It was summer 2014 when I started my smoothie adventure in my brother’s kitchen with a red NutriBullet that I picked up from Walmart for $98.
This thing was the cat’s meow back then.
It’s fair to say I was overly excited about my blender – Little Red – and smoothie making, when I first got started.
I worked Little Red, along with his little motor, to the max! There may have been moments of yelling at and shaking Little Red when he struggled to fulfill my desire for thick and creamy smoothies. Not my proudest moments, needless to say.
Little Red was a great blender for me back then, given my budget and the novelty of smoothie making. After all, this adventure of mine could have turned out to be short-term fling and I didn’t want to be left with too much baggage.
Well, it turned out to be long-term.
After a couple of years of blending with Little Red, I finally decided that it was time to invest in a cream-of-the-crop blender, that I would create beautiful smoothies (and soups) with for the long winding road ahead.
It was love at first sight with my white Blendtec! White Beast (yes, I name all my blenders) has broken down and pulverized through most things I’ve thrown at him. Best part is, no yelling or shaking required, just complete Zen Jen time.
Most of you will already have a blender that will do the trick, but just in case you don’t or maybe you’re shopping around for a new toy, I’ve put together some helpful tips to guide you in finding a blender. Check them out below.
What to look for when shopping for a new blender
POWER. 600 watts of power or more will be extremely helpful! You need enough power to pulverize vegetables and fruits or else you’ll be pulling chunks of spinach from your teeth. The higher the watts, the better.
SIZE. The bigger the container, the more goodness you can pack in. Great for when you want to double your recipes and create smoothies for multiple meals or multiple people. Also, great for creating soups during the cold winter days.
PRICE. As a general rule of thumb, the higher the price, the better the quality. Higher price point blenders come with high-powered motors, large containers, multiple settings and long-term warranties. These blenders are built to last.
CONVENIENCE. Maybe you need a blender that suits your busy lifestyle and requires as little prep time and clean-up as possible. Some lower price point blenders come with travel cups. Blend and go…it’s brilliant! These smaller blenders are also easy to pack up and travel with, given their size.
To further guide you, think of blenders like relationships…
They say that people come into your life for either a reason, a season or a lifetime. Well you’re about to learn that blenders do, too! What’ll it be for you?
The Reason. Short term. Low cost. OK quality. Good times while it lasts – a.k.a. a fling.
(Jen’s recommendation: NutriBullet – original or pro $90-$150)
The Season. Good quality. Affordable cost. It grows on you because it hangs around a little longer. (Jen’s recommendation: Harley Pasternak $100-$250)
Keep in mind, sometimes we need to experience The Reason and/or The Season before we have a clear picture of what we want and need from The Lifetime. I speak from blender experience 😉
P.S. Before you jump in your car and head out to purchase a new blender, test out the blender sitting in your cupboard because it just might do the trick. There are many great blenders on the market, For simplicity’s sake, I have only recommended brands that I’ve had personal experience with. Feel free to explore other options.