Broken containers, juices with pieces of fruit, melted motor… and again the blender has to be changed. The important thing is that the next time you buy one, you take these characteristics into account so as not to make a mistake again.
Yes, the grandmothers are right, today’s electrical appliances are not like those of before, those that lasted for years and years. Quite the contrary, we could say that now they are rather disposable. I think many must agree with that statement.
In the last four years, I have had to buy 3 blenders for my house -in addition to irons and other devices-, because it always seemed absurd to me to spend more money for something that I knew would soon go to waste. First I bought those with a plastic jug. It is enough to put several pieces of ice inside a couple of times for the first cracks to begin to appear. For this reason, the second one was made of glass, apparently not so good, and due to a change in temperature it also shattered. So with the third one, I bought a better glass, thicker, from a relatively good brand, but not so expensive (my thinking was still governed by why spend more if they last so little).
And so, I started researching blenders by asking some chefs I knew, other food lovers, analyzing the opinions of friends, and also reading on the internet. The conclusion I came to is that if I want a good blender for the house, I have to invest a little (the new one I bought was cheaper than the other three combined). And when it comes to brands, the most satisfied with their purchase are those who have an Oster.
So… what should we look for when buying one?
In order not to make a mistake again, I made a list of the features that my next blender should have (based on my research) and which I share below:
The containers or glasses are usually made of the following materials:
- Plastic: They are usually the cheapest, the lightest, but also the weakest. As I told you, they are not good for crushing ice and, in general, plastic jugs do not last long and always end up broken. In addition, like all plastic, it is impregnated with the food that one grinds, leaving a less transparent color that looks somewhat dirty.
- Glass: Glass is much more durable and won’t discolor or absorb herb or vegetable odors like plastic. Of course, you have to be more careful because as it is glass there are more possibilities of breaking. You have to make sure it is thick glass.
- Stainless steel: Stainless steel is the most expensive and the most durable. Keeps frozen mixes cold longer. On the downside, you can’t see the mixture inside until you remove the lid. Stainless steel blenders are not as common in the usual market, because they are usually larger, designed for industrial kitchens.
There are personal blenders, which today are very common for making smoothies, green juices, among others, and which often come in a pack with large glasses, whose size usually fluctuates between 300 and 800 ml. And there are the large, high-performance blender containers, usually between 1.3 and 2 liters. There is an exception, which are the industrial blenders that can be found from 2 to 8 liters or more.
What is the best size? That depends on each one, but if you also like to make personal shakes, perhaps one brings both options that could be the most appropriate.
As with juicers, motor power is important for blending tougher, more stringy vegetables and fruits. An average kitchen blender has between 300 and 600 watts of power, and the most powerful high-performance blenders can reach 1,300 watts. A 400 or 500-watt blender should work perfectly, however, you have to check if its blades are good, because if they are not, the 500 watts will not achieve your goal.
It’s best to go for the most powerful motor you can afford, as the higher the power, the more versatile your machine will be. A lower horsepower motor will not be able to crush ice slushie-style or grind food well.
This depends on what we need and how much we are willing to spend, but it is a very important factor when buying the right blender. There are many options on the market for quality, durable machines at an affordable price. There are also plenty of options for professional quality machines at surprisingly high prices! Take the time to assess your budget and needs before making a purchase.
Why is it important to have multiple speeds? For two main reasons: One, because it is best to start blending at a slow speed and gradually increase it to a higher speed (if necessary) to put less stress on the motor. And two, because being able to reduce from a high speed to a very low one, allows you to add ingredients at the end of the mixture that you don’t want to blend, for example, or be crushed within the rest of the mixture.
Another reason, less important perhaps, is that if you start blending at a slow speed, you won’t get the classic blender lid explosion that leaves everything dirty.
Selecting a blender with good-quality blades is essential, especially when you want to make green smoothies or crushed ice. Stainless steel is the best material for a good blade set.
Ice crusher/push button
They are not the same, but it is quite similar. If you plan on making slushies, a push-button is essential. The ice falls into the blades when it stops and is crushed again when the blades start to turn. Without the blender’s push-button, you’ll have to stop the blender and blend the ice before restarting the motor.
The big difference with the blenders that have the ice crusher function is that they automatically stop and restart the blades so that the ice can be easily crushed and evenly integrated into a blended mixture. You will not have to be pressing the push button every time. The other thing is that they generally use the correct speed and power to be able to crush ice.
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