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  1. 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. Our Choice Product Name Our Rating KSB7068 Pro Line Series Blender 2 KSB1575 5-Speed Diamond Blender 3 KSB655C 5-Speed Blender 4 KSB560 5-Speed Classic Blender 5 KSB1570 5-Speed Blender **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. 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. Kitchenaid Pro-Line Series Blender in Onyx Black 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! Check Pricing on Amazon KitchenAid KSB1575WH 5-Speed Diamond Blender with 60-Ounce BPA-Free Pitcher - White 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 Check Pricing on Amazon KitchenAid KSB655CER 5-Speed Blender with 56-Ounce BPA-Free Pitcher and 24-Ounce Culinary Jar - Empire Red 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 Check Pricing on Amazon KSB560 5-Speed Classic Blender 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 Check Pricing on Amazon KitchenAid KSB1570ER 5-Speed Blender with 56-Ounce BPA-Free Pitcher - Empire Red 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 Check Pricing on Amazon 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 ! The post Best Kitchenaid Blender Review: Which Model is Right For You? appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
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  3. 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. Our Choice Product Name Our Rating Price 1 Waring Pro Blade (KB500BK) 5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 2 Waring Professional Bar Blender (PBB204) 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 3 Waring Megamix Commercial Blender (HPB300) 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 4 Waring Professional Food & Beverage Blender (MBB518) 3 / 5 CHECK PRICES 5 Waring Professional Kitchen Blender (WPB05) 3 / 5 CHECK PRICES 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! 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. 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) 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 CHECK PRICES Waring Professional Bar Blender (PBB204) 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 CHECK PRICES Waring Megamix Commercial Blender (HPB300) 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 CHECK PRICES Waring Professional Food & Beverage Blender (MBB518) 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 CHECK PRICES Waring Professional Kitchen Blender (WPB05) 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 CHECK PRICES 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. The post The Best Waring Pro Blender: A Comphrensive Review appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  4. 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. Our Choice Product Name Our Rating Price 1 Kenwood Blend-X Pro (BLM800) 4.5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 2 Kenwood TriBlade Hand Blender (HB724) 3.7 / 5 CHECK PRICES 3 Kenwood TriBlade Hand Blender (HB718) 3.5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 4 Kenwood TriBlade Hand Blender (HB716IC) 3 / 5 CHECK PRICES 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. 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 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 CHECK PRICES TriBlade Hand Blender (HB724) 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 CHECK PRICES TriBlade Hand Blender (HB718) 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 CHECK PRICES TriBlade Hand Blender (HB716IC) 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 CHECK PRICES 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. The post Best Kenwood Blender Review – We Compare A Range of Models appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  5. 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. Our Choice Product Name Our Rating Price 1 Breville Boss (BBL910XL) 5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 2 Breville Die-Cast Hemisphere (800BLXL) 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 3 Breville Hemisphere Control Blender (BBL605XL) 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 4 Breville Hemisphere Twist (BBL405BAL) 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 5 Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender (BSB510XL) 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 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. 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 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 CHECK PRICES Breville Die-Cast Hemisphere 800BLXL 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 CHECK PRICES Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere Control Blender 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 CHECK PRICES Breville BBL405BAL Hemisphere Twist Blender 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 CHECK PRICES Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender 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 CHECK PRICES 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! The post Best Breville Blender Review: We Compare a Range of Models appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. 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  6. What Do You Want to Learn About Mushrooms? The Basics of Mushrooms What are Mushrooms Anyway? Nutritional Value of Mushrooms Studies Done on Mushrooms Mushrooms and the Immune System Mushrooms and Our Arteries Mushrooms and Breast Cancer Potential Downsides of Mushrooms Delicious Mushroom Recipes Mushroom and Potato Stew by The Vegan Corner Portabello Mushrooms Sliders by The Edgy Veg One Pot Creamy Mushrooms Pasta by Cooking with Plants Conclusions 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) 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! The post The Science of Mushrooms: Nutritional Value and Health Benefits appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  7. 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! Our Choice Product Name Our Rating Price 1 Kainnt Adjustable Mandoline Slicer 5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 2 Magichen 5-in-1 Mandoline Vegetetable Slicer ​ 4.5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 3 Dynamic Chef Mandoline Slicer 4.5/ 5 CHECK PRICES 4 Tiabo Vegetable and Fruit Chopper 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 5 Mueller Vidalia Pro Vegetable Chopper 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 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. 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. 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 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) CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Dynamic Chef Mandoline Slicer 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 CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Magichen 5-in-1 Mandoline Vegetetable Slicer 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 CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Mueller Vidalia Pro Vegetable Dicer + Chopper 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 CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Tiabo Vegetable and Fruit Chopper 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) CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON 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. The post Best Vegetable Chopper, Cutter and Dicers Reviews appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  8. 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. Our Choice Product Name Our Rating Price 1 Mueller Onion Dicer/Chopper 5/ 5 CHECK PRICES 2 Bellemain Onion Chopper and Slicer 5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 3 Noosa Life Onion Holder for Slicing 4/ 5 CHECK PRICES 4 Culinerro Onion Holder 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 5 Bliss Our Home Chopper, Slicer, Grater 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 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. 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. 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 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. PROS 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 CONS Can't fully customize the thickness of your onions CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Bellemain Onion Slicer, Julienne, Dicer, and Chopper 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. PROS 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 CONS Can't fully customize the thickness of your onions CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Culinerro Onion Holder 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. PROS Allows you to choose the thickness of your onion Sturdy handle Sharp tines ​Can also chop other veggies Compact Chops onions neatly and uniformly CONS Doesn't reduce onion vapors Doesn't have a wide variety of uses CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Bliss Our Home Chopper, Slicer, Grater, Dicer 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. PROS Multiple functions Made with BPA-free plastic Dishwasher safe Storage tray reduces onion vapors Comes with a custom built cleaning fork Sharp blades CONS Can't customize the thickness of your onions Bulkier than other onion choppers as it comes with several parts CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Noosa Life Onion Holder 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!) PROS 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 CONS Doesn't have a variety of uses Doesn't reduce onion vapors CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON 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. The post Best Onion Chopper, Slicer, Cutter and Dicer appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  9. 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: Our Choice Product Name Our Rating Price 1 KitchenAid Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core & Slice 5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 2 Starfrit Pro-Apple Peeler 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 3 Spiralizer Cast Magnesium Heavy Duty Apple Peeler 4/ 5 CHECK PRICES 4 Kitchen Basics Heavy Duty Apple Peeler 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 5 Vremi Apple Peeler 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 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. 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. 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 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 CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Kitchen Basics Heavy Duty Apple Peeler 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 CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON 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 CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Vremi Apple Peeler 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 CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON Kitchenaid Spiralizer Attachment with Peel, Core, and Slice Functions 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 CHECK PRICES ON AMAZON 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. The post Best Apple Peelers, Corers and Slicers Review appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  10. 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. Tap or Click Any of the Designs Below to Check Their Prices Online! Our Favorite Broccoli Shirts Our Favorite Broccoli Hoodies The post Our Favorite Broccoli Shirts and Hoodies! appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
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  13. 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.​ Pick Your Recipe Type Berry Snacks Smoothies and Frozen Treats Baked Goods & Pastries Berry Snacks Raspberry PBJ Collard Wraps by Lauren Vacula Smoothies and Frozen Treats Vegan Blueberry Banana Ice Cream by Create Nourish Love Baked Goods & Pastries Vegan Raspberry Tea Cake by Food and Beveridge Vegan Blueberry Banana Bread by Sarai Pannekoek Vegan Blackberry Banana Muffins by Eat with Andrea Vegan Blueberry Lemon Muffins Naturally Sweet Desserts - Download Recipe Here The post Ultimate List of the Best Vegan Berry Recipes appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  14. 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 Vegan Kale Chips by Eating by Elaine Raw Vegan Kale Chips by Art of 4 Elements Cheesy Nacho Kale Chips by Flora Foodie Kale Soups Broccoli Kale Soup by Amcarmen's Kitchen Kale Salads Strawberry Kale Salad with Lemon Tahini Dressing by Feeding Your Beauty Cranberry Bread Kale Salad by ABC Vegan The post Ultimate List of the Best Vegan Kale Recipes appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article
  15. 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. Our Choice Product Name Our Rating Price 1 Performance FusionBlade (BL6010) 5 / 5 CHECK PRICES 2 FusionBlade (BL1110RG) 4 / 5 CHECK PRICES 3 Crush Master (BL10450HB) 3 / 5 CHECK PRICES 4 10-Speed Blender (BL2010WP) 3 / 5 CHECK PRICES 5 Smoothie Maker (BS600) 3 / 5 CHECK PRICES 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. 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. 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 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 CHECK PRICES FusionBlade BL1110 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 CHECK PRICES Crush Master BL10450HB 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 CHECK PRICES 10-Speed Blender BL2010WP 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 CHECK PRICES Smoothie Maker BS600 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 CHECK PRICES 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. The post Black & Decker Blender Review – Find the Best Blender for Your Needs appeared first on Thrive Cuisine. View the full article