Froothie Optimum 9400 Blender Review & Reader Offer

Of all my kitchen gadgets, hands down it is the blender that gets most use. At least once a day I use it for blending smoothies or soups, as well as for grinding oats, nuts, seeds, making ice cream, chia puddings and much more besides.

Until now, I’ve always used mid-range blenders but, since the beginning of this year, I’ve become increasingly disillusioned with them. I don’t know if it’s just bad luck, but I’m finding that after about a year of use (usually just as the warranty expires), either the motor burns out or the jug starts leaking. I need a blender that’s powerful, reliable and going to last a good few years. After all, it’s not great for the environment (or my bank balance) if I’m having to buy a new blender every year.

When the jug on my latest blender started leaking a couple of months ago, I seriously started to wonder whether it would be worth taking the leap and investing in a high-end professional blender. I started to look around at options and was excited to discover that the Australian company Froothie had just launched in the UK.

Froothie Optimum 9400 Blenders 500

I’d heard great things about Froothie, and their Optimum 9400 blender has been pitched as the number one rival to Vitamix. While it has a similar spec to the Vitamix 500 series (even slightly better!), with a price tag of £399, it’s over £200 cheaper. Though double or triple what I’ve spent on blenders in the past, if the Froothie lasts even a few years, then it would actually be saving me money in the long run.

Optimum 9400 v Vitamix

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As well as looking for reliability and longevity, I also had a few niggles regarding the performance of my mid-range blenders which would hopefully be resolved with a professional high-end blender.

Optimum 9400 White 400 pix

I was recently in touch with the Managing Director of Froothie UK & Ireland and he kindly arranged for an Optimum 9400 to be sent to me so I could check it out for myself. For the past month, I’ve been using the Froothie and comparing it with my existing blender. It’s now really obvious to me what you get for the additional investment. Here’s a lowdown on the main differences I’ve found…

Power
My mid-range blender is described as having “an incredibly powerful 1,200W motor”. With a 2,238W motor, the Froothie has almost double the power. In fact, it is so powerful, that it can blend stones! You can imagine how Lil’ L’s eyes lit up when I told him this. He was dying to try it out but since I didn’t fancy filling my Froothie with stones, he had to be satisfied with watching the video demo instead.

 “The Optimum 9400 has an extraordinary 3 Horse Power motor able to easily withstand the toughest ingredients and outlast most other domestic blenders”


Noise

With my mid-range blenders, I’ve found that more power = more noise. My existing blender is so noisy that it makes my ears ring. The Froothie is noticeably much quieter.

The Blade
All my mid-range blenders have had a four prong blade which, in my experience, hasn’t been wide enough. Food gets stuck around the sides of the jug and I have to keep stopping to scrape down. The blades also tend to sit too high from the base of the jug, which means that unblended food gets stuck under the blade. Compare this to the Froothie blades which are so wide that they almost touch the sides.

Blades in Jug Blenders Collage with text

The Froothie also has two extra blades positioned underneath the four blades, which means that nothing escapes the blend. Never again will I finish the pouring of my smoothies with a ‘plop’ as rogue pieces of banana land in the glass.

Froothie Optimum 9400 Blenders Blades

Speed
I’m not sure of the speed of my existing blender, but I know it’s not fast enough to blend cashews into a smooth cream. I can never get beyond a ‘gritty’ texture, which isn’t nice for frosting or ‘cheesecakes’. The Froothie has a speed of 44,000 RPM, which is even faster than the Vitamix. There’ll be no gritty creams in this kitchen from now on.

The Jug
Mid-range blenders tend to come with a plastic (BPA) or glass jug. Since I’m not a fan of BPA plastic, I chose glass jugs for my last two blenders. The trouble is, they’re extremely heavy (2kg). When full, I have to use two hands to lift them and it’s tricky to pour. The Froothie comes with a BPA free plastic jug which, at 1kg, feels positively light compared to my glass one.

Froothie Smoothie Making Collage

Tamper Tool
My mid-range blenders have never come with a tamper tool, which means that I can’t add large amounts of light ingredients like spinach, nor can I fill them with frozen ingredients, as the blade just whizzes round and never touches them. I’ve used the Froothie tamper tool so much this past month that I can’t imagine going back to a blender without one. In the Froothie, soft whip ice cream and frosted smoothies are blended in a flash.

Heating and Freezing
Incredibly, the Froothie has the ability to heat soups and freeze ice cream. My mid-range blender doesn’t have these magical powers.

Reliability
As I mentioned at the top of this post, I’ve wasted a lot of money on blenders that have lasted little over 12 months. My latest blender lasted even less time. It started leaking from the base of the jug within 10 months. It was still under warranty so I got the jug replaced. I’ve only been using it for a few months, and the new jug has already started leaking. Though I’ve only used the Froothie for a month, I have confidence that it’s going to last years. It’s a commercial grade blender that’s used by juice bars and cafes to churn out hundreds of smoothies each day. Though I’m classed as a ‘heavy domestic user’, I’m sure it’s going to cope with my 1-2 times daily usage.

Comparison of Blender Jug Bases with text
“While ordinary blenders have a fan motor that runs at maximum power at all times, leading to rapid motor burn out, the Optimum 9400 uses a proprietary carbon brush motor optimised to only use the power demanded – so you get a motor life of decades rather than months.”

 

Here are a few of the extras that have given me further reassurance…

One Month Trial – Froothie offers a 30-Day Money Back Guarantee (including postage). No questions asked.

5 Year Warranty – This comes as standard but can be extended to ten years (for a fee), or an additional two years for free (see end of post for details).

Support – An expert team is available by phone, Monday to Saturday, 9am – 7pm, with plans to extend the opening hours to 7 days a week, 6am-5pm.

Froothie Optimum 9400 Blender

I am so impressed with the Froothie – the design, the quality of the build, the power, the speed, the customer service. When they invited me to become one of their Ambassadors, I was happy to jump on board. I’m very careful about the companies I promote on my blog (hence why there are so few adverts) but I’m proud to display my association with Froothie.

Bit of the Good Stuff Reader Offer

As a Froothie Ambassador, I’ve been able to negotiate a couple of great offers for my readers. If you purchase a 9400 blender via a link on my blog, you can receive an additional 2 years warranty. That means a total of 7 years warranty! To qualify for this offer, at the time of purchase you need to mention in the comments section that you’ve been offered an extended 2 year warranty via the Bit of the Good Stuff Ambassador (Code 1946)’.

OR…

You can choose FREE DELIVERY on ANY Froothie product. Simply enter ‘Ambassador code 1946: FREE DELIVERY‘ in the comments section. The delivery charge with be credited back onto your credit card.

[Note the free delivery code cannot be used in conjunction with the extended warranty offer].

In return for introducing my readers to Froothie, I will receive a commission which I’ll re-invest back into Bit of the Good Stuff. Many thanks in advance for your support.

If you’d like to find out more about the Froothie Optimum 9400, and watch it in action, check out the video below. They even show a fork lift truck driving over the jug and it still doesn’t crack!

 

 

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33 Responses to Froothie Optimum 9400 Blender Review & Reader Offer

  1. Great review Sharon. Glad you’re enjoying your Froothie! I love mine and can’t imagine not having a high-powered blender any more. Life-changing!
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  2. We recently got an Omniblend- better than a Vitamix and cheaper too. A lot like the Froothie. BPA free jug, 38 000 rpm with 6 blades. We use it several times a day! Like you, we found that smoothies are truly smooth and cashew creamy is truly creamy. Hubby makes amazing dosa batters from raw dal, rice and potato flour in them, too!
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    • I’ve never heard of Omniblend before, so I’m looking forward to reading up on them. Professional blenders are fantastic appliances aren’t they? They’ve totally transformed my food prep.
      I love the sound of your dosa batter! Have you posted the recipe yet?

  3. Naomi

    Hi Sharon, wow thank you for this comprehensive review. I am still lucky enough to have my kitchenaid blender that we were given as a wedding gift, 8 yrs ago. I love the fact that you can buy replacement parts on eBay. However have recently been looking at commercial grade blenders for Archive so perhaps I’ll invest in a Froothie!!

    • A Froothie could be perfect for Archive. It’s so versatile that you’ll be able to use it for soups & hot drinks (like spiced apple) in the winter, frappuccinos and frosted smoothies in the summer, as well as hummus, raw treats, and much more besides!

  4. I’ve definitely been there with the leaking blenders! So much smoothie has been spilt over counters through the years ha! I got a vitamix last year and I absolutely love it. I am very impressed with the look and sound of this blender though!
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  5. Markio

    Cool. Looks like I’ll be able to mix tile grout* in it too!

    (* Not really. That would be silly. And my smoothies would taste horrible)

  6. Rachel T

    I bought a Vitamix after my blender barely lasted me four months once I started blending ice and greens. It was expensive but it has been worth every penny – often being used several times a day and so easy to clean!

    Your froothie looks like pretty much a Vitamix clone – I wonder how they can make it so cheap? Kind of wish they’d been around when I got mine, I might have saved myself some money! I’m glad you’re enjoying yours!

    • Having now experienced a professional blender, I totally understand why they’re a worthwhile investment. It’s great to hear how much use & enjoyment you’re getting out of the Vitamix. They’re fab! 😀

  7. h 'n' s

    Hello, long time reader, first time commender:) I’ve been dreaming about a vitamix for years, but it was always out of my price range. Then I saw this post, and got excited, the froothie looks as good as the vitamix and it’s much cheaper (still lots of money though). Then someone here mentioned the omniblender, I looked it up and hurray, it was even cheaper and it looks like it does the job too! However, now I find myself in a pickle. If I am to spend my hard earned savings, should it be on a reconditioned vitamix? a froothie? or an omni? I consider this to be my once in a lifetime lux blender purchase so should I go for the most affordable option (omni) thinking that it does the job, or should I spend the extra cash thinking that you’ll only buy it once so get the best? Is the difference really significant? Does it really matter? Your advice will be greatly appreciated! thank you

    • Hi! Lovely to hear from you! If this is going to be your once in a lifetime lux blender purchase, I would definitely go for the best and make sure it fits all your requirements (with no compromises). Deciding which blender suits you best will come down to personal preference. I’ve used a lot of blenders, so I had a pretty clear idea of the style and features that I was looking for in my ‘dream’ blender. For example, I wanted one with a variable speed dial as I much prefer these over buttons. I also wanted a jug that tapers in at the bottom, as I find it’s easier to blend small amounts of ingredients in this style jug. These two requirements ruled out the Blendtec, which led me to a shortlist of two – the Vitamix and the Froothie. Having compared the specs and read/watched reviews of both, they sounded incredibly similar. The Froothie just had the edge for me on three accounts – 1. the six prong blade, 2. it’s almost half the price of a Vitamix, 3. It comes with a 30 day money back guarantee (including postage). With this guarantee, you can’t really go wrong.
      Anyway, I don’t know if this helps, but that’s how I reached my decision. If you start by drawing up your ‘wish list’ of requirements, it will really help to narrow the short list.
      I don’t know much about the Omniblend, but The Rawtarian gives a great side-by-side comparison with the Vitamix – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LL7J2SYWNQ – as you’ll see, it’s very different to the Vitamix… more like a Blendtec.
      If you’ve got any more questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch. Good luck!

  8. What an interesting overview about Froothie, to be quite honest, I have never been introduced to Froothie before and I’m happy to read that you found a perfect blender that is a worthwhile investment! What a big difference with double power and I prefer quiet blenders! Frothie seems to have positive features such as the speed, noise, blades, and the ability to heat and freeze. I currently have the newer Vitamix model, I’m not sure I’m ready to get another blender since it’s working perfectly fine and makes no-gritty cashew cream! I agree with the other commenter, the Vitamix and Froothie both look alike, hehe! I look forward to your delicious dishes and beverages using Froothie! Have a wonderful week, Sharon!
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    • Funnily enough, I only saw a Vitamix ‘for real’ last weekend in a department store and it does look very similar to the Froothie 😉 … however my hubbie said that, for him, the Froothie had the design edge over the Vitamix. It did make me chuckle as I didn’t realise he’d taken so much notice of my blender. The power blender obsession is catching lol!

  9. h 'n' s

    Thank you for the response, Sharon! you’ve given me food for thought:) x

  10. Wowowow! I have never heard of this blender but I’m loving the specs– sounds powerful!!

    I know that the blender is also my most used appliance in the kitchen and as sad as this may sound… The vitamix changed my life!! I think if you truly care for nutritious foods and a healthy lifestyle, the investment for a high speed blender is well worth it!
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    • It may sound sad to others but I’m totally with you on the power blender experience… it’s life changing! In a way, I’m glad that it took me this long to get my hands on a decent model as I appreciate it so much more after enduring years of crappy blenders, leaking & ‘bitty’ smoothies lol!

  11. Suzie

    Hey! I still cannot decide what to buy! My main requirement is an appliance that juices vegetables and fruit and retains maximum vitamins AND fibre. I do not need anything that heats etc. Am I better off buying something that uses all of the pulp in the juice?

    • Hey Suzie. It’s probably worth you getting in touch with Froothie and talking through the juicer and blender options with them. I haven’t got a juicer myself as I’ve always prefered to blend and drink the whole fruit or vegetable x

  12. tony barry

    i have been living off green smoothies for the last 25 years and found my blenders only lasted around 6 months. my ist 3hp. blender cost nz$1,045. it was getting a little worn after 7 years so i sold it on for $200.

    after seeing the froothie blending up rocks i bought the 9400. i concider myself well experienced with blenders and i can only say it’s just great and super cheap for what it is.

    my experience has been that when jugs leak it because they have lost the lubrrication in the bearing located in the base of the jug. i believe this happens because people wash their jugs in a dish washer or put them underwater in a sink of soapy water. i used to drizzle olive oil on the jug base and leave it overnight to re-oil the bearings every 2 months.

    • Hey Tony! The Froothie blenders are great aren’t they? Though the initial outlay is a bit expensive, in the long term I’m sure they work out much cheaper than mid-range blenders.
      When my last mid-range jug started leaking, I contacted the company and they said it was likely to be caused by “corrosion on the blade unit”. I’d only had this replacement jug a few months (and never cleaned it in the dishwasher or submerged it in water). They sent me a replacement part as a “goodwill gesture” but, since this is the third part I’ve had from the company, I’m not convinced that it’s going to last very long. I’ve no need for it now anyhow as I’ve got my Froothie 🙂

  13. Elmi Tenhunen

    Hi on the picture where you show the blades the optimum blender has that circular thing on the bottom. I have the optimum 8200 and I too have that circular thing. I just bought mine and I didn’t notice it at first and it terribly looks like it could be shattered like that. Just curious that do you know what purpose it plays and if you have the same really. Maybe I should just ask from the froothie company. 🙂

    • Hey Elmi! Sorry for the late reply. Yes, I think it’s probably best to get in touch with Froothie if you have any concerns. Every part on my 9400 model feels very solid and robust. I’ve been using it multiple times a day for 9 months now and it still looks as good as new 😀

  14. Eva

    Hi Sharon, is this offer still on? If yes, is it valid for any model I want to buy? Many thanks

    • Hey Eva! Yes the offer is still on. I’m pretty sure it covers any Froothie blender but I’ll double check on Monday for you.
      Have a great weekend!xx

      • Eva

        That’d be great, thank you!

        • Hi Eva. Apologies for the delay in getting back to you. The person I needed to speak to was out the country. I’m really sorry but my extended warranty offer is only for the 9400 blender, though they said I can provide it for the 9200A Next Generation blender on request.

  15. Eva

    Thanks for trying:)

  16. raiii

    I ordered a g2.1 and the blender started leaking at the get-go, maybe I’m unlucky but I’m pretty disappointed with it.

  17. Dee walker

    I have this same blender made by Otto and it cost 1.800 Thai baht which is about £ 45 sterling . It’s a great blender

    • It is a great blender, isn’t it? And what a bargain you got it for! I remember about 18 years ago, I did a cookery course in Krabi and bought this top quality chef’s knife. It cost me the equivalent of 50 pence! To this day, it’s still one of my favourite knives and looks as good as the day I bought it 😊

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