Countertop blenders, also known as the jar blenders or the jug lenders are a very useful tool present in most modern kitchens. They can perform, along with blending, a variety of different functions including mixing, pureeing, grinding and chopping. If you are out shopping for a jug blender you choice can be quite tough owing to a wide variety of this product available in the market. It is therefore advisable to do a little research before heading to buy one for your kitchen. To make your task easier, we have put together a list of features you need to consider when selecting the countertop blender for yourself:
The blender should have a lid that fits tightly to prevent any risks of splattering of food. The lid should ideally have a removable filter cap in the middle which makes it easier to add liquid ingredients while blending. It also can be removed while blending hot liquids to allow steam to escape. Most good blenders have lids that are dishwasher safe along with all the other parts.
Ensure that the blender you are planning to buy has a stable base. The blenders tend to vibrate a lot while blending. A solid base will ensure that it performs efficiently even at high speeds without vibrating a lot.
Easy to clean:
Best blenders are those which are dishwasher safe because they are the easiest to clean. If they are not dishwasher safe, they should be easy to clean by hand. Jugs with a wider base are generally easier to clean.
More advanced blender models like Oster Versa BLSTVB-RV0 come with multiple speed settings to add more precision to blending tasks. Standard blenders however come with 2 speed options; high and low. A pulse option is also available with good blenders. 2 speed options and a pulse are generally sufficient for most purposes.
It entirely depends on your requirements that what is the size of the pitcher you select. If you have a large family or have friends over quite frequently, go for a blender with a larger capacity. If you usually make drinks for one or two people, single-serve blenders with a capacity of 2 cups are the better option for you since you can use the jar as the serving cup as well and release yourself from the need to clean multiple utensils.
The general rule is that the greater the wattage, the better its functionality and the higher will be its price. If you want it to perform heavy duty tasks like crushing ice, you should invest in a high powered blender. Most high powered blender are used for smoothies because making smoothies is where it is required the full speed and performance.
Most good quality blenders come with a year warranty. The more expensive models provide longer warranties. If you are willing to pay a little extra choose a blender which along with other features, comes with a good warranty as well. Now you are equipped with all the basic knowledge you need in selecting the best countertop blender for your kitchen. You will have to make your choice based on these features, your requirements and your budget.