This is an amazingly sturdy product, with tight fitting lids, a heavy glass blender jar, and a motor that chops meats or ice with equal aplomb. Most attachments go in the dishwasher, and the flat touch pad, which has seven settings, including "ice crush" and "pulse," is easily wiped down with a sponge. This dual appliance comes with a booklet detailing how to use all the features, and 48 recipes, from cranberry-orange mimosas to classic mayonnaise. --Maria Dolan
Editor's Choice: Cuisinart's SmartPower food processor is our choice for the best food processor under $100. This blender/food processor combines two kitchen appliances into one useful package. It is heavy-duty, can both blend and process most things, and sits on the counter without shaking around. The processor has 350 watts of power and seven speeds, and the plastic bowl size is 3 cups--it also has a 40-ounce glass blender jar. It comes with one standard blade and one slicing/shredding disc. Most attachments go in the dishwasher, and the flat touchpad wipes down with a sponge.