Three Features You Need In a Blender

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

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

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

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

Ninja Professional 72oz Countertop Blender
The more the merrier.Ninja

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

Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning
Cleanup is never going to be fun, but at least make it easy.Vitamix

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.