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ChefShell Nov 8, 2004 06:45 PM

i'm a chef and need help finding a good blender. i don't care if it's glass or plastic. plastic is more lightweight but i could deal with glass. at least a 400 watt motor and removable blades for cleaning. needs to be stainless steel, brushed stainless steel or nickel, or black and stainless. i'm tired of the air pocket thing and want one, if possible that doesn't do that. i've checked out waring's bar blender and oster's bee hive blender. thanks in advance!

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    Carb Lover Nov 9, 2004 10:47 AM

    I have a Waring 5-cup Commercial Blender that I really love. The pitcher is made out of thick sturdy glass and is ribbed on the exterior. From a birds-eye view, it is shaped like a 4-leaf clover. I believe the base is stainless steel w/ a painted enamel, and the lid seals well and has a removable piece for add-ins while the machine is running. I enjoy keeping this out on my countertop b/c it is a good-looking appliance--has a hip, retro look.

    Ultimately though, the reason I love it comes down to its performance. It is the most powerful blender I've ever had--purees soups evenly and down to a smooth emulsion if I so desire; chops ice in smoothies w/ no problem; makes pesto and sauces in a snap. Has a simple on/off switch instead of 10 overwhelming, mostly useless buttons on the Hamilton Beach that was my first blender. Not sure of the wattage, but the bottom says "Blender 700" so perhaps it's 700 watts?? It came w/ 2 blades, and the first has had such a long life that I haven't even had to switch to the other yet.

    I received it as a gift from my dad, so no idea of cost--although I imagine it retails for about $100-150 on sale. He may have ordered through his work (he uses this kind of equip. in his lab), so not sure if it is widely accessible--although, as a chef, you probably have your channels. Hope this helps.

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      ChefShell Nov 10, 2004 06:55 AM

      thanks! that's the blender i thought people would recommend. will do some researching on pricing.

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        Caitlin McGrath Nov 10, 2004 08:05 AM

        The one and only thing I don't like about my Waring blender is that it's really loud. But it's not a big deal, and the blender is great. Mine has a nice chrome finish.

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