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What blenders do a decent job of mixing greens into smoothies? Which brands should I stay away from?<br><br>
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vitamix does wonderful! but is sure pricey. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/winky.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Wink"><br><br>
I'd go for something like an osterizer, not a hamilton beach type.
 

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I agree on the Vitamix; have one and love it, it also cracks grains if you have the dry blade.<br><br>
I just saw Jack LeLane came out with a similar one for a lot less not sure of its power but looks good. I have his juicer and it is well made.<br><br>
I do not like the ones where the blade screws out, I've gone through too many of them breaking or the seal wearing out.
 

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I have a Vitamix, but I moslty use it to grind grain and such.<br><br>
For smoothies and smaller amounts, I just use my blender. Unless you are going to be grinding wheat berries, corn husks, or frozen beef and chicken....any good blender can make a good smoothie. (I am not saying grinding all those things isn't hugely satisfying, of course. lol It is. But do you need all that?).<br><br>
Oster is fine. Or Sunbeam & Cuisinart. Anything, really.<br><br>
Seriously, if you are not making flour out of wheat berries, **anything** will make a smoothie. My cheapie blender is much smaller than my Vitamix, and I reach for it often. (Cause I am a lazy butt) and I do not want to clean the huge Vitamix alll the time. My biggest complaint is that the Vitamix bottom cannot be screwed off and rinsed easily.<br><br>
Plus, you are not suppossed to put the Vitamix in the dishwasher. So, cleaning the thing is a little bit more time-consuming than *I* would prefer. *Why* they did not make the thing so the bottom screws out, I will *never* understand!<br><br>
My Vitamix was $$$$$$$$$ and do I do enjoy it. However, it's a commerical blender that does a billion things. Consider if you need all that, and whether the cost will make a difference in your usage. There are many good, inexpensive blenders out there that can last for years and years and years and are much eaiser to use and clean,
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">I agree on the Vitamix; have one and love it, it also cracks grains if you have the dry blade.<br><br>
I just saw Jack LeLane came out with a similar one for a lot less not sure of its power but looks good. I have his juicer and it is well made.<br><br>
I do not like the ones where the blade screws out, I've gone through too many of them breaking or the seal wearing out.</div>
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It's not the blade...it's the cup that sometimes matters to folks. The wet cup will get nicked more easily by the high speeding grains. The grain, or dry cup, is less senstive to damage from the flinging mass of whirling grains.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic;">It's not the blade...it's the cup that sometimes matters to folks. The wet cup will get nicked more easily by the high speeding grains. The grain, or dry cup, is less senstive to damage from the flinging mass of whirling grains.</div>
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No, there is a different blade. I have a wet and dry container for my Vitamix and the wet is not efficient at grinding grains. The containers are exactly the same, but the blades are shaped differently.<br><br>
I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE my Vitamix and find that I use it a lot more than I ever used a blender, precisely because it is so versatile. I never would have made smoothies daily in a blender, but I do now. I keep the VM on my counter and use it probably 3-4 times a day, at least 5 or 6 days a week. It's great for sauces, soups, smoothies, ice cream, making mayonnaise and vinaigrettes, grinding grains and seeds, chopping veggies, making bread crumbs, mincing herbs, chopping cheese. It has really enhanced the way we eat and changed the way I think about cooking/preparing food.<br><br>
To clean it, I just put a drop or two of dish soap in, fill 3/4 of the way with water, and whizz on high for a few seconds. Then rinse. Easy peasy! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/shrug.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="shrug"> If you do it right away, there's not really any problem, although I have on occasion put the container into the dishwasher. I just don't make a habit of it. My only qualm with the non-removeable blade is that it's sometimes hard to get all the stuff out of the container, but a skinny spatula and some patience usually does the trick.<br><br>
You can find them "reconditioned" (check the VM website; that's how we got ours) and on Ebay for less than retail. I would be hard-pressed to do without mine now.<br><br><img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> HTH!<br><br>
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Ime, the blade doesn't make all that much of a difference. But yes, you can buy a lot of various nifty things for a Vitamix. It's like once you have the Barbie, you can get all the cool accessories. lol <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/wink1.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="wink1"><br><br>
I do greatly enjoy my VitaMix, but you can get a decent blender for cheap.<br><br>
All I am saying...is that one does not need a $400 Vitamix for smoothies. <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/smile.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="smile"> Is all.<br><br>
If you want and can afford one, cool. If not, a $25 dollar blender (less with a Bed & Bath coupon) will do the job nicely. If you can jump straight to the Vitamix, that's also cool.<br><br>
--I just don't make a habit of it. My only qualm with the non-removeable blade is that it's sometimes hard to get all the stuff out of the container, but a skinny spatula and some patience usually does the trick.--<br><br>
The above is my greatest complaint about it. I realize it's a power issue. Keeping the unit one piece allows for that power. But it's still a pita to me. And sadly, I don't always have an opportunity to rinse it out right away, sometimes I make things as we are running out the door.<br><br>
The VitaMix is a very cool thing. Very. But it too has it's drawbacks.
 

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I don't have a Vitamix, although admit to a burning desire for one! I have a Cuisenart - the two-speed, was about $100 at Sears or somewhere like that. I use it daily to puree my son's foods - he is tube fed so has to have everything very smooth. So far over the past 8 months of at least daily, sometimes more frequent use it has held up well and does a great job even when it is very full, which with cheaper blenders I have found if I fill them over about half full they can't pull the food through efficiently to get it smooth even with lots of extra liquid. I have not put dry nuts in our blender but have put raw and cooked greens, cooked meats, fresh and frozen fruits, and lots of other foods and have been very pleased with the function and so far the durability.<br><br>
Happy blender shopping!
 
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