The Blender Buying Tips and Guide

When you are on the search for the best blender, the first thing you need to do is to evaluate your needs.

If you find yourself preparing vegetables a lot more than other food items, you should consider purchasing a blending with lots of chopping options.

If you are more inclined towards preparation of fruit and vegetable smoothies or milk shakes, you should look at a device that can puree and liquefy.

But if you are interested in turning fruits and vegetables into liquid, consider a blender which integrates related settings and has a wide and secure base. The secure base will keep the blender steady while it carries out your blending instructions.

You need to also consider the storage space in your kitchen. If you lack enough space, you will do well to choose a blender that matches the rest of the items in your kitchen since it’s going to sit on your countertop.

For example, you should purchase a stainless steel blender if the majority of items in your kitchen are stainless steel too. You should also pay attention to the size of the container opening.

If the opening is small, there might not be enough space to accommodate large sized food items but with a decent sized opening, you can easily add uniquely sized items.

Since spill, small food, and drips are going to be going into the lower area of the blender, you should make sure what you have are buying has a wide opening area beneath so that you can easily insert your hand for a thorough cleaning.

Since you are going to be choosing between glass and plastic container options, you should asses your need and how you want to use the blender in the future. The glass container is heavier to move and pour and it is breakable but you will enjoy it for a longer period.

As for the plastic container, it is lighter but will definitely scratch with age.​

Things to Consider Before You Buy​

Now that you have a general understanding of what blenders can do for you, what your options are, and the different types, it is time to look at important features of different blenders so you know what to look at before buying.

Blender Capacity

When you are assessing your blender needs, ask yourself how many people the device will serve. If you are the sole user, you can do with a small sized blender. However, if you are purchasing for the whole family, you need to put the size of your family into consideration.

You don’t want to buy a blender that is not capable of preparing food for the whole family at a go.

But if you are a culinary professional, you can look at the size of those you cook for and decide on the blender size that will suit them.

If you don’t want to spend a lot of money on a blender, you can go for the smaller models. They are inexpensive and serve their purpose well. But can only do smaller food amounts and if you are cooking for the whole family, you may be forced to do several batches.

You will also be using more electricity and effort.​

Blender Blades

Manufacturers sometimes include a removable blade base on their blenders to allow for easier cleaning. Some models even allow you to remove the blades so that you can access the bottom for deeper cleaning.

You should also consider buying blades made from stainless steel don’t rust and are built to last longer than the other types.​

Power Consumption

When you are buying your blender, you should think about power consumption too. Some blenders are very powerful and they can help you chop and liquefy hard vegetables and fruits without using up too much energy. The power capacity of blenders is measured in wattages.

Blender Control

This is where you can select the appropriate settings for the type of ingredients you are blending. Some modern blenders come with touchpad control systems that allow you to easily manipulate and control the blender to achieve the best result.

However, classic models often come with push button starts, which give you more control over your recipe because you can stop the blender anytime you want.

Some blenders come with toggle settings, which allow you to set different speed for a thorough blending while others are rotary dial, which gives you superior control. If you are not that conversant with all these, the best option is to select a unit with easy to use control panel.​

About the Author Catherine Wheeler

Hey, I'm Cath :) Iv'e got two beautiful young girls who mean the world to me. I used to be a head chef over at my local restaurant but I gave that up to look after my girls. I decided to put my culinary experience to use here by bringing that wealth of kitchen related knowledge and sharing it with you guys.