Three Lesser-Known Facts To Keep In Mind When Buying A Blender

When you start your journey to finding a new blender you’ll likely to come across blenders with all sorts of gizmos and gimmicks designed to get you to fork over your hard-earned money.  Some of these features will be important, like motor strength.  Others will be nothing more than marketing jargon.  Reading customer reviews, independent review sites, and seeing the blenders yourself in person can help you make your decision and ensure that you’re getting a quality product at a good price.  When you do go shopping, there are three lesser known (but still important!) factors you should consider:

1.  A jar that is dishwasher safe

Unless you’re ready to purchase a super-high end blender that has self-cleaning functions, you’re going to spend a lot of time cleaning your blender after each use.  Rather than being bent over the sink with a sponge trying to get at the last few drops of your smoothie that seem impossibly stuck in the bottom of your blender, wouldn’t it be nice to be able to place the jar and blades in the dishwasher?

Obviously, dishwashers are good at cleaning dishes, but they do a better job than you could ever do when it comes to cleaning your blender.  Their high temperatures combined with the universal coverage of both soap and water means that your blender jar will be as clean as the day it arrived at your house.

The good blenders use polycarbonate or glass jars, both of which are dishwasher approved and will not fall apart after a few trips through.  The blades and jar top are also often dishwasher safe.  Be careful though and double-check that the blender you’re about to buy is safe for dishwasher cleaning, otherwise you’re going to spend a lot of time with the sink!

2.  A Long, High-Quality Warranty

A warranty gives you piece of mind.  Knowing that a manufacturer is willing to stand by their product for 5, 7, or even 10 years certain increases your confidence that their manufacturing quality is high and they produce a product you can believe in.  Blenders are high-torque, high-performance machines, meaning that their components are always under high stress.  A warranty will ensure that if something goes wrong, it’ll get replaced without too much of a hassle.

The warranty you get should cover you for at least a year, though many cover far longer than that.  Make sure it covers cracking in the jar, motor failure, and other issues that are not associated with typical use.  Remember, though, the warranty is only a piece of a paper!  Check consumer reviews to make sure that the company truly stands behind their product and doesn’t give customers the run-around.

Even the best blenders have warranties, so make sure yours does too!

3.  Blender Automation

Automation comes in many forms.  Some blenders simply have a timer that you can set and forget.  The blender will blend the ingredients until the timer is done.  Other blenders have more complicated systems that speed up and slow down the blending or even sensors that detect when your food has hit the correct consistency.  These settings are often presets and are designed with specific foods in mind such as smoothies or crushed ice.

These features are enormous time-savers because you don’t have to constantly check if your food is ready.

These three features are really essential to owning a blender that works with you and not against you in the kitchen.  Good luck!

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