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While making butternut squash hummus for our NYE party last night, the blade assembly on my Kitchenaid blender decided to call it quits. Since it's an older model, Kitchenaid, nor anywhere else carries the part. Does anyone have a recommendation for a replacement blender... am looking for a glass container and powerful enough to make kale smoothies several times a week, various types of hummus and pestos. And yes, cost is an issue... would prefer to stay in the $100 or less price range.

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  1. I will always recommend the Ninja when a question like this comes up!!!!
    Please seek out a Chowhound thread that should be of interest to you, started by Lorry3 on June 30, 2012 and last posted by me, Florida Hound, on Aug 30, 2012. Title of thread, "Blender Recommendations."
    We do not have a top-of-the-line Ninja, but even without all the bells and whistles, the Ninja does a great job for us for smoothies and crushing ice and any blending we've ever asked of it. I think it was under $50.00 at WalMart about 2 - 3 years ago- great investment. Oops- the container is acrylic! But the Ninja line probably has one with a glass container.
    If you think of it down the road, put up a follow up post re: what you decided to get.
    Florida Hound

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    1. re: Florida Hound

      Agreed - I love, love, love my Ninja. It's cheap and it works so well. I've had mine for over a year and I use it all the time. I always wash the acrylic container by hand instead of the dishwasher (to keep the acrylic from developing stress cracks).

    2. Id just go with another kitchenaid if you are looking to stay in the $100 range and want a glass jar.

      The 5 speeds with glass jars are usually $99

      1. You could get an immersion blender, they're much cheaper, easier to clean up, and they make smoothies very easy. Great for soups and sauces, too. Cuisinart makes a good one that is very much below your $100 price range.

        1. The new KA blenders score at the top of the charts in many magazines/testing organization performance test.

          One problem. They usually fail quite quickly.

          Even some testers noticed unusually high wear during the test.

          1) Vitamix 5200s at Costco Warehouse $379

          2) Blendtec Classic at Costco online $369

          3)Ninja 1500 from Ninja direct with 4REGISTER coupon code is $187.

          4)Ninja 1100 at Costco warehouse is $99 or Bed Bath and Beyond for $111 with 20% off coupon code.

          An immersion blender is the wrong choice for your application.

          The first two options will do a very good job and do so for 15+ years of heavy use. Unless you get a lemon but they do have 7 year warranties. Any problems almost certianly would show up during the warranty period.

          Third option will do almost as good a job for a lot less money for an unknown amount of time.

          Option 4 is the best for around $100 IMO.

          If you are seriously making green smoothings,hummus and pesto 4+ times per week and not simply have the intention to do so you should seriously consider the first two options. It is almost certainly cheaper in the long run.

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          1. re: DeeAgeaux

            Reviews

            http://www.cooksillustrated.com/equip...

          2. Thanks so much for the recommendations.... a friend of mine recently bought a Ninja and is going to let me try it out. Although, a glass jar is a high priority for me, so not sure how that will work out.

            I know this is 'just a blender', but when it's something that will be used numerous times a week, I want to make sure the quality & results will satisfy.

            1. I disagree about the Ninja for smoothies. I make green smoothies with Kale and the ninja never did blend them smooth enough for me. My Ninja does not have a glass container. If it were me and I was not going with a high end blender, I would get another Kitchen Aid. Mine was great. I baught my daughter one to make baby food in. I moved up to a Blendtec. I love it, but I much prefer a glass pitcher. My Blendtec is not glass.

              1. Thanks. Good info here, which I may soon need.