Blenders are found in almost all modern kitchens nowadays. Two basic types of blenders are available in the market: countertop blenders and immersion blenders. Both the types are very useful kitchen tools which come in handy when performing so many of our day to day kitchen tasks. Pureeing baby food, making smoothies, soups, sauces, dips and dressings has become so simple with these blenders. If you are planning to buy a blender for yourself, the first question that comes to mind is whether you should buy a countertop blender or an immersion blender. Both types have their pros and cons. You need to make a decision according to your preferences.
Let’s consider the distinguishing features to make your decision easier.
Immersion blenders take very little space in your kitchen; they can even be hung from wall hangers. This makes these types of blenders a suitable choice for people with smaller kitchens. Countertop blenders, on the other hand, take more countertop space than immersion blenders.
With countertop blenders, you cannot blend more than the capacity of the blender jar. If you want to blend larger capacities, you will have to repeat the task with separate batches. There is no such limitation with immersion blender since you can immerse the blender in any pot or container of your choice depending on the amount of liquid you want to blend. With immersion blenders you will not have to blend in batches even if you have large amounts of liquids to process.
Immersion blenders are easier to clean as they do not have the additional jar and lid that requires cleaning as is the case with countertop blenders. However, they can cause food splattering in the surroundings because they do not blend food in a sealed container as is the case with countertop blenders. Countertop blenders, although a bit difficult to clean than immersion blenders, at least save the surroundings from getting messy.
Power of the motor:
Countertop blenders generally come with greater powers than immersion blenders. This means they can handle tougher jobs as compared to immersion blenders. Immersion blenders are only suitable for processing liquids and ‘soft’ foods like cooked vegetables and soft fruits. Good quality countertop blenders can handle harder foods. There are some blenders offers ice-crushing capabilities too.
Blending hot liquids:
Probably the biggest advantage of an immersion blender is its capability to blend hot liquids right in the pan. This makes them an ideal choice for making soups. With countertop blenders, you have to wait for the liquid to cool down, transfer it to the blender jar, blend it, transfer it back and reheat it. Some high-end countertop blenders come with the capability of blending hot liquids.
If you are still confused which type of blender to buy and not too tight on your budget, you could always buy one of each type!