A blender might not seem like a kitchen staple or a high end item, but depending on what you will be using your blender for, it could quite possibly take a forefront in your kitchen. Before you make a purchase, you should know that you can’t just walk into a home wares store and ask for a blender. There is no one size fits all model.
Some blenders are very basic, just simple blending, doing what the name implies: Blending ingredients together. However, they can get pretty advanced in that they can make soup or process hard foods.
The number of blenders at your disposal is very impressive. There are basic hand mixers that have basic pureeing and mixing features.
Personal blenders have many functions, more than the hand mixer. If you’re going to be making smoothies, make sure you go with a blender with an ice crushing blade. I’d go with at least 500W of power. If you’re going to be doing some chopping, then be sure that there is a chopping blade and processing function on the blender.
Furthermore, when choosing a blender that you may be crushing ice wish, you should check that that it has a stainless steel blade. These tend to last longer and are more durable. You’ll end up spending a bit more on this style of blender, but it’s worth it not to have to replace it quickly. Especially if you’re blending ice, this can be damaging to blades that are not able to withhold the pressure. So if smoothies are your game, don’t skimp out on the blades – go with stainless steel. The best value for the money blender, is the one that comes with all the attachment blades, so you will not need to spend extra money buying those.
While it resembles a hand blender, an immersion blender is much different in that you are able to put an immersion blender right into a bowl, or pot on the stove. They’re not upright, so they can be stored in a drawer as opposed to taking up counter space. It’s really great for soup, baby food, and just mixing stuff. Since I make soup almost everyday, this is one of my favorite blender. And if you ask me, my personal best immersion blender for pureeing soups is the Breville one, it has all the different speed settings for how chunky you want your soup to be and the perfect grip.
When you’re pricing a blender, it is usually the more features that it has that affect the price. Most people think that the more speed it has, the pricier it is. Not the case. The more functions it as, the more kitchen tools it essentially puts into one device.
There is what seems like infinite choices when it comes to blenders. So what is the best blender? depends on your needs, just make sure you do your homework and are very clear on what you will be using it for.