Why do you need a blender and a food processor at once?
First-time blender food processor buyers usually wonder what the fuss is about. Well, time and convenience are the main reasons. Instead of having to operate and clean two or more appliances, the blender processor is a “one-stop-shop” – and much more! They make cooking easier and promote healthy living by helping you create nutritious drinks, sauces, soups, dips and more.
Buying a blender processor from scratch saves time and money as you do not have to buy more appliances to test and use for your kitchen needs. Wondering how to save money? When you start researching (if you haven’t already), you’ll be surprised to see that single blenders and food processors can cost just as much – sometimes more – than blender food processors!
Features to Consider Before Buying a Blender Food Processor
Since food processors for blenders are all-in-one appliances, they must have multiple functions to function both mixing and processing. Before you spend money on your blender food processor, consider these important features you need to look for below!
The first feature to consider in a blender food processor is the engine power – usually measured in watts. Buyers often think that bigger means better. This idea may be true to some degree, it all depends on what you need from the processor. Smaller engines can produce beautiful structures for smoothies, such as Ninja QB900B.
However, if you plan to pulverize large portions of ice cream or chop vegetable pieces, a more powerful engine may be needed. In this case, compare powerful motors found in blender processors like the Oster Pro 1200 – the blender has the strongest motor power on the list for large capacities and versatile operations. All in all, what you expect to do with the device will determine what engine power you need.
Jug material and capacity
Next, look at pitcher material and capacity. The jug is usually plastic or glass. Both materials offer advantages and disadvantages. Glass is generally always dishwasher safe and robust, but can be heavy and crack if accidentally dropped. Plastic is lighter and can withstand falling better, but is not always dishwasher safe and can sometimes break during operation.
Jug capacity varies in size, which can be determined by your needs. If you only make enough servings for one or two people, the Hamilton Beach 58163 40-ounce jug would be a great choice. The jug is large enough to make lots of smoothies or creations without having to take up more space than necessary. But if you want serving sizes for a family – or large portions to make – the bigger, the better. For example, the Ninja BL700 has a 72 ounce jug capacity. Remember; the larger jugs will require more storage space and counter space.
Chin bowl capacity
The processing part of your blender food processor comes with a cutting edge. A chin bowl is needed to help chop and decompose vegetables and fruits that are too large for the blender to mix whole.
Using the cutting bowl in advance not only makes mixing easier, but the result becomes smoother. Like the jug, the cutting head has a capacity limit. The larger the portions, the larger capacity is required.
Portions may depend on what you need, such as a few pieces of fruit for a smoothie or a large selection of garden vegetables to make a lasting salsa. The average capacity of blender food processors is 40 ounces. However, there are some size variations. If you do not need a medium-sized cutting bowl capacity, the Cuisinart BFP-703BC has a capacity of 48 ounces, while the Ninja BL770 has a huge 64-ounce processing bowl!
Number of speeds
Then you will have to choose between different speeds. Some blender food processors are as simple as pushing down to control operation. Others have pre-programmed settings and speeds. Having pre-programmed options allows you to mix food, ice cream and other ingredients at certain speeds to get the desired structures and smoothness. If you plan to use your product for a variety of creations – smoothies, soups, salsas, sauces and more – it will be helpful to have more options. For example, the Oster Pro 1200 Blender has over six different speeds!
Each blender processor must be cleaned after use for hygienic reasons. If you need a quick clean up, you will appreciate products that have dishwasher safe parts. Instead of taking the time to wash your hands, you can throw the parts in the dishwasher without worry.
However, not all products have this feature, or only certain parts of the product are dishwasher safe. When reviewing product descriptions, check if this feature is important to you.
Warranties are designed to protect your purchase in the event of accidents and mishaps or even defective products. Review the fine print of the warranty to ensure you are satisfied. Some last only a year, while others have extended options. For example, the Cuisinart BFP-703BC has a three-year limited warranty, while the Oster Pro 1200 Blender offers a generous ten-year warranty! In addition, review the details that discuss what the warranty covers so you know it is worth buying.
Finally, consider the extra features a blender processor includes while shopping. Do you want to take cups of convenience? Will your creations require extra knives, different clothes collections (total crushing is ideal for mixing smoothies) or settings? Other additional features may include easy pouring spout or slip protection. Even if you only need simple actions from your product, it is a good idea to see which features will be useful to you. For example, Hamilton Beach 58163 has a food processing set, and Ninja Foodi Blender HB152 has a tamper and a cleaning brush.
What are the do’s and don’ts of using a blender food processor?
When using your blender food processor, there are must and must not be followed. Follow the instructions on the product, such as capacity limitation, because you risk breaking the blender food processor. For example, Hamilton Beach 58163 has a small bowl processing capacity. Instead of filling it in larger portions, divide the portions into groups. Be careful during washing and disassembly to avoid injuries. Products such as Cuisinart BFP-703BC have sharp discs and knives. Also, open the blender – when using hot liquid – away from your face due to possible steam. Also use the cover.
Several DON’TS include:
- Attempt to override the lid on the lid
- Improper use of knife joints outside their purpose
- Handle the blades while the product is connected
- Insert implements into the product while the engine is running
Continue to use the blender with a compromised cord