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SandraHelton 08-09-2013 06:20 AM

Personal blender recommendations?
Thinking of purchasing a small blender that also grinds. I have a big one but want one of those that has containers with lids. Any ideas of the best brands? I saw one called Tribest that has several containers, small jars and tall glasses. I've learned that for me it's best to go that route to actually make the process happen. I think getting one that also grinds is going to save money so I have the option. Seems some have poor motors and trying to read about that. Suggestions?

Cher O 08-10-2013 09:58 PM

You can look up brands on Amazon.com or other shopping sites and read the buyers' reviews. This might help. I always start at Amazon and the product reviews are awesome. It's a great feature. Sometimes a product is so new it doesn't have any reviews yet, but that is not usually the case. I hope this helps. Love, C.

P.S. Sorry I can't make a personal recommendation. I hope someone jumps in with some assistance here. :)

SandraHelton 08-11-2013 04:10 AM

Went to Amazon
Dear Cher,
Went to Amazon, read reviews and lots of info. You are right in that they have great pics and the way the reviews re posted made it easy to have a lot of clarity. I narrowed it down to 2 brands and Amazon seems to offer the best prices, too. thanks for your recommendation, very helpful. Love, S

Norma Rae 08-11-2013 08:50 AM

VitaMix and Mason jars
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Good morning, Sandra! I know you said you were looking for a small blender, but if you want the "champion" of blenders (and/or if you are interested in raw foods diet), then I would recommend the VitaMix. I've considered purchasing one many many times; however, it is quite the fiscal commitment.

I still have the standard Hamilton-Beech blender from my graduate school days. That says a lot for its longevity, but its performance has faded over the years. You may be interested to know, however, that you can outfit your standard blender (like a Hamilton-Beech) with ordinary Mason or Ball canning jars and blend away! I'm attaching a photo of mine with an empty Tennessee moonshine (Popcorn Sutton's 'shine) jar that fits snug-as-a-bug. To the right in the photo is a Mason jar that also fits onto the base of the blender.

Let us know what you decide!
Namaste from the Midwest,

SandraHelton 08-12-2013 05:00 AM

Great Pic of Jar!
Hi Stephanie,

The pic of the mason jar on the blender is just fascinating. I knew there were some that could be purchased from specific companies but didn't know this. Thanks for such great info. I actually have a VitaMix that is quite old though works well when I bother. It's the older one with stainless steel container instead of glass. But, I'm in a phase where I just don't want to bother with all the work around it. Must be getting lazy as I age. So, the idea of a small blender seems workable right now in my life. The best is the one you mention - isn't it fascinating that it actually heats and freezes? I use to make soup and sometimes sorbet right in the container. I love the idea of making things ready to go with the travel containers. The jars as you show are really worth it for grinding. I make my own almond milk so grinding the almonds and adding the water was always easy in the VitaMix and also in a food processor. I'm at a point that the easier the better "for the moment." I have to look at your pic again. It gives me ideas. I usually make chicken and rice with vegetables for my dogs. Now that my wee Pomeranian, Penny is old and has fewer teeth plus that little mouth she can only handle tiny food. Ian, the Llasa is a sturdy 17lbs and has a huge mouth. The mason jar idea could hold chopped chicken and vegetables and then I could add the rice. I feed them in glass containers to avoid what might be in plastic.

Thanks again for your input and sharing. And, hello over there in the mid west.


Well, once I'm settled with my new gadget I'll have to work on what to put in it. I know basics but also avoid too much acidity just because I don't like it.

BTW - I use to grind coffee beans in the VitaMix. It does everything. It can turn grain to flour it's so powerful. So, you couldn't have suggested a more worthy one.

Norma Rae 08-12-2013 01:23 PM


Your descriptions of your VitaMix experiences have almost convinced me to re-convince myself to make the fiscal VitaMix commitment! They really are magical, aren't they?!


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