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Best Blender in your opinion?

mrsmegawatt Jul 10, 2006 04:28 PM

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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    rtmonty RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 10, 2006 05:31 PM

    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. MMRuth RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 10, 2006 07:51 PM

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

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        slacker RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 10, 2006 08:09 PM

        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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          rainey RE: slacker Jul 13, 2006 04:49 PM

          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.

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          bogie RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 10, 2006 09:00 PM

          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.

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            raj1 RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 11, 2006 04:14 PM

            Osterizer beehive with glass blender jar. The best.

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              cheryl_h RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 11, 2006 06:47 PM

              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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                MMRuth RE: cheryl_h Jul 11, 2006 08:42 PM

                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.

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                  rainey RE: MMRuth Jul 13, 2006 08:03 PM

                  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.

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                Dave Westerberg RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 13, 2006 03:01 PM

                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.

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                  emily RE: Dave Westerberg Aug 2, 2006 03:53 PM

                  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.

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                  Nicole RE: mrsmegawatt Jul 14, 2006 11:47 PM

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

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                    personalcheffie RE: mrsmegawatt Aug 2, 2006 12:28 AM

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

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                      laguera RE: personalcheffie Aug 2, 2006 03:03 PM

                      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.

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