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Old 02-22-2013, 07:51 AM   #1
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Recommendations for smoothie machine??

I'm not sure if this type of discussion is allowed on this board, if not, please disregard.

I am looking for recommendations for a Vitamix-type machine to make shakes/smoothies with. Does anyone have one that they can recommend that does a good job and doesn't cost an arm and a leg?
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:53 AM   #2
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I think it's okay to discuss different brands as long as we don't link to their sites. Dottie, correct me if I'm wrong.

I'm afraid I'm no help though, as all I have is a Magic Bullet. I'd be interested to see what others have to say. I've looked at the Ninja, but haven't really decided if it's worth it (to me) to have another kitchen gadget taking up space in my tiny kitchen.
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Old 02-22-2013, 07:55 AM   #3
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NUTRI-BULLET!! it's a Magic Bullet on steroids!! i have both and the nutri-bullet is miles better than the magic. i have even used it alongside a vitamix and it is every bit as good, if not a little better, than the vitamix for about 1/3 the price.
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:29 AM   #4
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Im one my second bullet mixer.
The rim tips on the cups chipped, wore out. Not the machine itself.
Now mine only says GE on the label. t is more hoss than my first one though.
Be care and look at how sturdy the tips are on the cups.
And of course Im more gentle with the little plastic tips now that I know.
I love my little bullet!
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:40 AM   #5
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Old 02-22-2013, 08:51 AM   #6
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I have a Oster Fusion blender and it works great! It has a frozen drinks/shakes button and i hit that twice for my smoothies i think it was around $60.

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Old 02-22-2013, 09:40 AM   #8
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Well in Walmart..Sorry for the store name dropp.. But i bought a brand that looks like the bullett its called a personal blender works great comes with like 4 other cups and a grind for like nuts and was only 29.00 dollars.. Its very sturdy so far~its either GE brand orn Pryex somthing like that..
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Old 02-22-2013, 10:11 AM   #9
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Thanks all! I am impatient so I just ordered the nutribullet off eBay. Looking forward to trying out some recipes from the smoothie recipe thread. I am wanting to incorporate more supernutrients like spinach, berries, Chia seeds and things like that I need to get a system together so that I can get it all together on the busy days!! Any tips would be great!
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Old 02-22-2013, 11:19 AM   #10
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I just recently bought the Breville Compact Juice Fountain. My former was the Kitchenaide and it was fine but knew I needed to get something made for all raw veggies.

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Old 02-22-2013, 11:20 AM   #11
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I've got a Magic Bullet knockoff that I got at Penneys - think it's by Cooks brand. The only thing I don't like is the lids can be tricking to put on (I bring my shakes to work). Drives me nuts. But, I've had the blender for almost three years and it's still doing it's job.
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Another vote for Magic Bullet - had mine for probably five years with no probs whatsoever. Totally worth it for $50.
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I have the Ninja and like it a lot.
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Old 02-22-2013, 09:13 PM   #14
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Thanks so much guys! I can't wait for mine to come in. Smoothies sound like a great solution for DD's.

Sunday-You gotta love the bullies! That is one of my patients--can't claim him and he is a STINKER!!
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FamilyVet, I appreciated this thread for the info on the Nutri-Bullet, which I actually had in my "basket" at an online store before Christmas, but decided I wasn't ready.

Also appreciated the info that there are other brands in competition with it that might be good choices for less.

As a Vitamix owner, you might wonder why I even look at the Nutri-Bullet.

Well, my Vitamix is 30 years old and has never wavered. Finally, after 3 decades of use, I'm feeling a little weakening with the motor, and the stains on the stainless steel finally just can't be washed away. The clear dome is hard to see through now after the impacts of a few million mini food particles. I've never had to buy a part - only the cheap little replacement gaskets for where the dome fits on, always arriving fast.

I've kept it through the eras of "nobody juices", "wow, juicing is terrific", "whatever you do, don't juice" and "back to juicing". My juicer was always playing second fiddle to the Vitamix all through those times, and never took the place of honor on the counter, even though it is much prettier. The Vitamix was never "put away" off the counter in 3 decades. No small appliance rivaled it, not even 2 different microwaves that cost more but had to be replaced, while the Vitamix kept on.

I know the time is coming when I need to make the big-buck decision. My Vitamix will finally fail, of course. Replacing it now is the equal of 2 or 3 months of electricity, or 4 months of family cell phone bills, or a month of health insurance. These thoughts go through my head!

On the one hand, I can't afford it, on the other hand how much has it saved me all these years to own one, and can I honestly believe any other is going to give me the equivalent of this kind of bang for my buck.
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Whitlin'--I totally understand! Nothing like tried and true! There is a used Vitamix on eBay that appeared to be very inexpensive. I did not buy it because I do not have a lot of experience with them. It has a broken handle. That did not bother me, but not having an instruction book kind of did.

I had heard that the Vitamix was a great product, however I had no idea that they were so useful (I am assuming for other things besides making smoothies by your previous post.) Maybe I will start a thread about what all we can do with our new (or seasoned) toys!
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I have a Oster Fusion blender and it works great! It has a frozen drinks/shakes button and i hit that twice for my smoothies i think it was around $60.

I love my Oster Fusion blender. It also has a reverse engine that will unstick your frozen drinks where you don't have to dig into the goop to loosen it up. I just bought my second one at 59.00 (my first one was $99 4 years ago). Really smooth shakes!
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