We Know: All About Blenders

What is a blender?

A blender is an electrical device that blends, purees, mixes and liquefies foods and drinks in a glass or polycarbonate container.

How do blenders work?

Blenders contain rotary blades at the base of the removable glass container that chop up the materials inside it. When the appliance is turned on, the blades pulse or rotate at varying speeds to prepare foods. A blender can blend, chop, liquefy, crush and puree a great variety of cooked and raw foods. Less expensive blenders can be used of cooked or soft foods. A high quality blender can be used to blend and crush solids such as ice.

What features come with a blender?

Blenders can do a great many things for your cooking endeavors. In fact, blenders provide many of the functions other appliances provide, which means they can save you money. Features to look for include:

  • Speeds range from 3 to 16. Having a large number of speeds may not be necessary, and may increase the price. Look for a 'pulse' setting, which gives you more control over the blending process.
  • Powerful motor: power generally ranges from 300 to 600 watts.
  • Containers: You will find glass, plastic and stainless steel. Glass is usually more stable (shakes less) and allows you to see the consistency of what you're blending. Plastic tends to scratch and absorb the smell of what's being blended.
  • Blades: Permanently attached blades are more difficult to clean than removable blades.
  • Look for containers with easy-to-read markings (cup and ounce measures on the side of the container)
  • Wide mouth containers are easier to use than those with narrower openings.
  • Security lock: Many blenders won't turn on without the lid or pitcher firmly in place.
  • Look for a warranty on the appliance and see what's covered.

What are some makes of blenders?

Some blender manufacturers include: Oster, Cuisinart, Waring, Black and Decker, Vita-Mix.

How much does a blender cost?

Blenders vary in price widely. The typical price range is $20 on the low-end, with the basic functions and $300 on the high-end with every bell and whistle you can imagine.

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