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Whalers11 posted 7/22/2013 15:12 PM

I'm looking into purchasing a decent quality blender, mainly for smoothies. Does anyone have any recommendations?

The cheap $25 ones don't seem to last for me and seem to have trouble with ice and frozen fruit.

I'm willing to spend up to about $150.

Amazonia posted 7/22/2013 15:19 PM

I use a magic bullet for smoothies, if that's what you're using ice and/or frozen fruit for. I've had mine three years now and it's going strong.

ETA: I have a cousin who is getting married this fall, and works at Bed Bath and Beyond; she mentioned at her shower that their best selling, highest quality blender is the Ninja line.
http://www.ninjakitchen.com/productListing.shtml

[This message edited by Amazonia at 3:24 PM, July 22nd (Monday)]

GabyBaby posted 7/22/2013 15:27 PM

One word - Ninja.
It has six blades and that thing cuts through ice like its warm cheese.

I use mine nearly daily and it hasn't slowed down at all.

SoVerySadNow posted 7/22/2013 15:46 PM

The ninga gets high marks.

Crescita posted 7/22/2013 16:25 PM

Yes Ninja!

marchmadness posted 7/22/2013 17:20 PM

Vitamix. Worth every penny.

Lostinthismess posted 7/22/2013 17:22 PM

Vitamix. Never regretted buying it.

sad12008 posted 7/22/2013 17:43 PM

I'm old-school I guess: we have a KitchenAid and it's been a workhorse. We are frozen drink fans: daiquiris, margaritas...this thing is a beast, chews up ice like its nothing.

osxgirl posted 7/22/2013 18:24 PM

Another vote for the Ninja!

We have found as a blender, esp. for smoothies, it works GREAT!

They advertised it (at least when we got it a couple of years ago) as being able to do all your chopping & that you could chop vegetables (going from just chopped all the way down to finely diced).

We found that really, unless you want either very finely chopped or pretty much liquified, we need to use something else.

But I'd had several blenders and a smoothie maker before the Ninja, and the only one that handled ice and making smoothies well was the actual smoothie maker - but it was difficult to clean, and we have too small of a kitchen to have a device that is dedicated only to smoothies!

metamorphisis posted 7/22/2013 18:29 PM

Ninja. Ninja. Ninja.
We got ours on sale so I think it was 40 something and it is AWESOME. We use it all the time, can crush ice in it, and have never had a single problem. It comes apart and cleans easily as well. I am very happy with it.

Whalers11 posted 7/22/2013 19:22 PM

Thanks for all the suggestions! Off to check 'em out...

Sad in AZ posted 7/22/2013 20:09 PM

I love my Magic Bullet too; since I'm alone, it's all I need.

However, if I had a family, I'd definitely look into the Ninja.

lieshurt posted 7/23/2013 08:00 AM

I just read an article about blenders. It ranked the Vitamix and the Ninja equally good. However, the Ninja is significantly cheaper, so that's the one I'd go for.

MovingUpward posted 7/23/2013 08:42 AM

However, the Ninja is significantly cheaper, so that's the one I'd go for.

Ninjas are known for their ability to hide so you'll have to keep it on lock down when you're not using it.

itainteasy posted 7/23/2013 10:49 AM

I have an Oster. I believe I paid $40 for it.

It makes fine smoothies.

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