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06-30-2010, 10:30 PM
I know Blendtec and Vita-Mix are supposed to be the best blenders out there.
However, I cannot afford either of these.
I'm looking at (much) cheaper models/brands.
My question really is:
Is the wattage pretty much indicative of how well it will chop/mince up carrots and other hard stuff? Meaning, if I get a 1200w over a 750w, I can be fairly sure of that the 1200w one will be better at handling hard veggies than the 750w one would be [even when these to models are of two different brands]?
07-01-2010, 01:24 AM
Usually, but the best thing to do is read the reviews on products. The KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender is under $100 and has mostly good reviews. If you live near a Bed, Bath & Beyond you can use a 20% off coupon and get a good deal. Some other stores may give a good price as well when they have sales. If you need it even cheaper, you can try a couple other brands like Hamilton Beach or Oster.
07-01-2010, 10:56 AM
I've found that anything over 800W is decent!
07-01-2010, 01:31 PM
We have an Oster Fusion that has 600W. It has been more than adequate for smoothies, including kale (or other tough greens) based ones. It does well with frozen fruits/ice but I haven't tried chopping things like carrots. I think it would be a good idea to find one, whatever the wattage, that features a reversing blade. In my eyes it really expands the functionality of the blender. Being electronically controlled, it has two modes, the Frozen Drink and Food Chop buttons, that alternate the spinning of the blades between forward and reverse. This helps with remixing the load to bring the larger chunks back into the blade area to be better broken down. Hope that helps. We did the coupon and sale thing at Kohl's. I think we got an $89 blender for $49.
07-01-2010, 02:35 PM
Thanks for all the feedback, guys.
07-01-2010, 08:20 PM
Also with lower powered blenders I think making sure the blades are sharp helps a lot. I have a cheap <$50 Osterizer and the blades are very sharp (I've cut my fingers several times cleaning it) and it does a fine job with carrots, apples, and greens. It is only 500 watts too.
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