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Zwilling JA Henckels is a German kitchen brand that was founded almost 300 years ago. Originally the brand was known for its kitchen knives, but over the years the product range has expanded significantly through innovation and the acquisition of other brands. It has only recently ventured into the kitchen appliance market with the launch of the Enfinigy range of worktops in 2020.
It now has three blenders on offer, two full-size and one personal blender — though only one full-size blender is available in the US. Zwilling Enfinigy Power Blender is the best blender (opens in a new tab) of the bunch, the most expensive and feature-rich blender you can buy from the brand.
It comes with a 1.8 liter Tritan jar and as you would expect from a knife manufacturer, a quality stainless steel serrated blade with what they call piranha teeth. There are four auto programs as well as pulse and a car cleaning program. In addition, you can choose between 12 levels of manual speed, all operated via one central control wheel, making for ease of use and a streamlined look.
Our test results were somewhat mixed, the ice-crushing program produced chunky ice that was thicker than we expected, but the smoothie program did a good job of pulverizing a bunch of ingredients into a lump-free drink. We successfully made a thick glossy mayo, but only on the second try. That said, it’s a fast, powerful blender that can handle most blending tasks. However, it is expensive, so it is best suited to those with a lot of disposable income, who want a good-looking blender to complement a modern, streamlined kitchen.
Zwilling Enfinigy Power Blender: price and availability
- List price: $400 / £349/AU$576
The Zwilling Enfinigy Power Blender is available direct from Zwilling in the UK and US, as well as through other major retailers such as Amazon. In Australia it is known as the Zwilling Enfinigy High Performance Stand Mixer and can be purchased via Amazon AU (opens in a new tab).
It is an expensive blender and is the top model offered by Zwilling. The brand also offers the more budget-friendly Zwilling Enfinigy Table Blender in the UK and Australia for £199/AU$365 – although it’s called the Zwilling Enfinigy Universal Blender in Australia, and it’s not available in the US.
- Price and availability points: 3.5/5
- Available in black or silver
- Simple settings
- Non-slip feet
With an uncomplicated and modern look, this blender is ideal for modern kitchens. While the blender is turned off, none of the settings are visible, so it has a very sleek and streamlined look. But when switched on, with the jug in position, the backlit display lights up all available settings around the dial. You can choose between 12 manual speeds, pulse, smoothie, cocktails, ice (for ice), crushed ice cubes, and there is also an automatic cleaning program. Which is useful since the lid and tamper are the only parts that can be washed in the dishwasher.
Size-wise, it’s about average for a blender, measuring 16.65 x 7.6 x 7.6 inches/39.9 x 16.5 x 16.5 cm. The jug is not glass, it is made of Tritan, a hard plastic that is BPA-free and cold-resistant, and the advantage of not being glass is that it is light and weighs only 1.3 kg including the lid. The blender won’t start unless the lid is in place, a useful safety feature that means it will also stop blending if the lid is removed during use.
The jug simply needs to be placed on top of the base, there is no difficult twisting and locking to place it. Although we were a little disappointed that it can only be placed on the base with the handle positioned to the right, making it easier to use for right-handed people, but a little more difficult if you’re left-handed.
The lid slides on easily and ensures a tight seal, but it’s not difficult to remove like some others. It has a removable central cup that allows you to insert the tamper to stir the mixture or pour in additional ingredients during the mixture. The cup also doubles as a small measuring cup, with practical markings of 1oz/2oz/20ml/40ml/60ml.
- The leaves do not reach low enough for small quantities
- Crushed ice was thick
- The auto clean program works well
We started with a simple test, but one that most blenders struggle to do effectively, which is chopping hazelnuts. It took seven presses of the pulse button for all the larger pieces to disappear, but by this time most of the nuts were overchopped with a fine, ground texture. When we tipped the nuts onto a plate, it was clear that there were still some larger pieces among the fine powder, so the overall texture was quite uneven. But, as we said, this is a tough test, and if it’s fine, ground nuts you’re after, this blender is up to the task.
We then tried out the ice program with just six ice cubes. The program takes 35 seconds and at the end we were presented with chopped ice which still contained some larger pieces. It was far from the nice, snowy crushed ice that we are used to seeing from other blenders. If you just want your ice cream chopped up and you don’t mind it being a little rough, you won’t be disappointed, but if you’re looking for a nice crush, this isn’t what you’re getting.
After crushing ice, we filled it up to the max line with water and turned the disc up to maximum speed. This allows us to check for leaks, but we were pleased to see that the lid maintained a tight seal despite the very fast mixing speed.
To test out the smoothie auto program, we filled the jug with yogurt, apple juice, spinach, pineapple and banana. The program took just 36 seconds and produced a delicious, smooth, lump-free drink that was lightly aerated. Virtually all the ingredients were completely pulverized with only a few tiny flecks of spinach still visible, a great result in well under a minute.
Our first attempt at making mayo didn’t go so well; the blades don’t reach low enough to mix very small amounts, and our recipe only contains two egg yolks. We persevered, but the mixture did not emulsify. So we tried again, this time doubling the recipe. This did the trick, and after two minutes of gradually pouring in the oil on the lowest speed setting, the ingredients emulsified into a thick, glossy mayo. We removed the central cup insert to pour in the oil, which meant some splashing out of the hole during the early stages of mixing, although this is quite common.
Find out how to clean a blender (opens in a new tab), especially after making an oily mayo mix, is always going to be a chore, so this was a good time to test out the car cleaning program. We followed the instructions in the manual and added 17oz/500ml of water along with a splash of washing up liquid and started the programme. It only took 42 seconds and actually removed all mayo residue. After emptying, the jug and lid only needed a quick wipe down to ensure they were thoroughly clean. It was much quicker and easier than trying to wash it by hand.
All blenders are noisy and this one is no different, peaking at 87dB on our noise meter when crushing ice. But it was a more comfortable 64dB when we mixed mayo on the lowest speed setting.
|Price and availability||It is widely available, but the high price tag will put it out of reach for many.||3.5/5|
|Design||Elegant and streamlined design that looks great on the counter, but also includes safety features and ease of use.||4.5/5|
|Performance||Performance was mixed, it didn’t crush the ice as well as we would have liked, but made a good smoothie as well as thick, glossy mayo, and it’s certainly a powerful blender.||4/5|
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- First reviewed: July 2022