Mix it up: The Top Blenders
Manual labour can transform cooking from a delightful activity into a tedious one. Fortunately, many gadgets exist to save the precious time of homemakers and chefs alike. Many of these appliances can be found anywhere you shop for your home. But it can be expensive to buy a kitted-out blender that doesn’t appropriately satisfy your needs, making it overwhelming to find a good blender. After many hours of research, we put together this list of the top-rated blenders on the market.
Our top picks
How to pick the right blender
Now, how do you pick the best blender for your lifestyle? Choosing the ideal one can be a bit complicated because some have different features that may or may not be necessary for your needs.
Price: A restaurant-grade blender is going to come with a restaurant-grade price tag. So, depending on your budget, you may or may not have to forego some features in your blender.
Power: This determines the motor and blades’ capabilities to cut through different densities, like ice. A powerful motor might also be a noisier one.
Design: This is not just how it looks in an ensemble with all your other appliances, but also if too large for your kit and whether or not its portable.
Cleaning: This is whether it’s dishwasher safe, what parts can or cannot be washed and whether it can be disassembled and cleaned.
How we picked the best blenders
We chose the best blenders regardless of their price, unless stated. We went through more than 15 digital buying guides all over the Internet and many retail websites to view customer reviews. Our staff spent days pouring over as many blender reviews as possible from trusted sources and customers to get a clear idea of how each product worked, its functionality and faults. We categorized and compared them based on what one might look for in a particular blender. After more than 20 hours of research, we compiled a list of each product and its features. The criteria chosen for this article is made to suit a wide variety of needs for various customers.
Why trust us
We are a buying guide specialized in the Canadian market, which means that we present the best products that are readily available to Canadian customers. This is to prevent the frustrating experience of realizing that a top-rated revolutionary product doesn’t ship to our borders. We carefully choose our sources, including customer reviews, so we can give you the best information possible. The review process for this article was data-backed and fact-checked.
The Top Blenders
The Vitamix brand is renown by many customers for its top-rated blenders, even with its high price. This model may be suited for commercial usage, as it takes up a lot of counter space with its nearly 10-inch-wide base. However, it gets the job done no matter how difficult. With its 1600-watt motor and 10-speed functionality, it can run for a long time crushing, chopping and grinding a wide variety of elements such as nuts, ice and even hot soups.
- Great functionality.
- Good design.
- Not dishwasher-safe.
- Takes up a lot of space.
Best Blender under $200
Ninja Professional Plus with Auto-iQ
All with the a push of a button, this can cut through the most like the most skillful ninja. It has 3 presets, including one for crushing ice, meaning you don’t have to worry too much about frozen fruits burning out your motors. Don’t spend too much time cleaning it either, it’s easily disassembled and dishwasher safe.
- Good for crushing ice.
- Dishwasher safe.
- Tall Jar (Difficult to store).
Best blender under $100
Ninja QB 900B Master Prep
Those of us just trying to get out the door in the morning with a quick breakfast will find this the best blender for smoothies. It can easily cut through frozen fruits with its 400W motor and razor-sharp blades. It also features a handle and easy-pour spout for those days where you just want to fix yourself a slushie. Or, use it with the accompanying processor cup to whip up a salsa or make your own nut-butter.
- Difficult to clean.
La Rêveuse Personal Blender
With a variety of mug-like containers and drinkable lids, this blender is a pretty good dupe for its Nutribullet predecessor. It’s just 250W, meaning it’s powerful enough to not only blend your smoothies, but chop and grind things like coffee beans. As with all personal-sized blenders, be mindful about not loading the container with enough liquids or frozen fruits are too tough.
- Cheap blender.
- Sealable and carriable lids.
- Can’t handle chunky frozen fruits/ice cubes.
Best blender for baby food
Nutri Bullet Baby Food System
In terms of value for your dollar, this Nutri Bullet Baby Food Prep System is the way to go. For a lot less than $100, you get get a large batch bowl, a blender cup, spatula, 6 storage cups with date dials, and a 6 batch silicone tray, so you can prepare an entire weeks worth of food for your young one and all dishwasher safe so you don’t spend too much time cleaning up. It’s made of non-toxic, BPA free plastic which does make it feel a bit flimsy, but means that you won’t have the hazard of broken glass around. Raw veggies should be steamed beforehand to make it easier to process, as these blades are not super powerful.
- Lots of accoutrements.
- Dishwasher safe.
- BPA free plastic.
- Use soft foods.
- Motor burns with heavy loads.
Frequently asked Blender Questions
What is a blender and how does a blender work?
Blenders are small appliances that can mix foods into liquid or chopped pieces. It typically consists of a container— made from plastic, glass or steel – a lid to keep contents inside, a rotating metal blade at the bottom, and the electric motor in the base. When the motor is activated, the blades spin and cut the food into fine pieces.
How do you use a blender?
A standard blender just requires a button push to operate. Fill the container with your ingredients and a liquid to aid in the blending process. Plug in the base, and choose the setting at which you’d like to blend – chopping at low, puree at medium and crushing ice at high speeds. Secure the lid and place one hand on top to prevent any splashes. Leave the blades spinning in 30-60 second pulses so the motor won’t overheat and melt any rubber components inside.
How do you clean a blender?
Ideally right after you use it, pour out the contents and swish a bit of warm water in the container to dislodge any food particles underneath the blade, especially if the make doesn’t allow it to be dislodged from the container. If you are able to take apart the components, rinse the blade to ensure any food particles don’t set on the blade and make them ineffective. If your model is not dishwasher safe, handwash the container in warm soapy water.
Food processor vs. Juicer vs. Blender: What’s the difference?
Understandably, many people don’t see the difference. Juicers separates the juices from the fibres of the produce, resulting in thinner juices without the pulps and fibres. The differences between a blender and processor, however, lie in the blades and motor. The blades in a blender are blunter, for making smoothies and purees. The sharper blades of a processor allow it to pulverize nuts and seeds. The other difference is that the motor in a blender is more powerful than the one in a food processor to help it liquify food.
Where to buy a blender in Canada?
You can find a good selection of blenders on sale at major retail stores in Canada, such as Walmart, Canadian Tire or Costco. There are also some higher-end brands, like Smeg and Instant Pot, available at department stores like Hudson’s Bay. They can also be bought from many online stores, including Amazon.
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