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Blender Buying Guide

A comprehensive hand mixer guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a new hand mixer for your kitchen.


Getting Started

Blenders are great kitchen tools to have if you plan on cooking a varietry of different foods.. They can do everything from blending food, chopping veggies, and so much more.

Types

Countertop models
These are are a hybrid. They combine a food processor and counter-top blender. This type of machine is ideal in kitchens where both blending and food processing are regular occurrences. This blender would also be well-suited in kitchens that are tight on space.
*Viking makes an attachment for their stand mixer which transforms it into a blender.
The essential questions to ask when buying a blender are,
Handheld models: handheld blenders

These types are thin and long and are meant to be submerged in a drink to blend milkshakes or smoothies. Immersion blenders can also be used in a saucepan to puree cooked vegetables for soups or sauces. Immersion blenders are handy to have around for quick, small jobs; they often come with multiple mixing attachments, but you shouldn't expect a handheld blender to be able to replace a countertop blender.

Features

Controls

Like stand mixers, hand mixers need at least six different speeds. The slowest is essential for adding dry ingredients without creating a dust storm. The faster speeds will aerate your egg whites before you lose interest in the idea of baked Alaska. Some hand mixers offer an ingenious “soft” or “slow start” feature in which the selected speed is gradually attained (it actually happens in seconds) and helps reduce splatter.

Minimum power should be 175 watts, but a high wattage is not the only indicator of power. The design of the beaters also contributes to its overall performance. Old-style beaters had a thick post down the center, while the best new designs feature two slender beaters of thin, curved stainless steel wire. They work better and are easier to clean.

Power
A mixer should be sturdy and durable but light enough to be held comfortably for several minutes at a times. Look for a model that is about 2 pounds heavy. Handles that slant up toward the front of the mixer (as opposed to running parallel to the mixer body) are more comfortable to grip and are designed to reduce the strain on your forearm. If you are left-handed, a model with a swivel cord will make it easier to maneuver the machine.
Looks

Mixers without seams on the underside are easier to clean. The surfaces should be smooth with no ingredient-trapping cracks or crevices. Models with touch-pad controls are easy to wipe clean. You will want a simply designed model that will be easy to clean so each use is not a hassle.

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