#1 Countertop blenders
A staple appliance for any kitchen, countertop blenders are a type of full-size blender that breaks down food while standing upright. They’re composed of two main parts: the blender stand and the blending container.
Countertop blenders have a blender jar that can come in a variety of materials, most commonly in hard plastic, glass, and stainless steel metal.
Even so, glass is typically considered the best blender material. This is because of its:
● Durability – Glass is less vulnerable to abrasion when you’re blending tough, sharp, or bulky ingredients, like ice cubes.
● Lack of porosity – When scratched, glass blending containers won’t absorb food residue, stains, and odors. This is one of the main drawbacks of polymer-based blending containers.
Glass was once the common choice material for blenders, but there are reasons why some people gravitate toward plastic instead. Plastic tends to be much more lightweight than glass. Plastic is also much more durable and when accidents happen in the kitchen, which it too often does, plastic blender jars can take the impact of tumbles and falls. There are different grades of plastic, all safe to use even with hot food, but higher grades of plastic will last longer and take multiple falls without cracking.
Countertop blender uses
Smoothies are arguably the most well-known use for countertop blenders—but this kitchen appliance’s range is virtually infinite.
Other common uses for countertop blenders include:
● Non-dairy milks (e.g. almond)
● Spreads and dips (e.g. hummus)
● Nut butters
● Ice creams and sorbets
● Blended cocktails and frozen drinks
● Milling flours and spices
Countertop blender pros
Endless smoothie-making potential aside, there are some device-specific advantages of owning a countertop blender:
● Versatility – Countertop or kitchen blenders are considered a backbone of any kitchen’s cadre of tools, since they open up an incredible breadth of recipes to experiment with.
● Blending power – Compared with immersion blenders, countertop blenders bring unrivaled pulverizing power to the kitchen. The best countertop blenders can homogenize hard, textured, and even awkwardly shaped foods, like ginger. High quality, powerful motors can even mill grains and spices to make your own customized spice or flour blends. The large, powerful motor will also blitz through foods in seconds and pulverize hard-to-grind foods almost instantly to a velvety smooth texture.
● Portability with accessory attachments – It’s probably not the best idea to tote around your entire countertop blender—but many are equipped with detachable tumblers designed with a sippable cap that you can take on the go. A personal blender enables you to blend up beverages and take them on the road with you. These types of personal blenders are ideal for busy people who love their frappes, smoothies, or protein shakes.
Countertop blender cons
Countertop blenders are undoubtedly heroes of the culinary appliance world, but they do have some limited use cases. Some cons for these types of blenders are:
● Lack of portability and requires using the blender jar – Unlike immersion blenders or a stick blender, countertop blenders may require a degree of forethought when cooking. For instance, if you’re preparing a pureéd soup with a countertop blender, you may have a harder time achieving a velvety consistency. It can also be onerous to migrate batches into the blender and back to the pot again (especially if what you’re blending is piping hot, like soup).
● Producing noise – Immersion blenders may win when it comes to blending high-volume recipes—but countertop blenders are notorious for reaching fever pitches in the kitchen. In other words, compared to a hand blender or stick blender, most countertop blenders are loud. If you’re sensitive to noise, you may be disinclined to use them regularly in your domestic routine. Countertop blenders are powerful machines with larger motors than immersion blenders and will produce much more sound than a smaller but more portable immersion blender.