Best Blender for Smoothies Australia – What You Need To Know Before Getting Yours. Blenders have grown in popularity over the years and can be used for many different reasons. The most popular thing to do with a blender though is to make smoothies. The media encourage us to eat our 5 portions of fruit and vegetables a day, and blenders allow us to fill this healthy quota in one easy step.
Once you have decided to buy a blender it’s important to do your homework before you make any purchase. First you need to consider what your budget will be because there are hundreds of models on the market that can range in price from hundreds to thousands of dollars.
Your budget should reflect how often you intend to use your blender and for what purposes. For example, if you’re a parent who wants to give their kids their daily dose of natural vitamins you should probably go for a more robust model which will last for a long time. If you are the type of person who simply likes to collect gadgets for your kitchen, and you may only use the blender a few times then perhaps the model type is not so important, so long as it looks sleek on your countertop.
Hi I’m Jeff a semi-pro chef that has spent the last 15 years working in commercial kitchens preparing food for people on a daily basis. Now before you all work your self up I did say semi-pro, I have left the catering industry after an accident meant it was difficult to work within the pressure of a professional kitchen. These days I write about food and the gadgets we find in our kitchen and try to pass on any experiences I have smoothie blenders. For those of you who are concerned, I won’t be discussing any gadgets I used in my professional life, especially blenders as most of these would be a little overkill in the home kitchen.
What Can A Blender Do?
A ‘right’ blender can do just about anything you want it to, it can crush ice, make a smoothie or cocktails, produce silky smooth soups or chunky salsas, it can prepare food smooth enough for babies to eat, it can whisk egg whites into delicate perfect peaks for that show stopper baked Alaska pudding. This is the first problem many come across. The versatile food blender isn’t as versatile as we may think or want it to be.
Although a blender can crush ice perfectly for a great cocktails the very same blender will be really poor at producing smooth baby food. You may have been wowing your family and friends with your wonderfully smooth and glossy Gazpacho but don’t try and use the same blender to reduce hard Parmigiano Reggiano down to fine powder for your minestrone soup. We must realize that a single blender will never do everything we want, some however will come close such as the Vitamix, but for the majority of food blenders on the market they will be great for one job and adequate for a few others. I hope over the following few pages of food blender reviews you will come to realize this and make a decision on what is the primary use of your blender.
What To Look For In A Blender
When looking to buy a food blender there are a few different points you may want to consider. I have listed the 7 most important points to consider when reading food blender reviews but I’m sure there are more.
- Your Needs – What will the blender be used for primarily? Once you have discovered this the rest will be easy.
- The Power – Cooked Broccoli and carrots don’t need the same amount of watts as an ice crusher
- Volume – How much end product do you want? A load of soup or a one shot smoothie!
- Performance – In my experience the all singing all dancing blenders are those that cause problems. It would be ideal to get a 16 speed 450watt blender that could crush ice and purée baby food.
- Design – Your kitchen size will determine how large a glass jar blender you will have sitting on the worktops but you should consider the designs of immersion blenders as well. Some will have a grip so big those with smaller hands will find it uncomfortable to use.
- Features – There is always a new feature added to blenders pulsing, heating element for making soup and blending, volume style speed controls. All wonderful but again only if you need them for the majority of the time you will be using the blender.
- Extras – We all like a free extra but just ask is it really free or do I need it to help use the blender? For example a blender that whisks egg whites would be no good without a balloon whisk so it’s not really an extra is a necessity to that blender unit.
- Price – We all want a bargain but if you have a specific task to do with your blender then sometimes we need to pay for it. Ranging from $$ upwards of a few hundred the price range is vast and although it should be considered when looking to buy a blender the price should be compared to the rest of the things on this list and not an indication of the quality alone.
Lets look at a few examples to try and explain the above points. You are looking to have a smoothie every morning. You are short of time so don’t want to be pulling a large jug blender. The smoothie contents will be rather soft in nature so a 350Watt blender may be a little over kill and you really don’t want to have everything flying about when using an immersion blender. We have just ruled out 3 different types of food blenders and in reality we would start looking for the best personal sized food blender available. These small lightweight blenders are designed for fast, small on the go healthy drinks. I hope you see the point I’m trying to make here!
Best Blender For Smoothies in Australia you can buy now
Vitamix CIA Professional Series
Vitamix CIA (Culinary Institute of America) has been holding the title of one of the topavailable on the market for years now. Manufacturers have been unable to top this incredible machine. Owning a Vitamix in your kitchen is very similar to owning an exotic sports car. It’s not for everyone’s budget, but if you are able to afford it you are getting pure performance and joy from using this unique kitchen appliance. Do you enjoy making smoothies? This particular Vitamix is the best blender for smoothies. Where competition will leave pieces of ingredients and ice, Vitamix will turn them both to an incredible consistency needed to make a perfect smoothie.
Vitamix is so confident in their product, they offer a 7-year warranty on their product. Why is that important? The electric motor will be put through quite a bit of stress, having to blend things like ice and frozen fruit. Where most manufacturers only provide 2-3 years of warranty, Vitamix giving 7 really proves how heavy duty the Vitamix is. Read our complete review to get more familiar with it, and see if it is fit for your household.
Blendtec Professional’s Choice
Its no surprise to see this iconic brand take our number two highest rated slot. Blendtec Total for long time has been trying to overthrow Vitamix from their number one spot. A very simple to use 1,560 watt machine with stainless steel blades that spin near 30,000 rpm that get amazing consistency of whichever object is in the jar.
You may have seen the “Will it Blend” YouTube show, if you haven’t definitely check it out to see the true power of this amazing appliance. On the show they test the strength, durability, and power of the appliance by attempting to blend items that a normal person would not put in. Anything from marbles, diamonds, phones, golf balls and just about anything they can get their hands on.
Waring Pro MX1000R Professional
Waring Pro MX1000R is a great choice for those seeing a simple, well priced, and exceptionally well performing machine. Waring is not a well known brand as Vitamix and Blendtec, but that doesn’t stop them from creating a machine that some rave about. The MX1000R is your standard 64 ounce polycarbonate pitcher, which is basically military strength plastic, used in windshields in aircraft.
This Waring has very simple controls of just two switches. One for changing from high and low speeds, and another for a pulse function. Most enjoy the simplicity of the appliance, others wish there were more features. The 3.5 hp motor that will turn the blending blades to the speeds over 30,000 does not discriminate. For around the $300 zone, the MX1000R is a good choice for those seeing a high quality appliance without the price tag of Vitamix or Blendtec. Read our complete review and decide!
Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere
Breville is well known from creating some of the top juicer machines that one can buy. My favorite feature of this machine is the hemispherical shape of the bottom of the jug. Look closely at the picture, you can see how all the ingredients would be forced into the shape. The benefit? The blades take up that small area entirely, meaning no wasted or unblended chunks will be left after you’re done.
Breville BBL605XL has all necessary features one might need. A powerful 750 watt motor, 48 ounce pitcher. The buttons light up for easier reading. Dedicated smoothie and ice crushing buttons. Pulse function. The BBL605XL was rated as the best in 2012, and will definitely take a high rating in 2016 and forward. Operating the BB605XL can easily be expressed in the following; simplicity and functionality. Continue to read our review and see what other features the Breville BBL605XL would bring into your kitchen.
When shopping for a reliable, kitchen appliance on a budget, Cuisinart is always a must look at. Cuisinart has been in the game for a very long time
creating great food processors, juicers and other various kitchen appliances. Over the years they have found ways to provide their consumers with affordable and reliable kitchen appliances.
The Cuisinart CBT 1000 is everything that we expected it to be. A 64 ounce BPA-free jar. A metal die-cast housing that looks great on a counter. A very simple and easy to use back-lit controls. One of the things I like the most about this machine is its pre-programmed smoothie function. Overall the CBT-1000 offers a large variety of features, read our entire review and find out why this Cuisinart earns its stripes.
Ninja BL660 Professional
Ninja may not be the most popular or most well known brand, but that doesn’t stop them from making some really amazing kitchen blenders with great value.
This Ninja will set you back around $150, which is fairly inexpensive when compared to the big players like Vitamix, Breville and Blendtec. But you don’t really lose out on any important features. You still get 1,000 watts of power, variable and pulse speeds. Not to mention the 72 ounce jar that is larger than majority which max out at 64 ounces. So what is the true verdict on the capabilities that the Ninja BL660 brings to the kitchen? You’ll have to read my full review for that!