Choosing the Right Blender

In this crazy world we live in, kitchen blenders are a must have in our kitchen. Thanks to them, preparing food is a whole lot easier, and making smoothies, baby food, milk, and other types of food is a real pleasure (or at least a bit more interesting). Of course, there is nothing better than fresh ingredients in our food, which is one more reason of why these kitchen appliances can be found in homes all over the world. But, not all models are of good quality and deliver a good performance. So, how one can know which kitchen blender is actually a good one? Well, by reading this article. From buyers guide to tips, we bring you the easiest way to choose the best kitchen blender for your needs.

Choosing the best kitchen blender

Since there are a plethora of different kitchen blenders out there, choosing THE ONE for your kitchen is everything except easy. BUT, don’t panic, because you will not have any problem with that part, thanks to us. We did research for you, and we came up with quite a list of features that make blender a good one. Thank us later, because now you have some things to learn.

The purpose

The first thing to consider is the purpose of your kitchen blender. What do you need it for? Do you need it only for making frozen drinks and smoothies? In that case, you need a powerful blender so it should have at least 500 watts of power and sturdy ice-crushing blade. These blenders come in compact and full sizes.

Perhaps, you need a blender for chopping and grinding. In that case, choose the one with processing functions and a chopping blade.

Then again, maybe you need a standard blender for making baby food, blending, stirring and pureeing.

So, think about these options and choose the best one for you.

Types


Basically, there are two types of blenders. The first one is jar/jug counter blender which is also the most common. The second type is the stick blender.

The counter blenders are ideal for frozen drinks, sauces, puddings, pancake batter, smoothies, and dressings. They are available in compact personal size or are designed for single servings. But, they aren’t a good choice for blending hot food and are more expensive than stick blenders.

Stick blenders, on the other hand, ideal for small batches, and they are used for blending right in the pot or bowl. Most of these models are corded, but you can also find cordless ones. On the downside, they require careful cleaning and its function is limited.

Capacity

Another thing to take into account is how many people will be using a kitchen blender. If you will be the only one to use it, well, go with a personal blender. However, if you have a big family and all of you will be using this unit, you need to find a blender that will be powerful enough to enable you that.

Power

Blenders come with 300 to 1000 watts of power. However, keep in mind that greater power doesn’t actually mean a better performance. So, look for the blender that will have enough power to handle all the chopping, pureeing, blending, etc. tasks.

Speed


A good blender comes with at least five-speed settings so that you can choose the speed that best suits your needs. However, there are some models that even come with 16 speeds.

Container


There are glass and plastic containers, Plastic ones being a better option. They are lighter than glass ones and will not break as easy as their glass counterparts. But, plastic ones require immediate cleaning after the use, otherwise, they will absorb odors. When choosing a container, look for the one with a wide mouth to make filling and cleaning easier. Also, measurements should be easy to read.

Controls


When it comes to controls, it is up to you to decide which type suits you best. Dial controls are easy to clean, but you can’t use them as quickly as you can touchpad controls.

Additional features


In case you don’t mind spending extra money on buying a blender that comes with all the bells and whistles, you will have the privilege to enjoy additional features, including chopping accessories, various speed functions, a preset function for frozen drinks, food processing functions, and dispensing spigot.

Cleaning


Assuming you are a person who has a busy schedule (and who hasn’t?), you probably aren’t thrilled when you need to clean a kitchen appliance. You definitely need to buy a kitchen blender that will be easy to clean, so that you won’t have to spend much time on cleaning.

Where will you place it?


Depending on what you need the blender for, and how often you will use it, a blender will be compact or bulky. Some blenders are lighter, while others are heavier, making them hard to move.
With that in mind, it is good to think about where you will place your blender. For example, if you want to make smoothies every day, your blender needs to be within easy reach, so you should place it on the countertop.  So, you probably want a blender that will not take up much space on the countertop.

On the other hand, if you plan to use a blender occasionally, you can store in under kitchen sink, or somewhere else in the kitchen. So, find the place for it before you buy it.

Portability


If you are someone who takes care about what you eat, chances are, you will be carrying your blender with you, wherever you go. Or perhaps, you have a baby and you need to prepare them food for each meal. Either way, you need a blender that will be easy to store in your bag and will not be very heavy.

Design


We all know that one person who is so obsessed with designs and colors so that every single item in their home matches the interior. Well, in case you happen to be that one person, read this part carefully. Thanks to numerous brands on the market, kitchen blenders come in a variety of designs and colors. So, if you want a black, modern kitchen blender to fit into your kitchen, you can have it. On the other hand, if you are looking for more of a colorful kitchen lender, you will easily find it. Kitchen blenders are not only useful kitchen appliances, but they also bring a note of elegance and power, giving a nice touch to your kitchen. It all depends on what you want. But, the point is that you will definitely find a kitchen blender that matches your kitchen’s interior, so you can relax.

Price


When it comes to price, kitchen blenders come in various price ranges. Some cheaper models (like Hamilton Beach Blender) cost about $30, while high-end models cost up to $400.

Of course, you have to know how much money you can spend on a kitchen blender so that you can choose the one that offers the best value for the money. And no, spending a fortune on a blender doesn’t necessarily mean that it delivers a powerful performance, is well-built and easy to clean. The whole point of reading this buyers’ guide is to help you realize what features your blender has to come with and which ones are optional.

Apart from applying the tips from this article, you also need to read reviews before opting for a particular kitchen blender. Reviews will help you see what the blender does and doesn’t offer, and based on that, you will know whether the blender is worth your money.

Warranty


When buying a blender, try to find the one with a warranty. Some high-end models come with an 8-year warranty, while mid-priced models come with an only 1-year warranty.

How to clean your kitchen blender?


Who loves to clean? And kitchen appliances, including blender and juicers, are such a pain to clean. Some people even gave up on the idea of buying a kitchen blender, due to all the parts that they have to deal with when cleaning. Contrary to what most people mean, cleaning blenders doesn’t have to be such a time-consuming and complicated task. And you’re about to see that we are right. Here are some tips on cleaning the blender, as well as the simplest way to clean a blender without taking it apart.

Be smart


Instead of wasting your time on cleaning the remains of food from the jar/jug and risking cutting yourself, try this simple method. Pour hot water in your blender, but only half way and add 3 drops of dish soap. Don’t forget to put the lid on before you turn the blender on for 25 seconds.

Use baking soda

Is there anything more irritating than those hard strains that seem impossible to clean? No, there is not. However, you don’t have to worry about that anymore. With the help of baking soda, you can get rid of these stains once and for all. Follow the advice we talked about above, only this time add a few tablespoons of this handy ingredient. You will be impressed with the results.

Use a toothbrush

The base of the blender should not be forgotten about. You also need to clean it, because it is the perfect place for collecting bacteria and dirt. For that part, you need to use a toothbrush. That way, you will easily reach all the hard to reach areas around the base, including knobs and switches. The result? Perfectly clean kitchen blender!

Don’t use harsh chemicals

Some people rely on chemicals when it comes to cleaning. But, that is so wrong. It is not a secret that from nature we can obtain all that we need. Chemicals can be so powerful, that they can even damage a certain item. To avoid that happen, don’t use them when cleaning your kitchen blender. Instead, go with vinegar or lemon juice. These ingredients will help you clean the blender with ease.

And there you have it – simple tips for keeping your blender in a good condition.

But, for those of you who want to try the simplest method for cleaning your kitchen blender, well, you will love this recipe. Here is what you need – hot water, dish soap, and your blender (it should be dirty of course).

The first step is to pour the hot water into the blender’s jar. Make sure to fill the water exactly the half way. If you pour less than that, well, that would be pointless because there will not be enough water to clean the unit. On the other hand, if you pour the water all the way up, well, that can be dangerous. So, in case you want to clean the blender in a safe way, do what we told you to.

After you added the water, also add only a drop of dish soap. The next step is to put the lid back and hold it with a towel. Then, turn the blender on and let it run for 15 seconds. When that step is completed, you only need to rinse the blender. However, make sure to do that part meticulously. Otherwise, soap will be left inside of the blender. If you follow all these steps, then you should have a pristine clean blender that is ready to be stored, until you need it again.

The Final Thought


Well, that would be all from us. With this long article, learning all about kitchen blenders has never been easier. But, now it is time for you to put your knowledge into practice and choose the best kitchen blender for you and your family. So, find a well-built, powerful and reasonably priced kitchen blender that is easy to clean.

With a good quality kitchen blender, trying out numerous recipes will be fun and easy, and you will take your cooking skills to a new level, impressing your loved ones with making healthy and tasty food.