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How to choose a blender that’s right for you

How to choose a blender that’s right for you |

We’ve murdered a lot of blenders in this house. From the first Osterizer that I bought before I became a mommy to the Tefal that I got when Alex was fitted with braces and had to go on a soft diet for a few days to a few others that I’ve lost count of.

Why did all those blenders die? The pitcher. The pitcher would always crack after a few years. Not the manufacturers’ fault. The user manuals all said not to attempt to crush ice in the blender but a blender isn’t of much use to us unless we can make smoothies and milkshakes with it. So, yes, we were hard-headed. We did not follow the manufacturers’ instructions. And the pitchers cracked. Although we could have bought replacements, the cost of fuel and the headache of going through the process… for a few hundreds more, it was easier to just get a new one. And that was what we did each and every time.

When our last blender pitchers cracked (yes, two of them — our second Tefal and an Imarflex — went out of commission almost at the same time) a year or so ago, I swore that our next unit would be of industrial quality — the kind that those fruit smoothie sellers use. I scouted around but the really good ones were too pricey. I waited, I scouted, I waited, I scouted… and, finally, last week I found a blender that can crush ice with a price tag that didn’t make me cry a bucket.

The Imarflex ProMix 500 has a glass (not plastic) pitcher, costs PHP2,000.00 (about USD44.00) and can crush ice. We’re loving it. Sam, especially, who loves smoothies and milkshakes.

If you’re planning on getting a blender, know that blenders are not created equal and prices range from cheap to ultra expensive. Some are great for pureeing fruits and vegetables; others can crush ice cubes into smithereens. Some pitchers are made of plastic; others are made of glass. Some come with accessories (a coffee bean grinder, for instance) that you might not need but which adds to the cost. Check out different brands and models, what each is capable of, how much each costs and then make the decision depending on your budget and what exactly you want the blender for.

And remember, a higher-priced blender that you can use for years will turn out to be the less expensive choice over a cheap blender that conks out in a few months.

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