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Feb 22, 2005 08:55 PM

Best Blender?

  • j

Hi - I am registering for my wedding and can't decide between the KitchenAid 5 Speed and the Cuisinart. I want one with variable speeds and setting so the traditional Waring is out. It would be for drinks, sauces and I don't know what else....

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  1. Many years ago, I bought a Hamilton-Beach blender-food processor combo that was on sale at Macy's on a Wednesday (Macy's sale day). That is, it has one container for blending, and another for processing with a choice of blades for the latter. It has several function options (lotsa buttons) and has served me well.

    I don't do fancy-schmancy. I think it cost me 40 bucks on sale. Good luck.

    1. I know, I know, you said no Waring, but I just had to put in my $.02 about it. We just got a Waring for a wedding gift and it has been GREAT for drinks, sauces, etc. We really love it (and I've found that it crushes ice even better than my parents' KitchenAid - not that theirs does a bad job, just that ours comes out with a finer crush). It *does* have two settings, also - the basic low and high. We just decided when we bought it that blenders are meant for doing things FAST, so we didn't mind the lack of speed controls. Plus, we have a food processor to fill in the gaps. Anyway, sorry I couldn't help with your decision - just wanted to make sure that you really thought about ruling out the Waring before doing anything rash :-). Good luck! (FYI - parents' KitchenAid is totally adequate!)

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      1. re: Jellybelly

        Jelly Belly is right. You do not need all of the different speeds. That is a gimick and if you are anticipating just using it for drinks there is no need for anything more than on and off.

        As much as i love my Cuisinart food processor, I would not buy their blender, I've heard too many tales of them burning out very quickly and even catching fire. I've had my Waring Blendor (yeah that is the way they spell it) a long time. It is the commercial bar model. It just goes and goes. For pureeing soups and smoothing sauces I use a stick blender and for all the rest I recommend the Cuisinart food processor and a mini too.

        1. re: Candy

          I vote for the Waring blender as well. Love's quick, powerful, and blends evenly. Came w/ an extra blade that I haven't had to use yet.

          Agree that buttons are gimmicky--what's the difference btwn. puree/blend/emulsify?! Too many other choices in life to worry about. If you want it chunky, turn it off sooner; for smooth, keep it running longer. Also much easier to clean when you don't need to get around all those buttons.

      2. I have a KitchenAid and while I love it for it's variable speeds and versatility... it is honestly a pain to clean! Since mine is 7 years old, I am sure the layout changed a little bit. But the blender container has over 4 pieces for the lid (lid, sealer ring, two "add as you blend" covers) and then the glass container, blades, and bottom cover. These have to be cleaned every time I use the blender. You may find this fine, but it does mean for me I pull out my drink mixer (attachment on my hand held mixer) more than my blender.

        However, this being said, it does wonderful margaritas and purees soups beautifully and has a great capacity. I love it otherwise!

        1. I had a Kitchen Aid one that I hated and threw out and bought an Oysterizer (spelling?) which is fine. The Kitchen Aid was terrible, there were always large chunks of ice left.

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          1. re: Keri T.

            I've had an Osterizer blender for 30 years and all
            I've had to do is buy a new blade a few times.
            Works like a champ.

            1. re: Marilayne

              Another vote here for the Osterizer. After much debate and information-gathering, I just this weekend bought another Osterizer, the 10-speed, 450-watt one. I found that the KitchenAid and the Cuisinart both had too wide of a bottom in the jar, allowing the blades to "miss" certain ingredients, resulting in unblended ingredients, or even chunks of uncrushed food/icecubes. In the Osterizer, the round (as opposed to square) bottom of the jar funnels the ingredients into the blade area, resulting in more complete blending/crushing/pureeing. I got mine at Kohl's, on sale for $30 (plus 15% discount for using my Kohl's card).

              1. re: Anne
                wow i'm a dog

                well, i did love our (three-year-old) oster until the top of the motor broke off completely yesterday whilst making a smoothie.