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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 one. Learn more about the different types of blenders and special features available before making a choice.

 

Types of Blenders

Countertop Blenders

This traditional blender sits on top of a counter or other flat surface, and it typically has a separate jar and base.

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

Handheld Immersion Blenders

A handheld immersion blender has a long handle with a blade at the end that is used to blend ingredients in a cup, bowl or pot.

  • Ideal for soups and sauces - An immersion blender can churn and mix soups during the heating process.
  • Portability - This model can be brought to wherever you're cooking, making mixing hot liquids simple and safe.
 

Personal Blender

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

  • 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.
 
 
 
 

 Blender Features

Standard Features

  • Jar types - Glass, plastic or stainless steel
  • Opening - Wide-mouth jars make loading ingredients and washing easier.
  • Controls - Standard buttons include an on-off switch, pulse and a speed adjuster.

Advanced Features

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

 

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