So, we're now shopping for a new one. A nice one, but in the budget of $100-$200. Any recommendations? I tried calling Kitchen Kneads (local kitchen goods store) and they really recommended the Breville Hemisphere, but when I checked it out on amazon.com the reviews were only so-so. Since we liked Bart's grandma's blender (and the fact that it lasted so long we think is very good proof) we're considering a KitchenAid one. When we got married we received a lovely buttercream colored KitchenAid hand mixer that has worked wonderfully for us, so I'm partial to that brand for that reason too.
Main things we plan to use it for are smoothies, soups, and some milkshakes. Any recommendations you have would be much appreciated, thanks!