One thing a lot of people overlook when choosing a blender is pitcher material. This is likely because in most cases, it has relatively little impact on daily use. Pitcher material has no impact on blending power.
That isn’t to say the material doesn’t matter at all. There are actually marked advantages and disadvantages for each of the three pitcher types.
The material used on the vast majority of commercially-available blenders, plastic also has the greatest variance in terms of quality. Cheaper blenders tend to use lower-end plastic, prone to scratching, staining, and odor retention through extended use. Plastic often contains BPA, an industrial chemical which may negatively impact neural and behavioral health.
More expensive models, on the other hand, use high-grade plastic or copolyester, which has better durability, heat resistance, and scratch resistance compared to standard plastic, and is often labelled BPA-free.
- Shatter resistant – not prone to breakage from being dropped (see cons for exception).
- Low-end plastic presents a shatter hazard when blending frozen materials
- Easy to scratch
- May absorb stains over time
- Low-quality plastic retains odors if not properly cleaned
Many higher-end high performance blenders have jars composed of glass rather than plastic. There’s a reason for that – although glass may shatter more easily when dropped or handled roughly, overall it tends to be more durable than many plastics (though not as durable as high-end copolyester). Glass also does not retain odors, scratch, or stain as easily as plastic.
The trade-off, of course, is cost. Glass pitchers cost more than plastic pitchers of equivalent size, in addition to being heavier.
- Does not retain odor
- Transparent and stain-resistant
- Not easily scratched
- Heavier than plastic
- Prone to breakage from being dropped or tipped
- More expensive than plastic
Some of the highest-end blenders and mixers make use of stainless steel pitchers. Rarely seen outside of a restaurant setting, these containers cost a pretty penny, and the blenders they go with are usually priced to match. For the cost, you get the most durable and longest lasting of the three pitcher types, able to easily survive regular wear and tear.
- Extremely durable
- Stain resistant, does not retain odors
- Looks professional
- The most expensive of the three materials
- May dent if not properly handled
- Can be difficult to blend drinks to the proper consistency, since the pitcher is not transparent
Ultimately, the type of pitcher material you use is largely a matter of personal preference. It’s more important to evaluate each product based how well it’s built using a given material than the material itself. It’s smart to avoid BPA for health-reasons. Beyond that, choose whichever materials fit your preferences.
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