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- Ratings
Multi-Purpose
What it is: How well the blender can be used for a wide variety of purposes. A good multi-purpose blender has well-rounded features and performances across a vast variety of blending scenarios.
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Smoothies/Protein Shakes
What it is: How well the blender can finely blend fruits and veggies to obtain a smooth preparation, with as little air incorporated and no discernible leaves or fruit peels.
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Ice Crushing
What it is: How well the blender can crush ice, based on the raw performance and the expected reliability.
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Soups
What it is: How well the blender can blend hot soups, leaving a smooth soup with no chunks or annoying fibers behind. Note that some blenders aren't able to blend hot food.
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Professional Use
What it is: How well the blender can handle difficult blends, such as nut butter and ice cubes, to reflect daily abuse and gauge its reliability.
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- Main
Blender Type
What it is: Whether the blender is handheld (immersion blender), full-size, or single-serve (personal blender).
Power
What it is: The blender's advertised wattage.
- Design
- Dimensions
What it is: Overall dimensions of the blender equipped with its largest jar or shaft.
Box Picture
Height
What it is: The height of the blender equipped with its largest jar or tallest shaft out of the box.
When it matters: When you want your blender to fit under your cabinets on your countertop.
Width
Depth
Weight
What it is: The weight of the blender equipped with its largest jar.
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
What it is: The length of the blender you can submerge in the preparation. The value is rounded down in inches.
- Build Quality
What it is: The overall quality of the product based on material, finish, ease of assembly, and sturdiness.
When it matters: When you want to know the overall quality of the product. Good build quality is usually correlated to a durable blender.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Build Quality Picture
- Main Jar/Beaker
What it is: The main physical properties of the main Jar or Beaker.
Jar Picture
Material
What it is: Whether the jar is made of plastic, glass, or stainless steel. Glass is heavier and more expensive than plastic, but it's more scratch-resistant and won't tarnish over time. Plastic is lighter, but gets scratched easily and can retain food odors. Stainless is a good temperature conductor and can help with cold drink preparations.
When it matters: When deciding what blender to get.
Jar Capacity
What it is: How much the jar can hold.
When it matters: When you want to prepare food for the whole family or just a single-serve smoothie.
Beaker Capacity
What it is: How much the beaker can hold.
Weight
What it is: The measured weight of the largest jar with the lid on.
When it matters: A lighter jar will be easier to handle.
Dishwasher Safe
What it is: Whether the part can be safely placed in a dishwasher, according to the manufacturer.
- Additional Jar
What it is: Blenders are sometimes bundled with accessory jars allowing for smaller batch preparations.
When it matters: When you want to be able to prepare single-serve smoothies or small batches of dip or baby food.
Optional Jar Picture
Material
What it is: Whether the jar is made of plastic, glass, or stainless steel. Glass is heavier and more expensive, but it's more scratch-resistant and won't tarnish over time. Plastic is lighter, but gets scratched easily and can retain food odors. Stainless is a good temperature conductor and can help with cold drink preparations.
When it matters: When choosing which type of jar you prefer.
Capacity
What it is: The jar capacity, according to its highest marking or the user manual.
When it matters: When you want to quickly blend a small amount.
Weight
What it is: The measured weight of the optional jar, including the screw-on blade sub-assembly.
When it matters: A lighter jar will be easier to handle and move around.
Dishwasher Safe
What it is: Whether the part can be safely placed in a dishwasher according to the manufacturer.
- Blades
What it is: Main characteristics of the blades.
Blades Picture
Blade Type
What it is: Blenders can have sharp blades to cut through food and ice or blunt blades that "pulverize" the food at high speed.
When it matters: Blunt blades are safer when cleaning.
Blade Count
What it is: The number of blades constituting the blade assembly.
Removable
What it is: Whether the blades can be removed from the jar or the shaft assembly without the use of tools.
When it matters: Removable blades can ease the cleaning process, or allow for different types of blades to be mounted.
Dishwasher Safe
What it is: Whether the part can be safely placed in a dishwasher, according to the manufacturer.
When it matters: When cleaning the blender.
- Lid
What it is: The cover of the main container.
Lid Picture
2 Part Lid
What it is: Whether the lid has a central removable part.
When it matters: When you want to be able to add more food without making a mess; a 2-part lid allows you to safely use the temper when included.
Lid Closing Type
What it is: How the lid is secured on the jar.
When it matters: A lid using the friction of a rubber joint can sometimes be harder to remove than lid using a locking mechanism.
- Power Cord
Cable Picture
Stow Away Compartment
What it is: Whether or not the blender has a compartment to hide the power cord while not in use, or to store the excess.
When it matters: When you want to avoid clutter on your countertop.
Cord Length
What it is: Length of the cable from the back of the blender to the plug.
- In The Box
Bundle Picture
- Performance
- Speed And Controls
What it is: The spinning rate of the blender and how it's controlled.
Control Panel
Min Speed
What it is: The slowest measured speed the blender can achieve.
When it matters: When you want to make certain things such as mayonnaise, that won't emulsify at too high a speed.
Good value: < 3000 RPM
Max Speed
What it is: The highest measured rotations per minute the blender can achieve.
When it matters: When deciding what to make. For most things, sharp blades past 17000 RPM is overkill.
Good value: >15000 RPM
Speed Dial
What it is: Whether the blender is equipped with a dial, allowing the user to control the blender speed.
When it matters: It helps you achieve the desired consistency by fine-tuning the speed of the blender.
Pulse/Turbo Mode
What it is: Whether the blender can run for short bursts.
When it matters: Pulsing helps chop larger and harder food before starting the actual blending process.
Noise @ Max Speed
What it is: The noise produced by the blender at its highest RPM from a distance of 15 inches.
On/Off Toggle
What it is: Whether the blender has an on/off switch or button. The blender won't function until the switch is flipped, opposite to blenders without a switch that are able to be used without that extra safety step as soon sa they're plugged.
When it matters: When you're worried about safety. This helps with safety and prevents the blender from being accidentally activated when plugged into an outlet.
- Almond Butter
What it is: Processing of 2 cups of dry roasted almonds in the main jar. Almond butter preparation lets you stress the blender and gives an insight into its quality. For immersion blenders, the test is performed in our 4-cup beaker.
When it matters: When you want a powerful and durable blender.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Almond Butter Picture
Preparation Time
What it is: The time it takes to process two cups of dry roasted almonds.
Good value: < 2 min
Texture
What it is: The texture of the butter obtained by processing 2 cups of almonds at max speed. Blenders can leave chunks or unprocessed almonds behind.
When it matters: When you want a smooth butter. While you can still add crunch to a smooth butter, you can't smooth a crunchy butter.
Spreadability
What it is: How easy the butter is to spread on a piece of toast. While some blenders leave chunks behind, they can still make easy-to-spread butter.
When it matters: When you want to use your nut butter as a spread.
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
What it is: If the blender left unprocessed almonds.
- Smoothie (Best Jar)
What it is: Smoothie preparation using the jar that gives the best smoothie. Our recipe: 2 cups kale (40g), 1 frozen banana (100g), 1/2 cup orange juice. Kale is challenging to properly blend in a smoothie. For Immersion Blenders that come without a beaker, our standard 1000 ml beaker is used.
When it matters: When you look for a blender to finely blend anything.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Smoothie Picture
Jar Used
What it is: The jar we used to obtain the smoothie
Preparation Time
What it is: The time it took to blend 2 cups of kale (40g), 1 frozen banana (100g), 1/2 cup orange juice.
Texture
What it is: The texture of the smoothie. Not all blenders perform the same; some can inject too much air in the preparation and make foamy smoothies, some have difficulties processing kale and end up grainy.
When it matters: When you want a silky smoothie.
- Smoothie (Other Jar)
What it is: Smoothie preparation using the other jar available. Our smoothie recipe: - 2 cups kale (40g), 1 frozen banana (100g), 1/2 cup orange juice. Kale is challenging to properly blend in a smoothie.
When it matters: When you want a blender to finely blend.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Smoothie Personal Picture
Jar Used
What it is: The jar we used to obtain the smoothie.
Preparation Time
What it is: The time it took to blend 2 cups of kale (40g), 1 frozen banana (100g), 1/2 cup orange juice.
Texture
What it is: The texture of the smoothie. Not all blenders perform the same; some can inject too much air in the preparation and make foamy smoothies, some have difficulties processing kale and it ends up grainy.
When it matters: When you want a silky smoothie.
- Crushed Ice
What it is: For full-size blenders, crushing 15 ounces of ice cubes at once in the main jar. For personal blenders, 3x 5 cubes in the main jar. For immersion blenders, 5x 3 cubes in our 4 cup beaker in the main jar or in a standard 4 cup beaker if none are included.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Crushed Ice Picture
Preparation Time
What it is: The time for the blender to process 15 ounces of ice cubes.
When it matters: When you want to be the best host for margarita nights.
Good value: < 1 min
Ice Quality
What it is: The result after processing 15 ounces of ice cubes. Snow-Like = very fine crush that resembles actual snow. Bar Quality = fine crush of professional quality. Poor = blender wasn't able to process all 15 ounces, or the crushed ice is very coarse.
When it matters: When you want to be able to prepare icy drinks.
- Ease Of Use
- Programs / Modes
What it is: Some blenders have a series of presets for different kinds of preparations.
Crushed Ice
What it is: High-speed mode to help crush hard ice.
Self-Clean Program
What it is: Dedicated speed preset and timing used to clean the blender. Add warm water and a few drops of soap to the jar and run the program.
When it matters: When you want to easily clean your blender. Usually those programs do not perform any better than running the blender at full speed and are not enough to fully clean the blender wiping the top of the jar is still required.
Single Serve
What it is: To make a single-serve drink. The blender will adapt the speed to match the smaller jar.
Timer
What it is: Whether the blender is equipped with a timer.
- Cleaning
What it is: How difficult it is to clean the blender after making different preparations.
Score components: Subjectively assigned
Smoothie Cleaning
What it is: How difficult cleaning is after preparing a frozen banana, kale, and orange juice smoothie.
When it matters: When you're preparing smoothies.
Almond Butter Cleaning
What it is: How difficult it is to clean the blender after preparing almond butter.
- Extra Features
What it is: Blenders sometimes have extra functionalities such as Jar detection, additional attachments, or noise reduction apparatuses.
Hot Blending
What it is: Whether the manufacturer reports if the product can blend hot food safely.
When it matters: When preparing soups or sauces. Note, however, that we don't test this ourselves. Always exercise caution when blending hot food, especially liquids, even if the manufacturer says it's OK.
Additional Jugs
What it is: Some blenders are bundled with extra jars with different volumes.
When it matters: When you want to be able to prepare small batches as well as larger ones.
Juicer Attachment
What it is: An attachment allowing you to juice food.
When it matters: When you want to be able to juice with your blender.
Food Processing Attachment
What it is: An attachment allowing you to convert the blender into a food processor.
When it matters: When you want to be able to chop food and make other preparations otherwise incompatible with a blender.
Heating Element
What it is: Heating element allowing you to heat the food while blending.
When it matters: When you want to prepare a soup.
Noise Dome
What it is: A dome that's placed on the blender to reduce the noise emitted.
When it matters: When you're often preparing food or simply want to limit the noise emitted by the blender.
Tamper
What it is: A stick allowing you to move the food into the blades while blending.
When it matters: When you want to move the food into the blades without stopping the blender or shaking it.
Vacuum Pump
What it is: A pump that'll remove air from the jar.
When it matters: The vacuum prevents the food from oxidizing and preserves more nutrients.
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
What it is: If the speed of the blender adapts depending on the jar attached.
When it matters: When the blender is used with different jar capacities.

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