How Much Do We Recommend Spending On A Blender?
When it comes to buying a home blender, the prices can vary from as low as $50 all the way in excess of $500. Whilst testing blenders we often see a correlation between the durability of the blender and the price, and also the power of the motor. Durability is greatly affected by cheaper price points, often you will experience that the cheaper blenders tend to break very often and very easily and also come with a lackluster warranty, so you cannot get the blender replaced or fixed.
If you wish to get the best out of power and durability, the higher end blenders priced around $500 will give you the best of both. Featuring motors around 1700 watts, it gives you the most power and can blend almost anything, whilst also coming with the best materials giving you a durable build. If at any time you were to experience issues with the higher end blenders, then the majority of the brands offer you warranty for many years and will replace or repair any faulty machines.
What Should I Look For Before I Buy A Blender?
Blenders vary in power, accessories, motors, jug sizes, build sizes, durability and much more. So we have a list of features to look out for before buying a blender, to find the best blender to suit your desired needs.
Parts Safe For The Dishwasher
Our first feature is having parts of the blender that are safe for the dishwasher. Manually hand washing all the parts of a blender can be extremely tedious, as there are many difficult to reach places in and around the blender blades and jug. Using a dishwasher can save you time and make your life much easier, so it’s recommended you find a blender that is safe for use inside a dishwasher.
Speed settings are not available on every blender. Cheaper blenders tend to have only one, or two speed settings available, whilst the higher end blenders have a whole variety of pulses, speed settings and other options to make sure that all your ingredients are blended together effectively. You should also check that the available speeds required to for example crush ice comes with your blender, otherwise you could be left with a smoothie full of lumps.
When it comes to blending jugs you can receive a variety of sizes and materials they’re made from. Pricier blenders tend to come with BPA-free tritan jugs which are strong, lightweight and look very similar to glass, however will not break or come with the other issues that class jugs do. Lower priced blenders tend to have plastic jugs, however these will absorb odors and overtime can accumulate a very nasty smell. To avoid this we recommend washing plastic jugs right after use, however even when doing this for a long period of time, a smell will begin to accumulate and you will have to replace the jug or have smelly smoothies.
Ice Crushing Capabilities
Some blenders come with ice crushing settings, however they must have specifically designed blades to be able to do this without blunting the blades. If you attempt to crush ice with a blender that does not specify ice crushing, then often your blades will become blunt over time and you will have to replace the blades or the entire blender.
Blending power varies from blender to blender. Higher end blenders come with around 1500-1700 watts of blending power and a 3 horsepower motor, which can take care of almost any blending job. Lower end blenders have around 300-500 watts of power, which can only take care of soft fruits and vegetables and will most likely struggle when crushing ice or other harder ingredients.
Some blenders will arrive with a soup maker feature. This feature will have a heating element at the bottom of the blending jug and will simultaneously heat your blended ingredients so you can create a soup quick and easily.
Overall we recommend you ask yourself 4 key questions. What’s my total budget? What power requirement does the blender need to have? How much space in my kitchen do I have for storing the blender? Is this blender for me, or for other members of my household too? With these questions you should be able to figure out the base type of which blender you require and then you can dwell on the smaller features after.
In the blender world we believe there are 3 different types of blenders.
The Fancy Blender
Fancy blenders are usually the ones made by well respected brands and come with a ton of features, most of which you have no clue what they do, only that it’s a cool feature. Brands such as Vitamix which are very well respected in the blending industry tend to make blenders like this. Very powerful, tons of features and a high quality build. Blenders that are in the “fancy” category are intended for those of us that want a high quality product from a respected brand and when our friends visit, you know they will be leaving wanting to buy one too after seeing it in action.
The majority of the “fancy blenders” fall in the $350 to $600 price range. Brand such as Blendtec and Vitamix focus on these high quality machines. Too save money on these high end brands, we recommend checking out some refurbished versions of these blenders, often times cutting the price in half or even a third of the MSRP.
The Mid Range Blender
Somewhere in the middle lies the mid range blenders. Not too fancy, yet not a cheap piece of plastic, the mid range are very effective for getting the job done, whilst saving you your bank balance. Brand such as Breville, Cuisinart, Omega and more will provide these blenders. Often times built too a similar quality as the fancy blenders, but lacking in extra features and aesthetics the mid range blenders are perfect for the modern day family, whilst on a budget.
The Budget Blenders
Although we try to avoid featuring any budget blenders, many do exist. Budget blenders tend to break easily, be made from cheap plastic and have many design and manufacturing faults, hence the lack of reviews on our site for them. Budget blenders are excellent though for short term use and those of us travelling around and need a way to blend up our fruits and vegetables without breaking the bank. We highly recommend you do not go for budget blenders unless you are really stuck for cash or understand that you will be buying a new blender every so often due to a very low quality build.