Even if you already know that a blender is an essential kitchen appliance that can do a variety of tasks – from whipping cream, making smoothies, food processing, and crushing ice, selecting a blender is usually a hard decision to make.
It all depends on what tasks you intend to do with the blender. Some high-priced blenders offer multiple features but yet you may not need some of these features.
Some people prefer to go for a blender that does what you need it for while others may want to invest a bit more to explore what a ‘top range’ blender can offer them.
Whichever your case is, these few tips can help you to decide when you are considering buying a blender.
The first thing that you need to consider before you buy a blender is how much food you are going to blend at the same time. Don’t buy small blenders just because you think they offer ease of storage. If you know you will be blending large amounts of ingredients, and your space permit, it’s advisable to get a bigger one.
The blender’s capacity may vary from one to three liters.
The footing for a blender has to be sturdy. It should be stable enough that the blender will not topple off the table while it is filled with contents and performing its tasks. Stainless steel is the best material for this.
The containers may be made of glass or plastic. The ones made in glass are heavier, and sturdier but are more expensive than the ones with plastic containers.
Some blenders can perform multiple functions and each function usually requires you to change to different attachment. Make sure that if you needed these functions, the attachments are easy to detach and replace. Evaluate the difficulty of fitting another attachment. Also check if the attachments have sensitive parts that may break if it is improperly attached.
Some blenders also have an ice button which will be perfect if you need to crush ice. Also, there are blenders that have a small opening at the top to allow you to add small amounts of ingredients while blending.
This can vary from 500 watts for the smaller food processors to 1200 watts for the larger blenders. One with high wattage can blend quickly and easily. The only concern is that these blenders cost more.
A blender with a variety of settings, eg. speeds and pulse actions, allows you to mix a variety of ingredients at different textures.
Other that the blender has to be easily and safely cleaned and stored, it will be good if the blender has cord storage spaces with lids to prevent the cord from being wet since many people leave their blenders on the countertop most of the time.
Some models are also labeled as dishwasher safe. These are better particularly when using a dishwasher. These containers can usually be opened at the top and the bottom to facilitate the cleaning.
Many processors also have safety locks to prevent the machine from starting to process without the lid on.
Countertop or immersion blenders
Countertop blenders are the most commonly known design of blenders. These have a base and a container in which the materials are blended. Since most people just leave these blenders on the countertops than store these in the closet, these blenders come in a variety of color and design.
The immersion blender, on the other hand, is a stick-shaped handheld device that has a swirling blade at the bottom. These consume less power, about 200 watts; thus, it is limited to a few tasks and for blending some ingredients. These are usually used for pureeing, mixing soups and chopping vegetables. These blenders are now, also being paired with whisks, beaters and attachments for cleaning baby bottles.
Since these blenders are not to be left on the countertop, it has fewer options for color and design. The price for immersion blenders is cheaper.
Now, that you know what you need to consider before buying a blender, so before you decide to buy one, check also the warranty to protect your rights as a consumer. If possible, request a demonstration to check out if you like what the blender can do for you. Some blenders that claim to be able to crush ice may fail to do so.
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