the test of time in Restaurants and homes for years!!

  14. I love that you covered all bases with the excellent review. I would say that the harley pasternak blender is perfect for us who need the 1500W power but within an affordable budget.

  15. Morning smoothies are my “energy drinks” to tackle grad school every day aaaand my blender just broke. I need this! πŸ™‚

  16. Iv been ruminating on getting a vitamix, though it’s nice to see another option that’s not as pricey but can still get a consistent smoothie. Plus, I wouldn’t have to leave locked away from my roommates, which I’d have to do if I got a vitamix.

  17. Sharice Frieson

    Greetings,
    The Vitamix Blender seems like a really great blender! Thank you so much for this very thorough review.

  18. Thank you for the review! I have been eyeing blenders for a little while now and at this price maybe I can get one sooner than planned now! πŸ™‚

    1. Awesome Gabrielle! Make sure to take a look at all your options and let us know if you have any specific questions. πŸ™‚

  19. Do you know if they plan to market a 22v version at this price? Because it’s almost the same price as a refurbished BLENDTEC, so…

    Thanks for your great work?

  20. A great review as always Blender Babes. One day I’ll own one of these beauty’s. Day dreaming about all the goodies I could make that my regular blender can’t. ;P

  21. Any chance they”ll have a 220v model for expats?
    On a side note, It’s not much cheaper than the reconditioned VM, and with the same warranty.
    One little request please: when you test dry grinding would it be possible to also check chickpeas, which are a staple of gf flours, very expensive in flour state and sooo cheap as peas, and quite hard to grind? (Even the VM must work for those).

    Thanks for a great site

    1. Ohhhhh, that would be a GREAT test! Yes we’ll have to try that. Since they can both do popcorn so I’m sure could handle chickpeas but let me test it/find out and get back to you. THANKS EMMA

  22. What an amazing appliance I’d love to have. I’m in the process of getting my health back and this would be such as asset to helping!!

  23. Krisztina Jakab

    WOW! great review! As much as I would love to have a Vitamix it is so far out of my price range so I’ve been on a hunt for other blenders that can work just as well but cost less money. πŸ™‚ A review like this is always appreciated.

  24. i think this a great review and as much as i would love a vitamix it is so far out of my price range so it is always extremely helpful on finding other blenders that can work just as well which cost less money

    1. Yes we have been on the hunt to find the best blenders on the market that’s aren’t as expensive as new Vitamix blenders! We think this Harley Pasternak blender is pretty awesome! πŸ™‚

  25. wow ! lots of power. this Blender would be also great to make some tasty Fall Soups like Roasted Butternut Squash Soup …yummm

  26. I love this blender! It looks pretty and has a lot of power. Making smoothies with it would be so nice, no chunks in a smoothie would be great!!

  27. Thanks for this review… I have yet to take the plunge into a really high end blender! I am saving up the bucks for one… My hubby doesn’t understand my desire. He is not the one who makes smoothies all the time. Your site has helped me in making up my mind…

    1. Awesome! Love hearing that Debra! πŸ™‚ He’ll understand when you’re making him way more than just smoothies!

  28. Thanks for the awesome review which basically covered anything that I was a little apprehensive about.It sounds awesome and I have no doubt that this blender is fantastic and can accomplish all the tasks that I would and need it for.It pretty well passed all the tests you put it through and I like it very much!

  29. I love this review! Good for Harley for thinking of his followers and having a more affordable blender made so everyone can enjoy his great recipes.

  30. Love this review! I love my blendtec, but it’s great to know there some high quality medium-priced blenders out there!

  31. I am always so interested in reading your reviews especially for these blenders, they’re thorough, unbiased, and give the consumer so much needed insight. I have a Harley Pasternak blender and I’m SO happy to read this review in particular :)….although I love the Vitamix and Blendtec both, the priceyness was too hard to swallow lol. My HP blender has been put to the test multiple times and never comes up short. Maybe one day I’ll get the chance to but the other brands but for now HP it is! TYVM for your great reviews as always!

    1. That’s awesome Carm! Thanks for sharing your feedback and experience with your Harley Pasternak Blender! Would love for you to share with us all the recipes you have tried so far. πŸ™‚

  32. Great comparison – super thorough! Any thoughts on which is easier to clean? My one complaint with the Vitamix is that when blending think things (hummus, etc.) it’s tricky to get everything out of the pitcher.

  33. Uber awesome review! The best I’ve ever seen, every question was answered, and the testing on real things most use their blenders for was very beneficial.

  34. Nicole Mortensen

    This is the first that I have heard of this brand. I am actually really excited every time I get a newsletter in my email, or see a new video from blender babes! I know that I can always trust the opinion of the blender babes. I also am a huge fan of the recipes you share!. Thanks so much for all of your hard work and reviews!

  35. BlenderBabes reviews are the best! Second time I’ve heard of this brand, but this is the most detailed info <3. Where is it manufactured?

  36. as ever, great review. sorry to see that the Harley didn’t do well with small amounts, as that’s what I’m looking for. my bro has a vitamix & when at his place, I use the grinding pitcher because of the smaller capacity.

    1. Thanks for the feedback! This is a new blender, so perhaps they will come out with a smaller jar for small amounts. We are able to make smaller amounts of smoothies, however if you just want 1 cup of peanut butter or ice cream, it’s tough.

    1. Rana that’s a great question. There are no bread recipes in the Harley Pasternak recipe book. We are going to have to find out. At the very least it can blend the wet ingredients to add to a bowl of the dry ingredients (the way many Vitamix muffin/bread recipes instruct). We will need to find out if it can make a dough, though. πŸ˜‰

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