Many households rely on blenders for their daily smoothie breakfasts, meals, soups, sauces and baby food. Having a blender adds innovation and versatility to your daily meals, shortens the time you spend in the kitchen and lets you prepare healthy meals for yourself and your family. You can get a blender in any price range you prefer from $20 to as high as $500. However, paying more for a blender doesn’t necessarily mean that it is also the best one. Even many of the expensive models fail to live up to the toughest cooking challenges that are part of daily cooking. To make sure that your blender delivers you with the very best services and lives up to most of the tough blending tasks, you will need to keep a look out for some important features. Here is a list:
Select a type:
There are a variety of blenders present among which you will need to make your choice. Your choice will depend upon your preferences, cooking style, requirements and budget. The wide variety can be classified into 4 major categories: high performance, conventional, personal and immersion blender. High-performance blenders are the best ones for making silky-smooth smoothies with ice and hot soups without using a stove but they are also quite expensive. If this category is out of your budget you can settle for a conventional blender but it wouldn’t be able to handle hot soups or ice-crushing for you. Personal blenders are ideal for single serve drinks where the blending jar doubles as a serving cup with a lid which you can take with you on the go. Immersion blenders are the best for blending hot soups and sauces right inside the saucepan and offer simpler usage and cleanup but are not generally strong enough for the harder tasks like crushing ice.
You will have to to consider many features about the blending jug if you are planning to purchase a countertop blender. The capacity of the jug is a major point to consider based on the amount of food you normally prepare and the space that you have present in your kitchen for storage. If you want a blender with a large capacity always look for a shorter and wider jug so that it can be stored easily below your kitchen cabinets. A tall pitcher may not be able to fit easily under the cabinets. A pour spout in the jug design is very convenient for pouring out the blended drinks. The material of the jug is mostly either plastic or glass. Glass jugs are mostly avoided since they are heavier and can break easily.
Many blenders have additional functions besides the usual blending to attract the customers. The most popular are pre-set functions for certain recipes like smoothies, frozen desserts, soups etc using which they can get the job done perfectly without your supervision. Some blenders come with a number of speed options which aren’t really necessary. Just make certain that it has a pulse option since it comes in handy for numerous blending tasks. Touch control panel is easier to clean and gives a modern look to the blender and an LCD display with a timer is a huge plus since it tells you the time that remains for the blend to complete and looks so high-tech!
One of the most crucial things you should note is the wattage of the blender. It is so vitat that it directly affects the price of the blender. The higher-end costly blenders come with a high wattage which is usually rated in horsepower to manage even the most difficult blending tasks without giving you any trouble. A higher wattage would generally mean that the blender will perform better however other features also play a role in determining the performance like the quality of the blades and the design of the jug.
Consider all of these features carefully and buy a blender from a known manufacturer and I’m sure you will find something you will be happy with.