If you have decided to buy a blender and do not know what the main features are, proceed with the purchase of the blender that suits you best.
Once you have understood the various types that exist and once you have made sure that what you want is a classic blender, you can proceed to review its characteristics. Among all, it is necessary to know the type of engine, accessories, and components of which the jug plays the main role.
In addition to the blades, in fact, another part of substantial importance is the blender jug, that container that will contain all the ingredients that you want to prepare.
As far as this component is concerned, it can generally be made of three materials: plastic, glass, and stainless steel, but the ones we will focus on will be the first two.
However, before proceeding with the description of the materials, it is appropriate to mention another important characteristic of the containers of a blender to be taken into account. In fact, the capacity is inherent in the carafe: this is important simply because the number of ingredients that can be added to the blender will depend on it. Whether you are one or two people or if you are a large family, there is the possibility to choose between jugs of different sizes according to your needs. Most of the blenders that are on the market are 1 liter, but these containers vary from 300 ml up to 2 liters.
Once you have an overview of the capacity of the container, the material is another essential aspect to consider when choosing a blender. Let’s try to understand now, what are the differences between the plastic jug and the glass one, discovering their pros and cons.
The material a carafe is made of: better plastic or glass?
At this point, we can talk about the main feature of the carafe: the material, which can be important for several reasons. When you find yourself having to choose a blender, leaving out the professional ones for catering that are more frequently found in stainless steel, you have the possibility to choose between two different jugs: those in resistant plastic or those in tempered glass—both with differences and with their advantages and disadvantages. Let’s find out which ones.
Plastic jugs, unlike glass jugs, have the advantage of being lighter and easier to handle. Unlike glass, however, they are more prone to scratching and scuffing when blending more solid ingredients. Also, in some cases, they just don’t support the ability to blend ice or substances of similar hardness. Furthermore, what can be the biggest negative side of the plastic jug should not be overlooked. It is about the safety of materials with regard to health: often, plastic can release a dangerous substance called bisphenol-A which, in contact with heat, is released into food.
In this regard, over time, of course, they have tried to solve the problem and have produced the Tritan plastic jug. It is a plastic, not only ultra-resistant, light, and drop-proof, but also, above all, safer from the point of view of health.
In fact, this Tritan plastic is produced without BPA (Bisphenol A), that harmful substance we talked about in the previous paragraph. Choosing the plastic carafe, therefore, means staying safe, unlike what it might seem. Just check when purchasing if it is BPA-free, and you can use it without fear of spoilage or contamination of the ingredients. In addition, Tritan is even an eco-sustainable material that can be recycled at the end of its life without worrying about polluting the environment.
As for the glass jugs, however, these are made with much heavier materials and, above all, are more resistant to scratches and wear and tear. This material, in fact, is the most durable of the two over time. Unlike plastic, glass is designed precisely for processing more solid foods such as frozen products, ice, and all those harder ingredients to blend. From the point of view of safety, glass is definitely safer than plastic, and you can be sure, in any case, that, in contact with heat sources, it will not release any substance that is harmful to health.
In addition, without a doubt, easier to wash than a plastic jug. The downside of the glass jug is its considerable weight: in the preparation of your creams, soups, smoothies, etc…, you will have to take into account that the jug will be heavier to take and move.
In any case, whether you choose a plastic or glass carafe, always take into account both the capacity, as I suggested at the beginning, but also that the jug is graduated. There is nothing more convenient than pouring the ingredients directly into the jug and knowing how many ml they are equal to without the need to dirty other containers or scales. With graduated jugs, you can always check all the quantities of ingredients you have entered.