Sure, Vitamix and Le Creuset are great if you want to spend all your money. But we found the next best thing that will save you tons.
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Blender: Vitamix vs. Ninja
In this test, the Ninja and the Vitamix performed almost exactly the same making smoothies and milkshakes. The Vitamix was a little quieter and easier to clean, but for $320 less, the Ninja is a great alternative. Get one here.
Vacuum: Dyson vs. Shark
Dutch Oven: Le Creuset vs. Lodge
In this test, both brands performed exactly the same. The Le Creuset comes in slightly different volumes (3 1/2, 4 1/2, 5 1/2 & 7 1/2 quart) than the Lodge (3, 4.6, 6, 7 quart), but otherwise the $350 difference doesn't get you anything different. Check out the Lodge here.