WHY A BLENDER IS BETTER THAN A HANDBLENDER?
If you make soups or smoothies often for several people, a countertop blender is an excellent option.
If you are looking for a hand blender, it is convenient. They often only have one speed and setting so people who want silky smooth results might be disappointed.
A stand blender has many useful settings, such as the Vitamix Ascent A2300i, which can heat soup and blend nuts. It could also be an investment if you use it often.
WHAT TO REMEMBER WHEN BUYING A BLENDER?
Before you make an investment in a blender, there are many things to consider.
- Speeds and programs: While a few basic speeds will be sufficient for most people, more expensive options will offer more. These may be necessary, so decide if they are important to you. There are programs that can be used to make smoothies, soups, or pulses in blenders. These programs are very useful and convenient.
- Capacity: Jugs with larger capacities are best for large families or those who cook in batches. Smaller models are great for small kitchens. A 2-liter jug should suffice for all purposes. Because food processors tend to be smaller in size, compact sizes are a reason why best blenders win the food processors against blenders debate.
- Cleaning abilities: Most blenders have self-cleaning features. However, it is possible to clean blenders without them. When the blender is filled with water or washing-up liquid, these self-cleaning functions work by using a high speed mechanism to remove stubborn debris. Some blenders are dishwasher-safe, while others don’t.
- Power: The higher the wattage, the better. It will speed up your food preparation and allow for faster blending. While higher wattage can give you an idea of how powerful the motor, it does not necessarily mean that a blender is a more powerful all-round model. 500 watts is usually enough power for most blenders that are expected to perform the usual tasks.
- Blender material: Glass blenders have a higher scratch resistance and are less likely be dulled or to retain odors. They can be difficult to lift and are more likely to crack if dropped or knocked. High-quality, BPA-free plastic is what most good plastic blenders use.
- Extras: Some blenders come with extra accessories such as cups, a tamper or a feeder cap. These are useful extras that can be added to a blender, just like attachments for food processors. It’s a good idea to check if you need them.
WHAT PERCENTAGE SHOULD I BUY A BLENDER?
The purpose of your blender will determine the budget. A budget model, which costs $50 or less, may be sufficient if you are looking for a quick way to make smoothies or shakes. These less-expensive models may not have the best motors or precise blades so you might not get the consistency that you desire in your soups and smoothies.
You can use your blender for more heavy-duty tasks, such as making soups, dips, and cocktails for parties. Consider upgrading to a mid-range model that starts at $100. These blenders will have more powerful motors, faster speeds and a few more nifty presets. These blenders will also have a larger capacity than the cheaper models, so you can make large batches of food for your family and friends.
If you are going to be making large quantities or working with dry ingredients such as grains, coffee beans, and spices often, a premium blender (such as a Vitamix), is worth considering. The top-of-the line models have the best motors and build quality to drown out the motor noise. If you don’t plan on using your blender for many tasks regularly, it is not worth the extra cost.
There are many deals available on small appliances such as blenders, thanks to major holidays like Black Friday and Prime Day. You could save big if you’re looking for a high-end blender.
ARE GLASS BLENDERS BETTER THAN PLASTIC?
It’s all about personal preference when it comes to plastic versus glass. Plastic blenders are generally more affordable, making them the most budget-friendly option. Plastic blenders are lighter so you can take your smoothies to work or the gym with you. Most plastic blenders these days are BPA-free, so they aren’t as harmful to the environment or your body.
Glass blenders can be more expensive and have a higher-end aesthetic. Glass blenders are heavier than plastic so they can be more difficult to clean. Glass can also shatter easily. Glass blenders are less likely to retain odors and stain than their plastic counterparts. Glass is also heat-resistant, so it’s the best choice if you plan to make soups.
WHICH BLENDER WORKS BEST FOR SMOOTHIES
The NutriBullet Personal Blender is our favorite blender for making smoothies. It has a high speed blend function and sturdy blades that allow it liquefy frozen fruit and vegetables with relative ease. We’re also fans of the Sage/Breville Super Q Blender for its efficient-yet-powerful ice crush program and dedicated green smoothie button that removes any trace of fiber and spinach specks.
A smoothie blender should have blades that can crush ice and freeze fruits, and turn them into smooth, creamy liquids. You should also look for a model that has a lid and a cup to take with you wherever you go. Personal blenders should allow you to easily remove the cup from the base after you have finished blending. You can pour your drinks right away if you have a larger model.
TOP BLENDERS TO BUY
The blender’s timeless design would be attractive no matter what season. This blender is a basic model that serves mainly as an ice maker or smoothie maker.
This blender is only three speeds slower than the KitchenAid K400, but still delivers great results. We were impressed by the ice-crushing feature, even though it is smaller than the K400’s 650W. The four blades are angled in two directions, which means that ingredients are pulled and ground into contact with each blade at different points. The ice was blitzed to a snow-like consistency in half the time than the other models we tested. It was also the most quiet model we tested.
Although the K150 jar has the same capacity as the K400 model, it is made from BPA-free plastic and not glass. It was light and easy to attach and remove from the base. The base of this model, unlike the K400’s metal base, is made of plastic. This makes it less expensive but is also more expensive.
This model is less expensive than the K400, and it would be a great gift option. This model is a great choice for people who love KitchenAid and want to match their other kitchen appliances, but don’t have the budget or need bulky blenders.
You can maximize the effectiveness of your blender by purchasing accessories. The 200ml small batch containers are useful for making small amounts of pesto, salsa or hummus. The 500ml personal blender container is great for smoothies.
ZWILLING ENFINIGY POWER BLENDER
The Zwilling-Enfinigy power blender has only two blades, which is a difference from other models. The stainless steel blades have piranha-like serrated teeth that allow for optimal blending. We were impressed with the results, even though we only had two of them.
The blender is powerful at 1600W, but it also made it quite loud on the highest speed setting. This blender has a large capacity of 1.8 litres, which makes it a good choice if you make multiple servings.
Pre-calculated timings are used to program the settings for ice, cocktails and ice creams. We found the smoothie setting particularly effective.
The jug stands at 42.6 cm (16.8in) high when it is attached to the base. This is approximately 2cm (0.8in taller) than the KitchenAid K400. This might pose a problem for people with low kitchen cabinets. The design was attractive, and we loved the illuminated dial and matte black base. It was also easier to clean, as only one button is on the base. This machine can be paired with a cleaning mode that works perfectly and is a great choice if you like to clean your kitchen. We thought it looked elegant and would look great with the modern, chic kitchen trends.
The blender has a stamper, which, unlike other models, is used to safely move ingredients around in the container. However, this expectation is questionable given the price.
DUALIT VORTECS(r) BLENDER
Dualit VORTECs blenders are more affordable than the KitchenAid models, take up less space, have more speed settings, and are more cost-effective. However, its design is a bit disappointing. This blender is for you if space is tight but you don’t care as much about aesthetics.
We felt that this blender’s design was less modern than other models, due to its blue-tinted base and shiny silver jug. The buttons felt cheap and didn’t feel like they had any click or mechanism.
Practically, however, the blender was better than the Zwilling Enfinigy, which measures 21.4cm (8.4in), in terms of space efficiency. There are six blades in the blender, with four featuring a unique design to target the contents at different angles.
The soft-start motion of this blender reduces the amount of ingredients in the jug bounce around. It also ensures that the blades are always in contact. We found that the pre-set ice was ineffective and we had to use the blender on maximum speed for much longer than the other blenders tested.
The VortecS blender uses a BPA-free Tritan container instead of plastic or glass. This is safer and more lightweight than other blenders and offers the same convenience and security as plastic.
The blender worked well, was space-efficient, and we liked its design. However, the blender’s aesthetics and mechanism were less appealing to us.