When most people think of blenders, a smoothie probably comes to mind but blenders can do much more than liquefy fruits and vegetables. They’re great for creating everything from dressings and sauces to soups and even nut butters. Although they may be associated with a 1950’s homemaker lifestyle, blenders are used from people across the board these days including celebrities, bodybuilders, and professional chefs.
If you’ve been considering getting a blender, now is one of the best times. The whole know-what-is-in-my-food notion and general non-processed food health craze is in full swing. Now, more than ever, people are using blenders for all sorts of reasons and posting their recipes, diets, and more across the web. The possibilities are endless and when it comes to a product that will make you feel better, look better, and boost your health is there really much left to question? We think not.
When you go to shop for a blender the choices can seem overwhelming because there are so many models along with confusing because, let’s be honest, most of the pretty much look the same. Before you jump in and just purchase any model it’s important to ask yourself a few questions such as:
- What do I intend to use my blender for?
- How much space do I have to work with?
- Is it important my blender matches my other kitchen appliances?
Types of Blenders
Once you go over the basic considerations, there are four main types of blenders to review. Each type has its advantages and limitations so be sure to select one that best suits your intended use.
1. Hand or Immersion Blender – These handheld blenders are small meaning they are easy to clean and store. They’re typically the least expensive option and are ideal for creating soups and simple smoothies with soft ingredients.
2. Traditional Countertop Blender – These are probably what you picture when you think of a blender. They sit upright on your counter, so they do require space and are more powerful than hand blenders at handling a wide range of ingredients, although blending ice is not always recommended. Although more expensive than hand blenders they are still budget friendly and ideal for creating thinker liquid-based items such as milkshakes and protein shakes.
3. Bullet Blenders – These small, upright blenders pack more power than they appear to at first glance. They can typically blend all the most common food ingredients and some models can even handle ice for frozen drinks. They don’t require much storage or counter space but can cost more than larger countertop blenders even though they typically can only make one serving size of a food or drink at a time.
4. High Performance Blenders – The most powerful of all the options, high performance blenders deliver the best whether you’re blending soft yogurt or condensing rough nuts. Smoothies will have the best texture and ice will crush with ease. They can typically produce a family size amount of any food or drink you create but because of their power and size do require the most counter space and put the biggest dent in your wallet.
5. Other Models – There are other less common models of blends you can find most that cater to individual needs. These models include single serve blenders, juice-blender combos, battery operated blenders,
Factors & Features to Consider:
1. Serving Size – You can always use the same blender multiple times, but to save yourself the hassle it’s easier to just invest in a blender that will meet your quantity serving needs most of the time.
2. Available Storage – Do you plan to store your blender on your counter or elsewhere and do you have the space? Taking a few simple measurements is an easy way to figure this one out.
3. Motor Power – The power of the motor is a large factor in what type of results you get but it’s not the only factor, so don’t be oversold on it. Quality of blade and overall engineering contribute to how effective the motor is going to work. In general, for a high quality blend look for units that have over 800 watts.
4. Blending Controls – The more controls you have the more options you have as well but in most cases five speeds with a pulse option will more than cover you.
You have many options when it comes to blenders and although it can be tempting to purchase the $20 model remember that price isn’t everything. Once you buy a blender it’s common to find yourself using it more often and if you did go with the cheaper option you’ll likely regret it, and simply need to replace it. No matter which model you consider look for quality and you won’t be disappointed.