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I need a new blender to make DF/gluten-free/EF/NF stuff with. Last time I bought on I just got one of the cheapest on the Walmart shelf... since I have to buy a new one, anything specail I should look for?

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My recommendation...every "blender" I ever bought could never withstand the things I wanted it to do. They could not puree fine enough or chop ice well. They burned out easily. I ended up buying a smoothie maker, not a blender, and it has worked perfectly! Purees beautifully, chops ice...works great! It was pretty cheap, much cheaper than the blender I had. This is the one I have: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=2584484

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My recommendation...every "blender" I ever bought could never withstand the things I wanted it to do. They could not puree fine enough or chop ice well. They burned out easily. I ended up buying a smoothie maker, not a blender, and it has worked perfectly! Purees beautifully, chops ice...works great! It was pretty cheap, much cheaper than the blender I had. This is the one I have: http://www.walmart.com/catalog/product.do?product_id=2584484

OOO gotta love that price. I was trying to think of what I ever used a belnder for OTHER then smoothies... is there another use? I cant think of one :D

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KitchenAid's uber-heavy duty one. (Don't remember the wattage...) I make smoothies thick enough that they don't come out when you turn the blender jar upside down (grab a spoon!), and it works just fine. I love the thing. :-) (They are like $70, but worth it.)

I thought about the smoothie makers, but my smoothies don't pour, so I never understood how the spouts at the bottom of those things would do me any good! ;-)

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KitchenAid's uber-heavy duty one. (Don't remember the wattage...) I make smoothies thick enough that they don't come out when you turn the blender jar upside down (grab a spoon!), and it works just fine. I love the thing. :-) (They are like $70, but worth it.)

I thought about the smoothie makers, but my smoothies don't pour, so I never understood how the spouts at the bottom of those things would do me any good! ;-)

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I have a Waring--have had it for at least 15 years. It's the heavy duty-bar type. It was not cheap--around $100 then, but I will most likely never need to buy another one.

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KitchenAid's uber-heavy duty one. (Don't remember the wattage...) I make smoothies thick enough that they don't come out when you turn the blender jar upside down (grab a spoon!), and it works just fine. I love the thing. :-) (They are like $70, but worth it.)

I thought about the smoothie makers, but my smoothies don't pour, so I never understood how the spouts at the bottom of those things would do me any good! ;-)

Yeah, I always keep the spout closed so I don't have to clean it! I prefer to pour from the top :)

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Mine is like this one--only older and cobalt blue :D

http://www.amazon .com/gp/product/B00004S8F...glance&n=284507

I am sure thats great one, but at $130 its way beyond my means.

This is the one I have:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.as...11735843&RN=436

Combo blender/food processor. I swear by cuisinart, and it's served me well so far. It's also nice that I don't have a big honkin' processor and a big honkin' blender taking up space seperately in my cabinet. Makes a mean milkshake!

Hmm now this one is possible casue we nave a $25 gift cert and a 20% coupon for BBY.(I think)

What makes this better then the $19 one, ad what do you use a food processor for? I have never owned one in all my 31 years :)

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What makes this better then the $19 one, ad what do you use a food processor for? I have never owned one in all my 31 years :)

In my case it was better than the $19 one because someone else bought it :P It was a wedding gift.

Let's see...I use the processor for veggies and fruits for either lazy chopping or pureeing. I also use it to make the dressing for potato salad/cole slaw. Chopping nuts (almonds and peanuts only, allergic to others). It's also very useful for cutting butter or shortening into whatever flour mix for pie crusts, though I still use a pastry blender for that.

There's also a shredding blade, though I've never used it.

Cuisinarts are up there with KitchenAid, they last forever and have a lot of power. I'd reccommend it! :)

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After my Hamilton Beach blender burned out and literally smoked up my kitchen, we went out and bought a Black and Decker blender... got it at Target, and I don't think we paid too much for it... but with the Black and Decker name, hubby figured it had to be good! So far so good and no complaints.

http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/601-2...asin=B0009IE49G

yep, here it is! Nice one! and not too pricey!

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I actually have an extra one (a Kitchenaid) sitting in my garage gathering dust as we speak. It weighs a ton, so I don't know how much it would cost to send it to you. You can have it--you wouldn't be driving anywhere near Pittsburgh, PA, would you?

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This is the one I have (well, I have the blue, but it's currently $10 cheaper in black... go figure). Interesting enough, Amazon has factory refurbished ones for $54. I use this thing daily during some parts of the year, and weekly during others, and it's lasted... five years, with no problems so far. But there are a lot of other good blenders out there too, you just have to avoid the $20 crappy ones. ;-)

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Vincent...one more thought, one of the reasons I think my smoothie maker works better than my blenders did--2 reasons, 1--the blades are mixed--2 are formed upwards and 2 are down. My previous blenders the blades were always pointed down only. 2nd--as the smoothie maker is on you use the wand to stir the contents counter clockwise, so it helps everything mix efficiently. Just another thought :) Good luck making your decision!!

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Vincent...one more thought, one of the reasons I think my smoothie maker works better than my blenders did--2 reasons, 1--the blades are mixed--2 are formed upwards and 2 are down. My previous blenders the blades were always pointed down only. 2nd--as the smoothie maker is on you use the wand to stir the contents counter clockwise, so it helps everything mix efficiently. Just another thought :) Good luck making your decision!!

Is this "wand" built in to the unit, or something you stick in while its running?

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You stick it in the top. The piece that covers the hole in the lid pops out and the wand fits right in. Not spills or splashes....

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You stick it in the top. The piece that covers the hole in the lid pops out and the wand fits right in. Not spills or splashes....

Yes I realize that.. but is it an attachment, or jsut a stick? I would worry about hitting the blades.

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OKAY I know you are all dieing to know what blender I ended up with :) Welp I was able to get this one:

http://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/product.as...-1&SKU=13687471

for $10 after coupons/etc. Works great. Just used it to mix the darifree, and hten made a smothie. My old blender could not hanlde the froze strawberries, I had to cut them up first. This one smashed right through them . :D

Thanks for all the tips!

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