Brought to you by Tomer Cohen of Chashmal 1/2 Chinam
We all know of that moment when reality hits. A new kitchen appliance is going to have to be budgeted for this month. Luckily, this time it’s not big and expensive. It’s just one of those kitchen gadgets that have become a necessity for most of us- the ubiquitous blender.
Maybe your blender just went up in smoke, leaving an acrid smell in your kitchen, (this is what happened to us), or you’re tired of trying to puree your soup in the food processor, or maybe you want to start your baby on solids.
Before you walk into the store and are overloaded by all of the different options out there, think what your priorities are. It takes all kinds of blenders to suit all kinds of people, so decide what blender is a good fit for your lifestyle.
What will you be using the blender for?
Pureeing soups or smoothies, grinding grains, seeds or nuts and crushing ice are some of the uses that a kitchen blender is typically used for. The softer the food that you are blending is, the lower the wattage that you will need. For soft foods the appropriate wattage is between 300 and 600 watts. Blender wattage can run to about 1,500 watts, for pulverizing those tougher foods.
How frequently will you use the blender?
If the blender in your home takes up residence on your counter top and is put to work frequently, definitely invest in better quality, which is usually directly translated into shekels.
Where will you store the blender?
If your space is limited, definitely take the storage of your blender into account. Buy your blender with the space in your kitchen in mind- less space equals smaller blender. Think of the height of your cupboard shelves versus the height of the blender.
What are the speed options?
Blender speed options range from 2-20. Decide if you really need so many different speeds. The most important option is the pulse button, which allows you maximum control of the consistency.
Glass or plastic?
Glass is better for blending hot foods, as it won’t become discolored, and is generally easier to clean. However, it is heavier and breakable! Plastic pitchers tend to become scratched and stained.
How long is the warranty for?
Be sure to find this out before making your purchase. Length of warranty may be a good indicator of quality.
One last word- are you familiar with the stick (immersion) blender? Compact, versatile and cheap, for some uses it can replace a blender.
Good luck and enjoy the new addition to your kitchen!
Chashmal 1/2 Chinam is a home appliacne store located on 9 Yitzchak Rabin Street, Bet Shemesh