This buyers guide helps you get the best value for money and ensuring the blender you buy isn’t just going to gather dusk on your kitchen countertop. Following are some basics to consider when purchasing a blender. The rest is ‘nice to have’ and can be considered as add-ons depending on the individual needs, budget and preferences.
This should be your fundamental consideration before you move on to other characteristics of a blender. Ask yourself a question: what would I use the blender for? Think of the type of food or drinks you are going to make, be it making your current kitchentasks much faster or performing something that you just simply impossible by hand like making ice snow. Your answer will drive you to the appropriate blender type and features.
Types and Features
There are a variety of blenders in the market, from ‘handheld’ or ‘immersion’ blender which makes task of chopping, mixing, and pureeing faster, to all-in-one multifunctional ‘kitchen systems’ that allow you to process and cook food at the same time. The latter is clearly more expensive but it saves you from buying other kitchen gadgets (if you haven’t already done so).
Power counts. Blenders normally ranges between 350-2000 watts. 500-600 watts are usually enough for simple blending tasks but to crush ice into that perfect snow, you might need higher watts. Wattage tends to have direct equation to speed, price and loudness, but it doesn’t always mean better performance. Other factors such as quality of blades and design also count.
Some blenders have their blades permanently attached to the bottom of the pitcher, which makes it more stable. On the other hand, detachable blades are easier to clean. Regardless, durability and blade- design should be the precedent factors as they determines the performance and usage of the blender.
Controls and functions
A 2-speed (high and low) toggle is simple, easy to use and sufficient for the basic blending tasks. Depending on your needs, there are blenders with pre-programmed cycles which automatically adjust the speed and pulse according to the type of food you are preparing.
A glass jar is sturdier, environmentally friendlier but heavier. On the other hand, a plastic jar is lighter but tends to scratch and stain easily, hence affecting the visibility of the content in it. If you must get a plastic jar, make sure it is BPA-free. Some people overlooked the design and ‘opening’ of jars, which affect how convenient it is to add ingredients while the blender is in motion.
Visible and easy-to-read measurement marks on pitcher add to ease of use, so is ergonomic handles and how convenient it is to clean. Noise should also form part of the consideration.
Remember, price is not always an indicator of power and performance. Read latest reviews from customers, do some research and compare specifications that matter to you the most.