The Blendor patented in 1937 by F. J. Osius and first used to produce fluent substances is now a kitchen necessity. From processing veggies, smoothies, or baby food to crushing ice and marbles (yes marbles! we've seen it done!) kitchen blenders handle a wide variety of mixing, chopping, processing and crushing. The blender has become a must have in every kitchen. Whether it be a kitchen bar blender model or a hand held, immersion blender, the blender is now a kitchen appliance necessity.
How to do your own kitchen appliance reviews. Discover how to do blenders reviews on your own. Blender reviews tend to only focus on one type or model. This buying guide shows you exactly what checkpoints to watch so you end up selecting the best blender for your needs
A best blender has a heavy base for stability. Glass, lexan or stainless steel are the options for the pitcher or jar. All of these materials are dishwasher safe, as well as resistant to pungent smells. Glass was the old favorite - it absorbs some of the vibration, but also adds liability: one bounce off the linoleum and that's it. Consider also, that glass is prone to cracking with extreme temperature variation. However, experts still recommend glass or stainless steel for the lender jar.
The blender jar should be large enough to hold mixed drinks or milkshakes to accommodate several people. It should not be too large that it becomes cumbersome or is difficult to store. Try not to overfill the jar, and leave room for ingredients to move around. Add ingredients one at a time, pulsing after each addition.
The motor of your best blender should be powerful enough to crush ice without a problem. It should crush on several speeds. Many blenders have difficulty crushing and mixing ice. You want to have a party, you want frozen margaritas, and your blenders motor can't handle the load. So there you are with a paper bag full of ice cubes and a hammer.
The blender compartment must be made of a material that will not scratch, break, or stain easily. The base should be made so it will not crack or chip. The motor should be hearty enough to crush ice for several years without slowing down or giving up.
Look for a pulse option
Testers generally like having a pulse button, which lets you turn on the blender for short bursts. This is helpful when you don't want to over process ingredients and its also good for crushing ice. For blender models with a switch, it's easy to flip the switch on and off for pulse.
Hot and Cold
Most people limit their usage of blenders to just making shakes or cocktails - however, at times users need to be able to make soups, sauces or bisques that could be hot. The best blender will not crack when blending hot ingredients, nor will the lid fly off scalding the user.
Look for a removable blade
Blenders with non-removable blades are harder to clean, but are less likely to leak. The removable blade allows for easier cleaning and different blade types for different tasks. The removable blade also allows for replaceable parts.
350 watts is the recommended power for a versatile kitchen blender that will hold up to all tasks necessary. However, this would depend on whether the blender is used for preparing drinks or for more demanding cooking. For preparing fruit drinks, a smaller, less powerful blender would be more than sufficient, whereas a demanding cook would be willing to pay for something larger and more powerful.
This ties in with the above feature. You want a bar blender that can crush ice for your cocktails, puree the tomatoes for your shrimp cocktail appetizer, dice the veggies for your stir fry, and mix the batter for your brownies, all with easy to change and easy to clean attachments.
More than three speeds aren't necessary
Experts say that three well-differentiated speeds for a kitchen blender are enough. Although an ice crushing feature is usually a necessity.
High price doesn't guarantee performance. Some kitchen blenders costing as much as $200 receive low marks in professional tests, while some budget models get better reviews.
Push buttons can be harder to clean
It can be next to impossible to clean the crevices between buttons. Dial controls, touch pads and switches are better options.
Look for a tapered jar or pitcher
Tapered jars funnel food down to the blades, yielding silky soups. The wider the mouth of the pitcher, the easier it is to clean and to pour. It also makes it easier to scrape out the contents. Also you may want easy to read measurements on the outside of the blender container - the print should be big and a different color than the container.
Blenders can be noisy
Manufacturers have done what they could to make bar blenders operate more quietly over the years. However, most kitchen blenders are still way too loud when running at medium to high speeds. One way to muffle the noise is to drape a kitchen towel over the top of your blender.
Both the compartment and the base of a best blender should be easy to clean. The base should wipe off easily, so avoid designs with cracks for spilled food to get into. . A quick way to clean a blender is by filling the jar halfway with hot water and adding a drop or two of dish soap. Run the blender for a minute, and then discard the water. Be sure to rinse.
In the past, bar blenders have all come with very short cords on them. They were built on the assumption that people would only be using them on the kitchen counter where there was an electrical outlet within a foot or two of where they would be using the device. Keep the cord length in mind when you purchase your blender.
The fewer parts you have, the fewer parts you have to clean. Blender parts should go back together logically and simply so you don't have to wonder Now where does this part go? and How did they get this piece to fit there..
Finally when it comes to deciding between to similar blenders, it is often the little extras that make the decision for you. A nice and useful extra is a cook book/booklet and extra accessories.
The blades should be placed in such a way as they are easy to install and remove without risk of injury.
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