Philips is a Dutch technology company that makes consumer and professional products as well as lights. They manufacture everything from MRI scanners, respiratory machines, and dental equipment, to TVs, shavers, baby products, and household appliances. Because they make so many things, the company is organized into three divisions: Consumer Lifestyle, Healthcare, and Lighting
Philips blenders are mostly of the handheld variety, with one countertop model available. The hand blenders are priced between $50 and $250 depending on the model and accompanying accessories, while the countertop blender is around $100.
A brief history of the company
Link many other electronics and appliance companies, Philips got into consumer appliances and electronics through making radios, but before that they were making carbon filament lamps. Between 1891 and the early 1920s they made lamps, and then started making radios (and running their own radio station) in 1927.
In the 1930s, Philips also revived the Stirling engine – a low-power portable generator to go with their radios in parts of the world without mains power. This was a massive success that really helped them along.
Their international radio programming from the Netherlands continued right up until the German invasion in 1940, and never really came back after that. However, the Philips family was prepared for the war, and left the Netherlands for the USA and took their company with them.
When the company went back to the Netherlands after the war, they quickly got up to speed and down to business. In 1949, they began selling TV sets, and formed Philips Records a year later. Then in 1963, they introduced another musical innovation in the form of the compact cassette tape.
Over the next 2 decades, they also brought out the portable radio and cassette recorder, answering machine, C-Cassette (first mass storage device for early computers), VCR, Laser Disc, and CD.
Moving into the 90s and 2000s, Philips continued in home cinema by launching both DVD and Blu-Ray with Sony in 1997 and 2006 (respectively). In 2000 Philips bought Optiva Corporation, who made electric toothbrushes for them.
In recent years, the company has continued to make their huge range of products for both professionals and consumers, but has had a greater focus on medical imaging technology.
Other blender brands we rated
Canstar Blue commissions Colmar Brunton to regularly survey Australian consumers across a range of categories to measure and track customer satisfaction. The outcomes reported are the results from customers within the survey group who had recently bought a blender. 790 consumers were surveyed on their blender purchase.
The other blender brands in this year’s survey are:
- Russell Hobbs
You can view the 2014 blender results here.
Because we love using our blenders, here’s a Philips blender recipe to try.
Mini Bacon & Cheese Cups:
- Puff pastry.
- 85g of cream cheese.
- 1 whole egg.
- 1 egg yolk.
- ¼ cup of spring onion.
- ⅔ cup of shredded Swiss cheese.
- 8 slices of pre-cooked bacon.
- Preheat oven to 200 degrees.
- Spray 16 mini muffin cups with cooking spray.
- Dice bacon and set aside.
- Cut 16 circles from the pastry, roughly 6cm in diameter.
- Place one circle in each cup, pressing gently to fit the mold.
- Put cream cheese, eggs, and onions in the blender and blend until smooth.
- Divide mixture evenly amongst each pastry cup
- Top each cup with cheese and diced bacon.
- Bake for roughly 10 minutes, or until the edges are golden.