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Raise your smoothie game with the Ninja Chef 10-speed blender for $99.99

That's 50% off the regular price of this powerful ice crusher.

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A good blender is a kitchen essential. But how much must you pay to get a good one? Are we talking $400-plus for the likes of Vitamix? Or $200 for a premium Ninja model?

It's a bit of a trick question, because today only, you can get a premium Ninja model for just $100: Best Buy has the Ninja Chef CT810 10-speed blender for $99.99. Regular price: $199.99.

The CT810 employs a powerful 1,500-watt motor, which should be more than ample for crushing ice. It features a 72-ounce pitcher, large enough to accommodate a considerable amount of soup, smoothie, salsa, ice cream or the like. It has a preset dial to accommodate those and other blends, and of course there's a pulse option as well.

You also get a tamper to help push ingredients into the blades and a 24-ounce plastic tumbler so you can take a smoothie on the go.

There are surprisingly few user reviews to be found for this model at Best Buy or Amazon, but the dozen or so I found are all overwhelmingly positive. Google's 100-plus reviews culled from other sources average out to 4.2 stars.

Take note that this blender will not turn cold ingredients into hot soup, which is much-touted Vitamix feature. So you'll have to take the extra step of pouring your puree into a pot and then heating it up.

Assuming you can live with that, I think a $200 blender for $100 is definitely worth a look. Your thoughts?

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