Tell Us: What Do You Look for in a Stand Blender?

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Blenders used to be a simple appliance: a glass jar with blades at the bottom that sat on a heavy base with a couple of buttons on it. Now blenders can come with so much more: smoothie cup attachments, multiple rotating blades, ice crushing abilities, and dials and switches galore.

And blender prices? They can range anywhere from less than $50 to prices that now cost more than a stand mixer or food processor, a true make-sure-you-research-first investment. The world of blenders has come really far and the choices are seemingly endless.

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The Kitchn is excited to start reviewing the small appliances and cookware that home cooks use and want to invest in. First up are stand blenders. Before we start reviewing, we’d love to find out how you use and think about them (and yes, we’ll review hand blenders separately!):

  • What do you use a blender for? Soups, sauces, smoothies, chopping or grinding?
  • What features matter to you most in a blender? Power, noise, size, appearance, price?
  • How often do you use a blender?
  • Do you care if the pitcher is glass or plastic?
  • What’s your budget for a blender?

We want to make sure that we do our reviews in a way that really answers your questions and what you look for when shopping for a stand blender. Tell us in the comments what you’re looking for, and if there are any specific models or brands you think would be great for us to review!