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Blenders - Non-Immersion

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Just purchased an Oster Fusion blender/ processor. It's got this feature where the blades reverse in a pre-programmed matter. I added quartered onions, no liquids and turned on the program. Cycling back and forth, soon I had onion slush. The Fusion has a 600 W motor and a 6 cup glass container.

Oster Fusion Website

Give it a look.

Jmahl


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I currently have the Kitchenaid Pro-Line and it is a work horse. Even when leaving a spoon in the blender, it was undamaged! Crushes ice whatever, purees, blender sauces and cleans in a jiffy.-Dick

Me too.

Great blender at a not too unreasonable price point

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If you're on a budget, there are plenty of used Hamilton Beach commercial bar mixers out there. They can be had for cheap, and are serious workhorses. I bought my first one after destroying three k-mart level blenders in one month. It had been replaced by a restaurant, presumed worn out, and left for consignment at a restaurant supply store for about $40. It lasted me 16 years.

When the bearings finally died (and they were on the verge of death when I bought the thing) I found a newer, more powerful motorbase on ebay for $7. I think this one will outlast me.

I have a small (about 1.5 quart) stainless carafe and a large (about 2.5 quart) glass carafe. The motor is heavy duty enough to run continuously while blending heavy mixtures without getting hot.

Only complaint is that it struggles to move stiff mixtures through the blades. Things like puréed celeriac and pesto and harissa often have to be thinned more than I'd like to get them moving. Maybe high end blenders like the Vita Mix are better in this regard. But as far as power and durability, I can't imagine needing anything more.


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Vita-mix.  It's what you'll find in most professional kitchens.  But they are not cheap.  They will last a long time, though.  I just bought a used one on ebay for $220.  Depending on what you plan on doing with it, the vita-mix might be over-kill.  But it's definitely one of the best blenders (if not the best) around.

What is the best for soups? I prefer blender to cuisinart....... just got a new cuisinart from WS with the 3 bowls and was very disapointed on the way it pureed my carrot soup. My old cuisinart blender has just died. Help! Thanks!

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