How To Choose The Best Blenders

How To Choose The Best Blenders

It’s now time for the same old question – what’s the biggest difference between juicers and blenders? How is one better than the other? Can you make juice in a blender? Can you only make thick smoothies in the blender?

Well, almost every person you come across is confused if you ask them about the difference between a juicer and blender? What’s interesting is that this confusion turns into an obstacle and prevents people from giving healthy eating a try.

Juicer Next to Blender

Let’s clear things up here, shall we? Before we talk about whether you should buy a juicer or a blender, let’s have a quick look at the differences between blending and juicing. Sometimes these terms are used interchangeably but they are two completely different things.

If you decide to blend something, you will end up consuming the entire food. For example, if you blend spinach with a cup of sliced pear, the liquid you consume contains a whole cup of sliced pears and of course, spinach.

On the other hand, if you juice something, the hard ‘fiber’ part of the fruit or vegetable is removed and you are only left with the sugars in liquid form. For example, if you decide to juice a couple of green apples along with two cucumbers and a bunch of kale, you will only get the micronutrients in the extracted liquid.

Put simply, juicing can never make you full the same way smoothies can. If you’re not sure about this, try blending the same mix (apple, cucumber and kale) in a blender and consume the entire liquid.

If you have a closer look at blenders, you will find that they consist of just one container. This means if you put something inside a blender, it has no route of escaping and just stays in there. However, the end product will be in a slightly different form.

Couple of Smoothie Drinks next to Juice Drinks

Juicers have multiple vessels. The middle part of the juicer processes the fruit or vegetable. The hard, indigestible fiber goes left and the liquid goes right. Okay, so the question is – which is better?

Well, one is not better than the other. In fact, these two pieces of equipment have very different intentions. It is seen that when you consume a smoothie you feel fuller. A glass of fresh juice on the other hand gives you the nutrition, but you won’t feel as full as you do after drinking a smoothie.

Smoothies blenders are preferred by nutritionists for the fact that they kick start the digestive process in a powerful way. Because the ingredients are blended perfectly together in a smoothie, your body doesn’t have to work hard to absorb the nutrition that is available.

Another interesting observation is that most people prefer blenders because they can use it to hide the ‘not so exciting’ foods such as kale, spinach and other leafy greens in their meals easily.

High Quality Blenders Are Definitely An Investment!

Yes, when you invest your hard-earned money to buy a blender, you are actually doing what is needed to improve your health. Of course, you can get hand blenders, smoothie blenders for a wide range of prices and some of them can cost you more than $500, but here’s what you need to know.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL772) and other parts

High quality blenders give you higher rate of returns on the investment. They typically work better and last for a longer time. Not to forget, high quality blenders are easy to clean and you no longer have to worry about replacing the important parts after every few weeks.

That being said, lets’ have a quick look at what you should look for in a smoothie blender before making a final decision.

What Should You Look For In Blenders For Smoothies?

Choosing the best smoothie blender isn’t the easiest task. In fact, the process can feel especially overwhelming. With hundreds of different models to choose from and exciting brands all over the place, you would feel that making a decision is easier said than done.

Well, the good news is that buying a smoothie blender is a lot simpler than buying a juicer! Jokes apart, you can find the right smoothie blender if you put in some thought of what goes into buying a blender.

Look At The Motor Size

The first thing you should consider while looking at the blender is the size of the motor. Generally, the higher the power of the motor, the better your blender will perform. Most smoothie blenders available in the market feature motors between 500w and 800W, but there are products that claim to have a powerful 1,200w motor.

Oster Pro 1200 Blender 2-In-1 With Food Processor on a Kitchen Counter With Fruit around it

As you can guess, high wattage equipment is more likely to handle frozen fruits and ice in a better way compared to a blender that runs with a 500w motor. Ideally, the blender you choose should give you thick smoothies and this can be achieved when your blender has a 750w motor at least.

Design And Construction

The color of your equipment isn’t a big deal, but you should have a closer look at the construction design. Because your smoothie blender will be working hard to break hard ice and frozen fruits, it needs a sturdy base to withstand the violent jerks.

Blenders that come with strong plastic pitchers are lighter and easier to carry. However, plastic pitchers are more prone to damage and scratching. If you’re buying a blender that has plastic containers, make sure they are dishwasher safe before tossing them into the cleaning equipment.

Dishwasher safe Blender

Blenders with glass pitchers are heavier but they are scratch resistant. In addition, glass pitchers are quite durable and do not break easily, unless you decide to drop your blender on the kitchen floor.

Generally, the debate between plastic and glass comes down to personal preference.

Size Of The Pitcher

It’s helpful to think about the size of the pitcher before buying a blender. If you would be making more than one serving at a time, you should invest in a bigger pitcher to make your life easier. Similarly, if you would be making healthy smoothies for your kids and friends, having a blender with a large pitcher is helpful.

Some people look for blenders with wide based pitchers as they are easier to clean and you can also see the contents clearly.

Controls

The controls in your blender are something you won’t normally consider, but they are important. Smoothies as you can guess get messy so cleaning a blender with touch pad is more convenient than cleaning dirty equipment with hard buttons. Getting rid of annoying smoothie residues around the buttons definitely is not the pleasing task.

Controls on a Smoothie Blender

Because we are talking about controls, you can consider whether or not your blender has pre-programmed options. Some people prefer to buy blenders that give them the chance to vary the speed for achieving different consistency of blends.

Healthy Blending: Smoothie Recipes You Need To Try Today

The following delicious smoothie recipes are great snacking options if you want to regain control of your health. Even if you want to eat healthy, these smoothies give you a great chance to add immune boosting and nutritional ingredients to your diet.

The Twist Of Ginger Smoothie

This naturally soothing smoothie is what you can try to rid of nausea, heartburn and other tummy troubles.

You will need:

  • 1 banana, sliced
  • ¾ cup vanilla yogurt
  • 1 tbsp honey
  • ½ tsp ginger – grate freshly for best results

Combine all ingredients in a blender and pulse until smooth.

The Twist Of Ginger Smoothie

Dream Orange Smoothie

If you want to cool down after a tough workout, this citrusy burst is what you need to try.

You will need:

  • 1 orange, peeled
  • ¼ cup yogurt, preferably fat-free
  • 2 tbsp orange juice concentrate
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and process until smooth.

Dream Orange Smoothie

Antioxidant Treat

This smoothie is a nutritional powerhouse and definitely deserves a place in your menu plan.

You will need:

  • ¼ cup freshly brewed green tea
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 1½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ banana, sliced
  • ¾ cup light vanilla soy milk, preferably calcium fortified

Combine all ingredients in a blender with 3 – 4 ice cubes. Blend until smooth.

Antioxidant Treat Smoothie

The Very Berry Smoothie

Try this berry treat to start your day with a bang.

You will need:

  • 1 cup frozen unsweetened raspberries
  • ¾ cup chilled almond milk
  • ¼ cup frozen cherries pitted
  • 1½ tbsp honey
  • 2 tsp fresh ginger, grate finely for best results
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice

COMBINE all ingredients in blender and puree until smooth. This recipe makes two servings.

The Very Berry Smoothie

World's Best Breakfast Smoothie

Both kids and adults would love to gulp down this delicious smoothie recipe at breakfast.

You will need:

  • 1 cup yogurt, plain and preferably fat-free
  • 1 ripe banana
  • ½ cup orange juice
  • 6 frozen strawberries

Blend yogurt, banana, juice, and strawberries for about 20 seconds. Shake the container slightly and blend for an additional 15 seconds.

World's Best Breakfast Smoothie

Pineapple Passion Smoothie

This smoothie is ideal if you are in a mood for pineapple ice cream.

You will need:

  • 1 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 1 cup pineapple chunks
  • 6 ice cubes

Combine yogurt and ice cubes and pulse until ice cubes break down into large chunks. Now add pineapples and blend at high speed until you get a smooth mixture.

Pineapple Passion Smoothie

Heart Healthy Smoothie

This recipe helps you add the much-needed fiber to your diet. In addition, organic kiwis are a rich source of vitamin C and heart healthy nutrients. The quantities listed here make about four servings.

You will need:

  • 1 ¼ cup chilled apple juice
  • 1 sliced ripe banana
  • 1 sliced organic kiwifruit
  • 5 to 6 frozen strawberries
  • 1½ tsp honey

Combine all ingredients and blend until smooth.

Heart Healthy Smoothie

The Soothing Summer Smoothie

You will need:

  • 1¼ cup light soy milk
  • ½ cup frozen blueberries
  • ½ frozen banana, sliced
  • 2 tsp sugar (optional)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract

Combine all ingredients and blend for at least 20 seconds or until smooth.

The Soothing Summer Smoothie

Papaya Passion

You will need:

  • 1 papaya, cut into thick chunks
  • 1 cup plain yogurt, preferably fat-free
  • ½ cup fresh pineapple chunks
  • ½ cup crushed ice
  • 1 tsp ground flaxseed
  • 1 tsp coconut extract

Combine all ingredients and process until smooth and frosty.

Papaya Passion Smoothie

Apricot Madness

Use freshly extracted lemon juice to add a tangy flavor to this drink.

You will need:

  • 2 cups chopped, peeled and pitted apricots
  • 2 cups ripe mangoes, chopped
  • 1 cup low-fat yogurt
  • 4 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp vanilla extract
  • 8 ice cubes

Add all ingredients to a blender and process until smooth. Add the ice cubes and process for an additional 6 to 8 seconds. Serve immediately.

Apricot Madness Smoothie

Why Hand Blenders Shouldn’t Be Missing From Your Kitchen

Hand blenders or immersion blenders have now become a necessary addition to the kitchen mainly because of its ease of use. This lightweight, handheld device can chop, mix, whip, blend and puree and all this is much easier than dragging out a heavy-duty food processor with all its annoying accompanying attachments.

Hand Blenders Are Convenient

Most people also prefer immersion blenders for the fact that they are easy to clean. You can puree veggies for a velvety soup or blend tomatoes for salsa and then simply toss the blades into the dishwasher for cleaning.

Immersion blenders are known as multi-tasking genies and the reasons aren’t difficult to guess. Interestingly some people are hesitant to jump on board first if they have a heavy-duty food processor, which does a fantastic job.

After all, why would you invest your money in a smaller tool when you own a powerful full-sized version of a blender or food processor?

Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC

Immersion devices are easy to use and convenient to clean. More importantly, they ensure that you get the routine kitchen tasks like chopping, blending, pureeing and whipping done with one hand.

Well, now that we are talking about convenience, here’s something soup lovers would find interesting. With immersion blenders, you no longer have to worry about the heat forcing your food processor lid off and splattering hot soup all over the place. You can place the hand blender in the pot and simply turn on the equipment.

A perfectly smooth soup will be ready in a snap.

If you compare immersion blenders with any countertop blender version, there isn’t a great of a difference. Both hand blenders and countertop blenders are good enough for making soups, sauces and salad dressings, but the heavy duty counter top version works better if you are using hard ingredients such as nuts and ice cubes.

Simplicity Is Key

Obviously, you want the immersion blender to be able to complete the task you bought it for. In addition to getting the mixing, blending, chopping, whipping and pureeing done, the thing most customers desire in a kitchen tool is simplicity.

Blending Greens with Hamilton Beach 59765 2 Speed Hand Blender

Luckily, most hand blenders are fairly easy to use and it doesn’t take a lot of previous knowledge or experience to figure out how your device would work. If simplicity is the thing you are interested in, a standard 2-speed hand blender with basic attachments is a nice option.

You can start using the blender at low speed and see how it does. Then if you are ready to speed things up or you require more power to blend or chop the ingredients, increase the blender speed to high.

In most cases, all of power buttons and speed options in an immersion blender are located in one spot and you can easily use the device with one hand. It is recommended that the hand blender you choose should have a very comfortable handle and the equipment itself shouldn’t feel very heavy in your hand.

Power Wattage

Motor power is one thing you should consider before you buy a blender. A powerful motor with a longer shaft makes it easier for the blender to reach into large pots and jars. The shaft can be easily detached and hand washed. The chopper attachments and mixing bowls can be placed in the dishwasher for cleaning.

Tornado Hand Blender and Its Parts

To keep your equipment running without glitches, it is important that you read the user manual that comes along with these tools. Often we might think that immersion blenders can do something they may not actually be designed to do.

Immersion Blenders Are Versatile

If you’re starting to get into serious cooking or you have limited space, you may want to invest in a kitchen appliance that is multi-functional. The good news is that most hand blenders not only blend, but they also chop, whisk, beat, whip, knead, puree and grind.

Surprisingly, there are immersion blender models that come with kitchen attachments to make many mundane kitchen tasks exciting. In fact, these hand blenders have all what you need in a mini food processor!

Immersion Tips – How You Can Make The Most Of Your Hand Blender

Here are some useful tips to help you make the most out of your latest kitchen purchase.

  • 1. If you want to blend hot soup contents in a pot, make sure that your hand blender blades are completely submerged in the liquid before turning on the equipment. Similarly, you should turn off the blender before removing it from the hot liquid. Ideally, you should use gentle up and down movements to blend your soup. This is a great way to ensure that the end product is velvety and smooth.
  • 2. You should always turn on your hand blender at a low speed and work your way gradually to a higher speed. Turning on the blender at low speeds will also avoid contents from splattering in all directions.
  • 3. To help your buy last for the longest period of time, clean your blender immediately after use and store the attachments carefully. While cleaning a hand blender is easier than cleaning a heavy-duty food processor, leaving soup or puree contents on the blades isn’t the best thing to do.
  • 4. It might sound silly but you should never keep the moving blades close to your hand. Your hand blender might look harmless but the blades are really sharp. Similarly, you should check the user manual before tossing in blender attachments into a dishwasher. After all, the last thing you want is to end up with a broken container.
Using Hand Blender on a White Background

Ten Smart Ways You Should Be Using Hand Blenders

Once you start using immersion blenders, you will realize how truly versatile and convenient they really are. Here are some incredibly useful ways this handy tool can make your kitchen life easier.

  • 1. Immersion blenders are powerful enough for making creamy smoothies and milkshakes
  • 2. Reach out for your hand blender while making omelets, scrambled eggs and frittatas
  • ​3. Mix up the batter for pancakes
  • ​4. Puree hot soups
  • ​5. Make whipped cream
  • ​6. Make homemade mayonnaise
  • ​7. Making pesto sauce doesn’t get easier.
  • ​8. Make your favorite salad dressing a lot faster
  • ​9. Blend hummus
  • ​10. Puree tomato sauce

Conclusion

If you are looking for a simple kitchen tool that can help you prepare salad dressings, soups, and vegetable puree and at the same time, is affordable and works great, it is time you buy an immersion blender.

Using Immersion Blender for Soup

Those of you who are looking to transform their lifestyle and want to start their day with a delicious and nutritious smoothie can invest in a high quality smoothie blender.

The bottom line is that investing in a high quality immersion blender or a smoothie blender can be one of the most useful investments of your life. Regardless of the brand or model you choose, one thing is certain. You will be really happy with the end result and of course, with the performance of your equipment.

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