The 7 Best Chef’s Knives of 2019
Because every cook—home and professional alike—needs their very own kitchen BFF.
Not to mention, the appliances usually have limited uses and often take up valuable counter real estate. Nowadays, many modern kitchen tools and appliances are built with variety of use in mind, but you’re still faced with the challenge of how to choose the best ones.
If you’re reading this, you’ve decided that a blender is a must-have for your home. But given all the options out there, you’re not sure which is best. How do you go about choosing the best blender to include on your wedding registry?
Blenders are registry regulars at Blueprint and we’ve dug deep to determine which blenders we—and the world—love best and why. At first glance, blenders may seem pretty straight forward, but it turns out there’s a lot to know before deciding on which model is right for you given your home and blending needs.
At their core, yes, blenders blend. At the bare minimum, every model will blend, puree, and crush ice at different speeds. However, with the rise of professional blenders like the Vitamix and Blendtec—even Jamba Juice has its own—comes a plethora of functionalities and often the combination of several kitchen appliances in one. Just like a KitchenAid stand mixer isn’t just a stand mixer, a blender no longer has to be just a blender.
Some blenders can be programmed for food texture, speed, portion size, and even heat. Other blenders can be dismantled and put back together to create a completely different tool (more on this later). Blenders can even come with smaller container sizes, perfect for smaller spaces and individual, on-the-go portions. There are a lot of options for functions, and therefore a number of decisions to make before buying.
Not every blender is ”one size fits all”. Someone who only really wants to be able to make smoothies for breakfast probably doesn’t need a blender with heating capabilities. An avid home cook or professional chef may want a blender with a dial for subtle increases in power to execute a perfectly emulsified sauce. Maybe your partner doesn’t see the need for a blender at all, and you’re the only one in the household who will be using it. There are different types of blenders for every need and situation.
Conventional blenders are the easiest to find and don’t usually come with an exorbitant price tag. Most department stores will offer a variety of conventional blenders that vary in motor power, but may not necessarily have many additional features besides blending, pureeing, and crushing. They’ll cover the basics—blend, pulse, and crush—and will get more expensive as the materials and motor quality increase.
Personal blenders are fantastic for making individual portions. They take up significantly less counter and cabinet space, and the boxes typically include a number of personal to-go containers. Prices will vary depending on the brand and motor power, but overall are a great option for people on the go.
With home cooking and baking consistently increasing in popularity, so are trendy high performance appliances. Blenders, of course, are no exception. High performance blenders boast high motor power and will have the most functionality (can you say “self cleaning”?) out there. These are also what you’re likely to find in most professional kitchens, so they’re chef approved. High performance blenders don’t come cheap, however, so be prepared to pay a pretty penny for a rad tool.
Immersion, or stick, blenders are great for simple blending tasks like smoothing out a chunky soup or whipping up a quick batch of homemade mayonnaise. The blade head is inserted directly into your cooking pot, container, or bowl and eliminates the traditional blender containers entirely. They’re slim, lightweight, and can be easily stored in a drawer, making them the smallest of all the blenders on our list.
Although immersion blenders are convenient, they have very limited functionality. We consider immersion blenders more of a complement to your kitchen tools rather than a replacement for a traditional blender. Cooking enthusiasts will probably prefer to have both a good blender and an immersion blender in their arsenal, however.
Our top picks for best blenders includes analysis of real customer reviews, consumer reports, and overall value.
|Best Blenders||Consumer Reports Score||Amazon Score||Blueprint Score||Overall Score|
|Vitamix 750 Professional||85/100||4.6||4.9||4.5|
|Ninja Professional NJ600||78/100||4.3||4.7||4.3|
|Blendtec Designer 725||84/100||3.8||4.9||4.2|
|Black + Decker 3-in-1 PowerCrush Blending System||63/100||N/A||4.5||3.7|
In general, the space between your countertop and cabinets averages around 17 inches. Most blenders, with few exceptions, will fit easily on top of your counters without hitting the bottom of your cabinets. This assumes, however, that you have the counter space to begin with.
We recommend measuring the space between your countertop and cabinets to confirm the a blender will fit if you wish to keep it handy. Additionally, we recommend measuring a potential storage place your kitchen or pantry before purchasing. Storing your blender with the container attached to the base will make it taller, so take measurements with that in mind. Luckily, blenders can be taken apart and stored side-by-side, instead of stacked.
Most of the blenders on our list have dishwasher safe parts. If the container isn’t too tall, they should be placed on the upper shelf of your dishwasher with the lids. Although labels will probably tell you that blades are safe to clean in your dishwasher, we recommend cleaning them by hand. Hand washing will keep the blades sharp for as long as possible, thus lengthening their life. Soak them in warm water with a little dish soap, and clean gently, but thoroughly with a sponge. A toothbrush designated for kitchen use only is great for scrubbing any hard to reach nooks and crannies, and puts a little distance between your hand and the sharp blade.
Blenders are one of the top gifts we see across Blueprint registries, and we don’t expect it to slow down. As more and more millennials are cooking at home, cooking tools and appliances—and especially blenders—are getting smarter, more efficient, and more functional. They’ve achieved a level of virality, and have become a staple in most homes.
Your registry is the perfect opportunity to finally get the blender of your dreams, and our list of favorites will help you determine which is best for your home and lifestyle. Whether it’s for a daily protein shake or a masterfully crafted bearnaise, a quality blender will help you reach your culinary goals.
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