Hand or countertop, big or small, blenders seem to be a staple in every kitchen. Considering the abundance of healthy and fun recipes, a blender can introduce excitement and variety to your meals.
If you don’t own a blender or you’re looking for a new one, you may be surprised by the number of options you have. Instead of buying the first blender you see, put some thought into it to make sure you buy a product that will suit your needs perfectly. Keep on reading if you want to find out what to consider before spending your money!
What will you be using it for?
First, think about your needs. Are you going to make smoothies for 2 people or more? Are you going to make lots of baby food? Are you going to prepare the meals only for yourself? Make sure you know what you’re going to use your blender for. You don’t want to buy it and then let it clutter your kitchen. Then, think about other details and do your research. There are many models and various types to choose from, so it won’t be an easy pick if you don’t know what the blender would be used for. Also, remember that there are foods that you should never put in a blender. These include hard, sticky, and fibrous products. If you need to cut up some dried fruits, frozen vegetables, or whole spices, consider using a cheap bushcraft knife instead. However, if you’re really into protein shakes, pureed soups, or healthy smoothies, once you buy it, you’ll keep it on very often!
Which type and size are right for you?
You can either choose a hand blender or a countertop blender. Hand or stick blenders are handheld, with a pivoting blade at the end of a long shaft. They are small and easy to use. You can simply pick them up and mix ingredients in a bowl or a container. They are perfect if you want to quickly make a milkshake, mix up a sauce, or puree a soup. Countertop blenders come with a big jug and a stand that contains the blender controls. By default, they are bigger and can mix more ingredients, which makes them perfect for making smoothies, hummus, or even crushing vegetables. However, they also come in “personal” sizes so that you can drink directly from the container. So, if you want to make smoothies or soups just for yourself, choose a smaller blender to help you save on storage space and cleaning effort. Keep in mind, though, that the bigger the size, the more powerful the blender will be.
Is noise level important to you?
Imagine you want to make a smoothie for yourself or your family in the morning, or you want to prepare your meal the evening before. Nobody likes being woken up by loud sounds, don’t they? If you want to use your blender often but other people are living in your household, consider checking out the noise level of the blender you want to buy. Of course, it varies from model to model, and some of them may not even have this information on the packaging. In this case, make sure you read customer reviews. What’s more, you can even look for videos of some models in operation, which may give you a better idea of the noise level. Fortunately, many modern blenders are built with noise levels in mind. Some models are built with additional airflow and rubber-mounted components that help dampen the noise while blending. There are also higher-end models that operate in near silence thanks to a built-in sound shield that covers the entire container. So, if you don’t want to wake everyone up every time you make a smoothie for breakfast, make sure you purchase a blender that operates quietly.
What materials do you prefer?
The majority of blenders come with plastic containers. However, you can opt for containers made of glass and stainless steel. Each type of container has both advantages and disadvantages. Plastic containers are BPA-free, and they’re easy to clean. However, they are prone to scratches and can sometimes absorb the aroma of pulverized ingredients. What’s more, some people don’t like how flimsy the plastic ones feel. Stainless steel containers are very durable and firm. On the other hand, they are not transparent. They block the visibility of the food, which makes checking the liquid consistency difficult. When it comes to glass containers, they are much heavier and can break when dropped. However, when compared with the other two, they are the most stable option. Nevertheless, regardless of the material, all containers get the job done. So when you’re buying a blender, it’s really a matter of preference.
If you can answer these questions without a shadow of a doubt, buying a blender will be much easier! Having all the reasons in mind, you’ll end up with just the right product. You’ll be able to make all these colorful smoothies and healthy soups in no time.