Making a choice

Kenwood blenderBlenders are one of the handiest and most versatile small appliances in the kitchen and are a popular choice amongst consumers. For mixing liquids and solids, they are the best in the business. But with so much choice on the market it is easy to get overwhelmed with which model is best for you.

The first choice to make is whether you want a freestanding blender or an immersion/hand blender. Freestanding models sit on your kitchen worktop and are ideal for dealing with a range of different ingredients. They can also blend hard ingredients such as ice - so are perfect for smoothies and frozen cocktails.

Immersion blenders offer versatility though and the hand-held appliances are simple to use and easy to clean and store away after use. The main use of a hand blender is for liquidi