Mini Blenders - is ther a good one that can handle daily use?

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thynes

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 15:05
OK, So my blender has about bit the dust... My family loves smoothies but I make then pretty thick using frozen fruit, yogurt and water (add protein powder to mine). Since I have a food processor and a stick blender I was thinking about getting one of those mini ones like the bullet. I may have to make more smoothies in a row but it will take up a lot less space (and I have VERY little storage in my kitchen). Anyone have any thoughts? Is there even a good one on the market? Wanting to spend about 50.00 if it's going to last a year with daily use. If I have to buy a bigger one I will but I really hope not. Would use it daily for myself but not always with frozen things. Probably a couple times a week for the entire family.
Also I did look at the nutribullet and would spend the money but there doesn't seem to be alot of good on it with frozen over time.
Thinking the Ninja Kitchen System Pulse...Just not sure if it's going to hold up for 80.00

THANKS GUYS!!!!
eg730

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 15:43
I've had the magic bullet blender for about 2 years now, and the blade has just now become dull (which is my only complaint so far). I was using it almost daily for the first year and have just changed my diet a little so I don't use it as often not.

I love it! It is also great for grinding coffee and using as a food processor. Mine has some wear but is still going strong, so I would recomend it for sure.
mjfit1

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 22:40
Go Vitamix
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jenkie5

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 23:28
I agree. Vitamix would be the way to go.

I'm not on a diet... I'm just learning to make smarter choices
meimei071625

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Posted: 01 Aug 2012, 23:52
You can choose in this 5

Blendtec
Bosch
Vitamix
KitchenAid
Oster
thynes

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 05:57
Sorry no vitamix. Don't have that kind of money... and I don't use it nearly enough to justify 500.00! I am looking for anyone that was happy with a certain MODEL for under 100.00.

Thanks again
makat

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 07:12
love my magic bullet too. about $40. and i use it in the morning to make 2 smoothies - one for breakfast and one to take for lunch. no problems yet after nearly 2 years.
peppymint

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 07:39
I have the personal blender from GNC - very similar to the magic bullet. The container you blend in turns into your to-go mug. It's great! I've had it for a year and have no problems. It's about $30-40 and even comes with two blender mugs!
thynes

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 07:48
BKeller... I was looking at the Ninja with the 3 cups and a pitcher at BBB that's the same price and using the same coupon lol! Yes you were helping since I hadn't seen that other one, gonna check it out too! My blender bottle broke and since that and my blender went caploohy at the same time I'm thinking get something like that and combine the costs. My only issue with the bullet is the cups seem small and the reviews have said that with daily use of frozen ingredients they burn out kinda fast.
makat... do you do frozen or fresher?
peppymint I definitely want the cups but am trying to have more than one since the whole family likes them lol.
thynes

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 07:55
Oh I just looked up that Cuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower. LOVE that it's lots of cups and I think the base is smaller but it's half the power of the ninja. Both are rated really well.... decissions. I need one to since I'm already annoyed having to get my stick blender out every morning lol.
cerobit

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 12:23
Wow, this is a very useful thread!

I've been wanting to make more smoothies, and could use a smaller blender.

thynes, I agree, the Cuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower looks pretty good. $70 shipped, Amazon Prime.
dx w/inoperable brain tumor 9/12, so nutrition is vital. Dedicated to slaying this beast.

"Keep on swimming" Nemo
thynes

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 13:06
Cerobit... better yet Bed Bath and Beyond. Sign up for emails and you'll get a 20% coupon good for a couple of weeks. 69.99 but brings it to 56.00! After that you'll get them every couple months or just opt out of the emails. I'm getting one or the other after work!
Ceebee

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 13:28
I bought the cooks brand from JCpenny.. it is 25 dollars.. It chops ice well and makes my protein shakes just fine.. I had a hard time with fruit smoothies because I used all frozen fruit and like them super thick. I do use it to grind up my flax seeds and it works really well. I also only paid 10 dollars for it because it was on sale, and I had a 10 dollar coupon.. so for 10 bucks IT IS AWESOME. That being said I would like to hear your results on frozen fruit smoothies when you make your purchase.

thynes

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 13:31
Ceebee - You got it. The frozen fruit thing is a must in my house for the kids especially. Frozen fruit, a little greek yogurt and some water and they think I'm the BEST! I'll put a tiny bit of protein powder in but only if they are lacking that day. It will be interesting if BKeller and I get opposite ones. I like the power of the ninja but the size of the cuisinart.
cerobit

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 13:36
thynes, Thanks! signed up, printed and ready to use.
I will be just across the street from BB&Y tommorow AM, what timeliness! Even with Sales Tax hit, savings are around $10.
dx w/inoperable brain tumor 9/12, so nutrition is vital. Dedicated to slaying this beast.

"Keep on swimming" Nemo
Jjseven22

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 13:50
I use the Bullet every single day.
thynes

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 13:57
If the bullet was more versitle, but I have friends that love it. Cerobit you will have to share what you decide on and how it goes. We will have our own little focus group!
JavaJen

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 14:00
I've used a $20 Oster blender from Target almost daily for about a year, and it's going strong. I also have one at work to make my lunch shakes. It's a full-size blender, but lightweight and easy to clean. It has power and can handle the thick frozen fruit and yogurt combination well. Can't beat it for the price.
thynes

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 14:07
I just got rid of my full size, I want the to go cups to replace my blender bottles I so dearly MISS! Trying to combine those and my blender into one functioning unit lol.
cerobit

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Posted: 02 Aug 2012, 14:29
thynes, Can't wait to post my review! Sure wish I had it now, I could really go for a smoothie during my afternoon bank deposit run. Oh yeah.

I see mention of a $20 rebate for the Cuisinart. Anybody know if it's still available?
dx w/inoperable brain tumor 9/12, so nutrition is vital. Dedicated to slaying this beast.

"Keep on swimming" Nemo



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