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Best economical blender?

 
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I don't have a blender, and occasionally I come across something that would be easier to make if I had one.

Also, I'm starting to think about Christmas, and I know that my father has been looking for cracked wheat to no avail for at least a year - and I've just done a search myself and found that it's mostly out of stock everywhere - I believe that one could use a blender to crack small amounts of wheat oneself, and that if I had a blender, I could promise him regular cracked wheat deliveries as a present.

What blender would you recommend? Are there things I should watch out for when buying one? Thankyou!
 
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I have two blenders. one is a Nutri-bullet (?) that was a gift that I never use,

The other one is just a cheap one.

I also have a stick blender which is the one I like the best.

I think it is more like a mixer than a blender.

Oster used to be the name that blenders were best known by.
 
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The concern I have about a stick/immersion blender is I'm not sure if I could use it for cracking wheat!
 
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You are right, though I was not recommending it for cracking wheat.

Just got carried away about blenders.
 
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The cracked wheat part I am not sure of.  However, if I didn’t already have a blender, I would first price them out and then go to a junk store.  Of course, before I bought one, I would plug it 8n to be certain it worked.
 
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Do you use a kitchen machine for other things as well? Many of the larger machines also have blender attachments which means you only need one motor rather than one for every piece of equipment. I'm not a huge blender user so I don't have a dedicated one but rather one that fits on my kenwood. I actually have 2 kenwoods one is from the 1970's and still runs perfectly so this type of machine will just keep going.
 
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I have a food processor that is probably from the 80s. It's in kind of rough shape and I've been thinking it should be replaced with something for awhile, although it does still work and replacing it is not a priority. I don't use it very much, I'm essentially waiting for its motor to give up, and might well have another decade before it does.

I also have a big stand mixer which I inherited and which I use maybe two or three times a year, if I remember I have it. I wouldn't have one if it hadn't been left to me.

If it were just for me I would likely be most interested in an immersion blender since that would give me something with a new and different function over what the other tools do.

But I've tried cracking wheat with my food processor and it is pretty inconsistent.
 
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I bought a Vitamix blender with a dry canister included many years ago. It's no one's idea of economical (although I have seen quite good prices on used or reconditioned ones sometimes) but on a per use cost basis, it's one of my "cheapest" kitchen appliances. I use it almost every day. The dry canister works well for grains and coffee beans and dried chiles etc and the wet is a beast for evenly blending everything else.

While I do use a stick blender frequently as well, and its an essential tool for me but it doesn't replace a full sized blender, especially for dry goods. I don't own a food processor, but do own a stand mixer. I am selective about the kitchen tools I own (for space, budget, usefulness for my way of cooking reasons) and use the blender and stick blender the most frequently so I think my investment was the right one for me.

It a Vitamix is just a non starter, I would go with a powerful stick blender and maybe look at a manual grinder of some kind for hard/dry goods.

 
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