Blenders are one of those appliances that you might not use everyday, but when you do use them, you use them a lot. A barbecue on a hot summer day might require several batches of daiquiris or margaritas. A cold week in the middle of winter might have you pureeing thick, hearty soups every day. Or, you might love the convenience of using a blender to make a quick batch of waffle batter on a weekend morning. A good blender should be powerful, easy to use and easy to clean. In a recent issue of Real Simple magazine (June 2012), the road tested 52 different to narrow the field to the best of the best. If you find yourself in need of a new blender – as I am, at the time of writing this – their top picks just might be a handy shopping guide.
- Best All Around: The KitchenAid 5 Speed Blender is Real Simple’s top pick. It’s powerful, quiet and compact. You can’t go wrong with this one, no matter what your blending needs are.
- Best Budget: The Oster 12 Speed with Food Processor Attachment is the most affordable blender of the bunch, still packing the power of the pricier models. It’s not quiet, but the small food processor attachment makes this a 2-in-1 appliance, too.
- Best Single Serve: The Cuisinart Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System is perfect for smoothie lovers. The has four 16-ounce cups that you can blend-and-go with, but also includes a large canister for times when you need to serve a crowd.
- Best Immersion: The All-Clad Immersion Blender is best for pureeing things like soups and applesauce right in the pots you cook them in. It’s efficient and space saving.
- Best Superpower: The Vitamix 5200 is quiet, fast and ultra-powerful. It ticks all the boxes, but comes with a hefty price tag. It can be well worth it if give your blenders serious workouts and want to ensure that they really hold up over time.