Delicate whipped cream milkshake with air bubbles, diet fruit cream! And yet - chopped (no tears), onions, vegetable puree for baby food, ice finely impaled. In short, everything that you can mix, whip, grind using a single miracle device. And it's all about him, blender. Species of this wonderful hostess assistant in the shop are more than enough to ensure that there was a legitimate question: what is it and how to choose a blender.
In order to make the right choices and get a truly universal helper, you just need to find out more about it. To be more precise about what exactly blenders are and what to look for when buying.
Types blenders, their pros and cons
Immediately, we note that the talk about the good and bad types (types) of this device does not make sense. Since each type designed for specific purposes and handling. However, you need to know about the appointment of a particular type of household appliances, and even more, its advantages and disadvantages. So, all modern blenders presented in stores, divided into three types: fixed, submerged and combined.
Stationary blender - is attached to the pedestal bowl, in which the blades are at the bottom. This type blender for cocktails, sauces and purees, mixing and whisking the soft and liquid products. Its advantage is that it works independently (without the help of your hands), suitable not only for cooking but also for pouring cocktails can be used for mixing the batter (pancake, biscuit), is equipped with a self-cleaning function. The disadvantages of the stationary blender include some awkwardness and possible inability to grind vegetables.
Immersion blender has a metal or plastic housing with a nozzle, which is lowered into the container where you need something to grind or mix. This type of blender is best suited for the grinding of solids preparation of vegetable and fruit mixes, sauces and purees. Its advantages: compactness, ease of use for the grinding of small amounts of food (eg baby food). Disadvantages immersion blender: busy hands, which constantly have to keep the blender and not very suitable destination for cocktails.
Combined blender, probably the most versatile type. Because it combines all the functions of the immersion blender and fixed and offset their advantages and disadvantages. In addition, the combined blender equipped with additional nozzles (with a knife for chopping ice, whisk for whipping, a vacuum pump). So there is no need to talk about the pros and cons of a combination blender: in comparison with previous types they simply do not. Is that the price, which is a combination blender would be much higher.
Capacity (bowl or vessel)
Before choosing a specific type of blender, pay attention to the capacity. Here it is set to the volume and the material of which it is made. Volume - at your discretion. Choose a model bowl which will have sufficient capacity to prepare you for the usual amounts of food.
As for the material, here you have to choose between two options: plastic and glass. Advantages of glass tank: scratch resistance, long life, the preservation of transparency. One disadvantage, but it is essential. The glass bowl can be easily split by a blow or a fall. But with careful handling is a long time and qualitatively.
Reservoirs made of plastic and have a fairly long life. However, when they are washed in a dishwasher, this period may be reduced significantly. Reservoirs made of plastic, in contrast to the glass more durable (it's harder to break). But at the same time, this material is easily scratched and eventually loses its transparency.
So think how frequently and intensely you intend to use a blender, in what way are going to wash and select a model with a plastic or glass container. If any difference as the bowl you do not, then pay attention to the power and the number of rates you liked model.
Power and speed
How to choose a blender to these characteristics? The power of the blender can be from two hundred to seven hundred watts. The more functions can perform certain model blender, the more power it has. What are you going to do with this device? For whipping cocktails and grinding the most products will be quite soft and very little power. But if your plans cocktails with ice (which need to chop) and grinding fairly hard products (potatoes, carrots, beets), then you need a high power blender.
If you find it difficult to understand the power of the device, then pay attention to the amount of speed, which is directly related to power. For example, a blender, having one or two speeds, will have the smallest capacity. Device average power - from three to five speeds. But if the blender six or more (sometimes up to 12!) Speeds, this means that this model has a very high capacity.
In addition to the amount of speed you should pay attention to their modes: turbo, pulse mode, infinitely variable speed control. The number of rates is, the more opportunities for different operations. For example, it is possible to adjust the size of cut pieces or uniformly mixed mass. However, in practice, the hostess are two to five-speed, which is quite enough for the grinding of products for the preparation of baby puree and whipping cream or cocktails. So it is up to you (depending on the purpose of purchase) as a powerful and high-speed blender you need. And do not forget to pay attention to some unimportant trifles.
Price. When choosing a blender remember that here is working normally, "the most expensive does not mean the best." Think, is it really necessary for you is a powerful and high-speed blender original design. Look better, as far as the stability of its foundation.
Choose a model with a broad and solid foundation. He even at high speed will not vibrate strongly and crawl on the table. The base of the blender can be metal or plastic. Plastic is lighter and cheaper. Metal durability and resistance.
Check out your favorite model at work: whether it noisy. Agree that the quieter will work your blender, the more comfortable the cooking process will be in it products. Especially if you have small children who are usually asleep when my mother needed to use a blender.
Naturally, the design and color for us, women play a crucial, if not, then a very significant role. So choose something that you really like and that fits your aesthetic needs.
Consider not only the appearance and characteristics of the blender, but also for the purpose for which you get it. Go to purchase wisely, because to choose the right blender is not difficult if you know exactly why you need one. Just choose the model that fully meets your requirements, you will be able to extract from the acquisition of the maximum benefit. And, of course, to get moral satisfaction from working with such a wonderful assistant.