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BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade vs Hamilton Beach 51101AV Side-by-Side Comparison

How do the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade vs. the Hamilton Beach 51101AV stack up? We answered this question by comparing their specs, features, and testing their performance.

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BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade

Hamilton Beach 51101AV

BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade vs Hamilton Beach 51101AV:  How These Budget-Friendly Personal Blender Stack Up

Overall Verdict

Choosing between these two models is easy since the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade wins hands-down against the Hamilton Beach 51101AV in every aspect, from performance, to usability and build quality.

Although it wasn’t the best of the group starting out, its testing results were largely very acceptable, and the comfort it provided was far more pleasant than the Hamilton Beach. 

As a low-range personal blender, the Hamilton Beach was the worst in this analogy. Like the BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade, it was unable to crush ice, but its overall score wasn’t as high due to its smoothie coming out  smooth but with large chunks of unprocessed strawberries. Likewise, the protein shake was less enjoyable to drink as some of the almonds and dried blueberries couldn’t be broken up. Its blending wasn’t sufficient enough to extract as many nutrients from leafy veggies as did the  BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade.For the most part, we agreed that this blender isn’t worth your consideration.

Ranking by
OverallScore Performance60% Design25% Usability15% ScoreOverall 60%Performance 25%Design 15%UsabilityBLACK+DECKER Fusion...Hamilton Beach 5110...6.66.17.47.02.91.45.05.7
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Pros & Cons

  • It offers consistent performance.
  • There is an extra blending jar with twist-on travel lids included.
  • The motor is more than sufficient for light-duty tasks. 
  • It has a fetching, well-finished, and simple design.
  • Inexpensive and easy to use with one-touch blending. 
  • Blending cup features measuring lines. 
  • Compact design makes it perfect for use in small spaces. 
  • It is adequate for light blending performance.
  • It doesn’t allow for hands-free operation
  • A better blade assembly could make blending more efficient.
  • The low-powered motor limits its capabilities. 
  • Poorly-built quality impairs the machine’s overall performance and durability. 
  • It works inconsistently 
  • The blades are too short, which affects the blending time and final results.

Key Specs

Dimension
H14.5 x W5.5 inches
H12 x W3.8 inches
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)
Number of speeds
1
1
Pulse/Turbo option
No
No
Dishwasher-safe wand
Yes
Yes
Accessories
Two to-go lid, an extra blending cup
A to-go lid

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$28.47
$20.48

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
6.1
1.4

Protein Shake

7.2
3.4
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Black and Decker PB1002 blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (2 minutes) next to it.
A tiny piece of dried blueberries scooped from a mesh strainer containing protein shake produced by the Black+Decker single-serve blender by a stainless steel spoon.
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Protein Shake Video
A batch of protein shake prepared by the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender is checked for smoothness by being drained through a stainless steel mesh strainer, with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (3 minutes and 45 seconds) next to it.
Using a spoon to scoop a small smattering of dried blueberry chunks from a mesh strainer containing protein shake produced the Hamilton Beach blender.
Blending Time
2 mins 01 sec
3 mins 46 secs
Result
Smooth
Coarse

Frozen Fruit Smoothie

6.0
0.0
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Frozen Fruit Smoothie Video
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender is spread throughout a white paper with a smartphone displaying the total blending time (1 minute and 40 seconds) next to it.
 A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Black+Decker Fusionblade 12-Speed  Blender.
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Frozen Fruit Smoothie Video
To check for solid chunks, after finishing blending, the fruity smoothie made by the Hamilton Beach portable blender is spread throughout a white paper.
A spoon of fruity smoothie packed with blueberries, blackberries, strawberries, and mango made by the Hamilton Beach small blender.
Blending Time
1 min 40 seconds
2 mins
Result
Silky Smooth
Failed

Fibrous Greens

7.0
0.0
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Single-Serve Blender.
A glass of water with fibrous green pulp produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade Personal Blender sinking from its top to bottom.
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Fibrous Greens Video
A glass of water with fibrous greens pulp produced by the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender.
Blending Time
20 seconds
20 seconds
Result
Coarse
Failed

Crushed Ice Cubes

0.0
0.0
BLACK+DECKER FusionBlade Crushed Ice Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Black+Decker Fusionblade 12-Speed Personal Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.76 oz) of the Black+Decker Fusionblade single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
Hamilton Beach 51101AV Crushed Ice Video
A black tray of crushed ice produced by the Hamilton Beach Blender being on a table.
The amount of unblended ice cubes (4.48 oz) of the Hamilton Beach single-serve blender displayed on a scale’s screen.
Ice Fineness
Chunky
Faild
Unblended Ice
79% of 6 oz
75% of 6 oz

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.4
5.0

In the Box

The Black+Decker Fusionblade lying on a table with its additional accessories, including an extra blending cup with lid, a to-go lid, a paper carton box, and owner’s manuals.
The Hamilton Beach personal blender lying on a table with a paper carton box and user guide by its sides.

Dimensions

The Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 6.8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 14.5 inches and 5.5 inches, respectively.
The Hamilton Beach 51101AV Personal Blender standing on a gray table, with the length of its motor base being noted to the side as 5.8 inches, and the total length and width of the unit as 12 inches and 3.8 inches, respectively.
Height
14.5" (36.8 cm)
12.0" (30.5 cm)
Width
5.5" (14.0 cm)
3.8" (9.7 cm)
Weight
2.3 lbs (1.0 kg)
1.7 lbs (0.8 kg)

Build Quality

7.0
5.0
The motor base and blending cup of the Black+Decker Fusionblade single-serve blender lying side by side on a gray table.
The motor base and blending cup with blade assembly permanently attached of the Hamilton Beach blender.

Blades

6.0
5.0
A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 2 prongs of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender.
A close-up of the blade assembly featuring 4 stainless steel prongs inside the blending cup of the Hamilton Beach personal blender.
Material
Stainless Steel
Stainless Steel
Type
Flat
Cross
Blade Count
2 blades
4 blades
Removable
No
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes

Motor Base

The motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a white table.
The motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a white table.
A close-up of the motor base of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender.
A close-up of the underside of the Black+Decker Fusionblade motor base.
A close-up of the power plug in the underside of the Black+Decker Fusionblade motor base.
The Hamilton Beach motor base standing on a white table.
The Hamilton Beach motor base standing on a white table.
A close-up of the front interface of the Hamilton Beach motor base.
A close-up of the power cord featuring a 2-plug in the underside of the Hamilton Beach motor base.
Rated Voltage
120V
120
Rated Power
275 Watt
175
Working Time
N/A
N/A
Protection
No
No
Weight
1.9 lbs (0.9 kg)
1.2 lbs (0.5 kg)
Cord Length
2.3" (5.8 cm)
2.1 ft (0.6 m)
Extra Feature
rubber feets
Ventilation holes

Blending Cup

10
5.0
Two blending cups of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table, with the width of their top and bottom being noted to the side as 4 inches and 3, respectively, and the total length of the unit as 9 inches.
Two blending cups of the Black+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table, with the width of their top and bottom being noted to the side as 4 inches and 3, respectively, and the total length of the unit as 9 inches.
The blending cup of theBlack+Decker Fusionblade personal blender standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x9x3 inches).
The Hamilton Beach blender cup standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x8.2x2.4 inches).The Hamilton Beach blender cup standing on a table with dimension measurements written to the side (4x8.2x2.4 inches).
Material
Plastic
Plastic
Capacity
20 oz
14 Oz
Weight
0.3 lb
0.4 oz (11 g)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Yes
Measurement
Yes
Yes
Suitable For
Small batches
Small batches
Accessories
Travel lids
No

Speed and Controls

Someone is measuring the noise level of the Black+Decker personal blender with the noise meter (89 dB).
Someone is measuring the noise level of the Hamilton Beach personal blender with the noise meter (98.8 dB).
Activation
Button
Button
Min Speed
N/A
N/A
Max Speed
21,386 RPM
23,341 RPM
Presets
No
No
Noise Level
88 dB
98 dB
Digital Display
No
No
Pulse Mode
No
No

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.0
5.7

Hands-Free Operation

5.3
4.6

Assembly

10
6.0

Cleanability

9.0
8.5

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