Blender Buying Guide

Introduction


There’s a reason why blenders have been a household staple for nearly a century. Without compare, blenders are simply the best kitchen appliance for mixing together solids and liquids in a convenient and mess-free way. Having a good blender is a necessity that few households should be without, particularly if you like cooking. But how do you choose what kind of blender to buy? With a market crammed to the brim with recognizable brand names and generic knock offs, all featuring different modes and extensions, how do you know which model is right for you? Here’s some basic information you’ll need to know when shopping for a blender in any home.

 

 

Types

 

Even with all of the variety in blender features that you can find, there are still just two basic types of blenders to choose from in the market.

  • Traditional - Familiar to almost everyone with a kitchen, traditional blenders consist of a motor-powered base and a carafe that holds liquids, all topped with a removable lid to prevent unnecessary mess. They excel at tasks like crushing ice and other hard materials into a liquid form by using a powerful whirlpool design that effectively mixes liquids and demolishes solids.
  • Immersion - These handheld contraptions are a bit rarer, but still incredibly useful for the creative cook. Although they lack the crushing power of a traditional model, their easy to use design makes them appealing and extremely versatile. Instead of having to move the liquid you’re trying to mix into a carafe for a traditional blender, this design allows you to put the blender straight into the liquid you’re mixing. Great for soups and numerous other cooking projects, they offer a wide variety of uses that many cooking enthusiasts will appreciate.

 

Although they are merely variations on the standard two types of blenders, there are two other models that are worth noting.

  • Cordless - A variation on the immersion blender, this wireless model offers greater transport and thus, versatility. Unfortunately, it also tends to be less powerful than its corded counterparts.
  • Blender/Food Processor Combos - This variation on a standard blender has two attachments, including a food processor attachment as well as the traditional carafe feature. While the food processor doesn’t usually have all of the features associated with regular food processors, the added versatility is a nice bonus.
  • Personal Blenders - These are relatively new on the market and designed for the single person on the go, offering the opportunity to mix one cup and take it with you for added convenience.

 

Features to Consider

 

  • Style and Size - Be sure that the blender you’re buying fits your needs. If you’re going to be using it regularly, , it’s probably going to stay on your counter for all to see. In this case, style and design are important. What’s more, make sure that it’s big enough to handle the tasks you need it to without being cumbersome.
  • Materials - Everyday use means a lot of wear and tear. With designs that range from cheap plastic models to sturdy, bulky stainless steel, there are plenty of options on how sturdy you want your blender to be. Make sure you’re also taking into account the design of the carafe. With options made of plastic, glass, and stainless steel, the carafe is the heart of the blender and one of the most important features to consider carefully.
  • Design - Does the layout of the controls make sense to you? Does the design seem like it will be easy to clean thoroughly? Are there clear and easily readable measurement lines to help with all of your blended creations? Is the blade attached to the carafe or separate? All of these are important design features that will affect how you use your blender long term, so make certain that you’re comfortable with them from the start.

 

See our list of top blenders for specific recommendations.