Do You Need a High-Speed Blender?

Here are five questions to ask yourself before investing in a high-speed blender.

Are you tempted to buy a high-speed blender but apprehensive about making the financial commitment? We don’t blame you. Here are five questions to ask yourself before you make the investment.

Defining High Speed

The short and sweet explanation is that high-speed blenders are just more powerful. The motors have more horsepower and the blades are more legit. They also typically have a larger canister size and offer various accessories like to-go cups and tampers to help blend ingredients.

Question 1: Are you a loyal smoothie maker?

Seriously loyal? If you’re making smoothies multiple times a week and use a wide variety of course ingredients like seeds, vegetables and nuts, then you would probably benefit from a powerful blender.

Question 2: Can your traditional blender keep up with you?

Have you gone through a series of blenders that have quickly become busted, broken or burned out? Many decent quality appliances can’t keep up with a truly dedicated blending enthusiast. If this sounds like you, then the answer should be getting clearer.

Question 3: Do you like getting saucy?

If you’re into making smooth sauces, salad dressings, velvety soups and even the occasional frozen cocktail, nothing does it quite like a high-class blender.

Question 4: Are you interested in homemade flours and nut butters?

High-powdered blenders have the functionality to grind grains into flours and nuts into creamy butters.

Question 5: Do you like to think outside the box?

Are you intrigued by the idea of whipping up ice cream, dairy-free milk alternatives and whole fruit juices, in minutes? If the answer is yes, it’s time to pull the trigger.

Brand-Name Options

The cost of a high-speed blender can be anywhere from $200 to more than $600. Vitamix is the gold standard, but it's not your only option. Wolf, Breville, Ninja and Blendtec brands also offer solid models.

The best way to find the right blender for you is to do your homework, read reviews and shop around. Some brands even sell reconditioned models at a discounted price.

Dana Angelo White, MS, RD, ATC, is a registered dietitian, certified athletic trainer and owner of Dana White Nutrition, Inc., which specializes in culinary and sports nutrition.

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