Blenders are the go-to tool for the home cook for making quick smoothies and shakes, puréed soups, and frozen cocktails such as daiquiris and blended margaritas. We present a guide to buying the best blender.
Blenders can be a bit expensive, especially the good ones. Taking into consideration the fact that they can do serious chopping, liquefying, mixing, and are sometimes used for crushing ice, buying the finest quality blender you can pay for is a great idea. For blenders, price is usually a good indicator of quality.
Some basic options that would be useful;
- Thick glass pitcher with a curved pouring spout
- Marks that are easy to read. For measuring ingredients.
- Base that is wide and sturdy
- Easy-clean speed control buttons
- Power at 500 Watts or more (for blending smoothies and crushing ice)
- Lid, jar, blade component, and base that can be easily disassembled for easier cleaning
The jars or pitchers are made in different sizes. Personal blenders normally hold 8 ounces, size for a personal smoothie. Larger blenders can hold anywhere between 48 ounces, which is the standard, and 60 ounces. The most long-lasting pitchers are made from thick glass while the cheaper ones are made from plastic. There are also stainless steel pitchers. The best kind of jar blender can perform all sorts of tasks; mixing up shakes and smoothies, finishing soups, emulsifying dressings, crushing ice, crushing grains, and every other thing you can think of.
Stick Blenders or Immersion Blenders
These are hand-held blenders and they are super convenient. You don’t have to pour hot liquids into detached glass pitchers for blending. Immersion blenders can swiftly blend sauces and soups directly inside the bowl or pot you’re using. They can be cleaned easily. Storing them is also easy, unlike the large jar blenders. Some of them come with different speed settings and attachments for tasks like whipping and chopping.
These are for personal stuff. They are single-serve, perfect for making a fast smoothie-for-one. Extra: The small containers can double-up as mugs, meaning you have to wash only one container. Disadvantage: This is not the best blender for heavy-duty, tough jobs.