If you enjoy an occasional smoothie or like to mix your own soups and sauces, a blender is a necessity in your kitchen. In fact, it’s one of the most common small kitchen appliances around. But given the vast selection of blenders available for sale, if you aren’t sure what to look for, you risk buying the wrong one.
To help you make the right buying decision, below are three tips to consider before buying a blender.
Most often overlooked when buying a blender is the blender size. In particular, if you plan on keeping the blender on a countertop, be sure to measure the space between the countertop and any overhanging cabinets so you know how much space you have available. Alternatively, you’ll want to measure any areas you plan on storing the blender to ensure you get the proper size.
Next to size, how you intend to use your blender is another important factor to consider before making a purchase. If you only want to use it occasionally for blending soups or sauces, there are plenty of basic and reliable blenders available from brands such as KitchenAid or Oster.
However, some of the more advanced blenders actually take the place of other kitchen appliances. For example, the Blendtec Total Blender can make ice cream, smoothies, bread, cookie dough, margaritas, salsa, grated cheese, and much more. A blender of this proportion may be a good choice for you if you don’t have a lot of space for many appliances, or if you want to scale back your purchases and have the ability to do everything with just one appliance.
Brand Reliability and Warranty
Brand reliability is very important if you are looking to buy a blender that lasts. The length of the warranty is typically a good indication of how strongly a company stands behind its products. The longer the warranty the better because if something is defective, you want to be able to return it with little hassle.
Another indication of reliability can be found in reading consumer reviews. Amazon is as good a place as any for this type of research because consumers are generally very honest about their experiences with products. So once you decide on a model or two, you can easily check to see if others have had any bad experiences with the same model.
A blender can be an extremely useful addition to any kitchen. Following the tips above will help you sort through the selection and find the best blender for you and your family.