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Good blender for the money... see added edit at the end.
on May 2, 2017
It was about time that I replaced our 20+ year-old Krups blender. The switches were sticking, and the motor was doing some pulsating on its own, as if to say that its days were numbered. I really didn't want to spend hundreds on one of those fancy blenders, but I know that I wanted something that was powerful enough to churn itself through ice cubes and frozen fruit. I had to put my breakfast smoothie together the night before with the old blender because it simply didn't have the power to crush frozen objects. This blender has that kind of power — and even more if it's needed — and it has an automatic backwards feature just in case the motor gets stuck.
The other thing that I wanted for sure was a glass model. Yes, I suppose those plastic ones have the advantage of not breaking when dropped, but over time that clear plastic gets scratched and cloudy. This new one is a little trickier to mount atop the motor, but I guess I'll get the hang of it soon enough. That might be my only reservation about it, but it's only minor.
This particular model didn't show up in a google search for the ten best blenders under $200, but there were other Oster models for a few dollars more that did; their differences were usually features that I didn't want or need. This one just seemed to have the most power at the lowest price, and I can't ask for more than that. Recommended.
Edit: The one thing that bothers me about this blender is that it leaks at the base, so it is VERY important that you make certain that someone you know with Herculean strength tighten the base BEFORE you put anything into it. Of course, you will need the strong person to stick around to loosen that base once you've finished blending.