From smoothies and margaritas to pureed soups and emulsion sauces, the blender is a still-evolving kitchen essential, as newer models boast a new range of features and capabilities. For example, take a look at the Cuisinart Blend and Cook or any Vitamix blender. Immersion, or "hand held" blenders have exploded in popularity due to the fact that they are quicker and easier for many blending tasks. We highly recommend one for those who cook regularly. And if you are one of the many who have discovered the benefits of freshly juiced whole foods, you'll find many powerful options, including some of the best masticating slow juicers on the market.