Having a great blender—not just a good one, but a great one—is necessary if you really want to get into making healthy smoothies and many other raw foods. But it will be an investment: upwards of $300 (which makes it a great item for your holiday wish list). I know that seems like a lot of money, but it is worth it for the return you’ll get in the amazing foods you’ll be able to make. But which blender is right for you? That’s a great question. It really depends on how you see yourself using it on a daily basis. It needs to have a strong enough motor to do the blending your recipes call for.
I’ve used my $40 blender for simple smoothies for years. But as soon as I wanted to make green smoothies and add more roughage to the mix, the low-end blender stopped being effective. The commercial-grade blenders like Vitamix and BlendTech can actually replace a food processor for many things, and I use my food processor at least four times a week. They are also so much better for soups, nut flours, and even juices.
Which blender is right for you?
I have a Vitamix, although I hear good things about other blenders as well. I think it is one of the best investments in my kitchen. I have the dry blade as well (which I “borrowed” from my sister-in-law, but she’s not getting it back :)). Got questions? Here is a little comparison of high-end blenders. This may not answer your question of which to buy, but it’s great to see the blenders in action.
If you’re buying a blender—or asking for one for the holidays—which one are you contemplating?
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