LC, I just took a look at the Cooks Illustrated site and they rated the Braun Powermix the highest (only $49.99) and Oster classic beehive next. I love my Oster - had it for many years and I use it alot now that I'm learning to cook Mexican dishes. Can't cook here without a blender to puree the soaked dried chiles for sauces. Even the little corner tiendas sell blender parts! CI did say to be sure and get a glass blending jar, not plastic. Have fun shopping.