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A good blender is one of my favorite kitchen appliances. It wasn’t always; I thought blenders took up too much space and wondered if I really even needed one. I was wrong on both counts, and now that I’m working from home, my blender has become even more valuable. Frozen fruits make for killer smoothies chock full of vitamins, but you need a blender with crushing technology to liquify them. Soups have become part of my cooking repertoire as well, and a blender has been unexpectedly perfect for that, too. I like making pesto, and that requires the kind of high-speed functionality I didn’t know my blender had. Moral of the story: A blender is a kitchen essential that doesn’t have to be bulky or an eyesore. In fact, it can boost your kitchen aesthetic. To help you sift through the options, we’ve rounded up some of our favorites.
FOR THE DO IT ALL
Vitamix 5200 Blender
If you’re looking for a blender that does it all, look no further. Scouted Editor Jillian Lucas loves the Vitamix because “the speed the Vitamix achieves is fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold veggies up to temp in as little as six minutes.” It’s a great addition to add to your home, while you’re spending a little more time there than usual.
FOR MAXIMUM POWER
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender
This Ninja Blender has three settings, but comes loaded with professional power. With 1000 watts of ice crushing power this blender has total crushing technology that will obliterate anything you put in its path.
Magic Bullet Blender
I love my magic bullet because it means I can have smoothies on the go. What you lose in comparison to other blenders power here, you gain in the space you end up saving.
FOR THE CONTROL FREAK
Oster Blender Pro 1200
This blender doesn’t just have low, medium, high settings, it also has specialty settings for smoothies, salsa and milkshakes (yum!). It also comes with a to-go cup so you can get your blend in if you’re in a rush.
FOR THE TWO-IN-ONE
Instant Ace Plus Cooking & Beverage Blender
Instant Pot makes a blender that Scouted Editor Jillian Lucas loves: “the best part is you can set a delayed cooking time for up to 12 hours beforehand. That means you can toss all your ingredients in your Instant Ace, set it to cook/blend by the time you’re home from work, and enjoy a delicious soup right away.”
FOR THE DESIGN ORIENTED
Dash Chef Series Blender
Scouted Contributor Gideon Grudo loves his Dash Blender for its “unmistakable” looks, with a “digital display and buttons that will elicit conversation at least, and the soft curves on its minimalist base that will accentuate any kitchen’s aesthetic.” It’s also great for making chimichurri, among other things.
FOR SUCCESS EVERY TIME
KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender
For me, blending can be frustrating because it’s difficult to know when things are fully incorporated. The Intelli-Speed Motor control in this KitchenAid senses contents and maintains optimal speeds to power through any and all ingredients.
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