A blender is very important tool in the kitchen; a good quality blender will save your time and give you the best final product. Ideally, buy a blender that can assist you in various thing like crushing down whole grain waffles, making good desert, blending salad dressings, and making creamy and thick smoothies.
The good news, buying a blender should not take much of your time. We have done the homework and listed the top 7 things you should consider when buying a blender.
1. Do you Want an Immersion or a Countertop blender?
A stick or immersion blender is a small handheld blender. It has a rotating blade attached at the tip of the long stick. It is usually used to blend ingredients in bowls or glasses. If you want to puree a sauce or a soup, the immersion blender works awesomely.
On the other hand, a countertop blender is made for the countertop. It has a large jar connected to a stand that controls it. It is ideal for smoothies, chopping ingredients and crushing ice.
Both blenders sometimes do a similar job, but they differ in size and appearance. Consider these things:
- Do you want a blender that can help you prepare food for a large family? If yes, go for the countertop blender.
- Do you have a space to put an extra countertop?
- Do you want the extra power of the countertop blender?
2. What is the horsepower/wattage of the motor?
Blenders come into two types of horsepower. The first one is the maximum or peak horsepower. This horsepower occurs only when you turn on the blender but it is not the actual horsepower the blender runs at. The second type of horsepower is the rated horsepower; the steady horsepower a blender’s motor can maintain.
Be careful when buying a blender with a maximum horsepower. This is a trick used by most advertisers to make you think the blender is more powerful compared to the rated horsepower models.
However, the best way to compare the blender motors is by looking at the wattage, as this will show you how powerful a motor is. If you are wondering, a single electrical horsepower is equal to 746 watts.
3. The controls available to control the blending
Blenders controls differ in many ways-blenders have different numbers of blending options. Some will have 3 speeds, while others will only have several options like for puree, smoothie, crushed ice, and blend. Purchase a blender that has all the options you need. It’s cheaper than buying a blender for each of the functions.
Furthermore, some blenders have manual controls. For such blenders, you either hold down or press a button to select speed. Note that there are manual blenders that come with well-programmed blend cycles (microprocessor blender).
In this type of blender you just press a button and walk away to complete other kitchen tasks, while the blender goes through different speeds and spins to blend the ingredients.
4. The material of the jar
Most people do not consider the differences in blender jar materials. There are three common options:
- Glass blender jar – glass is easy to clean and you can see what is happening inside the jar, but it is heavy and it will no longer be usable if you happen to drop it.
- Polycarbonate (plastic) blender jar – plastic varies in quality, it is much lighter than the glass jar and can survive a few drops and knocks, but the jar absorbs the stains odors of blended ingredients; if you are concerned with the BPA in plastics, buy a BPA-free polycarbonate jar.
- Stainless Steel blender jar – It is lighter than glass jar, and easy to clean. The biggest problem with this jar is that you cannot see inside when blending, this will force you to turn off your blender repeatedly to check whether you need to blend more.
5. Your budget
How much are you willing to spend? After determining this you will be able to narrow down the available options. However, sometimes it is good to first look at all the features you want and then see what you have in the pocket. If you want a good quality blender expect to spend more.
6. How often you use it
In most cases, it is true that a high-quality blender is more expensive. However, it is important to consider how often you will use the blender. Is it just once a year when you have visitors? Once a month? Or daily to make breakfast smoothies? If you will be using the blender daily, the expensive model will serve you for a long time.
7. Number people you want to serve
If you choose the countertop blender, check its blending container size. If you need to blend a single person smoothie you don’t need a big container, but if you are making smoothie for a family of four, you need to buy a blender with large containers. The large container will save your time because you blend all the ingredients at once.
A good quality blender is a great birthday or a wedding gift. It is the most convenient kitchen accessory and also long lasting. Most chefs use blenders to make milkshakes, soups, and delicious smoothies. A good quality blender is easy to clean and it is a tool that every kitchen in a home must have.