Waring Xtreme Professional Blender Review
The Waring Commercial MX1200XTX is attempting to compete toe-to-toe with the two biggest names in the blender world, namely Blendtec and Vitamix.
Here’s some quick info and star ratings:
Pro: Powerful 3.5 Peak HP motor
Con: Does not crush ice as well as similarly powered machines – must be a design issue
For more details about this blender, keep scrolling down this page past the star ratings to read our full review.
Just how well does the Waring Xtreme stack up?
Type the word “blender” into the YouTube search bar, and you will find video after video comparing two top names in blending, attempting to prove that one is better than the other.
It’s Vitamix vs. Blendtec all day long and to the moon!
However, what you will often find is that the Blendtec versus Vitamix going toe-to-toe are typically biased reviews with one brand trying to dominate the other.
In some of them, Blendtec wins.
In the others, Vitamix comes out on top.
Here’s my take on this…
From one unbiased reviewer to you: machines by both those brands are impressive!
What you won’t find are any reviews comparing any Waring machines to either Blendtec or Vitamix. For all of the YouTubers out there, enter: Waring. You’ll be hard pressed to find it compared to either Vitamix or Blendtec.
Having used both Blendtec blenders and Vitamix blenders to compare the results myself, I find myself now testing a Waring Xtreme blender. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it can do what Blendtec and Vitamix can do – exactly the same but oh… so much faster!
I have seen this Waring blender pulverize ice, herbs, carrots, frozen fruit, and more.
Due to the nature of nut butters, a tamper might be beneficial to a Waring blender – although, for many other whole and chunky foods, this blender will do the job beautifully. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised – and impressed – with the efficiency and power of this machine.
The blender jar is made of a polycarbonate material with the blade built directly into the blender jar.
Now in some cases I like to have the ability to separate my blade from the blending pitcher so I can clean it really well. So my first reaction was to knock off a few points from this blender because the blade is built-in and permanently to the pitcher jar – you are unable to separate them.
But then again – the same thing goes for Vitamix and Blendtec!
Upon closer inspection, I found a particular marking upon the printed measurements on the side of the jar… If I added some warm soapy water to that specified fill line and blended this concoction, Waring promises my blender will be squeaky clean.
Seeing as how common sense tells you to wash any kitchen appliance or dish before you use it for the first time, this was the first thing I tried.
I was impressed – the machine came out looking sparkling clean.
However, the real cleaning test would come after I made my first edible concoction with this blender. Spoiler alert – it worked beautifully.
Conair owns Cuisinart and Waring
Here’s something most people probably don’t know – a little bit of useless yet interesting FYI.
Today, Waring makes all sorts of kitchen appliances.
From the best of commercial machines to high-end appliances on the home consumer level, we see the Waring name just about everywhere we go.
But when I wanted to find out who is behind Waring today, I had to dig a little deeper.
What I found out was news to me. I found that Conair – yup, the manufacturer of home beauty products owns Waring – but not only that… they own Cuisinart as well!!!
The Waring website did say that they were bought out by Conair in 1998, so I checked out the Conair website. This confirmed what the Waring website said. Conair owns Waring. The news was about the ownership of Cuisinart – one of my favorite brands – but that’s another article for another day.
The headquarters for Conair is located in East Windsor, New Jersey. Just like Vitamix and Blendtec, Waring is also proudly made in the USA.
Who would’ve thought that the people who make hair blow dryers also make Waring professional blenders? That’s actually kind of awesome if you stop to think about it.
What to Expect and How it Works
Unboxing this machine was relatively simple. I will say this for the Waring Xtreme Blender – it is incredibly straightforward.
I’m pleasantly surprised by the fact that I don’t have 30 different pieces to differentiate one from another just to get this set up for the first time.
The base is incredibly large.
Honestly, though, that’s what you can expect from a commercial blender. It has a non-skid base. The sheer size of it should tell you that this machine has power. Big motor needs a big housing… what can you do!
The only real downside I see to this machine is that it doesn’t have a variable speed control.
But that’s also the beauty of its simplicity.
You have two paddle switches that are very easy to operate. One, along the right side, is the pulse switch.
Press the switch down, and it will turn on high for as long as you’re holding it down. Let it go, and it automatically turns off.
On the left side, you see another paddle switch. This is an actual toggle switch with two settings – low and high.
One might complain about the lack of advanced features such as the variable speed control that I mentioned. However, this is such a powerful machine I don’t think it needs it. If I need to blend at a lower speed, I would just toggle the pulse switch a few times.
Of course, this machine is rather loud, but so is every other competing blender in this class.
Can you honestly expect a motor that is powerful enough to pulverize the thickest of foods in mere seconds to be silent?
Oh yeah, that’s the other thing. This machine is incredibly fast. Do you remember the little mouse in that Looney Tunes cartoon that we watched when we were younger? I believe his name was Speedy Gonzales? Yeah – that fast.
I expected to need to some sort of tamper for this machine simply because the 64-ounce, polycarbonate container seemed so large. Once again, this machine is so powerful, and pulverizes food so quickly, that a tamper is not needed.
If you plan on making nut butters with this machine, you may want to get a rubber spatula to keep the food from sticking to the sides of the pitcher.
That’s actually not a con of this machine in particular – that’s just the nature of putting two cups of almonds in this blender.
Why is that?
I’m so glad you asked.
I have 2 words to answer that question:
Waring makes one heck of a powerful blender that can pulverize almonds, cashews, and peanuts – but the nature of the food will cause it to stick to the sides of any blender.
What Others Have Said About this Waring Blender
People are apparently very pleased with this blender. This may be more expensive than your $20 Oster – in fact quite a bit more – but then again they can handle what a Vitamix and Blendtec can handle. It is much more efficient than your $20 Oster, competing toe-to-toe with Vitamix and Blendtec.
This emulsion blender is excellent and very powerful. Excellent for blending, making smoothies, making soups, etc. I’m very happy with the power and ability to uniformly blend/emulsify.
– By Mindy Stevenson on August 20, 2015
I’ve had this blender for a year now, and it still works perfectly. Skip buying the cheap blenders, and get this one. I’ve been through so many blenders, that this one seems like a godsend. It is loud, but that’s to be expected from any blender that is using a powerful motor to blend. This was well worth it’s price.
– By Ruth.B on May 21, 2014
This is a beast, powerful efficient blends and pulses effortlessly. Worth the money, turns my vegetable fruit smoothies into silky soup. My health is improving also. I feel Waring spends a lot more effort in a quality blender than other blender manufacturers who use more effort in over hyped advertising.
– By Y. More “Leslie More” on May 10, 2014
What You Need to Watch Out For
The three major cons and a minor one you will find with this blender are as follows.
1.This blender is pricey.
At the MSRP list price of $725, most home cooks would consider this to be expensive. But maybe not outrageously so considering it is also a commercial grade blender for serious cooks – as well as those who are trying to live the whole foods and plant lifestyle. I only mention this as a con because not every casual cook is willing to invest at least around $400 (when you find it on sale) for a blender.
2. The next con is the decibel level that this blender can create.
Yes, it is loud. Then again, it is going at 27,000 RPM (according to Waring’s head executive chef). If the noise level is going to be an issue, this is probably not the right blender for you.
3. The third one is that the blender base is rather large.
It can be seen as bulky, but then again remember that this is commercially-rated. Waring had been making blenders since 1937. If they wanted to be at the bottom of the totem pole in the world of blending, they would probably have a smaller base with a smaller, weaker motor.
However large, this is a powerful motor that will last for years – so naturally the base will be rather big. It does come with nonskid feet, so it’s not going anywhere as it blends… now that’s a plus, right?
The minor con is the warranty.
Unlike the 7 years given by Vitamix, Waring is giving you only 3 years on the motor, and 2 years parts and labor warranty on this blender. But then, maybe that’s just fine when you consider the price difference between this and the $500+ price tag for a Vitamix.
There are two places you can buy this from online – from Amazon, and from Waring itself.
Personally, I recommend Amazon because they consistently have the lowest possible price AND they hold merchants responsible for their goods.
Add to that their world-class customer service team who knows how to take care of their customers and assure your complete satisfaction.
Quality control aside, sometimes every company makes a mistake and delivers a poorly built product to a customer. I have not really seen that with Waring, but if I did, I would expect Waring to take care of it. The question is not if I ever get a hold of a lemon is the matter of when? How long will it take to get resolved?? At least, that’s my take on things.
Of all the reviews I read, I have not seen anyone say that they have received a poorly built Waring machine. I commonly see complaints of poorly built products with several items I see on Amazon, but not with Waring. That point sticks out to me.
Being around for 70+ years, Waring knows a thing or two about blending, don’t you think?
I try to bring you the most unbiased and objective reviews possible, but today I learned two things that have nothing to do with the Waring blender while writing this review.
One, I found out that Waring was the company that introduced blenders to America. And two, I discovered that Conair owns Cuisinart and Waring.
Waring deserves to be right up there with Blendtec and Vitamix.
The beautiful thing with this blender is that it’s a lower priced option that hasn’t skimped on quality or performance.
This commercial blender blends things beautifully, will look great in any kitchen, and allow you to eat healthier foods, day after day.
This machine was built to last—Waring has a history of standing behind its products.