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Hand Blender Buying Guide

A comprehensive guide that will give you all the information you need on how to buy a hand blender.

Getting Started

Small appliances can perform large tasks. Take the tears out of chopping onions with a food processor or mini-chopper, mix dough with your food processor, make fresh smoothies in the blender, deep fry your favorite fish - the list is endless. For advice on selecting the perfect small appliance check out our quick reference guide to small appliances. If you need further assistance contact our Gourmet Shop Sales Associates at 888-228-5800.

Types

Hand blenders are great kitchen tools to have especially if you like to make homemade soups and purees. They can do everything from whisking up milk shakes to pureeing soups and crushing ice, whether in a pan on the stovetop or in a bowl on the countertop.

They are two kinds of hand blenders: corded and cordless. There is no one better then the other; you choose the one that’s the most convenient for your needs. Depending on the model, they usually come with few attachments: beater, dough hook, whisk and a chopper with lid.


Features

Price tends to be dictated by capacity, speed and power. The more powerful the blender is the more expensive it becomes. More powerful blenders can crush ice easily, but cheaper models will struggle. They also have a choice of speeds for pureeing baby food or soups for example, but some have a built-in sensor that will automatically adjust to the correct speed for the task required.

Hand blenders are very easy to use and clean. Most of the attachments are dishwasher safe.

Considerations for all small appliances:

  • Determine your cooking needs and wants - both current and future. Is your family growing or growing up and moving out? Are you interested in increasing your culinary endeavors? Are you wishing to simplify and reduce time in the kitchen?

  • Evaluate your kitchen counter space. Where are you going to put all those new small appliances?

  • Check the height of the appliance compared to the height of your cabinets.
    Appliances that mount under the cabinet are available.

  • Decide on the color of your new small appliance. 

  • Determine the appliance capacity. The number of speeds and settings on an appliance usually increases with the size of the machine. Those who have large families or like to entertain may choose to buy larger appliances.

  • Decide whether you want corded or cordless appliances.


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