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Blenders
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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;

Blender categories

  • Commercial
  • Multi-purpose
  • Advanced
  • 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.

  1. Crushing ice
  2. Dicing
  3. chopping
  4. Juicing
  5. Mixing
  6. Grinding
  7. 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

Hand Blenders

Hand Blenders
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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;

  1. Stick blender
  2. Immersion blender

Single-Serve Blenders

Single serve blenders
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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.

Full-Size Blenders        

Full size
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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.

Furthermore, this blender type has speed and frequency settings and this gives you diversity in what you can blend.

Specialty Blenders

Specialty Blenders
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Are you looking at distinct blending? If yes, this is the type of blender you should acquire and keep.

This type 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.

Blender Bottles

Blender Bottle
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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.

The metallic 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

Frozen drink blenders
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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

Kitchen system
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This is the ultimate kitchen appliance. Reason being, you can actually blend, juice, puree, process food and much more.

Well, this 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.

Having looked at the above, it is now time to talk about other features you should have a keen look at:

1. Blenders Capacity

Well, blenders come in different capacities. Before you make a purchase, put this into consideration.

There are about 5 defined capacities. They are;

Mini

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

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

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.

Large

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

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;

Plastic

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 if dropped.

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

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 advantages.  

Glass

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.

Juicing

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.

Furthermore, juicing blenders are a bit pricey. Good thing is that they will perform other functions.

Energy star

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.

Multiple attachments

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 safe parts.

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.

Multiple functions

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.

Cordless

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.

Dispensing Spout

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.

Blender accessories availability and cost

Before you commit to buying a certain blender, it is advisable to conduct research on the availability of blender accessories and replacement parts.

Recipes Included

Well, build your blending confidence with recipe ready blenders.

These recipes have been tried and tested.

You will get a wealth of information including blending tips and hacks to make great smoothies and other delicious foods.

Congratulations on reading up to this point. The next part will be more entertaining and engaging.   

In this part, I will share with you more about various blenders in detailed reviews.

I will also tell you about the prices and where to buy them. So, sit down relax and read more.

Blender Reviews

Top 10 blenders

Blendtec

Blendtec
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This is the most advanced blender model in the market. However these blenders come at a higher price.

With a 10 year warranty, accessories and the best engineering concepts, you can not afford not to have one.

They have two categories;

Residential blenders

Under this category, they have 3 series’;

 Classic series

Models falling under this series are;

  1. Classic 575 Black four side
  2. Blendtech Fit black

Designer series

Models falling under this category are ;

  1. Designer 725 stainless black
  2. Designer 625 black
  3. Designer 650 black
  4. Designer 675 black

Pro series

Models falling under this category are;

  1. Professional 800 black
  2. Professional 750 black

Commercial blenders

Blendtec offers you 6 different models under this category namely;

  1. Stealth 895 NBS
  2. Stealth 885
  3. Connoisseur 825
  4. Connoisseur 825 space saver
  5. EZ 600 black
  6. Chef 600

Well, this is one of the best blender make and to top it up, blendtec offers you certified refurbished blenders.

Blendtec pros

  • High quality
  • Durable
  • Cool warranty
  • Accessories available
  • Diverse models
  • Recipes included

Blendtec cons

  • High price
  • Fragile jar material
  • Heavier than other models

Blendtec Blender Prices

These super kitchen appliances are available for purchase online.

Kindly click on this link ahead to see blendtec blender prices on Amazon.  

  1. Vitamix
  2. Ninja Kitchen
  3. Nutri Bullet
  4. Hamilton Beach Blender
  5. Kitchen Aid
  6. Oster
  7. Breville
  8. Clean Blend
  9. Black and Decker

Top 10 Blenders in Kenya

  1. Philips
  2. Ramtons
  3. Hotpoint
  4. Mika
  5. Bruhm
  6. Sayona
  7. Black and Decker
  8. Kenwood
  9. Moulinex
  10. Ohms

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