Everyone needs a blender, right? Our family went a whole year without one. The G.E. blender we had, came to us as a wedding present. We actually forgot, who gave it to us, until my wife's aunt was over last Spring and wanted to see it.
I found the broken blender inside a box in the basement, under my work counter; as if I would ever try to fix the drive motor.
We bought the Oster 14-Speed Blender, with brushed nickel finish a few months ago. It is amazing what it will do, really.
I use it quite often as a food processor. I even make dog food with this blender. The dog still begs for scraps at the table, but he loves his homemade dog food too.
My two sons, use it to make chocolate malts in. My wife uses it when her girlfriends come over for concocting alcoholic beverages. My mom came over a few weeks ago to use it to chop up about ten pounds of raw nuts in my blender for some big recipe over Thanksgiving.
This Oster 14 speed blender has an all metal drive system and very powerful motor, so you can pulverize almost anything in it. The 5 cup glass jar is dishwasher save and cleans up very well.
If you need a good blender, check this one out. It is very user friendly and affordable.