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11/10/11 6:30 A

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I love my Vidalia Chop Wizard for chopping vegetables for salads and soups etc. I've had mine for two years and use it almost every day. My food processor just sits in the cupboard.

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11/9/11 6:12 P

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We love our Vitamix! I use it for blending dals, making smoothies, and blending nut-based dressings. My husband uses it for making his barley-almond milk. We use it all the time and it does a great job!

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11/9/11 12:56 P

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Shell: I have a $40 Hamilton Beach food processor and it works great. I absolutely love it and love that it didn't cost me a ton of money. I use it everyday. It is easy to clean by hand and it is dish washer safe. I found it on Amazon. It was one of the most popular models or something like that.

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11/9/11 12:33 P

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I got the vita mix and it is amazing, way better than my old blender. I got it from qvc so there was a 30 day return if not satisfied no questions asked. It makes unbelievably smooth-smoothies and is so easy to clean. There are some good videos on youtube so that you can watch what it can do and how to use it also a video on qvc. Vita mix also has a 5-7 yr. Guarantee.
Anybody have a good idea for a quality food processor??

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11/9/11 12:09 P

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I have a a veggie chopper which I use all the time. I also just go a mini chopper(3 cups) to replace the food proceser and it works great for making hummus

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11/9/11 10:29 A

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Check out the thread "vitamix alternative" under General Team Discussion Forum.

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11/9/11 10:22 A

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I did a lot of research and "test" on blenders and narrowed it down to the VitaMix or the Blendtec. (It took me a year to come to the decision to spend that much on a blender)

I ended up with the Blendtec...I think what it finally came down to for me was that I was able to attend a demo locally, use the machine and they had a good special and extended warranty, so I bought the Blendtec. I love it. But I think I would have loved the VitaMix as well.

The Blendtec folks also do lots of demos at Costco. If you are interested in either of these, check out their websites...I think both companies list locations where they are going to be doing demos.

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11/9/11 10:12 A

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I love my VitaMix. It took me a long time to decide to spend that much money, but I do love it.
Prior to getting it I had a Magic Bullet. It did a good job, I liked it just fine. But it can't compare to how smooth things get in the VitaMix.

The other thing that is handy is having a variety of different sized coolers so I can always take food with me. Same with containers, etc. I have a small lunch box sized cooler, a large cooler on rollers and a couple sizes in between. Blue Ice is good too, don't have to mess with wet and melting ice.

If I think of anything else, I'll come back and post.

You might want to search through some old posts, there was an extensive conversation about blenders, who had what, reviews, etc. It was mostly about those who had or needed a great blender without spending the money for a VitaMix.

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11/9/11 9:53 A

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I have a Ninja as well, and I really like it. It's a powerhouse that can blend anything that you throw in it, and it's awesome for smoothies. The only two things that I don't like about it are:

1) The blades are SHARP, so it's easy to cut yourself when cleaning them.
2) The square shape of the carafe sometimes means that things will set stuck in the corners, so you'll need to stop the blender, poke down in there with a small spatula and then start it up again.

Also, like Lisa said, you may also want a separate food processor. My model of Ninja blender also is marketed as a food processor, but it's a little too "blendy" for it to really work well for that purpose.

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11/9/11 9:48 A

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I have used it for just about everything in the past. My DH bought it for me as a gift. It is the professional model with a 1000 watt professional grade motor (whatever that means). I have made banana strawberry and kale smoothies it. I've made fruit and spinach smoothies. I am not making too many smoothies lately. I use it to make almond milk all the time. I've used it to crush ice. I was trying to use it as a food processor too and it will chop but an actual food processor is so much easier and works so much better. When I found out I could get one for $40 I decided to try it and I am so glad I did. I mostly use my blender for almond milk now. I do everything else with the food processor.

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11/9/11 9:43 A

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I have a ninja right now to. It didn't cost me $100 though it was way cheaper but it only chops up spinach really good. Doing any other stuff its not all that great. What kind of smoothies do you put in your Ninja! Thanks for advice! Maybe I just need a better Ninja? IDK

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I have a Ninja and it works great. I have read that Vitamix or Blendtec are the best but they are also very pricey. the Ninja was around $100. I would also recommend a food processor. I used to think they were silly but I have come to LOVE mine. I bought one for around $40 from Hamilton Beach and I use it every day. It makes chopping veggies a breeze and saves a ton of time. It's great when making soups or stews that call for a lot of chopped veggies.

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11/9/11 9:30 A

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I am really wanting to put my all in this and I want to make sure I have everything I need. I know I can get bored easily. So I am trying to find out what the best blender would be for smoothies. Christmas is coming up and I figure I can have my hubby buy me a good one. If there is anything else you think you just have to have in your kitchen for ETL to continue to be a priority for you so you don't get bored please tell me:) I have had a lot going on with loosing my mother! I just want to jump back into but also have what I need. Thanks!

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