- Dimensions: 5.33 x 4.5 x 11.57 inches
- 300-watt motor
- 12-piece set
- Model No: 13330
- High power motor and blades lives up to multi-task promises (incl. crushed ice)
- Easy clean-up
- Stylish appearance
- Simple, push-down operation
- Too noisy for some users
- Occasional complaints of leakage
- Frequent use may shorten longevity
Value: 7/10 (3)
Performance/Ease of Use: 8/10 (3)
Quality: 7.5/10 (4)
Size/weight: 8/10 (4)
Overall Rating: 8.25/10 (4)
The Sensio Bella Cucina 12-piece Rocket Blender Platinum Edition is a style-minded high speed mini blender set designed to perform multiple blending tasks. This blender takes up roughly the same counter space as a coffee cup (5.33 inches x 4.5 inches) and stands under a foot tall (11.5 inches).
The base of this Sensio Bella Cucina mini blender is covered in a brushed chrome finish. The blending cups are made of durable plastic that Sensio says is particularly clear for easy viewing of the blender’s contents. Like most other mini blenders, it is recommended that owners refrain from placing any parts in the dishwasher.
Versatility (especially when compared to its price) is one of the Rocket Blender’s strongest aspects. The mini blender’s manufacturer says it fulfills a number of different tasks, and is designed to “chop, mix, whip, blend, and more.” This includes beverages with ice and frozen fruits—items which often give mini blenders a tough time—and owners report that the Bella Cucina is successful in this claim. Owners found that for best results, crushed ice is preferred over whole cubes, and an adequate ratio of liquids to solids is required to allow full incorporation of frozen items.
Other tasks performed by the Bella Cucina Rocket Blender include grinding coffee beans and nuts, mixing party dips and salsas, and helping with food preparation. Its versatility means that it can effectively replace the need for coffee grinders, and reduce the need for full-size blenders (and full-size cleanup). However, a some-what predictable (yet still notable) downside is that increased daily use of the blender seems to correlate to a decrease in longevity.
Some owners complain that this mini blender is noisier than appropriate for an appliance of its size, although the under 30-second blending time for most tasks seems keeps the noise to a minimum that most owners find tolerable. Others report minor leaking during the blending process, although such complaints are not unanimous.
Included in the 12-piece set are the high powered motor base, 2 stainless steel blades (1 cross blade and 1 flat blade), 1 tall blending cup (12 oz.), 1 short blending cup (6 oz.), 1 party cup, 2 color-coded lip rings, and 4 lids (2 for storage, 2 with holes for shaking).
Bottom line: The Sensio Bella Cucina Rocket Blender is a competitively priced mini blender that performs well and lives up to the manufacturer’s promises of versatility. It’s one of few mini blenders that successfully blends chopped ice, and although some owners complain of excessive noise and occasional leakage, most find it satisfactory and commend its style.