IF YOU ASKED ME what my favorite moment in a Will Smith movie was (because, why wouldn’t you?), my answer wouldn’t be the time he flashed his inner bad guy in the summer hit Suicide Squad. It wouldn’t be when he played a certain pugilist named Ali, either.

No, it would be a forgettable scene from the forgettable 1998 thriller Enemy of the State. When his house gets ransacked by government agents, Smith is incensed. “They took my blender!” he gasps, before explaining his attachment to the kitchen appliance: “Some people meditate. Some get massages. I blend.”

It’s like he was speaking directly to me.

I swear by my blender, regardless of whether I’m making margaritas, banana smoothies, or tomato soup. But the big problem with blenders? Choosing one. There are more than 3,000 on Amazon right now, all of varying degrees of power and quality. So I gave the top-of-the-line best sellers a rigorous testing and decided on my favorites.

Word to the wise: Prolonging the life of your blender means keeping it gunk-free—but that doesn’t mean putting it in the dishwasher, as prolonged exposure to water can rust the bottom couplings of the container.

But don’t worry, scouring it is still nearly effort-free: According to Tess Masters, author of The Blender Girl cookbook, just squirt a little dish soap into the carriage, add water, and blend it till it froths.

Mark Ellwood is the author of Bargain Fever: How to Shop in a Discounted World.

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