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Best Food Processor Blender for the Money 2015
As a family of 7 we make a lot of food. Our Processor becomes part of our daily preparation, but we've gone through more than our fair share of them.
If you go through Costco or another big retailer shop you might be tempted to just purchase whatever blender or food processor they have on display for a crazy amount of money. While that may seem like a good idea there are a lot of alternative options out there that are cheaper and work even better.
That being said there's a lot of alternative options out there that are cheaper and work as well.
5 Good Food Processors and Blenders for the Money in 2015
Blenders Under $100:
In the under $100 category I'm absolutely sold on one blender for its longevity and value. The Blender replaced all of my old bullet and cheap blenders and works perfectly to crush through ice, seeds, skins, and even stems for blending consistency throughout. Nutri Ninja Pro
If you make green smoothies like I do, then you'll love how it gets rid of those annoying seeds that mix with the ice and are unbearable to try to chew.
While it's big enough to get a lot of work done you may want to opt for the 72oz Ninja Blender if you need to feed a big family regularly. Otherwise, this is the model I recommend.
Blenders Under $200
Another really solid blender if you're willing to pay up is the control blender. It gives you even blending and is simply made at a different level than many of the cheap blenders on the market. Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere
In addition it's not too noisy. This is a big problem with nearly every blender I come across. This one is just about the quietest that I've used. We break it out in parties while talking and making smoothies and it's even in the way.
Overall, if you need a fairly large blender that pulverizes food and lasts a long time this is the model I recommend. $200 seems like a lot; however, you may save time and energy in the long-run through the longevity and ease-of-use which the Breville Hemisphere provides.
Big Boss Multi-Blender
Blenders and Processors Under $50
While I recommend you spend around $100 for a blender there are still some decent options in the Under $50 category. One of these is the Big Boss Mult-Blender System.
You may have seen this Big Boss Multi-Blender system on TV. It's a great deal, with fifteen pieces for a low price. This blender comes with three 18-ounce cups, three comfort rings, assorted lids, one stainless-steel blade attachment, and the base unit.
It can function as both a blender and a food processor; you can chop vegetables, crush ice, make smoothies, grind coffee beans, grate cheese, and mix almost anything with this appliance.
Here's how this blender/food processor works: you just choose one of the 18-ounce cups, put your ingredients inside, twist on the blade that you want to use, lock it onto the base, and start mixing. The base has safety locks included, like most blenders and food processors. Two of the included lids are sport lids, so if you want, you can take the cup (with your smoothie, or whatever you've mixed up in it) with you on the go.
This blender/food processor chops and mixes food very quickly and smoothly. It has a relatively strong motor, compared to other blenders at the same price. It's also easy to wash.
The cups don't have measurement markings on the side, so you might want to go with a different blender/food processor if that's important to you. Also, be careful with the motor unit-it can be activated without a cup locked into place.
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Wave Action Blender with Food Chopper Attachment
Full-Sized Blenders Under $50
Have you ever tried using your blender or food processor, only to have to keep stopping to scrape the food down the sides of the canister so it can be blended thoroughly? Do you get big chunks of food stuck at the top of the canister, while the food at the bottom gets blended up nicely?
That is a common problem with blenders and food processors, but this Wave Action Blender claims to be able to solve that problem. It has a trademarked Wave-Action system that pulls food down from the top of the blender's canister back toward the blades so your food can be chopped or blended smoothly.
Along with the Wave-Action system, this blender has some other nice features. Its canister holds 48 ounces, is made of glass, and is dishwasher safe. We all know how tedious hand-washing a blender can be, so the dishwasher safe jar is a definite plus. The blender's motor has up to 700 watts of power; that's pretty powerful for a blender, so it can handle lots of types of food. The food processor attachment has a three-cup capacity and also features an oil/liquid dispenser on top. This appliance performs well compared to similar products at the same price.
For those of you with a budget under $50 looking for a large or full-sized blender, this is what I'd recommend.
Euro-Pro Ninja Master Prep Blender and Food Processor
All things being equal, if I were choosing a blender/food processor for myself, I'd pick this one for its name alone-"Ninja Master" is such a cool name for a blender. But if the cool name doesn't do it for you, don't worry-this blender-plus-food-processor has some pretty cool features, too.
The blender canister on this machine holds 48 ounces, which is about average, compared to other blenders in the same price range. The food processor holds two cups, and that's a little on the small side. It features a 400-watt motor, a one-touch pulse button for maximum control over your chopping and blending, and a four-blade system for even cutting and ice crushing.
With this blender/food processor, you can make a wide variety of foods-from hummus to breadcrumbs to crushed ice for a margarita. It can chop nuts well, and can even produce a fine nut flour. And, of course, the blender is great for making smoothies. It's also dishwasher safe, which is always a huge help when it comes to washing small kitchen appliances.
This blender/food processor performs best when you use the one-touch pulse function-holding it down and blending continuously can, over time, strip the machine's gears. Also, for best results be sure not to overload the canisters, especially on the food processor.
Oster BVLB07-Z Counterforms 3-Speed 2-in-1 Blender/Food Processor Combo
When you're using a blender or food processor, sometimes choosing the right speed setting for your food can be tricky. This nifty Oster BVLB07-Z blender/food processor has three speed settings-definitely better than one setting, but not so many as to be overwhelming. It also has settings for lo/hi pulse, for when you need maximum control over what you're blending; and two pre-programmed settings: Food Chop and Frozen Drink.
Some blenders and food processors have plastic parts included in their motors, which is all fine and good for saving money-but if you want a machine that's going to last, then this blender/food processor is a great choice because of its all-metal drive system. It also features a six-point stainless-steel blade, for very thorough blending and chopping.
This blender has a few other nice features, as well. It has a 48-ounce glass canister, with a sturdy handle and convenient measurement markings up the side. It also has a reverse blending mode for more precise blending. It's easy to clean, and it's tough-it can stand up to a lot of use.
Cuisinart BFP-603 SmartPower Deluxe Blender and Food Processor
This Cuisinart BFP-603 SmartPower Deluxe Blender and Food Processor has all the features you need in a blender and a food processor. It has a 600-watt motor, which is pretty good for this type of appliance. It has four push-button speed controls: high, low, pulse, and ice crush. It comes with a 48-ounce glass canister for the blender and three-cup plastic canister for the food processor. And it has a sleek-looking metal housing.
A really nice feature that this product includes is an automatic two-minute auto-stop function-great for saving electricity and for not overworking the machine. It also includes a locking ring for safety and a heavy, sturdy base to keep the blender in place when it's working on a difficult job.
The blender part of this blender/food processor is good for shakes and smoothies, for blending soups, and for crushing ice. The food processor is good at handling jobs like mincing garlic, making bread crumbs, and making pesto. It's easy to clean; most of its parts are dishwasher safe. But make sure not to wash the black collar piece for the food processor-just wipe it clean.