VITAMIX ASCENT A2500I HIGH-PERFORMANCE BLENDER
What it is: A big, sturdy, powerful beast of a blender.
Features: Ten-speed control, pulse feature, three built-in programmes (for hot soups, frozen desserts and smoothies); full 10-year warranty; Bluetooth (which will connect to future Vitamix apps).
Why I love it: It allows me to make so much from scratch, like nut milks and butters, freshly ground flours and whole-fruit juices. $1295 from kitchen appliance stores (available in four colours).