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Neighbors Envy and Blenders Pride – The Road To Smoothie Greatness

Buying Guide

Choosing the best blenders helps avoid a lot of chopping and cutting to make a dip or avoid a cooktop procedure to make a homemade soup or broth. Just toss basic ingredients into a good blender and emulsify and heat them quick. High quality blenders can also grind wheat and flaxseed, knead dough, and make a delicious ice cream.

Frozen drinks are a common use of high-quality blenders. There are tons of smoothie recipes to on the internet with variations on recipes for margaritas, daiquiris and any number of blended drinks.

The key is using high quality blenders as cheaper blenders tend to not shred well and get stuck completely and you never get past the initial pulse. The best blenders on the market are good with ice and don't get choked when making smoothies/etc.

The below tips and notes can come in handy in deciding the kind of blender you need for your kitchen. If you would like to see additional details you can also click this link to see another post on blenders that gives additional details on the best blenders or blender food processors that may be useful.

TYPES OF BLENDERS

FOOD OR DRINK

BLENDERS FOR MAKING SMOOTHIES OR CRUSHED ICE COCKTAILS

Blenders for making smoothies or crushed ice cocktails.

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  • A countertop blender has the power to crush ice and puree frozen fruits, and can also make pureed soups and other recipes.
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  • This type of blender comes with a jar or container.

BLENDERS FOR PUREED SOUPS AND SAUCE​S

Stick or Immersion Blender
  • A stick or immersion blender can be submerged right into the vessel and pot of soup or sauce ready quick, without requiring you to transfer boiling hot stuff into the blender.
Stick or Immersion Blender
  • It is also known as a hand blender.

OTHER DISHES

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  • An all-in-one blender comes with special attachments to handle different kind of work, and it can often replace a variety of kitchen appliances, including a food processor and a mixer.
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  • These come in handy if you’re looking to save on kitchen space.Look for blenders food processors combos when evaluating a buy.

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FEATURES TO CONSIDER IN A BLENDER

MOTOR SIZE

BLENDER MOTOR SIZE

A more powerful motor and can make chopping ice and milling grains much simpler.

TOUCHPAD CONTROLS

BLENDER TOUCHPAD CONTROLS

A touchpad or other smooth surface controls can help make blender cleaning easy, as food or spilled liquids won’t get stuck between the buttons.

MULTIPLE SPEED SETTINGS

BLENDER MULTIPLE SPEED SETTINGS
  • Some blenders have only two or three settings, while others can go up much higher.
  • You really just need a few good settings for most blending purposes.
  • If you are into making drinks, look for an ice crushing speed.

CONTAINER SIZE

BLENDER CONTAINER SIZE
  • There are blenders that make personal-sized smoothies (14 ounces), all the way up to a  90 ounces.
  • For daily use, a 40-ounce capacity container will work just as well.

BLADE MATERIAL

BLENDER BLADE MATERIAL

Stainless steel blades tend to be more durable, and capable of handling heavy-duty tasks like crushing ice as compared to aluminum blades.

SAFETY

BLENDER SAFETY

A container should ideally have a lid with a secure seal, have an opening to add ingredients when in use, and should open at the top and bottom to remove the contents and clean the blades.

ADDITIONAL ACCESSORIES

Some blenders come with two sizes of containers; immersion and all-in-one blenders often feature additional accessories, such as a whisk attachment or a chopping container.

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BLENDER CONTAINERS

Blender containers can come in a variety of materials, including glass, plastic and stainless steel. So while you may need blenders for green smoothies or blenders for hot liquids or blenders for juicing you must consider the following when you’re choosing the material.

MATERIAL

PLASTIC

BENEFITS

Quite sturdy and lightweight.

CONSIDERATIONS

May not be dishwasher safe. Can be prone to staining and retaining odors of foods.

GLASS

Clear, resistant to stains or odours.

May not be dishwasher safe. Can be prone to staining and retaining odors of foods.

STAINLESS STEEL

Sturdy and sleek looking. Resistant to stains and odors.

You’ll need to take off the lid to observe the food you’re blending.

BLENDER BUILD

  • When buying look for a heavyweight base with rubber webbing, to keep the blender stable when it’s in use.
  • A good blender container is ideally wide at the mouth, to make it easier to put ingredients inside and pour or remove the finished product outside.
  • The lid should fit tightly onto the container to prevent nasty kitchen spills.

Many people keep their blenders on the countertop, so you might consider how the selected blender will fit into your kitchen decor.

DESIGN ASPECTS

Blenders come in many different styles, vintage or sleek or modern that can fit inside a classic or contemporary kitchen. Blenders are also available in a range of color schemes.

EXTRA FEATURES

Some blenders come with additional attachments or accessories that allow them to take on more kitchen tasks than just blending. Some common add-ons include:

  • A whisk attachment which is often featured with immersion blenders.
  • A juicer attachment, to turn the blender into a juicer.
  • A food processing/chopping bowl, to chop ingredients.
  • A mixing bowl, to help knead the dough.