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I need suggestions for a smoothie maker!

Saturday, July 28, 2012

My off brand magic bullet died yesterday. It was a hand me down from my mom, so I definitely got my money's worth. However, now that I know how much I love it I need to go buy a new one. 

Anyone have any suggestions?

I've looked online. 

The least expensive that had decent reviews was this hamilton beach one from Walmart for $16, but it isn't dishwasher safe which does not work for me.

I would love to get one that I could use the cups I already have as then I would have that many more to use. I noticed most only come with a small and a large cup. I think my mom got hers from qvc, but they don't carry it anymore. 

I like this Bella rocket blender, but have never heard of it before and I'm slightly worried by the reviews.

Any opinions on what you use?  I realize I probably need to spend some money, but would like to stay below $40. 

I make my smoothies with lots of frozen ingredients, so being able to handle it is really important. 

Help me please!
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    I love my Magic Bullett. It does a great job with smoothies, not too great for other stuff though. I'm on my second Bullett in two years but I use mine almost daily and the convenience is so worth it. It
    1939 days ago
  • CAROLJ35
    Love my Magic Bullet. Have two, one in each house and I always get them on sale - one at Macy's and other at Kohl's. Like the cups with rims so I can give each grandkid a different colored band. A few years ago, Consumers Report recommended a Braun blender for all jobs and I got one for Lake House. It is also very good.
    Good Luck in this decision.

    1939 days ago
    I LOVE my Vita-Mix, but it was pretty expensive from Costco. I have heard a lot of good things about the Magic Bullet, too. Good luck!
    1940 days ago
    I got a magic bullet and Love it! It makes a perfect single serving for me. I use it for my smoothies, the kids milkshakes, salsa, and lots more. totally worth the money!
    1940 days ago
    I have a Cuisinart small blender, but it seems like I still use the big blender most of the time - it does a better job of getting the drinks creamier especially when you add ice and fruits. Both are Cuisinart and I've had good luck with both of them.

    So your Magic Bullet bit the dust? They're cheap enough, my daughter has one and has used it for several years - they use it a lot too. So many people have them, I wouldn't be afraid to try another one if I were you. There's a LOT of them out there - I've got several other friends that use them. They're great for the little jobs like plain smoothies, etc. The big ones tho, do better with crushing ice, etc.

    I have an old old Bamix stick blender, it's over 20 years old... it was expensive - we bought it at our County fair and it works really good still, but isn't as all purpose as the regular blenders are... I used to make hubby milk shakes almost every night with it for several years....... Works great for that! For your protein smoothies, I'm sure the stick blender would work great...

    You just have to decide what all do you want it to do.. Good luck!
    1940 days ago
    I like this one from Amazon:

    It's $25 and has a pretty powerful motor. The blender converts into a travel mug. Only downside is the mug is only 26 oz.
    1940 days ago
    I bought a Vita-Mix back in 2001 because my DH had stomach cancer and one of our tries toward eliminating it was a diet of all fresh - raw veggies and fruits. However the cost of one of these is $500 -- hardly in the same category as what you'd find at Walmart -- or most any other store. It's an incredible machine, but without the incentive of helping my husband, I probably would never consider buying one in that price range.

    We have a cheap one at our other house, and it works just fine also!
    1940 days ago
    HAHAHAHAHAH I have the Hamilton Beach one, I throw it in the Dishwasher ALL the time!!! HAHAHAHHAHAHA (whoops)

    I love it, I bought it on sale for $10 almost a YEAR ago!!!

    go get it...even if you hand wash it, totally worth it. grinds ice and fruits like no tomorrow.

    AND, having the lid as a cup is pretty nice too.
    1940 days ago

    Comment edited on: 7/29/2012 10:59:57 AM
    i use a regular blender for my smoothies. i add several cups of spinach /kale to mine so i need to use a regular size pitcher. the small ones just don't fit enough greens.
    1941 days ago
    I bought a Cuisinart Smart Stick Stainless steel 200 watt hand blender over 2 years ago and it is awesome. Don't buy the cheap ones, they only last maybe 6 months. We use ours almost daily and when I make smoothies, I use frozen fruits and ice an it just crushes them no problem.

    I got mine and one for my sister from Kohls. It is a bit more then you want to spend but it is so worth it.
    1941 days ago
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