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2013-11-10 10:49 AM

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I like to drink a fruit smoothie, mostly berries,banana and some yogurt.with lots of ice. Im really looking for something basic and fairly quick after workout because I'm usually about 1.5 - 2 hrs from a light dinner. My question is about blenders--do I need to go and get one of those infomercial, NASA inspired, greatest nutrition machines in the world?Or will my frat house, strawbery daquiri blender do the trick? I find it hard to believe these infomercial claims that one blender can make smoothies that much more nutritional than another...

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2013-11-10 2:13 PM
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I usually have a smoothie every other morning and I've been using a Ninja pulse blender.  It similar to the magic bullet single serving blender system.  It works pretty good as long as you don't overload it with too many solids.  I do a mix of milk, yogurt, dry oatmeal, and frozen fruits.  It's sized pretty good for a single smoothie and easy to toss in the dish washer.

I can't say how well it would handle lots of ice.  But I've found if you just freeze your fruit, you don't need it.  I usually buy fruit from the frozen food aisle or freeze fresh fruit.  If you want to freeze bananas (or other larger fruits), just cut them into smaller pieces first.

2013-11-10 7:24 PM
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Originally posted by jrensink78

I usually have a smoothie every other morning and I've been using a Ninja pulse blender.




I also have a Ninja and I LOVE IT! That thing will blend anything and everything my wife puts in it.

I got mine at Macy's (had a huge gift card left over from a wedding registry) but I saw one at Costco recently for around $120. I firmly believe that you don't need to break the bank (Vitamix) for a good blender.
2013-11-11 9:26 AM
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I make smoothies everyday. I noticed after a few months, the blades on the Ninja got dull. Motor burned up in about 4 months of using it about 8x a week. I've gone through every blender Walmart carries......There is NO blender like the Vitamix, imo....
It is worth every penny. Cheaper @ Costco than anywhere else.
2013-11-11 10:17 AM
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There is NO blender like the Vitamix, imo...


Haha I figured I'd have a Vitamix owner give a shout out
2013-11-11 11:41 AM
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Originally posted by todds

There is NO blender like the Vitamix, imo...


Haha I figured I'd have a Vitamix owner give a shout out
Ninja is a great blender for the casual user, but if your using it daily, might as well get the one that is going to last....

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2013-11-11 12:00 PM
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good point about the longevity-- I never thought about the blades going-- are they replaceable on any of the units?
2013-11-11 12:52 PM
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I use a Magic Bullet. My mother-in-law gave it to me for my birthday in February (13); it gets used daily, and my smoothie is a spinach, oats, yogurt, banana, and frozen fruit concoction. Prior to the Bullet, I was using just a regular Black and Decker blender.

The Bullet works well, and it does not show any signs of letting go. I was pretty skeptical of it when I first got it, but I really like it. It came with all the plastic mugs that you can make your smoothie in, and I use those every day. Two down sides. Firs is the size of the Bullet. I cannot put all the ingredients in at once; I end up adding ingredients three times. I also can only really make one smoothie at a time. Neither issue is a big enough deal that it stops me from using it. I am the only one that drinks smoothies in the morning, so making one is not that big of a deal. I have my routine of making it down, so adding additional ingredients is only a minor hassle. Second issue is the frozen fruit mix I use has grapes in it, and it sometimes does not like to completely blend grapes. But I have learned how long to let it blend on the final round, and I rarely have fruit not properly blended. If I do have an issue, it is only one little piece that can get pushed out of the way by the straw. Clean up is easy: straight in the dishwasher, everything. It also makes a mean frozen cocktail!

The Vitamix is the gold standard of blenders and to each their own, but I cannot pay that kind of money for a blender. The Bullet is $50. Assuming it continues to last, I would buy another.

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2013-11-11 1:15 PM
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good point about the longevity-- I never thought about the blades going-- are they replaceable on any of the units?
I'm not real sure...
2013-11-12 10:16 AM
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I would go with a ninja or upgrade to a vitamix!! best investment ever
2013-11-12 9:09 PM
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i also have the ninja, love it. use it about 5 days a week and have never had a problem with it.


2013-11-18 10:55 AM
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I'm almost a daily Ninja user for about a year now. No problems. It still cuts and slices like new.
2013-11-21 3:21 PM
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Originally posted by todds

I make smoothies everyday. I noticed after a few months, the blades on the Ninja got dull. Motor burned up in about 4 months of using it about 8x a week. I've gone through every blender Walmart carries......There is NO blender like the Vitamix, imo....
It is worth every penny. Cheaper @ Costco than anywhere else.


^x2

We use the heck out of our Vitamix and the 7 year warranty is awesome.


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2013-11-22 12:39 AM
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Another shout out for the Vitamix! I have one and love it. It was a gift from my husband.

My parents have one too, and it has lasted them 25 years and still works like a charm! They are powerful machines and will last a long time!
2013-11-22 7:46 AM
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If you are going to use it everyday, get a Blendtec or Vitamix. You won't regret the investment.

2013-12-19 5:50 AM
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So, my in-laws just gave us their Vitamix and it's the bomb; you guys were right!


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