Delicate whipped cream, milkshake withair bubbles, dietetic fruit cream! And more - finely chopped (no tears!) Onions, vegetable puree for baby food, finely chopped ice. In short, everything that can be mixed, shaken, crushed with the help of a single miracle device. And it's all about him, about the blender. There are more than enough varieties of this wonderful assistant to the hostess in the shops, so that a legitimate question arose: which one and how to choose a blender. In order to make the right choice and acquire a truly universal assistant, you just need to find out more about it. Or rather about what kind of blenders are, and what to look for when buying.
Kinds of blenders, their pros and cons
Just note that it's good or bad to talk abouttypes (types) of this device does not make sense. Since each type is designed for certain purposes and types of work with products. Nevertheless, it is necessary to know about the appointment of this or that kind of this household equipment, and even more so, about its merits and demerits. So, all modern blenders, presented in stores, are divided into three types: stationary, submersible and combined. Stationary blender is a bowl fixed on a stand, knives in which are from below. This type of blender is designed for making cocktails, sauces and purees, mixing and whipping soft and liquid products. Its advantages are that it works independently (without the help of your hands), it is convenient not only for cooking, but also for bottling cocktails, it can be used for mixing a batter (pancake, biscuit) and is equipped with a self-cleaning function. The drawbacks of a stationary blender include some cumbersomeness and a possible inability to grind vegetables. The submersible blender has a metal or plastic casing with a nozzle that descends into the container, where it is necessary to grind something or mix it. This type of blender is most suitable for grinding solid products, preparing vegetable and fruit mixes, sauces and purees. Its advantages: compactness, convenience in use for grinding small portions of products (for example, eating for a child). Disadvantages of the submerged blender: busy hands, which constantly have to hold a blender and not very suitable purpose for making cocktails. The combined blender is perhaps the most versatile type. Because it combines all the functions of a submersible and stationary blender and compensates for their advantages and disadvantages. In addition, the combined blender is equipped with additional nozzles (a knife for splitting ice, whisk for whipping, vacuum pump). So there is no need to talk about the pros and cons of a combined blender: in comparison with the previous types, they simply do not exist. Is that the price that the combined blender will be significantly higher.
Capacity (bowl or tank)
Before selecting a blender of a certain type,pay attention to the capacity. Its volume and material, from which it is made, are important here. The volume is up to you. Choose a model, the cup of which will have a sufficient capacity to prepare the usual volumes of products for you. As for the material, here you have to choose between two options: plastic and glass. Advantages of the glass tank: resistance to scratches, long service life, preservation of transparency. The disadvantage is one, but very significant. The glass bowl can easily split from impact or fall. But with careful handling it serves a long and high quality. Tanks made of plastic also have a long enough life. However, when washing them in a dishwasher this term can be significantly reduced. The tanks of plastic, in contrast to glass, are more durable (they are more difficult to break). But at the same time, this material easily scratches and eventually loses its transparency. So think about how often and intensely you intend to use a blender, how you plan to wash it and choose a model with a plastic or glass container. If there is no particular difference in the quality of the bowl, then pay attention to the power and the number of speeds of the model you like.
Power and speed
How to choose the right blender for thesecharacteristics? The power of the blender can be from two hundred to seven hundred watts. The more functions a certain blender model can perform, the more power it has. What are you going to do with this device? For beating up cocktails and chopping the softest foods, the smallest power will be enough. But if in your plans for making cocktails with ice (which you need to chop), as well as chopping fairly solid foods (potatoes, carrots, beets), then you will need a high-power blender. If you find it difficult to understand the power of the device, then pay attention to the number of speeds, which is directly related to power. So, for example, a blender having one or two speeds will have the smallest power. The device of average power - from three to five speeds. But if the blender has six or more (sometimes up to 12!) Speeds, then this means that this model has a very high power. In addition to the number of speeds, it is worth paying attention to their modes: turbo mode, pulse mode, smooth speed control mode. The faster the number of speeds, the more opportunities for different operations. For example, it is possible to adjust the size of the cut pieces or the homogeneity of the miscible mass. However, in practice, housewives use two or five speeds, which are quite enough for grinding food, and for making baby purees, and for whipping cocktails or cream. So decide for yourself (depending on the purpose of buying) how powerful and fast blender you need. And do not forget to pay attention to some important trifles.
Important little things
Price. When choosing a blender, remember that the rule "the most expensive does not mean the best" also works here. Think about it, is it really necessary for you to have a powerful and high-speed blender of original design. Look better, how stable is its foundation. Choose a model with a wide and strong base. Then, even when working at high speed, it will not vibrate strongly and crawl along the table. The base of the blender can be metal or plastic. Plastic is lighter and cheaper. Metal is durable and more stable. Check the model you like in the work: how much it is noisy. Agree that the more quietly your blender will work, the more comfortable will be the process of cooking products in it. Especially, if you have small children who usually sleep, when mom needs to use a blender. Naturally, the design and color solution for us, women, play if not decisive, then very significant role. Therefore, choose what you really like and what meets your aesthetic requirements. Take into account not only the appearance and technical characteristics of the blender, but also the purposes for which you acquire it. Go to the acquisition with the mind, because it's not difficult to choose the right blender, if you know exactly why you need it. Only by choosing a model that fully meets your needs, you will be able to extract the maximum benefit from the acquisition. And, of course, get a moral satisfaction from working with such a wonderful helper.