While some would say that a kitchen blender is not an essential, others rely heavily on their blender and would be lost without one. A kitchen blender can make food preparation more efficient, thus saving time in the kitchen. And once you start using a blender, you’ll be reaching for it more often for various uses. Buying a kitchen blender sounds like a simple task, but with different types and functions available, it takes some consideration to ensure your appliance purchase meets your needs.
Types of Blenders
There’s quite a variety of blenders available to buy, some with basic functions while others can process hard foods or cook soup. Jar blenders are the most popular with features, capacity, and prices that vary depending on power, function, and blade design. Multifunction blenders are more versatile but costly. Hand or immersion blenders usually have basic pureeing, mixing, and blending features, unless accessorized with a chopper attachment or special blade design. While most hand blenders are electric, cordless models add another level of convenience to this kitchen tool. Personal blenders have various functions.
What Blender Functions Are You Looking For?
If you want a blender mainly for making smoothies and frozen drinks, choose one with at least 500 watts of power and an ice-crushing blade. Ice-crushing blenders are available in full-size models or lower-powered personal blenders. For chopping/grinding tasks, you’ll need one with a chopping blade and processing functions. Otherwise, a standard blender will usually be adequate for most blending, pureeing, stirring and mixing tasks, such as making baby food or creaming soups.
Certain like the BlendTec blenders offer much more than the standard variety regarding function. While more expensive, they’re powerful units with a commercial-grade construction that can cook soup, process foods, make juice and a multitude of other functions. These units can replace several appliances in a kitchen and are a worthwhile investment. Another type of multifunction blenders are models that have accessories for chopping or processing, using the same base unit.
Why are Blendtec blenders are considered to be the best?
Gives you a perfectly smooth blend, every time.
Our patented, five-sided jar design automatically pulls ingredients toward the blade thanks to the unique square design that disrupts the blending flow. Instead of ingredients spinning around in a circle like they would in a round jar, they hit the flat side of the jar. Inertia then carries the fruit, ice, and anything else in the mix up the side of the jar until they reach the top of the mix. At this point, they turn around and head back down, right into the business end of the blades. No tamper needed.
Blendtec blades are made of cold-forged hardened steel and are up to 80% thicker and 10 times stronger than other blender blades. They’re also blunt instead of sharp. Why? With a blade that spins over 300 miles per hour, it doesn’t need to be sharp to get the job done. Instead of chipping away at ice and frozen fruit with sharp edges, the large, blunt design pulverizes virtually anything. And it’s completely safe to clean, too.
Modern touch controls enable walk-away blending.
Blendtec blenders feature modern touch controls that not only look great, but make everything from blending to cleanup easier than ever. No more baby-sitting your blender–create the perfect blends every time with a single touch. The sleek, flat design is also easy to clean.
Never needs to be replaced.
The drive socket spins the blade, transferring the power from the motor to the blade. When you’re dealing with a blender as powerful as Blendtec, the drive socket needs to be durable. Instead of relying on breakable plastic parts to spin our blades, all Blendtec blenders feature a hardened metal drive socket. It never slips or needs to be replaced, so it stands up to heavy use year after year.
Up for any task.
Blendtec blenders feature the industry’s most powerful motors, providing the same commercial strength and quality you’d find in your favorite smoothie shop or restaurant. Our motors can blend even the toughest ingredients, like ice, frozen fruit, and raw veggies, to a perfectly smooth consistency without skipping a beat.
Written by nutritionist Riin Reimer