459 Blenders and Food Processors

Once you decide to purchase a blender or food processor, it will become one of those kitchen appliances that you can't believe you ever lived without. Making do without one now? Once you get one, it’s guaranteed you'll be using it quite often. More 
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How will I use a blender or food processor?

Like any vital appliance, the main consideration for a blender or food processor is what it'll end up being used for. This is particularly important for both of these items, since they can serve very different purposes. Do you want to make smoothies and other frozen drinks? A mixer with an ice-crusher is probably the best way to go. If you're looking to make a lot of soups, a jar blender with a large capacity (to prevent sudden spill-overs) is going to work pretty well. If you're looking more for something to help with chopping food, and making dips and pestos, then a food processor with multiple settings will most likely work best.

What features should I look for in a mixer or blender?

Power, settings, and capacity are going to be the three main variations in blender and food processor models. Size-wise, it's always better to go larger, so you don't have to worry about an extra powerful surge spilling soup everywhere. A commonly overlooked feature that makes a huge difference is a spout. It sounds silly, but when you're pouring a pesto you've labored over into a dish, you'll be glad you have it.

Ready to start blending and pureeing? Find blenders and food processors in several different styles and sizes here, along with information on where to buy them.
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