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pine time Aug 1, 2012 01:01 PM

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.

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    blondelle Aug 1, 2012 02:37 PM

    This is perfect for you. Check out the video and the reviews. Also search for QVC Ninja on youtube.com. Makes ice into snow and perfect smoothies too.

    http://www.qvc.com/Ninja-Kitchen-Syst...

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      CCCate Aug 1, 2012 04:47 PM

      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.

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        sueatmo Aug 2, 2012 09:30 PM

        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.

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