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Blenders?
By highlandrebelmember has saluted, click to view salute photos Comments: 1138, member since Fri Jul 06, 2007
On Tue Mar 06, 2012 03:51 PM

I am in the market for a blender whoses only job will be to make smoothies. Any suggestions? I would like to stay under $100.

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re: Blenders?
By CaffeinePremium member Comments: 3194, member since Wed Aug 08, 2007
On Tue Mar 06, 2012 04:46 PM
Eight years ago, we bought a blender to make smoothies, and it set us back a whopping $20. It's not one of these multi-purpose appliances that can grind coffee beans, crush ice, bake a cake, make a cup of tea or anything - it's a bog standard blender with three speeds: slow, fast or pulse. From Kmart.

We've used it pretty consistently in the warm weather, and it makes great smoothies. It's easy to clean and store and didn't cost the earth.

If you don't need one of the scary multi-function appliances, there's nothing wrong with a cheap one.
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By Chaconnemember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 6359, member since Thu Jul 12, 2007
On Tue Mar 06, 2012 05:01 PM
^Agree...almost any blender can do this. Ours is pretty basic but will make Margueritas which involves breaking up ice.

Now the blender to end all blenders was one I saw at a sailboat show. The power systems on most smallish sailboats aren't really heavy enough to power an ordinary household blender unless you have a generator on board. So....someone invented a gasoline powered blender which has an engine similar to one used on model airplanes so that thirsty sailors can make Margueritas at sea. Of course, the long pole in that tent is that it is also rather hard to make ice while at sea, ice from shore doesn't last all that long either. Ice requires power to make, the water available is often only salt water, and sailboats lean which makes keeping water in trays a bit dicey, LOL.

Jon
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By panicmember has saluted, click to view salute photosPremium member Comments: 11592, member since Thu Dec 16, 2004
On Thu Mar 08, 2012 01:15 AM
You only need three speeds - on, off and pulse (more speeds aren't bad, but you'll never use them). And try to find one without a lot of cracks on the front because they're SO much easier to clean. Like this

Image hotlink - 'http://www.canary-island-smoothies.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/images/TM800A_GREY_NO_BRAND.28221721_std.jpg'
or like this
Image hotlink - 'http://www.dvorsons.com/HmltnBch/images/HBB908.jpg'
but not like this (these kinds of buttons are impossible to clean)
Image hotlink - 'http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/41Z%2B7q4pxZL._SL500_AA300_.jpg'

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