ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel
  • »
  • Home»
  • Kitchen»
  • Kitchen Electronics

Best Blenders - Top Blenders

Updated on June 3, 2011

Blender Reviews and Blender Models

Are you going to have a party? Do you want to spice it up a little? Do you want to serve blended and frozen drinks? Is part of the fun making drinks? Can you follow recipe's?

If you are answering any of these questions with a yes, then you need a blender. You should choose a blender that does a good job with crushing ice and has a large capacity.

We always make the drink mixing and serving a part of the party, everyone is expected to get into the drink blending and following the recipes. It is always a lot of fun and the laughs we get from making mistakes like too much lime that makes everyone pucker, or too much spirits is the greatest fun, and as the party goes on, and we all are a little braver, we try outlandish things and get the most laughs.

The hub of a party is the music, friends, and everybody participating in the drink mixing and blending.

In choosing blenders for you, I took into consideration buyer reviews, ratings, and price.

You will find information on the following models Osterizer, Hamilton Beach, Black and Decker, Oster, KitchenAid, Waring, Vitamix, and Blendtec.   After reviewing all the blenders and the customer reviews, I chose these as the best in each class.

Budget Blenders

For this category I chose the following highly rated blenders:  Hamilton Beach, Black and Decker, and Two Oster.

Budget blenders are blenders that do not break the bank, but still provide a good solid tool for making smoothies and drinks. The ones I have chosen for this category are all priced under $50, have good or great reviews and should provide great service for low demand use. I have a blender like these and have been using it since the 70's. I have replaced the gaskets a couple of times but it might be time for a new one since the base is cracked. But at these prices, I can afford one every 30 years or so. The one I have is 'harvest gold' which dates the blender. We have used it mainly as a drink blender, icee maker, and for making smoothies once in awhile. The heavier duty uses are saved for the food processor.

Heavy Duty Blenders

These are blenders that provide a heavy duty service and are used more often. If you are someone who uses a blender several times a week, that is a pretty frequent duty. You need a little more in a blender and it has to hold up to the duty use. These blenders are a little more expensive in the $100 range, but they are expected to complete a heavier duty cycle. If it is used frequently for various jobs, it should have more than one blade and be reliable.

It should have ice crushing ability and can work often without overheating and should have the wattage power needed for the duty cycle.

For this group I have chosen a KitchenAid, two Waring and one Oster.


Commercial Blenders

For this category chose the very highly rated Oster, Waring, Vitamix, and Blendtec.

Great reviews and powerhorses.

Sometimes a blender is used so much it has to do daily duty over and over. This would be a juice bar or a drink bar. When your blender has to do this kind of duty or blending for caterers and party bars, you need to get a heavy duty blender that can do this kind of duty.

The answer is in a commercial blender meant for such duty and it is going to cost more. But if your livelihood depends on it, then you must have a good, commercial duty blender.




Favorite Daiquiri Recipe


Strawberry Daiquiri

Strawberry Daiquiri served with Fresh Fruit

I love a Strawberry Daiquiri but I want it Frozen and Blended

Ingredients:

  1. Rum  1 Ounce
  2. 3 or 4 Frozen Strawberries
  3. Sugar  2 or 3 tsp (sweeten to taste)
  4. Lemon Juice or Lime Juice 1/2 Ounce
  5. Ice Cubes 1/2 cup (variations in strawberries call for more or less)

Each drink should be mixed to individual taste,  I like lots of rum and strawberries and I don't want the sugar so I add some artificial sweetener.    Some people like it tart so add a little more lemon or lime for them and serve with a twist.     This is a cooling delicious drink.

Serve in Beautiful Classic Margarita Glasses

Favorite Easy Simple Margarita Recipe

I love the frozen drinks and this one is simple and easy and quick and delicious. I just get my Maragarita mix the liquid from Costco. It is reasonably priced and all you have to do is add your favorite Tequila.

1. One or two ounces of Tequila

2. One cup of Margarita Mix

3. One cup of Ice

Blend on high until the iced is blended and the drink appears frozen, you may need to add some iced. Rim the glass with salt if desired, this makes a hearty drink or split it between two people.

Delicious and refreshing drink.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @Healing Touch Glad you approved, and hope the daquari gets you through the blizzard! Thanks for the nice comments.

    • Healing Touch profile image

      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      SteveoMc

      Blizzard here in MN. Nice daquari to go with it. I really enjoyed this hub. Great job.

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @Hello,hello Thanks for stopping by.

    • Hello, hello, profile image

      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      I have got a good blender and thanks for the good recipes

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @BJ Glad to have you back, and thanks for reading my stuff.

    • BJBenson profile image

      BJBenson 7 years ago from USA

      I have been thinking about a new blender. Thank you for all the great info!

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @SweetiePie Of course, that is what I mean too. I hope you know the meaning of Tongue in Cheek, my response is meant to be TIC. Sometimes people don't get it, but it is my joy of life. Smile, laugh, get a few chuckles. I love iced mochas, and other iced drinks. I'm with you all the way.

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      Well I do not drink period, and no political or economic situation is going to be a damper on my joy of life. Really, you have to look for the positive things. When I mean drinks I mean the iced mocha kind :).

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @SweetiePie I will have to keep that in mind....but I rarely drink alone, lol. I might have to start though given the current political condition.

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @Nellieanna You are half way there, just add a couple of shot of rum or vodka to your smoothie and it will be a real smooth-eeeeeee! Love having you drop by, thanks.

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @dallas Hehehe, and a margarita often looks like it might have frogs in it. Don't tell frogdropping! I searched and searched for blood separators but none of them include a price. And most of them won't do 5 gallons, so disappointed. And I wanted 5 gallons of margaritas this weekend. I guess I will just have to make it a quart at a time.

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @justom LOL, you are right, a blender is completely useless until you need it. I personally have to wipe the dust off of mine when I use it, but then I am so happy to have it I can't believe it. Even if I use it only every few months, when I do, I am all happy and putting this and that into it and having the greatest time. I am feeling good, thanks! Glad you stopped by, no neet for me anymore unless you can call a shot with a beer neet. Thanks for stopping by.

    • SweetiePie profile image

      SweetiePie 7 years ago from Southern California, USA

      I like the Magic Bullet for small and quite drinks and meals.

    • Nellieanna profile image

      Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

      I use an excellent Oster blender. I love the drinks you mention & the recipes look luscious. But, alas, my blender use has been mostly making fresh fruit smoothies.

      Thanks for a fun hub!!

    • dallas93444 profile image

      Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

      Blenders are great. I prefer the heavy duty ones. They work great for tossing in frogs!

      Reading justom's comments reminded me of when I was rafting down the Sacramento River, I stayed on an island and they used huge, 5 gallon blood "separators" (centrifuges) to mix margaritas - 5 gallons at a time. Worked great.

    • justom profile image

      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Good hub Steveo, I almost found it useless (only because in my real drinking days I never used any kind of mixer). I used to drink Scotch and later Bourbon and Rum but always neet. Then I saw the Margarita mix and realized yeah you got me, that and a Bloody Mary once in a while were also consumed. Blenders can also be used for food, imagine that! Hope you're feeling good man, Peace!! Tom

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @cybersupe I hope this helps, you know there are a lot of them available and Amazon has the amazing prices. Glad you came by.

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @danatheteacher Just what you needed, right? Thanks for reading, I appreciate it.

    • SteveoMc profile image
      Author

      SteveoMc 7 years ago from Pacific NorthWest

      @Wesman Todd Shaw I have been wondering how to get your attention, I might have known it would be alcohol! LOL

      Thanks for stopping by.

    • CYBERSUPE profile image

      CYBERSUPE 7 years ago from MALVERN, PENNSYLVANIA, U.S.A.

      Hi Steve, just a hub I was looking for because my wife wants a new blender for Christmas. Thank Yo and God Bless!

    • danatheteacher profile image

      Dana Rock 7 years ago from Pacific Northwest

      Suddenly, I think I know a thing or two about Blenders....don't know how that happened but hey;)

    • Wesman Todd Shaw profile image

      Wesman Todd Shaw 7 years ago from Kaufman, Texas

      Now, you really got my attention with the frozen drink recipes!