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Buying a Blender


Blenders allow you to create a number of culinary delights in the comfort of your own kitchen. With just the press of a button, you can enjoy milkshakes, fruit juice blends and smoothies, as well as more complex recipes like salsa or pesto. As with most appliances, though, it's best to know what your needs are before you shop for a new blender. Learn more about the different types and special features available in the latest blender models.

Why buy a new blender?

If you don't need all the bells and whistles, you can find an inexpensive blender model to replace an older appliance.

The variety of blender attachments allows you to get the most out of your appliance. Whether it's a food processor cup or a personal blending pitcher, you can use a blender multiple ways.

The different blend modes process your ingredients exactly the way you want, letting you perform basic food preparation tasks in seconds and keeping counters clean.


Features of new blenders

Basic features

  • Blender jars come in glass, plastic or stainless steel
  • Wide-mouth jars make loading ingredients and washing easier
  • Standard controls include an on-off switch, a pulse button and a speed adjuster
  • A sharp blade, attached or detachable, blends your selected ingredients
  • A rubber washer sits on top of the base, below the jar, to protect the motor from spills

Learn more about how to clean a blender or how to clean an immersion blender


Special features

  • Some blender lids have a removable plug for adding ingredients during the blending process and can substitute as a measuring cup
  • Certain models may offer more complex functions, including options to chop, mix, puree or dice ingredients
  • Special attachments allow blenders to double as food processors in order to work with ingredients like certain nuts or hard cheeses
  • The latest blenders offer up to 16 speeds, giving you more control over the blending process
  • Personal blenders allow for the preparation of single-servings smoothies or milkshakes, perfect for an on-the-go lifestyle

Types of Blenders

Countertop blenders

These traditional blenders sit on top of a counter or other flat surface. They typically have a separate jar and base.

  • Price range: $20-$500
  • Number of speeds or controls: 3 to 14
  • Attachments available: Yes
  • Jar capacity range: 10 to 50 oz.

Countertop blenders are best for...

Large families: With more people, you'll want a blender that can make multiple servings or mix more ingredients at once.


Large kitchens: If you have plenty of counter and storage space in your kitchen, a countertop blender is a great option.

Their versatility: A variety of attachments are available to turn countertop blenders into food processors and other culinary tools, so they're great for multiple uses.


Immersion or handheld blenders

Immersion or handheld blenders have a long handle with a blade at the end that is used to blend ingredients in a cup, bowl or pot.

  • Price range: $15-$50
  • Number of speeds or controls: 1 to 2
  • Attachments available: No
  • Jar capacity range: N/A

Immersion blenders are best for...

Soups and sauces: Immersion blenders can churn and mix soups during the heating process.


Their portability: These blender models can be brought to wherever you're cooking, making mixing hot liquids simple and safe.

Quick recipes: If you're looking for the fastest option, an immersion blender is a great choice because it saves you time transferring ingredients from one container to another.




Personal blender

A personal blender can whip up smoothies and other blended drinks in servings that are the perfect size for one.

  • Price range: $15-$100
  • Number of speeds or controls: 1 to 3
  • Attachments available: No
  • Jar capacity range: 14-32 ounces

Personal blenders are best for...

Individual servings: If you're making dinner for one, these will let you make just enough for you.


People on the go: Many of these personal blenders can switch from a blender to a to-go cup by changing out the cap on the jar.

Bottom Line

There are a few blender models that perform different functions and utilize a variety of specialized attachments. If you're going to use your blender often, make sure to invest in a model that can be the work horse you need to chop up all kinds of different ingredients. Alternatively, immersion blenders are relatively small, inexpensive and are handy for specific dishes, such as soups or sauces. If you only want to whip up an individual serving of a breakfast smoothie, a small personal model has the convenience you're seeking. Consider the recipes you love and the meals you're planning to help you determine which blender will be the best fit for your kitchen.