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Jan 19, 2007 06:49 PM

Blender Advice - aka KitchenAid vs. Cuisinart

I am in need of a blender, and though I did search the board, I didn't really find a dedicated blender thread.

So chowhounds.....

If I am willing to spend up to $200 (Canadian and including 14% tax) on a blender, should I go for:

a) The Cuisinart ($129+tax), or
b) The KitchenAid ($169+tax)

I've searched for reviews online, but I"m not really sure what I should get. I really want to buy this blender tonight, so no obscure brands please.

Thank you in advance!

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  1. I have a cool toggle Waring blender, so I can't speak for either of these blender brands. That said, I have several small appliances from both brands and find them extremely high quality, so I think you will be pleased with either. The biggest irritant for me is if the bottom is extremely narrow, because it's hard to scoop things out, so watch for that.

    I always ask salespeople if they have received raves or complaints about something I wish to buy, and I find that they very rarely lie, so you may wish to do so too.

    What a fun Friday night purchase! Enjoy!

    1. I am a Waring fan too. They are so reliable and simple.

      1. I did not like my KitchenAid blender - what a waste of a lot of money. It never swirled the contents properly, and the blade unit design is terrible, considering the price. When it finally broke after only 3 yrs, I bought a $30 Oster and love it a lot more! It's much faster, better designed for wear, and more efficient (as well as lighter) than the KA.

        1. I bought a reconditioned Kitchenaid from Amazon for maybe $30. It was, I think, brand new, with original packaging and fully warrantied. It works great.

          I highly recommend checking the reconditioned stuff out.

          This is what I got.

          It was cheaper a year ago. Still a good deal, IMO.

          1. I bought a KA in probably /91 can't complain. I really like the meat grinder attachment (extra $$$). I grind my own chicken,turkey & beef.