We need a new blender. We are discouraged before we even start, because we’ve never had a blender we were happy with. And because this is a very boring purchase.
Here are the things we use a blender for, because apparently that’s part of the problem—i.e., finding one single blender that does several things well, versus blaming a particular blender because it isn’t good for crushing ice even though it’s the best choice for purees:
3. Icy-slushy coffee drinks
And here are the three candidate blenders (so far):
Ninja Master Prep blender/crusher/chopper (photo from Amazon.com), $70. This is one of the few $100-and-under blenders rated well by Consumer Reports, and it gets good reviews on Amazon.com (4.5 stars average of 40 reviews). Paul is intrigued that the blending seems to come from…above?
Cuisinart 15-piece Smart Power (photo from Amazon.com), $60 (and then there’s a $20 rebate). Well, I admit this looks a LITTLE bit fun. Look at the little cups! I could make an icy coffee thing and take it right out to the car with me, instead of slopping it all over the counter as I try to pour it into a cup like in a cheap TV commercial! This one scores a little lower than the Ninja with Consumer Reports and with Amazon.com reviewers, but both still rate it very well. Paul says “We don’t want to store all those pieces.” I say “Oooooo, fun conTAINers!”
KitchenAid 5-speed blender (photo from Amazon.com), $90. PINK. BUTTERCUP. PEAR. ORANGE. Color choices really help. And I like my KitchenAid mixer.
I’m hoping you can throw support behind (or kick support out from under) one of these candidates, or else give us more candidates to consider. I’d rather spend $100 or less—which knocks pretty much every raved-about blender out of the running.