Blenders are one of the most integral home appliances to a modern kitchen, performing a variety of useful functions to make food preparation faster and easier. Take a look at our buying guide to find out more about what to look for in blenders, and decide which one is right for you.
Types of blenders
There are two main types of domestic blenders:
- Countertop blenders are what spring to mind when you think of a blender – they contain their motor and controls in a stationary base which sits on your kitchen counter with the rotating blade sitting above, and the food being blended is contained in a transparent jug which slots on top. Countertop blenders have large capacities of 1-2 litres, and often have multiple speeds or special settings for different foods; the downside of this complexity is usually a higher price and a lack of mobility.
- Handheld blenders consist of an elongated handle housing the motor assembly and controls, which connects to a spinning blade at the end of a metal shaft. They require a separate container to hold whatever you’re blending, but are usually cheaper and are much more versatile and moveable than a countertop model. On the downside, they usually have few extra controls or settings beyond an on/off switch.
Common uses for blenders
- Dips and purees
Things to consider
- Power: Your blender’s power directly correlates with how much volume it can handle blending, and how effectively it does so: a more powerful blender will deal with hard foods better and will create a finer blend than a weaker model. However, extra power usually comes at a greater cost.
- Multiple settings: More complex blenders have multiple different speeds, coarseness of blend and other features; these can include pre-set programs for things such as smoothies, soups and sauces, as well as pulse settings which can allow you to pulse the motor manually or every few seconds.
- Build quality: Both the look and robustness of your blender are important determinants of the longevity of your purchase. In other words, will you be happy to have it sitting on your benchtop, and will it last? Also – make sure that it’s a design that will fit easily in your dishwasher and cupboard!
- Ease of use: You want your blender to be able to handle the types of tasks you choose – whether that’s juicing, chopping or dicing. You also want it to be easy to use. Check out the control panel and any attachments to ensure that you know how to use them and that they suit your needs.
Blenders can be a fantastic addition to your kitchen, and a well-chosen blender can last you for many years.