What to Know Before You Buy a Blender

What to Know Before You Buy a Blender

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When you start planning to equip your kitchen, you’ll want good, reliable equipment. However, choosing a blender can be difficult because the list of available features may seem endless, and of course, you don’t want to pay for features that are too difficult to be useful to you. Consider the following factors before you decide which blender is right for you.


First, find out how much power the motor has in watts. You do not want a food processor that can merely chop food. You want to be able to grind it and blend it into a purée. In particular, you do not want a blender that jams when it hits a difficult chunk of food. This is why power is the most important feature of a blender. If the blender you are looking at has a side-mounted motor, you should avoid it, because side-mounted motors are the most prone to failure. Also, look for a model that has a solid-state motor, and in addition does not have any chains or belts, but instead connects directly to the blade … which means that the motor you’ll want will be under the blender instead of alongside it.



Your blender should be able to do the following tasks without a problem:

  • Chop dry ingredients — the blender needs a pulsing action to chop food
  • Purée vegetables
  • Grind meat
  • Knead bread dough

These abilities are important in any blender you plan to keep for long. A blender that can accomplish only some of these tasks is not a wise purchase. The blender you choose should be able to do every task in the above list.

Finally and almost needless to say, the blender should not leak. So read through all the consumer reviews before you step into a store.


In almost all situations, try for the largest capacity blender you can find. It is frustrating to use a blender with a smaller capacity than you need, because it won’t hold your entire your recipe at once. Instead, you’ll need to blend multiple small batches, and when you reach that point, the blender has lost much of its convenience. As a guide, your blender should hold at least eleven cups of food. Also, some blenders come with a bowl that you insert at the top for chopping small amounts of food. However, quite frankly, the small bowl does not really do anything you cannot do on your own in an equivalent amount of time.



What kind of blade does your blender have? If it has a powerful motor but a blade that dulls quickly, the blender will lose its utility relatively quickly. You can have the blade sharpened, but that is a difficult and often expensive procedure, so you should not need to do it often if at all. If possible, choose a blade that has a serrated edge, because the serrations will keep cutting long after a smooth blade has become too dull to be pleasant to use.

These considerations should help you make an informed decision when you shop for a blender. You can accept reduced capacity if you really do not plan to blend large quantities at a time, but every user needs the same motor power and the same blade sturdiness.

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