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Hi everyone. We're looking for a blender. something not too terribly expensive but one that will actually blend well. Any suggestions?

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  1. I have a Krups that I bought on Overstock.com for maybe $25 or so. It's large and it certainly does the job.

    1. I love my Waring blender ... don't know if that is in the price range you are considering.

      1. I have the KitchenAid ($100). I love the "liquify" button, which is mostly what I use it for, for soups. Powerful motor, it's easy to wash, and all the buttons are flush against the surface, so very easy to wipe clean. But I think when America's Test Kitchen tested blenders, the Kitchenaid did not come in first, maybe second or third; think they found that it left some bits at the bottom. I like the blender very much, though.

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        1. re: slacker

          I am very happy with my KitchenAid too. When my last one had a prob (can't remember what it was), they quickly replaced it with a reconditioned one that was indistinguishable from new, an upgrade from the old one and has worked like a trooper for the last several years.

          Great products. Great customer service.

        2. I have a special edition Cuisinart that I'm not sure is available anymore.

          It has a big wide jar and the base also accomodates the small 4 cup food processor, more than big enough for my wife and I.

          Apart from that, the Hamilton Beach commercial blenders with metal jar from restaurant supply stores are reliable and very powerful, no different settings just on/off though.

          1. Osterizer beehive with glass blender jar. The best.

            1. I have an ancient Oster blender which must be at least 20 years old. But it's received little use since I prefer my food processor or immersion blender for tasks I used to do with the standard blender.

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              1. re: cheryl_h

                I also use my food processor and immersion blender a lot - but prefer pureeing soups (hot or cold) in my blender. The liquid always seems to seep out of the food processor bowl and I get a more refined texture than I do with the immersion blender.

                1. re: MMRuth

                  I agree. Neither a hand blender (which are fabulous tools) nor a food processor will do the same job that a blender will do when it comes to really puréeing something.

              2. The Braun Powermax is a Consumer Reports winner. I like it a lot and have given it to two people going through chemo (made lots of smoothies and soup) and they both really praised it, too.
                "http://www.amazon.com/Braun-PowerMax-..."

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                1. re: Dave Westerberg

                  I didn't like the Braun and returned it; ice didn't blend completely and I also had the problem that others mention in some of the Amazon reviews: liquid coming out of the lid's gaps. I shot hot Mexican chocolate all over me and the kitchen and that was the last straw.

                  I ended up going with the Kitchen Aid pro blender, but it's a bit expensive. Blends everything perfectly.

                2. I like the Osterizer. They have different models, and I think mine was about $50.

                  1. Waring Pro finally after going thru an Osterizer and a Cuisinart.

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                    1. re: personalcheffie

                      Agree. Best blender is the VitaMix, but this is a lot of $$. I think the Waring Pro is the second best--super durable. I used it in a restaurant kitchen for years.