questionsmagic bullet, euro-ninja or ... ?

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While I haven't tried those two specific models, my experience has always been cheap blender = useless blender. We invested (and at over $300, it is an investment...) in a Blendtec, and that thing works fantastic. Quick to clean out, just fill it with warm water and a drop of soap and pulse for six seconds, then rinse. Blends far better than any sub-$100 blender I have ever owned.

I may be completely wrong, the Magic Bullet / Ninja may actually be able to handle ice without locking up, but I wouldn't bet money on it by making a purchase. I am interested if anyone else has used them and what their experiences have been, if there is a "budget" blender that works really well it would be good to know.

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@apfrehm Yes, but will it blend? Someone has to find out if the Blendtec blender will in fact blend itself. If it won't blend another Blendtec blender than I'm not interested.

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I used to have a Magic Bullet. The thing was garbage. I've heard the Ninja is good, but I'm hesitant to try it.

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I have read great reviews for the Vitamix as well, but again, it's a nearly $400 purchase. At that price it better last a lifetime, in order to get my money's worth.

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@danthonyross: Vitamix is another good one. We were up in the air about which way to go, Vitamix or Blendtec. The deciding factor was that there was a Blendtec salesman set up in Costco one day, and I just went for it. The next week or two was a Vitamix stand, so I almost feel like it was chance that we got the one we did.

These things hold up well, at least in my experience. The Blendtec has a use counter, kind of nice to be able to know just how much each use is costing you, and watching that go down over time. It may not last forever, however even if it lasts ten years, isn't that enough? A cheap blender doesn't blend well from the moment you take it out of the package. At least with one of these brands, your blender works well for a few years.

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@danthonyross: I went in on a Ninja the last time Woot offered them as refurbs for about 20 bucks. It hasn't arrived yet so I can't give you my opinion on it, but it had a lot of great reviews, and decent amount of not great reviews. There were also comparisons to the Magic Bullet, Vitamix, and Blendtec.

Here's the link. If you want to sift through the comments, it may help you a great deal.

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Wow. I am stupid. It helps to post a link when you say here the link.

http://www.woot.com/Forums/ViewPost.aspx?PostID=4480267

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@tiamat114: Ha-ha, awesome. Thanks for posting.

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@apfrehm: I appreicate the helpful info. I may have to convince my wife to expand our budget a bit if need be. Wish me luck.

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Vitamix is almost indestructible.
The old testers would stick a stick of 2x4 and blend it up.
Mine is at least 30 years old. I lubed the bearings once, just in case.
It's big, it's noisy, you can smell the ozone- and it just does the job.
Fill it up- RAWR- and pour it out.

But is still just a blender. We DID buy a Ninja outfit like this once, just to have an AIO device, but the wife gave it to one of the kids before the box was opened. We got the old Waring Pro blender back, with a cracked container.

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Don't listen to the snobs who claim you can't get anything good for under $100. I have a Ninja system (bought on Woot) and it outperforms my $200+ dollar food processor and my $150 stand blender. It's fast to put together, easy to use and cleans up super quick or can go in the dishwasher top rack. BLender side turns ice into snow, making awesome drinks and pureed soups and the processor side makes quick work of veggie chopping and dicing.