Looking for a lifestyle of convenience when it comes to healthy eating? Then consider the blender. Coming in all shapes and sizes, they’re a kitchen essential for combining the flavours and taste of your favourite whole foods.

By pulverising the produce, the blender makes it easy for you to absorb the nutrients. It’s quick, fuss-free, and some might even say fun. And it can definitely lead to a healthier lifestyle.

Here are some points for finding the blender that’s right for you.

Good to go
If your aim is to make personal smoothies or protein shakes, then a blender with a travel cup fits the bill. They vary in capacity from 500ml to 900ml, and you’ll have no problem finding a size that’s right. Just be aware that a blender designed for cup capacity might be limited if you want to process food for kitchen-based recipes. On the other hand it’s much more affordable, and compared to the smoothies you might buy, the personal blender will pay for itself in no time. For one great example, check out the Nutri Ninja with 1000w Auto IQ Blender.

 Nutri Ninja with 1000w Auto IQ Blender

Nutri Ninja with 1000w Auto IQ Blender

Bring on the juice
Juicers extract liquid from fruit, leaving pulp behind. Blenders pulverise the whole into a glorious mush. And neither shall meet, till now. This year, Breville introduced their 3X Bluicer Pro. It’s a clever appliance that blends, with added juicing functionality thanks to a mesh filtration system to separate out liquids. So if space is a consideration and you want an appliance that can do double duty, check out the Bluicer.

 Breville 3X Bluicer Pro

Breville 3X Bluicer Pro

Breaking the ice
Making a healthy shake is one thing. Serving it with a blend of crushed ice when the weather heats up is something else. Generally speaking, the higher the wattage, the more grunt you will get. A 900w blender is perfectly fine for dealing with soft whole foods. But if slushy level frozen goodness is a priority, look for a blender boasting more than 1000w of ice crushing grunt. If you want to go all out, the Q Blender from Breville has a 2400w motor that will smash solids into smithereens.

 Breville The Q Blender

Breville The Q Blender

Blades of glory
You might begin with humble ambitions of delicious smoothies, but these high speed blades can be exploited for all sorts of fancy kitchen trickery. So it’s worth thinking about a larger capacity blender of 1.5L and upwards. You can also mix and match with varying capacity jugs and cups. Most manufacturers also have a large database of recipes for these multi-purpose blenders, so you’ll never be short of ideas if you’re up for a bit of culinary adventure.

For example, the Nutri Ninja 1200W Kitchen System has a 1200w base motor, and comes with four containers with distinctive blades, so you get the usual blending features, plus the added bonus of dry milling, dough mixing, ice crushing, and even spiralising for pasta-style vegetable shavings.

 Nutri Ninja 1200W IntelliSense Ninja Kitchen System

Nutri Ninja 1200W IntelliSense Ninja Kitchen System

Hot and cold
We tend to associate blenders with ice cold shakes but you can also use them to make hot concoctions like soup. If you want that versatility, consider a high output base motor as you need the blade speed to generate the heat. Even then, it still takes a bit of time to get the right temperature. Or you can consider a blender with a heating element. The Nutri Ninja Foodi Hot & Cold Blender is such an appliance. Its 800w precision heating element unlocks a whole level of cooking delights. You can use it to make soups and also jams. Plus the heat helps unlock more flavours from your fruit and vegetable blend.

 Nutri Ninja Foodi Hot & Cold Blender

Nutri Ninja Foodi Hot & Cold Blender