Top critical review
OK but very overrated !
on 15 November 2011
I said goodbye to my 12 year old Breville Blender, that had been a stalwart in the kitchen, because parts were no longer available and was attracted by the Warranty on this Philips Robust.
Philips provide a long warranty with this blender, which after reading some of the reviews that express dissatisfaction with their customer service, I sincerely hope proves to be an honourable one. Other than the warranty there is not a great deal that makes this blender stand out from others, in fact when comparing performance with cheaper blenders this one is very overpriced. I bought it at it's reduced price which was a saving grace.
It appears to be well built although there are some surprising areas where Philips have used plastic, for example the cogging system that engages the jug with the motor, however, and this is the most important feature all blender users are concerned with, IT DOES NOT REDUCE FRUIT SUCH AS STRAWBERRIES OR RASPBERRIES TO A SMOOTH PULP. The blender performs, in this respect, no different to any other blender. Maybe some users have discovered 'Super Berries' but mine, irrespective of state of ripeness 'DO NOT BLITZ INTO A SMOOTH LIQUID'
I have had to accept, for over 30 years, bits from berries in my homemade shakes and smoothies and this Philips Robust is no different to any other. It's only plus point in performance is its slow startup, which reduces initially the spray up the jug effect.
A final point for all potential buyers to note, and also for the 'Philips Design Team' is that the pouring lip profile is far too small and therefore causes drips. Wake up Philips, sometimes you must not sacrifice function for form.
Would I recommend this blender as a potential value item, NO, save at least £100 and buy any.