Recommendations: blender and/or food processor?
My beloved Cusinart blender cum food processor (1 heavy duty base, 2 toppers--either blender or smallish cup food processor) is dying. What do ya'll recommend? I like to do smoothies, so it needs to crush ice decently, along with basic blender functions. Willing to buy 2 separate items, but if there's a 1-base, 2-function unit that's worthwhile, that's a plus. Also, I'm cheap--would like to keep it under $125. Gracias.
Consumer Reports for this month rates blender type appliances. Vita Mix came in first place, but the Ninja came in second. They reported the price for the Ninja as $60. (I saw a Ninja at Costco today for considerably more.)
I think the Ninja would do a good smoothie, especially if you use ice in your smoothies.
I feel for you. As I just posted re my new immersion blender, I am still using my old Cuisinart, with those awesome "smallish cup food processor." Actually, I received the basic blender for a wedding present (1971); later, we bought the food processing bowl and the even smaller containers (with screw caps for storage!) at the Orange County Fair, believe it or not. And I don't know what I am going to do when mine goes. I am not absolutely convinced there is a "one product does it all" on the market now, but you might look at the MiTutto 9080/9090 by Miallegro. Despite the fact that it is not right for small batches of pestom, I think it would be very versatile for other uses.