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Old 07-11-2012, 01:55 PM   #1
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reasonably priced blender for smoothies

I am shopping for a reasonably priced blender, specifically for smoothies and homemade icecream. I tried a Magic Bullet, and took it back because it left way too many chunks. I am not interested in the really high-end products like Vita Mix.

Does anyone have suggestions, tried and true? I would appreciate it!
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Old 07-11-2012, 01:57 PM   #2
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Yup, the ice is the problem for many blenders, especially Mr. Bullet..I would love to know this answer myself..
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Not sure about ice cream, but my little Hamilton beach does a great job on smoothies, it has no problem with 4-5 ice cubes. It cost less than $20. I also have a full size Better Homes and Garden model that works just as well it was around $80.
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I have the original Ninja which I love and use all the time. I crush ice for snow cones for the grand kids all the time, it works great. I have an ice cream maker, so have never used it for that, but others on here have, maybe they'll chime in and give there input.........Ann
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Hamilton Beach 51101B Personal Blender with Travel Lid, Black

$15 on Amazon, best $ I ever spent!
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I have both the Hamilton Beach personal blender (got it at Walmart) and the original Ninja (w/the 3 different sized containers, it was a present). I've never used the largest container so far. Loved the HB (my Mom uses that now) and progressed to the Ninja for most of my smoothies as it deals with ice Really Well. If it broke tomorrow I'd be out buying another one.
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Thanks all! Pocohantas and watcher, can the personal blender handle veggies and ice?
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Ninja. $30 at Wal~mart. I use it everyday. SMoothies, ice cream, slushies.
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Thanks all! Pocohantas and watcher, can the personal blender handle veggies and ice?
Not sure about veggies but it handles ice like a champ!
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I just use a regular Hamilton Beach blender I bought at WalMart for about $20. You have to help it by stopping and stirring a bit, but you get the hang of it. I have a Ninja, but I don't like it for protein shakes or smoothies because, while it makes fabulous "snow" for slushy-type drinks, I can never get the ice crystals to incorporate into a creamy concoction. So, I mostly use my large Ninja for ricing cauliflower. Works like a charm.
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Hamilton Beach 51101B Personal Blender with Travel Lid, Black

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Agree. I got mine at Walmart for $15. I found that if I put the ice in dry first and blend it and then add my liquid, everything always comes out much smoother and less chunky.

If I had my choice I would get another Ninja, but I'm hard on appliances and end up throwing everything away so it's not worth the money.
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I probably have bought ten of these personal blenders by HB over the past five years. Maybe more than that (the base doesn't normally wear out, but the container does after several months of very heavy use - you'll notice because it starts to leak.) They are perfect for small blending chores and they do reasonably well on ice. A lot depends on what kind of ice you have. If the ice is too big, it may be a challenge, but you will soon learn.

Now, having said that, there's a reason the VitaMix is so expensive, and I have one of those, too. I understand why you aren't interested in it, and it's entirely possible you'll be perfectly happy with the results you get with the HB.

I love BOTH of mine. Each has its use.
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Thank you to all of the kind blender reviewers here! I appreciate all of your feedback, and ordered the small Hamilton personal, but will also look at the Ninja for bigger jobs.

You all are the best!
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I just used mine to make a PB&J Smoothie Hit the spot! And it's creamy and not lumpy.
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I have an oster (osterizer?) 14 speed and I found a smoothie attachment (plastic screw on bottle, blade, gasket)kit at walmart for around $10. So the blender (have had it forever) sells for around $40 and the $10 for the smoothie bottle/kit/thingy - deal!
And it blends ice like a real pro, too. I've not had any problems at all. I've even made green smoothies in the regular blender container and they're perfectly smooth, no chunkies.
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Any of you that have a standard sized blender: did you know that you can (in most cases) take the blade assembly, turn it upside down inside the neck of a regular-sized mason jar, use a canning screw-band to hold it all together, turn it right side up, put it on your blender, and bingo - a Magic Bullet-style blender without spending another dime?
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The smoothie maker at Wal Mart...I think it's Hamilton Beach. Less than $20, works great, has th espigot at the bottom. I love mine and use it all the time.
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Any of you that have a standard sized blender: did you know that you can (in most cases) take the blade assembly, turn it upside down inside the neck of a regular-sized mason jar, use a canning screw-band to hold it all together, turn it right side up, put it on your blender, and bingo - a Magic Bullet-style blender without spending another dime?
hey now, that's a cool idea....I sure didn't know that...i'll try and remember that
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Hot foods/beverages expand when you blend them (steam?) and the mason jars can explode. Just be careful
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Yes Georgene. I've showed that to many young girl and they think I'm a genuis. LOL

I've the HB for smoothies and am just getting ready to order a new cup. I've had it for 6 years and love it for what it does. You'll love it Miller girl. And I got mine on clearance for 5 bucks.

My vita-mix is just another world. And love it tooo.

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Hot foods/beverages expand when you blend them (steam?) and the mason jars can explode. Just be careful
I've never had a Magic Bullet, so does it have a venting system? I actually was thinking "cold stuff" but that is a good warning, in case someone was thinking "hot stuff."

@Rosethorns: you have had the HB container last SIX YEARS? I am very hard on mine. Big pieces of ice is what does it every time. At least it breaks slowly, and gives me some warning....

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Hot foods/beverages expand when you blend them (steam?) and the mason jars can explode. Just be careful
I didn't know that either. Thanks Dottie.
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I've never had a Magic Bullet, so does it have a venting system? I actually was thinking "cold stuff" but that is a good warning, in case someone was thinking "hot stuff."

@Rosethorns: you have had the HB container last SIX YEARS? I am very hard on mine. Big pieces of ice is what does it every time. At least it breaks slowly, and gives me some warning....
My magic bullet doesn't have a venting system,.....but honestly, I've never made anything hot in it, just smoothies and now I don't use it cause I got the Nutribullet and it's so much better.
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Yes 6 years. But I'm as hard as you. I haven't broken it yet but I'm close . I call it my little power horse. LOL
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Thank you to all of the kind blender reviewers here! I appreciate all of your feedback, and ordered the small Hamilton personal, but will also look at the Ninja for bigger jobs.

You all are the best!
I bumped this thread to do a product review- my little HB is the best! I have been doing a two week metabolism reset, and it is mostly smoothies. It is small enough for me o take to work for my lunch smoothie, and it blends like an absolute champ. Love it! Thanks again for the awesome recommendation!
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I LOVE my cuisinart blender/food processor combo. It was about 50 bucks total and has lasted very well.

I also use a hand held stick blender for smoothies.
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I have the bella version of the magic bullet and have never had a problem with it crushing the ice cubes...does so good sometimes that if I get too many cubes in it turns out like soft ice cream...I am glad you found a solution tho...I have put hot coffee and cream in this with my coconut oil and blended and it turns out like a latte...just don't fill hot liquids above fill line as when you open the seal it will splatter sometimes.
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I bumped this thread to do a product review- my little HB is the best! I have been doing a two week metabolism reset, and it is mostly smoothies. It is small enough for me o take to work for my lunch smoothie, and it blends like an absolute champ. Love it! Thanks again for the awesome recommendation!
Fabulous!
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My Braun is about 10 years old and just won't die. Can't remember what I paid for it at Sam's.
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Wanted to bump this up. Ninja is on the Qvc as today's special value. In colors!! If you have ever wanted one, maybe you can check it out. My whole family loves them. They love doing the smoothies in that machine.
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