The best blenders are ideal for the frozen concoctions of summer and a whole lot more

Consumer Reports News: June 15, 2010 11:37 AM

Summer is a busy season for blenders, but the standouts in our ratings of blenders (available to subscribers) will deliver year-round results, puréeing soups, making fruit smoothies, and handling other kitchen tasks, in addition to making the obligatory frozen cocktails. (Read our review of blenders as drink makers in "Inside Consumer Reports Test Labs: Is the Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker DM2000 a Real Beauty?")

When you're shopping, don't be wowed by claims of high wattage or lots of speeds since neither has translated to better performance in our tests. Keep this other buying advice in mind and watch our video here on how we test blenders.

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