When Instant Pot released the Ace 60 Blender back in 2018, I was skeptical, because on paper, it seemed too good to be that good: It has eight smart programs, including one-touch buttons for making nut milk and smoothies, a solid glass container, even a built-in heating element that lets you cook raw vegetables before puréeing into a creamy soup — all for just $99, a fraction of the price of even the most basic Vitamix blender.
So I tested it against my Vitamix, and though it didn’t have the same raw blending power, the Instant Pot blender more than held its own. The nut milk I made was frothy, the smoothie was blended, and the butternut squash soup was thick and hot — and all I had to do was throw in some ingredients and press a button. And right now, this easy-to-use, but very impressive, Instant Pot blender is the cheapest I’ve ever seen: just $45 at Walmart, 55 percent off the already-very-reasonable list price. So if your New Year’s resolution was to cook more at home, or make more breakfasts, this blender is a very good place to start, even if you’re not a whiz in the kitchen.
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