Kitchen Equipment: Choosing a Blender
Blenders are one of the most important things to own if you want to throw yourself into the Deliciously Ella way of eating, and they’re the first piece of equipment that I would recommend investing in. Starting the day with a smoothie is one of the best things you can do for yourself and it really takes a couple of minutes to throw everything into the blender, whizz it up and pour it into a bottle ready to grab and go if you are in a hurry. Or, even better you’re your smoothie nice and thick so that you can top with granola and enjoy a more relaxing start to the morning.
There are so many different blenders out there and the prices vary hugely so I’ve spent the last couple of months putting a range of blenders to the test to find out which ones really are the best as so many of you have asked me which ones I would recommend. After all my investigations I’ve found five blenders that I love and they range from to £650 to £99 so there’s a big difference in price between them all! I know that the cheapest blenders I’m talking about are still quite expensive, but if I learnt one thing during my blender trial it’s that you really do get what you pay for. The issue is if you go for something less than £100 by and large the blender won’t be strong enough to blend everything you want, especially nuts in either smoothies or nut milks. This means that what you make won’t taste half as good so you probably won’t enjoy it very much, which is so important if you want to keep making healthy choices! I think you’ll also find that spending a little more now is usually a good investment as you will get a more reliable, durable product that will last you years.
I was lucky enough to be given a Vitamix, which I absolutely adore – it really does make the most amazingly smooth and creamy smoothies and soups. It also makes awesome hummus and banana ice cream! It is by far the best blender I’ve ever used but as a result it comes with a pretty big price tag, ranging from £399 to £650 (the price is pretty much the sam in American dollars too). It’s also available world wide, which is great. Everyone I’ve met with a Vitamix says it was the best investment and that they would never recommend anything else, but I wanted to have a look at the other blenders on the market to see how others compare and to try to make the Deliciously Ella lifestyle a bit more accessible for everyone.
Sage’s ‘The Boss’ blender is the first blender in the world to have a specific green smoothie function, which is pretty cool! This means that it’s amazing for blending up your leafy greens in just a few seconds. Blending greens can often be tricky for a blender so this is actually a really awesome function as there’s nothing worse than sipping strands of kale and spinach! As well as the green smoothie function it also has specific modes to make soup, crush ice etc and best of all it has a self-clean function so there is no washing up! You just put a drop of washing up liquid and warm water in the jug, select the cleaning function and ‘The Boss’ does all the hard work! How awesome is that?! In terms of pricing this model is similar to the Vitamix, so again it’s not for everyone – but it’s absolutely worth looking at if you’re looking to make a big investment.
Within the higher price range there’s also the Optimum 9400 blender, which is a really great alternative as it has a slightly less terrifying price tag that the vitamix and the Boss but it’s not exactly cheap. As with the Vitamix and The Boss, this blender is a great purchase if you know that you will be making smoothies for a long time in the future. If you’re new to this lifestyle though and you’re not a total health freak just yet I’d start with something a little less expensive so that you can decide whether you really do love smoothies enough to spend so much money! There’s no need to spend hundreds of pounds on a piece of equipment if you’re just testing the waters and you’re not even blending smoothies every week, let alone every day.
In the cheaper range my favourite blender is the Magimix 11610, which retails at just over one hundred pounds so it’s a much more affordable option and it looks really good too! I really like the glass jug and it is definitely powerful enough for making nut milk and great smoothies. It is also quite quiet compared to some of the other blenders I have tried so it is a good one for early risers who don’t want to disturb the rest of the house! It’s a much stronger blender than the others I tried in that price range so I think you’re really getting a lot for your money here.
In the US I’ve been using a Cuisinart CBT 700, which costs just over a hundred dollars. I’ve found that this is pretty much the same as the Magimix model in terms of its strength and ability, so for those of you in the US who don’t want to pay vitamix prices I’d really recommend looking into this blender. I’ve been enjoying lots of great smoothies from it in the last month and it’s blended everything I’ve needed it to really well.
The other blender to look at for a similar price is the Nutribullet, which sells for a little less than the Magimix and Cuisinart and is also available both in the UK and the US. It’s much smaller than the Magimix as it’s designed to be a personal blender, but if you’re only using your blender to make morning smoothies for one then this is the perfect option, as it’s a little cheaper than the Magimix and takes up way less space. It’s also very portable so you can travel with it very easily and the design of it means that you can just twist off the jug put a lid on it and take it with you on the go, which is really handy if you’re mornings are always rushed. It’s a very strong blender too and absolutely worth every penny of it’s price tag.
When I first started off I used a Kenwood food processor and blender set where one base and two attachments meant that I didn’t need so much storage space. If you really are just starting out and you are not sure that this lifestyle is for you, the Kenwood FP731 is closer to fifty pounds for a blender and food processor combo isn’t a bad option and it’s a pretty great price for what you get. I have to say that the processer is much better than the blender but the blender isn’t too bad. It does take a lot longer to blend ingredients and the results wont be as silky smooth but they are resilient and should easily last you until you are ready to commit to a more expensive blender.
As you can see there are so many other blenders out there though and whilst I’ve tried a lot of them, I haven’t tried them – so this is not a comprehensive list, but these are my favourites of all the models I’ve tried. I hope this list has been helpful though for those of you who are in need of a good blender and that you enjoy making beautiful smoothies everyday!