If you don’t mind the cost the vitamix is the way to go. I have used them when I worked in a few bars and restaurants years ago and they are the industry standard for commercial kitchens.
That said I picked up the upgraded kitchenaid blender from the local box store and it is great and is only a quarter the cost. Blends everything from the thickest frozen shakes to tough whole foods like broccoli or carrots without the motor straining.
Any idea on the wattage of that one?
It seems like the Blendtec would be the mcdaddy of blenders at 1500-watts of power. Runs at about 400$.
I don’t think I’ll ever spend that kind of money on a blender…at least not until I spend the same amount on a HDTV first.[/quote]
That’s the blender I’m currently using. I’m not sure on the wattage, but I’ve been using mine for over a year now and it’s still going strong. I tend to make pretty thick shakes and haven’t had any issues with it.
I picked up mine at Bed, Bath and Beyond. They usually send a 20% off coupon every week in the paper, so that helps with the cost.