Blender Guide

Since 1922, when Stephen J. Poplawski created the first blender, people have been making shakes and smoothies. Many improvements have been made since of course and today there is a huge range in cost and quality. I've tried several blenders over the years and have ranked my favorites below based on my own personal experience as well a positive feedback from hundreds of users.

When you are selecting a blender, you should keep these things in mind:
  • Size of container
  • Power
  • Durability
  • Capacity
  • Ease of use
  • Ease of cleaning
  • Noise
The containers usually come in two sizes: 32 or 40 ounces. If you like a large portion or are preparing your Protein Shake Recipe for two people, go for the larger on. If you like smaller Protein Shakes or thicker ones, consider the very small blenders like the Magic Bullet.

The power of the blender is obviously provided by an electric motor. Motors come in many different sizes. From a lower speed blender with a 290 watt motor that will do o.k. , but not really for Protein Shake Recipes. 330 - 400 watts will crush ice and and do a good job. The king of all blenders are up in the 1300 watt range. These high speed blenders kick ass and can do much more than just making shakes. The Vita-Mix and Blendtec are in this category.

You should look for a blender that has either a variable speed selector (knob) or push buttons that have a description of the speed/function... like mix, blend, crush, whip, etc.

The blender should have a removable bottom and be free of any nooks that are difficult to clean.

The lid should have a secondary opening that allows you to add more ingredients and to tamp down the stuff inside while you are blending.

If your budget allows, try to get a glass or stainless steel container. Plastic will scratch and do not wash well in an automatic dish washer.

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