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It’s all in the name. KitchenAid has been designing products for years that are supposed to make your culinary experience easier – and what could make things easier than a great blender? Five of the brand’s countertop machines have been reviewed here, so you can decide which Kitchenaid Blender is the right choice for you. We've covered a variety of models that vary in affordability and design so you're likely to find something for all tastes and budgets.

**Click any of the links above to read customer reviews on Amazon or continue reading for our full comprehensive guide.

Why go for a KitchenAid model?

KitchenAid typically isn’t thought of as a top blender brand. They definitely make a wide range of blenders, but they aren’t typically of as extremely high quality and price-point vs Vitamix or Blendtec, despite their having been around for a solid length of time on the American market. They are better known for their extremely high quality mixers for baking. However, their blender lines offer a wide variety of affordability, design, and function as they try to appeal to the widest market possible.

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Feeling thirsty? Any of these KitchenAid models is capable of whipping up a perfect smoothie in no time at all.

If you like the idea of buying a product from a brand that’s been producing quality products for decades, then a KitchenAid is one of the best ways to go. Known for producing reliable machines with a range of good color options and sleek, attractive designs, a KitchenAid might be just the thing you need.

In addition - their wide range of pricing ensures that even people with a lower budget can find a decent blender that fits their lifestyle.​

What are the differences between the models?

There are quite a few differences between the models; but this mainly comes down to the differences between the top-tier blender here, the Pro Line Series Blender, and the other models. The Pro Line is far superior to the other models, and so has much better specs in just about every way.

KitchenAid has been remarkably consistent with the features across its countertop blender range. When it comes to the remaining blenders, they have very similar specs: similar motor strength, appearances, manual speed settings, crush ice setting, and warranty length. 

The Pro Line Series Blender is an excellent move from KitchenAid; it features a step forward into the high-tier blender market, which is otherwise dominated by other brands. And it’s a perfect first step: this model has a massive assortment of features and few reported flaws.

It rivals top blenders with its 3.5-peak horsepower motor, which is undoubtedly one of the strongest on the market, and means that it’s likely to be able to churn through anything. If you want to blend almonds into an effortless almond butter, you can easily since it comes with a tamper; if you want to blend a couple of rocks into a fine powder, you could probably do that too with this model (although we don't recommenced it). It’s extraordinarily powerful. It has enough strength to do just about anything.

In addition, this model comes with a variable speed dial, a pre-programmed cleaning cycle, a well-designed flexible tamper that means you can easily scrape down the container’s sides, a 10-year warranty (see the manufacturer's website here), and an attractive design that also fits under the kitchen cabinet. It’s strong, attractive, and full of features to boot. The 90-oz container is sturdy and reliable; the blender is reported to be very quiet at its lower speeds; the base, switches, and dial are all die-cast metal and so likely to be incredibly reliable.

It’s an excellent blender – I don’t hesitate in recommending it, because it has all the features you could want in a top blender and doesn’t sacrifice build quality to do it.

PROS

  • 3.5-peak horsepower
  • Pulse function
  • Attractive design
  • Fits under the kitchen cabinet
  • Variable 11-speed dial
  • Pre-programmed cleaning cycle
  • Noise-reducing technology
  • Tamper
  • 10-year warranty
  • Excellent build quality

CONS

  • None!

The Diamond is KitchenAid’s most popular model, and there’s a reason for that: it has all of the classic standards of a countertop blender, with some great additions. It comes in an incredible 21 color options (*availability may vary) – virtually every color on the spectrum – and has an attractive design that’ll make you want to stand it in your kitchen.

It has five speed settings in push-button form and a pre-programmed ice crush setting, like many of the other models in this list. Its container is tall, so unlikely to fit under the kitchen cabinet, but it’s dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up. There are few reports of poor build quality – and the warranty is five years anyway (according to the manufacturer, here) so any problems are likely to fall under KitchenAid’s responsibility anyway.

This model, however, is the weakest in this line-up; it has a 550W motor (roughly 0.7-peak horsepower), which makes it incapable of doing many of the harder tasks a blender should be able to do. However, most reports are that this is a strong and powerful blender; so this weak motor may not necessarily be as much of an issue as specs would indicate.

PROS

  • Pulse function
  • Attractive design
  • Pre-programmed ice crush setting
  • Made in 21 color options (availability may vary)
  • Dishwasher-safe components
  • 5-year warranty

CONS

  • 550W motor
  • Tall container
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

The KSB655CER 5-Speed Blender is a simple, classic countertop blender. It’s got many of the features of a run-of-the-mill blender; it has a pulse function, five speeds activated by push buttons (stir, chop, mix, puree, liquefy), a pre-programmed crush ice function, and the choice of two colors: black and red (*availability varies). The base is die-cast metal, so it’s likely to be long-lasting. It comes with two containers: a classic 56-oz blending container, and a smaller 24-oz jar.

This model features two staples of KitchenAid products: the Intelli-Speed Motor, which senses the contents of the blender and adjusts blade speed accordingly, and a soft-start feature that draws food into the blades slowly at first, so that it’s more likely to blend smoothly.

Where it fails compared to higher-tier models is in the fundamentals of what a blender should be. Its motor is a weak 0.9-peak horsepower, probably not strong enough to perform many of the more intense blending tasks, and lacking compared to other blender models. It’s good enough to deal with liquidy blends, like soups or maybe even this Snickers-style thickshake, but I doubt whether it has the required strength for even its pre-programmed ice crush setting if there's too many solids in the mix.

In addition, the container is very tall – too tall to fit under the kitchen cabinet – and there are some user reported issues of poor reliability when it comes to long-term activity. Because the limited warranty is only 12 months (see the manufacturer’s website here), these issues are likely to arise after the warranty is expired – so if you’re concerned about these reports, you may want to consider an alternative model.

However, this blender could still be a great pick if you're on a budget.​

PROS

  • Pulse function
  • Attractive design
  • Pre-programmed 'crush ice' function
  • Could be a solid pick on a budget

CONS

  • 0.9-peak horsepower
  • Tall container
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle
  • 12-month limited warranty

The KSB560 5-Speed Classic Blender is indeed a classic blender. It has similar specs to the KSB655C 5-Speed Blender, with a few small differences, and as such it has a similar rating. It has five manual speeds that can be accessed by buttons – stir, chop, mix, puree, liquefy – and one pre-programmed crush ice setting. It also has the classic KitchenAid Intelli-Speed Motor, which adjusts the blade speed automatically with the blend consistency, and the soft-start feature that helps to draw food into the blades. The 56-oz container is sturdy plastic and the base is die-cast metal, both of which are likely to be highly reliable.

One of the major benefits of this model is all of its color options; it comes in 11 different colors (*availability may vary), so you’re sure to find a shade that fits right in with your kitchen color scheme.

Unfortunately, it only has 0.9-peak horsepower, which is definitely on the weaker end of the blender spectrum, and so is probably incapable of taking on harder blending tasks. Unlike the KSB655CER 5-Speed Blender, it does not have an attractive design – and its container is too large to fit under the kitchen cabinet, so it’s inconvenient in size. It also has some user reported issues with the blade assembly, which may come loose after moderate use, and is may be incapable of being repaired. Because, like many other KitchenAid products, this model comes with a 12-month manufacturer warranty , this issue is likely to arise after the warranty has expired, and KitchenAid will not be required to repair it.

However, if you need something in a pinch, that's affordable, and can get simple blending jobs done, it still might be a good pick.​

PROS

  • Pulse function
  • Pre-programmed 'crush ice' setting
  • 11 color options (*availability varies)
  • Could be a solid budget pick

CONS

  • 0.9-peak horsepower
  • Unattractive design
  • Tall container
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle
  • 12-month warranty
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The KSB1570 5-Speed Blender is a tidy, simple machine. It could be considered run-of-the-mill; certainly, there’s little to stand it apart from other models. It has an average design – nothing special – and the choice of four simple colors (*availability may vary). The container is too tall to fit easily under the kitchen cabinet, so it should be disassembled for storage. It has five manual speed settings that can be activated by pushing buttons, and one pre-programmed crush ice button. Like the other models in the KitchenAid range, it has Intelli-Speed Motor control and a soft-start feature.

The capacity of this blender is a bit on the smaller end at 56 ounces and the jar is BPA Free plastic. However, given the fact that it just does the job for a decent price, it is one of Kitchenaid's best selling blenders on the market.

PROS

  • Pulse function
  • Pre-programmed 'crush ice' function
  • Four color options (may vary by retailer)
  • BPA Free Plastic

CONS

  • Small capacity
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cooling system
  • 12-month warranty

So which should you go for?

The best blender is undoubtedly the Pro Line Series Blender . It stands out far above the rest in terms of specs and features: it has the highest horsepower, the most attractive design, a pre-programmed cleaning setting, a variable speed dial, a tamper, and the longest warranty. It’s hard not to recommend this model – it goes so far above the other KitchenAid blenders that it almost seems like it was created by a different company. No reported issues, no weakness in the motor, no too-tall container; this is a machine that can truly  rival a Vitamix !

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Waring is a well-established brand with a good history of providing effective machines, and Waring Pro is the model’s shift into an improved assortment of machines. If you’re looking for a Waring model, all of these are great bets; read on to discover which is the best for your particular needs and budget.

When it comes to blenders, we highly recommend Vitamix or Blendtec based on our personal experiences. These companies are laser focused on building the best blenders and have rock solid lengthy warranties to back them.

However, if these two top-tier blenders are out of your price range or you simply want something different because it goes with your design style, a brand like Waring can also be a good choice which is why we wrote this guide!

What are the differences between the models?

Surprisingly, there are two delineations in the Waring Pro’s model list: three of these models (the Bar Blender, Food & Beverage Blender, and Kitchen Blender) are very similar, while the remaining two are very different in every way.

*The three similar models have identical designs, which according to the manufacturer are all ‘waterfall style’ and based on the classic original Waring from 1935. They only differ in their color options, which are all distinctly different: the Bar Blender comes in black, white, red, and metallic black; the Food & Beverage Blender comes in stainless steel and copper; and the Kitchen Blender comes in chrome, brushed chrome, and red. Since there are very few other differences between these three models, the color you’re after is an important consideration when choosing between them. (*Please note that colors may vary by retailer)

Have you been missing pesto? Make your own!

Have you been missing pesto? Make your own!

These three models also have similar motor strength, between 390W and 350W, and are all changed between low and high speed by use of a switch on the front of the model. None of them have pre-programmed settings and they all have tall glass containers that are dishwasher-safe. Two of the models have one-year warranties; the warranty of the other model is unknown (we were unable to locate it on the manufacturer website or elsewhere).

When it comes to the two remaining models, they are very different. The Blade is the top-ranked blender in this list; it has a much stronger 1500W motor, an inbuilt pulse function, and a variable 10-speed dial that helps you control your machine much more carefully. The Megamix has 1-peak horsepower but apart from that is very similar to the other three models. Both have unattractive, plastic-based designs, with plastic containers. The Megamix only comes in silver, while the Blade comes in black, red, and silver. Neither has pre-programmed settings.

What are your priorities?

When it comes to choosing which of these Waring models suits you best, you need to evaluate your priorities.

If you want a model with superior motor strength, say because you’re planning on crushing ice or making macadamia butters, you’re going to need the Blade – it’s the only model on this list that can do it for you.

Healthy vegetable soup is only the push of a button away with these models.

Healthy vegetable soup is only the push of a button away with these models.

If you want something with an attractive design, choose either the Bar Blender, the Food & Beverage Blender, or the Kitchen Blender; then choose which color you’d like best from the different colors on option for each model.

If you’d like variable speed control, to better control the speed of your blades, you’re going to need the Blade – the others only have the choice of two speeds, rather than a dial you can turn to choose between 10 different speeds.

Waring Pro Blade (KB500BK)

Waring Pro Blade (KB500BK)
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The Waring Pro Blade is probably the best blender in the Waring Pro range because of its superior motor strength, its inbuilt pulse function, and the choice of ten different speeds to choose from.

Unlike the other blenders in this list, it has a motor that exceeds 1000W – substantially, in fact, since it’s 1500W – and this is comparable to some of the top blenders on the market. Because of this it’s going to be pretty good at blending up hard objects, including crushing ice, and its motor is going to be less stressed by hard work, meaning it should last longer.

It also has an inbuilt pulse function, something that isn’t shared by many of the other blenders in this lineup, and that makes it especially effective when it comes to blending things that need high levels of specificity. Its 10-speed dial also helps with this; you can control precisely how fast the blades are turning, rather than relying on just ‘low’ and ‘high’ settings like the other Waring Pro blenders.

Unfortunately, this design does have the most unattractive design of all of the blenders on this list. And despite its increased horsepower, it doesn’t have the pre-programmed settings that other top blenders have. It’s an ideal blender for if you want a lot of power and a fair amount of control, but you don’t care about how your blender looks or the presence of pre-programmed settings.

PROS

  • 1500W motor
  • Pulse function
  • Variable 10-speed dial
  • Three color options
  • 48-oz container

CONS

  • No pre-programmed settings

Waring Professional Bar Blender (PBB204)

Waring Professional Bar Blender (PBB204)
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The Professional Bar Blender is one of three in Waring Pro’s range that are very similar, and the other two are listed below. All of them share very similar designs, very similar motor strengths, and very similar specs in other areas. The Professional Bar Blender is ranked higher than them for a few reasons: its superior color options (*varies by retailer) and its increased usability.

It has four color options: red, black, metallic black, and white. This is the most color options of any of the blenders on this list, and it’s great if you have a specific vision of what kind of blender you’d like standing in your kitchen. Its design is a classic design, and like the other two similar blenders it’s based on the original Waring blender from 1935. It’s a classy, appealing blender.

It also has somewhat increased usability over the other similar blenders because of its lid, which has a stopper that can be pulled out so that you can add ingredients while the blender is going - like if you're making a plant-based aioli like this one. This stopper also doubles as a measuring device to make adding ingredients even easier.

However, this model only has a 390W motor, which is substantially less than the top blender and weaker than most of the blenders on the market. It also doesn’t have any pre-programmed settings, so it has to be used manually, but you can choose between low and high speed settings for greater control of your machine.

PROS

  • Classic design
  • Four color options
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • 40oz glass container

CONS

  • No pre-programmed settings
  • 390W motor

Waring Megamix Commercial Blender (HPB300)

Waring Megamix Commercial Blender (HPB300)
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The Megamix is a mid-range blender with some good specs. It has a 1-peak horsepower motor, which is the second-strongest of the models on this list, and as a result it’s stronger than the following two models. It only comes in one color – silver – and on the whole its appearance is a little unappealing. However, whether this is important to you will depend on what you’re into. 

The container is 48-oz and made of plastic, but is also dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up. It doesn’t have any pre-programmed settings, like the other Waring Pro models, but you can choose between low and high speed settings.

PROS

  • 1-peak horsepower
  • Dishwasher-safe components
  • 48oz container

CONS

  • Unattractive design
  • No pre-programmed settings

Waring Professional Food & Beverage Blender (MBB518)

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The Food & Beverage Blender is one of the three Waring Pro models that is very similar, and it and the following Professional Kitchen Blender are almost indistinguishable. Both have the classic Waring design from 1935, complete with 40-oz glass containers that can hold five cups of liquid.

It has two color options – stainless steel and copper – so if you have a stylized, highly designed kitchen, these color options are probably the most attractive on the list. It has a one-year warranty, which is industry standard (aside from Vitamix and Blendtec), and you can choose between low and high speed settings.

However, it only has a 390W motor, and also doesn’t have any pre-programmed settings.

PROS

  • Classic design
  • Two color options
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • 40oz glass container

CONS

  • No pre-programmed settings
  • 390W motor

Waring Professional Kitchen Blender (WPB05)

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This model is very similar to the preceding one, with two differences: different color options, and a lower watt motor.

Both models have classic designs, inspired by the original Waring blender from 1935, and both come with tall 40-oz glass containers and one-year warranties. Both of them have dishwasher-safe components and both of them come with both high and low speed settings, which are switched between by use of a switch on the front of the blender body.

However, this model has three color options – chrome, brushed chrome, and red – which are different to the other model’s. It also has a somewhat weaker motor, at 350W compared to 390W. This isn’t much of a difference, but it could represent an actionable difference in each model’s blending ability. Neither is likely to be very effective at blending hard objects, so if you’re planning on making liquidy blends then either could be good for you.

PROS

  • Classic design
  • Three color options
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • 40oz glass container

CONS

  • No pre-programmed settings
  • 350W motor

So which is the best?

Because three of these five models are very similar, it’s easy to see that the frontrunner is the model with superior motor strength, improved ease of use, a pulse function, and a variable speed dial – and that’s the Blade. It’s miles above the others on this list in terms of effectiveness with blending, and the variable speed dial makes it much easier to control exactly how fast the blades move. It’s good enough to compete with many of the other better blenders on the market, so if you’re after a Waring Pro, it’s the model to go for.

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Kenwood is not best known for its blenders, but they are an established brand with a long history of great build quality and customer service. Their few entrants into the blending world are mainly immersion blenders, and many of them are very similar. We’ve compiled some of the best Kenwood's here (including their highly recommended counter-top blender), and chosen our top pick, so you can find exactly what’s right for you.

What are the differences between these Kenwoods?

Only one of these models is a countertop machine; the others are immersion blenders, and as a result come with drastically different specs. Which style of blender you prefer comes down to what you plan on using it for. Immersion blenders are best for when you’re making large servings of things, like big batches of soup or smoothies, when you like portability in your machine, and when you have a smaller budget for your blender.

Countertop models are ideal for if you’re looking to do harder blender activities like crushing ice or grinding nuts, when you’re dealing with cold ingredients rather than hot ones, and when you like a longer warranty and general lifespan.

Walnut butter is ridiculously expensive - make your own with a Kenwood instead.

Walnut butter is ridiculously expensive - make your own with a Kenwood instead.

When it comes to the differences between the three immersion blender models, things are a little more murky. Some have higher motor power than others; some are designed specifically for ice crushing, while others are not; some come with accessories like whisks and food processors, some don’t; one has a choice of two differently-sized heads, so you can use them in a wider range of spaces; some have dishwasher-safe parts for easier clean-up.

Whatever you’re interested in is best dictated by what you’re looking for in your blender, so evaluate this when making your choice.

If you're interested in an immersion blender specifically, we actually did a more comprehensive review of those here with different models.

Kenwood Blend-X Pro BLM800

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The Blend-X Pro is the top blender in the Kenwood range. It’s the only countertop blender in this list, and as a result it’s got the most features – it has the most powerful engine, pre-programmed settings, the longest warranty, and variable speed control. Obviously, the fact that it’s a countertop blender means that it doesn’t have the portability of the following handheld blenders, and also that it can’t be used in the same ways.

However, when it comes to what you want a blender for – blending items – this is undoubtedly better at it than the handheld blenders; countertop models generally are. It’s because of this that the Blend-X Pro is the top of this list; its 1400W motor (this is listed on the manufacturer’s website here) is capable of crushing through almost anything, including something like this walnut butter recipe,  unlike most of the following blenders.

It also comes with six pre-programmed settings: drinks, soups, ice crush, fine chop, coarse chop, and rinse (found through Kenwood’s website here). These are equivalent to most of the pre-programmed settings on top blenders on the market, and makes using this machine much easier – instead of having to control the blender yourself and stand over it, watching it blend, you can push a button and walk away, sure that you’re going to end up with a great blend every time.

It comes with a five-year warranty, the longest by far on this list, and which can be seen to represent Kenwood’s attention to build quality on this model. Its inbuilt rinse setting makes it much easier to clean than other blenders, which have to be hand-washed or put through the dishwasher. The blades are removable to help with the cleaning process.

The container is made of glass, which is uncommon for most blenders, and holds 56-oz of liquid. It also comes with a tamper, to make blending even easier for thick blends.

PROS

  • 1400W
  • Good design
  • Variable speed dial
  • Six pre-programmed settings
  • Inbuilt cleaning cycle
  • Comes with tamper
  • Dishwasher-safe components
  • Five-year warranty

CONS

  • Tall container
  • No color options

TriBlade Hand Blender (HB724)

TriBlade Hand Blender (HB724)
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This model and the following two are both handheld blenders, used directly in the ingredients that you wish to blend.

The first of the three Triblade models is the best of the three for a couple of reasons. It has the highest motor strength, at 700W, which can be confirmed on the manufacturer’s website here. As a result, it’s substantially better than the following 380W blenders at blending.

It also comes with two heads, which is innovative for any immersion blender. One of these heads is narrow, and can be used to blend in small spaces like cups or smaller containers; the other is large, for blending directly in large pans and pots. This is very helpful, because it eliminates the need to purchase an immersion blender directly related to what you want to do; instead of having to choose a small model for everyday use or a large model for batch soup blending, you can have both.

The TriBlade system, which is shared by the following two models, involves two components: three different stainless steel blades, and a uniquely-shaped foot design that disrupts the ingredients’ path to make chopping and blending easier and faster. These models also all have one speed option and ‘turbo boost’, which powers the blades faster. They are also all corded, which gives greater power than immersion models that are battery-powered.

However, the HB724 is not dishwasher-safe, and no information could be found on its warranty. It could be assumed that it will be the same as the similar HB7161C and most immersion blenders on the market at one year, but further information should be sought directly from the manufacturer.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • 700W motor
  • Corded
  • Comes with two heads, mini chopper, masher, and beaker

CONS

  • Not dishwasher-safe
  • Unknown warranty

TriBlade Hand Blender (HB718)

TriBlade Hand Blender (HB718)
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The second TriBlade, the HB718, is a fairly standard immersion blender. It’s only 380W, so it’s not as good as many others at blending activities. It has one speed and a turbo boost function, and is corded to make it more powerful than battery-powered models. It comes with three attachments: a beaker, a chopper, and a whisk. These components are dishwasher-safe.

Like the previous model, the HB718 has the TriBlade blending system. It’s got three blades and a unique foot design to make blending easier. Kenwood has made a special note of pointing out that this model can be used one-handed, as can the following model, with the buttons close enough to be used with one finger. This is massively advantageous, as it means that you can hold your blending container with one hand and use the blender with the other – making everything safer and easier.

As with the previous model, the warranty on this is unknown – however, it’s likely to be around one year.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Corded
  • Comes with beaker, chopper, and whisk attachments
  • Dishwasher-safe components

CONS

  • 380W
  • Unknown warranty

TriBlade Hand Blender (HB716IC)

TriBlade Hand Blender (HB716IC)
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The final TriBlade model is the HB716IC. It has the same motor strength as the previous model, at 380W, which is a little below standard for immersion blenders. It also has only one speed and a turbo boost button, and is corded to make it stronger than battery-powered models. It has a SureGrip handle, which is designed to keep your hand from slipping when wet, and this is useful because this model is designed to be an ice-crushing device. If you want to learn how to make your own fruit slushies, this is the model for you. 

It comes with a stainless steel ice-crushing goblet, which is dishwasher-safe and supposed to make your blending activities easier. It has a one-year warranty and according to Kenwood also comes with one-finger control, so that you can keep the other hand free for holding your blending container.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Corded
  • Comes with ice-crushing goblet
  • Dishwasher-safe components

CONS

  • 380W
  • One-year warranty

So which is the best?

It’s difficult to compare countertop and immersion blenders, because they are both used for such drastically different purposes. However, when looking directly at ease of use for different blenders, it’s easy to see that the Blend-X Pro countertop model comes out on top. It has the most powerful motor, the choice of six pre-programmed settings to make using it much easier, and an easy clean-up regime. You can choose between a host of different speeds and its container is big enough to support a range of blends. When it comes to blending, it’s the best in the Kenwood range.

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Smoothie fanatics need look no further: no matter what you’re into, Breville can provide. The brand offers heaps of different blenders, and we’ve got the cream of the crop here for you to peruse – so no matter what your priorities are for kitchenware, there’s bound to be something here to suit. Their models tend to have a range of affordability, but the good news is that all of these Breville blenders are functional and reliable resulting in an option for any budget.

Why a Breville?

Breville is a known and much-loved brand, especially for their mixers and beaters. These tend to be the best on the market, and are known for their attractive designs, great color options, and impressive usability. The brand’s ventures into the blender market have so far been very much in keeping with this ethos – their blenders range across a whole lot of different styles and strengths, to make sure you can find exactly what you’re after.

If you’re after a product with a long legacy for great kitchenware, a Breville blender is a great choice.

What are the differences between the models?

All of these models are similar in some ways. They all have Breville’s classic 1-year limited warranty, and all of them can only be purchased in one color. They all have tall containers, which are less useful when it comes to fitting under the kitchen cabinet than other models of blender – they all tend to be slightly bulky. None of them have noise-reducing technology, and none have particularly attractive designs compared to the classic looks of other high-tier blenders.

Smoother-than-smooth smoothies can be yours with any of these Breville models.

Smoother-than-smooth smoothies can be yours with any of these Breville models.

When it comes to differences, however, there are still quite a few. Some of these models have dishwasher-safe components, so if you’re always in a rush it’s a good idea to look out for them. Some of them have tampers, for easier blending with thicker ingredients or particularly icy drinks like this frozen daiquiri. Some have pre-programmed settings, so that if you make the same thing over and over – like smoothies or soups – you can just push a button and let the blender run itself for a while.

All of these blenders’ motor strengths are different; the Boss is the highest, at 2-peak horsepower, while the handheld immersion blender is the lowest at 225W. Typically, the stronger the motor the more effective the blender is, but the Hemisphere range claims to have increased performance for its wattage thanks to its patented blending action, so those models might be stronger performers than their motor strength alone would imply.

There’s a wide range of speeds to choose from, with blenders that have only two speeds and blenders that have 12. Finally, there are extra benefits to each model – like the juicer attachment for the Hemisphere Twist or the illuminated buttons on the Hemisphere Control. No matter what you’re looking for, you’re sure to find a blender on this list that fits your criteria.

Breville Boss BBL910XL

Breville Boss BBL910XL
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The Breville Boss is a classic Breville offering, and one of the brand’s top-sellers. It has 2-peak horsepower, the highest on the list, and this is likely to make it the best at blending up hard objects and creating the smoothest blends. It has 12 different possible speeds to make using it a breeze, and even comes with five pre-programmed settings – smoothie, green smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, and ice crush – that mean it’s even easier to blend up any of your favorite things.

It also has an inbuilt cleaning cycle to make clean-up easy, and comes with a tamper to make it easier to blend thick objects.

Overall, this is the best blender on this list for a couple of reasons: it’s the most powerful, has pre-programmed settings, and has the most speeds. Its only flaws are unattractive design and the fact that it’s probably the most noisy on this list – but if these aren’t issues for you, this is a great model to go for.

PROS

  • 2-peak horsepower
  • 12 speeds
  • Five pre-programmed settings
  • Inbuilt cleaning cycle
  • Comes with tamper

CONS

  • Unattractive design
  • Tall container
  • Noisy

Breville Die-Cast Hemisphere 800BLXL

Breville Die-Cast Hemisphere 800BLXL
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The Die-Cast Hemisphere is the third-best blender on this list for a couple of reasons. It’s the second-most powerful, at 1000W, which makes it slightly weaker than a Vitamix model but about equivalent to most other blenders on the market. As a result, it’s going to be good at blending most things, although probably not ideal for crushing ice or blending nuts or any of the harder blending jobs.

Its container is small, and unlike the Boss it doesn’t come with any pre-programmed settings (besides blend, smoothie, and ice pulse), including no inbuilt cleaning cycle. While none of the later models in this lineup have inbuilt cleaning cycles either, a couple of them do have pre-programmed settings; so if you’re interested in those, the Die-Cast Hemisphere probably isn’t for you.

The massive 67-oz container is the biggest on this list, and it’s also dishwasher-safe – so if you’re planning on creating big smoothies, or soups for the family, it’s a good bet for bulk blending.

PROS

  • 1000W motor
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Extra wide blades reduce amount of food that can get stuck

CONS

  • Tall container
  • No pre-programmed settings
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere Control Blender

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The Breville Hemisphere Control is a good, effective blender that’s supposed to be excellent at what it does – and it’s been designed with this in mind. It features “hemisphere blades”, which Breville claims sweep around and down to keep ingredients moving smoothly within the container, thus preventing over- and under-blending and ensuring that your result is perfect every time.

It also has an attractive design, with an illuminated button interface and a sturdy stainless steel base. It also has two pre-programmed settings, ice crush and smoothie, and the choice of five variable speeds.

The motor power isn’t the best on the list. It’s only 750W, so it’s less powerful than many of the top-tier blenders, but about the same as most on the market.

PROS

  • Five speeds
  • Two pre-programmed settings with 5 variable speeds
  • Dishwasher-safe

CONS

  • Average design
  • Tall container
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

Breville BBL405BAL Hemisphere Twist Blender

Breville BBL405BAL Hemisphere Twist Blender
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The Breville Hemisphere Twist is a standard enough blender. It comes with five different speeds that you can choose from and one pre-programmed setting, which allows you to create smoothies with the touch of a button. The motor is only 400W, so it’s lower than all of the countertop blenders on this list and below the average motor strength of most blenders on the market.

The thing that sets it apart is the citrus cone lid, which allows you to juice lemons or oranges or other citrus fruits directly into the blender container. It means you don’t have to invest in a separate juicer – and if you’re planning on making a smoothie or whole juice with freshly-squeezed juice, like this fresh orange-carrot juice, this is a great addition.

PROS

  • Five speeds
  • Pre-programmed smoothie setting
  • Includes a citrus juicer

CONS

  • 400W motor
  • Average design
  • Tall container
  • No inbuilt cleaning system

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender

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The Control Grip Immersion Blender is Breville’s top immersion blender. It’s got an average-strength motor compared to most immersion blenders, but it has a bunch of great features that make it a really great pick: it’s corded, which gives it greater power; it’s small, so it can fit into smaller containers and be used to blend smaller amounts of food; it’s got click-on attachments, that make it easier to use; it comes with two different speed settings, a whisk attachment, and two-cup food processor that is dishwasher-safe.

However, its design is average-looking, and it doesn’t come with a container (aside for the food processor portion) – so you’ll need to use your own containers to blend in. This probably won’t be an issue, if you have anything large enough to blend in. If you’d like portability in your machine, and the ability to blend up piping hot objects like soups without leading to pressure issues, go for this immersion blender over the others on this list.

PROS

  • Corded
  • Small size
  • Click-on attachments
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Doubles as a food processor

CONS

  • 225W motor
  • Average design
  • No variable speed

So which is the best Breville blender?

The Boss is the top model on this list because of its superior processing power, its pre-programmed settings, and the choice of 12 different settings. It also has an inbuilt cleaning cycle and a tamper to help you use it, especially with more difficult blends. If you’re after a great Breville product that’s powerful enough to do it all, this is a great pick. However, if it so happens that your needs or budget aren't aligned for the boss, we wouldn't hesitate to recommend any of the other units as well!

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The Basics of Mushrooms

What are Mushrooms Anyway?

Most people are aware that mushrooms are a type of fungus, however, many people are unaware of how complex and important mushrooms are for our health and ecosystem. Some characteristics of these fungi, without getting too biologically technical, are highlighted below:

  • Fungi "eat" by absorbing dissolved molecules from their environment (they don't photosynthesize).
  • Fungus is defined as a group of which include yeasts, molds, and of course mushrooms.
  • They act as the main decomposers within an ecosystem.
  • Most of the time, you don't notice fungi unless it is "fruiting" (via mushrooms or molds) which is their method of spreading spores.

In simple terms, when you eat a mushroom, you're eating the "fruiting body" of a larger organism. The primary purpose of the fruiting body is spreading spores through the air to continue the growth of the overall organism.

Nutritional Value of Mushrooms

For the purpose of nutrition, we should consider the most commonly available mushroom in supermarkets, aptly named the "common mushroom". These mushrooms actually come in two separate colors - white in brown. Baby Bella and Crimini mushrooms are the two types of common mushrooms you've likely seen. 

In addition to the two most common names listed above,  they can also be called:

  • Button Mushroom
  • White Mushroom
  • Champignon Mushroom
  • Cultivated Mushroom
  • Chestnut Mushroom
  • Portabello Mushroom (when it's fully mature)
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Nutrition Facts for the Common Mushroom

Much like plant foods, mushrooms are low in calories and high in micronutrients.  While the above chart shows a low percentage of the vitamins that mushroom contains, it's important to note that 22 calories of cooked mushrooms would be quite small in terms of portion size and daily caloric needs.

That being said, if you ate 100 calories of mushrooms, you'd be getting around 5X the micronutrient percentages listed on the nutrition facts above.​ Mushrooms also contain 0.14 grams of protein per calorie which is actually greater than chicken which has 0.11 grams per calorie. If eaten in enough quantity, mushrooms can actually be a decent lean protein source.

Studies Done on Mushrooms

Mushrooms and the Immune System

SIgA, short for Secretory immunoglobulin A, is the immune system's first line of defense for our body's mucosal surfaces. Mucosal surfaces are membranes made up of epithelial cells. These cells facilitate absorption and secretion in glands and intestines.

Mucosal surfaces line certain tracts and glands in the body including : 

  • The Mouth
  • Gastrointestinal Tract
  • Respiratory Tract
  • Genitals
  • Breast Glands

These sites are our body's primary ways of absorbing things from the outside world such as bacteria, viruses and toxins.

Increasing our body's secretions of SIgA increases our initial defenses thus increasing our overall immune function. 

​Researchers who conducted this study decided to put white button mushrooms to the test to see if consuming them lead to increased levels of SIgA in the saliva.

Being that the mouth is one of our body's primary mucosal surfaces, having increased levels of SIgA in our saliva increases our ability to fight off bacteria, viruses and toxins from the outside world.

Twenty-four healthy volunteers were asked to eat their normal diet, but the volunteers in the test group were told to consume 100g of blanched white button mushrooms per day for a week. Researchers then tested the participants' saliva. They found those in the test group had over a 50% increase of SIgA for 2 weeks, which then returned back to baseline by week 3. Researchers therefore concluded that white button mushrooms do indeed have potential health benefits for improving immune function on the body's mucosal surfaces.

The dietary intake of A. bisporus WBM significantly accelerates sIgA secretion, thereby indicating its potential health benefits for improving mucosal immunity.​

It's also been shown by this study (in vitro/test tube) that mushrooms won't increase inflammation. Rather, they have an anti-inflammatory effect. This is good news for those who may have an overactive immune system from conditions such as allergies.

Some edible mushrooms species have a potential anti-inflammatory capacity in vitro, suggesting that they could be regarded as a potential source of natural anti-inflammatory agents.

See the video and link below for an expanded view of this topic.

Mushrooms and Our Immune System by Dr. Michael Greger

Mushrooms and Our Arteries

We know that CVD or cardiovascular disease is the number one killer in Western and developed countries.

"The etiology (development) of CVD involves, in part, a complex process of development and deposition of cholesterol ladened fatty streaks within aortic blood vessels and appears associated with oxidative stress and inflammation" (source)

To simply summarize, the first level of protection against cardiovascular disease would to avoid high levels of bad (LDL) cholesterol in the blood. The next level of prevention would be avoiding inflammation so that fatty arterial streaks are not developed. In periods of inflammation, certain processes such as monocyte adhesion can occur:

Monocytes are white blood cells that can potentially get absorbed into the cardiovascular system hence the term monocyte adhesion.

These researchers conducted an experiment in vitro (test tube / culture dish) to see if specialty and common mushrooms can inhibit certain cellular processes that are associated with inflammation in the arteries (such as binding of monocytes), which is associated with CVD.

Here's what happened:

Human aortic endothelial cells were soaked in a control medium or a medium containing extracts of several different mushrooms:

  • Agaricus bisporus (white button and crimini)
  • Lentinula edodes (shiitake)
  • Pleurotus ostreatus (oyster)
  • Grifola frondosa (maitake)

​After being incubated overnight, researchers found that the cells that were incubated with the mushrooms bound significantly less monocytes in pro-inflammatory conditions which again is an associative factor of CVD.

Researchers quoted:

These data provide evidence that dietary mushrooms can inhibit cellular processes such as adhesion molecule expression and ultimate binding of monocytes to the endothelium under pro-inflammatory conditions, which are associated with CVD. As a result, these findings support the notion that dietary mushrooms can be protective against CVD.​

For those among us who are budget conscious - the common white mushroom actually performed the best, so there's no reason to go out seeking any kind of expensive and exotic fungi.

See the video and link below for an expanded view of this topic.

Mushrooms and Our Arteries by Dr. Michael Greger

Mushrooms and Breast Cancer

Research has shown that an enzyme called aromatase plays a big role in the development of breast cancer. This enzyme is responsible for synthesizing estrogen which can be utilized by tumors to proliferate (source).

Because anti-aromatase phytochemicals are also present in plant foods such as white button mushrooms, researchers decided to investigate whether or not  white button mushroom extract in a petri dish (in vitro) could prevent the proliferation of breast cancer cells (study here).

Researchers confirmed that this was indeed the case. They concluded that: 

Diets high in mushrooms may modulate the aromatase activity and function in chemoprevention in postmenopausal women by reducing the in situ production of estrogen.

In addition, based on the first study we referenced in which researchers actually tested mushroom extracts in mice - researchers concluded:

...​consumption of 100 g of mushrooms per day would be sufficient to suppress breast tumor growth in women

This means that you don't need to eat tons and tons of mushrooms to see the benefits!

See the video and link below for an expanded view of this topic.

Mushrooms and Breast Cancer by Dr. Michael Greger

Potential Downsides of Mushrooms

Special thanks to Dr. Joel Fuhrman for pointing out this research in his article on mushrooms.​ We highly recommend that you check it out to learn more!

While it's clear that mushrooms have a ton of benefits, it is also important to examine what some potential drawbacks may be. The primary drawback of mushrooms seem to be from consuming them raw, much like Kale which we touched on in our other article.

In this study​, scientists took the uncooked common mushroom (Agaricus bisporus) as mentioned above and fed it to mice in a feeding trial to test the very hypothesis of uncooked mushrooms being carcinogenic. Researchers were unfortunately able to induce the mice with cancerous tumors in several different areas throughout their body.

However, cooking the mushrooms does reduce their agaritine content substantially, but doesn't degrade it completely. While the evidence on mushrooms and cancer is far from conclusive, there are still huge health benefits from eating a moderate amount of cooked mushrooms per day.

Given that researchers recommend that you would only need approximately 100 g per day to reap the benefits, we recommend eating mushrooms regularly, but not in overzealous amounts. More isn't always better. And always cook them!

Delicious Mushroom Recipes

Mushroom and Potato Stew by The Vegan Corner

Stew can be a comforting meal on a cold winter day. Because we don't recommend eating meat products on Thrive Cuisine, mushrooms can do the same job that meat would in a stew providing an earthy, nutty, and umami flavor as well as a different texture than vegetables. This stew is simple, delicious, and super nutritious so we suggest you give it a try!

Portabello Mushrooms Sliders by The Edgy Veg

Because of their high protein content that we discussed before, mushrooms can actually make great burgers! In this video, the Edgy Veg shows you how to create some super simple sliders out of mushrooms and some other great vegan toppings. Enjoy!

One Pot Creamy Mushrooms Pasta by Cooking with Plants

When it comes to simplicity and deliciousness, Cooking with Plants never disappoints. This easy to create pasta dish will please the entire family without breaking a sweet in the kitchen. Highly recommended for those busy week days.

Conclusions

While they are often overlooked as health promoting foods (compared to fruits and veggies anyway), there is definitely a place for mushroom consumption in a diet focused on well-being and disease prevention. Based on what we learned throughout all the studies, regular white button mushrooms should be consumed regularly (but no need to exceed 100 g per day.)

Just be sure to cook the mushrooms before you eat them!​ Raw mushrooms don't taste particularly good anyway!

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With a plethora of different vegetable choppers, cutters, and dicers on the market, you have the ability to cut prep time in half, making mealtime preparation easier than it’s ever been. Zeroing in on the type of vegetable cutter you need requires some careful consideration of your budget and eating habits. Once you’ve figured out what your priorities are, you’ll be in a better position to know what to buy. Luckily, we’ve done a lot of the legwork for you!

Why are these vegetable cutters and dicers so great?

Preparing healthful vegan meals invariably means that you’re going to be spending a lot of time chopping veggies. Not only does this take up a lot of time, but it can often turn meal preparation into a chore rather than a fun and exciting way to get your creative juices flowing. With a surge of different vegetable cutters and dicers on the market, you can easily halve the amount of time it takes you get a meal ready, leaving you with more time to do what you love.

Besides saving you a lot of time, vegetable cutters and dicers can help you transform veggies and fruits into uniform slices. Whether you are grilling eggplants or slicing zucchini to create “noodles” for lasagna-style dishes, vegetable slicers ensure that all of your veggies are cut into equal sizes.

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Vegetable choppers allow you to get through large batches of tomatoes in a short amount of time -ideal for tacos, salsas and curries

If you are shredding or julienning carrots or beets for salads and terrines, you don’t have to waste your time using a manual grater. A vegetable cutter will ensure that you are able to shred or julienne your carrots or beets to a professional standard without shredding off your knuckles in the process!

What is the difference between these models?

Each of these models was chosen for its sharp blades and versatility. They are all robust, heavy duty and user friendly but come with slightly different features. Deciding what you want from your vegetable chopper is the first step in identifying which one to buy.

Vegetable choppers are divided into two categories –Choppers and mandolines. Choppers are a great way to dice onions (or almost any other vegetable you fancy) into small pieces, while reducing onion vapors so you don’t have to worry about “onion tears.” If you need to prep small pieces of food for tacos, salsas, soups and casseroles, vegetable choppers are the way to go.

Mandolines are great for slicing veggies into varying degrees of thickness and are ideal for creating healthy veggie “lasagna noodles” or sliced veggies for grills and barbecues. Most mandolines also come with julienne and grater blades allowing you to easily julienne and grate your veggies for salads and crudites.

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Eat the rainbow with the help of a vegetable chopper

Since vegetable choppers and mandolines are a budget-friendly way to speed up the food prep process, you can always decide to buy more than one kind of model. Vegetable choppers will probably be amongst the most useful gadgets in your kitchen so it may be worth splashing out and getting more than one. Alternatively, there are choppers that function as mandolines and slicers/dicers, allowing you to kill two birds with one gadget.

Kainnt Adjustable Mandoline Slicer

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The Kainnt adjustable mandoline slicer is what you get when you cross a mandoline with an onion chopper. It comes with 5 interchangeable stainless steel blades that will slice, chop and julienne your food into various thicknesses and cuts.

The most unique feature of this device is that it comes with a fine grating blade that can be used to grate ginger, nutmeg and chocolate for desserts, sauces and garnishes. It also comes with a coarse grater that can be used to grate carrots and beets.

The mandoline slicer can be used to slice eggplants and zucchinis to make healthy “lasagna noodles” or potato chips. The julienne slicer is ideal for terrines and crudités.

This gadget comes with a custom built cleaning brush and is made from high quality BPA-free plastic. It comes assembled and ready-to-use, making it an ideal option for people who aren’t good at assembling things.

All the blades can be conveniently stored in the food container when not in use, making it a good option for people who are tight on space.

PROS

  • Works as a chopper and mandoline
  • Versatile 
  • Comes with 5 interchangeable stainless steel blades
  • BPA-free plastic
  • Comes ready assembled 

CONS

  • Unattractive design (opinion)

Dynamic Chef Mandoline Slicer

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The Dynamic Chef Mandoline Slicer is so much more than just your standard mandoline. It comes with 5 different slicing options including 2 julienne blades (thick and thin), a very fine slicer, a thick slicer and a thin slicer.

The stainless steel blades are sharp and reliable and cut your veggies into uniform slices quickly and efficiently. This makes it a great item if you have a large batch of food to process, especially veggie “noodles” for gluten free lasagna-inspired dishes.

It is easy to store thanks to a foldable stand and the non-slip feet make it safe to use on all types of surfaces. It is also BPA-free, food-safe and comes with an ergonomic pushing tool with a protective hand guard and safety insert. There is also a blade storage rack.

Besides slicing veggies, you can also slice onions and other veggies of similar consistency. This is also great for cutting bell peppers into beautifully uniform pieces and can process potatoes to make hash browns. It also slices potatoes for potato chips, apple rings for healthy snacks and can even grate and slice tough veggies like carrots and kohlrabi with very little elbow grease. It is also dishwasher safe.

PROS

  • Sharp blades
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Can process wide variety of veggies
  • BPA-free plastic
  • 5 different slicing options
  • Versatile 

CONS

  • Doesn't reduce onion vapors
  • Doesn't dice veggies

Magichen 5-in-1 Mandoline Vegetetable Slicer

Magichen 5-in-1 Mandoline Vegetetable Slicer
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This 5-in-1 mandoline and vegetable slicer comes with a 30-day money back guarantee and is easy to clean and store. It is dishwasher safe and comes with a food container base that catches all your food, making for minimal clean up after you are done prepping your food.

It comes with five interchangeable stainless steel blades including a 1.5mm slicer, 2.5mm slicer, 2 julienne cutters and a wavy slicer that can create interesting shapes out of all sorts of fruits and veggies.

This slicer can be used to slice, grate and shred all types of fruits and veggies –from the softest tomato to the toughest kohlrabi or parsnip. The wavy slicer can transform potatoes into waffled potato chips.

The no-skid container and safe hand guard allow you to slice your food without the risk of slippage. There are no small grooves or corners for your food to get stuck in, so cleanup is minimal and fuss-free. It is also easy to store and is dishwasher safe.

PROS

  • 30-day money back guarantee
  • Dishwasher safe
  • No-skid veggie container
  • Features a blade that can make wavy potato chips
  • Versatile 
  • 5 interchangeable blades

CONS

  • Doesn't reduce onion vapors
  • Doesn't dice veggies

Mueller Vidalia Pro Vegetable Dicer + Chopper

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Unlike the first two models, this vegetable chopper isn’t built like a mandoline and is more geared at dicing fruits and veggies like onions and tomatoes, which makes it ideal for taco and salsa prep.

One of its key features is that it reduces onion vapors during onion prep so is useful if you need to get through a large quantity of onions without the risk of tears. The cup container at the bottom is a great way to keep food safe while you continue prepping the rest of your food.

It is made from BPA-free plastic and comes with two ultra-sharp stainless steel discs for chopping and dicing even the toughest of veggies. The sharp blades mean that chopping and slicing is easy and quick and requires very little elbow grease.

Note that this is a device that you use for dicing rather than slicing fruits and veggies. It handles both hard and soft produce extremely well and is a great way to prep large quantities of food in a short amount of time.

It also comes with a custom built cleaning brush and a lifetime warranty.

PROS

  • Dices almost any fruit or veggie
  • Lifetime warranty
  • Comes with a custom built cleaning brush
  • Reduces onion vapors
  • Great for salsas, tacos and curries

CONS

  • Doesn't slice fruits or veggies
  • Limited use compared to other veggie choppers

Tiabo Vegetable and Fruit Chopper

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This device can be used for dicing, chopping and slicing your veggies and comes with 3 heavy-duty stainless steel blades. The numerous functions of this device make it great bang for your buck. The sleek, streamlined design allows you to save on storage space without compromising on versatility.

The various chopping functions and sharp blades allow you to get through all sorts of produce –from cucumbers and zucchinis, to kohlrabi and celeriac. You can also use it to make French fries or hash browns. The blades are sharp enough to allow you to get through large quantities of food with little effort. You can even chop or slice tomatoes without the risk of squashing them.

You can dice or slice your onions without the risk of tears thanks to the storage container bowl that catches all your food at the bottom. It also comes with a cover, which allows you to store your veggies without switching containers.

This is also dishwasher safe and easy to clean and is made from 100% BPA-free plastic.

PROS

  • Dishwasher safe
  • Reduces onion vapors
  • Versatile
  • Great value for money
  • Multiple blade options
  • BPA-free plastic

CONS

  • Unattractive design (opinion)

Conclusion

While all the models featured in this list are great at chopping, julienning and dicing veggies, the Kainnt mandoline slicer came out on top thanks to its ability to cater to people with all kinds of “vegetable processing” needs. The 5 sharp interchangeable blades, space-friendly storage capabilities and BPA-free plastic put it ahead of the pack and is likely to prove one of the most useful items in your kitchen.

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Arguably the most versatile, commonplace ingredient in the culinary world, the humble onion has the ability to inject life and flavor into almost any meal. Not only are they cheap, but even a small amount of this potent vegetable goes a long way in terms of elevating a meal from bland to bold.

With a near unlimited range of​ onion choppers, slicers, cutters, and dicers on the market its easy to enjoy the culinary aspects of onions in a hassle free way. We've evaluated some of the topic units available to help you decide which one is right for you.

Why are Onion Choppers so Great?

Onions are the most versatile veggie on the planet and have been a prized culinary ingredient since the time of the Pharaohs. Every chef worth his salt has used this ubiquitous ingredient to add punch and pizzazz to his culinary creations.

Unless you’re a professional chef, adept in the secret world of knife skills, it probably takes you ages to prep just one onion. And let’s face it –there’s nothing fun or glamorous about chopping onions. It’s often the least exciting, most boring part about preparing a meal and yet most savory meals are incomplete without them. Despite being a necessary mealtime component, they make your hands smell, they make you cry and, even more frustratingly, they take ages to get just right.

That’s where onion choppers step in. They take all the frustration out of onion chopping, allowing you speed through them with ease and efficiency. If precision isn’t your forte and you find yourself spending ages laboring over perfectly diced onions, using an onion chopper means you’ll be able to produce consistently diced and sliced onions in record time.

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Onions have been cultivated for their nutritional and healing properties since ancient times

What is the difference between these models?

Ever heard the expression “there’s more than one way to skin a cat?” Well, there’s more than one way to chop an onion. With more and more onion chopping gadgets hitting the marketplace, it can be hard to know what model to go for.

Before deciding on what onion chopper you’d like you must first identify what you’d like your onion chopper to do. Do you want finely diced onions to add to tacos, curries, stews and casseroles? Or are you looking for onions chopped into perfectly formed moons and half-moons? Maybe you’re looking for something that can do both? Once you’ve figured out what you’d like your onion chopper to do, then choosing one is easy.

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Onion choppers also allow you to dice tomatoes into small pieces, making them a great ally in whipping up tasty Mexican food

Some onion choppers come with built-in containers, which catch the onion while you work. This eliminates onion vapors, meaning you don’t ever have to worry about onion-related tears again. Other onion choppers are simpler and are comprised of a sharp comb-shaped gizmo that allows you to dice the onion into uniform pieces. There are even some onion choppers that have multiple blades allowing you to create onion rings and half rings as well as slicing them up into small pieces.

Whichever model you decide to go for, they all cut your prep time in half, allowing you to spend more time doing what you love. Onion choppers are also small and compact, meaning they won’t take up much room in your cabinets. They are all low-cost items that make a great addition to any kitchen.

Mueller Onion Chopper & Dicer

Mueller Onion Chopper
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This German engineered onion chopper is compact yet heavy duty and is made from reinforced BPA free plastic that is durable and dishwasher safe. The little storage tray at the bottom reduces onion vapors so if you are sensitive to the smell of onions, then you may wish to consider an option like the Mueller onion chopper.

The Mueller onion chopper is a good option for people prepping large volumes of food because it comes with a 4-cup container at the bottom. It also comes with two high quality blades that can dice even the toughest veggies. It also handles soft food like tomatoes with no problems so if you need diced tomatoes for tacos and salsas, then this is a good option to go for.

This onion chopper also comes with a purpose built cleaning brush, which allows you to get rid of food debris from the blades before sticking it in the dishwasher. If you are looking for efficiency and reliability, this onion chopper comes with a lifetime warranty, which is fantastic value given the price.

  • Comes with a lifetime warranty
  • Made with BPA-free plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Storage tray reduces onion vapors
  • Comes with a custom built cleaning brush
  • Sleek and compact
  • Can't fully customize the thickness of your onions

Bellemain Onion Slicer, Julienne, Dicer, and Chopper

Bellemain Onion Chopper
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The German stainless steel blades of the Bellemain onion chopper are durable and rust-proof and have been built to an extremely high standard. As far as chopping an onion is concerned, the Bellemain Onion Chopper is first rate and even slices through tough veggies like potatoes. This onion chopper is also good to use on odd-shaped veggies like portabella mushrooms and olives.

All three blades come with locking mechanisms rather than snapping into place, making this onion chopper safe and reliable to use. Each blade carries out a different chopping function: one can be used to julienne your veggies, another can be used to slice and the third one is for dicing food into small cubes. It even comes with a small cleaning brush to get rid of food debris and all parts of the device are dishwasher safe.

There is a nifty little tray at the bottom of the onion chopper made from BPA free plastic that catches and stores your onions after they have been diced, sliced or julienned. The tray reduces onion vapors so you don’t have to worry about “onion tears” while you are prepping your food.

This is a small yet sturdy onion chopper and it stores easily, which is great if you are tight on space. An added bonus is that it also comes with a two-year warranty.

  • Comes with two-year warranty
  • Also good for odd-shaped veggies like mushrooms
  • Comes with three sharp blades
  • Storage tray reduces onion vapors
  • Comes with a custom built cleaning brush
  • Compact
  • Can't fully customize the thickness of your onions

Culinerro Onion Holder

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The Culinerro Onion Holder is a nifty little gizmo that can help you dice your onions into uniformed perfection. Although it may not look like much, this onion holder is extremely well built, allowing you to firmly grip the handle and dice onions without the risk of slippage. The tines are very sharp and have been built to an extremely high standard.

This onion holder for chopping is also strong enough to glide through tougher vegetables like potatoes and carrots so you are not just limited to chopping onions. It also gets through softer fruits and veggies like tomatoes and cucumbers.

The handle has also been made with lefties in mind and is just as comfortable to use if you are left-handed. The Culinerro Onion holder is also a great choice for people with limited kitchen space as it can be stored in a cabinet along with your knives and forks.

If you’re looking to have complete control over the thickness of your onions, the design of the Culinerro onion chopper is ideal because it allows you to alter the thickness as you see fit. 

  • Allows you to choose the thickness of your onion
  • Sturdy handle
  • Sharp tines
  • ​Can also chop other veggies
  • Compact
  • Chops onions neatly and uniformly
  • Doesn't reduce onion vapors
  • Doesn't have a wide variety of uses

Bliss Our Home Chopper, Slicer, Grater, Dicer

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If you’re looking for an onion chopper, slicer, grater, dicer, that delivers on all fronts, then you couldn't do better than the Bliss Our Home Onion Chopper. Besides featuring a blade that chops onions, there are also two blades for making two different kinds of French fries (thin and thick cut).

The other features that set this unit apart is that it comes with coarse and fine chopping grids, a julienne feature and an apple cutter. It also has both small and large grater blades and can be used like a mandoline slicer. There is also a slicing tool and a large veggie gripper with metal teeth that holds onto veggies when it is being used as a mandoline.

All blades lock to prevent blades from slipping and the robust, high quality build means that you don’t need to expend much effort to chop and prepare veggies. This onion chopper also comes with a special cleaning fork to remove food debris from chopping teeth and blades.

It also comes in an attractive purple design that is dishwasher safe and made from BPA free plastic.

  • Multiple functions
  • Made with BPA-free plastic
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Storage tray reduces onion vapors
  • Comes with a custom built cleaning fork
  • Sharp blades
  • Can't customize the thickness of your onions
  • Bulkier than other onion choppers as it comes with several parts

Noosa Life Onion Holder

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The Noose Life Onion holder might not look like much but this is a sturdy and reliable onion chopper that slices through tough veggies as well as onions and tomatoes.

The solid, extra wide handle allows for a full grip and the sharp prongs make it an ideal onion chopper if you’re looking for something that is small yet powerful. Because you can choose the desired thickness of your onions, this device allows you to chop your onions into ultra-thin slices that cannot be achieved with a hand-press onion chopper. If you are looking to tailor your onions’ thickness depending on the dish you are preparing, this onion chopper makes an ideal option.

A minimalist’s dream –it takes up very little space making for compact, easy storage. It even comes with a storage sheath to keep the tines out of harm’s way thus preventing accidents. This makes it an attractive option if you’ve got young children (or if you’re accident prone!) 

  • Compact for easy and safe storage
  • Comes with a storage sheath
  • Can also dice other veggies
  • Allows you to customize the size of your onions
  • Durable, sturdy handle
  • Sharp tines
  • Doesn't have a variety of uses
  • Doesn't reduce onion vapors

Conclusion

All of the onion choppers on this list are great at dicing onions and were chosen for being a cut above other similar products on the market. They can even be used to chop up tomatoes and other veggies for tacos, stir fries and salsas so if you’re looking for something that can do more than chop onions, these gadgets have got you covered.

Out of the five choppers on this list it was the Mueller onion chopper that came out on top thanks to the lifetime warranty, multiple blades and vapor-reducing storage cup, which is able to store large amounts of food in one go.

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Besides making a healthy snack, apples are delicious when added to salads and desserts and can even be used to give a sweet twist to savory dishes. Owning the right gadget to prep your apples makes it a lot easier to have your “apple a day” as well as making apples more palatable for fussy eaters. With a plethora of different models and options for you to choose from, identifying the right apple peeling device can be confusing. Read our ultimate apple corer, peeler and slicer review to find out which one is going to suit your particular needs:

Why are these Apple Peelers so great for peeling, coring and slicing Apples?

There are many reasons why you might wish to consider purchasing an apple corer, peeler and slicer. If you are the sort of person who likes to eat their apples without the skin intact or if you’re the parent of fussy children who refuse to eat their apples with the skins on, then you may wish to consider purchasing an apple peeler.

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Apples are a rich source of antioxidants, flavanoids and dietary fiber

An apple peeler is able to remove the skin from the fruit much more quickly and efficiently than even the most nimble-fingered chef and doesn’t waste any of the fruit, which is almost impossible to do if you are peeling an apple by hand.

Another reason you may consider buying an apple peeler is if you are an avid baker who makes a lot of apple pies or apple-filled desserts and often find yourself in need of a large quantity of apples. An apple peeler will help you get through a large batch in a record amount of time and with minimal fruit wastage. Other dishes apple peelers are good for are applesauce, apple jelly, jam, marmalade, baby food and vegan apple butter, all of which need to be made using skinless apples.

Apple peelers also make an appealing kitchen gadget for you if you are the sort of person who likes to make raw fruit and nut energy bars or raw vegan desserts. Making your own vegan fruit and nut based energy bars is a much more cost-effective way of enjoying these nourishing “convenience” snacks without having to shell out on store-bought ones. Apples often feature prominently in these healthy snacks and having an apple peeler allows you to get through large batches of apples quickly and easily.

While not absolutely essential to everybody, apple peelers are certainly an appealing gadget to add to your repertoire of timesaving kitchen equipment. If you often find yourself frustrated at your attempts to peel apples then you may wish to consider investing in an apple peeler.

What is the difference between these models?

There are some basic differences between apple peelers and deciding what you want yours to do is the first step in identifying which one to get.

Most apple peelers can be used to peel, core and slice apples (and fruits of a similar size and consistency), while others may only peel and core apples (without slicing them). There are also models that peel apples without coring or slicing them. All the models featured here are able to fulfill all three functions and work on apples and potatoes as well as fruits that are similar to apples in size and consistency.

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Apple peelers are an ideal way to prep apples for apple pies and apple-filled desserts

If you are also looking to peel tomatoes, note that most devices will only be able to handle very firm, ripe tomatoes. If you are looking to process citrus fruits then note that most devices are not built powerfully enough to be able to remove citrus peel from the fruit as they have been designed solely with apples in mind.

That being said, any fruit with a similar consistency to apples can be handled with no problems. This means that, besides apples, you will be able to “process” potatoes, pears, quince and crabapples using these devices.

It is also not possible to peel softer fruits and veggies like zucchinis or cucumbers as most of the fruit/veggie will get wasted when it is cored.

Starfrit Pro-Apple Peeler

Starfrit Pro-Apple Peeler
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If you’re looking for a device that peels your apples easily and effortlessly, the Starfrit apple peeler makes an attractive option. It comes with a spring-loaded arm that adapts to various shapes and different varieties of apples without leaving a mess in its wake.

The reinforced, suction cups on the feet make it sturdy and reliable and although it is not dishwasher safe, it can easily be cleaned with warm, soapy water and a sponge or cloth. The apple peel doesn’t get stuck in the blade or corer, meaning cleanup is easy and fuss-free.

This apple peeler is able to remove the skin of the apple without wasting any of the fruit and comes with a bonus slicer, which cuts apples into equal pieces. The corer allows you to easily remove the core from the apple once you’ve peeled it.

If you’re looking to peel and core a lot of apples in one go, this gadget will get through them a lot quicker than if you were manually peeling the apples and create zero waste (apart from the skin).

This gadget comes with two stainless steel blades and a spike holder, which are all extremely sharp and reliable. It even comes with plastic protectors to protect your hands when the device is not in use.

PROS

  • Sturdy and robust
  • Comes with 2 sharp stainless steel blades
  • Doesn't waste food
  • Easy to clean

CONS

  • Can only peel and core apples, potatoes and apple-like fruits

Kitchen Basics Heavy Duty Apple Peeler

Kitchen Basics Heavy Duty Apple Peeler
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This apple peeler comes with a corer, peeler and slicer and is able to work through large batches of produce with zero fuss. It is sturdy and attractive as well as being simple and easy to use.

Besides apples and pears, this device is also robust enough to core, peel and slice potatoes, pineapples and large squashes.

The strong metal body features high precision stainless steel blades that can also turn apples into spiral rings, which is a bonus if you have kids who you would like to encourage to eat more fruits and vegetables.

This is a heavy duty, professional grade gadget and is good at processing large volumes of apples, which is great if you are a baker or granola bar maker. The small and compact size makes for easy storage.

This apple peeler is not dishwasher safe but is easy to wash under running water. The minimal mess left behind means that it isn’t a problem rinsing it off by hand.

PROS

  • Heavy duty -can also process squash and other large veggies
  • Reliable
  • Sharp blades
  • Minimal food wastage

CONS

  • Cannot peel soft fruits and veggies

Spiralizer Cast Magnesium Heavy Duty Apple Peeler

The uber-strong die cast magnesium makes this device a great option if you are looking for something that is made to last. The material makes for optimum stability and strength so if you’re looking for something sturdy and reliable, this model is a good one to go for. It also comes with a rust-proof chrome plated winding rod and a 3-prong extension with a safety cap.

Other features include a rubber vacuum base that allows it to sit on counter tops and tables without the risk of slippage. You also buy it risk-free as it can be returned for a full refund if you are not satisfied with the product.

Besides apples, this apple peeler is also good at peeling potatoes and other fruits with an apple-like consistency. There is no risk of fruit wastage as the blade is able to remove the skin from the fruit without wasting any of the valuable flesh.

This is not dishwasher safe but is easily rinsed with warm water and a soapy sponge or washcloth.

PROS

  • Minimal food wastage
  • Heavy duty and reliable
  • Easy to clean
  • Vacuum rubber base prevents slippage

CONS

  • Can only peel and process apples and potatoes

Vremi Apple Peeler

Vremi Apple Peeler
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This is a great apple peeler if you’re looking for a heavy-duty device with cast iron strength. It also comes with a vacuum suction countertop base so as to minimize slippage.

This peeler is great for big batches of food and can peel, spiral and core batches of apples, pears or potatoes quickly and efficiently. It has a durable and easy rotating handle and stainless steel slicer blades that are sharp and effective. You can also process apples to create interesting spiral shapes, making it a fun way to get children to eat more healthily.

The food prongs are sharp and effective making it easy to core and slice large batches of apples or potatoes.

Although this device isn’t dishwasher safe, it washes easily under a running tap and requires minimal clean up and is all-round user friendly and easy to use.

PROS

  • Stainless steel slicer blades
  • Easy to clean
  • Vacuum suction countertop base stops slippage
  • Powerful enough to handle large batches of apples and potatoes 

CONS

  • Can only process apples and potatoes

Kitchenaid Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core, and Slice Functions

Kitchenaid Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core, and Slice Functions
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The KitchenAid spiralizer works as a peeler, corer and slicer as well as a spiralizer and makes a great option for people who already own a standard KitchenAid stand mixer model or who are thinking of purchasing one.

This is the only model on this list that works by being attached to a power hub rather than being powered by a hand crank and comes with a versatile blade system. The premium metal construction means that this was built to last and makes it sturdy and reliable.

Because this is just an attachment rather than a stand-alone peeling and coring device, it is convenient to store thanks to its small size.

Besides apples and potatoes, this peeler is also good at peeling soft fruits and veggies like zucchinis and cucumbers, which sets it apart from other apple peelers, which are unable to handle soft fruits and veggies.

PROS

  • Can peel, core and slice a large variety of fruits and veggies
  • Doubles up as a spiralizer
  • Small and compact -easy storage
  • Powered by a motor
  • Sharp, effective blades
  • Sturdy and reliable

CONS

  • Only works with a KitchenAid stand mixer model

Conclusion

All the gadgets on this list were chosen for being sturdy and reliable although the KitchenAid attachment came out a cut above the rest thanks to its ability to peel, core and slice almost any fruit or veggie. It also doubles up as a spiralizer, which means that if you already own (or are thinking about owning) a KitchenAid stand mixer, purchasing this attachment means you’ll be able to use it for a whole host of kitchen-related activities. It also stores easily and is the least bulky of all the other gadgets featured on this list.

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Ah, broccoli, you either love it or you hate it. Regardless of how your taste buds feel about it, there's no doubt that you should be eating more of it. Broccoli is a powerhouse of nutrients and is versatile enough to go in a wide range of cuisine-types. We decided to put together this compilation of broccoli t shirts and hoodies in celebration of all the great things that this veggie can do.

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Our Favorite Broccoli Shirts

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Our Favorite Broccoli Hoodies

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If you read our Benefits of Berries article, you're probably looking for more ways to incorporate berries into your diet. We've compiled some of the best delicious vegan recipes with berries from around the so that you can follow them step by step or use them for inspiration to create your own versions.

Let us know your favorite recipes in the comment section!

Please note: Even though they are all vegan, some of these recipes are indulgent (high calorie and not 100% whole food ingredients)​ so we recommend that you save those for special occasions. That being said, if you are going to indulge, no reason why you can't reap some of the benefits of eating berries at the same time.

Do not fear though, we've also featured a bunch of 100% whole food recipes as well, perfect for every day healthy living.​

Berry Snacks

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Raspberry PBJ Collard Wraps by Lauren Vacula

Smoothies and Frozen Treats

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Vegan Blueberry Banana Ice Cream by Create Nourish Love

Baked Goods & Pastries

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Vegan Raspberry Tea Cake by Food and Beveridge

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Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread by Sarai Pannekoek

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Vegan Blackberry Banana Muffins by Eat with Andrea

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Vegan Blueberry Lemon Muffins Naturally Sweet Desserts - Download Recipe Here

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If you've read our Benefits of Kale article, you're probably looking for more ways to incorporate kale into your every day life. For those of you who love trying new things, we've put together a compilation of the best (vegan) ways to prepare kale.

Let us know your favorite ones in the comment section!

Kale Chips

Let's face it, potato chips are absolutely delicious - that's what makes them so addicting. However, there's no denying that they aren't particularly great for the human body. They tend to contain more refined oil than actual health promoting whole plant foods. For people who are missing that satisfying and comforting crunch, plant-based kale chips can provide a delicious alternative. Check out some of the delicious recipes below:

Sriracha Kale Chips

Sriracha Vegan Kale Chips by Eating by Elaine

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Raw Vegan Kale Chips by Art of 4 Elements

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Cheesy Nacho Kale Chips by Flora Foodie

Kale Soups

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Broccoli Kale Soup by Amcarmen's Kitchen

Kale Salads

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Strawberry Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing by Feeding Your Beauty

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Cranberry Bread Kale Salad by ABC Vegan

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Black and Decker creates home tools that are known to last for years, and have an excellent reputation of being reliable and affordable and there blenders are no different. With a wide variety of selection out on the marketplace, they are sure to have something for most needs and budgets. If you're not looking for a top of the line unit like a Vitamix or a Blendtec, these Black and Decker Blenders could be a viable option.

Why go for a Black and Decker?

Black and Decker is a well-established brand with a good reputation for creating sturdy tools for home use. Their foray into the blender market has been marked by simple, effective machines, and affordable machines that do what they need to do – with simple button interfaces and classic blender designs, they’re not necessarily anything fresh or original, but they do well and they get the job done.

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Vegetable soup is made easy with any of the blenders on this line-up.

What are the differences between the models?

When it comes to differences between the models, surprisingly there aren’t that many. They all have roughly similar two/three year-warranties, which is a little above the average for most blenders on the market. They all come with pulse functions and a choice of speeds, although some have more speeds than others – the BS600 has three speeds, while the FusionBlade has twelve.

Most of these models have motor power between 450 and 550 watts, but one, the Performance FusionBlade, has 1100W. This makes it a whole lot more effective at blending. All except the BS600 have dishwasher-safe parts, which makes for easy clean-up.

Appearance-wise, they’re all fairly similar. All have tall containers, all of which are roughly the same size. All but the Performance FusionBlade and the BS600 have button-switches to change between different speeds; the Performance FusionBlade has a push-button interface, while the BS600 has a large dial on the side that can be switched between different speeds.

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Smoothies on tap are within reach with the BLACK+DECKER Smoothie Maker.

The decision for which blender appeals most to you depends on what you find most important in a blender. If it’s blending power, the Performance FusionBlade is the obvious choice, with significantly higher motor strength than anything else; if it’s appearance, the FusionBlade is the most attractive design and comes in two colors. If you’re making smoothies all the time, go for the specific smoothie-maker, the BS600; if you want to crush ice, go for the inbuilt ice-crushing features of the Crush Master; if you want simplicity, go for the 10-Speed.

Performance FusionBlade BL610

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The Performance FusionBlade is the best blender on this list mainly because of its motor strength. It has a 1100W motor, which is more than double the other blenders on this list, and this means it’s going to be better at just about anything than any of them. When it comes to doing what a blender does – blending – this means that as a rule it’s just going to be better at it.

It has five different speed options and a pulse setting, so you can get pretty specific with the blade speed and have greater control over the machine. It also comes with two containers – one 64-oz container and one 20-oz personal blender jar, both of which can be used on the base. This is massively beneficial – if you’re looking to make a single-serve easy breakfast smoothie to take on the go, the personal blender jar can be fitted with a lid and taken on the go with you, instead of you having to pour from a larger container into a travel mug and clean both.

This model has the longest warranty on the list, a 3-year limited warranty that may represent its increased motor strength; the more powerful the motor, the less likely it’s going to be stressed by difficult tasks, and so the longer it should last.

The Performance FusionBlade is an excellent choice from the BLACK+DECKER range, with a powerful motor and a slightly longer warranty than the other models.

PROS

  • 1100W motor
  • Pulse
  • 5 speeds
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • 3-year limited warranty

CONS

  • Tall container
  • No pre-programmed settings

FusionBlade BL1110

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The FusionBlade is the second-best blender in this line-up for a couple of reasons. It has the second-highest motor strength, and potentially the most attractive design. It comes in two colors, too – red and silver – so it’s a great option if you’re looking for a more unique-looking machine.

Although it only has a 550W motor strength, it’s named for its FusionBlade – a patented design that’s meant to crush ice and evenly blend by drawing food into the blades. So it might be a more effective blender than just the wattage alone would signify.

It has 12 different speeds to help you very closely control the speed of the motor, and its 6-cup glass blending container is dishwasher-safe. This is a really good choice for if you don’t need a whole lot of strength in your machine, and you’d like a more attractive design than the other models on this list.

PROS

  • Pulse
  • Attractive design
  • 12 speeds
  • Two color options
  • Dishwasher-safe parts

CONS

  • 550W motor
  • Tall container
  • No pre-programmed settings

Crush Master BL10450HB

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The Crush Master is a fairly classic blender, with standard specs. It has a fairly weak 450W motor, so it’s probably not strong enough to deal with many of the harder objects that you might want to blend. However, it is marketed as being the “crush master”, so it comes with a specific ice crush button that’s designed to do just that. That would imply that this machine is stronger than it might appear.

You can choose from 10 different speeds at which to run the motor, and there’s also a pulse setting. The container is 42 ounces and glass, and as a result it’s dishwasher-safe for easy clean-up. This model has a motor-overheat protection system to prevent motor damage with heavy use and also comes with a fast-clean button designed to make it even easier to use.

There’s a two-year limited warranty, which is longer than many other blenders on the market, which typically come with 12-month warranties.

This is a pretty good pick from the BLACK+DECKER range; if you’re going to be crushing plenty of ice, or you’d like a glass container, this is a great pick for you.

PROS

  • Pulse
  • 10 speeds
  • Dishwasher-safe parts

CONS

  • 450W motor
  • Unattractive design
  • Tall container
  • No pre-programmed settings

10-Speed Blender BL2010WP

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The 10-Speed Blender is another classic offering from BLACK+DECKER, with little to distinguish it from other blenders on the market. It has a pulse setting and 10 different speeds, and its parts are dishwasher-safe. The container is 1.5 quarts, 48-oz, which is fairly standard for a blending container.

The motor is only 450W (according to the manufacturer’s website here), so it’s not particularly strong compared to many other blenders on the market. The different speeds are activated by pushing buttons, all of which are raised, so may be hard to clean with spills. It has a two-year warranty, according to the manufacturer’s website here, which is fairly standard for this brand’s range.

On the whole this is a classic blender suitable for anyone who wants simplicity in their machine, and who isn’t too bothered about having better specs or a stronger motor. If you’re planning on doing plenty of liquidy blends, and you don’t care for the added bells and whistles of other machines, this is a good simple model for you.

PROS

  • Pulse
  • 10 speeds
  • Dishwasher-safe parts

CONS

  • 450W motor
  • Tall container
  • No pre-programmed settings

Smoothie Maker BS600

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The BS600 Smoothie Maker is a very interesting machine, and the only one of its type that I’ve ever seen. It has a big 1.5L blending container that goes directly into a juice dispenser, so you can blend up a smoothie and then have it on-tap to pour straight into your glass. This is a cool feature that means you can keep your smoothie there if you want a couple of glasses over the day. Whether it is actually advantageous is unknown; it might be difficult to clean the tube between the blender and the dispenser (as with all smaller hard to reach areas), which could make this more difficult to use than it otherwise would be, and the container will need to be cleaned anyway. Thicker blends, like this ultimate plant based chocolate shake, might not pour through the dispenser properly.

Although this model only has a 450W motor, it’s claimed to be strong enough to crush ice. It has a pulse function and three different speeds to choose from. There’s little information about it, so the warranty is in question – it’s not shown how long it actually lasts for even after doing extensive research.

PROS

  • Pulse
  • 3 speeds

CONS

  • 450W motor
  • Unattractive design
  • Tall container
  • No pre-programmed settings
  • Unknown warranty

If you’re looking for a machine that’s powerful and effective, the Performance FusionBlade is your best bet. This blender has the highest motor strength of all the blenders listed here, so it’s going to be the best at blending just about anything. If you’re after a simple design and a powerful motor, this is the best model for you.

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Spiralizers are a cheap and easy way to incorporate more veggies into your meals, however, with an oversaturated market, it can be hard to know what spiralizer to go for. Luckily, handheld spiralizers aren’t particularly expensive and as long as they come with sharp blades, you’ll be all set to start making beautiful, pasta-inspired dishes.

We’ve rounded up five of the best handheld spiralizers on the market to take the stress and confusion out of your hunt for the ultimate handheld spiralizer. Read our ultimate handheld spiralizer review to find out which one ticks all the right boxes.

Why are these Handheld Spiralizers so great for spiralizing fruits and veggies?

If you’ve been thinking about buying a handheld spiralizer but feel overwhelmed with the amount of spiralizers there are out there, it can be a daunting task to start looking. With so many spiralizers on the market, it’s a little tricky to figure out one to go for.

Ideally you want something sturdy and robust with a sturdy vegetable mount to ensure your vegetables are firmly in place while you spiralize. The best handheld spiralizers ensure that the blades are completely out of harm’s way during usage and storage.

Other features that you may wish to consider include spiralizers that come with a range of removable blades so you can alternate the types of noodles you make as well as spiralizers that are dishwasher safe.

All the spiralizers on this list have been chosen for their high quality blades and sturdy designs so it’s simply a matter of deciding what kind of noodles you wish to create with your spiralizer and taking it from there. They are also all sturdy and easy to hold without making your hands tired, which make them easy and safe to work with.

Almost any fruit or veggie can be transformed into beautiful, spiralized noodles (or zoodles as some say if you're using zucchini).

What are the differences between these models?

The spiralizers featured here were all chosen for their high quality build as well as their super sharp blades. So all you have to do before deciding which spiralizer to buy is to figure out how many blades you want. Zeroing in on the number of blades you require is the main hurdle –once you’ve figured that out, choosing a spiralizer that meets your needs is easy.

Some people may want a variety of different blade options so they can make a wider variety of fruit and veggie “noodles.” Others might be happy with just one or two blades while still wanting something that they can rely on.

We’ve rounded up 5 of the best handheld spiralizers on the market in our definitive review. They are all sturdy, high quality designs and feature razor-sharp blades so read on to find out which spiralizer has all the features that make it a good match for you.

Oxo Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer

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The Oxo Good Grips Handheld Spiralizer comes with just one blade that will transform your veggies into beautiful, uniform noodles. It is a great option for those of you who are looking for a simple, fuss-free spiralizer with no interchangeable blades.

The non-slip grip makes it easy to hold on to and the device is sturdy enough to handle tough veggies like potatoes and butternut squash, although it is necessary to spiralize larger veggies in batches.

For those of you who like the Oxo brand but who need more blade variety, then note that there are two other variations of the Oxo handheld spiralizer that come with either 2 or 3 blades, depending on your preference. The 2 blade option comes with a fettuccine blade fixture to go with the original noodle blade. The 3 blade option comes with a ribbon slicer, which is great for people looking to make fruit and veggie chips. All additional blades stack neatly on top of the original blade, which makes for easy, efficient storage. We featured the 3 blade option here as we think it is worthwhile to have all the blades just in case.

This spiralizer is compact, aesthetic and dishwasher safe and good for spiralizing individual portions. It also comes with a cap to protect blades during storage.

PROS

  • Sharp blades
  • Compact
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Nonslip grip
  • Multiple blades

CONS

  • Not great for super large veggies

Paderno World Cuisine Two Blade Handheld Slicer

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The Paderno World Cuisine handheld vegetable slicer comes with two hardy blades that can be used to create both spaghetti and thick cut “accordion” style noodles. The blade frames even come with a small holding core to keep food in place.

This is a slightly bigger spiralizer compared to other handheld models although it is still small and compact enough to store away easily. Its sharp blades handle heavy-duty vegetables such as beets and sweet potatoes very well, although you will need to resize larger veggies to fit into the spiralizer. If you're looking to do a lot of this, a crank spiral cutter might be the better option.

The pronged veggie holder comes with 12 hardy spikes, making it easy to get a good, secure “grip” on your veggies so that you won’t have to keep putting your food back into place and keep your hands away from sharp blades.

The Paderno spiralizer is a good option if you are looking to make short veggie ribbons as well as classic spaghetti noodles. It is easy to clean, dishwasher safe and the blades stack neatly on top of one another as one unit for easy storage. It also comes with a container for safe, dust-free storage.

PROS

  • Sharp Blades
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Good grip on veggies
  • Good at handling tough veggies

CONS

  • No non-slip grip

Vremi Triblade Vegetable Spiralizer

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The three different blades that come with the Vremi Vegetable Spiralizer allow you to achieve uniform angel hair noodles, spaghetti and fettuccine noodles and can even handle large, tough veggies like butternut squash, celeriac and sweet potatoes that have been pre-cut. Note that user reports say that spiralizing tough veggies like sweet potatoes may require quite a lot of effort. If you are planning on spiralizing things other than carrots, cucumbers and zucchinis this might not work for you unless you are prepared to put a lot of elbow grease into preparing your noodles!

The Vremi spiralizer also comes with a peeler so that you can peel your veggies before spiralizing them which is made of top quality ceramic. This spiralizer even comes with a custom made cleaning brush so that you can clean out your blades before washing.

If you are looking for a spiralizer that is dishwasher safe then this one doesn’t fit the bill as it needs to be hand washed under a sink. It is made from top quality, BPA-free plastic so you can spiralize away, knowing that your health is not being compromised.

PROS

  • Multiple blades
  • Ultra sharp ceramic peeler

CONS

  • Isn't dishwasher safe

Native Spring Spiral Vegetable Slicer

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The Native Spring handheld spiralizer comes with 2 julienne blades that can spiralize your fruits and veggies into fettuccine and spaghetti style noodles. This spiralizer is a good choice for people who don’t need that much blade variety but are still looking for something reliable and effective.

This is a lower tier, budget-friendly spiralizer although it is well-built and powerful enough to spiralize all kinds of veggies with ease and efficiency. It does remarkably well at handling large, tough veggies like taro, sweet potatoes and turnips so if you want to work with a wide array of produce, then this spiralizer’s is a good option. Do bear in mind that it will still require a little elbow grease to transform tougher veggies into noodles but it can be done with patience and persistence.

The overall design of the spiralizer is sturdy yet sleek and can handle large volumes of fruits or veggies with no problems. There have been some reports that this spiralizer wastes quite a lot of the vegetable while you are spiralizing so if you are really looking to maximize on the food you are using, then this spiralizer might not be a good fit for you. You may have to do some manual cutting of the leftovers, but this could lead to uneven pieces and not perfectly spiraled zoodles.

It also stores easily and is dishwasher safe.

PROS

  • Can handle large tough veggies with ease 
  • Budget Friendly
  • Large Blades
  • Dishwasher Safe
  • Sturdy

CONS

  • Wastes the veggie you are spiralizing
  • Not a lot of blade variety

SpiralLife Handheld Vegetable Slicer

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The SpiralLife spiralizer is small, sleek and compact and can easily be put away in any drawer or kitchen cabinet. The attractive design is also dishwasher safe, making clean-ups simple and efficient. It even comes with a complementary cleaning brush so that you can get rid of any veggie remnants from the blades before you put it in the dishwasher.

The SpiralLife spiralizer is sturdy and reliable and the cap has recently been redesigned so that there is less food waste as you spiralize. This means that it can get through an entire cucumber or zucchini with little to no food wastage. It is resistant to clogs or jams while you spiralize which means you can produce meals in record time.

The spiralizer can handle small and medium sized fruits and vegetables with great ease and if you are planning on spiralizing large vegetables then they can be cut in into pieces and spiralized in batches. The blades are made to a very high standard, making it easy to turn while you spiralize your veggies. The pronged vegetable holder has been built to ensure that fruits and veggies don’t fall out of place. It even comes with a bonus veggie peeler so that you can peel your veggies before spiralizing.

If you want something small and sleek and are not bothered about blade versatility, the efficiency and sturdiness of the design make it easy to get through large batches of fruits and vegetables at a fast rate and it works very well on tough veggies like potatoes, making it ideal for people who value produce versatility over multiple blade options.

PROS

  • Sharp blades
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Sturdy and reliable
  • Small and compact

CONS

  • Not a lot of blade versatility 

Conclusion

All the spiralizers featured on this list were chosen for their sturdiness and super sharp blades, however, when it came to ticking all the boxes: safe storage, multiple blade options and attractive yet robust design, the Oxo Good grips spiralizer came out on top. Although all the spiralizers featured here are both high quality and affordable, the non-slip grip cover, sharp blades and attractive design make it a fantastic option that delivers on all gastronomical fronts.

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Besides being a healthy way of incorporating pasta-style dishes into your meals, veggie noodles can also be a fun and diverse way to get your five-a-day. Spiralizers are a great way to turn everyday veggies into healthy, satisfying meals. Whether you’re a die-hard veggie noodle aficionado or more of a part-timer, spiralizers are an awesome tool to add to any vegan kitchen. Read our KitchenAid spiralizer attachment review to see if it is the right spiralizer for you.

Overall Thrive Cuisine Rating:  4.4

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Build Quality

5/5

Design

4/5

Storage

5/5

Ease of Spiralizing

5/5

Blade Versatility

3/5

PROS

  • Fast, efficient spiralizing
  • Compact storage
  • One-year warranty
  • Motor-powered

CONS

  • Only works by attaching to KitchenAid mixer
  • May have trouble with larger veggies

Key Features: KitchenAid Spiralizer Review

The KitchenAid spiralizer comes in a sleek, ultra modern design that would make an attractive addition to any kitchen. It features a versatile blade system that comes with four quick-change blades including a spiral peeling blade, a spiral slice blade, a medium spiralizer blade and a fine spiralizer blade.

The blade versatility of the KitchenAid spiralizer makes it a great option for people wishing to experiment with different blade attachments and different styles of veggie noodles. They are also super easy to attach and re-attach making it ideal for those of you looking to “mix things up” at mealtimes.

This spiralizer is completely unique from other spiralizers in that it attaches to the power hub on any standard KitchenAid stand mixer model. It uses the power of a motor to operate the attachments rather than being powered by a hand crank like most standard spiralizers.

If the idea of using a hand crank does not appeal to you and you already own a KitchenAid stand mixer then you may wish to consider getting this spiralizer as it does all the work for you. This frees up your time to attend to other mealtime duties, allowing for more time to get creative in the kitchen.

As far as spiralizers go, this is one of the most efficient spiralizers on the market thanks to the motor-powered blade attachments that do all the work for you.

The KitchenAid spiralizer is an obvious choice for people who already own a KitchenAid mixer as the blade attachments fit right onto the mixer. The space-saving benefits are a plus as are the motor-powered blade attachments. If you don’t already own a KitchenAid stand mixer and don’t plan on getting one then you are better off going with a manual spiralizer.

Design and Build Quality

There have been reports that the KitchenAid spiralizer cannot tackle large, heavy vegetables such as butternut squash so if veggie versatility is important to you, this is not an ideal option. However, this is the case with most spiralizers as given the task at hand, it's difficult to have a "one size fits all option, unless you go with a julienne peeler. or the Brieftons Spiralizer  (which is a bit more accommodating) that we discuss below.

Despite not being able to tackle large, tough veggies, it does handle most other fruits and veggies like zucchinis, potatoes and apples very well. All four blades are extremely well made and robust as they are made from premium metal.

As long as you’re not planning on spiralizing large, cumbersome veggies then this spiralizer works like a charm.

Ease of Use

The KitchenAid spiralizer is one of the easiest spiralizers to use. It’s as simple as attaching one of the four blade attachments to a standard KitchenAid mixer and powering up the motor. Because the motor does most of the work for you, you don’t have to worry about tiring out your arm muscles or spending too long spiralizing your veggies for mealtimes. In fact, this spiralizer is so efficient it makes an obvious choice for those of you looking for ways to cut down on mealtime prep.

How Easy is it to Clean?

All Four KitchenAid spiralizer blades are very easy to clean as they are dishwasher safe. The blades can also be washed in the kitchen sink if necessary.

Is It Reliable?

The premium metal construction is topnotch and all four blades are easy to attach and reattach to any standard KitchenAid mixer model. It also comes with a 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty.

How Does it Compare?

Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, 4-Blade

If you’re looking to get a lot of use out of your spiralizer then the Paderno spiralizer may be just what you’re looking for. It makes a great choice for people who love to spend time in the kitchen inventing new recipes thanks to its four versatile blade attachments.

The four blade fixtures offer a wide variety of spiralizing options. There is an angel hair shredding blade for Asian-inspired dishes, a straight/accordion blade for ribbon-like cuts, a fine shredding blade for “spaghetti” noodles and a chipping blade for things like beet chips or sweet potato fries. Although the KitchenAid spiralizer also comes with four blades, the blades that come with the Paderno offer more room to get creative with your cuts.

The newly updated design has a folding body and is more compact than previous models as it has been built with easier storage in mind. It is also adjustable for left and right-handed users making it an appealing option for lefties. If storage is an issue for you then you may wish to consider the KitchenAid as the blade fixtures are small and compact and make for ultra compact storage.

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The covered storage area protects unused blades and is built to an extremely high standard with suctions cups on the feet to stop it from sliding all over the counter. Don’t be fooled by its sleek design –this spiralizer is actually extremely robust and sturdy. It features a strong hand crank and a pronged vegetable holder that can tackle even the toughest of veggies (like taro, sweet potatoes and rutabaga).

It is important to think about the types of fruits and veggies that you will be spiralizing before deciding on what spiralizer you wish to buy. If you would like to be able to use butternut squash and celeriac, then the Paderno spiralizer makes a better choice than the KitchenAid, however, the KitchenAid does a better (and quicker) job at spiralizing standard fruits and veggies.

If you are considering making an inventive repertoire of meals, the Paderno spiralizer comes with a variety of blade options that tackle any veggie you can think of so you can really make the most out of your spiralizer. If you want fast, sleek efficiency and are not concerned with spiralizing butternut squash or taro then consider the KitchenAid spiralizer.

Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer

Top-load spiralizers, like Brieftons Vertico Spiralizer, work like conventional side-load spiralizers except that they have gravity do most of the work for you.

It comes with 4 stainless steel blades that can be used to cut veggies in a variety of different ways. There are blades for fettuccine, spaghetti, ribbons and papardelle noodles.

Don’t be fooled by its flimsy appearance, this spiralizer is extremely robust and sturdy and can tackle most of your spiralizing needs with no problems. It is equipped to spiralize most medium/large veggies although it will not be able to handle veggies that are both round and large (like celeriac). Large zucchinis and butternut squash shouldn’t be a problem, though, and it can also handle beets and carrots.

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As far as veggie versatility goes, the Breiftons Vertico spiralizer is great at handling a wide variety of fruit and veggie sizes, making it more versatile than the KitchenAid spiralizer.

The downward facing prongs make it easy to hold veggies in place and the hand crank works well, although is not as robust or efficient as the KitchenAid spiralizer.

Extra strong suction cups on the feet stop it from sliding all over the counter so as far as hand-operated spiralizers, this one makes a good option.

As far as designs go, this spiralizer is sleek and attractive and takes up very little room in kitchen cabinets or on the kitchen counter. It is not as easy to disassemble as the KitchenAid spiralizer blade attachments, however, if you’re really tight on space it can be taken apart and stored away for seamless, clutter-free storage.

Veggiespize 5 Blade Spiralizer

The Veggiespize spiralizer comes with 5 blades that can spiralize your veggies in many different ways. There are blades for creating angel hair pasta, curly fries, lasagna noodles, ribbons and standard noodles. This gives it a slight edge over the KitchenAid spiralizer because you have a slightly wider choice of blades.

The Veggiespize is a great buy for people wishing to whip up different kinds of potato dishes. This model comes with a special curly fry blade that can help transform sweet potatoes and potatoes into curly fries. The lasagna noodle blade can also be used to make potato chips. There is less versatility with the KitchenAid spiralizer blades, which limits your recipe options if you want to be really creative and inventive.

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The Veggiespize spiralizer is a little bulky so if you’re not planning on using it that often or if you’re tight on space then you may wish to go with a more ergonomic design like the KitchenAid. The KitchenAid is less bulky and it is easier to dissemble the blades, however, if your priority is to have more blades then you can still dissemble the Veggiespize if space is an issue.

The Veggiespize spiralizer comes with a central blade storage chamber and features suction cups on the bottom making it sturdy and wobble-free. If you don’t like washing up then note that, while the KitchenAid spiralizer is suitable for dishwasher use, the Veggiespize is questionable as to whether the plastic components can go in the top rack of the dishwasher as there is no specific mention of it being dishwasher safe like the Kitchenaid.

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Whether you want to create fettuccine, spaghetti, ribbons or twirls, spiralizers are a great way to help transform fruits and veggies into healthful, nourishing meals. Spiralized veggies noodles are a surprisingly filling and satisfying substitute for pasta, which makes them great if you are on a health kick or are simply looking to lose weight. Read our definitive Oxo Good Grips 3-Blade spiralizer review to see if this is the right spiralizer for you.

Overall Thrive Cuisine Rating:  4.5

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Build Quality

5/5

Design

5/5

Storage

5/5

Ease of Spiralizing

5/5

Blade Versatility

3/5

PROS

  • Small but sturdy
  • Attractive design
  • Easy to store
  • Ultra sharp blades

CONS

  • Lack of blade versatility

Key Features: Oxo Good Grips 3-Blade Spiralizer Review

The Oxo Good Grips spiralizer is a sturdy, well-built device that will transform your fruits and veggies into various kinds of noodles.The color-coded blades allow you to achieve uniform spaghetti noodles, fettuccine and ribbons and can handle even the largest and toughest of veggies like butternut squash and sweet potatoes.

This spiralizer is robust enough to handle large veggies like cabbage, butternut squash and celeriac with no problems and you can even make things like cauliflower “rice.” The stronghold suction at the bottom of the spiralizer means that you can spiralize any fruit or veggie you wish without the fear of the spiralizer wobbling or sliding around everywhere.

Most similarly designed spiralizers contain a blade storage section in the middle of the device but the Oxo spiralizer contains a removable on-board blade box that allows you to keep your blades clean when not in use.

Besides keeping your blades clean when not in use, the blade box is a great way to keep the blades completely out of harm’s way. If you’ve got young children, this spiralizer makes an attractive option because each blade has its own container making them harder to get to.

The pronged food holder is strong and secure enough to hold even the toughest veggies in place so you can work quickly and efficiently. Spiralizing tough veggies like sweet potatoes requires very little elbow grease thanks to the powerful, well-built hand crank.

Design and Build Quality

This spiralizer is extremely well-built and sturdy, making it really easy to work with. It creates beautiful, uniform noodles without much effort and is small enough to store away without being clunky and cumbersome.

The spiralizer is a classic side-load design but features a unique removable storage box that keeps blades clean and safe when not in use. It is small enough to store away in a cabinet when not in use but can also easily be taken apart if space is an issue.

The Oxo spiralizer manages to combine the best of two worlds: small and attractive yet strong and extremely effective.

Ease of Use

The Oxo spiralizer is easy to use and easy to assemble and disassemble. Thanks to its ultra-sharp blades, secure food gripper and sturdy hand crank, spiralizing is fast and efficient.

The color-coded blades are a great feature and make it easy to tell which blade is which. The stronghold suction allow you to spiralize your veggies without the spiralizer wobbling and sliding all over the countertop.

How Easy is it to Clean?

The Oxo spiralizer is dishwasher safe and can also be rinsed under running water.

Is It Reliable?

The Oxo spiralizer is well-built making it sturdy and reliable. It can even handle large summer zucchinis and tougher, larger veggies like parsnips and turnips. An ideal combination of sharp blades and powerful hand crank make it an efficient way to spiralize your veggies into uniform ribbons and noodles.

How Does it Compare?

Veggiespize 5 Blade Spiralizer

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The Veggiespize spiralizer comes with 5 blades that can spiralize your fruits and veggies in many different ways while the Oxo spiralizer only comes with 3 blades so if having loads of blades is important to you, you may wish to consider the Veggiespize.

While the Oxo spiralizer comes with blades that transform your veggies into spaghetti, fettuccine and ribbons, the Veggiespize comes with blades for creating angel hair pasta, curly fries, lasagna noodles, ribbons and standard noodles. This gives it a slight edge over the Oxo spiralizer because you have a wider choice of blades.

The Veggiespize comes with a special curly fry blade that can help transform sweet potatoes and potatoes into curly fries. The lasagna noodle blade can be used to make potato chips as well as zucchini “lasagna.” There is no curly fry or lasagna noodle blade that comes with the Oxo spiralizer, which limits your recipe options if you want to be really inventive in the kitchen.

The Veggiespize spiralizer is a tad on the bulky side so if you’re not planning on using your spiralizer that often or if you’re tight on space then the Oxo spiralizer is a good bet because it is small but solid. The Oxo spiralizer is also less bulky and easier to dissemble, however, if your priority is to have more blades then you can still dissemble the Veggiespize if you’re tight on space.

The Veggiespize spiralizer comes with a central blade storage chamber but it’s the Oxo spiralizer’s on-board removable blade box that comes up trumps. While you can easily dirty your blades on the Veggiespize this is impossible to do with the Oxo spiralizer because of its superior blade box that keeps the blades hermetically sealed.

Spiralizer 5-Blade Vegetable Slicer

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The 5 blade vegetable slicer is a good, solid spiralizer and can handle all your spiralizing needs –from zucchinis and carrots to celeriac and turnips. The wide variety of blade options means you can choose between making thick, wide ribbons for garnishes and terrines or more conventional noodles like linguine, spaghetti, fettuccine, and angel hair.

This spiralizer has recently been redesigned for a stronger, sturdier build and is made with cutlery-grade stainless steel blades that can cut through even the toughest of veggies.

The heavy-duty hand crank and prong have been made to be 30-35% stronger than previous models, which makes it extremely efficient at tackling all your spiralizing needs. It also has suction cups on the feet so that it stays in place while you are spiralizing. Although the Oxo spiralizer is smaller, it does just as good a job spiralizing fruits and veggies as the 5-blade Vegetable Slicer and has an equally reliable suction feature to stop it from sliding over food prep surfaces.

The design is definitely bulkier than the Oxo spiralizer but it can be disassembled and comes with a self-contained blade storage unit. The Oxo spiralizer’s blade storage box is better at keeping the blades clean and stops food getting onto your blades when the spiralizer is in use.

If you’re looking to get a lot of use out of your spiralizer then this one makes a great tool to add to your arsenal of kitchen equipment. It is a good buy for people who really want to get creative in the kitchen thanks to its multiple blade fixtures. If you’re looking for quality assurance, this spiralizer comes with a lifetime warranty to put your mind at ease.

Paderno World Cuisine Spiralizer Pro, 4-Blade

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If you’re looking to get a lot of use out of your spiralizer then the Paderno spiralizer is a good buy. If you are the sort of person who likes to make an inventive repertoire of meals then this model comes with a variety of blade options to really make the most out of your spiralizer.

There are four blade fixtures that give you a wide variety of spiralizing options making the Paderno spiralizer extremely versatile. There is, a straight/accordion blade for ribbon-like cuts, a fine shredding blade for “spaghetti” and a chipping blade for things like sweet potato fries. There’s even a blade to make fine angel hair pasta for pilaf inspired noodles or Asian-style cuisine. With four blades, you have more room to be creative with your cuts compared with the Oxo spiralizer which only comes with three blades.

The newly updated design has a folding body, which makes it compact and easy to store away, however, it is bigger than the Oxo spiralizer. This means that if you’re really tight on space you may wish to go with the Oxo spiralizer.

The Paderno spiralizer’s most unique feature is that it is adjustable for left and right-handed users making it an appealing option for lefties who may have to make a bit more effort to get the Oxo spiralizer working.

The covered storage area protects unused blades and it is built to an extremely high standard. It also has suction cups on the feet to stop it from sliding on the counter.

Both spiralizers are attractive, effective and super sturdy. They both feature strong hand cranks and pronged vegetable holders that can tackle even the toughest of veggies (like taro and rutabaga) so you have to decide what features are most important to you. The Paderno spiralizer comes with more blades, and is lefty friendly while the Oxo spiralizer comes with hermetically sealed blades and is easier to store.

To be honest, any of these spiralizers are a great pick. There aren't any clear winners and losers and your decision is going to come down to your budget as well as specific needs.

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Keen on a Vitamix? Well, who isn’t? The brand is synonymous with ‘just working’ – buying one of their blenders almost guarantees that you’ll be able to blend anything, anytime, for years to come. If you want that sort of guarantee, but for whatever reason can’t justify a Vitamix, take a look at the blenders to come; they rival the brand’s excellent specs, so you’re sure to find something that suits you just right.

Why go for an alternative to a Vitamix?

If you’re interested in Vitamix blenders, it’s probably for a couple of reasons: their powerful motors, capable of blending down anything; their excellent build quality, which ensures they’re going to work for years on end; their long warranties, which are well-honored by the company; and their ease of use, which means it’s not hard to get exactly what you’re after.

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If you'd like a Vitamix to up your breakfast game, these alternatives will do you green smoothies just as smooth.

If you want all these, but you aren’t interested in buying a Vitamix, it’s probably down to one reason: price. The blenders in this list are all typically found at lower price points (prices vary) than Vitamix models, which are top-of-the-range products. However, this doesn’t mean that they can’t compare with the powerhouse brand. All the models in this list have similar specs to Vitamix models, and all have been chosen because they’re viable alternatives.

What are the differences between the models?

Each of the models listed here has a different strength. Some are more powerful than others with 3-peak horsepower, and represent increased processing power most similar to Vitamix’s powerhouse motors; others have sub-2 horsepower motors. Some have improved design elements that make them more attractive and easy to use than Vitamix models. Some have seven-year warranties just like Vitamix; others have only two year warranties. Some have pre-programmed settings, including inbuilt cleaning cycles, that make them most similar to higher-end Vitamix products.

What are your priorities?

Which model appeals most to you depends on what exactly you want a Vitamix for. Is it processing power? Those with higher horsepower, like the Blendtec models and the Cuisinart, are likely to be your best bet. Do you want something that’s going to last you years? Go for something with a longer warranty, like the Blendtec Designer Series Blender or the KitchenAid, as a longer warranty means that the company stands behind its build quality. Want something that’s easy to use? Grab something with pre-programmed settings, like the Blendtec models or the Cuisinart. In it for something that’s going to look great in your kitchen? The KitchenAid has 21 color options (selection varies) and a beautiful design that’ll make you proud to stand it on your countertop.

Blendtec Designer Series Blender

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This is the best Vitamix alternative for its similarities to the core of the Vitamix brand: it’s powerful, it’s attractive, it’s reliable, and it comes with a long warranty. The 3-peak horsepower motor is capable of blending up anything, the design is sleek, and it comes fitted with a seven-year warranty, the same as Vitamix’s standard.

As well as following Vitamix into a multitude of speeds and pre-programmed settings, the Designer Series also comes with an inbuilt cleaning cycle to make using it even easier. It comes with the large five-sided Wildside container, designed to make blending even more efficient than a four-sided container, and an inbuilt cooling system to keep the motor from overheating even with heavy use, like if you're making this cinnamon almond butter.

This is an excellent blender ideal for anyone who wants all the benefits of a Vitamix without buying a Vitamix. Don’t look past this machine: Blendtec is an excellent brand, and this is one of their best models.

PROS

  • 3-peak horsepower
  • Attractive design
  • Wildside container
  • Ten speeds
  • Six pre-programmed settings
  • Three color options
  • Inbuilt cleaning cycle
  • Inbuilt cooling system
  • Seven-year warranty
  • Excellent build quality

CONS

  • None!

Cuisinart CBT-2000 Hurricane Pro

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The Hurricane Pro is an excellent, powerful blender with the highest horsepower on this list at 3.5-peak. This makes it incredibly strong – it’s significantly more power than most Vitamix models – and as a result heavy use is likely to do less damage to the motor than in weaker motors.

It also comes with four pre-programmed settings – fruit smoothie, green smoothie, ice crush, and soup – and an inbuilt cleaning system, both of which are shared by higher-tier Vitamix products. Unlike a Vitamix is does not come with a tamper, and its warranty is only three years long with a 10-year limited motor warranty (see the manufacturer’s website here) compared to Vitamix’s classic seven-year warranty. However, this isn’t necessarily indicative of build quality; Cuisinart has a reputation and is one of the top brands around the globe.

PROS

  • 3.5-peak horsepower
  • Variable speed dial
  • Five pre-programmed settings
  • Inbuilt cleaning cycle
  • 10-Year Limited Motor Warranty

CONS

  • Three-year warranty

Blendtec Total Blender

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The Total Blender is Blendtec’s top-selling product, with a fervent customer base that’s happy to espouse its many positive qualities. Like a Vitamix, it comes with a number of manual speeds; like the higher-end Vitamix models, it comes with pre-programmed settings.

Unlike a Vitamix, its focus is on these pre-programmed settings. While Vitamix tends to focus on the importance of manual control, with variable control dials and various switches, the Total Blender has an increased focus instead on its pre-programmed cycles. These – smoothie, batters, hot soup, whole juice, ice cream, and ice crush – are designed so that you needn’t have to bother with manual control of your machine. Imagine using the ice cream setting to make this vegan brownie chocolate ice cream - could it be any easier?

Depending on whether you’d like the control that a Vitamix offers, this may be a great step for you. If you’re planning on making the listed items most of the time, this will definitely save you time. If you’re going to make a lot of nut butters or sauces that require precise control, it’s probably not going to help you much to have reduced control.

PROS

  • 3-peak horsepower
  • Wildside container
  • Ten speeds
  • Six pre-programmed settings
  • Three color options
  • Excellent build quality

CONS

  • None!

KitchenAid Diamond Speed Blender

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The KitchenAid Diamond Speed Blender is one of the brand’s top sellers. Its main appeal is its appearance – it’s one of the most attractive models on the market, and it comes in a whopping 21 color options so that you can customize it perfectly to your space. In this way, this model’s appearance is the thing that makes it most like a Vitamix, which is known for its sleek design.

This model also has a fairly long limited warranty – five years, according to the manufacturer’s website here, very close to the Vitamix brand’s seven-year warranties – and good build quality. Unfortunately, it is much weaker than most Vitamix machines, with a motor strength of 600W, significantly lower than even the weakest Vitamix. As a result, it’s unlikely to be as effective a blender as a Vitamix. Dealing with hard objects, like lots of ice or nuts, is likely to prove a problem to this model’s motor. In this way, this model is very unlike a Vitamix.

So if your priority is aesthetics, this model is the way to go – if you’re interested in a Vitamix for all the things it’s able to do, it might not be a top pick for you.

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Manual speed settings
  • Pre-programmed ice crush setting
  • 21 color options (varies by retailer)
  • Dishwasher-safe components
  • Five-year warranty

CONS

  • 600W motor

Ninja Ultima Blender BL830

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This is the best Ninja model to compare to any of the Vitamix range for a number of reasons: it’s one of the most powerful, it has an impressive variable speed dial, and it has a marginally longer two-year warranty. While many other Ninja machines struggle to top 2-peak horsepower, the BL830 hits 2.5; it also comes with a single serve option, so that if you want to you can use the smaller cup on the same base to blend a smaller amount.

Like the other Ninja machines, it has a passably attractive appearance and an average build quality. It doesn’t come with any pre-programmed settings and the warranty is significantly shorter than a Vitamix. But it’s also very cost-effective, so if you’re on a budget this should be the model on the list that you go for.

PROS

  • 2.5-peak horsepower
  • Variable 10-speed dial
  • Single serve option

CONS

  • Two-year warranty

If you’re looking for something that’s best able to replicate a Vitamix, your top pick is the Blendtec Designer Series Blender. It’s very powerful, very reliable, sleek and attractive, and has a seven-year warranty, the same as Vitamix’s. It’s capable of grinding nuts into flours or nut butters, crushing ice, and whipping up vegetables into steaming soups. In other words, it’s the perfect Vitamix alternative.

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Everyone can benefit from a cookbook. It doesn’t matter if you’ve been vegan for twenty-five minutes or twenty-five years, we can all use a little inspiration when it comes to preparing new things and getting our hands dirty in the kitchen. Luckily, as vegans we’re spoiled for choice when it comes to great books to help us out in this regard. You need not try to substitute things for other things in your one cookbook that you love, hoping it’ll turn out right; you need not eschew your favorite meals entirely.

Check out the ten best cookbooks for beginners, experts and everything in between. You’re sure to find something that’ll take your fancy.


Thug Kitchen: Eat Like You Give a F**k

Thug Kitchen is a website that became popular thanks to its no-nonsense – some would say ‘aggressive’ – style of encouraging you to eat your vegetables. Littered with curse words and insistent demands, this cookbook follows the website in teaching you not only how to make food but why you should be focusing on healthier living, and the skills you need to go about improving your diet for the better.

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If you’d like over a hundred recipes and a bunch of useful skills, but you’re sick of dealing with ‘holier-than-thou’ cookbooks featuring women with perfect hair, Thug Kitchen is a great pick for you. The food is fresh, bright, and full of flavor; the recipes are easy to follow; and you’re sure to get a laugh as you stumble across the latest ridiculous use of a curse word in a cookbook setting.


Forks Over Knives: The Cookbook

Forks Over Knives took veganism and helped to make it mainstream. The documentary won awards and hearts the world over, and the cookbook is following in its footsteps. This book has the same facts-based approach to cooking as the documentary had to veganism, so it’s the perfect choice if you’d like a smart, whole-foods-based cookbook that doesn’t rely on fake meats and cheeses but on fresh, wholesome cooking.

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It also comes with over 300 recipes – so if you’re just starting out in veganism, you can make a meal a night for a little under a year without repeating anything twice.


The Oh She Glows Cookbook

Oh She Glows is one of the best websites for finding vegan recipes; Angela Liddon’s recipes are always delicious, easy to make, and feature plenty of fresh produce to help keep you healthy. It doesn’t matter what you’re into, Oh She Glows has a veganized recipe for it; and here, in her first cookbook, she puts the best up front and center with her classic beautiful photography and easy-to-follow recipes.

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This is a book that’s really ideal for anyone at any stage of veganism. Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve been vegan for years, this book will give you a bunch of ideas for new meals that can add something to your repertoire. It’s guaranteed to be a book that will last you for years to come; just like Angela’s website, when you think you’ve exhausted it, you’ll find something new and interesting that you weren’t expecting.

If you'd like to try some of her recipes before you go for the whole cookbook, Angela's vegan chili (featuring homemade vegan sour cream!) is a great way to go. ​


Veganomicon: The Ultimate Vegan Cookbook

If you’re into a more experimental style of cooking, Veganomicon should be one of the top picks on your list. It’s not a simple cookbook for homely food; instead, it’s bursting with interesting flavor combinations that are sure to challenge and inspire you. Drawing from almost every cuisine imaginable and combining them all into a vibrant fusion style, Isa Moskowitz and Terry Romero provide over 250 recipes with beautiful photography to help you get inspired in the kitchen. Plus, this book doesn’t rely on you using a bunch of vegan ‘replacements’ – no fake eggs or meats are required here, just good old fashioned food and lots of new spices.

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So if you’re feeling a little uninspired when it comes to the kitchen – if you’re tired of the tried and true, and are looking for something explosive and interesting – this will be an excellent purchase.


Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker

Have you had a slow cooker sitting at the bottom of your cupboard for years? Have you just transitioned to veganism, and you’re missing having a whole host of easy recipes to put on while you’re at work? Or has someone just given you an interesting new birthday present, and you’re looking for a way to make it more than a paperweight?

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Fresh from the Vegan Slow Cooker is Robin Robertson’s latest slow-cooking cookbook, and it incorporates the body of knowledge that she’s amassed over years of creating recipes for slow cookers. It’s a very informative book – instead of just throwing different things into your slow cooker and hoping for the best, this book takes into account the water proportion of different vegetables and the way your particular slow cooker works to create excellent recipes that won’t all come out like stodgy soups. Instead, you can use your slow cooker to its full potential.

If you’re looking to take your slow cooker game to the next level, look no further than this book.


Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking

Minimalist Baker is another of the internet’s best plant-based websites. Its major calling card is in the name: all of Dana Shultz’s recipes require ten ingredients or less, a single bowl, or under 30 minutes to prepare. Her first physical cookbook follows the same formula, and all of the 101 recipes within its pages are super-simple to create, taste great, and are filled with vegetables and whole grains to keep you healthy and satisfied.

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If you’re someone who doesn’t necessarily like to cook, or someone who’s short on time and would appreciate a little extra simplicity in the kitchen, this cookbook is a great option for you. It comes with handy tips on what you need to stock your pantry with, and the recipes are tried and tested by the online community – so you know they’re good. If you prefer to keep your cooking minimal, the Minimalist Baker’s Everyday Cooking is a great choice.


Vegan Richa’s Indian Kitchen

Luckily, Indian food is one of the best cuisines to find vegetarian food in; unluckily, ghee, paneer, and cream can make finding vegan Indian food somewhat difficult. It’s easiest to make your own, but truly replicating a good Indian dish requires a heap of skill and spices. Richa makes it easy. Her cookbook streamlines complicated procedures to make them easier to understand, and she’s quick to offer alternative spices for when you’ve run short of one. Instead of having to scour the internet for just the right way to do something, she’s there with a short explanation and an easy-to-follow guide.

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The recipes are varied and imaginative, so you need not worry that you’ll be purchasing a book filled solely with dahl recipes. It teaches you how to make flat breads and desserts, and there’s plenty of opportunity to incorporate new vegetables and protein-heavy legumes. If you love Indian food but find the process of making your own to be daunting, this is the book for you: beautiful photography and clear instructions make it easy, plus the recipes are to die for.

To decide whether you like her style, check out Richa's recipe for five types of vegan naan. ​


But I Could Never Go Vegan!

Have you ever said those words? Did – or does – the thought of having to give up cheese scare you? Does seeing someone tuck into a limp salad with a few unhappy-looking chickpeas on it make you crave a burger even harder?

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Luckily, just the cover of this book makes it easy: you can have burgers as a vegan too! This book features 125 recipes that go against everything you might’ve thought a vegan can’t eat. It’s the one-stop-shop for anyone who’s craving a little bit of meat and dairy, whether you’re transitioning to veganism or have been one for a while. Featuring a bunch of vegan cheese recipes, an assortment of different sauces, and a whole swathe of meals including desserts, this is a book to get if you’re missing the old life or want to start experimenting with vegan substitutes for things.

It’s not a wholefood book, by any means – don’t look into its pages if you’re expecting to find carefully pictured quinoa salads – but if you’re wanting something that’ll take away any excuses you have about eating vegan, this is it.


Isa Does It

This is a really classic cookbook – no frills, no special angle, just good, tasty food, photographed well and full of flavor. Isa Moskowitz is a beloved cookbook author because of her focus on food that anyone can make, and this book features home-cooking recipes at their very best. You can pick up most of the ingredients at the supermarket, and most of the recipes can be made in 30 minutes or less – no need to fiddle around with elaborate techniques when you’ve got a table of people waiting for dinner.

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That doesn’t mean it’s not a beautiful book, or that the photography isn’t spot-on. This book abounds with beautiful pictures and witty observations from Isa, designed to show you that cooking needn’t be difficult nor a chore. Delve into some easy home cooking with this book – it’s sure to pay itself off in no time.


Vegan 101: A Vegan Cookbook

Have you just come over to the vegan lifestyle? Looking for a way to transition without having to buy a whole bunch of fancy new ingredients from the organic store? This is a great pick for you: it’s potentially the most informative book on the list, with testimonials from people who have tried the recipes and different sections to help you keep things straight. There’s no unnecessary complication here: just solid, delicious, easy-to-make meals that’ll take the pressure off you in these early stages.

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So don’t worry about sourcing ten different types of beans and soaking them each for different amounts of time – focus instead on keeping it simple, making things that are delicious, and spending time enjoying life.

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The KitchenAid 3-Speed Immersion Hand Blender is a simple, cost-effective immersion blender with a good choice of colors (may vary by retailer) and a great size. However, it does have a few flaws such as a short warranty and a not-so powerful motor. Because of this, it doesn't stand up quite as well as many of the other blenders in the KitchenAid range, but it can be an affordable option for someone who may not need a top of the line hand held blender and wants some included accessories.

Overall Thrive Cuisine Rating: 4.0

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Build Quality

4/5

Design

4/5

Power

3/5

Ease of Blending

4/5

Noisiness

5/5

PROS

  • Attractive design
  • Three color options
  • Corded
  • 8" blending stick
  • Affordable
  • Reputable Brand
  • Includes accessories

CONS

  • 200W motor
  • Plastic body
  • No variable speed setting
  • Twist-on attachments
  • One-year limited warranty

Key Features

The KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender has a couple of features that separate it from similar immersion blenders. It comes with a couple of useful accessories – a whisk attachment, a 2.5-cup food processor, and a 3-cup blending container. Unlike other models, these accessories don’t need to be purchased separately – they come included with your purchase already.

The blender is an ideal size for most blending activities – not too large, not too small. It features an 8” blending stick, which is at the larger end of the blending stick spectrum, but not so large as to be prohibitive. The 2” base is small enough to fit into most containers but large enough to prove effective at blending activities. As a result, the 3-Speed Hand Blender is an ideal size for most blending.

This model also comes in three different color options: silver, black, and white (availability may vary). It has an attractive design compared to other similar immersion blenders, so if you choose to keep it in plain sight there’s no concern about its appearance.

Design and Build Quality

KitchenAid has historically been known for great build quality, but there appear to be a few durability issues with this product, but please note that they are most likely anomalies and don't necessarily reflect the experience of the average user. Part of these durability issues can be attributed to this model’s design. Rather than the stainless steel design of many similar models, the 3-Speed Hand Blender is almost all plastic – except for the stainless steel S-shaped blade. It has a non-slip soft-grip handle, so you can hold it easily when in use, and an 8-inch stick that’s long enough to reach the bottom of many bigger containers. It comes with a 2.5-cup food processor attachment and a 3-cup container for blending in, both of which are plastic and dishwasher-safe.

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The food processor attachment can be used to make oat or nut flours, which in turn can be used to make your own breads.

One of the major boons of this model is its medium size – it’s small enough to fit under the kitchen cabinet when fully assembled, and can be disassembled to fit easily in any drawer. The 2-inch base is also small enough to fit into the bottom of most blending containers. A major plus.

However, it suffers from a twist-on system for attaching accessories to the motor that can be problematic. While many other models have click-on systems, featuring buttons that lock the blending stick into place, this model requires you to twist it on. When it’s steamy or your hands are wet, or you suffer from arthritis, this system is difficult to use. There’s also the potential for the blending stick to untwist itself during blending – especially if you’re moving it around a lot through thick substances, like heavy soups or sauces like chutneys. Whether or not this system is an issue for you depends on what you plan on doing with this model, but it does seem an unnecessary drawback compared to other designs.

Power and noise

This machine isn’t particularly powerful, even compared to immersion blenders. It suffers from only a 200W motor (roughly 0.3-peak horsepower), whereas many other models can reach up to 0.8-peak horsepower, and countertop blenders are typically found from 2-peak to 3-peak horsepower. As a result, it’s significantly less powerful than it could be, and much less efficient at processing blends than other immersion blenders on the market.

Because of this, it isn’t a particularly noisy machine. It can be considered one of the quieter models on the market.

Ease of use

This model comes with three speeds, each of which can be initiated by pressing a button. This makes it very easy to use, and it can be used one-handed because there is no safety catch required to hold down. You can hold the blender with one hand, holding down the relevant power button, and hold your blending container with the other. These buttons can also be used as pulse functions, just by pressing them down.

However, the problems associated with accessories untwisting themselves from the motor base make this machine somewhat more difficult to use than it could be. If you’re using the machine in thick blends, this means you’ll often have to hold the attachment on with one hand and hold the power with another – so the advantages associated with one-handed use aren’t necessarily as all-encompassing as they could be.

However, this isn't meant to be a high-tech culinary machine. It is an affordable design for the average consumer.​

Cleaning

The only attachments that are dishwasher-safe are the whisk attachment and the blending containers – the blending stick and motor are not, and should be washed manually and wiped down respectively. This is very standard as far as the cleaning of immersion blenders is concerned.

How does it compare to other blenders?

Braun Multiquick MQ505 Hand Blender

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The Braun Multiquick Hand Blender has better specs than the 3-Speed Hand Blender. It has higher horsepower – 350W compared to 200. It also has a stainless steel blending stick, click-on accessories, and much better build quality. It has better reliability than the KitchenAid and there are no real criticisms of its quality.

The KitchenAid does outcompete the Braun is in its size, which is greatly superior. It has an 8” blending stick, compared to the Braun’s 6.25” stick, and a better-sized base, so it fits better into larger and deeper containers.

I’d recommend the Braun over the KitchenAid – it features greater reliability, better functionality, a stronger motor, and better ease of use.

But if you're planning on blending up large batches, the KitchenAid is a much better pick, just because of its size.

All-Clad Immersion Blender

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The All-Clad Immersion Blender is a top-of-the-range handheld blender. It has incredible power – 0.8-peak horsepower – as well as great design, solid stainless steel construction, a variable speed dial, click-on accessories, and an excellent seven-year warranty. In comparison, the KitchenAid has little to offer. It has a weaker motor, plastic parts, no variable speed setting, twist-on accessories, and a 12-month warranty.

The All-Clad, it should be noted, is very large. It has a 9.25” blending stick and a very large head that doesn’t fit into smaller containers; it has to be used with larger containers instead. The KitchenAid, instead, is a smaller design that can be used in more places, and stored more easily. If you’re looking for a model that’s powerful and can make green smoothies for the whole family, go for the All-Clad; if you’re after something that will fit into more containers, go for the KitchenAid.

Cuisinart Smart Stick

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The Cuisinart Smart Stick and the KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender are very similar in many ways. They both feature 200W motors, attractive designs, and multiple color options (which may vary in availability).

Where the Cuisinart has a smaller size and a longer warranty, it has quite a few user reports with some issues, with the blades known to shatter and the plastic gear prone to failure. In comparison, the KitchenAid has a larger size and a shorter warranty, with general wear-and-tear durability issues, but very rarely something major.

KitchenAid is known to be better when it comes to honoring warranty issues, but this model’s warranty is only 12 months. Cuisinart, on the other hand, has a longer warranty but there have been some user reported issues with it that may not make it worthwhile such as shattering blades.

In the end, we think the Kitchenaid is a better pick.


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The best small blender is one that’s powerful and has a small countertop footprint. Since all of the Nutribullet/Magic Bullet range has the same operating functions and virtually the same warranty length, these two features are the most important consideration when it comes to picking the best blender for you. In other words top magic/nutribullet for you is simply going to be a balancing act between power, additional functions, and price.

Why go for a Nutribullet/Magic Bullet?

If you want a model in the Nutribullet/Magic Bullet range, it means that you’re looking for a blender that does single-serve extremely well, is easy to use, and takes up very little room in your kitchen. You’re probably attracted to the push-and-twist system of operation that means you only need one hand to use the machine. And you probably like the fact that you don’t have to dirty and entire large blending container for a single smoothie, and that the cups are dishwasher-proof.

These models are great for a number of reasons, not least because they’re powerful for their size and their blending style means they’re excellent at quickly creating very liquidy blends like smoothies and sauces. The higher-tier models are good at creating thicker blends because of their increased processing power.

What are the differences between the models?

As a general rule, these models ascend along a couple of lines: the more powerful they are, the bigger they are, and the better their specs. As a result, the earlier models are more simple and have weaker motors; the later models have more powerful motors and are better at blending.

All of these models have the same one-year limited warranty, so in this way they are very similar. They all also have the same model of operation, with screw-on blade assemblies that are attached to the main base. Many of them come with recipe books; most come with two differently-sized containers.

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If you want to make smooth, delicious nut butters, you'll need something with some power: the Nutribullet Rx or Nutribullet Pro 900.

Which model suits you will come down to what’s important to you in a machine. If you want something that’s very powerful, and will rival countertop blenders at ability to blend up hard objects like ice or nuts, consider something with high motor strength like the Nutribullet Rx or the Nutribullet Pro. If you want something very portable, you’re going to be looking out for the smaller models, like the Magic Bullet Mini or classic Magic Bullet.

Nutribullet Pro 900

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The Nutribullet Pro 900 is an upgraded version of the classic Nutribullet, and as a result it comes with some added features that make it a more effective blender. It has increased power – a 900-watt motor – and comes with the same extractor blade as the Rx. This extractor blade, combined with the Pro 900’s exclusive “cyclonic action”, is supposed to make it especially effective when it comes to blending up harder substances and whole fruits and vegetables for increased nutrient pay-off, for instance in whole juices.

This model also comes with two containers – one 24oz, one 32oz – that have flip-top lids so that you can take them on the go. It’s the second-best model on this list, and as a result it’s also the second-largest and has the second-best motor strength. As a result, it’s the best pick for if you’re attracted to the classic Nutribullet, and like the simple push-down-to-operate mode of using it, but want something with a little more power that’s capable of blending things more effectively.

PROS

  • 900W motor
  • Extractor blade
  • Exclusive "cyclonic action"
  • Comes with recipe book
  • Two containers

CONS

  • None!

Nutribullet Rx N17-1001

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The Nutribullet Rx is the most powerful model on this list – it has a 1700W motor, which is as strong as many fully-sized countertop blenders and as a result means this blender is probably good enough to blend up anything. In addition, this model comes with an extractor blade that many of the top Nutribullets have, which is designed to pulverize food entirely – stems, skins, and seeds. It’s designed to power through anything.

This model is advanced in that it comes with SMART Technology, which makes it the only hands-free model on this list. Instead of these other blenders, where you need to hold the blending container down to keep the motor running, the Rx can be used without your involvement. It also comes with a button on its front that initiates the seven-minute Soup Making cycle, which makes piping hot soup from the ingredients you add to the container. It's powerful enough to get through nuts, so even this classic African peanut stew should be no problem. 

You get a container just for this purpose in the 10 pc set – the large SouperBlast container – which is big enough to make a good-sized batch of soup. It also comes with a 30oz container and a 45oz container, either of which can be screwed onto the blade assembly base for easy use. If those blades become stuck, the Rx also comes with a blade remover that will help you untwist them.

This model is the most powerful on this list, and comes with the most advanced technology, but it’s also the biggest and the bulkiest. If you’re not interested in a model that’s heavy to move around, and you’d like something extremely portable, this might not be the pick for you.

PROS

  • 1700W motor
  • Extractor blade
  • Three containers
  • Comes with recipe book
  • SMART Technology
  • Soup Making cycle
  • Comes with blade remover

CONS

  • Bulky

Magic Bullet Nutribullet

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The original Nutribullet is a mainstay of the company’s product line. It’s a step above the classic Magic Bullet, with an increased 600W motor and better specs that make it better at blending just about anything. It comes with two blades: an extractor blade, which is supposed to be powerful enough to blend up seeds, skins, and stems like the higher-tier Nutribullet models, and a milling blade that can be used to create flours and dry products from harder foods like nuts.

It also comes with three cups – a tall cup and two short cups – as well as lip rings and resealable lids so that you can carry your container on the go with you. To help you create the perfect blend you also get a cookbook, and this model also comes with a pocket nutritionist to teach you a little about the health benefits of your food.

It’s more powerful than the Magic Bullet, so if you’re looking for a little increased strength to help you blend hard objects but don’t need the massive power of the earlier two models, the Nutribullet is a great pick.

PROS

  • Extractor blade
  • Milling blade
  • Three containers in two sizes
  • Comes with cookbook
  • Comes with pocket nutritionist

CONS

  • 600W motor

Magic Bullet

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The Magic Bullet is the machine that began the personal blender trend: with its signature push-and-twist technology, it revolutionized the blender market. As a result, it’s a basic model that the rest of the range has built from, taking what was once good and making it better and more powerful.

This model has the most accessories – it comes with two blending containers, one tall and one short, and four ‘party mugs’ with lip rings and resealable lids. It also has two blades, one for grinding and one for chopping and blending, so that your machine can do a couple of different things with the same basic base.

You also get a recipe book with this model, to help you create the perfect drinks or sauces with your machine.

This machine is the best pick for someone looking for a classic blender with lots of accessories – if you want a powerful engine, you should consider one of the other models instead.

PROS

  • Comes with six containers
  • Flat blade and cross blade
  • Comes with recipe book
  • Lightweight

CONS

  • 250W motor

Magic Bullet Mini

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The Magic Bullet Mini is the smallest model in the company’s range. It’s designed for extreme portability – it’s a measly 2.8 pounds, miles less than the other models on this list – and is small enough to be packed just enough anywhere.

The containers are very small. They’re suitable for single servings only, and are too small to fit on a regular Magic Bullet. If you want a larger blend, these containers won’t be suitable – they’re big enough for a single smoothie, but not much more than that.

Because the entire thing is so small, it also has reduced processing power compared to the other Nutribullet models, at only 200W motor strength. It’s significantly less powerful than the Rx, which has 1700W of power, and as a result will have greatly reduced strength when it comes to blending hard objects. Although the size of the container definitely has something to do with it – a smaller container means less power is needed to process at the same efficiency – this model is unlikely to be good at crushing ice, reducing nuts to butter, or blending through seeds or tough skins.

If you’re interested in incredible portability, this model is the one for you. If you’re planning on traveling with your machine, or you move around a lot, this is a smart choice.

PROS

  • Compact size
  • Two containers

CONS

  • 200W motor

If you’re after something in the Nutribullet/Magic Bullet range, you prioritize portability and strength. As a result, the best blender in the company’s lineup should be something that has a hearty amount of both. The Nutribullet Pro is therefore arguably the best bullet blender – it’s light enough to be able to be moved around easily, but has a powerful 900W motor that will help you create a smooth blend in no time.

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Want a personal blender that’s going to perform just right? Both Nutribullet and Ninja offer a range of these, but only a few are worthy of consideration. Of these, we’ve picked the top five to compare. Whether you’re after something that’s powerful, something that’s easy to use, or something that’s compact, one of these models is sure to suit you down to the ground.

Nutribullet vs Ninja

Both Nutribullet and Ninja are established brands with great track records and avid customer bases. Both are known for producing cost-effective blenders that fill the gaps in the market and respond exactly to what the customer wants.

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You can make a dreamy tomato soup with any of the blenders in this list.

It’s difficult to directly compare brands, because each offers a range of products that do all sorts of different things and suit different people. However, we can certainly compare different models – and that’s exactly what we’re going to do. The five blenders up below are all personal blenders from Ninja and Nutribullet, and all of them offer something different – from incredible ease of use to impressive power to interesting features for bullet blenders, like pre-programmed settings and hands-free use.

Nutribullet Rx N17-1001

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The Nutribullet Rx is an incredibly powerful machine. It has a whopping 1700W motor, which is almost double most of the other blenders in this list. In addition, this model comes with an extractor blade that many of the top Nutribullets have, which is designed to pulverize food entirely – stems, skins, and seeds. It’s designed to power through anything.

This model is advanced in that it comes with SMART Technology, which makes it the only hands-free model on this list. Instead of these other blenders, where you need to hold the blending container down to keep the motor running, the Rx can be used without your involvement. It also comes with a button on its front that initiates the seven-minute Soup Making cycle, which makes piping hot soup, like this interesting tomato soup, from the ingredients you add to the container.

You get a container just for this purpose – the large SouperBlast container – which is big enough to make a good-sized batch of soup. It also comes with a 30oz container and a 45oz container, either of which can be screwed onto the blade assembly base for easy use. If those blades become stuck, the Rx also comes with a blade remover that will help you untwist them.

If you’ve got the budget for this model, it’s definitely the best pick on this list. It’s the most powerful and is going to perform the best when it comes to raw processing and ability to blend up hard objects. So if that’s your priority, you should go for this model.

PROS

  • 1700W motor
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Extractor blade
  • Three containers
  • Recipe book
  • Hands-free SMART Technology
  • Soup Making cycle
  • Blade remover

CONS

  • No pulse function

Nutri Ninja Auto IQ BL482 

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If you want a top-of-the-range personal blender, the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ is the way to go. It’s one of the only small blenders on the market that has pre-programmed settings, and impressively it comes with two: blend and ultra blend, both of which deliver a different length of blend suitable for different things. If you don’t want to have to hold your blender down with one hand, which is what can be expected with almost any other personal blender on the market (except the following Nutribullet Rx), then this is a massive advantage.

The digital screen means that you can see just how much time is left in these pre-programmed settings, so there’s no surprise about how much longer you have to wait. This model also comes with a pulse function, so you can just push a button to pulse your blend instead of having to push it down. And the motor is a solid 1000 watts – powerful enough to get through almost anything, including crushed ice for this margarita recipe. 

It comes with three containers of different sizes and a recipe guide to help you create the best flavor combinations possible.

If you’re after a very powerful personal blender that has really cool features for a personal blender – pre-programmed settings and a digital screen – this is the only model on this list that’s going to provide that. As a result, it’s the top pick for usability – it’s by far the most convenient to blend with.

PROS

  • Pulse function
  • Two pre-programmed settings
  • Three containers
  • Digital countdown timer
  • Recipe book

CONS

  • Not dishwasher-safe

Nutri Ninja Pro BL456

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The Nutri Ninja Pro is an effective, tidy machine. It’s one of Ninja’s few personal-size blenders, and it’s a very classic small blender compared to some of the more advanced on this list. It features the classic push-and-twist method of use shared by most bullet blenders. It doesn’t come with any pre-programmed settings and doesn’t have a designated pulse function.

This model comes with two containers, both of which are dishwasher safe, and pro extractor blades designed to churn through things better than ordinary blades. It also has a recipe book to help you make the best blends.

This is a great model for if you’d like a simple, easy-to-use machine that’s cost-effective, but you’re still interested in the Ninja brand. It’s very similar to the Nutribullet, but with a stronger motor – so if you like the simplicity of that model, but want more processing power, the Nutri Ninja Pro is a good bet for you.

PROS

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Two containers
  • Recipe book
  • Pro extractor blades

CONS

  • 900W motor
  • No pulse function
  • No pre-programmed settings

Nutribullet Pro 900

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The Nutribullet Pro 900 is an upgraded version of the classic Nutribullet, and as a result it comes with some added features that make it a more effective blender. It has increased power – a 900-watt motor – and comes with the same extractor blade as the Rx. This extractor blade, combined with the Pro 900’s exclusive “cyclonic action”, is supposed to make it especially effective when it comes to blending up harder substances and whole fruits and vegetables for increased nutrient pay-off.

This model also comes with two containers – one 24oz, one 32oz – that have flip-top lids so that you can take them on the go.

It’s a slight upgrade on the classic Nutribullet, so if you’re attracted to that but want greater power, go for this one. It doesn’t have many of the specs of the earlier-listed models – it’s without pre-programmed settings, and must be held down to be operated – but it’s simple to use and its parts are dishwasher-safe.

PROS

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Extractor blade
  • Unique 'cyclonic action'
  • Recipe book
  • Two containers

CONS

  • 900W motor
  • No pulse function
  • No pre-programmed setting

Magic Bullet: Nutribullet

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The original Nutribullet is one of the classics of the company’s product line. It has the weakest motor on this list, at only 600W, and doesn’t come with either a pulse function or any pre-programmed settings. It does come with two blades: an extractor blade, which is supposed to be powerful enough to blend up seeds, skins, and stems like the higher-tier Nutribullet models, and a milling blade that can be used to create flours and dry products from harder foods like nuts.

It also comes with three cups – a tall cup and two short cups – as well as lip rings and resealable lids so that you can carry your container on the go with you. To help you create the perfect blend you also get a cookbook, and this model also comes with a pocket nutritionist to teach you a little about the health benefits of your food.

If you’re after a simple model with fewer features than many of the other top-range personal blenders, go for the Nutribullet – it’s a better pick than most other simple small blenders on the market, and its dishwasher-safe components make it easy to clean.

PROS

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Extractor blade
  • Milling blade
  • Three containers
  • Cookbook

CONS

  • 600W motor
  • No pulse function
  • No pre-programmed setting

The best model on this list is hard to pick, because it comes down so heavily to your priorities. However, it’s hard to go past the Nutribullet Rx. This machine is the most powerful by far, and it has an inbuilt soup-making cycle that makes it easy to use – plus it can be used hands-free, so you don’t need to hover over the machine while it does its work. If you want a personal blender that’s easy to use, that’s powerful, and that doesn’t take up much room, the Nutribullet Rx is a great bet for you.

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Cuisinart’s claim to fame was bringing the food processor to the US – so they really know how to chop things up. If you’re interested in a brand that’s been known for years for their products’ reliability and power, you’ll be glad to know that they have their very own range of blenders – ones that can perform in any way you want - and usually at an affordable price. Here's our top picks for our Cuisinart blender review:

Why go for a Cuisinart?

Cuisinart is a brand that’s been known for years in the home appliances industry for providing products that perform well and reliably. They may not have the blender reputation of Vitamix or Blendtec, but Cuisinart blenders are still made for just about every kind of person – you’re sure to find one here that’s right for you.

What are the differences between the models?

These models are all very different. They vary in motor strength, in appearance, in container size and shape, in features, in the presence or absence of pre-programmed settings and variable speed control, in design elements, in ease of use, and in warranty. There is very little that connects these blenders – less than in other brands, it could be said. As a result, there’s a blender here for every need; whether you’re creating green smoothies every morning or making hummus every evening.

That's right: creamy, fresh hummus exactly how you like it can be yours whenever you like.

That's right: creamy, fresh hummus exactly how you like it can be yours whenever you like.

What are your priorities?

This is the most important factor when it comes to deciding which of these blenders is best for you. Do you need a heavy-duty blender that can power through ice, seeds, and anything else? Do you want something that’s going to look cute as it sits in your dorm room? Do you need something with an in-built chop function to make homemade salsa for sports night? Whether you want high or low power, pre-programmed settings, useful features, or attractive design, each of these blenders has something for you.

Cuisinart Hurricane Pro CBT-2000

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The Hurricane Pro is an upgrade on Cuisinart’s Hurricane blender, with a stronger motor, a variable speed dial, and more pre-programmed settings. It has the best specs of any of the blenders on this list.

The motor is 3.5-peak horsepower, one of the strongest of any home blenders on the market, rivalling even the strongest Blendtec machines. This is an incredible achievement for Cuisinart, which is not typically thought of as highly competitive in the high-tier blender market. This model also comes with a variable speed dial that allows you to control the blades from 3000rpm to 25,000; five pre-programmed cycles, including smoothies, ice crush, and soup; an inbuilt cleaning cycle; an LCD display; a memory function that remembers any manual adjustments you make to inbuilt cycle lengths; and a 64-oz plastic container.

According to the manufacturer, this model comes with a warranty of only three years.

However, the motor warranty is a limited 10-years from the manufacturer, so the risk might be considered low since that becomes the most crucial and worn part after constant use.

PROS

  • 3.5-peak horsepower
  • ​Pulse function
  • Variable speed dial
  • Five pre-programmed settings
  • Great build quality

CONS

  • Average design
  • Tall container
  • No noise-reducing technology

Cuisinart SBP-7CH SmartPower

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The Cuisinart SmartPower is one of the better blenders from the brand; it comes with a set of excellent pre-programmed settings, an improved design on other models, a choice of five nice color options (colors vary by retailer) and great build quality. Whereas some other Cuisinart blenders are too tall to fit into smaller spaces, the SmartPower’s shorter container makes that easy – and its attractive design means that you’ll want it out, too.

An interesting interface choice in this model is the decision to forego manual speed control entirely in favor of seven pre-programmed settings. This means that if you just want to turn the blender on and let it run, maybe change up the speed yourself, you’ll be unable to; you instead have to select one of the settings (pulse, stir, mix, puree, chop, liquefy, or ice crush) that best fits what you’d like the blender to do. This may be annoying if you like a lot of control over your blender, or if you’re planning on creating tricky things that need a lot of careful blending at certain speeds, like almond butter (which will need soaking for a lower power blender). If not, this system could do away with a function you didn’t ever really need anyway.

There are a few issues with this machine. It has a weak motor – 500W (or 0.7-peak horsepower), the lowest on this list – and some user reported issues with durability. The push-button labels are known to be prone to peeling off, and the plastic base for some feels flimsy. The warranty itself is only three years. Keep in mind that these were other third party reports we've seen from other users, possibly to be taken with a grain of salt.

That being said, if this blender is within your budget, it absolutely would be a fine choice.​

PROS

  • Pulse function
  • ​Attractive design
  • Shorter container
  • Seven pre-programmed settings
  • Five color options
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • Great build quality

CONS

  • 500W motor
  • No variable speed control
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

Cuisinart CBT-1500 Hurricane

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The Hurricane is one of Cuisinart’s most popular countertop blenders. It has a 2.25-peak horsepower motor that’s capable of blending almost anything and great build quality, which might explain why. It has a pulse function, two speed settings – low and high – and pre-programmed smoothie and ice crush cycles, each of which can be accessed with the push of a button.

It also has a double-housed plastic case to help reduce noise during blending, and an LCD screen so you can see exactly how long your blending cycle has to go. The plastic container is 60-oz, plenty big enough for most of your blending needs, and has a soft ergonomic handle. The warranty is three years, roughly the same length as in models of similar price.

Despite the sound-reducing case, this model is still quite loud according to user reports – but that isn’t unexpected considering the power of the motor. The container itself is quite a tall design, too tall to fit under the kitchen cabinet without taking the lid off, which could be a disadvantage if you live in a smaller space. In addition, the design of this blender is somewhat less attractive than many other models in my opinion, and this could determine whether or not you’re interested in it as a model.

PROS

  • 2.25-peak horsepower
  • ​Pulse function
  • Two pre-programmed settings
  • Double-housed case for noise reduction
  • Great build quality

CONS

  • Tall container
  • No variable speed dial
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

Cuisinart SPB-8PK Velocity

Cuisinart SPB-8PK Velocity blender review

The Velocity is a simple, affordable pick from Cuisinart that has some great features and few reported problems.

It’s a simple, stripped-back blender that can be found in three different colors (*may vary by retailer)– including a baby pink – in an attractive design. If you’re into blenders that look good, this is one; it beats many other blenders in appearance, and its smaller 48-oz container means it’ll fit under your kitchen cabinet too. It has a pulse function and one pre-programmed setting – ice crush – as well as low and high speed settings in push-button format.

This model does suffer from lack of strength, with only a 600W motor (roughly 0.8-peak horsepower), which is about the same as some immersion blenders. It doesn’t have true variable speed control, only those two aforementioned low and high speed settings, and doesn’t have any inbuilt noise-reducing technology, so it’s likely to be louder than it could be. However, given the weak engine, it’s probably going to be quieter than many other models on the market.

If you’re looking for a cute, pretty blender that can handle smoothies and other soft blends, the Velocity is probably great for you – if you want something that’s going to churn ice for years and years, it can’t come recommended.

PROS

  • ​Pulse function
  • Attractive design
  • Shorter container
  • One pre-programmed setting
  • Three color options (may vary by retailer)
  • Good build quality

CONS

  • 600W motor
  • No variable speed control
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

Cuisinart Classic Bar Blender CBB-550SS

Cuisinart Classic Bar Blender CBB-550SS blender review
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The Classic Bar Blender is just that: a classic blender. With few frills, limited settings, and only one switch to operate, this blender is simple and stripped-back. It lacks many of the features of higher-tier blenders, and many of their more attractive design elements too. Designed as an affordable buy for someone who’s not going to use it this much, the Classic Bar Blender delivers on that point.

It comes with a limited five-year motor warranty (see the manufacturer's site here), a 40-oz glass container, and a metal base. Both of those materials are unusual choices compared to other blenders, which tend to be made of plastic, and are this model’s saving grace – the glass means that it’s durable and dishwasher-safe, and the metal base gives it a more high-end feel and potentially greater durability than some plastics. There’s one switch that dictates whether the machine is off, or at low or high speed settings.

Unfortunately, this is the extent of the Classic Bar Blender’s charms. It features only a 750W motor (around 1-peak horsepower), substantially weaker than many competitors’ blenders, which seems unlikely to be equal to some of the harder blending tasks – crushing ice, for instance. It does not have a true pulse function, does not have variable speed, does not have any pre-programmed settings and is both loud and tall, so it’s not great for small spaces. In addition, the design is an acquired taste; whether you like it or not depends on your eye, but it’s not something I’d like to see standing in my kitchen.

PROS

  • Dishwasher-safe components
  • 5-year warranty
  • Glass container

CONS

  • 750W motor
  • No pulse function
  • Unattractive design
  • Tall container
  • No variable speed setting
  • No pre-programmed settings
  • No noise-reducing technology
  • No inbuilt cleaning cycle

So which is the best blender?

It’s very clear that the top blender in the Cuisinart range is the Hurricane Pro. It’s the most powerful, the most effective, has the most helpful features and is reliable enough to get the job done. However, you should be very careful not to damage the Hurricane Pro’s parts – replacements are difficult to find at the time of writing this article, but that doesn't mean you will never be able to find them. Finally, you do have a limited warranty on the motor for quite a long time which may give you piece of mind.

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If your business is going to rely on a blender, you’ll need a commercial or industrial model. They’re much stronger and more reliable than home models (not to say that these couldn't be for home use), capable of doing much more in a shorter amount of time without so much risk of breaking down. The models in this list are some of the best commercial blenders on the market, and as such you can be sure that they’ll be able to do whatever you want them to do – you just need to consider what your priorities are during such a purchase, and look at what will work for you.

Why go for a commercial blender?

If you’re going to rely on a blender for your business, you’re going to need a commercial blender. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for a machine for a kitchen, for a bar, or for a smoothie station; these machines are powerful, reliable, and come with a bunch of different settings designed to make your professional life easier.

There are quite a few features that separate a commercial blender from a regular household blender. The first, and one of the most important, is the power of the motor. Higher-tier household products rarely tip over 2-peak horsepower; all of the commercial models in this list have over 3-peak horsepower, so they’re significantly more powerful. More power doesn’t necessarily mean better performance, but as a rule it means that a machine will be able to blend harder objects more quickly, and that hard work will tax the motor less, meaning it should last longer.

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Serving up the perfect smoothie bowl needn't be a chore.

Another thing that’s necessary for a commercial blender is reliability. If you’re making blends throughout the day, every day, you need a model that won’t give out on you when you need it most. Many home blenders don’t have the best build quality; these models do, and they’re built to perform well for years.

Going along with this, most commercial models have shorter warranties than the home models from the same brands. While Vitamix and Blendtec home models mostly come with seven-year warranties, their commercial models in this list have limited three-year warranties as per the manufacturer websites linked above.. This is to account for the much heavier use expected for a commercial model; so the degree to which your model will last depends heavily on its usage. They are built for quality.

Finally, commercial models come with large, stackable containers that are designed to hold large blends. If you’re making commercial batches of things, you need to have a bigger container than the typical home blend.

Two things that are massive benefits for a commercial blender are pre-programmed settings and noise-reducing technology. These aren’t necessary for a commercial blender, but they do make your work significantly easier, and that’s a massive benefit if it’s going to be used a lot.

Pre-programmed settings allow you to establish settings that can be activated with the push of a button. This is a massive advantage if you have a set menu that you need to use your blender for, as it means you or your staff can do other things while the blender automatically runs and creates the perfect blend. Useful for smoothie bars or cocktails with crushed ice like mojitos, many models come with settings that can be re-programmed so you can switch what your blender does at any given time.

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If crushing ice for the perfect drink is what you need, a commercial blender will take it on without an issue.

Especially important for smaller spaces is noise-reducing technology. Many of them come with shields to help prevent noise from escaping. The better noise-reducing models in this list have inbuilt systems that reduce noise entirely. If you’re planning on working to-order, with customers close by, this is a massive advantage.

What are the differences between the models?

All of the above describes what makes commercial blenders different from home blenders, but there are a few ways in which the models differ from one another in this line-up. They are generally more similar than dissimilar. The ways in which they differ come down to how much those advantageous features for commercial blenders: their pre-programmed settings and noise reduction.

Some models come with more pre-programmed features than others. The Hamilton Beach Tempest has no pre-programmed settings at all; the Blendtec is so advanced that you can create your own settings online and upload them to your machine. The other machines have a choice of settings that you can pick from.

Likewise, some models are much quieter than others. Again, the Hamilton Beach Tempest has no noise-reducing technology; the Vitamix Quiet One and Blendtec Stealth are advertised as being so quiet that you can hold a regular conversation while using them.

Blendtec Stealth 875

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This model is undoubtedly the best in this list; it’s got Blendtec’s typical great specs and great build quality, as well as the most useful features.

It has 3.8-peak horsepower, the greater in this list. It comes with 11 speeds on a variable speed touch-slider so you can easily change the motor speed. It has 42 pre-programmed settings, 14 of which can be stored on the blender. The containers are massive 90oz Wildside containers, which are a patended design of Blendtec’s with a fifth side to improve blending.

It has two giant benefits: it’s designed to be incredibly quiet, and is advertised as being the same volume as a normal conversation, and you can create your own pre-programmed settings online and upload them to your machine to make the perfect blend every time. These features, as well as the massive horsepower and giant containers, make it an ideal machine for any sort of commercial environment; it’s quiet enough to operate front-of-house, large enough to blend up soups or sauces like this epic cashew cream sauce, strong enough to crush ice, and the pre-programmed settings make any kind of smoothie easy.

It should be noted that all the info on this blender comes from Blendtec's website here. ​

PROS

  • 3.8-peak horsepower
  • 14 pre-programmed settings
  • Custom programs can be created online
  • Noise-reducing shield
  • 90oz container
  • Very quiet

CONS

  • None!

Vitamix Quiet One

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The Quiet One is a great commercial model that comes with the best parts of a commercial blender and a few handy additional features. It has 93 possible speeds, allowing you to change the blade speed very specifically to exactly what you want. It also has a noise-reducing shield and inbuilt technology – it’s been claimed to make the same amount of noise as a normal conversation, making it ideal for a smoothie station or bar.

There are six pre-programmed setting buttons, and you can choose from 34 possible settings to load them with. The containers that this model comes with are the 48oz Vitamix’s Advance containers, which are both stackable and come with a no-drip spout to make pouring easier.

This model is definitely an ideal smoothie or bar blender; it’s very quiet, there are 34 pre-programmed settings, and the smaller containers make it more suited to smaller blends.

It should be noted that all of the info on this model comes from the manufacturer's website here. ​

PROS

  • Six pre-programmed settings
  • 34 possible settings
  • Sound-reducing shield
  • Very quiet

CONS

  • Smaller 48oz container

Vitamix Blending Station Advance

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This is the second Vitamix in the list, and it has incredibly similar specs to the first in almost every way. They have the same 3-peak horsepower, 93 possible speeds, six pre-programmed cycles, limited three-year warranties, and containers. The only difference between them comes down to appearance and noise reduction; the Blending Station Advance has a somewhat larger counter footprint and doesn’t brag about being as quiet as the Quiet One does.

Because of this, I wouldn’t really recommend the Blending Station Advance over the Quiet One; it doesn’t seem beneficial to pick a machine that only has fewer features.

PROS

  • Six pre-programmed settings
  • 34 possible settings
  • Noise-reducing shield

CONS

  • Noisier

Waring Commercial MX1500XTX

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The Waring Commercial is the only Waring model in this list, and compared to the other models in this list it’s a very middle-range blender. It has most of the great features of commercial blenders, including settings that can be re-programmed, and has a limited 3-year warranty. You can also just operate it manually if you want to with the manual speed buttons, but it doesn’t have as many variable speed options as the other models in this list.

This model is ideal if you’re working with a tighter budget (*prices vary) that doesn’t necessarily stretch to the Vitamix or Blendtec models, and if you’re not necessarily invested in having a truly quiet machine or one with impressive variable speed options. It’s potentially more ideal as a kitchen or bar blender than a smoothie blender, just for these reasons.

PROS

  • 3.5-peak horsepower
  • Sound-reducing shield
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Four re-programmable settings

CONS

  • Noisier

Hamilton Beach Tempest HBH650

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This is by no means a poor blender – it’s still an incredible model – but it does have fewer features than the others on this list, and for this reason alone it’s near the bottom. It has only two speeds, low and high, and comes with a timer dial that shuts the machine off automatically as soon as the timer is complete.

However, this model doesn’t come with either pre-programmed settings or any noise-reducing technology. As a result, it’s not as useful as it could be for many functions; the machine needs to be babysat to some degree, as you’ll need to keep an eye on it at all times. Because of this it’s not an ideal smoothie machine, nor is it ideal for making things that need specific blending systems, like nut butters or flours. It’s probably ideal if you’re making simple things like sauces, or if you’re not planning on using your machine over and over for the same recipes – otherwise pre-programmed settings would come in handy.

PROS

  • Temperature gauge
  • Still a great model
  • Simpler to use

CONS

  • No pre-programmed settings
  • No noise-reducing shield
  • Noisier

​So which model is best?

The best model is undoubtedly the Blendtec. Blendtec is a great brand, with excellent build quality and attractive designs. The Blendtec Stealth 875 is aesthetically appealing, has the highest horsepower, allows you to set your own pre-programmed settings, is incredibly quiet, and comes with the largest container.

It’s suitable for anything you may want; it can be used for basically anything you’d want your commercial blender for. And that’s the benefit of a commercial blender – that you can create whatever you want, without a problem, for years to come.

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