Deal of the Week: My old blender

A couple of months ago, I realized how much I’m enjoying making milkshakes (now that I’ve discovered the secret: a little milk, a little chocolate syrup [perfect with coffee ice cream], a lot of ice cream and some ice cubes) and smoothies in the blender, not to mention pesto and all the Indian food that demands blenderization. In fact, with a snazzy blender, one can blend all kinds of good things.

My blender isn’t snazzy. It’s an Oster that came into my life when I moved in with my husband in March 1995. He can’t remember how long it was around before that, but it has some fuzzy stickers on it from the Golden Bee, a Colorado Springs restaurant he went to a few times as a child.

So, it’s old, and it doesn’t always work so well to blend ice cubes. It also leaks green/grey goo from the bottom. I hopped online and started investigating a new blender. I went to Linens-N-Things and looked at new ones. In both brick-and-mortar and click-and-mortar establishments, there seem to be two options. The moderate-end blenders cost around $60 (these are from names like Kitchenaid, Braun and Cuisinart). The reliable blenders are the professional lines, and they cost about $250.

As I delved a little deeper, I wondered: Would we use a high-end, professional blender? Maybe someday. If we start farming, I could grind my own grain. Worth $250? No. I have a $200 mixer, and while a great aspect is that I anticipate I can use it my entire life, a pricey blender isn’t in the cards.

Then I started reading reviews. The reviews of blenders in the $60 range are super discouraging. They include things like “blades broke off,” “plastic gears stripped on the third use,” “smoke started coming out,” and “I was thrilled that this lasted 8 months – that’s better than any blender ever!”

With this perspective, I realized our blender isn’t so bad. My new plan: Spend about $12 to purchase two new rubber gaskets to seal the bottom better, and splurge on an ice-chopper blade. If I get really crazy, I’ll convince Mr. Cheap to sharpen the existing blades.

And on the green front, I saved all the energy required to make and ship a new blender to me.

Oster, sweet Oster.

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5 thoughts on “Deal of the Week: My old blender

  1. Jefferson says:

    We possessed my childhood blender for a number of years until my mom got Ivy a Kitchenaid as a gift a few years back. So, we gave her back the mixer–which now resides (and gets much more use) at my sisters. It’s the appliance that never dies.
    They really don’t make ’em like they used to.

  2. Jefferson says:

    We possessed my childhood mixer for a number of years until my mom got Ivy a Kitchenaid as a gift a few years back. So, we gave her back the mixer–which now resides (and gets much more use) at my sisters. It’s the appliance that never dies.
    They really don’t make ’em like they used to.

  3. Catherine says:

    My husband won a kitchenaid blender at a recruitment thingy about 5 years ago and I love it. I had no idea it wasn’t upscale. haha. Before that I’d always had the cheapo crapola blenders that died in a year. This one chops everything. I use it all the time. The only problem si that it’s yellow, but it was free so we couldn’t choose. Oh well. It’s my party appliance.

  4. cheaplikeme says:

    That’s the thing – I thought that level WAS upscale until I read so many reviews saying even those died in less than a year! I’m glad yours didn’t – may both of your Kitchenaid blenders keep on truckin’ for many decades.

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