A Brief History of Blenders
The blender was invented in 1922 by Stephen Poplawski. It was a mixer blender for beverages and the patent was received by the Arnold Electric Company. Then in 1938, a man named Fred Waring renamed his company as the Warning Corporation. He also changed the name of the mixer to Waring Blendor. Within time the name was changed to “Blender.”
Key Features When Buying a Blender
- Motor’s power
It’s important to consider the wattage or horsepower of the blender’s motor. The power of the horsepower is advertised in two different ways. One is the blender’s peak/max. horsepower. This is how much power is available when you switch on the appliance. Then there’s the rated horsepower. That’s the steady horsepower the motor can sustain. It’s important to know the difference because sometimes the peak horsepower is advertised instead of the rated horsepower.
A better option is to compare the wattage of different blender motors. The reason is it will show precisely how powerful the appliance’s motor is. A key fact to keep in mind is 1 horsepower is equal to 746 watts.
It’s important to set a budget before you start shopping for a blender. Make sure to consider how much you can afford to spend and the features you’re looking for. It’s OK to spend a little more than you’ve budgeted but make sure not to go overboard. Keep in mind that a blender is an investment so it’s better to spend more money for better quality.
- Jar’s Material
A key issue that many consumers don’t consider is the material that’s used to make the blender jar. There are several common ones including glass, plastic, and stainless steel. The material you pick should be based on factors like your budget and needs.
What’s the difference? Countertop blenders as you might guess are built for a kitchen countertop. There’s a big jar connected to a stand that includes the blender’s controls. These are great for preparing food dishes and fruit smoothies and crushing ice.
Then there are immersion or “stick” blenders. These are small hand-held units that have a rotating blade located at the end of a long stick. These appliances are built to blend ingredients in bowls or glasses. They’re a good option if you want to make a milkshake or puree a soup/sauce.
These two types of blenders have some overlap in terms of their functions. However, they vary greatly in size and appearance. It’s important to think about applications of the blender so you can pick the right type for your home or business needs.
- Blending Controls
The different blending controls that are available vary in a couple ways. They can vary in how many options they have. For example, there’s the number of speeds the blender has. There are other options like blend, puree, crushed ice, smoothie, and so on. When selecting a blender the number of features you should look for should be based on the applications for the blender.