Our ice-crushing colleagues down the hall at Consumer Reports have good news about the recalled Calphalon XL 9-speed blender. Once it’s repaired, the blade no longer blends itself and the appliance is now considered safe for consumers to use.
They still think that there are better blenders on the market, but if you already own and like the Calphalon, the repair kit that consumers get when responding to the recall makes the blender safe for use.
The repair kit includes a replacement blade and instructions for installation. Calphalon also sends along an order form that you can send in and redeem for a free small nonstick frying pan. That wasn’t necessary, and is quite nice of them.
The improved blade passed the Consumer Reports blender test, which consists of crushing seven ice cubes forty-five times in a row. That’s 315 separate ice cubes, not the same ice cubes over and over again.
We don’t know whether the other blenders with the same problem now pass the ice cube test, since Consumer Reports didn’t test them originally.
Calphalon XL 9-speed blender deemed safe by Consumer Reports [Consumer Reports]