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Product Reviews

A strong mix of options when choosing a blender

From hand-helds to ones that heat up soup. What’s best?

A top-notch blender is a versatile kitchen appliance, good for making smoothies and frozen drinks, plus less obvious dishes such as hummus, churn-free ice cream, and even hot soup.

Consumer Reports’ recent tests of 65 blenders, including conventional stand models and the hand-held immersion kind, tapped some winners along with high-profile duds. Its findings include:

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