Blenders are a wonderful kitchen appliance that can help you make delicious and nutritious drinks, sauces, dressings, soups, and more. But with so many different types of blenders available on the market today-including countertop models and immersion blenders-choosing, the right one for you can be challenging. Let’s see how to find your perfect match.
What Type of Blender You Want
There are many different types of blenders on the market today. Do you want a basic blender with not too much power? A high-powered blender for making frozen drinks? For example, if you want to make smoothies at home, you’ll want a high-powered blender to make the smoothies creamy, not watery. On the other hand, if you want to blend up vegetables or fruit for your baby’s first foods, a basic blender will work just fine.
Have you seen a certain blender you are interested in but aren’t sure what it does? The best way to find out is to search the blender’s name or go directly to the manufacturer’s website to read about the blender you’re interested in. You’ll be able to see if it has all of the features that work for your needs.
Understanding Your Cooking Habits
Do you cook at home every day? Do you often invite friends over for dinner parties or have guests over for major holidays? If so, you will want a blender that can handle making your favorite beverages and dishes.
Do you usually cook at home during the week and treat yourself to eating out on the weekend? You’ll probably be fine with a lower-powered blender. If you have a high-powered blender, does it include a tamper tool? If so, this can be very helpful for when you’re making soups and dips that need to be blended in batches and don’t move around the container easily (like pumpkin puree).
Do you like smoothies? Frozen drinks? Shakes? If so, then you’ll want a high-powered blender that can crush ice to make your favorite frozen drinks. You may also want to consider whether or not you’ll need the blender jar to be dishwasher safe (some blenders come with their own travel cups) and what type of lid the jar will come with.
How Big You Want It To Be
Are you looking for something small enough to fit in your small kitchen? Will you need to put it away when not in use (many blenders are tall and take up valuable counter space)? Do you have plenty of storage on the bottom of your refrigerator so you can easily store a smaller blender jar?
Do you have room for a larger blender that may take up some valuable counter space? Do you have the room to store it in between uses, or will you need to leave it out on your counter when not in use? If so, what size blender do you want-a tall one, a shorter one that takes up less counter space, or are you okay with having two different blender sizes to fit all of your needs (such as a high-powered blender and a basic blender for your baby’s first foods)?
How Much You Want to Spend
Blenders vary in price, but if you’re looking for a good one, experts recommend spending between $150-$400. Spend what you can afford to ensure that it will be durable and made with good-quality materials. If you choose a high-powered blender that can crush ice and make frozen drinks as well as blend soups and dough, you might be looking at spending over $400 for the blender jar alone (and these blenders don’t come with an additional regular blending jar).
Do You Want Accessories
Looking for accessories with your blender? Some blenders come with a tamper tool and/or a whisk attachment. They’re worth it if you plan to make soups and batters often. A blender that has its own travel cup is also something we recommend-pay the extra $10-$20 or so that it costs since you won’t have to wash the travel cup every time you use it.
Blenders with self-cleaning functions can also be useful but may cause more problems than they solve (they aren’t always reliable). Sometimes the blender overheats trying to clean the container itself, and sometimes it misses spots on the container. It can also be difficult to see if there is baked-on food in the bottom of the jar (which means you will need to hand wash it even though it’s supposed to clean itself).
Cleaning the Blender
Some blenders come with manual cleaning instructions. The biggest culprit of hard-to-clean blenders is the machines that have to be disassembled and washed manually (and all of the nooks and crannies in the machine that are difficult to get into). Other blenders that have a self-cleaning feature can be cleaned in the dishwasher.
Blenders with a glass jar may sound appealing since you won’t have to worry about plastic chemicals leaching out of the blender or liners wearing down over time. However, glass jars are very heavy and can break easily.
Handheld or Countertop
If you want something handheld, get a single-serving blender such as a Magic Bullet. These are great if you are making baby food or chopping up herbs. Not all blenders are equally great at making smoothies or frozen drinks-a blender designed specifically to make smoothies will come with a jar that is meant to blend up fruits and vegetables quickly when put under high speed. Also, some blenders come with an attached lid (for easier drinking) while others require you to remove the top before removing the jar.
Choosing between a countertop or handheld blender can also depend on whether or not your kitchen has space for a full-sized blender and how often you need it. If you have a large family, having a countertop blender is great because you may need to make large batches of smoothies or frozen drinks.
Choosing the right blender can be tricky. You’ll have to determine your budget, how much space you have in your kitchen for a blender, and whether or not you need an accessory with it. Thankfully there are many different types of blenders available-the type of food you make, your cooking habits, and whether or not you want a high-powered blender to make frozen drinks. With any luck, this article will help guide you through which features would work best for your needs!