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susank
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I want to try this - mostly for green vegetables.
I don't/can't cook.
Need veggies.
Don't want to chew them.
Want the juice and the pulp.
What's easy to use, clean, reliable and not expensive?
TIA!

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I have a Cuisinart.

Be careful about juicing and/or smoothies:

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Love my Vitamix...but expensive...worth every cent IMHO.
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We use a NutriBullet.
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I love our Vitamix as you can load things from the top while it is running. Sometimes, you have to add water and it is nice to not have to unscrew it. It is powerful too.
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I have a blendtec but it's loud, make my tinnitus worse so I don't use it very often.

I called the company but they only make the noise covers for their professional line.

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Another vote for Vitamix! Expensive but I use it daily so worth it to me. You can also buy refurbished ones for a good discount.
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dB EARMUFFS required.

From several different reputable sources, get dB ratings for any machine considered. Still, any power blender is just so far over the top that

Power blender ear protection is a must, still, also cut harder veggies into medium chunks first so there is less of the really hard work.

Earplugs, alone, are NOT enough. Absolutely not enough, even if one thinks they are, they cannot possibly be enough against the high intensity of any power blender.

Stand away from blender after it starts (after double checking the lid and then still watching it)

Absolutely required - after unplugging unit after use, keep a set with the cord of unit wound around it so they will be remembered. Anyone within earshot of unit when running also needs a pair.

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_sb_noss?url=search-alias%3Dtools&field-keywords=Peltor+H10A+Optime+105+Earmuff

3M Peltor H10A Optime 105 Earmuff
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dogmom2,

I'm concerned that maybe you purchased your BlendTec upon my recommendation (my apologies if so). I got one a few years ago and recall having written about it - though always with the dB earmuff recommendation.

Still, as you have found, I also find it very loud, indeed, and even with ear muffs, it would make my tinnitus worse.

I'm really sorry if you got this on my suggestion in a post years ago.

I don't use it very often but what helps is cutting carrots into half inch pieces first, not tossing them nearly whole as all the advertisments show. Having enough water.

But, I've really had to rethink all this as, even with dB earmuffs, sound travels through nasal passages, skin, bones.

I might use this for other things, like a soft nut milk (walnuts, pecans, cashews) but not hard nuts like almonds (even after soaking, they are like bullets inside the machines and take far longer).

oh, though, chlorella powder has become my new "juice" and my BlendTec for limited use.
Wish they did make a sound cover for it but the cost for their commercials ones is just sky high.

Thick Acrylic panels are really expensive or I'd have made one myself (were I also able to tolerate the epoxy needed to put together).

YOu might try putting on two solid silicone hot pads. That seems to absorb some of the intensity. Just be sure the footing is very stable and keep an eye on it.

Be sure the motor gets enough air, though, in case you design some kind of other solution. The motor has to have enough air and an intake vent, even if in a cage.
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If one has TMJ, the kind of earmuff required may hurt. Be sure you can first wear this kind of earmuff for a few minutes. It has to be relatively tight to form a proper seal around the whole outer ear area.

Do not stretch and dB rated earmuff. I found out why not the hard way.

They can be positioned just a little bit off of the back of the jaw bone, though, and still form a proper seal. Still, try them out first.

A couple good solid silicone trivets / hot pads which to set the unit ON . . . smooth solid - finish should also be figured into the cost to help a bit to absorb some of the vibration from the machine motor's sound hitting the top of the counter. That action can add to the dB assault.

I call this a requirement for ear safety as well. It does help, I find, though it's still a rocket ship rumble.

Since anyone on some antibiotics and some other Rx, are at much greater risk of hearing / vestibular damage from sounds over 85 dB [and a hair dryer is about 100 dB] . . . also consider that even the dB earmuffs might not be enough.

For such drugs, book: Ototoxic Drugs by Neil G. Bauman.
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Keebler, I didn't get the blendtec from your recommendation. It was between a vitamix and blendtec, and only chose the bt because I read it fit under cabinets better.

I was on abx when the tinnitus started. so combining abx with loud noises was not good for me. I try to just to set it up and have my bf turn it on while I go to another room.

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dogmom,

Thanks for your reply. As a favor to me - but more so to your boyfriend, please insist he only uses this when wearing dB rated earmuffs that are at least as substantial as the ones linked above?

Use of dB Earmuffs are for anyone who uses - and anyone who is in the same room - as such machines.

Anyone. Everyone. Every single time. This is so very important.
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Thanks all replies/info.
Need to research this.
Ears - and oxalates. Always something.......

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Keebler, bought the earmuffs from home depot. Wow, they really work well. Wish I could wear them for longer(very tight), but certainly can use them for the 30 sec to make a smoothie. So thanks for the suggestion, so much better than earplugs. Fits my bf too.
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dogmom,

So glad to hear you got the dB rated muffs. Yeah, they are tight and I also only use them for this purpose - or when the leaf blowers or construction crews are about and my Bose noise cancelation muffs just aren't cutting it.

If you ever need to lie down with them, turn the headband to go under your chin and use a neck pillow that (word loss) won't put your neck at an odd position.

Thanks for sharing this.

They need to be tight, though, to work. I had a similar pair that I pulled on to loosen up and then they no longer sealed well around my ears and were worthless.

A hint: If you (or anyone using them) finds swallowing (or drinking water) to be painful while wearing them, they can be moved around a bit so as not to put so much pressure on a tender jaw. Or I just stop the machine, take them off and then gulp down some water.

As for different wearers of different sized heads, they can be adjusted by gently pulling the cups DOWN from the headband, not out.

I do take them off immediately when the machine is turned off. And, yes, so much better than ear plugs. Ear plugs are usually not really very protective for any machine noise.

Thanks for placating my pleas of insistence on this matter. Because it so matters to your ears, your life. Hope your smoothies are delicious & nutritious.

Cheers
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I have a cuisinart too. love it. but stay away from the fruit, too much sugar.

and, yes, earplugs and earmuffs hurt!!

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