Top 10 Best Blender 2017 – Buyer’s Guide and Reviews

best blenderThe latest craze worldwide “SMOOTHIES” and other frozen drinks are a great way to lead a healthier lifestyle and keep your weight under control. Buying a BLENDER opens you up to so many possibilities.

You can literally make a drink out of any pulverized fruit or vegetable, and you will benefit from all the natural ingredients. If you have a baby or a family member with dietary problems, pureeing fruit and vegetables or making vegetable soups are quick and easy.

The choice is yours, and the sky is the limit!

To help you make the right choice, we have included our reviews and recommendations for the best blender 2017.

Many cooks consider a blender as an essential food preparation item. If what you want is a blender that can also do chopping and mixing, then you will need a multifunctional, heavy duty blender. These are a great kitchen aid and well worth the cost.

The “baby” of the blender family, is the STICK or IMMERSION BLENDER. They are hand held and used for pureeing, mixing and blending. It is better to find a cordless model which adds another level of convenience to this model.

Best Blender 2017

Do you want manual or automatic? Table model or stick blender? Size? Are you blending for 1 or for a whole family? Do you have space for a big blender? What is your budget?

These are things to consider before buying a blender.

After much research, we have provided you with all the information necessary to steer you in the right direction and make your choice easier.

The best blender is the one that does the job you want it to do!

Model NameTypePrice 
Ninja Professional Blender (BL610)
Countertop
$$ Check Price
Nutri Ninja Pro (BL456)
Personal Size$$ Check Price
Epica Personal Blender
Personal Size$ Check Price
Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)
(Editor’s Choice)
Countertop$$ Check Price
Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)
Multifunction$$$ Check Price
Blendtec Total Blender
Countertop$$$ Check Price
Oster Simple Blend 100 10-Speed Blender
Countertop$ Check Price
Nutri Ninja Auto iQ (BL482)
Countertop$$ Check Price
Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender
Hand Held$$ Check Price
KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender
Hand Held$$ Check Price

1. Ninja Professional Blender (BL610)

Ninja Professional Blender (BL610)With a very high percentage of positive reviews, the reasonably priced Ninja Professional Blender (BL610) is also great looking and extremely efficient. This powerful unit is a quite large, and a little bit taller than most blenders, so make sure this will fit under your kitchen countertop. The blender comes with 3 level, double blades which can be removed for easy cleaning. This is a big advantage as it makes it easier to get all the food out of the jar and the blades are also machine washable. You should, however, remove them before pouring out the contents of the jar, if not, they will fall out when you start pouring because they are not secured.

Care must also be taken as the blades are very sharp. The only complaint on the blades that has been recorded is that greens like spinach and kale are not pulverized adequately, it is best to add the greens first with water and then add the heavier ingredients on top, this will ensure that the greens are pulverized enough to give you a smooth drink.

This model comes with a 2-liter plastic jar which is marked in millimeters and cups on the side, making it easy for measuring ingredients. It is square shaped and has a lid with a locking mechanism. The unit will not work unless the lid is securely fitted. There is a release button on the lid which needs to be pressed for the lid to open. This is a security measure that will prevent accidents; instructions are clearly explained in the user manual that comes with the machine. The lid is fitted with a spout which has a lid for easy pouring. The jar and lid are dishwasher proof. They are also easy to hand wash, just pour warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid and give it a quick pulse, then rinse well and towel dry.

Apart from dishwasher-safe, the jug is also BPA free. This is an industrial chemical that is used to make certain plastics and resins. This means that you don’t have to worry about any harmful chemicals contaminating your food.

The Ninja Professional Blender comes with an electronic control panel which has 3 speeds and a pulse option. Apart from the usual smoothies, and soups this blender can crush ice for cocktails or pulverize any hard fruit or vegetable, very efficiently. This unit can also double up like a food processor; the blades can also chop vegetables. Use the pulse option until you get the vegetables at the consistency you want.

It is not wise to use hot liquids in this blender, it is not designed for hot beverages, and this is clearly stated in the instructions, ignoring these guidelines might cause cracks in the base of your blender.

A powerful blender is a necessity in any kitchen. If you are on the market for a powerful, multifunctional blender, which offers value for money, then the Ninja BL610 is definitely a very good choice.

Pros

Value for money
2-liter jug
3 levels rmovable blades
Easy to use control
Locking mechanism
Very easy to clean
Square jar
Dishwasher and BPA free

Cons

Too tall for most kitchen units
Plastic container
A bit noisy
Blades not locked in

2. Nutri Ninja Pro (BL456)

Nutri Ninja Pro (BL456)Unbeatable for the price, the Nutri Ninja Pro is a powerful small appliance that will crush and extract vitamins from fruit, vegetables, and seeds in seconds. The 900W motor and 4 Pro stainless-steel blades crush through frozen fruit and ice with ease, making frozen and cold beverages easy to put together. This unit is perfect for small families or single people who do not need a huge blender.

A very compact and sturdy machine, this blender comes with two screws on jars, a 710ml (24oz) and a 530ml (18oz) with 2 Sip & Seal lids. The jugs double up as cups, perfect if you want to grab and go with your drink, simply unscrew the jar from the blade, seal, and you are on your way. Perfect for storing in the refrigerator as well. One liter (34oz) jug is a handy addition.

For its size the Ninja Pro is quite loud, this is not the motor, it is the blending process. Instructions recommend that you use small bursts of power, in any event, the unit pulverizes so quickly that the noise should not be an issue. This unit comes of with an Auto Shut Off feature, just in case you leave the blender running, by mistake. All the removable parts are BPA free and dishwasher safe. Beware of using a very hot program on your dishwasher as this might damage the jugs. In my estimate, it is a simple matter to just add a few drops of dishwashing soap to the jar with warm water and blitz it with a few pulses on the blender. Rınse well and dry.

The Nutri Ninja Pro (BL456) has very positive reviews online. There are, however, a couple of negative comments that have to be mentioned.

The first problem reported was leakage, but I think if you follow the instructions which clearly state DO NOT OVERFILL the jars, you shouldn’t have a problem. The jugs are clearly marked with a maximum capacity line, which should not be ignored. Always add liquids first and then solids before blending to enure proper emulsification.

The second problem is a bit more complicated. The rubber seal in the gasket on which the jugs are attached is not designed to come out for cleaning. The use of milk and yogurt in health drinks can cause a problem, and residue will start to smell eventual. Even though the manufacturers say that you should not remove this silicone seal, most people found that it was essential to do this and clean the seal properly. The seal is not easy to remove and needs to be carefully pried out. This can lead to breakage. It is imperative to immediately wash the gasket with hot water and occasionally soak with white vinegar.

A small bottle brush will also help to make sure that their are no food remnants left behind that could cause a problem. As with all appliances, the correct procedures should be followed to ensure the long life of your blender. The seals will deteriorate over time and replacements are easily available to order online.

Overall this is a quality blender at a very reasonable price. If you are looking for a small, reliable and powerful blender, the Nutri Ninja Pro (BL456) comes highly recommended.

Pros

Easy to use
Powerful
Great value
Two size jugs
Very fast and efficient
High-quality and sturdy
Bpa free and dishwasher safe
Recipe booklet
Ice crusher

Cons

A bit noisy
Leaks if overfilled
Silicone seal difficult to clean
No measuring indications on jugs

3. Epica Personal Blender

Epica Personal BlenderThe Epica Combo Mixer/Blender is compact and won’t take up a lot of space in your kitchen. With a stainless steel finish, this unit will look great in any modern kitchen. The size of this blender is misleading as it is very powerful, with a 250 W motor and 23,000 RPM heavy duty stainless steel blades, anything you put into the jug will be pulverized in less than 30 seconds. Apart from the hot and cold smoothies and coffees, you can make your purees, soups, dips and sauces. One of the few personal blenders that can be used with hot beverages, the Epica can safely process food between 4 – 80 degrees Celsius (40 – 175 F) With regards to Ice, the instructions specify that it is not advisable to use ice cubes. This is a small blender, and it would fare better if you added crushed ice instead.

As this is not a heavy-duty blender, you will need to cut up hard fruit and root vegetables into smaller pieces. Always add enough water to help the machine pulverize the ingredients. Start with a pulsing motion before putting it on full speed. There is a just one-speed button which you have to control. Relatively quiet to operate the Epica is easy to use and maintain.

With a huge percentage of excellent reviews, the Epica Personal Blender is highly recommended for single users. Most single people prefer not having to disassemble and clean larger blenders if all they are looking for is a quick smoothie. The jug used for blending is easy to convert to a comfortable to go cup. The plastic jar has a capacity of 600ml (20oz) a generous serving for one person.

The bottle detaches from the machine and comes with a lid that snaps onto the bottle for transport and storage. For busy people on the run, the perfect grab and go smoothie! This lightweight bottle fits into most car holders and is resistant to hot or cold conditions. The jar is break resistant tough plastic which is dishwasher safe and BPA free. As with all appliances that process food, especially milk and yogurt it is essential that you clean the blender and all the movable parts thoroughly immediately after use.

Unfortunately, it is not possible to order extra jugs which could be very useful. Apparently, the manufacturers do not sell them separately. If you have a breakage, you would have to replace the whole blender.

If you are looking for an attractive, well made personal blender that delivers what it promises, you have found your product!

Pros

Simple one button operation
Lightweight and portable
Hot and cold beverages
Blends, mixes, and purees
Durable
Dishwasher safe and BPA free
Fast 30-second blend
Take a long bottle with lid
Stainless steel base
Cost effective
Easy to clean

Cons

Does not blend ice cubes
Extra bottles not available
No opening for the use of a straw
Electrical cord should be longer

4. Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660) – Editor’s Choice

Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)The Ninja BL660 is a powerful, well-designed blender with total crushing blades that can pulverize even the toughest ingredients in seconds. This 1100 Watt blender comes with an extra-large, square 2 liter (72oz) jug and 2 x 500ml (72oz) single Nutri Ninja cups complete with serve to go lids. There are two blades, the innovative six triple blade design, with total crushing technology, which delivers unbeatable power especially with large volumes and the interchangeable single blade to use with the Nutri Ninja cups. The BL660 is a very versatile blender which can blend, chop and puree up to 2 liters making it a very useful kitchen appliance, perfect for a big family.

The unit comes with 4 simple settings, low, medium, high and pulse which is more than adequate to give you full control of your blender. There is as also an on/off switch and a single serve button.

This blender was designed with safety as a priority. The blender will not work unless it is fully assembled. The jug locks into the base with a twist and lock motion and the lid lock into place on the jug, ensuring that all is safely secure before starting to blend. A great feature, this way you are sure that there will be no accidents with spillage or damage to the machine. To open, there is a release button which you need to engage; this will pop up the handle for easy opening.

The base is wide and comes with rubber suction rings that cling to your counter keeping the steady machine while running. The only negative comment I have to make about the lid is that it does not have a removable center to allow the addition of ingredients while the blender is working. If you need to add anything you have to stop the machine and unlock it, and then restart again. The electrical cord also has a wrapping area at the back of the motor which is very convenient for storage.

According to the user manual, it is not advisable to add hot liquids to this blender.

The Ninja BL660 is very easy to use and even easier to clean. The removable blades allow complete access to the jug which makes it very simple to clean. Beware, the blades are extremely sharp and potentially dangerous. Before you start to wash remove the blade carefully and rinse thoroughly. The jug comes with a pouring spout, so you do not have to remove the lid to pour out the contents. Bear in mind that the blade is not secure, if you pour without the lid, the blade will fall out slice anything it comes into contact with. It is important to grab the blade from the top and remove carefully before turning the jug upside down.

All removable parts are dishwasher safe and BPA free. Another quick way to clean the jugs is to add some warm water and a few drops of dishwashing liquid and pulse a few times. This will remove almost any debris. Rinse and towel dry.

The Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660) is a very powerful multifunctional blender which also gives you the option of single serve to go servings. Highly recommended and reasonable priced. If you want the best of both worlds, this blender is definitely a good choice.

Pros

Very powerful
Heavy stable base
Detachable 3 tiered blades
Safety locking lid
Generous volume
Easy to clean
Electrical cord wrap on side
Single serve blades
2 extra single server jugs with lids

Cons

Some people prefer glass
Size too big for some kitchens
Sharp blades are a concern

5. Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)

Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)The Ninja Mega Professional Kitchen System is a combination blender and food processor and a huge asset to have for all kinds of food preparation. With unbeatable power, and blades with total crushing technology you can blend, puree, chop and pulverize any ingredient, including spices, coffee beans and nuts within seconds. With a 1500 Watt machine and 2 horsepower strength, the motor is super strong and extremely fast.

In both the food processor and the blender the blades are 3 tiered and staggered up to half the height of the bowls. The innovative design of the blades. Ensures even and thorough mixing. The metal chopping blades are razor sharp, so make sure that you do not touch them.

As a blender, this professional Ninja is extremely powerful and can pulverize ice and any hard vegetables with ease. To get the maximum power out of any blender, it is always best to start off with a few pulses which distribute the mixture and turns it over quicker from the bottom up. The addition of the right amount of liquid also plays a huge role in getting the consistency you want.

This is a rather large blender with an XL Jug 2 liters (72oz) and needs a lot of counter and storage space. The height, however, is just low enough to fit under standard kitchen cabinets. The bottom of the motor comes with suction cups which keep the machine steady when running. There is even a lever in place to release the suction when you want to move the machine and store.

The built in safety features are excellent. The bottom of the jug fits snuggly on the base and the lid twists and locks to prevent any mishaps. The motor will not start functioning if the jug is not securely locked. A light will flash until you get it right.

This is a beautifully designed machine, the only negative point is that there is no opening on the lid to allow you to add ingredients while it is working. This is a valid point especially if you are making something like mayonnaise or salad dressings that need to be emulsified. You could use the spout that is fitted into the lid for easy pouring, but it is far too small and messy.

The food processor comes with a 2 liter (72oz) Bowl and includes a chopping and dough blade. This is perfect for chopping vegetable, and the dough hook can handle up to 1 kilo of dough.

The unit comes with 4 simple settings, low, medium, high and pulse which is more than adequate to give you full control of your blender. There is as also an on/off switch and a single serve button.

The removable parts of this kitchen system are all dishwasher safe and BPS free. It is best not to wash the jugs or cups on a hot setting in the dishwasher. Reset with the blades in the blender and add a few drops of dishwasher soap with a little water. Give it a few pulses, and this will remove any remnants of food left behind. Rinse well and dry.

The 500ml (16oz) personal Nutri Ninja cups are also a great feature. No need to use the large jug or tiered blades, the cups come with their blade and pulse control setting. Just mix your smoothie, remove the cup, cover and Go. No mess, no fuss! The only negative with the Nutri Ninja Cups included is that the lids are not the Sip & Seal type. If you need these, you would have to order them.

The whole package is very well designed, it even comes with a storage container for the cups and attachments. The electrical cord is retractable for easy storage.

Replacement parts and accessories for the Ninja blenders are easily available. The problem with replacement parts like the lid is that they are expensive, sometimes it is better to just buy a new system.

This is a very powerful, super-fast and efficient Kitchen System, a quality product at a good price.

Pros

Powerful
Easy to use
Multifunctional
Extra cups
Storage container
Retractable cord
Cookbook

Cons

No opening on lid for adding ingredients
Replacement parts expensive
Nutri cups don’t have sip & seal lids

6. Blendtec Total Blender – Best Smoothie Blender

Blendtec TB-621-25The Blendtec is considered to be one of the leading brands, in professional, high-powered blenders available today. It is manufactured in the USA and meets national safety standards. Very elite and modern, this blender might be small enough to fit under any custom made kitchen cabinet, but when it comes to power and efficiency, it is considered to be one of the best. The durable base of this machine is made from industrial strength polycarbonate, and it has ball bearings internally which reduces friction and keeps the blender balanced. With 1560 W and 3 peak horsepower direct-drive motor, this unit is considered commercial quality, and rest assured that any ingredient blended in the Blendtec will be pulverized in seconds!

Whether you want to make simple smoothies, iced drinks, cocktails or soups, you can chop, mince, puree, or emulsify with the Blendtec Total Blender, and the job will be completed in seconds. The uses for this highly efficient blender are endless.

The touch pad controls and digital display are a modern touch, and as they are flush with the base, they are easy to keep clean. Blendtec has pre-programmed cycles as well a manual control. There are 6 pre-programmed cycles which remove a lot of the guess work when it comes to specific recipes. The machine automatically speeds up or slows down according to the type of blending or recipe you choose. The blender automatically shuts down at the end of the set program or timer. It is a great advantage to be able to set the blender and walk away!

The display will tell you how long you have left before the set program finishes, warn you if there is an overload, and also keeps a record of how many times you have used the machine. The unit comes with an informative recipe book, and you can also go to the Blendtec website to view the owner’s manual which has in-depth explanations about the different programs. The main on-off switch is at the back of the blender. The power cord which is adequate in length comes with a Velcro strip to keep it tidy.

The cold forged, ultra-hard stainless steel blades are extremely strong and corrosion resistant. They were developed for heavy duty commercial use, and their unique shape is specially designed to keep the mixture in the blender moving for even distribution and mixing. The blades are not sharp, so there is no danger of getting cut.

The ‘WildSide’ jar that comes with this unit is made of BPA free Tritan copolyester, which makes this one of the most durable blender jars available. This jar is 5 sided and has a capacity of 1 liter (36oz). The unique shape was specially designed for better distribution of ingredients. The vented gripper lid, which is made out of heavy duty rubber, has an opening in the center which makes it possible to add ingredients while blending. This is great if you are making an emulsified sauce or mayonnaise. It is a good idea to buy a second jug which can come in handy. There are 2 sizes you can order online, Blendtec square jug or the small Blendtec Twister jar.

This is one of the easiest professional blenders to clean as they are practically self-cleaning. Straight after use, rinse out thoroughly, add some water and a drop of dishwashing soap and blitz for a few seconds. Rinse out and dry. It can’t be easier than that!

The Blendtec Total Blender comes with an instructional DVD and a Fresh Blends recipe book. According to many reviews, the company also offers excellent after sales service.

If you can pay the price, this blender is highly recommended. With some of the best reviews, online the quality and reliability of the Blendtec Total Blender cannot be disputed. Buy with confidence!!

Pros

Perfect size for average kitchens
Powerful motor and speed
Digital display
Timer
Preprogrammed setting
Automatic shut off
Super easy cleaning

Cons

No retractable cord
No extra jars included
Pricey

7. Oster Simple Blend 100 10-Speed Blender

Oster Simple Blend 100 10-Speed BlenderThe Oster Simple Blend is a small blender that is used primarily for making smoothies, dips, soups and sauces. With 700 Watts power and 450 W blending power, the Duralast All Metal Drive assures long-lasting quality and performance. The unit comes with 10-speed control buttons and the Stainless Steel 4 point blades, are designed to pulverize and chop with precision.

The Oster is a lightweight, compact blender that is ideal for smaller kitchens, and a bargain for those who don’t want to spend too much. For its size, it is a very efficient, and a great help for basic food preparation in the kitchen. The bonus with this blender is that you can connect the base to mason jars. This is an amazing feature, having the option to purchase cheap mason jars in different sizes is great, apart from cost effective it is very convenient to have different jar sizes for making and storing sauces and salad dressings.

The jar which is plastic fits up to 6 cups (1.5 liters of liquid). It is always advisable not to overfill with ingredients, always bear in mind that you need to leave enough space for the blender to be able to liquefy. Failing to do this can result in the flexible rubber lid flying off or landing in the blender, making a huge mess in the process! Always blend the softest ingredients first and then add the frozen ones.

There is a Crush button which is specifically used when adding ice to your drinks. It only takes around a minute to make a nice creamy smoothie or frozen drink. The Oster comes with a personal travel mug which is very convenient. This is the blend and goes cup which has a tight fitting lid, perfect for taking with you to work.

Be aware that the jug does not lock into place on the base and you have to align the ridges on both carefully. The jug does not have a pouring spout which in some case will make pouring into small containers a little tricky.

All the movable parts including the jars are BPA free and dishwasher safe. It is very easy to clean, just unscrew the bottom, and the blade compartment comes out. Be aware that the blades are sharp and avoid touching them.

If you are in the market for a low cost, efficient blender then this is a great buy! A very convenient small appliance to have.

Pros

Efficient
Pulse button
10-speed control
Blend & go cup
Removable blades
Dishwasher safe & BPA free
Easy to clean.
Fair price

Cons

No safety lock
No automatic shut off
Flexible rubber lid can come off

8.Nutri Ninja Auto iQ (BL482)

Nutri Ninja Auto iQ (BL482)The Nutri Ninja Auto iQ is an amazing, modern, compact blender, which is probably the best choice for serious health fanatics. This attractive unit does not take up much space and is perfect on display in smaller kitchens. İn the smaller blender category the Nutri Ninja Auto comes with a 1000 W motor, which is powerful enough to liquidize almost any tough ingredient.

The amazing Auto-iQ Technology automatically pulverizes whole fruits, vegetables and seeds (including parts that you would normally throw away) thus extracting all the vitamins and nutrients possible to enrich your health drinks. With 2 Auto-IQ settings, the combination of unique pulsing, blending and pausing patterns only stop when all the ingredients are perfectly blended. Manual controls include start/stop and pulse. The digital display lets you know how much time remains and on manual, how long the blender has been working.

Important safety measures are in place, the base of the motor comes with strong silicone rubber tips which cling to the surface ensuring that the blender is steady and secure. To disengage tip the blender forward. The blender automatically shuts down when the program or timer ends or if it overheats. With a twist and lock motion, the jar is safely locked onto the base, and the blender will not operate unless this is done correctly. It is not recommended to use hot liquid ingredients in this blender. When filling the jug never go over the maximum indication line and always start with your soft ingredients before adding raw hard vegetables and nuts.

The Pro Extractor Blades are made with high quality rustproof stainless steel, and they are dishwasher safe. They are highly efficient and very sharp. Be careful not to injure yourself when removing the blades for cleaning.The Auto iQ Ninja comes with a great selection of jars, small 18oz (2 cups), regular 24oz (3 cups) and Jumbo 32oz (4 cups) and 3 Sip & Seal lids. The smaller cups are great for using on-the-go! All plastic is BPA free.

It is not advisable to wash the jars in the dishwasher. With excess heat, the jars will eventually get damaged. The best and quickest way to clean the jugs is to add some warm water, and a few drops of dishwashing liquid put back on the base and pulse a few times. This will remove almost any debris. Rinse and towel dry. The only difficult part to keep clean is the plastic ring or gasket that is wedged around the rim of the lid. With time it is possible for food particles to get wedged on the inside. This is not designed to be removed, but in some cases, if you have no option, you might need to carefully pry this off and wash well.

Replacement parts and accessories for the Ninja blenders are easily available. You will also find video demonstrations and great recipes on their main website.

If you are buying a blender especially for health drinks, you should seriously consider the Nutri Ninja Auto iQ (BL482) With the extra cups and the Sip & Seal lids, this is the perfect small powerful and efficient blender.

Pros

Compact and light
Silicone rubbers
Auto IQ technology
Pro extractor blades
3 jar sizes & sip & seal lids
Digital display
Safety features
Recipe book

Cons

Not for use with not liquid
Rubber gasket difficult to clean

9. Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender

Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand BlenderGerman engineered, Braun products are well renowned for their quality and durability. The Multiquick 5 Hand Blender or Emulsifier as they are sometimes called, has a patented PowerBell system, which is designed to blend food quickly and effortlessly. The durable stainless steel blades and unique bell-shaped blending shaft which is geared to drive the food down gives you more control and reduces splashing.

The slip proof ergonomic soft grip handle is comfortable to hold and the controls are easily accessible for changing speed modes during blending; this includes turbo burst for added power. You need to depress the button continuously for it to work, this needs quite a bit of pressure which might not be easy for people who have arthritis or weakness in their hands. In comparison to standing blenders, the hand held version is a lot quieter and obviously small enough to be kept in a drawer.

For a hand held blender the Multiquick 5 has a powerful 350 W machine and is suitable for blending most cooked ingredients including nuts, frozen fruit, and ice. The blender comes with an electrical cord and is not rechargeable. A great feature is a way the blender disassembles, a quick twist and you can separate the top motor section from the blade attachment. This model comes with a 20oz (600ml) beaker and a whisk attachment. The beaker is made out of strong plastic and is BPA free. The whisk attachment can be used beat and stir eggs, cream, and any desserts on low speed.

Removing and changing the attachments with the EasyClick function is very simple. The detachable blade makes it a lot easier to clean. Always rinse immediately after use. The attachments can be washed on the top level of a dishwasher, or by hand.

A handy selection of attachments to use with this model are available for purchase. Whether you need to whisk, blend, puree or chop there’s a Braun attachment designed to do the job. Extra attachments and spare parts are readily available to order online.

Log onto the Braun official website to see which accessories are available for this model. There are excellent demonstrations videos and recipes as well.

If you don’t want to buy a stand-alone blender, and like the simplicity and convenience of a hand blender, you can’t go wrong with the Braun MQ505.

Pros

Powerful 350 W
Unique blending shaft (powerbell)
Ergonomic grip handle
2 speeds
Whisk & beaker include
Easyclick function
Easy to clean

Cons

Control buttons a bit stiff
No wireless capability
No storage case

10. KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender

KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand BlenderFrom the popular brand, KitchenAid, the KHB2351CU 3-Speed Immersion Blender is a high-quality uncomplicated hand held blender. The Contour Silver is a very attractive silver and black lightweight blender, which is small enough to be stored in the bag provided, and conveniently kept in a drawer.

With a powerful DC (216 W) motor this appliance is built to last. A lot of thought has been put into the design, the motor section has a comfortable non-slip grip, and the One Touch Power Button which is situated in the front of the unit is activated by pressing and holding. The 8-inch blending attachment is a convenient size and long enough to be used with deep pots or containers. The stainless steel blade which is S-shaped is protected by an outer bell-shaped steel structure. This is designed to protect scratching the bottom of your pot or container and to minimize splashing. To avoid splashing the blade should be immersed into the liquid before the power button is activated and deactivated before removing the blade from the liquid.

The blender is equipped with thermal protection which automatically switches the unit off if it overheats. If this happens, you are instructed to unplug, and allow 10 minutes for the appliance to reset. This is a very useful safety measure, which will protect the motor and prolong the life of the blender. When blending hot food like soup, it is advisable to remove the pot from the stove before you start blending to protect the blender from overheating. This blender cannot be used for processing coffee, hard spices or any pips, etc.

KitchenAid KHB2351CU comes with a 5ft long electrical cord which allows extra flexibility with power points. The cord comes with an easy to tie rubber band for storage. This unit is not rechargeable, and care must be taken to prevent the cord from coming into contact with any heated surface.

Included with this model are the Whisk Attachment, the Chopper Attachment (2.5 cup capacity) and the Blending Jar (3 cup capacity) with lid. All the attachments fit onto the blending arm with a twist and lock motion. Simple change the attachment, fix onto the motor section, rotate and lock. Having the extra attachments makes the blender a lot more versatile.

The Wire Attachment is; they for whipping eggs and cream, just use in deep containers to avoid splashing. The Chopper Attachment is actually a small bowl with the blade that has its chopper adapter. It has a non-slip base at the bottom of the bowl for safety. Very useful for small chopping jobs like herbs and nuts. The Blending Jar with Lid is ideal for small jobs that you want to serve and store. All the plastic attachments are top rack dishwasher safe and BPA free. Do not place any of the plastic containers in the Microwave, they are not safe.

A cotton drawstring bag with 3 pockets is included for storing hand blender and the attachments.

To clean the hand blender, there are a few rules to remember. NEVER immerse the motor body in water. Twist off the adaptor and wash with warm soapy water, never use any abrasive cleansers. The plastic containers are dishwasher safe, but it is always preferable to wash them by hand.

This is a versatile small and convenient blender to have for quick jobs. Especially recommended for small families, especially with small children. If you need a hand held blender that is affordable and real value for money, this is an excellent choice.

Pros

Compact & lightweight
Easy to operate and clean
Includes whisk & chopper attachments
3-speed settings
Storage pouch
Mixing cup with lid
Automatic switch off
Value for money

Cons

Attachments can untwist and come off
Can heat up
Not rechargeable

Buyer’s Guide

Why buy a blender?

Using a blender correctly can be one of the most useful kitchen appliances you can buy. At the touch of a button, food preparation can be done in seconds, saving you a lot of time. You can blend, crush, chop, whisk and puree quickly and conveniently without much effort. Whether you just want to make fruit smoothies, blend soups or use the blender for chopping and whisking, there is a right blender for you.

When choosing a blender, there are a few things you need to consider. The first one is how often you will use it and for what. Secondly, you need to know what size you want. The standard space between a countertop and the cupboards is around 18 inches if you are buying a stand-alone blender, and you want it on your countertop, make sure you that you can store it underneath the top cupboards.

Consider the weight of the blender as well, if you are storing inside a cupboard, it might be difficult put in and take out. In this case, you would probably not make as much use of your blender as you would if it was readily available. For those who don’t have space, Immersion Blenders are the best as they can simple be stored in a drawer.

Which blender to buy?

There are 3 types of blenders, Immersion or Hand Held Blenders, Countertop Blenders, and Multifunction Blenders. Choose the one that offers what you need at the best price.

1. Immersion Blenders

Considered the ‘baby’ of the family, does not look blenders are ideal for pureeing or mixing small quantities of food or for mixing straight into a pot or bowl. Sometimes called liquidizers or stick blenders they do not have a container of their own.

The newer models come with a motor on the top which is connected by a shaft to a rotating blade at the bottom. The device is submerged into a container with food and the blades rotate to mix or puree. The power switch is usually under the handle, and this has to be depressed for the blender to work. They are convenient for blending foods directly in the pot.

The more expensive models come with very handy attachments like a Chopper Attachment which is a small bowl with its chopper adapter. Very useful for small chopping jobs like herbs and nuts. Some units include a Blending Jar with a lid which is ideal for baby food as you can blend and store. Immersion Blenders either come with an electrical cord or are rechargeable. The cord can sometimes be too short, or it can become entangled, which is not advisable when blending over a hot stove.

The rechargeable ones are the best, as long as you remember to keep them charged. Although Stick Blenders are considered the weaker link as far as blenders go, there are some models that are powerful enough and come with attachments that can chop food and crush ice. Immersion Blenders are inexpensive, convenient, easy to use and store, so definitely something to consider.

2. Countertop Blenders

Counter top blenders are considered a lot more versatile than the Immersion Blenders. They are heavier and a lot more stable, with containers which average between 4 – 8 cups capacity. The jars or jugs are normally made of heavy duty BPA dishwasher plastic, with measurement markers on the side. Never overfill over the maximum indication, the blender needs to have space to liquidize the ingredients and overfilling will result in leaks. Some models have a glass or stainless steel jars, the glass is a bit heavy and fragile, whereas the stainless steel does not give you the transparency you need to see what you are blending.

Look for a heavy stable base, with rubbers suction at the bottom to make sure that they are stable because they pack a lot of power, and can move around on your counter. The typically come with 3 – 10-speed settings, the most important being the pulse button. The jar should have a twist and lock function for attaching to the base; this is a very important safety measure. The same goes with the lid which should be fitted with a rubber gasket to ensure that there are no leaks when powering the unit.

Most modern blenders have specially designed jars to encourage the food to circulate between the blades. Make sure that the jar is fitted with a pouring spout for easy pouring and a removable plug in the lid for adding ingredients while the blender is working. The blades are typically made of stainless steel and are very sharp and powerful. The best blenders have removable blades for easy cleaning.

The tabletop blenders are easy to keep clean. Most movable parts are dishwasher safe, but rinsing and cleaning straight after use is the best way to keep your blender in optimum condition. Adding a drop of dishwashing soap and some warm water and blitzing for a few seconds is all that is required to keep the jar clean.

The versatility of these blenders depends on power, design, and accessories provided. A helping hand in the kitchen for all chopping, mixing, pureeing and liquidizing tasks. The cheaper models which are less powerful will not work without the addition of water, whereas high powered more costly blender are capable of crushing ice and pulverizing grains, hard spices, and nuts. So depending on how much you cook and what you can afford, a countertop blender can be a great ‘secret weapon’ in your kitchen.

3. Multifunction Blenders

The high-end Multifunction Blenders are the most expensive Blenders available today. They are extremely versatile and come with attachments that can take care of most food preparation in seconds. They are very powerful, solid units that can replace several appliances in your kitchen.

They are designed for commercial use, and having one in your kitchen is like owning the ‘Rolls-Royce’ of blenders! Whether you want to make simple smoothies, iced drinks, cocktails or soups, you can chop, mince, puree, or emulsify and the job will be completed in seconds. The uses for these highly efficient blenders are endless. Very high powered, with digital and manual programming facilities they are manufactured to last. The multifunction blenders come with very useful accessories, extra jugs, and sip & go cups with lids.

They have a tremendous following with dedicated blogs for inspiration and recipes and in most cases excellent customer service and warranties. For those who can afford the Multifunction Blenders and will put them to the best possible use, they are a must in any kitchen.

What to remember when buying a blender?

In the absence of specific information that confirms that your blender can crush ice, DON’T try it. This normally means that your blender neither has the power or the blade suitable for hard ingredients.

Pulsing ingredients is the best way to get the job done, extended operation of your blender might damage the machine

Make sure that the jar and lid are firmly attached and locked before powering up. Always make sure that you leave room for expansion and that you have added enough water

Cut fruit and vegetables into manageable pieces

Always clean your blender thoroughly after use to avoid food bacteria build up

Never immerse the motor of the blender in water.

Read and follow instruction. In this day and age, there are multiple websites and videos available online with instructions and recipe ideas. IF YOU ARE NOT SURE, it’s best to check on for these sources for advice.

Lastly, what do you do when something goes terribly wrong? Most blenders come with at least one year warranty. The more expensive modes can come with a longer warranty, and in some cased, you can actually buy an extended warranty on your appliance. Well worth considering.

Taking all the above into consideration should make your decision easier, it does not look that count, convenience, functionality, and affordability are what you should consider.

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