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25 Different Types of Blenders

A collage of various blenders.

The first blender with a spinning blade at the bottom was invented in 1922 by Stephen Poplawski, who wanted to make soda fountain drinks. The most popular early version of the blender was the Waring Blendor, with the preference of the “blendor” spelling. It was also named after the orchestra leader and financial backer Fred Waring.

Waring wanted to use the device to puree raw vegetables for his ulcer diet. The Waring Blendor, also called as the Miracle Mixer, was also used in hospitals and labs, particularly by Dr. Jonas Salk as he worked on the Salk Polio Vaccine.

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A. Type

1. Hand Blender

Woman hand blender smoothie

These blenders are also commonly called “stick” or “immersion” blenders, and are held in the hand when they are being used. They are very long, with the blades on the end of the blender, and your hand holding the other end where the controls are located. They are incredibly compact and powerful and tend to be very easy to use.

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If you are worried about not being able to move freely around in your kitchen when you are using this blender, you will want to opt for one that is cordless. They are ideal for blending directly in the pot where you are cooking and are great for making soup or other sauces. Some hand blenders come with a perfectly-sized cup that the end will fit into, and this makes it very easy to make smoothies, blend eggs for scrambled eggs, or whip up whipped cream.

One of the reasons why these types of blenders are so popular is because they are very easy to clean and they don’t take up a lot of storage space. When you are done using your hand blender, you can simply blend hot, soapy water in the sink, and then rinse off the blades before storing it.

2. Single-Serve Blender

Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set

These blenders are a lot smaller than regular blenders, making them perfect to store out of the way in a smaller apartment or dorm kitchen. They make quick work of prep for cooking and can easily whip up sauces or chop small amounts of food for you. One of the main reasons why people buy single-serve blenders is because they make great smoothies.

These blenders often come with lids that will go on the blender cup itself so you can make a smoothie and drink it on-the-go. Instead of having to dirty another cup as well as wash out the blender, when you make a drink in your single-serve blender, you won’t have to worry about having as much to wash and can pop out the door in a hurry in the morning.

3. Full-Size Blender

Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72 Oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16 Oz Cups for Frozen Drinks and Smoothies (BL660), Gray

These are the types of blenders that most people think of when they consider buying a blender. They have a very powerful base that a jar will sit on. After the jar has been filled and the lid is placed on top, you can select from a number of choices to chop and puree the food in the jar.

There are a number of different designs available as well as features, so it’s important to consider what you want to be able to blend and to make sure that you buy a blender that is strong enough to handle your needs. Additionally, since they come in so many different sizes, make sure you choose a blender that can easily handle the amount of food or drink you’ll be blending, as otherwise you will have to blend in batches and this can be really frustrating.

4. Specialty Blender

Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Black, Self-Cleaning - 1957

Not every homeowner will need a specialty blender, but if you spend a lot of time in the kitchen, then you may appreciate the extra power and performance that you will get with one of these blenders. Of course, you will pay a lot more for a specialty blender, but you can do more with it and will notice an increase in power.

You can not only blend, puree, chop, and grind, but you can also make your own nut milks and whip up a smoothie in no time. These blenders have been built to last for a very long time and are often the models that you will see in restaurants. Instead of worrying about your ingredients getting caught at the bottom of the blender and not being mixed in, you won’t ever have that problem with a specialty blender because they have been designed to eradicate this problem entirely.

5. Frozen Drink Maker

Frozen drink maker blender.

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If you love to drink frozen mixed drinks at parties, then you may benefit from having a blender that is specifically designed to make these. Instead of trying to make your blender operate the way you need it to so you can ensure that your drinks are evenly mixed, when you opt for a blender designed for this purpose, then you can rest easy knowing that you’ll be making the best drinks around.

Unfortunately, these blender aren’t ideal for other uses as well, so if you opt for a frozen drink maker, it’s important to realize that it is a fairly single-use item. Owners can get more mileage out of their drink makers by using them to make slushies for kids parties as well.

6. Blender Bottle

Blender bottles.

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This is a manual kind of blender that gym-goers love to use to make sure their protein drinks have been correctly blended together. They consist of a plastic cup and a tight screw-on lid with a blender ball inside of it. When liquid and powder are added to the bottle, the user can then make sure that the lid is on securely before shaking the bottle.

The blender ball is made of metal wire and has a lot of empty space in it through which the liquid will be able to easily pass. As the blender bottle is shaken, the blender ball moves through the liquid and the powder, helping to combine them into a cohesive drink that doesn’t have any powder or chunks left at the end before drinking.

7. Kitchen System

Kitchen system.

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When you want to be able to rely on a single appliance for all of your chopping, blending, and food processing needs, you need to look into buying a kitchen system. These do much more than just blend your food and come with all of the attachments and parts that you need to make sure you don’t have to own both a blender and a food processor.

Unlike normal blenders that only have one jar for blending, these kitchen systems generally have an additional cup that is designed for food processing. This allows you to use the one base for multiple purposes. If you are going to be buying a kitchen system, make sure there are also single-serve jars that come with it so you can make yourself a smoothie for on-the-go, eliminating yet another appliance that you may otherwise want to have in your kitchen.

B. Jar Material

1. Glass

Glass jar blender.

Source: Wayfair

Glass jars tend to be much more fragile than plastic jars, so if you are worried that you may drop your blender jar, you may want to skip the glass. Of course, there have been major advances in recent years that ensure that your glass jars are much stronger than they were in the past, but still it is easier to break a glass jar than it is a metal or a plastic one.

On the other hand, glass jars have the distinct advantage of not picking up smells from the food you are making. This means you can make spicy curry and other strong foods and even store them in your blender jar without worrying about the glass starting to smell like them and even pass on those odors to other foods that you make.

In addition, your glass jar won’t ever turn different colors after blending. This non-porous material is strong enough to stand up to any foods you are going to be blending without being negatively affected by their smells or colors, no matter how long you store the blended food in the jar. You will pay more for a glass jar and it’s important to note that they tend to be heavier, so if you are worried about being able to handle a full jar, you may want to skip the glass.

2. Metal

Metal jar blender.

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Stainless steel jars are becoming very popular in kitchens and other commercial settings, but aren’t seen in many home kitchens due to the increased cost. They are, however, the longest-lasting and the most durable type of blender jars available. They will not stain and, like glass, do a great job of resisting any odors that may try to transfer to the jar.

These jars are incredibly attractive and will make your blender and your kitchen look high-class and professional. Of course, because they are so expensive, they are not something that every homeowner can afford. Another problem with stainless steel jars is that if you drop them or bang them into the counter, they may become dented.

Not only will this cause your blender to not look as nice, but if the dent is bad enough, it can decrease the blender’s ability to full blend everything together cohesively. Another issues with these jars is that since they are not clear, it can be difficult to make sure that everything is completely blended together. Over time, you will get a feel for how long the blender needs to run, but stopping to check every thirty seconds when you are learning to use your blender can be really frustrating.

3. Plastic

Plastic jar blender.

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Probably the most common type of jar that you can buy, plastic has a lot of pros and cons, depending on the quality of the jar your purchase. If you buy a lower-quality blender, then you are likely to have a jar that is going to be lower-quality as well. This means that it will tend to chip, scratch, stain, and smell after use.

In addition, plastic will often contain BPA, and if you want to avoid this chemical, you will need to look for a plastic blender jar that specifically says it doesn’t contain this chemical or opt for glass or metal. When you are able to spend a little bit more on your plastic blender jar, you will find that not only will it last longer without staining or smelling, but it also won’t scratch or be negatively affected by hot foods.

One of the reasons why people opt for plastic jars is because they are so lightweight. You can easily lift them even when they are full of blended food and generally won’t struggle with their weight.

In addition, higher-quality plastic jars won’t chip or shatter if dropped the way that glass jars will. Of course, lower-quality plastic is more prone to cracking and chipping, and can even shatter when you are blending frozen foods or drinks.

C. Features

1. Crushes Ice

Ice crushing blender.

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If you buy a blender that is able to crush ice, you can rest easy knowing that it is a fairly powerful appliance. These blenders will be able to not only blend together your soup and other foods, but can make you smoothies with ice so that they are nice and cold. Unfortunately, blenders that do not offer this feature are not going to be strong enough to handle hard objects like ice, which can result in the food you made being chunky and not cooled all the way through.

The other problem that you may run into when trying to crush ice in a blender that is not designed to handle this task is that you can actually break the blender itself. The more powerful the motor is on the blender, the more likely it will be able to crush ice and do it well without a lot of effort or loud noises.

2. Juicing

Juicing blender.

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Juicing has become more and more popular in recent years, and many people have gone out to buy a juicer for the express purpose of making themselves a glass of fresh juice during the day. While juicers may be the perfect appliance for this task, if you don’t like having single-purpose kitchen items in your home, then you will want to look for a blender that can also juice.

This will allow you to use it to blend your foods, but also to extract the juice from fruits and vegetables so you can enjoy fresh juice whenever you want. Unlike a juicer where you simply place the fruits or vegetables into the feeding tube and then wait for the juice to come out, when you use a juicing blender, you need to make sure to blend the food with a little water.

This will allow the blender to break up the food you want to juice and to extract all of the juice. Then, you simply drain the pulpy liquid through a cheesecloth to remove all of the pulp. If the pulp doesn’t bother you, then you can include some of it in your beverage as well and enjoy the benefits of that added fiber.

3. Energy Star

Energy star certified blender.

Source: Walmart

Anytime you want to add appliances to your home but don’t want to deal with increased energy use and cost, you want to look for one that is Energy Star certified. It can be a little tricky to find a blender that has this certification, as it is much easier to certify larger appliances, but with a little research you can find a blender that won’t just meet your needs, but also help you cut your energy costs when you use it over a traditional blender.

4. Multiple Attachments

Multiple attachment blender.

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Multiple attachments are most common on stick blenders and will allow you to quickly and easily turn your regular blender into another tool. These stick blenders have a removable blade piece that will pop off so you can put on a different type of attachment, further ensuring that your blender isn’t a single-purpose item in your kitchen.

Look for a stick blender that has attachments to turn it into a wire whisk as well as other blades for mincing, crushing, and chopping. This will ensure that you don’t have to also buy a small food processor and can use this appliance to whisk together ingredients with a quick swap of the blender’s head.

5. Variable Speed Control

Variable speed control blender.Source: Houzz

There are few times that you will want to only be able to turn your blender on and off, and if you want to make sure that you have a lot of control over the speed at which you are blending, then look for one that has variable speeds that you can control. While smaller, personal blenders don’t usually have this option, larger and more expensive blenders do and this will make it really easy for you to control how quickly you are blending and how well everything is combined.

Some blenders have a knob for this purpose, while others rely on buttons. The type of control you choose is based on personal preference, but if you want to have a lot of control over your food preparation, then you will want to find a blender with speed control.

6. Dishwasher-Safe Parts

Dishwasher-safe parts blender.Source: Houzz

There are few things more frustrating when you have blended up dinner, drinks, or simply finished food preparation than having to then wash all of the blender’s components by hand. Look for a blender that has dishwasher-safe parts so you can simply toss everything into the dishwasher when you are finished. Generally, items will need to go on the top rack, but this still makes it a lot easier to clean up your kitchen, especially when you are in a rush to get out the door or are having people over for a meal and want to make sure your kitchen is clean.

7. Cordless

Cordless blender.Source: Houzz

Most blenders have cords, but you can find some stick blenders that are battery operated. This means you can walk around your kitchen without worrying about where you have an outlet. Being able to take your stick blender near the stove instead of moving your hot pot of soup to the counter will save you time and keep you from accidentally dropping all of your food on the floor.

Additionally, you won’t have to worry about knocking anything off of the counter when you choose a cordless blender or having the cord drag through food you are making.

8. Multiple Functions

Multiple function blender.Source: Hayneedle

Choosing from various functions like “grind”, “puree”, “mix”, and “dice” allows you to easily customize your blending experience. Instead of trying to control your blending by changing the speed, you can make sure that you’re getting the right size food with a blender that offers multiple functions.

9. Recipes Included

Blender with recipes included.Source: Houzz

If you are just getting started blending and want some tried and true recipes you can rely on, then look for a blender that comes with included recipes. This will help you gain the confidence you need to spend some time with your blender and create delicious food and drinks.

10. Dispensing Spout

Blender with dispensing spout.Source: Wayfair

Make pouring from your blender as easy as possible when you opt for one that has a dispensing spout. Some blenders have this spout formed into the jar itself while others have it in the lid. Either way, you’ll enjoy the control you have and will be able to pour into even the smallest glasses or muffin tins without worrying about spilling during the process.

D. Capacity

1. Mini


Mini sized blender.

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These blenders will hold under 20 ounces, and are for making a single drink at a time. You won’t be able to make batch drinks in them, but they are ideal for a smoothie on-the-go.

2. Small

Small sized blender.

Source: Wayfair

At 20-35 ounces, these blenders are great for making two smoothies at once, blending a small amount of soup, or making batter for muffins.

3. Medium

Medium-sized blender.Source: Wayfair

Medium blenders have a capacity of 36-50 ounces and are great for a small family. They will be able to do all of the work you need without many problems.

4. Large

Large-sized blender.Source: Wayfair

At 51-65 ounces, large blenders are great for making a batch of drinks for a party or doing prep work for a larger family. They can easily blend larger batches of soup as well.

5. Extra Large

Extra large-sized blender.Source: Wayfair

With a capacity of 66+ ounces, you won’t ever have to worry about whether or not your blender is big enough. These blenders are often professional, but are really useful if you have a large family and know that you are going to be making big batches of soup, drinks, or need to complete a lot of meal prep quickly and easily.

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