The carafes on most blenders have removable blade assemblies, with a screw-on bottom and, often, a rubber gasket that creates a seal between the plate of the blade assembly and the bottom rim of the jar. Some users prefer to clean disassembled parts, gaining direct scrubbing access to the blades, the gasket, the bottom of the carafe, and the drive housing. Proponents of the blenders with non-detachable blade assemblies report no problems keeping the carafes clean. Running hot soapy water through a blending cycle will clean a blender fairly well. All of the jars, lids, and blade assemblies on the blenders that appear in this review are dishwasher-safe.
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Typical jar capacity is between 48 and 58 ounces. Most of the familiar Waring models that were bestsellers years ago had carafes of 32 or 40 ounces. Waring introduced home blenders to the marketplace in 1937, and it remains a leading brand. A high quality model with a 64 oz. or larger jar costs close to $300. Commercial models with a 1-gallon capacity top $1000.
The weight of a glass carafe helps to minimize vibration and makes for a more stable blending dynamic. A glass carafe allows you to see your concoction as it develops, though you can also view the blending progress in a plastic carafe, and plastic is lighter and easier to heft. Plastic is not as easy to clean as glass, it can scratch and stain, and it tends to absorb odors, though the polycarbonates used today in kitchenware are more chemical- and odor-resistant than the plastics of twenty years ago. Stainless steel is the carafe material most commonly used in commercial bar blenders due to its durability and ease of maintenance. Most carafes have measurement markings, with some easier to read than others.