It’s that time of year again. The clock will strike midnight on December 31 and we’ll all vow to be different — better —– in one way or another. If your New Year’s goals involve cooking more or eating healthier, this blender will start you off right. The Blendtec model is the best automatic smoothie blender and a very convincing Vitamix dupe, according to experts — and today it’s $200 off. Plus, it has all sorts of handy features. “The timed presets allow you to select a time to blend and walk away, whereas Vitamix and NutriBullet require manual operation,” say Molly Lukins Burke and Tamara Martucci of wellness consultancy Food + Mood NYC. Beyond smoothie-making, there are also preset buttons for good-for-you things like salsa and hot soup. At 50 percent off, this is a good deal — and when you compare it to the price of a Vitamix that experts compare it to, that good deal becomes a great one.
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