02. 20. 2007
Kinetix Ikon 600 super blender
I love kitchen gadgets, collect tons of bizarre, esoteric ones (French crepe anyone? okay, good, I haven't figured out how to use that one yet) but only one has stood the test of time: a Waring Pro blender my sister bought me at least five years ago. It's a 900 watt monster, louder than a jackhammer, but nearly as powerful. I like to tell people that I could probably make smoothies out of rocks with it while they're struggling to get their blenders to mix together some mushy fruit and yogurt, or something similarly wimpy. In the last couple of years, during this smoothie craze, I've seen some nice consumer blenders which are pretty good at crushing ice, but nothing that's really tested my blender fidelity.
The Breville Kinetix Ikon 600 has 1000 watts of crushing power, and the "Kinetix" blade and bowl system moves around the ingredients inside so your blades don't get stuck in hard lumps of unblended food. Instead of needing to remove the lid so you can re-distribute the ingredients, the Ikon folds over the unblended food automatically, so you get much smoother results, with a lot less intervention. It's also programmable, so there are settings for smoothies or for crushed ice which will speed up or slow down the blender for optimal results. There's an LCD display for viewing speeds and times. The extra-wide blade is removable for easy cleaning, and the glass jug is dishwasher safe. Uh oh, I want one. Badly. Basically, the Ikon is a blender that mixes the functions of a blender with a food processor, so you can much more easily blend stiffer ingredients (like bread dough) or use the Ikon as a chopper.
The Ikon will be available soon in the US for about $200. It's already available in Australia from Koch Products.