With 10 variable speeds, a pulse button, three preprogrammed settings, and a blade so accurate that it can pulverize peppercorns, the Vitamix is the Bentley of blending. Schenker loved its ease of use and thought it tackled most jobs well, but he felt the pricey machine should have been more adept at crushing ice. [$600; williams-sonoma.com]
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