blender and/or food processor

I just made these...amazingly good, but they made me realize what a piece of crap I have for a blender. It's a cheapo hamilton beach. So I'm thinking a new one may be in my future. I don't want the cheapest thing around, but I'm not springing for a vitamix either. However, I would like one that could handle ice for when I make smoothies. Any suggestions? I searched and found a couple of threads, but most revolved around pros and cons of the vitamix.

Also, I don't have a food processor. Do you think the average joe really needs both? I'm thinking a good blender might be able to serve double duty.

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I absolutely love my NutriBullet and use it nearly everyday. Great with blending ice and harder items, like nuts. It was about $100 from Walmart.com. Cleaning blenders usually suck, but this one is a breeze

I also have a food processor that has seen far less use since I got the NutriBullet. While it is useful for some things, I tend to reach for the NB if I'm doing simple purees.
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My neighbor has a Ninja and has been really happy with it. She has the one that comes with some individual cups and makes smoothies in it all the time. There are several different models and accessories, but she got it on QVC if you want to look there to read reviews.




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I also have a Ninja and I love it! Very easy to make smoothies and blend things in.

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I lust for a Ninja. I have the food processor and wish it was a bajillion times larger
Originally Posted by gagirl09
The Ninja Master Prep is $59.98 on the Ninja website.

http://www.ninjakitchen.com/NinjaMas...ID=detailsCont

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I use my food processor to chop, shred, slice, etc. It does stuff my blender can't. I use a blender to puree, blend, make protein shakes. I reach for my immersion blender more often than my regular blender.
SO has a Kitchenaid blender and I really like it. It seems to have a pretty powerful motor for the price point. He said it was around $120 or so.
I have the Nija and I usecit for lots of stuff. I love it!!

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My ma has a cuisineart blender and it is the bomb.com as well. QVC has a ninja fir 60 bucks. Thanks for the tip!!!!
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I only do cheap do I can't vouch for anything else. My old Hamilton Beach blender lasted 36 years. I just replaced it this week with another Hamilton Beach blender ($25). I have no expectations that it will last as long as the old one but at the very least I hope I'll never have to buy another one in my lifetime.
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I absolutely love my NutriBullet and use it nearly everyday. Great with blending ice and harder items, like nuts. It was about $100 from Walmart.com. Cleaning blenders usually suck, but this one is a breeze

I also have a food processor that has seen far less use since I got the NutriBullet. While it is useful for some things, I tend to reach for the NB if I'm doing simple purees.
Originally Posted by Rubber Biscuit
I really like my NB, too. I mix up healthy drinks every morning....spinach, kale, frozen berries, bananas, protein powder. I have a blender but rarely use it anymore. I've never used a food processor other some small choppers, so not sure if I would need to use one.
Thanks everyone for the responses! They definitely helped narrow down my choices!
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