How to Buy a Blender
Below are a my top picks that can be purchased from Amazon.
If you want to know what is my kitchen, here is my post on the best blender for me.
The first question people ask is “Which brand of blender should I buy?” There are so many different makes and models of blenders it can get confusing really fast. The cost of blenders can range from under $100 to over $500.
It can be quite distressing … buying an appliance and a month later having it break down, leak, quit or worse – you never use it and have wasted the money and effort trying to find a great appliance.
My goal is to help you determine what you are looking for in a kitchen blender and help you find one that will best suit your needs.
Answer the questions in the table below and decide if you are a beginner, intermediate, advanced or professional blender. Then review the options I have listed below for each category.
|How often will you blend, times
|< 1||1||2 to 20||>20|
|How many people will you be
|1||1 to 4||4 to 10||> 10|
|Will it be used in a business?||No||No||No||Yes|
|Do you intend to grind grains
|Do you intend to blend frozen
foods and/or ice frequently?
|Do you intend to blend raw
|Do you intend to make hot soup
with the blender?
|Do you have room on your
countertop or cabinets to store the blender?
|How much can you spend?||< $100||$100 to $200||$200 to $550||> $550|
You are budget minded looking for a great value blender to help with small tasks like blending raw fruit smoothies, protein shakes and single serving size blending. You will only need your blender occasionally, so it also needs to be smaller for easy storage when not being used. If at some point you decide to upgrade to a more advanced type blender it will still be handy to have in the kitchen for small jobs.
Top Blender Picks for the Beginner
Cuisinart SmartStick 4-1/2 stars with 1,017 customer reviews
KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender 4 out of 5 stars with 590 customer reviews as of 2/12/12
You are preparing meals and snacks for up to four people on sometimes a daily basis. You may occasionally blend frozen fruits or greens in your smoothies, but don’t plan on grinding wheat to bake your own bread anytime soon. You are looking for a quality machine and don’t mind paying a little more for a blender that will last years and not weeks.
Top Blender Picks for Intermediate
You have likely owned several cheaper blenders that did not hold up to your daily demands of green smoothies and crushing ice. Now you are ready to make the investment in a professional grade blender. You expect this blender to last many years and have a great warranty that backs it up. The blender is one of your most valued appliances in your kitchen and you need a machine that will not hold you back from grinding wheat or making hot raw soup.
Top Blender Picks for Advanced
Blendtec WildSide HP3A Blender w/ 3 Qt and 2 QT Containers (seven year warranty)
Vitamix 1700 (7 year warranty)
When the doors are open to your establishment your blender seems to run almost constantly. You believe that a good blender should be seen and not heard by your customers, so adequate sound dampening is a must. In addition to being quiet you need a blender to withstand years of heavy duty blending without issues, because your customers expect consistent quality.
Top Blender Picks for the Professional
If you need more help deciding how to buy a blender feel free to send me an email.