In the case of small appliances, there is a point where a decision has to be made. It's a personal decision...based on want versus need, comfort versus aggravation. If you're happy working with a 12 lb steel iron, go for it! If I'm going to spend an hour or more on that task, I want a lighter iron, one made with plastic and metal is fine...and it's gotta have reliable fabric settings, a spray/mist feature and a retractable cord.
I recently reached the decision point regarding the blender.
Ah, the blender. Melangeur. Licuadora.
I'd bought the 25th Anniversary Waring Professional Blender back in the mid 80's. Loved the classic beehive base and the solid glass 5 cup pitcher. The thick, black 3 pronged cord screamed "Professional!"
The Waring served me well for almost 25 years. It's still serving, just not as well. It's got one button and 3 speeds...Off, Hi and Lo. Early airplanes flew with a flip of a switch, so this one was perfectly serviceable. The pitcher is narrow, and herbs/leaves would get stuck when making pesto or chimichurri...so it wasn't as versatile as I'd have liked.
I like Cooks Illustrated as a source, because they don't accept advertising, and it seems like a balanced 3rd party opinion with pretty deep kitchen experience. They recently did a comparison of blenders, and chose the Kitchen Aid 5 speed as their top pick. Here's a link to the story.
There are those who swear by their VitaMix, but I'll never spend $600 on a blender. The Kitchen Aid 5 speed, 7 cup blender is listed as $149.00 in the comparison, but I have a tip for you. If you get it in Black, rather than Stainless Steel, the price drops to $99.00. And, if you buy it at Bed Bath & Beyond, using one of the pile of 20% off coupons that you have surely amassed, the final price is $79.00. Not a huge investment after all! Yes, the pitcher is plastic, but this is for home use and I'm one person...how likely is it that I'll have a problem?
Now, about those 5 speeds...
Now I can use the Kitchen Aid blender for simple jobs rather than using the food processor (and taking the latter apart for cleanup) for making bread crumbs, chopping fruit and veggies into chunks or purees, and to grate cheese in 15 seconds.
I'll update this post in 2036 when I'm 75 yrs old if I'm ready to trade up again!