Best smoothie blender

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    Aug 18, 2012 7:21 PM GMT
    I've always been crazy about all-natural (no sugar added) strawberry+banana smoothies. I finally decided to buy a smoothie blender and to buy fresh fruits/veggies from the local farmer's market. I figure that I'll be saving money (won't have to buy the $5 smoothies & will save money buying fruits/veggies from the farmer's market).

    Now, the question is which blender to buy. My budget is $100-150. I don't have a fancy fridge (so don't have access to crushed ice); I need the blender to crush solid ice-cubes. I need it to be durable (I've read that a lot of the blenders either crack or the motors burn out). Which model is the best?
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    Aug 18, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    the magic bullet for sure
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    Aug 18, 2012 9:00 PM GMT
    um, i've had my magic bullet (the silver one with the pitcher and juicer accessories) for three years now, and it still works great - crushes ice, frozen fruit etc perfectly.

    you must have gotten a lemon
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    Aug 18, 2012 9:44 PM GMT
    Blendtec. Best Thing in my kitchen.

    http://www.amazon.com/Blendtec-TB-621-20-Total-Blender-FourSide/dp/B000GIGZXM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1345326196&sr=8-1&keywords=blendtec
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    Aug 18, 2012 9:49 PM GMT

    Sams Club $29.
    Awesome, had over a year, drinking a mango smoothy now, from it.
    I like it more than the bullet because of it's size, really does turn cubed ice to snow, toss in the cubes with the frozen mango, pulse 4-5 times add, mango, no fat yogurt, protein powder, pulse 10 seconds; done.

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    Aug 18, 2012 9:54 PM GMT
    Trollileo said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    yourname2000 said
    I bet the vitamix is a killer machine, but at $700.... icon_eek.gif


    ^ Hym, I'm going to take a guess and say that's Canadian dollars.

    I bought mine at Costco during a demo for $358 I think?
    Canadian dollar is sometimes valued higher than the American dollar.

    they are practically parity today: 1US = 0.9883CA
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    Aug 18, 2012 9:56 PM GMT
    Trollileo said[...] as the flavor slowly secretes itself into a faux-liquid form.


    Sounds delicious. icon_wink.gif

    I use an inexpensive hand blender like this: http://www1.macys.com/shop/product/cuisinart-csb-33-hand-blender-quick-prep?ID=563962

    It is not as powerful as a big machine, but it does just fine with ice cubes from my freezer and frozen berries. It's extremely easy to clean up. Plus, at $25 it's not going to break the bank if it only lasts a year.
  • Swoon

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    Aug 18, 2012 10:14 PM GMT
    I really want a Vitamix, but nothing could replace my Magic Bullet! It takes up very little space and is really easy to clean. I use it to make smoothies daily from frozen fruit and ice cubes without a problem. Plus I grind coffee, nuts, chillies and make hummus and pesto in it.
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    Aug 18, 2012 10:21 PM GMT
    taking the Hamilton Beach single serving blender 2 college with me. comes with a sippy cup lid so can blendNgo. use it several times a day, and it's bout 3 y/o. @ $15, can't beat it.

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    Aug 18, 2012 10:29 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle saidSorry but the Magic Bullet is a piece of weak garbage.

    I bought it from Costco a year or so ago and it has no power. It can't handle frozen foods (berries, pineapple chunks, etc.). After one use I returned it and the woman at the counter of Costco said that so many people were returning them. I'm not surprised.

    Since your budget is low I suggest waiting and putting away more money to double it. Get a Vitamix. I've had my for nearly nine years. A portion of the carafe became dull in about seven years but because they have a seven year warranty I was sent a replacement part at no charge.

    It's a powerhouse and can handle ice with no problem.

    I did not find the Magic Bullet to work well with frozen foods or ice.


    THIS.

    I bought a Vitamix at Costco too and it was the best kitchen appliance I ever invested in. Blends so many things, has a great return policy at Costco and can handle pretty much anything. It is worth the $300 I paid for. Had other blenders before that was crap.
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    Aug 18, 2012 11:27 PM GMT
    Vitamix and blend tech.

    If that's too much, the ninja is amazing
  • d694485

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    Aug 18, 2012 11:38 PM GMT
    I was going to get a Magic Bullet until I started reading some bad reviews about the durability. Also I had a friend who had one and said not to buy one because her's broke.

    I bought a Ninja instead icon_biggrin.gif Pretty happy with it so far. I am aware they now have a second version with a bunch of add ons, but seem a little excessive in my opinion.
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    Aug 18, 2012 11:53 PM GMT
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    Caslon20000 said
    Trollileo said
    MuchMoreThanMuscle said
    yourname2000 said
    I bet the vitamix is a killer machine, but at $700.... icon_eek.gif


    ^ Hym, I'm going to take a guess and say that's Canadian dollars.

    I bought mine at Costco during a demo for $358 I think?
    Canadian dollar is sometimes valued higher than the American dollar.

    they are practically parity today: 1US = 0.9883CA


    Well, it ain't $700 bucks!

    Got it, bitchuz!?!?!

    Here! At $339.55, it's not bad for the high end quality you are getting.

    http://www.basequipment.com/ProductDetails.asp?ProductCode=VIT-748&utm_source=CSE&utm_medium=Referral&utm_campaign=Google&gdftrk=gdfV2543_a_7c641_a_7c6920_a_7cVIT_d_748&gclid=CLXc6IyW8rECFSdgMgod5jAAhw


    That's a pretty basic model that you've provided a link to, but I'm sure it serves your purposes just fine. The higher end one is being sold at CostCo for $499 right now (reg. $699), which is still hefty, but you get a lifetime warranty when buying thru CostCo as long as you keep the receipt.

    You can also buy refurbished ones on vitamix's website for a bargain, and they come with a five-year warranty.

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    Aug 19, 2012 12:38 AM GMT
    Vitamix is worth the money ;-)
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    Aug 19, 2012 1:09 AM GMT
    dustin_K_tx said
    Sams Club $29.
    Awesome, had over a year, drinking a mango smoothy now, from it.
    I like it more than the bullet because of it's size, really does turn cubed ice to snow, toss in the cubes with the frozen mango, pulse 4-5 times add, mango, no fat yogurt, protein powder, pulse 10 seconds; done.

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    Love the Ninja. I have the big 72 oz version. Makes enough to share. icon_smile.gif
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    Aug 19, 2012 1:28 AM GMT
    notadumbjock saidtaking the Hamilton Beach single serving blender 2 college with me. comes with a sippy cup lid so can blendNgo. use it several times a day, and it's bout 3 y/o. @ $15, can't beat it.

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    OMG i got this one too....at target....I use it 2 times a day and I've had it 2.5 years and its still blending me delishhhhous protein shakes.....my favorite recipe equation is

    1 scoop vanilla whey protein +
    handful frozen strawberries +
    handful frozen blackberries +
    1/2 frozen banana +
    2 Tbs flaxseed +
    H2O

    = Awesome Tastyness

  • xysx

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    Aug 19, 2012 3:08 AM GMT
    Contact Vitamix and get one that they have on special, like ..last year's model with a white base rather than stainless steel. They also have reconditioned ones that they sell complete WITH warranty. I've had my first one for over 5 years and have bought 2 more for different base color or second home use. I use mine every day. Their customer service is well worth the investment. They really do stand behind their product. I've f(^'d up a couple of times with mine; minced up the plunger, ripped off the container or "jiggled" it while on the stand to get rid of extra air bubbles 'cause I was in too much of a hurry, and they replaced the parts Every Time with No charge! (And no, I don't own stock or work for them) Truly best return for your dollar on investment.
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    Aug 19, 2012 3:58 AM GMT
    dustin_K_tx said
    Sams Club $29.
    Awesome, had over a year, drinking a mango smoothy now, from it.
    I like it more than the bullet because of it's size, really does turn cubed ice to snow, toss in the cubes with the frozen mango, pulse 4-5 times add, mango, no fat yogurt, protein powder, pulse 10 seconds; done.

    nija.jpg


    This. Also consider the KitchenAid: http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.asp?SKU=108848

    Do not get the Magic Bullet.
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    Aug 19, 2012 4:13 AM GMT
    I have a Ninja blender. I paid about $100 for it. I absolutely love it. It blends and crushes ice very well. I make smoothies everyday and I haven't encountered any issues in the 4 months I've had it.


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    Aug 19, 2012 4:21 AM GMT
    I was on the fence between a Blendtec and a Vitamix. When I saw the Blendtec with the Wildside Jar on sale at Costco for $100 less than anywhere else, after seeing this online demo comparing Blendtec to Vitamix, I went with that Blendtec and have been happy since, using it twice daily making green protein smoothies and sorbets:

  • metta

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    Aug 19, 2012 4:56 AM GMT
    I make it a habit to buy quality so that I don't have to keep replacing things.

    I use a Waring Bar Blender, commercial version.

    The commercial version is designed for heavy use.


    I think it is similar to this one:

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    http://www.waringcommercialproducts.com/catalog.php?pcID=84_96&products_id=284


    Pricing:

    http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=040072990267&um=1&ie=UTF-8&tbm=shop&cid=1833761681896039893&sa=X&ei=SXMwUJqQM8H7igLJi4H4Bw&ved=0CEsQ8wIwAA
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    Aug 19, 2012 5:12 AM GMT
    Alot of mention of Warranties and return policies. Best thing you can do is go on the bottom of whatever it is and write the date of purchase and indicate which card you used (visa, master, Amex). That way you can just flip it over and see.
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    Aug 19, 2012 5:23 AM GMT
    What's with all the Magic Bullet hate? I just started using it about a month ago and it works perfectly. I put in a scoop of chocolate whey, a cut up banana, six ice cubes, a little bit of water and a bit of Splenda, and in a few seconds I have an amazing "milkshake."

    Those who insist they've had problems with it must have had a defect, because it can destroy ice cubes no problem in seconds.
  • Goldenrod

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    Aug 19, 2012 5:39 AM GMT

    Waring MX1050XT Xtreme Hi-Power Blender
    by Waring

    List Price: $721.67
    Price: $281.00
    You Save: $440.67 (61%)
    Product Features

    Heavy-duty 3.5 peak HP motor with 45,000 RPM bare motor speed.
    Waterproof electronic membrane keypad, one-piece dishwasher-safe removable jar pad.
    64oz. Unbreakable Polycarbonate Container. Simple High, Low, Off and Pulse paddle switches.
    120 Volt, 13 Amp 50/60 Hz. ETL, NSF listed.
    3 Year motor warranty and 2 Year parts & labor warranty.
    I have it and it grinds ice with no problem. Bought it at Amazon
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    Aug 19, 2012 5:40 AM GMT
    cdub341 saidI have a Ninja blender. I paid about $100 for it. I absolutely love it. It blends and crushes ice very well. I make smoothies everyday and I haven't encountered any issues in the 4 months I've had it.


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    This is what I use and it's amazinnggggg. It handles frozen bananas / strawberries very well.