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Bboy486
12-16-2004, 10:09 AM
Can u blend oatmeal into a shake? or does it keep its form and thickness

trojan1444
12-16-2004, 10:17 AM
absolutely you can. Try oatmeal, PB, banana, whey and milk. mmm

TTT
12-17-2004, 11:11 PM
Is it worth getting a blender with "ice crushing blades," or does it not make a difference? Anyone have any outstanding blenders? :)

manowar669
12-18-2004, 01:45 PM
I'd say definitely get ice-crushing blades if you make smoothies with ice. I burned through 2 cheapo blenders by making smoothies. I got smart and spent the extra money on a good blender, and it's holding up (GE). Get a stick blender too. Don't skimp here either. I've had great service from the Braun 200W stick blender, about $20. (Much better than the cheapo $8 sunbeams, etc.)

TTT
12-18-2004, 03:54 PM
Ok, thanks man. Yeah I wondered how long the lower-power ones would last with some decent load on them. So it was the motors that went?

ryuage
12-18-2004, 06:42 PM
I'd say definitely get ice-crushing blades if you make smoothies with ice. I burned through 2 cheapo blenders by making smoothies. I got smart and spent the extra money on a good blender, and it's holding up (GE). Get a stick blender too. Don't skimp here either. I've had great service from the Braun 200W stick blender, about $20. (Much better than the cheapo $8 sunbeams, etc.)

yah i learned the hard way too.... when the cheap blender started smoking.

orbital
12-18-2004, 07:03 PM
I use it everyday in my shake for work.

TTT
12-18-2004, 11:17 PM
Cool. Thanks people

TTT
12-18-2004, 11:18 PM
BTW, how many watts (if you know) would you consider a blender to need to be powerful enough?

manowar669
12-19-2004, 11:02 AM
As much as you can afford. I have a 400W blender that is holding up OK, so I'd say that would be a minimum. 200W seems to be a good start in stick blenders, but construction is the key with them. If there's a demo model, take it apart. There should be metal gears if possible (expensive), and the Braun had black plastic gears, which eventually stripped, but lasted way longer than ones with white nylon gears.