For most of us, Presidents Day comes with the promise of a much-needed three-day weekend. Whether you’re staying in or inviting people over, having a blender would sure come in handy every time you need to whip up quick bites and refreshing drinks. If yours has been getting rusty, this is as good a time as ever to upgrade since Best Buy has slashed the prices of the Cuisinart SmartPower Duet and the Instant Ace Nova Blenders up to $84.
If you’ve been on the fence about getting a blender or a food processor, then the good news is you wouldn’t have to break your head as you can simply get both with Cuisinart’s SmartPower Duet. You’ll have one heavy-duty 500-watt motor base but a choice between two container attachments, the 48-ounce blender or the three-cup food processor. It sure would be powerful enough to crush, shred, chop, mix, and emulsify all kinds of ingredients. And with slip-proof feet, it’s made to stay in place to prevent scratching countertops or tables.
The blender’s glass jar has a wide mouth that makes it easy to load ingredients and a cover that simply locks into place. Adding small ingredients mid blend shouldn’t be a hassle with the two-ounce measuring lid while the high-quality assembly of its stainless steel blades assure that everything is well incorporated. You’ll surely be able to achieve your desired texture as runny or as thick as you like, with seven variable speeds including a feature for pulse and a preset function for ice crushing while you can expect a red LED indicator light to reflect what speed you’re on. The last thing you want is for it to spiral out of control so Cuisinart made sure overload protection is in place.
As a food processor, one button does it all while you can apply either of the stainless steel blades — the chopping blade or the slicing/shredding disc according to your meal prepping needs. The work bowl’s cover has a feed tube that comes with a food pusher which is also an oil dispenser at the same time. The last thing you want is for it to spiral out of control and so overload protection is in place.
From making iced drinks, healthy smoothies, velvety nut butters, to hearty soups, Cuisinart’s SmartPower Duet is fully equipped to deliver. The recipe book it comes with should give you enough ideas to get started with. And now you can get it for only $82 instead of $165 when you take advantage of Best Buy’s $84 price cut.
The Instant brand is all about giving you the most bang for your buck. The Instant Pot, for that matter, is the snazziest multicooker you can find and the Instant Ace Nova Blender is just as multifunctional for hot and cold mixing. It has 10 speeds for custom blending with eight smart programs that are meant to guide you in creating silky smoothies, crushed ice, frozen desserts, homemade milks (nut/oat/soy/rice), purees and even soup/stew with the built-in heating element. It also has an automatic warming function that lets you keep food hot for up to two hours. You can opt to manually blend your food on low, medium, and high speeds or pulse to activate short bursts of power for 48 seconds.
The Instant Ace Nova blender certainly makes for one versatile kitchen helper that can surely cook food while the touch-sensitive controls guarantee ease of use. Its 1100-watt motor along with eight hardened stainless steel blades does a good job at pulverizing or liquefying soft to hard ingredients in just seconds, be it ice, whole fruits, or seeds. You’re also provided the patented 3-in-1 tamper that allows you to push food down without hitting the blades so you can always yield even consistencies.
Since you can pretty much pour anything straight to a cup or bowl, a tedious cleanup will be the least of your concerns. The 56-ounce tempered glass pitcher has enough capacity for more than a few servings and it shouldn’t need so much scrubbing. You just fill the pitcher with water, a drop of soap, then count on the pulse/clean button to remove most of the food residue. The blades aren’t detachable so you might have to use the cleaning brush from time to time. The motor base can be wiped clean while the dishwasher can take care of its lid, tamper, and measuring cup. Usually retailing for $120, Best Buy’s $47 discount plummets the Instant Ace Nova Blender’s price to a more palpable $73.
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