Choosing a Blender for Shakes and Smoothies

Choosing a Blender for Shakes and SmoothiesIf you’re tossing around the idea of adding a shake or smoothie into your daily routine, there are a few things to first consider. Most importantly is that not all blenders are the same. That $50 blender you bought at Wal-Mart designed for mixing up margaritas just won’t cut it (literally!) when it comes to blending up a fruit and vegetable-rich smoothie.

The problem with inexpensive countertop blenders is that they lack the horsepower to properly blend up fruits, vegetables, and even any type of protein powder you add to your shake. The end result is a smoothie with a texture that’s less than appetizing. And let’s be honest, a lot of smoothies aren’t exactly delicious, so the added factor of a chunky or grainy texture might lead you to dump your concoction down the drain.

This is why the most critical feature to look for is the wattage of the blender. The average blender is a few hundred watts, and is sufficient for occasional use. For turning chunks of ginger into dust and blending vegetables into liquid with no chunks or bits left behind, you’ll want a blender with at least 1,000-1,500 watts.

Be forewarned though, blenders this powerful also come with a powerful price tag rivaling the cost of a low-end dishwasher or stove. But, like they say, you get what you pay for. Blenders from companies like Blendtec and Vitamix are literally commercial-grade. You know those stores that sell smoothies and shakes? They use blenders from these two companies. At the very least, dropping four or five bills on a blender will certainly give you motivation to use it daily!

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