REVIEW – When it comes to my kitchen countertops. I like them to be clutter-free. That includes appliances and their cords. I keep the toaster in the cabinet along with other appliances like the Cuisinart GR-5B Series Griddler FIVE tabletop grill and panini press that I reviewed. I do have the Chefwave Milkmade non-dairy milk maker on the counter just because it’s large and there’s no room left in the cabinet. Then there’s a blender for my after-workout smoothies. I keep it on the counter too but I hate looking at it because it’s ugly. Today I want to show you the Millo Smart Cordless Blender. It’s cordless and is the opposite of ugly. But does this blender work as well as it looks? That’s what we’re here to find out!
What is it?
Millo is a cordless blender that uses magic to blend your smoothies. Ok, not really… It uses magnetic air drive technology which sounds like magic to me.
What’s in the box?
- Millo blender base
- Blender lid with blades and cover
- 500 ml (17 Oz) Cup with drinking lid
- AC adapter with USB C cable and 4 outlet adapters
Design and features
The Millo Smart Cordless Blender has 3 main parts. There’s the base that looks unlike other blenders that I’ve used in the past. It has a sleek and futuristic design without any physical buttons on top. The lack of buttons definitely makes it easier to clean.
On the bottom of the base is the power button and on the side is a USB-C charging port.
Then there’s the blending lid which I’m holding in the image above. It has the cover on it in this picture.
And then there’s the cup with the drinking lid. I was happy to see that the cup is made of BPA-free Tritan. The cup is made of thick plastic and is dishwasher safe.
The blending lid looks a bit like a white hockey puck.
But when you remove the protective cover, you see four stainless steel blender blades. Unfortunately, the blender lid is NOT dishwasher safe.
The blending lid is called a lid which makes it sound like it goes on top of the cup, but it really screws into the bottom – kinda. This will make more sense in a minute.
With the blender lid screwed into the cup, it can be placed on top of the blender base. There are no slots to lock the cup into because it connects to the millo base with magnets like… magic 🙂
When the millo cup is with the blender lid attached is placed on the blender base, LED will light up briefly. There are 3 LEDs on the left side that are for the blending modes: smoothie, pulse, and silent. Pressing one of these buttons with the cup in place will start the blending session which lasts 60 seconds. Or, you can use your finger to swipe the right side for a manual session of your desired speed. Here is what millo’s user guide says about the 3 blending modes:
Smoothie mode. The blender automatically alternates between mixing and pulsing regimes to ensure that all ingredients are properly crushed. The blender will stop automatically after 50 to 60 seconds.
Pulse mode. The blender pulses ice cubes or other hard ingredients inside the cup to minimize the possibility of them sticking to the top of the cup.
Silent mode. Similar to smoothie mode, this mode combines mixing and pulsing regimes, with the difference that this function does not utilize full blender capacity. This allows the blender to be less noisy, although it may not process fine ingredients such as seeds etc. with the same level of efficiency as the normal Smoothie mode. Manual speed – indicates manual speed control. Select the desired speed swiping to the right and blend until your preferred consistency has been reached. In most cases blending at half the maximum speed is just the right speed as maximum speed is needed in order to reach silky smooth consistency and blend seeds.
See it in action
As I demonstrated in the video above, you can control the millo smart cordless blender two ways. You can use the touch controls on the base or you can control it with the millo mobile app.
The app requires you to pair the millo via Bluetooth. I had zero issues with this and my iPhone 13 Pro Max.
While you don’t need the app to use the blender, it does keep the blender’s firmware updated (what a crazy world we live in where blenders have firmware right?).
Other than firmware updates, the app will let you see a graph of the bending session and will let you control the speed of the blender using a slider switch instead of using the touch controls on the blender’s base.
It takes about 2 hours to fully charge the battery using the included 65W USB Type-C charger. A fully charged battery will give you approximately 10-15 smoothies, depending on the ingredients since blending ice and other hard ingredients like frozen fruits can drain the battery faster.
What I like
- Minimal design
- Portable rechargeable cordless base
- Includes a drinking lid
What I’d change
- Lower the price
- Allow the blender lid module to be dishwasher safe
There’s a lot to like about the millo smart cordless blender and a few things that aren’t as likable. The bad news is that the millo is incredibly expensive at $299. Even though the millo blender is stylish and unique, that’s a LOT of money to pay for a blender of this type. There’s also the fact that the blender lid has to be washed by hand instead of in a dishwasher. Does that make me lazy?
The good news is that it blends as well as other blenders that I’ve tested. It wasn’t able to completely blend blackberry seeds, but I’ve yet to try a blender that can. Other than that, I had no complaints about how well it blended my smoothies even when using completely frozen fruits.
So my bottom line is… if you have a lot of extra cash, like trendy-looking appliances, and want to make your friends jealous, then the millo smart cordless blender could be your next favorite countertop smoothie-making buddy.