Bright blender looks to not blend in

The Bodum Bistro Blender offers distinctive styling and an icon-based operating dial.

The Bodum Bistro Blender is hard to miss.
The Bodum Bistro Blender is hard to miss. Bodum

Blenders have always been pretty well represented in the kitchen. Even with the proliferation of other whirling-blade kitchen gadgets like food processors and immersion blenders, a good old-fashioned blender is often the best choice for the task. And that includes when they happen to be lime-green or bright fire-engine red.

The Bodum Bistro Blender offers additional modern touches that differentiate it from those of times gone by. If the distinctive color isn't attention-grabbing enough, the "rubber-sprayed" exterior will probably give away the fact that this blender views the landscape of the kitchen countertop as a domain to stand out in. In addition to styling decisions, the actual operation of the kitchen helper relies on icons for power settings situated around a simple dial selector.

Assuming one doesn't mistake the cubes that are the first stop on the dial for sugar cubes, the ice-crushing selection should be easy to discern (even when taking into account all of those oddly shaped novelty ice trays that are out there). The next stop on the dial is a mezzaluna, which is used to represent the chopping stage, followed by a whisk, a bowl with a spoon and a cup with a straw. The final three blending settings represent mix, puree, and liquefy, respectively. Well-suited for a variety of tasks, the blender is sure to not be ignored -- even when blending or not.

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