The 750-watt Breville Hemisphere Control Blender can crush ice for a post-gym shake as easily as it can create a smooth sauce or soup. Its wide blades and contoured 48-ounce pitcher work in tandem to attack all ingredients uniformly, while its five speeds handle any job. As chef Jesse Schenker, our expert tester, said, "It's intuitively designed and simple to use." [$200; brevilleusa.com]
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