Have seen a number of these in toolkits and I think I can start to see the utility in having one of my own. My main concern is that they tend not to stand up to the abuse of a professional kitchen and I don't want to sink $$$ into something I'll be replacing in a matter of months.
Anyone know of a good brand of model that is well made ? Amazon has a nice looking Breville for 70 dollars CAD and I have used a few other Breville small appliances which seemed to be fairly well made. Good buy? Bad buy? It seems to be the most popular on amazon in that category. The motor is 280w, and as far as I can tell blenders in this size seem to max out at 400 (those being about twice as much as the breville and by what I would consider to be less reputable brands but I'm not an owner of small appliances)