If you are like my family, we use a blender for almost everything. You can blend smoothies, chop carrots, and add ingredients that would be difficult in other circumstances. In our opinion, a house feels incomplete without a good blender.
With this in mind, we have compiled a list of five blenders that your family can use to complete their house. Whether you are chopping carrots or kale, these blenders all excellent additions to your households. With this in mind, here is our take on the Best Blender NZ has.
- 1 The Top Five Blenders in NZ
- 2 Features of the Best Blenders in NZ
- 2.1 What is a Super Blender?
- 2.2 What Can You Blend in a Blender?
- 2.3 Jug Size
- 2.4 Should I Choose a Glass or Plastic Jug?
- 2.5 Dishwasher Safe and Removable Parts
- 2.6 Number of Speeds
- 2.7 What is a Pulse Option?
- 3 Conclusion
The Top Five Blenders in NZ
Our primary focus with this review will be around quality of blending. Given that there are many different items to potentially combine, one blender won’t be the best at everything. Some are built for kale smoothes while others may be created for soup.
Our goal is to find a happy balance between all of these potential blends. With this in mind, below is our list of blenders that we are reviewing today.
- Vitamix Ascent Series High-Performance Blender A2500i VMO195AH3
- Optimum 9200A (2nd Generation)H3
- KitchenAid Proline Blender KSB8270
- Breville Super Q Blender BBL925BSS
- Sunbeam High-Performance Power Blender PB9000
Vitamix Ascent Series High-Performance Blender A2500i VMO195AH3
- Power 1200-1400 W
- Weight 6.93 kg
- Cord Length 1.2 m
- Dimension 20.32 x 27.94 x 43.18 cm
Vitamix is a super blender that is made to turn solids into liquids. It also does an excellent job at chopping carrots and fruit into everything from large chunks to a fine mince. The only thing it doesn’t handle well is dough.
The chute on top is incredibly useful at fitting large chunks of food in. The controls are very up-front and straightforward. Even if something were to tilt over on the appliance, it has a safety feature to stop it from turning.
The size of this blender limits It from being able to handle larger loads. Also, the jug is fairly short, causing drip issue when liquids fly up. However, any messes can be easily handled since it is dishwasher-safe.
Optimum 9200A (2nd Generation)
- Power 2,611 W
- Capacity 2 L
- Weight 4.8 kg
- Dimension 19 x 22 x 51 cm
The Optimum is a lightweight version of the Ascent. This blender is a distinctive piece because it is made with non-BPA plastic. As a result, it is not dishwasher safe.
It suffers from the limitations of not handling some heavy-duty items as the Ascent. The blade also is a bit high, causing a bit of the bottom portion to remain unchopped.
Regardless, the blender is excellent at making taller items that can include high stacks of cheese or carrots. Also, it is a bit better equipped to handle dough due to that more upper blade.
KitchenAid Proline Blender KSB8270
- Power 2,600 W
- Capacity 1.75 L
- Speed settings 11
- Dimension 449 x 267 x 231 mm
The KitchenAid Proline has one of my favourite features that a blender can have: a measuring cup built into the lid. You may laugh at the idea of this, but having everything in one unit is an excellent feeling.
When considering other qualities, it has a large chute for more bulky items like the Ascent and four pre-programmed features for more common blending activities. It is also made of non-BPA plastic, but it is thick enough to manage dishwashers.
In one unfortunate moment, I managed to get the liquid to leak over the edge on this. The measuring cup lid appears to come with this sacrifice.
Breville Super Q Blender BBL925BSS
- Power 2,400 W
- Capacity 2 L
- Speed settings 12
- Dimension 460 x 210 x 270 mm
The Breville Super Q managed to combine a lot of the power from our previous blenders with one of the easiest to use jugs I’ve ever seen. A big problem I have with mixers is fitting my large hands into the base to clean it out. This blender solves it and even includes a handy auto-clean mode.
The digital display screen in front is unnecessary for some but provides some easy-to-see timer for the pre-programmed settings. It also has a personal blender, which is an impressive inclusion.
As a result of these features, it has sacrificed the lightweight jug. It also has a reasonably clunky lid compared to our other models. It is still an easy option for the best blender New Zealand has to offer.
Sunbeam High-Performance Power Blender PB9000
- Power 1,500 W
- Capacity 1.9 L
- Speed settings 8
- Dimension 450 x 240 x 230 mm
The Sunbeam is a cost-effective item that has a love-hate relationship with dough and kale. Regardless, it is one of the best options I can think of when it comes to making soup. It purees soft foods with ease, and the full jug makes for an excellent container.
The bad news comes with the location of the blade, as it is a bit close to the bottom. This is great, as it blends things from the bottom, but you will have to remove the blade to remove food from the bottom.
The jug is also somewhat looser when compared to our other models, but no so much that it is dangerous. But it does have a suction fit to prevent leaks. You can rest assured that the contents of this jug will remain safe.
Features of the Best Blenders in NZ
Now that we have provided a list of blenders available in New Zealand, we can focus on what makes these blenders great. By knowing the features of these various products, they can help you find the best option for yourself.
For example, if you were to get a blender that was good at making dough, getting one that is best at making soup will not help you. As a result, we’ve listed some features to keep an eye out for below.
What is a Super Blender?
You will notice that if you were to look these blenders up, that they would all be labelled as “super blenders.” A super blender is how you turn solid objects into liquid. For example, you would need one to get milk out of almond.
The reason that there are no “regular blenders” on this list is that they don’t have as much versatility as the “super” variant. You can’t make soup with a standard blender.
What Can You Blend in a Blender?
There is an entire YouTube channel devoted to this question. However, the question we ask will not be related to inedible objects we find around the room.
Instead, we will be providing a shortlist of items that can be blended with the blenders on this list.
While super blenders on this list could pulverize vegetables into a liquid, it is not the same a juicing your greens. In juicers, they are pressed through a space intended to remove much of the physical materials.
Instead, consider applying the “juice” you get out of your vegetables to soup. As a result, adding some liquid tends to help with this process. You can also chop them into smaller pieces, making any plant a potential item to be blended.
Fruit (Frozen or not)
People will often confuse juicing with blending as it applies to fruits. However, blending does not take much of the nutrients from the fruit.
Often times, people tend to blend fruit and crushed ice to produce a smoothie. But chopping it into larger chunks gives you other opportunities. Some fruits have skins that are difficult to blend.
If you are to use your blender to mix together dough, be aware of the space limitations of your mixer. Many times, food processors are a lot more effective at doing this. Check your owner’s manual for details.
However, mixing dough at small batches is an excellent option if you have space. If you want a large amount of mixture, it is best to stick to hand use or food processors. Overdoing it can break your blender.
A unique aspect of owning a super blender, soup is a great option that is easy to make for people who can effectively use your blender. When it comes to soup, be sure to plan ahead.
If you are looking for a chunky soup, it is best to use more solid food. For example, more potatoes for your potato soup. Be sure to balance it out with your other ingredients.
You could also potentially use a lower speed setting depending on how chunky you want it. Follow applicable recipes for first-time use.
Parmesan cheese is one of the most understated options to put into your blender. Grated parmesan is incredibly easy to put into a blender.
Often, you just put it to a high enough setting to get your cheese to the consistency it needs. Thankfully, there is no magic if you happen to have the cheese laying around.
While it may seem impossible at first, creating nut butter for the first time in your blender is a satisfying experience. The idea is to start in small chunks.
There are many recipes online for this if you would like further details. Remember to be patient.
All of the blenders we reviewed today are around 2 L. The lowest we discussed was at 1.75 L, which is not much of a difference.
The size of jug you select will depend on what you are using it for. My family finds it useful to just make under 2 L of soup. Others may be good with a personal blender.
Should I Choose a Glass or Plastic Jug?
Glass jugs will be better are resisting staining. This is great for those who commonly make smoothies, as they can end up being bright and sticky. Glass jugs also tend to be a lot heavier.
Plastic may stain easily, but it can be a lightweight material. Also, plastic jugs tend to be a lot less expensive to replace.
What is Non-BPA plastic?
BPA is a chemical that you find in your plastic that is best known for flavouring the food with a “plastic taste.” It is said that this taste is unsafe for consumption, so BPA-free plastics were introduced to address this.
As a result, all of the products we feature today have followed in this BPA-free trend.
Dishwasher Safe and Removable Parts
All of the blenders here do not have removable parts. As a result, those who have low blades can be painful to clean. However, not all of those without removable parts are not dishwasher-safe.
The Optimum is the only blender that is not dishwasher-safe, which is addressed with the high blade. This is an ease-of-use concern, but it does not determine the quality of the product.
Number of Speeds
Those who have more options have greater control over the variance that the blades have. Those who seek greater versatility will want somewhere around eight to ten speeds.
The Optimum is the only device that doesn’t fall into this category.
What is a Pulse Option?
The pulse option is a button that you press on most standard blenders that allows you to have more control over the texture of the blended material. It tends to blend at a middle speed and only goes when you hold down the bottom.
Given the necessity of this in modern blender design, it is included with all blenders we reviewed today.
The Breville Super Q Blender is our pick for the Best Blender NZ has available. Despite having some impressive competition, the Breville squeaks out a victory.
The key in this selection was related to the versatility of the item. It does everything well and does most things excellently. It can produce soup as well as it can create a crushed-ice smoothie.
The auto-clean function and suction lid also pushed this one over the top. It does an excellent job of remaining clean, making it an excellent choice for any household.