Blenders

We tested dozens of blenders. Give one of these winners a whirl.
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blenders

1) KitchenAid Pro Line Series Chef's Blender
$270, kitchenaid.com
UPSIDE Blends thick mixtures and chops ice with ease; extra-long cord; automatic shutoff prevents motor overload.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; too tall for most cabinets.

2) Hamilton Beachwave Power 12 Speed Blender
$35, hamiltonbeach.com
UPSIDE Inexpensive; sturdy glass pitcher.
DOWNSIDE Difficult to clean around multiple buttons; leaves clumps when chopping ice.

3) Cuisinart Smooth Operator Blender
$80, cuisinart.com
UPSIDE Blends thick mixtures with ease; sturdy glass pitcher; large 7-cup capacity; hidden cord storage.
DOWNSIDE Small pouring lip causes drips; leaves clumps when chopping ice; too tall for most cabinets

4) Braun Powermax
$50, theessentials.com
UPSIDE Sturdy glass pitcher; large 7-cup capacity; removable blade for easy cleanup.
DOWNSIDE Weak plastic coupler; liquid escapes from holes in cap; leaves clumps when chopping ice.

5) L'Equip Model 228 R.P.M. Blender
$150, lequip.com
UPSIDE Blends thick mixtures with ease; tamper for pushing down ingredients; large 7-cup capacity.
DOWNSIDE Expensive; small pouring lip causes drips; no pulse button.

USE YOUR BLENDER TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

Mixed Greens with Fig and Wine Dressing

*Prices and other details were accurate when we published this article in August 2007.