While most blenders can perform basic food processing functions and puree or blend together soft foods like fresh fruits and yogurt; some blenders struggle with tougher and more rigid materials, such as ice cubes, frozen fruits and nuts. In addition, these low-power blenders can sometimes wear out their motors as a result of daily or otherwise extensive blending. Fortunately, manufacturers produce domestic blenders with high power outputs, which are suitable for rigorous use.
The Tom Dickson Signature Blender
Tom Dickson is the founder and CEO of Blendtec, which is the company that produces his namesake Tom Dickson Signature Blender. While Blendtec’s Connoisseur Blender and Total Blender models previously reigned supreme as the most powerful blenders for home use, with each providing 1,560 watts or 2.09 horsepower, the Tom Dickson Signature Blender now surpasses them. The blender offers 2,400 watts or 3.22 horsepower, which is similar to the power output of an electric chainsaw. At the core of the Signature Blender is a direct-drive motor, which -- unlike an automobile motor -- does not utilize gears that restrain power output. You operate the blender with a touch-pad, enabling you to select one of 10 manual speed settings, one of 25 pre-programmed blending cycles or a pulse control setting. The blender uses a blue LCD display for showing diagnostics and other information.
Breville 800BLXL Die-Cast Hemisphere
The Breville 800BLXL Die-Cast Hemisphere blender has a maximum power output of 1,000 watts or 1.34 horsepower. Its two-speed motor rotates serrated cutting blades that consist of surgical-grade stainless steel, which is a metal that is highly resistant to corrosion. While the “Die-Cast” portion of the blender’s name refers to its base, which consists of molten metal that has hardened in a mold; the “Hemisphere” distinction indicates the blender’s uses of a specialized blade system. Unlike with other blender models, the 800BLXL has blades that are extra-wide and hug the bottom--or bowl--of the blender’s container. This helps to ensure more efficient blending, as particles are unable to “hide” beneath the blades.
Oster BPCT02-BA Beehive Blender
While the Tom Dickson Signature Blender and the Breville 800BLXL are both powerful blenders with modern deigns; the Oster BPCT02-BA Beehive Blender is a powerful blender that offers a bit more character. The 600-watt or 0.80-horsepower blender has a retro style, which is largely due to its ridged, beehive-like base that is unlike more modern smooth-surfaced blender bases. In addition, instead of utilizing multiple control buttons, the Beehive Blender features a single toggle switch for turning the blender on and off. The blender’s direct-drive motor--which has an all-metal construction--spins a stainless steel blade assembly.
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