If you are in the market for a new blender you may already have a certain price range in mind. There are different types of blenders and it is the features and options they offer that will determine the price.
Two types of blenders
There are two different kinds of blenders on the market to consider. The typical blender sits on a base and has a container resting on it. You can get a simple model from Faberware, Cuisinart or Toastmaster for anywhere between $12-$30. The price will depend on how many settings the blender has.
A higher-end blender made by Oster, Hamilton Beach, Black & Decker or Braun will cost anywhere from $35 up to $50. These units will have similar speed settings but will also offer a pulse feature. This is a nice option to have since it can be used for small grinding jobs. These blenders also have a larger capacity of 40 ounces up to 56 ounces. If you have a good quantity of drinks to make at one time this large capacity really does make a big difference.
When you start paying a higher price for a blender, up to $100 or more, you’ll find that the material used in the product will be better and the motor will be built to last longer. It may be worth the higher price if the blender lasts a few years longer than a lower quality one. Blendtec, Vitamix, Oster, KitchenAid, Cuisinart and Waring make quality blenders in this higher price bracket.
You will need to take a good look at the blender before buying it. Does it look sturdy enough to last for awhile? A lower-end machine may not be able to stand the test of time. Does it look like it will match your kitchen decor? If you are going to be leaving it out for ease of use you’ll want it to look nice. Are the controls easy to manage? You may want to fix up some drinks in a hurry when unexpected company arrives and be able to manage the appliance easily.
Another thing to consider is how many speeds the blender has. If you are going to be using it for different purposes this will be important and will make a difference in the pricing. It is a good idea to spend a little extra for more speed options if you plan on using the blender for more than just making milkshakes. If you only plan on using it to make simple drinks you will not need more than a few speed options and can save some money by buying a blender with fewer features.
If you plan on using the blender quite often for simple things you can expect it to last about five years. If, however, you expect to use it quite often, you may be better off buying a quality, yet higher-priced model that will last longer and be more cost efficient in the long run.
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