Immersion Blender Stories May 27, 2015

expiredHome: Cuisinart auto ice cream maker (refurb) $35 (Orig. $50), Oster Versa blender $70 (Orig. $150), more

Woot has a number of Cuisinart ice cream makers on sale today. Our top pick from the bunch is the factory refurbished Cuisinart Automatic 1-1/2-Quart Ice Cream Maker in red (ICE-20 RD) for $29.99 plus $5 flat rate shipping on your entire order. That’s $25 off the original listing, even more under Amazon’s inflated price, and the best we can find.

This full automatic machine makes 1-1/2 quarts  of ice cream, frozen yogurt, sorbet, or frozen drinks with no “salt or ice needed.” It can handle an assortment of additional ingredients including “chocolate chips, chopped fruit, nuts,” and more. It ships with a “90 Day Woot Limited Warranty” and has received a 4.5/5 star rating from nearly 1,400 Amazon customers. While not at the lowest we’ve have seen, the highly rate Cuisinart ICE-21 found in this sale is the current best price we can find and sits as the best selling ice cream machine on Amazon.

Best Buy’s official eBay store is offering the Oster Versa 1100-watt Professional Performance Blender w/ two 20-Ounce Blend’N Go Cups (BLSTVB-103-000) for $69.99 shipped. That’s $80 under the original listing, $49 under Amazon and the best price we can find.

It includes a 64-ounce BPA-Free Tritan Jar, 5-cup food processor, a pair of 20-oz blend’n go cups, and can handle all food types including frozen ingredients. It is backed by a solid 7-year parts and labor warranty and has received a 4.3/5 star rating from 140 Amazon customers.

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Immersion Blender Stories February 11, 2015

If a luxury product isn’t already mainstream, the surest way to create national awareness is appearing in a Saturday Night Live skit — buckle your seatbelt before clicking if you haven’t seen this famously NSFW Moët & Chandon infomercial. Last year, SNL gave the 94-year-old deluxe blender company Vitamix its moment in the spotlight: an infomercial spoof where two friends discussed Vitamix-made smoothies, only to devolve into an argument over their comparative financial status and priorities.

The spoof was funny, but it also raised a serious question I’m tackling in this week’s Kitchen Tech: is a fancy countertop blender worth ten times as much as a basic model? Professional chefs have repeatedly told me “yes,” praising the power and long-term durability of Vitamix’s entry-level $350 blenders compared with essentially disposable consumer models: a Vitamix can chop pretty much anything to your preferred texture, notably producing silky-smooth soups and drinks, and operate continuously in commercial-grade settings without the need for repairs. I’ve used and loved a Vitamix for years, but there are also some inexpensive blenders that can produce impressive results using lesser-known magic tricks. Let’s dive right in…

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