Types of Blender
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.
Types Of Blender – Immersion
Immersion or stick blenders are the smallest type of blender. They are also called handheld because they do not have a base and you must hold it in your hand to use it.
They are ideal for blending right in your cooking pot or mixing container. This is great because it means fewer things for you to clean up afterward.
Handheld blenders have the lowest power rating but are powerful for their size. They are small and store easily in a kitchen drawer thus saving counter and cupboard space.
Some of them come with a small container for your convenience and attachments that make them more versatile.
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Types of Blender – Personal
Personal or tabletop blenders have a small motor base so that you don’t have to hold them in your hand like immersion blenders.
They use small to medium size blending containers. After filling with ingredients just screw the blade assembly onto the container and flip it over and assemble onto the motor base. Some personal blenders work by pushing on top of the container to run the motor. Others have a control panel with pushbuttons so that you can start them up and walk away while they operate.
The containers often have a lid that replaces the blade assembly so that they can also be used as a travel mug.
The power ratings of personal blenders are generally low to medium. Use them for making smoothies to take with you on your way to work, gym, school, or wherever you have to go.
Lightweight personal size blenders are portable and can be taken along with you on your daily travels.
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Types Of Blender – Professional or Countertop
Professional, also known as countertop blenders, are larger standalone models.
The containers that come with these blenders are from large to XL size. Make enough smoothies for your family, friendly get-togethers, or small parties. And don’t stop at smoothies. These machines make breakfast, lunch snacks, dinner entrées, desserts, and drinks of all kinds.
Large containers require lots of power and these machines deliver plenty. Some models have blade assemblies that are fixed to the bottom of the blending jar and others have blades that screw on and off similar to personal blenders.
Countertop blenders take up space on your countertop or in your cupboard during storage but tackle much larger and more versatile jobs than immersion or personal blenders.
Controls come in a number of ways from simple pushbuttons or dials tp microprocessor controllers with built-in programs, timers, and digital displays.
If you are looking to make large quantities of ingredients in a hurry then professional/countertop blenders are what you need to look for.
Types Of Blender – Commercial, heavy-duty
Commercial, heavy-duty blenders are the workhorse of the industry. True commercial blenders are designed and guaranteed for commercial use.
However, there are a lot of blenders being branded as “commercial” but the warranty doesn’t cover commercial use. If you intend to use yours in a restaurant, bar, or smoothie kiosk then read your warranty carefully.
These are the largest, most powerful, and most versatile blenders. They are also the most expensive. They can be used for “soup to nuts” continuously, every day.
Because of their large power and specially designed, heavy-duty blades they are the loudest type of blender. For this reason, they generally come with sound reducing covers.
If you need a commercial grade blender for frequent family reunions or large parties be you will need a big space on your countertop. And think about where you will store it in between uses.
The high quality of these amazing blenders will last you a lifetime.
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.