Three Features You Need In a Blender

Modern blenders do much more than simply turn solids into mush.

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Thanks to some ingenious thinking and engineering, a modern blender can transform fruits and vegetables into delicious, healthy beverages. NutriBullet NutriBullet

Blenders have evolved quite a bit in the last 10 years and today these machines can do far more than just blend up your smoothie (though they are quite great at doing that, too). A blender has become a must-have item in the kitchen, and you are going to love having one for three main reasons: multiple speeds make everything quick and easy, larger blender jars mean more food or drink with less work, and self-cleaning features. Here’s what to look for in your next favorite kitchen appliance.

Multiple Speeds

Sometimes you need a fast blend, and sometimes you need it slow. NutriBullet

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One speed does not fit all for most things, and that is definitely the case with a blender. Depending on what you’re blending up, you are going to need a blender that has multiple speed options. Ideally, you’ll have a blender with low, medium, and high, as well as a pulsing option and a feature that extracts for the perfect smoothie.

Large Jar

The more the merrier. Ninja

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Making things in small batches means more time and energy on your part, and you don’t want that. With a bigger blender jar, you are able to get more bang for your buck and make more food or drink with one batch. Look for a blender that has a jar measuring in at something around 72 ouches for the optimal size.

Easy Cleanup

Cleanup is never going to be fun, but at least make it easy. Vitamix

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Cleaning up after working in the kitchen is a chore that no one enjoys and cleaning a blender can be one of the least fun things to do. That’s why we suggest looking for a blender that has a self-cleaning feature so you have less work to do. Find a blender that only requires dropping in some dish soap and some water, and then let it work its magic for up to a minute.