Blender is the helper who can provide you with fruit and vegetable smoothies, cream soups, sorbets, mousses, minced meat, whipped cream, ground coffee and crushed ice. In this article we will tell you how to choose a blender for your home and which device is best for you - stationary or submersible.
Which blender is best to choose, submersible or stationary?
In fact, the best blender is the one that is more suitable for your needs. Let's look at each type in turn.
- Submersible blenders consist of a plastic or metal "handle" with an internal motor and a rotating nozzle (there may be several). Grinds, mixes and whips the submersible blender in any container (yours or the one that comes with the appliance). Pros: compactness, mobility, the ability to handle small portions, the ability to independently change the position of the knife (in contrast to stationary models), multifunctionality due to the presence of attachments of different purposes. It turns out that one immersion blender can replace a food processor, a coffee grinder, a meat grinder, a mixer, a crush for mashed potatoes, etc.
Carrots, cut with shavings and slices with the help of an additional submerged blender attachment
Cons: a submersible blender must be kept (however, this is not so difficult, because the device works quickly); if not handled, the contents of the container may splash. Who should choose a submerged blender: those who prepare cocktails / soups most often from soft vegetables / fruits / berries, those who often need to prepare small portions (for example, fresh baby food for a child), owners of small kitchens.
- Stationary blenders consist of a jug with a knife at the bottom and a base with a motor. Pros: the work of the blender almost does not require your participation; it is much more convenient to cook soups and drinks at once for several people, and then immediately pour them into glasses. A stationary blender is cheaper than a submersible blender, it is easier to care for, since most models have a self-cleaning function. Cons: its main drawback is the inability to prepare small portions (most often the volume of the product should be more than 250 ml). In comparison with an immersion blender, the stationary device is more bulky. Who should choose a stationary blender: those who often prepare cocktails and smoothies, and in large quantities. For athletes, vegetarians and simply people who adhere to a healthy lifestyle this device is simply irreplaceable.
How to choose a submersible blender for home
Step 1. Power
Power is the first important criterion for choosing a submersible blender. It can be 140-1200 watts. The more powerful the blender, the faster it works, the less chance it has for it to overheat and the more solid products it can handle.
- To cope with most tasks, a submersible blender should have at least 450 watts of power.
- If you want to use a blender to chop ice or handle complex foods (eg, meat, or carrots), you should purchase a 600-800W unit.
Step 2. Velocities and modes
A submersible blender can have from 1 to 30 speeds. The more of them, the more accurately you can adjust the rotational speed of the knife depending on the hardness of the product, your goal or the height of the container (in low bowls, to avoid splashing, blender products should be at low speed).
- After the higher the speed, the more carefully and quickly the blender shreds, mixes and whills. But at low speeds, the blender works better with hard and viscous products.
Thus, if, for example, you want to prepare a tender pate, then the boiled meat should be processed first at a low speed, and then at the highest.
- In fact, blenders with a large set of high-speed modes are needed, perhaps, only real cooks, preparing for complex recipes. Most users 5-8 speeds will be enough. To perform the simplest tasks, a blender with two speeds is suitable.
In addition to the set of speeds, submersible blenders can have additional modes. So, almost all blenders have a turbo mode - maximum speed mode, which is useful to include at the end of the work in order to achieve a particularly even and gentle consistency of the dish. Some blenders have the "Ice Cola" and "Pulse Mode" modes. Ice chips are needed, in fact, for splitting ice and preparing cocktails, as well as processing solid products, such as frozen fruits or nuts.
- Pulse mode is also necessary for processing particularly solid products (the same ice, including). But with it, the blender works with brief pauses and only when the button is held, so that the motor does not overheat. Speed in the pulse mode is controlled by the pushing force of the button, which is very convenient.
And one more thing: blender speeds can be switched smoothly or stepwise. The first option is somewhat more convenient.
Step 3. Nozzles and accessories
Most submerged blenders have three basic nozzles: a blender nozzle for grinding and mixing, whisk for whipping and a chopper in a bowl. The presence of other blenders in the blender is a big advantage, because thanks to them the device becomes more functional. Let's take a closer look at each type of nozzle.
- Nozzle blender. Grinds and mixes, copes with most tasks: cooking cream soups, smoothies, cocktails, etc. It has a knife and a dome covering it at the end, which is designed to minimize splashing. Most often, the knife of the main nozzle can not be changed, but sometimes there are also models with detachable knives for different purposes.
The main blender attachment Steba MX 21 with a set of replaceable knives
- Whisk for whipping. Corolla is needed for whipping cream, eggs, cream, mayonnaise, butter, kneading dough, etc. The whisk of the blender, like a mixer, can be teardrop-shaped (for liquid masses) or spiral (for thick masses). Most often, the blender has one corolla, but some models may have two mini-corollas (pictured).
- Chop-chopper. It is a bowl with a centered blade foot, which is activated by connecting the handle in the bowl lid.
The blender shredder is most often used for making minced meat
The bowl can have one universal knife for grinding or several removable. For example, a disk for cutting any soft products with slices, a potato grater (pictured) or a knife for splitting ice. The volume of the bowl-chopper can be 0.35 - 2.2 liters.
- Melnichka. Looks like a small bowl with a knife on the bottom. It is convenient to grind solid products in small amounts, for example, black peas, coffee beans, garlic, sugar, etc. The mill volume can be as low as 0.05-0.7 liters.
- Vacuum pump. Pumps air from special vacuum containers (provided in the kit or purchased separately), so that the products in them are stored several times longer.
- A nozzle for mashed potatoes. Has a plastic, not a metal knife that does not beat, but rubs potatoes at a low speed, so it easily turns it into a tender and even puree. This is a very useful addition to the blender, because its main attachment turns potatoes into a malodible paste.
Step 4. Material of the body and baits
The body, both handles, and the main blender attachment can be made of plastic or metal.
- It is desirable that the nozzle is metal, then you can immerse the blender even in a saucepan with boiling soup. Plastic can only handle moderately hot and warm foods, besides, it can break down when falling and worn with time.
- But the material of the handle body may well be plastic. Here you should focus only on your taste, and, say, the interior of the kitchen. The main thing is that the handle has rubberized inserts so that you can hold it tightly while the blender is working.
See also: Guide for choosing a mixer
Step 5. Wire / battery
Blenders usually have ordinary power cords up to 1.5 m in length. But if you want to be able to handle products freely moving around the house, let's say that in order to look after the child at the same time, you should choose a wireless immersion blender. True, due to the battery, the submersible blender weighs more than usual, its battery life is not too long (20-30 minutes), and its power is less.
Next, we offer you to read the following video with a review about the Bosch submersible blender and tips for choosing the device from the user.
How to choose a stationary blender (shaker)
Step 1. Power. Первое, на что нужно обратить внимание при выборе стационарного блендера, это мощность. Большинство стационарных блендеров имеют мощность 500-900 Вт, но некоторые домашние модели имеют мощность 1200-1350 w.
- The higher the engine power, the better the blender. And at the same time it's noisier and more expensive.
Powerful models from 750 to 900 W are able to work long, and often, to nuts, frozen fruits / berries, to chop ice, to prepare smoothies and cream of thick consistency. Models with a power of more than 1000 W are needed to whip the dough. If you most often cook not frozen soft fruits and vegetables, then you do not need to overpay for high power, and a 600-watt blender will cope with most tasks.
Step 2. Knives. Knives - this is the most important after the motor part of the blender. In a stationary knife device, there may be 1 or 2 (with cross blades).
- The more blades the knife has, the faster the blender will grind the products.
Forms of knives are very different, but in general they can be divided into curved and straight.
- Curved knives are ground and mix products more carefully and evenly than straight lines.
It is desirable that the knives are large, made of high-quality and strong stainless steel.
Step 3. The volume of the jug. The size of the jug shows which maximum volume of products you can cook at a time. Depending on your needs, you can choose a device with a capacity of 1 to 2 liters. Keep in mind that the useful volume of the bowl is less than the indicated total volume by 200-300 ml.
- A blender with a large pitcher of 1.5-2 liters makes it possible to cook soup-mashed potatoes and cocktails for several people at once.
- A blender with a 1-liter jug is suitable for making cocktails for two or three people and baby food.
- Some manufacturers also indicate the minimum weight of products, which can grind a blender (most often 250 g / ml). If you load into the bowl products of smaller weight / volume, then the device simply can not grind them, but only stain the bowl.
By the way, pay attention to the presence of a measuring scale on the pitcher. In addition, we advise you to choose a device with a jug with a wider, rather than a narrow base. In a wider container it is more convenient to mix the contents, in addition it is more convenient to wash.
Step 4. The base with the engine block. When choosing a stationary blender, pay attention to the width and severity of its base. Than it is bigger and more weighty, the more stable the device will be in operation. This is especially necessary when operating at high speeds or processing solid products.
- Also for the stability of the base, rubber feet or lining are necessary. Let them be very small, the main thing is that they should be.
- Well, if the base will have a storage compartment for the cord (pictured).
Step 5. Materials. Now we need to determine the material of the device, both the pitcher and the base.
- The jug can be glass, plastic, metal or made of composite material. Plastic is good because it is lightweight, easy to handle, cheapens the cost of the device, but it has the property of scratching and it can not handle hot products (unless it's a special thermoplastic). A glass jug is heavier and therefore less convenient to handle, in addition, it can be broken. But it looks more beautiful, does not scratch, and most importantly - allows processing hot. The metal bowl is good for everyone, but it is opaque and greatly increases the cost of the device. An ideal jug can be called a pitcher made of composite material. It is light, comfortable, durable, heat-resistant, the only negative is the high price. Whichever capacity you choose the blender, make sure that it allows dish washer.
- Base stationary blender can be made of plastic or stainless steel. Plastic models are cheaper and less weighty, but they are less resistant to shock. Instruments made of stainless steel are more expensive, they are stronger, they weigh more and, due to this, they are more stable. However, we can not say that the material of the base case gives any special advantages to the device, so choose based on your budget and taste. Add only that on black plastic and polished steel, fingerprints, dirt spots, and scratches are more noticeable.
Step 6. Speed. The speed of rotation of the knife is another criterion for choosing a stationary blender. Modern models can have from 1 to 20 high-speed modes. Some instruments have up to 30 speeds. Why blender so many different speed modes? The fact is that the higher the speed of rotation of the knife, the faster and more carefully the blender shreds the product, but this is not always necessary. So, for example, if you want to grind something to the state of a homogeneous puree, then you should treat the product at the highest speed. If you need to get not chopped pieces, it is better to start the device at a low speed. Thus, the more speed programs the device has, the more types of products it will be able to process.
- However, an ordinary blender with 4-6 speeds will successfully cope with most tasks.
In addition to high-speed modes, a stationary blender can have a turbo mode and an impulsive mode.
- Turbo mode, this mode, which crushes the products at the highest speed. It is better to include it at the very end of the treatment in order to achieve a homogeneous and delicate consistency.
- Pulse mode has almost all models, and some even have it only. The peculiarity of the pulse mode is that the knives rotate quickly and intensively, but with brief pauses and only when the button is held. Despite the speed and power of the motor during processing, say, of the same ice, it does not overheat.
Step 7. Control Panel. The control panel is not the most important part of the device, but it is also worth paying attention to. A blender with touch buttons is easier to keep clean, but it will cost more. On the other hand, mechanical control (in the photo) is more convenient (especially in switching speeds) and for many more familiar.
Step 8. Additional bonuses. The pleasant bonuses of the blender include the presence of: a spout or a cock for direct spillage of the product from the jug (pictured), a shutdown system for overheating, a self-cleaning system.
And finally, we offer to watch one more video with useful information and a visual demonstration of stationary and submerged blenders.