Blenders are kitchen appliances used to puree, emulsify or mix food and other substances. In some instances, they are also used in laboratories as well.
We shall discover various types of this must have kitchen appliance in this comprehensive and detailed blenders review.
Blenders have been there for many years and though the concept is the same, technology has availed us very advanced blenders.
These advancements are mainly in terms of capacity, motor speed, hygienic production materials, power consumption efficiencies and much more.
This blender review will avail you a comprehensive and detailed analysis on;
- Heavy duty
- Low duty
Kindly read through to the end because I will share some golden tips and answer some of your questions at the end of this blenders review.
Before you purchase a blender, look below and see which functions different types of blenders offers you.
- Making soups
Take note that blender prices are mainly determined by the functionalities of the specific blender.
Before we proceed, I would like to mention a few types of blenders and answer some questions you may have.
Types of blenders
This is a handheld blender used to mix or puree food inside a container where the food is being prepared.
Hand blenders are so common because of their ease of use, ease of cleaning and convenience.
Great news, you can get cordless versions for ease of movement within the kitchen.
Other types of blenders falling under this sub category include;
- Stick blender
- Immersion blender
These blenders are convenient and low capacity/volume types. you can use them to chop bits of food.
You can easily dismantle and clean them with ease. Moreover, this small blender can be stored with ease as they do not consume much space.
Single serve blenders are good for making smoothies and light blending functions.
Furthermore, they come with lids that fit on the blender cup itself so that you can drink your smoothie on the go.
This type is found in a majority of the kitchens worldwide and the reason being, the diversity in their blending functionalities and capabilities.
They come in different sizes and their bases are powerful so as to allow the jar to sit on top of them as you blend.
With a full-size blender, you just need to add your products into the jar, place lid on top of the jar then, place the jar on top of the base and blend.
this blender type has speed and frequency settings and this gives you diversity
in what you can blend.
looking at distinct blending? If yes, this is the type of blender you should
acquire and keep.
is made for special blending purposes. And well, the performance is exemplary.
You can chop, grind, blend, puree and whip up a smoothie in no time.
Specialty blenders are very powerful and are made to last long. Moreover, they mix everything as required giving you the desired and anticipated result.
They are heavy duty blenders and well; you will get them in restaurants and hotels. Frequency and speed settings will make your blending blissful.
This manual blender is a favorite for gym goers and lovers. It is a small capacity type and one that you must have.
Blender bottle blenders come in a cup and a tight screw-on lid that has a blender ball attached to it.
blender ball has an empty space through which liquid passes with ease.
To blend, add
the components into the cup. Then, make sure that the lid is securely on before
you start shaking.
As you shake the blender cup, the ball moves through the powder and liquid mixing the components into a cohesive ready to drink the mixture.
This blender type is perfect for making your protein drinks and cocktails as well.
Frozen Drink Maker/Blender
Do you love
frozen drinks? If yes, this is the best blender for you. The frozen drink maker
comes in different shapes and sizes.
One disadvantage, however, this type cannot be used to do any other blending function. It is specifically made for one role.
With a frozen drink maker, you can make kids smoothies and yours as well. This advanced kitchen appliance will make your days great.
Kitchen System/Multi-Purpose Blender
This is the
ultimate kitchen appliance. Reason being, you can actually blend, juice, puree,
process food and much more.
multi-purpose blender comes with all attachments that make your blending and
food processing bliss.
Though pricey, the advantages and functionalities outweigh any other consideration.
Well, they consume more power but the convenience will save you more. Furthermore, they are durable.
looked at the above, it is now time to talk about other features you should
have a keen look at:
1. Blenders Capacity
blenders come in different capacities. Before you make a purchase, put this into
about 5 defined capacities. They are;
These offer you the smallest
capacity. At just 20 ounces/0.5 liters,
mini capacity blenders are ideal for a single serve.
Moreover, mini blenders are
ideal for a quick smoothie on the go and are not much expensive.
Small size blenders have a maximum capacity of 35 ounces/1 liter and are ideal for two smoothie servings.
You can also make soups and
other light blending recipes using this type.
Medium size blenders would
be the right purchase for many homes.
They can perform multiple
blending functions without much hassle.
With a capacity of up to 50 ounces/1.5
liters medium sized blenders will give you 3 to 4 servings per go.
At 65 ounces/2 liters, large
size blenders are ideal for small parties and medium families.
These blenders are versatile and can do smoothies, soups, and, other blending functions.
Well, they are pricey but
worth every coin. Moreover, they are durable.
Extra large blenders are
more of commercial/professional blenders.
They are ideal for large
families and parties as well. With this capacity, you can rest easy that you
will get a lot of servings.
Furthermore, they can
perform multiple functions and are durable and long lasting.
Extra large capacity blenders are pricey but worth every dime. These blenders have capacities beyond 65 ounces/2 liters.
2. Blenders Jar Materials
There are three types of jar
material used in the manufacture of blenders. These are;
This is the most common material
used in the manufacture of this kitchen appliance.
Plastic has pros and cons. This is mainly determined and depends on the quality of the blender you buy.
One of the major cons is
that plastic contains BPA chemical which can be harmful to the body.
Another con is that plastic
can chip and scratch and furthermore if cheaper quality, can crack or shatter
Plastic blender jars at
times also produce a foul odor more so if not cleaned well after use.
Some a pros are lightweight and if you have a high-quality blender, you do not need to worry because it could last you a long time.
When buying, kindly insist on a BPA free plastic made jars to be on the safe side. This important feature could see you pay more for your blender.
Metal jar blenders are the
most expensive and most durable and are being purchased more worldwide.
Made of stainless steel,
these jars are easy to clean and have no bad odor at all.
Some of the cons include the cost of purchase, and not being able to see how the blending activity is going on.
Furthermore, if dropped,
these metal jars can dent therefore affecting the blending capability and
beauty of the blender.
Well, having said that, I
would still recommend this type of blender to you anytime because of the numerous
Glass jars are extremely
fragile and should be handled with much care.
The good thing and a big pro for these jars are that they do not withhold or transfer any odor.
What does this mean to you? You
can do any form of food and even store on these jars without worrying that your
next blending session will inherit the odor from the previous session.
Furthermore, glass jar
blenders are long lasting and the prices are relatively pocket-friendly.
The major cons of these magnificent kitchen appliances are the fragility and heavyweight.
3. Blenders Features
This blender review would
honestly not be complete if I do not tell you which features you should give
attention to before you make that purchase.
Well, kindly read this
section keenly so as to make an informed decision.
All the features below are equally important if indeed you have to buy the best blender in the market
Before we proceed, kindly look at these electricity saving tips. They will come in handy for you at home.
With Juicing becoming
popular by the day, acquiring a blender capable of juicing is a big plus.
Juicing blenders however require you to add some water to get the juice, unlike a juicer.
Be ready to spend a bit more
on electricity because these are heavy duty blenders.
They require more power to run hence more energy consumption.
blenders are a bit pricey. Good thing is that they will perform other
Energy star certified appliances will save your pocket in regards to the electricity bills that you pay.
It is not as easy to get an energy star certified blender. However, with some research, you can get one.
Stick blenders come with
multiple attachments so that you can dismantle them.
With this, you can turn your
stick blender into a multifunction kitchen appliance.
I would advise you to kindly look at stick blenders that come with blades capable of chopping, mincing, and crushing.
Can crush ice
These are some of the most
powerful blenders in the market at the moment.
They consume more energy
hence you could feel the pinch in regards to your electricity bill.
However, they are
multi-purpose blenders and having one of them is a big plus.
With such a blender, you
will enjoy ice cold smoothies and all. But they come at a higher price.
Dish washer safe parts
If you happen to own a
dishwasher, it is prudent that you get a blender that is made of dishwasher
Cleaning blender parts
manually can be a tedious and boring task most probably if you are in a hurry
to do something else.
Variable speed control
Whether a knob or button, a
blender that avails you the ability to control blending speed is a kitchen
appliance worth owning.
Variable speed control
enabled blenders are a bit pricey but worth every dime.
These are multi-purpose
blending appliances that will avail you several functionalities like; chopping,
juicing, and much more.
Energy consumption can as well be high. I would, however, advise you to purchase one.
A complete blender should do
most of the aspects I have shared on these points.
Multiple functions blenders
are pricey and also consume much energy.
However, getting this
appliance for your family or business is something that you will not regret.
Most stick blenders come
with a rechargeable battery. This makes movement within the kitchen blissful.
Acquiring a cordless blender
is something I would recommend anytime.
Pouring a smoothie or any other blended product from your blender can be tricky.
However, a blender that has a built-in dispensing spout or one that can be attached to the lid is a great plus.
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