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Jul 22, 2011 04:42 PM

Blender recommendation?

Hi all,

After 15 years or so, my Cuisinart Smart Power Duet Blender is getting ready to retire.
I was going to replace the blade/gasket again, but noticed the buttons are cracking too, so I am thinking I need a new one.

I usually use it for smoothies or frozen margaritas. Not so much for soups. Use an immersion blender for that.

So, what would you recommend as good basic blender? One that actually crushes ice would be good, too.

I guess I'd spend at least $100 for a good one.

Thanks for your help.

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  1. I do not like my Kitchen-Aid blender for making smoothies. Unless I'm making a lot of something, I have to constantly stop and start the thing and push the incipient smoothie matter back down to the business end of the blender. If you're making four at a time, it's probably no problem, but for a single serving, it's just awful.

    It's shaped kind of like this one, wide, but mine is a few generations older (c. 2004?).