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Jan 8, 2005 04:32 PM

I need a new blender---recs?

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Time to replace my 10-year-old Osterizer. I want something powerful enough to make smoothies from frozen fruit without jamming, but want something versatile, also. I am NOT interested in a "smoothie maker". I tried a Krups, but ended up returning it as it leaked all over the base, onto the countertop, down the set of drawers, etc. (of course, the dogs loved it!). I'd like to keep the price under $50. Consumer Reports rated a Sharp quite high, in the $40 range, but it appears they are not available anymore? Can't find anyplace that sells Sharp blenders. Do YOU have a favorite blender? Thanks!

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    Jim Washburn

    I got an Oster In2itive when they first came out a few years ago, and I am happy to have it. The model without the silly LCD display is about $80, which is more than you want to spend, but, man, they are versatile. Florence Fabricant wrote a piece on it for The New York Times on 19 December 2001. I can send that to you if you post an e-mail address.

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    1. re: Jim Washburn

      Have you checked out America's Test Kitchen's article? I've included a link below. They like the Oster the best. (you may need a "membership" to view, but joining is quick).

      I never use my blender at all, got it as a wedding gift, go figure, some people love 'em, some for some of us they just take up space.

    2. Bought a new blender by Wolfgang Puck The Bistro model, from Home Shopping Club. It is GREAT - very very heavy motor and grinds ice cubes too. It was $59 plus shipping (bought the hand blender too, looks much stronger than my other wimpy one).

      1. I think Osterizer is the best brand. I have a model, that consumer reports rated as one of the best a few years - it was $30 and works far better than the KitcehnAid one I had. Whatever you do, don't buy KitchenAid blenders, the shape of the blender containers is not ideal for blending.

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        1. re: rkn

          I agree. I just replaced my Kitchenaid blender with an Oster. The problem is the Kithenaid, with its modern looking wide base, gave my frozen strawberries too much room to dance. I would still have a couple lumps of strawberries left after 2 minutes of working. Now my Oster pulverizes 5-6 frozen strawberries in under one minute.

        2. I love my Waring blender. I have had it for 17 years and it is in top form. Williams Sonoma sells it. I'm not sure the price.