If you think you'll stick with smoothies, don't forget to factor in the warranty. My Blendtec was $350 at CostCo, but when purchased from there comes with an 8-year unconditional warranty. Even if it dies when I've had it for 8 years and one day, it will be cheaper than burning up several $100 blenders over time, plus it's more powerful and does a better job and is more versatile and easier to clean than many cheaper units. I never thought I'd spend that kind of money on a blender, but it has been worth every penny.
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I have a professional Ninja and it does not work well for green smoothies. It chops ice like a pro but it leaves chunks of greens if you use them in your smoothies.
In April I bought a Nutribullet and I LOVE it. The smoothies are very smooth. It only cost $100 and you get 2 blades and 3 cups. It's similar to a magic bullet but made for green smoothies (more powerful). There are of course pros and cons. The big pro is clean up. You make smoothies in the cup you drink out of so the clean up is minimal. The lid is the blade. The big con is you can only make one batch at a time (about 24 ounces in the big cup, 12 or so in the small cup). If you want to make larger quantities you need to make multiple batches. The good thing there is that it is just SO easy to do.
I would buy the Nutribullet over the Ninja hands down. They both cost about $100. The Nutribullet was cheaper at Target and Bed, Bath, and Beyond than on Amazon.
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There a couple of options under $400. If you want to go high end reconditioned Vitamix are $329 and reconditioned Blendtec are $384. The ninja blender is ok. There is also the OmniBlend for $250. I guess it really depends on what you are using it for.
I also have heard that the Ninja blenders are good. Walmart sells somethingcalled the Ninja kitchen system 1200, that is supposed to be a food processor, blender, juicer, etc, with a really powerful motor to easily blend frozen stuff.
Anybody out there have one?
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I read somewhere that the "Ninja Bullet" is fairly good. I have a Viking Professional mixer that DH bought for me a few years ago with a pretty good blender attachment. That's what I've been using. I'd love to have a VitaMix though. That way I could make smoothies and crack my own wheat for baking bread too.
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