Blenders are excellent kitchen appliances that can be used to prepare food, sauces, dips, smoothies, and a whole host of other items. Not only are blenders fast and convenient, but they can help keep your kitchen cleaner and your counter less cluttered. Although most blenders serve more or less the same purpose, they come in all kinds of sizes, grades, materials, and configurations. When deciding which blender to buy there are also many things that you as a consumer should consider. Some of these things such as cost, brand, material, warranty, and size will be covered in this article. Picking the right blender is a job in itself, but knowing there are reviews of Vitamix blenders, for example, could help you choose the right blender for you.



When it comes to blenders, size does matter. Depending on what you think you will be using your blender for can greatly affect the size of blender you will need to purchase. If you are the type of person who makes a lot of smoothies a smaller to medium sized blender might be what you are looking for. If you need blenders for commercial or large scale use then a blender with a large volume and powerful motor will be required. Generally speaking, blenders that have a smaller volume will be more inexpensive than larger industrial scale machines. This is not always the case, as seen with some high quality blenders on the market far outpricing larger volume models. Often times blenders may even come in set which includes one large powerful blender and a smaller one for smoothies and related items. Even if you only have one blender, a well built medium sized model should be versatile enough for most jobs. 




The type of material that your blender is made of can literally make or break it in terms of functionality. Blenders can range in their makeup, but often feature a hybrid of plastic, metal, and glass. In terms of quality plastic tends to be a little less durable and aesthetically pleasing. Some more durable blender materials include metal and glass jar options. These more durable options are slightly more costly, but generally have a nicer look. These types of glass blenders could be used in a commercial setting which requires a more sleek appearance, or even in home. The price range of blenders can greatly fluctuate depending on what material it is made of. Generally the most costly blenders are made of metal and glass, whereas the cheaper ones are mainly plastic and rubber.  Below is a list of pros and cons for each material. 



  • -Very cheap to manufacture and replace
        • -Easy to clean
        • -Not the most durable
        • -Not the most aesthetically pleasing
        • -See through
        • -Not the most powerful



  • -More expensive than plastic 
  • -Easy to clean
  • -Very durable
  • -Slick modern look
  • -Not see through
  • -Can be very powerful (industrial grade)



  • -Moderate cost to manufacture and replace
        • -Easy to clean
        • -Very durable (different thickness options available)
        • -Eloquent aesthetic
        • -See through
        • -Can be very powerful, but not as much so as metal



Before purchasing a blender it is important to consider what you plan on putting in the blender. If you will be using the blender to mix wet ingredients only then you may not need to purchase the most powerful blender on the market. Conversely, if you plan on blending lots of hard ice or similar materials then you would be ill-advised to purchase a small, weak blender that isn’t made of durable material. Generally speaky, most blenders should be powerful and spacious enough for most of your kitchen needs. Some cool ways to use your blender include making nut milk, homemade peanut butter, homemade sauces, cocktails, falafel, salad dressings, lattes, omelettes, guacamole, salsa, ice cream, and even composting! 


Notable brands of blenders


Although going with a brand name blender isn’t guaranteed to give you the best value or quality, what it can do is give you a blender that you know has earned a reputation in the food industry as reliable, tried and tested. Of course as with all brand name products there is usually a slight price increase compared to non-brand name appliances with similar features. Notable brands of blenders which have been recognized as meeting, or setting industry standards are Vitamix, Oster, Ninja, Kitchenaid, Blendtec, Braun, and many others. 


Happy blending!


Hopefully this has been informative in helping you choose a blender which best suits your needs in the kitchen, or wherever your blender takes you. Having the right blender will make cooking much easier and enjoyable, so you can focus on eating instead of cooking. Always make sure to take stock of all available options before you commit to purchasing a blender, there may be a better fit for your uses that you are unaware of. Cooking should be a fun and enjoyable experience, and that is much easier to come by when you possess the right tool for the job.





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