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Need Your Opinion on a New Blender

calchef12 | Dec 2, 2012 04:44 PM

I recently bought a new blender - "Blendtec Home The Professional's Choice Total Blender" (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000GIGZXM/r...). Having used Cuisinart before, I have been amazed by the performance of this machine. Very smooth blends for sauces and dips, easy to prepare batters for cakes and breads, and so on. However within a week of use, the motor burned up while I was making a dough in it - following one of the recipes in Blentec's own cookbooks. ( strong burning smell of metal, and smoke coming out of the motor base).
Talked to amazon and they said I could return it for a refund. So now I am back in the market for another blender.
It should be something that stands up to daily use. Most of what I would be using it for - tomato, garlic, ginger pastes and purees, batters and doughs for bread, soups and smoothies.
I am still inclined to buy a blentec - assuming the one I had, was probably a lemon. Has anyone had a similar problem before ?
If this is a common problem with blentec, I can go for a something with a comparable performance. Most online reviews mention Vitamix, which is a little more expensive. I can go for it, if it is really worth the price and can stand up to heavy usage.
What do you suggest ? Would love to hear from anyone who has experience with these blenders.

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