Even the simplest of the kitchens today feels incomplete without a blender. Many people consider it only a tool for making smoothies and milkshakes but if you research a bit further you will find out about the hundreds of applications of these useful devices besides making frozen drinks. The countertop blenders come with powerful motors which are capable of performing a whole bunch of tough tasks like crushing ice for frozen drinks, making nut butter and more. However, to be able to perform a variety of tasks with your blender, you need to be careful in selecting one. Not every blender will be able to survive through the toughest challenges that you plan on putting them through. Here are some of the things that you will need to consider when selecting a countertop blender for your kitchen:
The motor is what powers the blender which makes it probably the most important part of the machine. The quality of the motor will determine the quality and performance of the blender. A stronger motor will mean that the blender is capable of performing tough tasks with ease and speed. You will find blenders with motor ratings starting from as low as 200 watts to over 1500 watts for the most powerful ones. If you plan on using it for tasks like crushing ice of making nut butter, you should look for at least 600 watts.
2. Speed settings:
Different models of blenders will come with different speed settings. The most advances models will even include up to 15 speed settings to allow more control over the outcome. However, the number of speed settings will add to the price of the model and in reality all these numbers of speed settings is not really necessary. On/off and pulse option are more than sufficient for performing most of the tasks perfectly.
3. Blender jar:
There are many things which you need to consider regarding the blender jar since it is a very essential part of the blender. Most importantly, you need to consider the capacity of the jar that you require. If you have a large family and prepare multiple servings of smoothies at a time, you should choose a large, family-sized jar. If you don’t make more than one or two servings at a time, a small, personal-sized jar will be sufficient for you. Clear plastic is the most preferred material for the jar although you will also find some glass and stainless steel blenders. The problem with glass jars is that they can break easily and that with stainless steel ones is that you cannot see the contents unless you lift the lid.
Many useful attachments can be available with the blender you choose to buy. Since you are paying for the attachments too that will come with the blender, consider if you will be using most if not all of them. Also check if they can be detached and attached easily.