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GE makes a great version that is cheaper than the Magic Bullet. It's called the "Rocket Blender" and sells for about $20 at Walmart
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I first had a ninja blender for personal sized smoothies, the one with the motor that attaches on top. I loved it and had it for about two years before the motor began to smoke and then the blade literally broke. Like, snapped off. It was a sad day, but I did use it multiple times a day sometimes, and loved it.
After that, I got a magic bullet, and I absolutely HATED it. The blade would stick on frozen fruits and stop working if I put too much stuff in it. It had so many parts that I just didn't use, and it didn't really get all the stuff at the bottom. It was sorta convenient because you could just detach it and drink out of it, though. Also, the motor didn't take up too much space. However, I did kind of try to break it after nearly a year of having it just because it was such a pain in the ass.
Finally, I went shopping for a real blender, and ended up with the Ninja 1200. It works really well, and I love it, but it is so loud! I honestly wanted a Vitamix but they were simply out of my price range.
So, in my opinion, definitely do not get a Magic Bullet. It always left chunks of ice in my smoothie, didn't get everything blended properly, and got all smokey if you left it on for more than 1 minute.
I "inherited" an almost unused Vitamix. Unbeatable workhorse. I fill it with veggies and some water, which has really helped with my weight loss goals.
Probably 35 years ago I bought a Vita-mix. I hardly ever used it, and apparently forgot it behind when I moved out during a divorce. Ten years passed before I realized I didn't have it. I always considered it less useful than all the single-purpose appliances it was supposed to take the place of.
I have a regular-size commercial-type single-speed Oster blender I bought at Sam's Club 15 years ago and it's still going strong.
I use a Magic Bullet to make my protein shakes but it's a weak blender and won't chop ice or puree fruit or anything. It's basically good for stirring at a fast pace. Super for mixing protein powder with liquid and I like it for that reason. You don't want to put a huge load on it because the connection between the blades and the motor is a plastic gear that strips easily.
High Weight: 225
Weight at start of Primal: 189
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