While you'd feel naked without a coffee maker or microwave, you may not consider a blender a necessary kitchen appliance. However, like a spare tire or an umbrella, when you need one, you really need one. There's no good substitute tool to use in a pinch when you want to whip up a proper milkshake, some frozen margaritas, or a homemade soup. The humble blender is one of the most underrated kitchen essentials, and one you should invest in wisely.
Of course, much like coffee makers and microwaves, blenders range wildly in price and quality, and shopping for one can send you into a tizzy over specs, speeds, and sizes. So, to make it whole lot easier, we've pulled together some of the best ones out there for whatever chopping, dicing, pulverizing, and pureeing needs you may have.