When choosing a blender, most people focus on speed. The logic goes: The faster blades spin, the better they pulverize fruits and vegetables, and the better the resulting smoothie, soup, pesto, or cocktail. Not so, say the engineers at Electrolux. Too much force crushes seeds, which busts them open and releases enzymes that make for a bitter taste. So, instead of designing a faster motor, the company tilted the canister. The angle creates an irregular funnel within the mixture, allowing the food to circulate evenly. And, they've employed titanium-coated blades of different shapes and purposes to thoroughly process it. The result is better texture and taste, with half the speed.