Choosing a blender for your kitchen can be overwhelming, especially considering the investment involved and the wide range of options available, each with its own unique features.  

Immersion Blenders

If you want to blend directly in pots and pans, immersion blenders (aka stick blenders or hand blenders) are perfect for you. While generally less powerful than countertop models, they excel at processing soups and purees, and emulsify dressings and sauces directly in the container. A heavy-duty model can handle up to 400 litres of ingredients, and there are light-duty compact models for smaller quantities as well.

Some immersion blenders allow you to swap the standard blade for attachments such as a beater blade, whipping blade, whisk, and others. However, despite their versatility, immersion blenders are not designed for tasks like crushing ice or blending frozen fruits to a perfectly smooth consistency.

Tabletop Blenders

If you need an appliance for blending frozen fruits, making smooth smoothies, shakes, frozen cocktails, or crushing ice, then a tabletop blender fits the bill. While they take up more counter space than immersion blenders, tabletop blenders generally offer greater power, making them ideal for more demanding blending tasks.

This article will explore different types of tabletop blenders, broken down into these categories: Heavy duty blenders for commercial use, Ultra heavy duty blenders for larger kitchens, and Blenders for light to moderate use.

 

 

 

 

Heavy Duty Blenders

  1. Waring Blenders:

Known for their workhorse capabilities. These models feature a heavy-duty motor capable of making over 75 blended drinks per day, powering through the toughest ice and frozen fruit mixtures in seconds. They come with a stackable, BPA-free copolyester container, offering a lightweight alternative to stainless steel and glass, reducing strain and fatigue during use.

a. Waring MX1000XTX: 3.5 HP motor, 1.9L, 2-speed

This blender is easy to use with its paddle switch controls. Its peak motor speed of 45,000 RPM delivers smooth results, making it ideal for smoothies, frozen drinks, and more.

b. Waring MX1100XTX: 3.5 HP motor, 1.9L, 2-speed

Building upon the MX1000XTX, this blender features an electronic membrane keypad that is sleek, modern, and easier to clean. It has an optional sound enclosure that minimizes noise for a quieter operation, and a 30-second countdown timer that helps prevent over-blending, ensuring perfect consistency, especially for recipe-specific blending.

c. Waring MX1200XTX: 3.5 HP motor, 1.9L, variable speeds

With a range of speeds from 1,500 to 20,000 RPM, this model caters to users who crave precision. Having variable speeds lets you tackle different recipes requiring different consistencies.

d. Waring MX1500XTX: 3.5 HP motor, 1.9L, variable speeds

This is the most feature-rich option in the category. Its speed is adjustable from 1,000 to 20,000 RPM, and it boasts an electronic keypad, a backlit LCD screen for easy viewing, and 4 pre-programmed settings for popular drinks that let you blend them with a single touch. Users can create and save custom programs directly on the keypad, without the need for a USB or computer.

This model also features a customizable dual pulse function. Choose between pre-programmed speeds of 150% and 100%, or adjust them to achieve your desired consistency. The MX1500XTX tops it off with a peak 45,000 RPM motor speed for the smoothest blends, a daily and total drink counter display, and a sound enclosure for noise reduction.

2. Vita-Prep 3: 3 HP motor, 1.9L, variable speeds

The Vita-Prep 3 features 10 speed controls, operated by user-friendly paddle switches and a knob, delivering a full range of textures for your blending needs. The included BPA-free container comes with a tamper to eliminate air pockets, ensuring smooth and uninterrupted blending for every recipe.

Ultra Heavy Duty Blenders

  1. Waring CB15: 75 HP motor, 3.78L, 3-speed

The Waring CB15 tackles large batches and extended blending times with ease, making it ideal for high-volume settings. Its massive, 1-gallon stainless steel container boasts two handles for secure carrying and pouring, and lid clamps that ensure safety during operation. This powerhouse can churn through over 100 servings per day.

  1. Brushless motor blenders: Santos 62 and Santos 66

Ditching traditional motor designs, brushless motors eliminate the need for carbon brushes. This reduces maintenance and extends the lifespan of your blender. They use permanent magnet rotors that minimize friction, so operation is significantly quieter.

Brushless motors are energy efficient, converting more power for use and reducing energy consumption. Durability is another key benefit, as these motors can withstand continuous use without overheating, making them ideal for high-volume settings. They typically outlast traditional motors by a factor of 10.

Both the Santos 62 and Santos 66 exemplify these advantages. With 8 Nm max torque and a two-way blade rotation, they unlock impressive power. These blenders come with a BPA-free stackable jar featuring a 1.4-litre measurement scale and a maximum capacity of 2.4 litres. For those managing allergen concerns, the jars come in red and yellow options to help prevent cross-contamination. The blender base is removable, providing flexibility for countertop or in-counter installation, adapting perfectly to any kitchen space.

The difference between the Santos 62 and 66 is that the Santos 62 has 30 pre-programmed cycles and it allows users to program custom recipes using a free software and a USB port, while the Santos 66 has 9 programs. Plus, the Santos 62 features a soundproof hood for an even quieter operation.

Blenders for Light to Moderate Use

  1. Waring BB300: 1 HP motor, 1.4L, 2-speed 

This blender makes up to 25-49 drinks per day. Great for those who prioritize speed, it can whip up three 16 oz. margaritas in just 12 seconds. It comes in a copolyester or a stainless steel container version. Compared to copolyester, stainless steel is often preferred in commercial settings as it is more robust and can withstand heavy use and frequent cleaning without showing signs of wear or damage, it is also resistant to corrosion and staining. While the initial cost of the stainless steel jar may be higher, it can offer better value in the long run by requiring less frequent replacement and maintenance compared to copolyester jars.

  1. Braun JB 3150: 1.07 HP motor, 1.5L, variable speeds

Frustrated that some food often gets stuck at blind spots in your blender jar? This Braun blender features a unique triangular glass jug and higher blade positioning designed to avoid blind spots and redirect ingredients more efficiently toward the blending area, giving you a smoother and more consistent blend. 

  1. SEVERIN SM3734: 0.67 HP motor, 1L, 2-speed

With its brushed stainless steel housing, this model not only looks sleek but also blends ingredients effectively. It’s an excellent choice for home users who appreciate a stylish blending appliance in their kitchen.

4. Santos 37: 0.8 HP, 2L / 4L, variable speeds

With variable speed control (0 to 15,000 RPM), users can easily mix, liquefy, grind, and crush ingredients. Choose between 2L (BPA-free) and 4L (stainless steel) containers to suit your blending needs. Prioritising safety, its patented locking system for the bowl and cover lets you go hands-free with peace of mind.