Kitchenware:Blender Buying Guide

Kitchenware: Blender Buying Guide

The health-food craze has done wonders for the blender business. With an emphasis on smoothies, juicing, and shakes focused on nutrition and high doses of protein for recovery, consumers are flocking to the Internet to find the best blender. Blenders come in a wide variety of types, each offering specific features, making it harder and harder to find the best blender.

In addition to the features offered, aesthetics are important because a blender is often a focal point of the kitchen. They are generally stored on the counter in plain sight, so you need something that complements the rest of your appliances. With so many blenders to choose from today, we are positive we can help you find a blender that will not only look good, but also give you all of the performance features you want and need.

Types of Blenders

There are two basic types of blenders for kitchen use: countertop and handheld immersion blenders. Each have their own strengths and are meant for very specific tasks.

Countertop Blenders

Of the two, this type of blender is the more versatile one. Even low-end models are capable of chopping, mixing, pureeing, and crushing ice. This type of blender usually comes with a mixing pitcher made of glass, plastic, or stainless steel. Some blenders will offer a variety of sizes as well as attachable handles or pour spouts. These blenders will also have a wide range of speeds available.

Handheld/Immersion Blenders

A handheld blender is much less versatile, but far more convenient and easier to clean than a countertop blender. These are perfect for mixing up your morning smoothie, protein shake, or other powdered drinks. Models that are more powerful can also puree soup right in the pot. This is a more attractive option than having to take the soup out of the pot eight cups at a time to blend in a countertop style blender.

Key Features for Blenders

To choose the right blender, you need to consider what you will be blending. For instance, if you are only using the blender to mix up your morning powdered shake, you will not need a lot of speeds. If, however, you plan on breaking out your blender on the weekends for margaritas, you are going to need something more powerful that is capable of chopping ice.

Controls – you can choose from touch pad, push button, flip switch, or dial. For those of you that tend to be a bit messy in the kitchen, a touch pad will work best as they are very easy to clean. Push buttons tend to be a bit easier to work, but they can be very difficult to clean, especially when liquid gets in between the buttons. Dials are also easy to clean, but the downfall for some people is that you cannot directly get to any one speed. You must dial all the way through to achieve your setting. Flip switches are the most basic of blenders and may only offer one or two speeds.

Blades – the blade of the blender will be either attached or detachable. Detachable blades make the blender much easier to clean but some buyers think attached blades are sturdier. Detachable blenders may also offer a variety of blades for different types of blending and chopping.

Container – containers will have a standard or wide-mouth opening. The wider containers are much easier to clean. Some higher end blenders will also offer a pour spout, but this may require soaking, as the spout itself is very difficult to clean, especially with thicker liquids, such as a syrup. If you typically use your blender for recipes, consider the size and types of markings on the outside of the container.

Speeds – flip switch blenders, as we stated, will usually only have an on and off setting. Most other blenders will feature as few as three and 16 or more settings. If you are using your blender for basic needs, three speeds should be enough. However, if you are using it for a wide variety of purposes, you will need a blender offering multiple speeds to ensure you get the consistency desired. Most of these multi-speed blenders will also offer a pulse feature.

Wattage – generally, manufacturers will equate wattage to power. This seems to ring true more with handheld blenders than countertop blenders, though. We suggest checking actual customer reviews or trying the product in the store if possible, as many lower wattage blenders work just as well as higher wattage models. offers a wide variety of blenders both in our brick and mortal store as well as online. If you have any questions prior to purchasing a blender, please give us a call at our store (870-269-3800) and we will be more than happy to answer your questions. Or, for those of you in the Mountain View area, come on in and see us! Our store is located at 1404 E Main St in Mountain View, AR. 

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