Blenders are a household must have. When you’re a food junkie, living life without a blender can be hard. Aside from making shakes and smoothies, blenders are very versatile and you can even use this to make your perfect dip or soup.
What’s good about blenders is that you don’t need to be a pro to use it. There are different types from different brands you could choose from – this can get confusing and intimidating.
TYPE + PURPOSE
So, the first thing you need to consider before buying a blender is WHAT WILL YOU USE IT FOR?
It’s important to know where you’ll use a blender because different blenders are made for different things. You don’t want to waste your money buying something that couldn’t do what you want it to do, right? You should know and always keep in mind what you’ll use it for.
There are four different types of blenders. The first one is the Traditional Blender. The Traditional blender is the most common type because this is the most popular blender people buy in stores – for one, it’s less expensive than the other types. A traditional blender is best for low-intensity blending tasks. If you’re into making milkshakes on the weekends, or just fresh fruit smoothies this one’s for you.
The next type is the High-end or High Performance Blender. Yes, it will cost you way more than the traditional one, but if you’re looking into its power and capacity, this blender is better for you. If you want to blend silky smoothies or even crush ice – this is the blender that does the job. It will blend those up, in a flash.
The third type is Personal Blenders, personal blenders are good for on-the-go persons who make smoothies every day. A personal blender’s mixing container can double as a travel jar but it is not intended for hard core blending.
The fourth and last type is Immersion or Handheld blenders. As you can tell by its name, it’s not the usual plug and play. You hold this blender in your hands. This is most ideal for making soup. It is very effective and makes very smooth soup in the end, but it’s not versatile.
Knowing the features in a blender can make us maximize what blender we have bought.
Two of the most common types of containers are the plastic and the glass containers. Glass is heavier and may easily break, while plastic is lighter but it could absorb odors and stains. Both have downsides, so regardless of material, your container must have a wide mouth and readable measurement guides.
There are different types of controls. Touchpad controls which look sleek, are easier to clean but it may be hard to press the pads. Push buttons shift easily from one speed to the next, while in dial controls go to each setting before reaching the speed you want. And the flip switch is easiest to control but you only have two options.
There are blenders with speed options, there are blenders with a lot of options. Those with one two or three options may limit the type of blending you could do while with tons of options you can’t use all. Make sure you choose a blender with adequate amount of speed options – those which you could really use.
Blenders vary in sizes, some blenders are easier stored than others. Make sure that aside from the quality and the features, the size and storage will not be a problem to you.
Consumerreports.org suggests that “With their super compact design, immersion blenders tuck easily into a drawer, though again they can’t take the place of a countertop blender. Personal blenders are also fairly compact. If you’re going for a full-size unit and plan to keep it out on the countertop, a model that is less than 17 inches tall should save space on the countertop by fitting under the kitchen cabinet when not in use (though it’s a good idea to take a measurement since some cabinets are lower). Pay attention to the number of attachments and accessories that come with the blender. Some models feature multiple mixing containers, which might improve their versatility, but they’ll also take up storage space in your cabinets.”
If you want an upgrade to your blender, or want to buy a blender for a different function, we hope this has helped you!
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