||A more powerful motor and can make chopping ice and milling grains much simpler.
||A touchpad or other smooth surface controls can make keeping your blender clean easier, as bits of food or spilled liquids won't get stuck between the buttons.
|Multiple speed settings
||Some blenders have only two or three settings, while others go up to 16. Keep in mind that you may only really need a few good settings for most blending purposes. If you often make drinks, look for an ice crushing speed.
||A pulse setting gives you short bursts of blending-key if you're making something that requires more even blending without a full puree.
||You'll find blenders that make personal-sized smoothies (14 ounces), up to a mammoth 90 ounces. For everyday use, a 40-ounce capacity container will work and should have easily readable measurements.
||Stainless steel blades are more durable, and more capable of handling heavy-duty tasks like crushing ice than aluminum blades.
||The container should have a lid with a secure seal, have an opening to add ingredients when in use, and can open at the top and bottom to remove the contents and clean the blades.
||Some blenders come with two sizes of containers; immersion and all-in-one blenders often feature additional accessories, such as a whisk attachment or a chopping container.