Shopping online and in stores, you will discover that there are many types of kitchen blenders at many different price points. So how do you determine which model is the right one for you? The bottom line is how you plan to use it. Frequency of use will be often dictated by how effective the blender is.
Typical models that are $100 or less are often considered disposable because they simply cannot handle daily use or more complex blending tasks. If you plan to use your kitchen blender at least twice a week from chopping vegetables to creating smoothies and icy beverages, the standard models are not the best choice. You want a model that will be reliable and last for years.
Allow Use and Frequency to Dictate
If you are committed to cooking, baking and entertaining often at home, you want a kitchen blender that is versatile. Do you cook the majority of your meals at home rather than rely on take-out meals? If so, a more powerful blender like a Vitamix or Blendtec is a great choice. These models go far beyond the simple chopping and ice crushing. Grinding meat, making bread dough and pulverizing nuts to create butters and non-dairy milks are just a few of many features that go above and beyond the “disposable” choices. If you are a great experimenter or dedicated to healthier eating, investing in a higher end blender is important.
When cooking, there may be instances when you wished you had some kind of blender that you could use while preparing your food. In other words, if your food is in a skillet or bowl and cannot be easily transferred to an actual kitchen blender with a base and mixing jar, an immersion blender model might be appropriate. The immersion blender is a hand-held option that can help you blend soups, puree fruit, blend drinks and even chop vegetables during cooking and food preparation.
Determine Important Features
The best way to choose the right kitchen blender for your needs is to determine which features are most important to you. For some, it is chopping ability while others may want superior ice crushing for mixed drinks and slushes. If you have a large family and try to avoid chopping and blending in multiple steps, perhaps a blender with a large jar is important. There are kitchen blenders for every kitchen skill set.