How to Choose a Blender

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A blender is one of those essential countertop appliances. Used for making smoothies, shakes and malts, it also comes in handy for pureeing, chopping and even crushing ice.

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  • Blenders
  • Measure the space where you plan to store your blender. Pay special attention to height.

  • Decide on a metal or plastic base. Metal is more durable and keeps the appliance more steady when it is in use, but generally costs more.

  • Choose a glass or plastic jar. Blenders with glass jars are generally more stable, but also more expensive. A glass jar is also quite a bit heavier than plastic.

  • Check the number of settings available and decide which most closely fit your needs. A pulsing function is especially useful.

  • Look for special features on the lid that will make it possible to add ingredients while the blender is running.

  • Choose the color you want. Colors are generally available only if you choose a plastic base.

  • Study warranty and service options.

  • Before buying, read the manufacturer's instructions to be sure the blender has all the features you are looking for.

Tips & Warnings

  • Blenders with push-button controls are notoriously difficult to clean. Check for special cleaning features that will make cleanup easier.

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