Key features to look for in a quiet blender
Knowing the maximum power your motor can produce is important to avoid damage from excessive heat. It is indicated in wattage and horsepower. Wattage refers to the motor’s power consumption while horsepower refers to its power generation. One horsepower, denoted by HP, is equivalent to 746 watts. It can be either rated HP or peak HP. Peak HP is the maximum horsepower generated by the motor when it initially starts running. Rated HP is the maximum horsepower generated by the motor throughout the blending process. Higher rated motors yield greater efficiency and powerful cavitation. That is why the Tribest PBG-5001-A, and the CRANDDI K90-B with 2834 watts, can pulverize almost all ingredients. When the motor starts running, it powers the shaft which subsequently spins the blades. The motor is kept cool by the spinning shaft or fans.
Pitcher material and capacity
Most pitchers are made of glass or BPA-free polycarbonate, with the latter being more common. Stainless steel jars are also available. The material used to make the pitcher or jar should be safe because it can directly affect your health since the pitcher is what holds the ingredients. Models like the Tribest PBG-5001-A have a vacuum capability that prevents oxidization of the mixture, thus preserving the nutrients, retaining the flavor and keeping it fresh for up to 72 hours. The pitcher is also responsible for channeling the ingredients towards the blades for thorough blending. It should, therefore, be resistant to scratches and shatterproof to withstand the blades and the vigorous process.
Size does matter. Pitcher capacity determines the amount of ingredients you can blend at once. Piling up a blender beyond its capacity can strain the motor and yield less impressive results. The tapering of the lower part of the pitcher funnels food downwards and the vortex channels it towards the blades. Some pitchers include a pouring spot to avoid spillage. Factor in the types of recipes you prepare and their quantity to select the ideal size.
Number of speeds
Speed determines the final consistency and texture of your mixture. Variable speed gives you greater control because it can be adjusted to optimize results for different ingredients, from the low speed for chopping to the high speed required to crush frozen and tough mixtures. Different automated speeds and timers facilitate customized preprogrammed blending cycles like in the Hamilton Beach HBH850 blender which has more than 100 preset cycles. A pulse setting increases the power of speed for a short interval and allows you to control the texture to avoid too much processing of ingredients. You can also use it to dislodge food stuck under the blade.
Dishwasher safe parts
There are a number of blenders that can clean themselves. You simply add soap and water to the pitcher and power the blender for a few seconds. However, most blenders still lack this mechanism, so you have to disassemble them and clean them manually. This is why it is important to ensure the parts are compatible with the dishwasher. Removable blades make cleaning them a breeze.
A warranty ensures you against breakdowns and malfunctioning of the blender. It typically ranges from three to ten years, depending on the brand, price, and usage. Commercial blenders have a shorter warranty period because their frequent usage shortens their lifespan. The Tribest PBG-5001-A offers a 5-year limited warranty which is quite impressive. Find out the scope and terms of your warranty to manage your expectations.
Consider accessories like the tamper and two spare air valves that are included in the Tribest PBG-5001-A package, and the smart technology with powerful functionalities like the one featured in the Hamilton Beach HBH850 ; the Quiet Shield sound enclosure for noise reduction, the cavitation sensor which detects shortage of liquid, and the jar pad sensor which detects incorrect assembly.
Sealed sound enclosure, voluminous pitchers, and sturdy bases to prevent wobbling when running, can make quiet blenders substantially large in size. Compare the weight and dimensions of the blender in relation to the available storage space. If you have limited space, then models like the CRANDDI K90-B
might overcrowd your kitchen.
Some blenders are structurally-designed to enhance performance and increase efficiency. For instance, Blendtec blenders have sophisticated sound dampening mechanism and thick, blunt blades for effective pulverization of tough ingredients. The Vita-Mix Blending Station Advance 48 oz Blender has a built-in spout to avoid spillage.