Blenders are one of the most commonly used appliances in an average kitchen. Their convenience of use and efficiency in performing a variety of everyday kitchen tasks has given them an irreplaceable place in the kitchen. When hearing the word blender, the first thing that might come to the minds of most is smoothies and milkshakes. Blenders, however, are used for much. You can make your favorite cocktails, lump-free pancakes and even the most perfect, fluffy, restaurant quality omelets! If you are want to add a new blender to your kitchen counter, you have to first make a choice among the two different kinds of blenders; Immersion and Countertop. Your decision will be based upon which appliance suits your needs and how much countertop space you need.
Immersion blender is also known as the hand-held blender or stick blender. These are long stick-like devices which are held vertically over the food which is to be blended. This type of blender has blades attached on its lower end to cut through the food. The main advantage that these blenders have over the jug blenders is that they can blend hot ingredients directly in the cooking pan. They can even blend through boiling hot ingredients. They are simple to use and easy to clean.
There is wide variety of immersion blenders available in the market ranging from simple hand blenders that come without any attachments to commercial heavy duty blenders. You have to select depending on what type of tasks you want blender to perform and how much money are you willing to spend. Simplest Immersion hand blenders generally come only with a mixing jug has a low powered motor suitable for performing simplest blending tasks. Some better quality ones come with multiple attachments and a powerful motor to handle a wider range of tasks. Commercial blenders are of the highest quality and come with a longer shaft for better grip and heavy motor to handle the processing of large amounts of food.
The other basic type of blender is the countertop blender or jar blender or jug blender. They are generally heavier and take up more space than immersion blenders. Apart from blending, these blenders can be used to perform a variety of other kitchen tasks including mixing, pureeing, grinding and chopping.
Just like with immersion blenders, there is a wide variety of different types of countertop blenders available in the market ranging from small low powered blenders suitable for small families to heavy duty commercial blenders with powerful motors and large capacity jug. The choice, again, rests on your shoulders to select the right one for your family. Smaller blenders with a low motor power are suitable if you want it to perform simple blending tasks and you have a small family to feed. Commercial ones have a larger capacity and a powerful motor to handle tasks like blending, chopping and grinding.
Multi-functional commercial blenders are more expensive than the simpler ones. You have to make the choice depending on your requirements and your allotted budget.