Review: The Optimum G2.3 Induction Blender
As an ambassador for Froothie UK, I get the chance to try out their fancy new machines. To be honest, I didn’t think it could get much better than the Optimum 9200A; we had a beautiful romance for the best part of 2 years. But then arrived the Optimum G2.3, a beautiful, gleaming monster of a machine that promised me the world… and so I replaced my faithful 9200A with a younger model.
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I do occasionally have pangs of guilt and wonder how my old 9200A is getting on in life. But, for the most part, I’m content with my new commitment to the Optimum G2.3*. Especially given that it has a lifetime motor guarantee. It’s never gonna give me up, never gonna let me down… Plus its snazzy brushless motor means it is a less noisy than regular blenders. (Not that Rick Astley sang about brushless motors…)
Before I start harping on about my own experiences with this new-fangled gadget, let’s just have a quick run through of its key features, taken from the Froothie UK website*.
Functions of the Optimum G2.3
2-litre jug: specifically designed for large quantities and wet and dry applications.
1-litre rotating jug: single serve blending jug specifically designed to rotate and achieve the thickest of blends.
Spatula: specifically designed spatula to remove the thickest of ingredients from under the blades.
Control panel: elegantly simple LED touch screen panel featuring:
Automatic, one-push button programs, all of which are set to the exact parameters you require
Precise, fine-tuned manual functionality allowing you to manually control
Wet and dry multi-purpose 6-blade stainless steel assembly
Heavy duty tamper tool for improved processing and mixing
So, what are these one-touch programmes of which you speak? Well, there’s a smoothie function, a sorbet function, a fruit and veg function, a soup function and a grind function.
The three most useful, in my opinion, are the smoothie function, the soup function and the grind function.
I don’t tend to make many sorbets and the ‘fruit and veg’ function is essentially the smoothie function, but for a few seconds longer. That’s not to say they’re not useful; if you were an avid sorbet maker, you’d find the sorbet function very useful. Plus, the 90 second ‘fruit and veg’ function is great for breaking down harder fruits and vegetables to that perfect smooth consistency. But I’ll focus on my favourite functions.
This is the reason most people buy a blender in the first place, so it’s a pretty important function. What’s great about Optimum blenders though, is the smoothness. I’ve used cheaper blenders in the past and the consistency of things can be very grainy. This is also important when it comes to making vegan desserts. Let me tell you, from experience, a grainy ‘cheesecake’ filling is not pleasant. If you’re making a vegan cheesecake filling, you need the consistency to be smoother than smooth, to mimic the cream cheese. And the smoothie function is perfect for that.
You can create hot soups, hot chocolates and fondues in around 8 minutes; it heats as it blends. Which is pretty damn useful when it comes to minimising washing up.
You may never have thought you needed a blender to grind things. But once you start grinding grains to make your own flours, or nuts and seeds to make your own nut and seed butters, you’ll realise that it’s the best thing ever. Mainly because it saves you a lot of money, making your own. If you’ve ever gawped at the price of ground almonds or almond butter, for example, you’ll love this function. Combine this with some of my other money-saving tips, such as buying nuts and seeds in bulk, and you’re all set! You can also grind things like coffee beans.
Watch Neil from Natural Juice Junkie unboxing the Optimum G2.3 above! ^
The first thing I noticed when unpacking the Optimum G2.3 was how stylish and professional it looks. Although how it looks isn’t as important as how well it works, if you’ve got this machine in your kitchen, people are going to know you mean business!
Secondly, I was amazed at how powerful it is. Nuts are blitzed into a fine powder in seconds. It’s like a magician making something disappear in a puff of smoke. It is a seriously good piece of kit.
I didn’t get on with the LED digital panel to begin with though. Firstly, because I was thinking about how often I was going to have to clean greasy fingerprints off the shiny black surface. And secondly because the panel is hyper-efficient and puts itself on standby every 2 seconds. Okay, not every 2 seconds. It just felt like it to begin with, when I was trying to get to grips with which buttons to press. But I did get used to it and now I don’t even think twice! And as far as the cleaning is concerned, it’s actually easier to clean the digital panel than it is to clean around buttons, dials and switches. Think about the keys of a computer keyboard… stuff always gets in there. It’s a lot easier to just wipe a flat surface.
Okay. So it’s an investment piece, I’ll give you that. But good news! Not only is the Optimum G2.3 currently on sale for £399*(RRP £700) at the time of writing, but you also get a 30-day money back guarantee (including return postage), access to expert support and a comprehensive recipe book.
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If you’ve got any questions, leave a comment below and I’ll get back to you!