In order to buy an outstanding blender, we need to look for some important features of a blender.
First of all, decide the type of blender that you are planning to buy.
Stand Blenders or Handheld Blenders?
Stand blenders (also called counter-top blenders) are the common type of blenders that come with a blending jar or a jug.
These blenders are usually more functional as they are better are making smoothies, crushing ice (with a special ice crushing blade) and more. However they are usually not portable and are large in size. Also they are generally expensive than hand blenders.
Handheld blenders (also called stick or immersion blenders) on the other hand are blenders with a rotating blade at the stick end they are usually used for light blending and for small batches of blending.
Recently some cordless models of Hand blenders are getting popular which adds convenience and easiness for users. These blenders though have limited functionality and are not ideal for large batches of food processing.
Is the blender reliable and tough enough to resist leakage and breakage? – If you are going to crush hard substances you need to look for a blender that is tough enough to resist breakage and leakage.
The blender you are looking for must be at least 500 watts and you must also look for a special ice crushing blade with it. Vitamix 5200 and Euro Pro Ninja NJ600 are great examples of the type of blender you need to purchase in order to crush ice into powdery snow.
Is the blender complex and complicated to use? – Most people will prefer an easy-to-use blender. There should be a few reasonable amount of speed controls. More speed controls are not necessarily better and up to 3 different speeds are more than enough.
However, there are blenders with 16 differentiated speeds (which is normally used only for commercial blending such as in bars). In addition to this, there should be clear and easy to read markings on your blender so that you can easily blend as you like.
Does the blender make unbearable noise? – No one would like a loud noisy blender and therefore you should be careful that you purchase a blender which does not make too much noise.
Is it really difficult to clean and wash? – The blender should be very easy to clean because honestly no one likes wasting a lot of time washing a blender after use. Find the easy way to clean your blender here.
Some additional things you must keep in mind :
- Capacity of the blending jar
- Ease of usage and cleaning ( click here for blender cleaning tips )
- Sharp blades to cut hard substances such as ice
- Does not overheat
- Does not produce any kind of odor/smell