By David Gill
The holidays mean both gift giving and entertaining, and few products cover both areas as well as blenders and drink makers. With more people entertaining at home, these categories make both sought-after gifts and useful items to help prepare for that big bash—whether it’s for the holidays, a birthday or for other special events.
The products seen here represent some of the more recent launches in these categories. As with other small electrics, they represent some of the latest technologies in the blending/drink-making realm.
The Wave Power blender is two appliances in one, with a three-cup chopping container and a six-cup blender jar. It operates with a patented Wave-Action system, which pulls the mixture down into the blades for smooth results. The chopping function can be used to prepare nuts, salsa and sauces. It works with 700 watts at peak power and works at low or high speeds or pulsing. hamiltonbeach.com
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The Margarator is a portable margarita maker that makes up to one gallon of margaritas or other frozen drinks at a time. All the user does is fill the machine with ice, a drink mix and liquor, and then secure the safety lid and flip the switch. After that, the Margarator’s patented ice shaver pulverizes the ice to create margaritas, daiquiris, slushes and more. It holds up to 128 ounces of beverage in a sleek stainless-steel design. nostalgiaelectrics.com
The brand’s Waring Pro Blender Series is a high-performance, multipurpose blender collection that allows consumers to create the same beverages found in boutique smoothie and coffee shops, restaurants and bars. The range of beverages these blenders produce runs from health drinks to margaritas and frozen coffee confections. It is simple to operate with a heavy-duty two-speed motor, which crushes ice, and a 40-ounce carafe with a removable blade assembly. waringproducts.com
The company’s Hemisphere Mini blender comes with 600 watts of power and variable speed controls. It has two sets of blades—central blades that draw down what’s on top of the glass jug, and wide-sweeping blades that hug the bottom of the jug. As Breville said in a statement, this structure means that “lumps have nowhere to hide.” The speeds include ice crush, stir, mix, chop, blend, liquefy and purée. brevilleusa.com
With five speeds of operation and an array of accessories, the 5-Speed KitchenAid Hand Blender is a multipurpose kitchen tool that tackles everything from blending to puréeing, crushing, chopping, frothing, beating and mincing. Its portability and design features, including interchangeable stainless-steel bell blade assemblies with covers, allow for easy processing of ingredients directly into deep pots, mixing bowls or pitchers. kitchenaid.com
The Hurom Slow Juicer has been recognized for its ability to produce more juice and retain more vitamins—up to 60 percent more, Roland said in a company statement. It is designed with a mortar and pestle-like mechanism that presses the juice, rather than grating or shredding the food. Because it operates at a low speed, fruits and vegetables retain more heat-sensitive vitamins like vitamin C. slowjuicer.com
The brand’s new Blend and Cook Soup Maker not only helps prepare soups—it cooks them as well. It’s equipped with an internal heater to ensure that the soup is kept at the optimum temperature, and is designed with push-button digital controls to allow users to set the unit’s cooking time and temperature. It has 900 watts of power and a thermal, shock-resistant glass blending/cooking jar with a sturdy, wide-mouth design. cuisinart.com