Things You Should Consider Before Buying A Blender
This post has been written in collaboration with Bukkies Publishing
Every modern kitchen needs a blender sitting at the countertop. They are innovative and beneficial tools that can make your life easier. Blenders can help you make purees, nutritious drinks, milkshakes, soups, sauces, and pretty much anything liquid that you might want to whip up in your kitchen.
Its powerful motor moves the sharp blades that can quickly chop, mix, and liquify your fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients to produce different kinds of results that you may need for your recipes. This quick process is a more efficient method than manual chopping and blending of ingredients.
Every blender comes in two detachable components, the motor and the container with the blades inside. Blenders are relatively affordable, depending on their model, brand, and features. However, there are other things that you need to consider before buying a blender. Here are some questions you might want to clear up before taking that trip to the store.
What Type Of Blender Do I Need?
Countertop and hand-held blenders are fit for different uses. Deciding which one suits your kitchen best depends on your regular cooking agendas. Hand-held blenders may be relatively cheaper, as it is smaller and typically used for light to moderate blending. These are perfect for making purees, whipping eggs, and mixing cake batters.
If you are more of a smoothie or milkshake person, then you should probably go for countertop blenders. Its built-in container makes it more convenient to mix together smoothies, milkshakes, or other blended drinks that you can enjoy on the go or while chilling at home.
What Materials Were Used?
For countertop blenders, the containers can be made out of plastic, stainless steel, or glass. The materials used can significantly enhance your blenders’ durability, similar to the Vitamix 7500 blender, whose glass container can withstand blending tough items such as nut butter and dough. Different materials create different benefits for their users.
Plastic containers are light and robust materials, so you can expect that they will not break or shatter too easily. However, it may be prone to scratches here and there, especially if you will use it to crush large chunks of ice. Glass is a scratch-resistant material, but might be a bit too heavy for some of you. Stainless steel is light and good to look at, but the opaque material hinders its users from clearly seeing the liquid’s consistency.
How Powerful Is Its Motor?
Whether handheld or countertop, determining the motor power is essential. You have to know how powerful your blender has to be to work efficiently in your kitchen. Some blenders have enough horsepower to liquefy solid fruit as it is. On the other hand, weaker blenders need the help of water or other liquids to make smoothies and shakes.
Heavy-duty and powerful blenders can crush large chunks of ice in a short amount of time, compared to weaker ones which may even have trouble crushing medium-sized ice cubes. If you like crushed ice with your smoothies, you might want to get a powerful motor and a glass container for a scratch-resistant and powerful blending device.
Can It Fit In Your Kitchen?
If your kitchen is relatively small in space, you might not want to go for bulky countertop blenders that can barely fit in with your other kitchen equipment. Handheld blenders are small and compact, so you can easily place them inside your cabinets or between small spaces. If you really want one of those countertop blenders, try measuring your countertops first.
The volume of food you want to produce in a single batch may also be a reference point in this aspect. If you live in a house of four or more people, you might want to have a larger blender so that you do not have to make two or three batches of the same drink or dish.
Is It Worth Its Price?
Price is everything when it comes to house appliances. Of course, when you buy any household item from a refrigerator to a gas stove, and even something as small as a kitchen blender, you should expect to buy efficient and durable items. Electronic appliances may be a bit heavy on the wallet, so you do not want to be shopping for replacements so soon.
It would be useful if you could canvas various brands and appliance stores to see the price differences. Consider its horsepower, durability, and functionality before you decide if the price is too high. Some blenders may come at a relatively high-price but possess features that are top of the line.
Overall, your chosen blender has to work efficiently depending on your kitchen necessities. Think about what your kitchen needs most. Is it a small handheld blender for making purees and sauces? Or do you need a larger one with a durable container for heavy-duty purposes?