Wait, I can finally throw out my grain mill if I purchase one of these? Thank God. Millstone costs were killing me.
This is slightly related at best, but honestly, Ninja is a pretty good company. They're kind of middle of the road, not as amazing as blendtec or vitamix, but also roughly half the price and perfect for home use. If you're okay with dropping between 0-200, they're a really good way to go.
I ended up ordering a Blendtec. They're having a sale on refurbished units, and they have the same 7 year warranty as brand new ones. I considered Ninja, but I heard some people say that Ninja blenders just won't do some of the things I want to do with a blender, so I decided to splurge as a Christmas present to myself.
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You guys really know your blenders. I have a blender I got from the Salvation Army for about a dollar that was probably made in 1975 or so. It works pretty well too.
Everyone raves about Blendtec but the only person I know who owns one (a retire food service manager with over 25 years of industrial blender experience) had the motor burn out in about 3 weeks, and they're absurdly loud (notice that in actual commerical use they're put inside a soundproof box?).
I'm unconvinced that a mid level commercial blender like a Bendtec is actually worth the extra cost.
But then I've got a 1962 or 63 Waring commercial blender that was USED TO GRIND ROCKS IN A UNIVERSITY LAB for most of the 60s and it's still going strong despite never so much as having the brushes in the motor replaced, so I'm a bit spoiled.
Also it was free.
Anyhow, I think the difference between a 0 blender and a 0 blender is probably much less than the difference between that 0 blender and a serious commercial kitchen blender (blendtec seems to be more of a smoothie bar/coffee shop blender than a kitchen blender, really) but mostly from personal experience, so it could be that the few of them I've used were maybe defective or something.
I eat apples and stuff.
@OZ. I'll let you know what I think when it arrives. I use my blender a lot, and I've gone through several cheap ones, so I just got fed up with it. I figure, with a 7 year warranty, I can just return it if it dies.
Actually I misremembered, it was a Vitamix that burned out, the Blendtec works great.
I've got a Ninja blender, it blends things well. It's about the least expensive blender I've seen that can turn ice cubes into snow; makes smoothies just fine too.
Infinitely more important is the Ninja 3-in-1 cooking system, which is basically a crock pot that can also fast cook like on a stove top, or even bake like an oven. I got mine a few weeks ago and I have probably used it every single day since. A nice big cooking vessel with a nonstick interior, that can hit any temperature from "food warmer" to 425 F ... it's got uses aplenty, from soup to hash browns to hash brown soup.
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What kind of fucking idiot would try to knead a yeast dough with a blender?
If you have a good blender and the attachments for it, it actually works great and saves you some physical labor. I've done it a couple times.
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