Kitchen blenders are available at a variety of price points and with features varying in relation to their cost. You can buy a blender at the nearest dollar store or from an infomercial on television. The price you are willing to pay should depend on the importance of the appliance in your daily meal preparation as well as how often you are willing to replace it.
Since blenders can be used for a variety of purposes in the kitchen from crushing ice and coffee beans to preparing a favorite soup recipe, the amount of intended use will be a major factor. Anyone who cooks professionally will of course spend more money on a top of the line blender. The amateur chef may also want to consider the price of an exceptional blender an investment that will save the hassle and expense of repeated buys over several years.
Topping the list of top of the line blenders is the Vitamix Series. These are often seen on television and carry a price tag that reflects such expensive marketing. At around $600, these blenders boast features that qualify it for commercial use as well as the home.
In addition to numbered settings, these blenders have foolproof settings for smoothies, frozen desserts and soups. The high horsepower of the motor produces enough heat to cook most soups while they are being blended.
In addition to a superior motor, Vitamix blenders come with an oversized 64 ounce blending jar that allows the user a lot of versatility in food preparation. More features include a recipe book, instructional DVD and a 7 year warranty.
The ability to fulfill the functions of multiple kitchen appliances is another factor that sets certain blenders above the crowd. Blendtec is a manufacturer that excels in the production of blenders that are durable enough to handle ice and coffee bean grinding while precise enough to handle gourmet food preparation.
The 1500 watt motor coupled with the three steel blades allows these blender models to serve as both food processors and mixers. The drink settings are of professional grade and they can knead dough as well as completely liquefy food.
Blendtec’s level of quality also comes with a price tag of around $500 but this is easily justified by the multipurpose capabilities. With a total of 10 speeds, an owners’ manual and a recipe book, this series of blenders is a bargain for the professional or aspiring gourmet.