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August 27, 2011 - 3:36 pm

Hi all,


I'm looking for a new blender. Searching on Amazon, I find that most blenders are made with a plastic container, but I'm worried about chemicals leaching. I've found a few with a glass jar, but some of the reviews say that the blade base is made with PVC!


Does anyone know of a good quality blender with a glass jar? I understand the blade base will probably have to be plastic, but I'd prefer one that at least has a plastic safer than PVC. 


Thank you for your help!

Sam Snider
September 5, 2011 - 10:05 pm

Your blender will contain plastic – NO way around it…. maybe you can find a blender with a glass container, but the base will have plastic in some way, shape or form.


If you are worried about leaching, consider that the food being processed will only spend a very short time in the container and there is virtually NO chance for anything to leach. Just do not use the container for storage of your blended food.


The high-end brands like Vitamix and Blendtec both offer BPA free containers and the advantages both units offer in terms of processing (breaking down cell structures to release nutrients) by far outweigh any potential leakage from the blender jar.

September 6, 2011 - 8:34 am

Have you looked at immersion (stick) blenders?  Mine is a cuisinart, and contains a lot more metal than plastic.  Plus you can have your food in whatever container you want.  I love mine, and it mostly gets used for smoothies and soups.  It's actually pretty good at chopping up frozen fruit.

September 6, 2011 - 9:12 pm

Sam – Thanks for easing my concern. You're right that the food won't spend much time in the blender anyway.  

I understand that the base will have to be plastic. Though I've read comments online about some blenders having a PVC base, that's something I'd like to avoid completely, even if the food makes contact only for a short period. 

I dream of getting a Vitamix or Blendtec! Maybe when I can justify the price.

Julsie – I've definitely considered getting one, but I'd also like to have something more high-powered.

Thanks for the suggestions!

Sam Snider
September 7, 2011 - 5:02 am

I can highly recommend the Blendtec and Costco has a special on it for 379 with the 64 AND 96oz containers. I use mine on a daily basis and it is worth every penny. I would not bet my life on it, but I would say the Blendtec housing is poly-carbonate.


As for PVC – the exposure risk is mainly during production and burning (dioxins). During use it is considered fairly safe with the exceptions of very soft versions that contain a lot of BPA. But again, you base will not make contact with food at all, except for a spill, in which case you will likely dispose of the food anyways.


If you are that concerned with PVC, you may want to check your water piping since PVC is a very common material, just as 90% of all IV-bags are made from it….. all i want to point out here is that there are very likely other areas in your life, where your PVC exposure is in orders of magnitude greater than what could possible come from the base of your blender.

September 7, 2011 - 11:44 pm

I heard that the Ninja blender gives you as much quality for a blender as you can get for the price. The Ninja blender is often compared against the Vitamix  despite being much cheaper. It isn't as great, I've heard, as it doesn't have as long of a warranty and doesn't get them QUITE as smooth and cannot heat up for soups and such, but I know it gets the job done great. There's also a review of it at and it is apparently BPA free!…..ep-review/

Eve Stavros
September 11, 2011 - 6:57 am

Erich,  I struggle with this one as well.  The blender I currently have is a Black & Decker with a glass container.  But, I don't know what kind of plastic the piece inside the base is.  More research needed here. I recently bought a Mitutto immersion blender which does have a plastic handle, but the stem, blades, and blade housing (i.e. everything which touches the food) is metal.  It's got a turbo feature and is very powerful.  One of the blades even grinds meat, so it might have the kind of power you're looking for. 

September 19, 2011 - 4:29 pm

Ninja blenders are on sale at Target this week.

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