I'd like something that can produce a really smooth fruit puree or grind nut pralines without releasing the magic smoke inside. As can be guessed from the curbside appliance acquisition, I'm on a limited budget, and the options are as follows:
1: Oster BVCB07 blender
This is, for the most part, a conventional consumer blender from a popular consumer manufacturer. Its' only unique attributes are the motor - rated at a respectable 600W - and the rave reviews, including several from self-described appliance eviscerators.
That said, while functional, I question the proximity to the level of function of a professional unit. Blending smoothies is one thing; pulverizing pralines quite another.
2. eBay Blendtec ICB3 + new or used carafe
Someone's clearing out an awful lot of Blendtec products on eBay, and $116 shipped for a Blendtec base is very reasonable. Pitchers are about $40 shipped; a new blade, if required, is not much.
I don't know much about Blendtec products beyond that they're considered the less expensive counterpart to Vita-Mix and this one is exceptionally affordable. Finding a Vitamix below $200 is very difficult. There are some reports of inferior results due to factory dull blades, however.
So - do I go for the cheap option, buy the questionable Blendtec, or save my pennies for a vita mix?
Edited by jrshaul, 25 December 2012 - 04:45 PM.