Blenders 3/18/13

Published On: Mar 18 2013 01:24:07 PM CDT

So how much do you really have to pay to get a great blender.
Testers just sized up blenders costing anywhere from 40 dollars all the way up to 600 dollars.
That's today's On Your Side.
When it comes to blenders … … everyone is getting in on the action. Consumer Reports tested more than 50. Along with the usual Cuisinarts and KitchenAids, testers evaluated Food Network star Sandra Lee's 45-dollar blender ... this 60-dollar Ninja … and this 130-dollar blender from Bon Appétit. On the high end, Consumer Reports also sized up a Blendtec and two Vitamix blenders. "Blenders are one of those appliances that can do a bunch of different tasks, but performance varies, so we really put them through their paces." Testers crush ice and run the blenders for 20 seconds to see how uniform and snow-like the end results are. They also purée soup. And make piña coladas. This Bon Appétit blender didn't deliver on frozen drinks. See the chunks of ice? But far worse - Sandra Lee's blender. It could barely crush ice. And there were whole ice cubes left in the piña coladas! Dan DiClerico "This model had the lowest overall score out of every tested model." As for the 450- and 600-dollar Vitamix blenders - both did an excellent job in all of Consumer Reports' tests. Dan DiClerico "People are really passionate about these blenders, but you don't need to spend that much to get a really great blender." The super-versatile 60-dollar Ninja Master Prep Professional aced the tests, too - puréeing smooth soups and mixing up a great icy drink. Consumer Reports also recommends the 100-dollar KitchenAid model number KSB565.
While it wasn't as good at puréeing as the Ninja blender, it offers a glass container instead of plastic, five speeds, and sleek touchpad controls.
I'm Martha Koloski and that's todays On Your Side.