Types Of Blenders
Last Updated on June 1, 2021 by Gabriel Goddy
There are different types of blenders. Knowing these types will of blenders will put you in a better position of choosing which blender to use for specific jobs. In this guide, we’ll show you the different types of blenders and their uses.
What Is A Blender?
A blender has a jar with blades on the bottom that cut food into small particles and whirl them around. That’s why the blender purees and liquifies so well. This makes it better for recipes where a smooth, even consistency is key. Blenders also crush ice, so they’re the best for frozen drinks. Overall, the blender works best when liquid is involved; it can also whip cream for dessert, or eggs for a fluffy omelet.
Types of Jars
Before we dive into the different blender types, it is worth mentioning a bit about jars. Some blender types make use of jars. The jars used sometimes differ in what material they are made of.
While this does not dramatically alter the uses of a particular blender, they do offer some advantages and disadvantages which are worth noting. The different types of jars used in blenders are:
Plastic jars are probably the most common. This is mostly because of their general sturdiness as well as being relatively cheap compared to their durability. They are also lightweight, and thus, it is easier to move the blender around if you need to.
However, low-quality plastic is an issue and can be harmful to you. They also tend to have a lingering smell from the contents it blends. This might make plastic jars a bad option if you use them for curries as they need to be cleaned heavily to remove the smell and some stains.
While not as common, glass jars are still a good option and seen on many blenders. They sacrifice durability for having no lingering smell. This makes them good for blending some food that plastic can’t, and you won’t have to spend as much time cleaning it. They also don’t get stained as much.
As said before, glass is fragile, and it can be broken easily, and depending on what you’re using the blender for (such as crushing ice), glass jars are a very bad choice and can end up getting damaged. They also cost more.
Despite seeming unwieldy, metal jars are used with blenders, although their applications are a bit limited comparatively. They are indeed sturdy and won’t be a dent or broken easily. And they also last for a long time but are easily the most expensive type of jars to use.
Metal jars do not stain nor have lingering smells from food. However, while they are sturdy, they tend to make a bit more noise than the other types of jars.
How it works
- Let’s see how it works. Suppose you drop a strawberry in the blender. You push a button to start the blender, and the motor begins to turn the blades. The circular whirring motion creates a vortex or a spiral movement in the fluid. In the blender, the fluid includes both liquid ingredients and air. The vortex causes a vacuum at the center of the jar, which pulls the strawberry toward the middle, much as a tornado does.
- As the strawberry combines with the other ingredients and begins to liquefy, the liquid follows the blade in a whirling motion around the container, forming a well near its center. The well in the center of a blender’s vortex is shallow, so it displaces the contents as they’re drawn toward the axis at the center of the blade.
- The whirling motion and lack of space below the blades force the liquified strawberry up and on the sides. This circular pattern continues, whipping air into the contents, which helps mix the ingredients more quickly until you stop the blender. The final result is a frothy strawberry smoothie with a homogenized blend of ingredients and a consistent texture.
Features in Blenders
- Crushes Ice
If you buy a blender that can crush ice, you can rest easy knowing that it is a fairly powerful appliance. These blenders will be able to not only blend with your soup and other foods but can make your smoothies with ice so that they are nice and cold.
Unfortunately, blenders that do not offer this feature are not going to be strong enough to handle hard objects like ice, which can result in the food you made being chunky and not cooled all the way through.
The other problem that you may run into when trying to crush ice in a blender that is not designed to handle this task is that you can actually break the blender itself. The more powerful the motor is on the blender, the more likely it will be able to crush ice and do it well without a lot of effort or loud noises.
Juicing has become more and more popular in recent years, and many people have gone out to buy a juicer for the express purpose of making themselves a glass of fresh juice during the day. While juicers may be the perfect appliance for this task, if you don’t like having single-purpose kitchen items in your home, then you will want to look for a blender that can also juice.
This will allow you to use it to blend your foods, but also to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables so you can enjoy fresh juice whenever you want. Unlike a juicer where you simply place the fruits or vegetables into the feeding tube and then wait for the juice to come out when you use a juicing blender, you need to make sure to blend the food with a little water.
This will allow the blender to break up the food you want to juice and to extract all of the juice. Then, you simply drain the pulpy liquid through a cheesecloth to remove all of the pulp. If the pulp doesn’t bother you, then you can include some of it in your beverage as well and enjoy the benefits of that added fiber.
- Energy Star
Anytime you want to add appliances to your home but don’t want to deal with increased energy use and cost, you want to look for one that is Energy Star certified. It can be a little tricky to find a blender that has this certification, as it is much easier to certify larger appliances, but with a little research, you can find a blender that won’t just meet your needs, but also help you cut your energy costs when you use it over a traditional blender.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF BLENDERS
- Kitchen Blenders
For bulk blending or thicker mixtures, a countertop kitchen blender will come in handy. While these have more parts to clean, they’re also more versatile and have a larger capacity. Most come with variable speeds from chopping action to liquid puree, meaning you can add almost any ingredient and get a smooth blend from it.
- Single-Serve Blenders
These are typically compact, high-powered blenders meant to make a single-serving smoothie or shake. When you’re done blending, simply tip the container over, attach a spout lid, and it’s ready to drink. These are powerful enough to crush ice and frozen fruit, and compact enough to take up only a small space on your countertop.
- Blender Bottles
This is the simplest way to blend and a quick way to mix protein powders and nutrition shakes. A good blender bottle should have a leak-proof lid and a small ball whisk to aerate and mix the contents. You won’t have any luck blending anything chunky in these, though. They’re strictly meant for quick powder blends. For more power, try an electric bottle. These are handheld bottles with chargeable bases, and they can blend powder into a delicious froth with the push of a button.
- Immersion Blenders
A handheld blender isn’t great for reducing large chunks, but it works well for a quick electric blend, reducing soft fruits or veggies, yogurt, protein powders, and nut butter. Throw your ingredients into a wide-rimmed glass or Mason jar, and simply push the blender to the bottom and start mixing. The best part is that they don’t have a lot of parts to disassemble and wash. They’re perfect for those busy mornings when you’re trying to rush out the door.
- Blender Combo Systems
Here’s where you get into professional territory. Some blender systems are a combination of a blender, food processor, and mixer. But they don’t have to be reserved for professional use. Having a blender that performs multiple functions can save you both money and counter space. You may even be able to blend frozen cocktails, make the dough, or extract fresh juice with the right model.
- Frozen Drink Maker
If you love to drink frozen mixed drinks at parties, then you may benefit from having a blender that is specifically designed to make these. Instead of trying to make your blender operate the way you need it to so you can ensure that your drinks are evenly mixed, when you opt for a blender designed for this purpose, then you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be making the best drinks around.
Unfortunately, these blenders aren’t ideal for other uses as well, so if you opt for a frozen drink maker, it’s important to realize that it is a fairly single-use item. Owners can get more mileage out of their drink makers by using them to make slushies for kids’ parties as well.
- Specialty Blender
Not every homeowner will need a specialty blender, but if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then you may appreciate the extra power and performance that you will get with one of these blenders. Of course, you will pay a lot more for a specialty blender, but you can do more with it and will notice an increase in power.
You can not only blend, puree, chop, and grind, but you can also make your own nut milk and whip up a smoothie in no time. These blenders have been built to last for a very long time and are often the models that you will see in restaurants.
Instead of worrying about your ingredients getting caught at the bottom of the blender and not being mixed in, you won’t ever have that problem with a specialty blender because they have been designed to eradicate this problem.
Here we have the seven different types of blenders you’re likely to come across. They all have their benefits, with some being difficult to use compared to others. Learning more about these blenders will undoubtedly improve your cooking experience.