Types of Blenders
There are four basic types of blender available, examples below are listed in order of least expensive, smallest container size, least power to most expensive, largest container size and the most power. One of these blenders will suit your needs perfectly.
- Immersion – are the smallest blenders. They are handheld, come with a small container if any, and operate at the lowest power. Some come with attachments that make them more versatile.
- Personal – personal or tabletop blenders, come with a small blending container that can also be used as a travel mug. They operate on low power.
- Professional or Countertop – professional blenders have moderate power, moderate container size, moderate cost, are best for small, light items, for singles/couples/small families/occasional parties, and for regular but not heavy use
- Commercial, heavy-duty – are the most expensive but most powerful and versatile blenders. They can be used for “soup to nuts” multiple times daily and come with large capacity containers.
Things to consider when buying a blender:
- Are you going to be blending large, heavy ingredients for soups, whole fruit, ice cream, baby food or small, light items for milkshakes and smoothies?
- Is the blender being used for a crowd, large family, small family or just one or two?
- How often will the blender be used – daily, several times a day or occasional use?
- Budget – this should be the final consideration but may override other considerations depending on your personal situation. Try to get the best blender that fits your budget while still meeting your needs. Paying too much for the best blender on the market for a single person for occasional use is a waste. But, paying too little for a blender that doesn’t meet your needs results in frustration, a unit that ends up unused and stuck in a cupboard or maybe worse – an overloaded smoking prematurely failed machine!
The above factors will determine:
- blender type
- container size
- motor power
- price range
Don’t forget to check the height if there are cabinets above your workspace to make sure the blender will work fully assembled on the countertop. For storage, you can put the container beside the base if it is too tall to fit.
When you have determined the correct container size, motor power, and price range, click on the appropriate Learn More button to read more detailed reviews of the type that best fits your needs.
You can read more about blenders at Wikipedia – Blender.