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Buying Household Appliances

Buying Household Appliances By Sarah Clark
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

If you're in the market for a new household appliance or are fitting a home kitchen for the first time, these tips on popular kitchen appliances will show you what's available and how to choose the appliance that best meets your needs.


Most blenders come equipped with 300 to 500 watts. If you plan on crushing a lot of ice, get a blender with more power. Blenders made of stainless steel and glass are usually more durable than those made of plastic. Immersion blenders are much cheaper than traditional blenders and work well on pureeing chunky vegetable soups and drinks without ice.

Food Processors and Choppers

These household appliances can make a laborious, time-consuming chore into a fast and easy task. Food processors are designed to chop, slice, and shred while choppers are best for mincing garlic and chopping nuts. Food processors are generally much bigger and costlier than choppers, so you might want to skip the processor if you won't be slicing or chopping large quantities of food.


Hand-held and stand-alone are the two primary types of mixers on the home appliance market. The former is used for whipping cream and mixing cake and cookie batter. Stand mixers are also used for those tasks but are usually more powerful. They can even knead large quantities of bread dough. Stand mixers can also be useful in preparing mashed potatoes, another job that can sometimes be difficult for hand-held mixers.

Household Appliances that Fit Your Lifestyle

In choosing an appliance, think first about how its functionality will meet your needs. Don't buy a heavy-duty professional stand mixer if all you mix is a single batch of cookies a few times a year. If your home serves as the location for entertaining guests with a never-ending supply of frozen margaritas, you might consider investing in a high-performance blender. If powdered drinks are all you blend, a small hand-held appliance may do the job just fine and save you storage space and money to boot.

With these tips, you'll be well on your way to equipping your home with the kitchen appliances best suited to your needs.

About the Author
Sarah Clark is a freelance writer based in Arlington, Virginia.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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