Froothie Evolve Power Blender – A Review
Froothie Evolve is a first in next generation power blenders. It has not one, but two GLASS jugs. Yes that’s right no more plastic jugs. It cooks, blends, steams and has a vacuum function. And you can talk to it if you want to. It might even respond.
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Froothie Evolve Power Blender
The Froothie Evolve is a powerful beast. It’s also quite possibly the healthiest high speed blender on the market. I’m loving it so far. You can see what I really like about it further down the post. But suffice it to say, it cooks, steams, blends, crushes ice, makes nut butter and so much more. It even has voice activation if you desire it.
Like any good friend, it takes a while to get to know it properly. It’s not always obvious which is the best function to use for what purpose, but some of them need no explanation at all. I’ve only been using it a few days so I’m still getting used to it. But I’m already certain that this is the best high speed blender yet.
So far I’ve made a smooth soup, a chunky soup, smoothies and apple sauce. I left the skins on for the apple sauce, but you absolutely wouldn’t know from the super smooth result. My mother would have loved the baby food function. She used to push all my baby food through a sieve manually and it took her an inordinate amount of time and effort. Oh thank goodness we’ve moved on. Viva Evolve.
I’ve picked out some of the specifications I think are particularly pertinent below. But you can see further details and a comparison with other blenders on the Froothie website*.
Like all of the Froothie power blenders I’ve tried so far, this is a truly powerful machine. I really don’t know how I managed before I had one.
Motor Power: Rated Power 1400W for blending. 900W for cooking. Maximum Blending Power 1800W.
There are ten presets, five for each jug. But if you don’t want to use one of these, you can manually select your own, time, speed and temperature.
Cooking Jug: smooth soup, chunky soup, baby food, sauce and steam.
Blending Jug: smoothie with vacuum, fruit & veg with vacuum, sorbet, nuts and clean.
The Froothie Evolve comes with two tempered glass jugs: 1.75 litre cooking jug and 1.8 litre vacuum blending jug. The blades are made in Japan and are of high quality stainless steel. Each jug has six blades which accounts for the super smooth results I’ve had.
As you can see, the jugs are clearly marked in easy to read ml measures. For hot food in the cooking jug, you should only add up to 1,400 ml. But for cold blending you can add up to 1,750 ml in the cooking jug or 1,800 ml in the vacuum blending jug.
As well as the jugs, you get a stainless steel steaming basket, 1 cleaning brush, 2 spatulas and 1 plastic measuring cup.
The Froothie Evolve is available in a range of colours. As you can see, mine is a fabulous shade of red. But you can also get it in black, silver, blue or white. I’ll stick to the red, thanks.
Watch Froothie Evolve in Action
To get more of an idea of what Froothie Evolve can do, you can watch it live in action soon. Yes it will be on Ideal World TV (Sky channel 664, Virgin channel 747, Freeview channel 22) for one hour. I’ll add the date here when I find out when it is. Don’t forget to come back and use my affiliate link. This will give you an additional two years on your warranty. You can find the details at the bottom of this post.
What I Really Like
I absolutely love the Froothie Evolve glass jugs. I grew up with a glass jug blender and my mother used to use it all the time. It lasted for years too. It was really annoying when they stopped making them and plastic blenders were all you could get. I’ve never been happy with plastic as, quite frankly, I just don’t trust the chemicals in it not to leach into our food. Plus plastic always ends up looking a bit tired and shabby.
Anyway, Froothie are now ahead of the game and have developed a power blender with tempered glass. This can cope with both the high speed blending and the cooking. Not only do I feel happier blending my food in glass than I do in plastic, but glass is much easier to clean. It looks nicer too.
There is one caveat to this, however. The jugs are heavy. But they’re solid and I don’t want to have to handle something I use every day with kid gloves. I trust that these jugs are not likely to break easily. At least I can retire my dumbbells for now.
The jugs are a much better shape than the tall narrow plastic ones that have gone before. They are a lot wider at the base and somewhat squatter. This means it’s much easier to scrape out the contents and also to clean. There’s something comforting about that broad reassuring shape.
When I tried out my Optimum Vac2 Air Vacuum Blender for the first time, I was so impressed with the vacuum function. I’m equally excited by it in the Froothie Evolve. Basically, excess air is removed from the ingredients before blending occurs. This means there is no oxidation with the result that more of the nutrients and colours are preserved. It also prolongs the shelf life of your juice or smoothie. And, the revelation for me was that it stops your smoothie from separating out if you leave it for a while. See my Optimum Vac 2 Air Vacuum Blender review for more information on this.
To use the vacuum function you will need to do it with either the smoothie or fruit & veg presets. If you need to blend for longer than the preset allows, just set the time and speed after it comes to a halt, but before you release the vacuum.
I can honestly say I’ve never had such smooth smoothies as the ones I’ve made in the Froothie Evolve. I blended carrot, ginger and apple with kefir and a few other ingredients and in terms of texture you’d have no idea carrots were included. I often use carrots in my smoothies and whilst the results have been good in other blenders there’s always a certain grainy quality. That’s simply vanished with these super smoothies.
I’ve also made apple puree with the apple skins on. I’ve tried this before and the results have been OK, but you’re always aware of the skins. But with the Froothie Evolve, you wouldn’t know they were there. The puree is totally smooth and it tastes delicious to boot. Likewise my blended squash soup was silky smooth and I left the squash skin on that too.
It’s really nice to have the option of cooking as well as blending. I haven’t tried the steam function yet, but I have made two different types of soup. There’s a preset for a smooth blended soup and another for a chunky one. Both programs run for thirty minutes. I was impressed with both types. What I particularly like about the soup functions are that you can load the ingredients into the jug, set the appropriate preset and walk away for the duration. The Froothie Evolve beeps at you when it’s done and the soup is then good to go. It seems that this Froothie Evolve has come between me and my old mate, the stick blender. Sorry buddy!
It’s also useful to have a second jug if you’re needing to blend two different lots of ingredients at more or less the same time. The cooking jug can be used for cold blending too.
What I Wasn’t So Keen On
This is one powerful blender and it can do amazing things. But along with that power comes noise. This is fine if you’re just making a smoothie, cleaning a jug or pulsing something for a few seconds. But I tried the sauce function and it blended for six minutes. That’s a long time to put up with a lot of noise. I had to leave the kitchen.
If you have a utility room, I’d recommend operating the Froothie Evolve there. You can bring the jugs into the kitchen to fill them, but blend somewhere where the noise won’t annoy.
The presets are fine, but you have no control over them. They’re a guide to an ideal, but everyone’s cooking is different and sometimes real life gets in the way.
I’ve made a couple of smoothies now with the smoothie function. The first time I tried it, whilst most of the smoothie was incredibly smooth, a few bits escaped the whirling samurai swords. Admittedly I’d added carrot and ginger as well as apple, but this has never been a problem with previous Froothie blenders. I found I had to pulse the smoothie for thirty seconds after the smoothie function had finished to get a lump free smoothie.
It’s worth noting that neither the sauce function nor the baby food function do any cooking. I was caught out by this with my first attempt at apple puree. I haven’t tried the baby food function yet, but the sauce function blends for six minutes. Because the blender is so powerful, this does heat the sauce up quite considerably, but it doesn’t actually cook it. All you raw foodies will love it.
The Froothie Evolve has the option to use voice activation if you so wish. It’s pretty cool. You just say hey Froothie, followed by one of the commands such as “make my soup”. This could be useful for any number of reasons, but would be particularly good for those with visual impairments who might find it difficult to read the screen. As a west country luddite, I was initially sceptical. But as they say, the proof of the pudding is in the eating and now I really like it.
You can also download the menu onto your smart phone and operate the blender remotely via Bluetooth. You’d obviously need to have already added your ingredients to do this. But I can see it might be useful to have your smoothie ready and waiting for you when you stagger out of the bedroom in the morning. Or just want to escape the noise.
I haven’t downloaded the app as I’m quite happy operating it manually. But there are plenty of people out there who are keen on smart technology and you may be one of them. Who knows, I might even try it myself one day.
Froothie Evolve Top Tips
- Cut your fruit and veg into chunks rather than adding whole. This will ensure that everything is well blended. For example, I cut carrots into four pieces and apples into eight.
- If you want to make a smoothie which includes hard veg such as carrots, blend for a further 30 seconds after the smoothie preset has come to a stop, but before releasing the vacuum.
- To make a “raw” hot soup or sauce that isn’t actually cooked, use the sauce preset.
- To clean the vacuum jug, you can use the preset clean. It’s very simple. First add a couple of drops of washing up liquid to about 400 ml warm water. Then rinse carefully under the tap. It’s really important that you don’t get any water on the base of the jug or you run the risk of an electric shock, shorting your power supply or ruining your Froothie Evolve. For the same reason, the jugs must not go into the dishwasher. Follow the same process to clean the cooking jug, except you’ll need to use the manual pulse button as the clean preset doesn’t appear on the display for this jug. You can activate it from the app if you download it, however.
Froothie Evolve Reader Offer
At time of posting the Froothie Evolve is on offer for £499. It comes with a five year warranty and free delivery in the UK.
If you buy through my Froothie Evolve* ambassador link, you will get an extra 2 years warranty too, taking it up to 7 years. Just add the following text to the comment box when ordering.
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