The Ultra Melanger

Update: After a few final tests this weekend, I have finished up the review and photos. Pluses and minuses, but overall a good product.



So what is the same?

They have 110 V, 1/4 hp motors
They refine in about the same time.
They look a lot a like.
The bowl is not dishwasher safe.

What is better?

Steel parts.
Lighter wheels.
Easier handling.
1 year warranty.
In limited tests it seems to grinds nibs into liqueur a little better and faster.
A little quieter

What is worse?

It is a little more expensive.
The shaft has a small gap at the bottom that can trap unrefined chocolate (but scraps out ok).
The half cover is a little awkward.
You can’t taste the chocolate easily with it running.
It flings chocolate a bit due to the cant of the wheels.

Do I like the Santha or Ultra better? You tell me. I am still undecided.


I want to give people a first look at the Ultra Melanger.  I will have more detailed pictures up over the weekend and will address any questions people have.  Right now, the biggest question I am getting is “Do you recommend the Ultra over the Santha?”  In a nutshell, no, I am not ‘recommending’ either above the other.  Both do the the job – both have their quirks.  I leave it to you to decide which is right for you.

2 Responses to “The Ultra Melanger”

  1. What is the capacity? Same as the Spectra 10, bigger or smaller? Thanks John!

  2. Oh, yes, good question. 8-10 lbs. Virtually identical to the Santha Melanger. Maybe just a touch more since the wheels are smaller, but not worth noting.

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