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What to Look For When Choosing the Blender Models

Updated on November 30, 2015
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A Complete Guide to Buying Blender

Unlike some other appliances, blenders are often left on the kitchen counter by users: therefore, sales are being driven today by high-quality appearance, sturdy construction and improved power. While options have improved in recent years in terms of color and finish, appearance isn’t the only factor in choosing the blender models.

  • There are alternatives available to traditional blenders, including hand-held immersion blenders, which are useful to puree vegetables in a pot or for stirring powdered drink mixes. Also available are combination machines that are marketed to users of food processors – some of these models even have simple cooking capabilities. Be aware that going with these options might mean paying more or sacrificing power.
  • Think about your food and drink preparation needs to find blenders that work best in your needed functions. If you are mostly trying to mix drinks, for instance, you need a blender with the power to easily crush ice.

  • Higher-priced blender models often include increased power, touchpad controls and colors or designer style to go with your kitchen’s décor. Most blenders feature plastic or glass pitchers.
  • Ease of use will be increased with a blender that has easily understandable controls and large, easily-seen measurement marks. You can check the noise ratings if you don’t want to listen to a grating racket, because some blenders are so loud that you might need hearing protection.

Know the Blender models You Are Going to Buy

Buying a quality blender doesn’t have to cost a fortune. Many of the models we had tested performed several jobs just fine – even the cheaper ones. Consider your needs when choosing a blender, because some blenders are stronger than others. The takeaway is that attractive styling, the term “professional,” and a high price don’t necessarily mean a blender is the best in terms of performance and longevity.

Countertop Blenders

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Best Buy Countertop Smoothie Blenders

Manufacturers have found that the most common uses for countertop blenders include chopping and pureeing, mixing, and crushing ice for drinks.

The container of a blender can be made of stainless steel, glass or plastic and usually has a capacity between 4 and 8 cups. Glass containers are more stable and easier to clean. Plastic containers can scratch and have been known to absorb odors from whatever you are putting in it. Stainless steel may look nice but it keeps you from checking the progress of your blending.

Blender models normally feature between three and sixteen speeds but you may find that more isn’t always better. A variety of controls are available – some have dials or buttons, others may have flip switches or programmable touchpads.

Greater than 40 percent of sales of countertop-blenders are garnered by Oster and Hamilton Beach brands. Other companies selling blenders include Krups, GE, Waring, Vita-Mix, Proctor-Silex, Cuisinart, Breville, Ninja, and GE.

Handheld/Immersion Blenders

These are long, thin devices which are held in your hand and submerged in the food or drink you are preparing. The shaft includes a long neck with blades attached at the end, allowing a user to chop and mix food in its cooking container. For instance, you can puree some vegetables for soup directly in the pot in which they are simmering.

Immersion blenders are also very good for preparing milkshakes, smoothies and powdered drink mixes – be aware, though, that you have to hold the button down to keep the blades going, and this can get tiring.

Handheld blender models have advantages – they are adept at handling small jobs and they feature attachable blades that are easily stored. However, they seem to make a better complement for a countertop blender than an outright replacement.

The Important Features You Should Know

When it comes to blenders, performance, power and price don’t always agree – as shown by our tests. Some of the modestly powered, cheaper blenders managed mixtures that were perfectly blended, while some of the pricier and larger models left food lumpy or unevenly mixed. Let’s consider these blender features.

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Wattage

The wattage range of most blenders is 300 to 1,000 watts. Manufacturers will tell you higher wattage means more powerful performance, but we have found that this is not necessarily true. Some models with lower wattage have outshined more powerful counterparts. It seems that blender power makes more of a difference with finished product with immersion blenders than with countertop ones.

Controls

Touchpad blender models have advantages because the controls are easier to clean and because some touchpad models are programmable so you don’t have to engage in guesswork. The only downside is having to push the buttons twice - once to start blending and again to stop it. Push button models switch easily from one mode to another with a single touch of a button, but they are harder to clean. Dial controls can be inconvenient because you have to dial past all the other settings to get to your desired mode, but the control is more easily cleaned than push buttons. Flip switch models are simple but leave you with only one or two available settings, plus a pulse setting (possibly).

Number of Speeds

As mentioned before, 3 to 16 speeds are customary, but more speeds do not equal better performance. Three completely different speeds are fine for most jobs – ten or more nearly-identical settings can be overkill.

Wide-mouth Container

This feature makes dishwashing easier, as well as loading ingredients into the blender.

Large Markings

Easy-to-read numbers and notches on the container make accurate measuring easier.

Pulse Setting

This setting helps you exactly time blending duration, because there is no delay between your release of the button and the stopping or starting of the blade.

Attached Blade

Intuitively, it would seem that an attached blade means a sturdier container, but it makes cleaning more difficult.

Final Word

That's it. I just want to make clear about the blender models and their usability according to your needs. I think it would help you get a perfect decision to buy a blender.

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      Reena Dhiman 2 years ago

      Indeed a good hub. I like the way you have detailed different steps which any buyer should take before buying a blender. Informative hub!!

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      mjkamrul 2 years ago

      Thank you dhimanreena.

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