I've always had a high quality blender in my kitchen. I was just raised that it's a bodybuilder rule that you can't ignore. Currently I've got a very nice Cuisinart high end model, with oversize glass container, a seperate food processing attachment, and whatever bells and whistles I can't think of at the moment.
The problem though has always been the mess afterward. Sure it's a ton of fun seeing what else I can throw into the container with my Metabolic Drive, but pure practicality (and luckily decent taste) has always led me to just using a shaker bottle and water. Rare summer events will see the blender come out for brief appearances, but afterward, I'm always weighing the pros and cons.
Well, this past weekend, I saw this little Black and Decker model in a Target for $25. The glass containers (comes with 2) hold a little more than 20 oz each. This is great, because I've seen so many of those models on tv that let you "blend n go", but they don't really hold enough liquid in them for any self respecting meat head's purposes. The entire set up barely takes up any counter space, and the time to pop the blender-top, give it a quick rinse, and pop the thermos type cover on in its place is a few seconds at best.
I'm seriously loving this thing. And I did have a few hesitations, thinking it wouldn't be powerful enough to crush ice, or that I'd have to cut a banana up instead of throwing it in whole to be pulverized.... Assuming it doesn't encounter any issues (2 year warranty with it), I'm going to get more than my money's worth this summer. It'll be nice to have blended ice, and whole knows what else in my shakes, to be enjoyed as I'm driving to work in my air conditioned car