If you don’t have much counter space or live alone, you may opt for a small blender. With so many options on the market, you should be able to find one that matches your style, but you might have to accept that it requires batching to produce large amounts of anything you blend.
Small Blender Options
Of the different kinds of blenders available there are two small options: a hand blender or a traditional blender. If really small is what you are after, a hand blender may be just the thing for you. This is a simple wand that features two to three attachments for different uses such as chopping, pureeing and beating. These are extremely compact and ideal for someone who does not want to take up any valuable counter or cupboard space with a blender, but yet has the need to puree or quickly chop items once in a while.
The other small blender option is to buy a compact upright model. A small blender would typically be one that has one 1 liter container as opposed to the three liter containers of larger models. This style of blender would be the best solution for you if you plan on making drinks like smoothies, raw food drinks or margaritas where crushing ice and uncooked vegetables is essential.
Pros and Cons of Hand Blenders
A hand blender is a great tool for many purposes. It is quite efficient in pureeing soups and requires less effort that a traditional blender, as you can just use it in the pot as opposed to transferring the soup to the blender. Most hand blenders come with various attachments that make them also very functional in chopping up vegetables and beating eggs or cream. A hand blender is very easy to store in a drawer and they are also very easy to clean. The attachments can be washed by hand and the wand can simply be wiped down between uses. Hand blenders are also inexpensive compared to traditional blenders.
The cons of a hand blender are that they have limited functionality and are generally not adequate for chopping up hard foods such as nuts. Many only offer one speed as well, so consistency can be an issue. Many models are also heavier than others which can be problematic if blending a large batch of food. Look for one that is lightweight when shopping for a hand blender.
Pros and Cons of Small Blenders
A traditional small blender is a great tool for your kitchen and is great if you have low cupboards but still want to fit your blender on the counter. These are great for making single serving smoothies and other iced drinks, as well as pureeing soups and chopping hard foods. In this category, the size is not the most important aspect, but getting a good blender that has enough power and is sturdily built is of highest importance.
The cons of a small blender are that if you need to make more than one drink or serving, the container may be too small. Though these are smaller than their larger three liter counterparts, they still take up considerable amount of space, take more time to clean, and are very loud.
Before purchasing any blender consider what you will be using it for as you want to make sure the blender that you buy can perform the task that you desire.