I recently discovered my blender is kaput.
Clearly I haven’t made a smoothie in a long time, but sometimes the stomach wants what the stomach wants and a smoothie requires a blender.
My discovery set-off a search for an affordable blender. The old one — a Waring Pro — costs $300, just a hundred bucks shy of the almighty Vitamix.
When I made that purchase a decade ago, I was a raw food enthusiast and literally could not have lived without a good blender. That phase lasted six months before I decided to upgrade to vegan, then vegetarian, then pescatarian — and eventually back to “oh hell, give me a burger!”
I’m no longer willing (or able) to pay that much for a blender, but I still want something that works. I spotted this recent post on MoneyTalksNews that offers cheap alternatives to pricey kitchen appliances.
The writer studied reviews and tested expensive and cheaper stand mixers, food processors, toaster ovens, coffee makers and blenders.
The upshot? Pay $450 for a Vitamix standard or $49.95 for an Oster 8-speed Glass Jar blender.
I think we know which one I’ll be buying.
And coffee lovers take note…while everyone is gaga over the Keurig’s K-Cup brewers starting at $99, the $39 Mr. Coffee 12-cup Programmable Coffee Maker is apparently a suitable substitute.
What pricey kitchen appliances have you avoided? What did you find to be a suitable substitute?
– Nedra Rhone, for the Atlanta Bargain Hunter blog