Review: OmniBlend V

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(updated September 22, 2013)
 
Introduced to the United States in 2009, The OmniBlend V is JTC Electronic Corporation’s flagship entry into the North American high-performance blender market.  Manufactured in the Guangdong province in China and having been distributed world-wide for over 25 years, the OmniBlend V (also commonly known in North America as both the Omni V and Omni) advertises comparable quality and blending results as its more well-known American-made competitors at a markedly lower price point.  The following is a comprehensive review of the JTC OmniBlend V and is intended for anyone in the market for a high-performance blender.

Package and Specifications

Though made in China, American and Canadian purchasers of the blender will receive a unit inventoried and serviced by the JTC’s exclusive North American distributor out of Eagle Mountain, Utah.  The entire OmniBlend V package consists of a motor-base in a glossy black finish, a container with pre-installed blade assembly and corresponding lid, a mixing rod, recipe book, owner’s manual, and warranty card covering the distributor’s 7-year limited warranty. Edit: White and Red finish also vailable as of September 2013.

The square-shaped motor base has dimensions of 8” wide by 8 7/8” deep.  The height of the unit with container and lid in place is 16 1/4” and its weight with an empty container is just under 9 lbs.  The units distributed in the U.S. and Canada are equipped with a 120-volt, 3-pronged power cord that extends just under 5 feet from the motor base, the entire length of which can be wrapped and stored on the underside of the blender so that only as much cord as is necessary to reach an outlet is revealed.  The base rests on 4 round, rubber “feet” which are 7/8” in diameter.  On the underside of the base is an overload reset button.

The user interface is entirely on the front of the blender.  From the user’s left is a power switch encased in a transparent rubber sheath which prevents liquid from entering the switch’s opening.  While on, this switch is illuminated.  Two rows of three soft-touch buttons, each, form the center of the interface.  Buttons on the top row are marked Low, Medium, and High.  Buttons on the lower row are marked in seconds:  35, 60, and 90, respectively.  To the user’s right is a soft-touch button labeled Pulse.
 

 
Inside a glossy, wear-resistant black plastic base housing is a 3-peak horsepower carbon-brush motor.  This motor has been engineered to operate continuously, self-regulate power, and sustainably cool itself at a maximum efficiency output of 950 watts.  JTC Electronic Corp.’s factory engineers have concluded this to be the optimum wattage for yielding optimal blender performance, motor cooling ability and life expectancy, and noise reduction.  In this article on high-performance blenders I’ve given a layman’s explanation of the role horsepower plays with high-performance blenders.

In February 2013, polycarbonate containers began being phased out of the Omni V packages in favor of those made from Eastman Tritan™ copolyester. The greatest perceived benefits of the newer jars are increased durability and construction from material free of Bisphenol-A (BPA), a chemical thought to produce adverse effects on humans when exposed to it in various levels.  The BPA-free containers have been rated food-safe by both the FDA and UL (formerly Underwriters Laboratories).

The container is square in shape with rounded corners, allowing for convenient pouring from any of three sides.  From top to bottom, the container maintains this shape with minor tapering.  With a maximum capacity of 70 ounces, it is stamped on one side with measurements in both ounces up to 50 and cups to 6, and on another in both milliliters to 1500 and liters to 1.5.  A hollow handle contributes toward lowering the total weight of the container while allowing for easy drainage during cleaning.  An approximately 1” lip extends from the underside of the container on all four sides, inside of which four rubber posts extend upward from a pad made of the same material atop the motor base.  Together these features hold the container securely in place during blending.

A slotted drive shaft on the underside of the Omni’s blade assembly rests inside a socket approximately ½” deep.  Both shaft and socket are composed of a durable polymer designed to withstand the high forces created by blade and motor against heavy load during use, yet at the same time giving or even breaking as necessary in order to preserve the motor, itself, when unusually excessive resistance is encountered.  A damaged Omni drive socket can be inexpensively replaced and easily reassembled.

The blade assembly consists of 6 blades constructed out of a Japanese custom stainless steel alloy.  Four 1” blades, 2 extending outward and parallel to the bottom of the container, and 2 turned upward at 45 degree angles, comprise the upper part of the assembly.  Just underneath these 4 blades, 2 others point sharply downward, the tips of which hover less than ¼” from the bottom of the container.  All 6 blades are extremely sharp and are suitable for both wet and dry ingredient blending and grinding.  A ball-bearing chamber through which the drive shaft extends separates the blades from the container, itself.  The blade assembly is not permanently affixed to the container, and can be easily disassembled for repair or replacement as necessary.

The Omni V’s lid is molded rubber and forms a seal from the inside of the container when fitted snugly.  From each corner extends a flap wide enough for a thumb and forefinger to easily lift and remove it.  In the center a removable plug fits into an opening 1” in diameter.  Additional ingredients can be added through this opening during blending, but because of its relatively small diameter these will most likely be limited to oils, liquids and powders.  Its primary purpose, however, is to allow for the implementation of a mixing rod which assists the user with the blending of larger and/or denser ingredients.  The plastic rod is 9 ½” long and features a lip which prevents the rod’s end from reaching the blades when inserted through the lid’s opening.  It is not intended to be an every-use component of the blender, but is advertised as an “insurance policy” of sorts against air pockets that could potentially develop during the blending of cold or dense ingredients, or large ingredients that because of their size do not reach the cutting bath of the blades on their own.  The total height of the blender with tamper inserted is 19 ½”.

mixrod

An 82-page, color photo recipe book entitled Deliciously Raw by Carmella Soleil is included in all packages distributed in North America.  In it the author advocates for a raw food diet and has designed smoothie, shake, soup, salad dressing, spread, sauce, nut cheese, and desert recipes specifically for the Omni blender.
 

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An owner’s manual and warranty card complete the OmniBlend V package.  With the exception of the drive socket, the blender’s North American distributor covers the entire motor base, including the motor itself and user-interface controls, when operated exclusively for household use for a period of 7 years from the date of purchase.  The drive socket, container, and pre-installed blade assembly are covered for household use for 1 year from the date of purchase.

Operation

When pressed a single time, each button on the interface panel will initiate blending if the power button is illuminated and in the “On” position.  In the upper-left corner of each button is a small light that illuminates in red for as long as the function associated with it operates.  After having been selected and the corresponding button pressed, the Low, Medium and High speed functions will run continuously unless and until any of the 7 user-interface buttons is pressed.  This will stop the machine.  The buttons associated with the timed cycles of 35, 60, and 90 seconds need only be pressed once.  This starts the cycle during which the blender will run on high speed for the associated duration.  At the cycle’s conclusion, the blender will stop automatically and emit an audible signal consisting of two tones indicating as much to the user.

Programmed into each of the timed cycles is a gradual climbing of the speeds from low to high.  This allows the blender to break up ingredients on the bottom gradually so as not to induce an immediate, cavitation-like occurrence.  During this climb, the low speed will run for approximately 1 second, followed by the medium speed for approximately 3 seconds, followed by a final ascension to high speed.  This feature is also present on the High non-programmed function.  After pressing the High button initially, the blender will start out on medium speed for approximately 2 seconds before transitioning to high.

The Pulse button does not contain a light, and the blender will run on High speed only for as long as the user holds it depressed.  Long blending durations as well as short bursts are possible with this function.

Best blending results are achieved when the softest and highest-liquid content ingredients are loaded first into the jar, closest to the blades. Characteristic of other high-performance blenders, the Omni V’s blades are designed to use the liquid ingredients lower in the container to draw ingredients loaded higher down to them.  These ingredients are then directed outward and upward, and the recirculating process (vortex) continues throughout the duration of the blend.  The steady practice of “liquids low, solids high” loading of the container will not only yield optimum blending results, but should extend the life of the machine.  This practice will also diminish the frequency with which the user will be required to implement the mixing rod.

On occasions where it is used, the rod must operate in conjunction with the lid properly fitted on the container, or the user runs the risk of placing it within the cutting path of the blades.  Doing so will instantly destroy both the tool itself as well as the contents of whatever is being blended.  One of the most common uses for the rod will be to combat cavitation.  This is a common occurrence amongst all high-performance blenders in which an air pocket develops around blades spinning at extraordinarily high speeds.  The mixing rod is designed to penetrate and, hence, eliminate these air pockets, enabling the blender to perform effectively.  Cavitation occurrences are most frequent when blending large quantities of frozen ingredients or when making very thick recipes such as peanut butter.  If ingredients loaded into the jar happen to be too large to be drawn down into the blades as designed, the rod may also be used to press them downward and into their cutting path.

Cleaning the container is as simple as filling 1/3 of the container with warm water and adding a small amount of liquid detergent.  Depressing and holding the Pulse button for 10 to 15 seconds then rinsing the container should thoroughly clean it from all but the thickest dips and sauces.  For any residue that remains on the blades after completing the procedure, a soft brush should be used.  Cleaning by hand is strongly discouraged due to all 6 blades being extremely sharp.  After rinsing the container should be inverted while drying.  When necessary, the motor base should be wiped clean with a damp cloth only.

Performance

Though, at the time of this review, I lack the years of personal experience with the OmniBlend V that I have with blenders of other manufacturers, the machine’s ability to replicate several recipes to near or equal quality to those of its competitors has been noted.  Regarding smoothies, for instance, the Omni easily handles large quantities of frozen fruit and yields an exceptionally smooth result, generally in under a minute for most recipes.  As mentioned earlier, though comparable in motor strength to even the highest-priced blenders in its class, the Omni has been designed operate at peak wattage well below its total output capability.  This is a somewhat unique design feature that, although might necessitate blending durations on certain recipes be slightly longer than those of some of its competitors, in theory should maximize the life of the motor.  Depending on the recipe, count on 10 to 45 seconds of additional blending time in order to achieve similar textural results to smoothies made of identical ingredients in the highest-priced blenders currently available.

The Omni is also marketed as having the ability to micronize, or extract maximum nutritional yield from fruits and vegetables, by rupturing individual cell walls within them, thus releasing otherwise trapped phytonutrients into the bloodstream of whomever ingests the corresponding smoothie or whole juice.  This ability has long been a selling point for other high-performance blender manufacturers and, indeed, if results in terms of texture of smoothies and whole food juices made from the Omni are compared with those made from its top competitors, it is easy to understand why they, too, are making similar health-benefit claims.  This blender breaks down dense and fibrous ingredients to exceptionally smooth consistencies.

Even with wattage output governed, the Omni is capable of generating blade speeds that, along with ingredients, create sufficient friction to heat recipes to soup-like temperatures.  The beginning temperature of the ingredients, especially that of any liquids used, will play a key role in determining the blending duration for any given recipe. However, the longer the machine is left to blend on the High speed, the more friction will be created, and the higher the temperature will climb.  If starting with room-temperature ingredients, the user should expect normal blending durations of 3 to 5 minutes and possibly longer to achieve “hot” temperatures.

Likewise, frozen desserts in the texture of sorbets can be made in the Omni using the same high speeds, but with, in part, frozen ingredients and much shorter blending durations.  The user might find the mixing rod especially helpful for this function.

The unique 6-blade design of the container includes two downward-pointing blades, the tips of which extend to just over the bottom of the container.  This allows the user to make small quantities – well under a cup – of certain recipes which could come in useful when making single-serving sauces, dressings, and even baby food.  These blades are also designed to be multi-purpose in that grinding of dry ingredients – to make flours, for instance – is done in the same container used for all other forms of blending.

In testing the OmniBlend V I have used both an assorted variety and unusually large quantities of dense and frozen ingredients thus far in various recipes but, as of this writing I have yet to subject it to either a particular set of ingredients or a specific quantity of such that present sufficient resistance to the blade assembly to engage the motor’s overload fault protection – a positive sign in and of itself.  This built-in feature is designed to keep the motor safe from excess strain and potential overheating damage.  Because the protection is engaged just over optimum wattage outputs, there is no requisite “cool down” period once the blender has shut itself off.  Instead, the user must simply press the Overload Reset Button located on the underside of the motor base and blending can resume immediately.

A final benefit of the Omni’s self-regulating motor that must be mentioned is that even on the highest speed settings its noise output is considerably lower than that produced by blenders of competing manufacturers on similar settings.  JTC has also designed a sound enclosure for the blender, sold separately or together with the blender in a package, should the user wish to mitigate decibel levels even further.

Performance Issues

Perhaps the most noticeable drawback to relatively simple and easy-to-learn user interface panel on the blender is its inability to manually adjust blending speeds while running.  Most high-performance blenders in the Omni’s class feature the ability, either via push-button controls or a manual dial, to gradually increase and decrease blade speed during a given cycle.  To achieve a similar effect with the Omni V, the user must first stop the blender from operating at one speed, then choose another from one of two remaining speed options.  Although the three speed options are more than likely sufficient for accomplishing just about any blending task, the option to select intermediate speeds by which to fine-tune individual recipes does not exist.

As noted above, the benefits of the OmniBlend V’s self-regulating motor and corresponding optimum wattage output are numerous.  Also resulting from this feature, however, is that its governed power prevents the blender’s motor from turning the blade assembly at similar high-side RPMs as some of its more popular competitors.  Assuming this was otherwise possible, the downside of such is that blending tasks, in general, will take longer to perform with the Omni than from some of its high-performance blender counterparts.  These additional durations might range anywhere from 15 seconds to over a minute with smoothies, and could be up to several minutes with certain soup recipes.

Though high-performance blender manufacturers have for years touted their machines’ ability to extract maximum nutritional yield from fruits and vegetables via superior horsepower and blade speed, a study of exactly what power and speed combination is necessary in order to achieve this level of benefit from their blenders has not been conducted to the best of my knowledge.  Therefore, there is no way to know if the Omni’s regulated power output has any potential effect in this regard.

The return policy and 7-year limited warranty covering the motor and control functions of the blender are comparable to those of other high-performance blender manufacturers.  However, the coverage on the container, blade assembly, and drive socket is significantly shorter than that offered by some of the Omni’s more popular competitors on these components.  Replacement of these particular parts, should it be necessary, is inexpensive relative to the overall cost of the blender and associated repairs can usually be completed by the user, though caution in relation to a potential voiding of the blender’s longer warranty should be exercised before doing so.

Summary

The OmniBlend V delivers quality results across the board in terms of meeting the functional expectations generally placed on machines in its class – those generally considered several levels above standard, department store-style blenders.  When cost is factored into the buying decision, it would be fair to suggest it represents an exceptional value as most of its more well-known competition retails at considerably higher price-points.  For those unwilling or unable to spend the kind of money the more popular machines at this performance level command yet wish to capture most if not all of the same benefits they provide, the Omni is worthy of serious consideration.  At this point in my experience with the blender, I would not hesitate to recommend it.

Please use the comments section of this page to provide your own input on or experiences with the Vitamix 5200, to ask questions about it, or for clarification on anything you read in this review.  It is my goal to assist you in any way I can in selecting the best high-performance blender for your personal needs.

 

70 comments so far. Have questions? Fire away! We can discuss it right here.
  1. Hello, has anyone had success using the Omniblend to make smaller quantities of but butters than their recipes recommend and in lightly roasting the nuts first? Many thanks

  2. Hi! Thank you so much for your objective honest reviews. Sincerely appreciate it! They are very informative and good guides to use when considering blenders.

    I would please like to know your opinion on grinding nuts and dates together in the Omniblend V. I make date/nut balls for my kids.

    Will the Omniblend V be able to grind spelt berries/grains into flour about 3 times a week? Can it grind it very fine? Will the blades become blunt quickly when grinding grains(3 cups 3 times per week)?

    Sincerely appreciate your advice! 🙂

  3. Hello!
    I’m an American expat living in the UK. I’m in desperate need of a high-performance blender, but am frustrated by the UK costs – they are usually about 1.5-2x the price of the same in the US. Anyway, due to cost I definitely can’t get a Vitamix (my first pick) or a BlendTec (my second pick). The Optimum’s looked interesting, but not that different than this OmniBlend V and is still about £100 more than this one on AmazonUK. The problem I’m seeing is not many customer reviews for the unit on AmazonUK or Amazon (USA) and there’s no variable speed. I then found the Oster Versa Performance Blend 1400W that’s at the same price point as the OmniBlend. It’s got Amazing reviews on both Amazin sites and variable speed. As I can’t purchase from you, I’m hoping that you can give me an unbiased opinion on which is the better blender. Or, is there another better high-performance blender available in the UK at this same £250 point price-mark or lower (which would be even better as £250 is going to be a stretch!)? I mostly use it for smoothies, but would like to venture into soups and coconut milk.
    Thank you!

  4. Hi,

    I’m trying to save on glutenfree flours for 2 kids, mainly rice, chickpea and buckwheat. The Vitamix in my country (220v, 50 mhz), with the dry blade, is almost 1000USD… I can get a blendtec for USD 500 but without the warranty (imported from GB), or a JTC for 380 USD with one year warranty…
    I’d really be happy to get your opinion on the fineness of the flours and the expected life expectancy (I’d save the superblender for flour grinding, we’ll get our smoothie from the nutribullet- which to my mind doesn’t provide satisfactory flour)

    Thanks a lot

  5. I need to have my omniblend serviced. It has died. I was pleased to see that they have a 7 year warranty. I never expect to need that benefit for any products I purchase but some times things fail unexpectedly. How do I contact the distributor to arrange for repair?

    Regards,
    George

  6. Hello and thanks for the super-informative review. I would be very interested in your detailed response to André above, especially having read about other peoples’ experiences with the Omniblender V, its pros and its shortcomings. I plan to open a smoothie bar and am a little concerned about how it will handle continuous operation and its durability. Would appreciate your thoughts on the Omniblender V in a commercial setting.

    • bd

      Karin, please check your email. I have forwarded you a copy of my original response.

  7. Hi. Can anyone help? I bought an Omniblend on Ebay a while ago. I was very pleased withe it, but noticed that the blades were beginning to work looser and looser specially as I was making so many ice-creams and sorbets. I could tighten the nut a little with my hand before using but eventually I could wiggle the blades up and down as well as side to side. I was sent another jug, but sure enough, after a while the blades were doing the same thing, wiggling up and down and side to side. Has anyone else experienced the same thing? I follow recipes to the letter, I do, however make a lot of ice-creams, but I thought that an industrial strenth blender should be able to take this sort of work. I am having a dispute with the ebay dealer “The Omniblend store” about this, and I just wanted some advice form other Omniblend users/experts before I make my case.

    • bd

      Antony, please check your email. I have sent you an email with some contact information of someone who might be able to provide more insight.

      • Hi BD,
        I’m looking for commercial blenders/ice crusher and was tipped to check the Omni Blend I and V. I plan to start with 3 – 5 blenders and 2- 3 sound enclosures, depending on the pricing. The plan is to use 2 or 3 and keep the others on display for interested customers to test. This way, they can place their orders through me and I can the order more (both commercial and kitchen model. Hopefully I can order +200 on my next order. Would you recommend any of the Omni Blends? I read about some of their pros & cons and have some concerns about loose blends.
        I intend to ship this products to Cameroon: The main issue is shipping cost to Cameroon (220volt required), so I rather get a enough to fill a small container or half a contain- hopefully I will get a reasonable price from your team that gives me room to make a little profit but also provide the people with much better quality products.

        Do you cover cost of shipping withing the US? I live in Houston, Texas but on a rotational job in Africa. I will be back in Texas mid November.
        Thanks in advance.

        Thanks,
        Walters

    • How did this issue go for you? We have an Omniblend V that after about 4-5 months of daily use with soft ingredients had the blades running loose on the shaft. A replacement blade and mushroom drive head were fitted by the NZ distributor but wasn’t covered under warranty, claiming user error (saying it must have been hard ingredients being dropped in or forcing material in with the tamper, neither the case).

      We have been very conservative with ingredients used with the replacement blade (nothing so dense as ice-creams or sorbets) but it wiggles the same as your experience, generally OK for about 1 minute of usage before tightening the nut above the blades is necessary, and the bearing is getting stiff. It also still has a burning smell on high speed, I’ve seen notes from other distributors that this is normal except when it’s not, not sure on that one – we generally only use low or medium though so it’s not an issue for the most part.

      I’m not sure what the expected replacement schedule for the cutting head should be but it is certainly not as robust as I expected from reviews and the product literature.

  8. Hello and thank you so very much for your reviews! I’m about to purchase a blender since my last (and first) couldn’t handle 2-3 green smoothies a day. I would love a Vitamix but as a student I can’t afford one. Do you know if it is possible to buy a reconditioned Vitamix that will work in Sweden? Would you recommend that if possible or an Omni or an Optimum?
    I’m making lots of smoothies and icecreams for me and my 5-year-old, the only way to make him eat greens.
    Thank you!
    All the best

    • bd

      Elisa, unfortunately Vitamix is not making Certified Reconditioned machines available to anyone without a U.S.-based address by which to take delivery. I am a fan of both the Omni and Optimum lines, though, and would recommend either as an alternative for those who cannot get their hands on a Vitamix.

  9. Hello. Thanks so much for the detailed info. I am looking for a 220v machine to travel with. Can you please direct me on where to go?

    Thanks a bunch

    • bd

      Cynthia, if you are looking for the Omni, you might visit this page. There is a 220v machine available there. I am unsure as to current availability: 220V Omni V

  10. Hi!
    Thank you for all of your helpful information. I have been wanting to buy a Vitamix for some time now, but just couldn’t justify the expense. Now we are expecting a baby and figure making our own baby food will save enough to warrant getting a good blender(especially if we do refurbished). In that sense, the price point on the Omni is definitely enticing, but my biggest concern is the warranty only covering the drive socket, blades, and canister for 1yr. So far I have not been able to find pricing for these, and from reports I have received, they tend to be the parts you want covered the most! It could be that once you have replaced a couple of things, you may as well have gone for a blender whose warranty covers everything. What is your opinion on this and do you know where I can find pricing for replacement parts?

    • bd

      Debbie, although most of these parts are fairly inexpensive on a relative basis – with the exception of the container which should never give you issues if properly cared for – those are certainly all legitimate questions and concerns. If you will contact me directly using the Contact form at the top of the site I will be glad to put you in touch with the U.S. distributor who can answer all of these questions in detail. I have worked closely with him over the years and you can expect a truthful and prompt response from him.

  11. I am looking for a high powered blender. I was keen on the optimum 9400 but am put off by their marketing strategies namely knocking the opposition in order to make their own product sound better. I noticed in their comparisons with vitamix and ninja mega they list the power of the optimum as 2238 watts which I have established is the power input while comparing it with 1492 for the vitamix 5200 and 1500 for the ninja which are their output or working power.(ie not comparing the same thing) The working power is the most important thing and the optimum’s working power is 1500 – similar to the opposition. However I am unsure about the significance of horsepower and RPM as the optimum does appear higher in these. I can’t find the working power of the omniblend but its input is 2238 watts and horsepower 3,it appears comparable with the optimum. Your thoughts and explanations would be appreciated.

    • bd

      CW, first let me make a few caveats to my response. As the Optimum line is not yet available in the U.S., my experience with it has been limited to the testing of a few different prototypes the company has sent me for review and input. Therefore I am unfamiliar with the marketing tactics being employed where it is available. Also, I am assuming that the units I have tested are built to the same specs as those being sold today.

      When comparing apples to apples in the high-performance blender horsepower war, you are right on when focusing on output power. Therefore the wattage numbers you are providing are dubious at best. For starters, the output power for the 5200 is a well-documented 1380 watts. For comparison, Blendtec’s new Designer 725+ model is 1725 watts at an advertised 3.8 peak HP and is stronger than any other blender made for home use that I’ve ever tested. At 2238 watts of output power, the 9400 would be well over 4 peak HP and I can tell you from experience this is NOT the case. Again, I’m not sure where the specification of 1500 watts of output power from the 9400 is derived – wattage specs are not given on the prototypes I have – but even this seems a bit high. My guess is somewhere in the 1200 to 1350 watts range is accurate based solely on my testing.

      The significance of HP and RPM on their own is minimal. The key to a powerful, well-performing blender is the combination of these two factors along with torque, the motor’s sustainable cooling ability, blade length and design, container shape, etc. In my experience with the Optimum 9400 I find it to be well-made and powerful. It does not have quite the functional power of the Vitamix 5200 based on my testing, nor is it made to the same standards, quality-wise, in my opinion. This is more of a testament to how nice the Vitamix is, though. It is not to suggest that the Optimum is “cheap.” It borrows a lot of design features from Vitamix and this, alone, helps it to become a very nice performer.

      The Omniblend V does have a 3-peak horsepower motor but it operates at a much lower output horsepower in order to, according to its engineers, maximize performance and longevity of the machine. It, too, is a nice blender – sufficiently powerful. But, like the Optimum, falls short of Vitamix in terms of both build quality and performance. As your main query appears to be concerning power, I would deem the Optimum slightly more functionally powerful than the Omni.

  12. I just want to say how helpful your review and your great answers have been. You have , in my opinion, gone above and beyond most bloggers and I really appreciate it!

    • bd

      Thanks for the kind words, Charlene.

  13. Hello 🙂

    I was just wondering if the blender will handle blending a Avocado pit? I know its a rather strange question but I’ve been reading up on it and apparently its amazingly healthy. So It would be great if you could make the avocado pit into a powder form and then add it to your smoothies 🙂

    Thank you
    Marius

    • bd

      Marius, yes, the Omni will blend an avocado pit. I have blended them whole along with other smoothie ingredients. I have also blended them alone, fresh out of the avocado. It will break down to a pulp, but to get it completely dry you would have to dehydrate it or otherwise remove its natural moisture. If you successfully do this, it is very possible it will result in a powder-like consistency. Keep in mind, also, that these pits can change the texture and taste of your recipes.

  14. Just want to thank you for your most excellent and helpful review.

    • bd

      Thanks, Adrian. I appreciate it.

  15. Will a vitamix jug fit the Omni blend machine, and if so, are the performances in anyway improved ? Thx

    • bd

      Eric, although the fit is unusually snug, the short answer to your question is yes, it will. To the extent that blending performance is improved at all with this container, it is not to the point that justifies the price of a this container relative to the overall price of the Omni in my opinion. If you happen to have a spare Vitamix container hiding in your cabinets, however – sure, go for it! 🙂

  16. hello,
    how does Omni V handle ice? I would like to make smoothies and cocktails with ice along with the fruits.

    • bd

      Dimitris, it does a great job with ice. Very similar to how it handles frozen fruit. The tamper tool is very effective, also, when needed.

  17. Hi BD!

    I am considering buying an Omni V blender. I plan on mainly using it to blend fruit and veggie smoothies, but I would also like to use it pulverize (grind) dry ingredients.

    Have you made a smoothie in the Omni that contained dry oatmeal? If so, how was the consistency of the smoothie?
    Have you put dry oatmeal only in the Omni with the goal of pulverizing it? (grinding to powder) If so, how was the outcome?

    Thanks!
    Brian

    • bd

      Brian, I use dry oatmeal all the time in my smoothies, though I cannot recall specifically the last time I used this ingredient with one I made in the Omni. If you check back here in a few days, I will run a couple tests for you a report the results.

      • Hi again BD!

        Any news on the testing?
        Hope to hear from you soon.

        • bd

          Brian, thanks for your patience. I was able to test dry oats and, as I suspected, the Omni did a fantastic job. They will be virtually undetectable in your smoothies. As well, the Omni makes a very fine flour out of them after just a minute or so on High speed.

          • Cool!

            Thank you so much for doing these tests!
            Your site is awesome!

  18. Hi there, would you recommend the omniblend V over the omniblend I? You noted the inability manually control speed as a drawback, and one is able to do this with the I model. Please advise.

    • Blenderdude

      Andy, you can manually control the speed of the Omni V, but only with three different speeds: Low, Medium, and High. The Omni I has a variable speed control as you know. You do have a little more flexibility with it as a result. However, the vast majority of all your blending should and will be done on High. To that extent there is really little difference between the two models. This decision should really come down to price and your propensity to use pre-programmed settings and/or push-button technology as opposed to levers/dials.

  19. I have had my Omni Blend Blender for about 6 months and love it. I pack it full of frozen fruits and veggies, and almonds, and some liquid, and it pulverizes it all without a problem. Seven year warranty, easy to clean, and push button operation makes it easy. I almost never have to use the tamper that came with it. Half the price of a Vitamix.

  20. I am looking for a new jar with the cutting blade in it. Can you tell me where I can get one?
    Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Pat, please check your email.

  21. Hi,
    i have some question about “omniblend v bra free tm-800”.
    For how long time you can send it to me in CA, USA?
    Do you have with 240V for EUROPE or England? If you not, what i need to switch corectly and how much does cost the switch or somethning else, how big is it and what size is it this one?
    Do you have web site for Europe?
    Please, write me to E-mail, and please give me e-mail for next question.

    Thanks, Vasil

    • Blenderdude

      Vasil, please check your email.

  22. Bought a JTC Omni Blend V Model TM-766 6 months ago. After 1 month of residential smoothie use, the male drive gear on the jar came off and had to press it back on with Loctite.

    Now, the mating female drive socket has cracked, no where on JTC’s website is there a domestic phone # or ability to order a replacement part. $250 down the tube.

    • Blenderdude

      Ryan, I’m very sorry to learn of your bad experience with the Omni. Please send me an email detailing when and where you purchased the machine. If I can be of any assistance, I will certainly get back to you.

  23. Hi,

    I asked Froothie (sellers of Optimum brand blenders) about the difference between their product and the Omniblend, as they are aesthetically similar. Froothie claimed that the Omniblend’s stator was held together by cable ties, that it’s fan assembly is plastic, and the blade assembly & jug base plate are mild steel (rather than stainless) and prone to rusting. Can you confirm any of this as it’s making me a bit nervous about the potential longevity of the Ominiblend.

    Cheers.

    • Blenderdude

      Nathan, the only cable ties I recall ever seeing on an Omni motor are around the copper windings, which is not at all unusual. I cannot envision how a stator would be held together this way. It is secured in the housing inside a frame via screws to the best of my knowledge. The fan in the Omni is plastic. Then again, so is the one in a Vitamix. Take that for what it’s worth. There could be some benefit to a metal fan in terms of motor balance, but a plastic fan does not necessarily equate to an unbalanced motor.

      Regarding the blade assembly, I only know that it is stainless steel. I do not know the grade but the Omni distributor here in the U.S. makes claims that it will not rust. I can also tell you that my blade assembly shows no signs of rust after several years of use.

      • Thanks for the prompt reply, it’s definitely reassured me!

        Cheers

  24. Hi BlenderDude,
    Do you know if JTC has service centers in the States and/or Canada? I see only one site for Canada come up in my search results. I was wondering if you would know of any. Also, in your opinion, can the Omniblend withstand prolonged heavy duty blending?

    • Blenderdude

      Poornima, all servicing for OmniBlend machines sold in the U.S. or Canada is performed in the U.S. by its authorized distributor. I think it is a very nice blender and I have used it extensively without any issues whatsoever. I suppose everyone’s definition of “heavy duty” blending is different, however. If you mean daily use of fresh and/or frozen fruits and vegetables, then yes, I would expect it to be very durable with a long lifespan.

  25. After reading this review and a couple of others, I bought a Omniblender V and love it. I love the programed cycles and the way the speed varies so that I haven’t even had to use the tamper once yet, and I am making smoothies out of frozen fruits and veggies all the time. It works great, is easy to use and clean, and looks like it will last for years.

    • Blenderdude

      Bob, thanks for sharing your experience. I really like this blender as well.

  26. Hi BlenderDude

    Thanks for a great comparison review – very helpful in making a decision. I want to be able to make a nice milk from soaked dessicated coconut, and possibly coconut butter. Would the Omni V be up to the job?

    Thanks!

    • Blenderdude

      Janet, having made both coconut milk and butter in other high-performance blenders and being familiar with the processes, I have little doubt that the OmniBlend V would be more than suitable for these tasks.

  27. Hi,
    Thanks very much for all your informative reviews. I am considering either an Omniblend or a Blendtec (I have ruled out the Vitamix as I don’t think it would fit under my counter). You say that the Omniblend is efficient at blending small quantities due to the two downward pointing blades. Do you find that the Blendtec is also efficient at blending small quantities (say half a glass or less)? Is one better than the other in this respect?
    I have also read that the way the Omiblend is designed, in that the blades are quite short and the base of the jug quite wide in comparison, means that when blending smallish quantities one can end up with a not very efficient blend due to the contents getting ‘stuck’ in the corners of the base of the jar whilst the blades whiz away. Do you agree with this?
    Many thanks in advance.

    • Blenderdude

      Michael, on the off-chance that you’re not aware and in case you wanted to keep all your options open, Vitamix makes a “Next Generation” model as well as a standard/traditional model with a 48-ounce container that may fit on your counter underneath your upper cabinets.

      The two small, downward pointing blades on the OmniBlend V certainly help with smaller quantities, but the reality is any typically-sized blender is going to have some difficulty with very small volumes. Although it may vary depending on what is being made, there is always going to be a minimum ingredient volume requirement such that the blades can do their work. For “half a glass or less” recipes, no blender will be ideal, but almost all can be used successfully with a little extra “help” from the user along with a spatula or wooden spoon. If you pressed me for an answer as to which would be better for a 6 oz. or under recipe, I would probably be inclined to go with the Omni over the Blendtec. But in my experience, whether intentional or not, rarely does anyone actually blend a quantity of this size, unless it’s for a dressing or something similar. And for this function a blender might not even be preferable to hand-mixing.

      The phenomenon you mention regarding small quantities in wider blender containers does exist and is not specific to any one manufacturer. Again, however, it has been an exceptionally rare occurrence in my experience. Even my smallest recipes always seem to be of adequate size to allow the blades to function properly, whether that be in the OmniBlend V or the Blendtec.

      • Hi Michael

        We bought an Omniblend V blender a couple of weeks ago and my experience so far is that smaller quantities are not easily blended, especially if you are working with hard ingredients versus, say, smoothies. The ingredients get stuck in the corners and I have to scrape down the edges very ten seconds or so.

        I’ve used a Vitamix owned by a friend in the past and did find it more effective. It is, of course, about three times the price.

        • Hi, there are pros and cons in both jars. Also, if you ask the Blenderdude for a blade, we have new blades available with longer arms that reach further into the corner. The flax seed test, which is critical because it is especially difficult due to oil content, has shown that the new blade can reach better and you can blend as little as 1 cup of flax seed. I wonder if you have the new blade which was out since about spring / summer 2013. If you do, then you just need to put more ingredients in, or… get one of those Vitamix jars. We too have a a jar of similar design available. Check with Blenderdude. best wishes. (disclaimer, mere fact that Vitamix fits is not prohibited in itself, but will void the Vitamix warranty on the jar.) – Our alike jar is retail $ 90…

          • Blenderdude

            Thanks for the input, Mr. Fox.

        • I second that! While the omni bkender is a good blender. The vitamix is an exceptional blender. I own a total blender or blendtek, omni bkender and now most recent purchase vitamix pro 750. And it is far superior than anything i have used before.

          Omni does well. Bkendtek is good but doesnt mix as well as omni or bkendtek. Always fine a chunk of something when doing frozen smoothies. Its great storage and travel wise. However the last few trips i have taken. I took the vitamix with me. So glad i did!

          • bd

            Thanks for your insight, JB.

            • BD,
              I forgot to add that commercial blender will be for a restaurant – a lot of uses per day and every day. Waiting for your recommendation. Currently looking at the Omni Blend I & V, but not sure yet. Waiting…
              Thank you very much

  28. Hi, would this blender achieve a tahini when grinding sesame seeds? In other words, would it extract the oil to make seed and nut butters?

    • Blenderdude

      Micaela, I just made a great tahini in the OmniBlend V. I made mine with just raw sesame seeds – no added oil – and the blender did a marvelous job. The entire process took about 10 minutes as I took a short break in-between grinding cycles to let the natural oils escape. I’m very pleased with the results. I have also made excellent peanut butter in the Omni and am confident it will do a fine job with all nut butters.

      • I’ve been making tahini this evening with our Omniblend V and it has so far been at least half an hour (with breaks in between as the ingredients get hot) and it’s not even close to being a spread. We have had this blender a couple of weeks and there are several reviews saying that it should be capable of easily making nut and seed butters but I must say that I am not convinced.

        I will report back when (and if) the sesame seeds finally reach a tahini-like texture.

        • Blenderdude

          Rachael, I’m sorry for your frustrating experience thus far. Please keep us updated on how it ultimately turned out. I must say I was surprised to read of your difficulties making tahini with the Omni. My experience last time was the exact opposite. I will get some more sesame seeds this week, repeat the process, and share my results. Previously I used 3/4 of a pound of raw sesame seeds with nothing else added and the result was perfect.

          • Blenderdude

            I just made tahini again in the Omni V with nothing but 3/4 lb. of raw sesame seeds. It required a little more effort than I remember from my last attempt. There was a significant amount of starting and stopping the blender, and using a spatula to scrape the inside walls of the container each time. Total prep time was around 25 minutes, but the result was excellent. One thing I did on my last attempt that helped a bit that I did not do this time was lightly toast the sesame seeds prior to blending. I believe this aids somewhat in the release of the seeds’ natural oils which in turn helps with the blending process.

        • Hi
          I’ve got an Omniblend V. I made a batch of pure almond butter (no added oils) and other nut butters with minimal oil. THen it started leaking because the plastic jug around the base had melted. Apparently too much heat from the blades had melted the plastic jug I called them and they sent me a new jug. But after 2 batches of cashew nut butters ( this time with oils) and chocolate hazenut butters, it started leaking again.

          I’m considering the Optimum 9400 now. I’m not convinced it can do nut butters easily. WHy do I have to stick to their recipe for nut butters in order for it to work? SUrely I should be able to experiment with my own recipes.

          • bd

            KitKat, I’m very sorry for your bad experience. I have never had a similar experience with my Omni V despite having made numerous nut butters and tahinis with it. It sounds like the Omni distributor has been working with you on this situation but I am admittedly at a loss to explain how the plastic is melting on numerous occasions with your machine.

            I can tell you that I have tested the Optimum 9400 extensively and am impressed with it. In my opinion it should be able to handle nut butters – including your own recipes. Just keep in mind that with certain nuts that are very low in natural oils it can be difficult to achieve a rich, creamy oil without additional “help” regardless of the blender used. Good luck!

  29. I have a thriving smoothie vending cart that I push around New York City and was wondering if this blender will withstand making just smoothies while I am in motion up and down the NYC streets,the nomniblender unit will be running off a 800 watt generator and I am thinking about purchasing several containers due to customers time constraints. any recommendations considering all things???

    • Blenderdude

      Andre, I have sent you a detailed response. Please check your email.

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