Blenders have changed dramatically since they were first introduced to the public in 1922. While they will still blend all of your ingredients, they can also make juice, double as food processors, and even heat soup and freeze ice cream. With all of their great features and functions it is not surprising that they are one of the most used small appliances in our kitchens.
If you aren’t familiar with the different types and styles of blenders that are available, it can be difficult to find the right one for you. In this article we have included all of the information you need to choose the best blender for your kitchen.
Types of Blenders
The two main types of blenders are immersion blenders and countertop blenders.
Immersion blenders can also be called stick or hand held blenders and they are great for making smoothies, blending and mixing hot ingredients, and mix drinks. This type of blender as the rotating blade at one end, and the handle controls the speed at the other end. The blenders are normally less expensive than other types and easy to use, but they do have smaller motors meaning they are not as powerful as a countertop blender.
A countertop blender can also be called a jug or canister blender, and this powerful blender is great for everyday use around the kitchen. They are more powerful than immersion blenders, and also have a greater variety of functions. A countertop blender can dice, mince, chop, blend, mix and many can also grind seeds and mix dough.
Types of Immersion Blender
Some people cannot understand why you would need a small, handheld blender when the countertop blenders can handle almost any kitchen task. These small blenders can mix your ingredients in boiling water, and chop through additional vegetables already softening in the pan. It is perfect for making single serve smoothies right in the drinking glass, and comes in a variety of different sizes. The two types of immersion blenders are electric and battery, and choosing the best one simply depends on your personal choice. These small blenders are easy to use and clean, with the majority of them being dishwasher safe.
Most of the handheld blenders can also function as small food processors with 100 watt motors. These small motors are powerful enough to push the blade assembly through the produce. They are lightweight enough to hold comfortably in your hand and sturdy enough to last for long periods of time.
Types of Countertop Blenders
There are several different types of countertop blenders which are divided into different types.
Each of these three types of blenders specialize in any of the following functions.
Cocktail and drink blenders are countertop blenders that can easily crush ice to make frozen drinks like margaritas and daiquiris. Not only are these blenders powerful enough to handle large cubes of ice, they can also make the delicious froth the cocktails are known for.
Blenders for smoothies are usually more powerful with at least 450 watts of power. There blades are sharper and a pulse setting is included so all of the fruits and vegetables are evenly blended. Different size blending canisters can also be included, along with separate blade assemblies for hard and soft ingredients.
Blenders that are part of a kitchen system can vary in the power and functions. These small appliances can be used as juicers and for food prep, along with blending and mixing all of your ingredients. Several different blade assemblies are normally included, along with lids and canisters.
While there are different types of blenders there are some things to look for that they all have in common. Some of these features can include;
- Controls: Most of the new blenders feature digital or one touch controls that make them extremely easy to operate. Simply press the button and the blender will do the rest. Some also feature preprogrammed settings and an automatic shutoff to help protect the motor from overheating.
- Power and Wattage: The power and wattage of your blender will determine what you can do with your blender. Generally speaking, a 300 watt blender can mix frozen drinks, and chop and blend most fruits and vegetables. Most smoothie blenders will have 500 watt motors, while blenders intended for mincing and grinding seeds and nuts have 700 watts of power and higher.
- Speed: All blenders will have at least two speeds, and can go as high as 15 speed settings. While have all of the different blending and mixing options that accompanies a higher number of speeds, most recipes are fine with the three basic speed settings with a separate one for pulse.
- Maintenance: Making sure that the blender is easy to clean may not seem important until you have to take it apart to wipe it down. Most blenders, and their attachments are dishwasher safe and easy to detach. The power bases should also be easy to wipe down without any hassles.
- Containers: There are different sized containers for different blenders and functions, and they can be made of either glass or plastic. Glass canisters are obviously breakable and are heavier than their plastic counterparts. Plastic containers should all BPA free, while the better quality ones will also be scratch and temperature resistant.
Which Blender is Right for You
Once you understand the different types of blenders, choosing the right one can be a little easier. Simply determine what you will be using your blender for the most in your kitchen, and how often you’ll be using it. Find the size, style, and power you need to start creating delicious and nutritious recipes. With so many excellent models of blenders on the market, finding the perfect one for you and your kitchen may not be as difficult as you first thought.
I’m a single mother who’s constantly looking for ways to make my life easier in the kitchen. I love entertaining and trying new recipes, without having to spend a lot of time on them. I spend most of my time outdoors in my garden, and with my dog Cooper. I love making healthy smoothies and fun frozen drinks at home, which is why I decided to start this page about blenders. During the long, hot summer months in Texas frozen drinks are a daily treat, and finding a way to make it easier has become a passion of mine.
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