“How do I choose the best one for me?”
Although a good hand blender is a helpful tool in the kitchen (and sometimes even a necessary one) there are some important questions you should be asking about the hand blender you’re considering, before you decide to buy it. Questions like . . What is the main task I’ve got in mind for this hand blender ? Is it powerful enough to handle the task ? How reliable are the attachments ? Does it come with a warranty ? And what do people who have already bought this hand blender have to say about it ? Taking these factors into consideration before you make a purchase will ensure that when your hand blender is delivered and you test it out for the first time you will be impressed, pleased, and inspired to try new recipes, instead of feeling disappointed and realising you’ve bought an inferior model. Because you probably don’t have the time to sit and investigate this for hours on end I have laid out the most important questions a potential buyer should be asking about a particular hand blender, and, even having a quick look over them should help you to buy the hand blender most suited to your needs.
“What will I be using it for the most?”
Of course this is an important question to consider, if you only need the hand blender you buy to perform basic blending of smoothies and soups then it doesn’t need to be the most powerful model available, or include a wide array of complicated attachments. If however you’re a keen amateur chef and you’ve got a bit more in mind than simple blending, it makes sense to pick a hand blender that can power through the tasks you have in mind and comes with reliable attachments.
“Is it up to the job?”
This is really a power and design question, and it’s easy to answer, many hand blenders even list how powerful their motor is in the product title, like the “Andrew James powerful 700 watt hand blender” for example. And any hand blender with 600 watts or more, and a decent chopping bowl and blending attachment, will easily perform any blending or chopping you need it to. As for finding out whether a specific hand blender is well designed or not, you will find this information in any of the detailed honest reviews on this site.
“How good are the attachments?”
This is a very important question to consider before you buy, as some hand blenders come with the most basic (and cheapest to produce) attachments, while others in the same price range, like the Bosch hand blender, come equipped with excellent and well thought out attachments.
“How long is the power lead?”
An obvious but sometimes over looked question about the hand blender you’re going to choose, theres no point in getting an awesomely designed model that doesn’t even reach your food preparation area!
“Does this model have a comfortable handle?”
Selecting a hand blender with a powerful enough motor (600 watts or above) will make this question less important than some previous ones, because you won’t need to hold it for a long time. But it’s still preferable to choose a model with a well moulded and comfortable hand grip section, you can find this out through any of our reviews, or by typing the product name into Google Images and having a close up look for yourself.
“How much does it cost?”
In this economic climate it’s always wise to consider the price, although going to cheap will most likely only lead to disappointing frustration, thus proving the old saying “If you buy junk – you buy twice”.
“Do I like the look of it?”
Not the most important point to worry about before buying, but considering the large selection of well made hand blenders there are to choose from, why shouldn’t you select one that is also pleasing to the eye?
Summary . . .
While individual hand blender models might have some extra features to find out about, keeping the 7 questions we’ve covered in mind will definitely guide you towards a smart purchase choice, and keep you away from any inferior models, thanks for reading.