THE  ULTIMATE  BUYING  GUIDE  FOR  BLENDERS

Shopping can be difficult and confusing when you have a lot of options to choose from. This Blender Buying Guide simplifies this task and helps ensure you will make the best choice.

Buy the best blender for YOU!

Knowing which blenders to look at and which to ignore will save you from sorting through the hundreds of machines out there.

Truly thinking about your specific needs is the first step towards making the best purchase.

The information in this guide has been researched and laid out to help you find the best blender for YOUR needs.

This guide is broken out into the most important categories and sub-categories you should focus your blender selection on.

It's a given that almost everyone has a budget in mind, but "Price" is not broken out as its own section.

You'll notice that price ranges ARE included within The Best Blenders of 2017 section.  

Click on any of the topics covered in the Quick Navigation menu to jump to that section right away.

Or simply continue scrolling this page to read through each section in order.


Our Quick Picks for the Best Blenders:


VitaMix

G-Series 7500

vitamix green smoothie blender

1490 watt motor

64 oz BPA-free Jug

7 Year Warranty

Commercial Quality

4" Sharp Blades

17.5" Tall

Made in America

307+ Reviews left by Purchasers


Blendtec

Total Blender Classic

blendtec blender

1560 watt motor

64 oz BPA-free Jug

8 Year Warranty

Commercial Quality

Dull, Winged Blades

15" Tall

Made in America

885+ Reviews left by Purchasers


Waring

Xtreme Hi-Power

waring xtreme

1500 watt motor

64 oz BPA-free Jug

3 Year Warranty

Commercial Quality

Sharp Blades

18" Tall

Made in America

95+ Reviews left by Purchasers


Overview of the Best Blender Features

​Stable Base

Blenders should stay put while processing. If it wobbles or vibrates a lot when blending, then it is not likely performing at a peak level. Bottom line, blending efficiency is lost when the unit lacks a solid, stable bas

Superb Lid Fit

Having a tight fitting lid is important to prevent spattering and potentially a big mess in your kitchen. But the lid should also be easy enough to take off without having to wrestle with it - because that's just an annoying hassle.

Having a pour spout is nice so you can empty the contents without having to remove the lid.

And having a removable plug, or top hatch is also handy for adding additional liquid or other ingredients while you are blending.

Ease of Cleaning

In the days of old, blenders had to have the bottom blade assembly removed in order to clean it properly. This was due to the mixture leaking under the gasket.

These days, there are blenders that have a sealed assembly which allows you to wash the interior of the jug without taking anything apart.

Just add hot water, soap and give it a whirl then a rinse. Some can even be put into the dishwasher. If you are using your machine daily, the ease of cleaning it can be a big deal.

Also, consider how easy it is to clean the exterior of the blender.  

A quick wipe is all that is needed for the new style blender with touch controls. They don't have any buttons or dials popping out with difficult to clean crevices around them.

Versatility

The number of bells and whistles (blending speeds and options) a blender comes with needs to be noted.

If you want your blender to take care a lot of your culinary tasks, you can benefit a great deal by having more speed & program options, as well as blade types and container sizes.

But if you are mainly just making smoothies, you can stick with fewer options and speed settings. Even just 2 settings are enough, like a Vitamix 2-Speed Turboblend. It's better to put more focus on selecting a blender that will produce exceptional smoothness quality of the blend for your smoothies than to buy one based on the number of speeds or settings.

Warranty

This is most important if you plan to use your blender a lot and/or for heavy blends. In that case, look for a 5 to 8-year warranty. But it you will only be making the occasional blend (and you're not making nut butter) you'll be just fine with a 1 to 2-year warranty.

The 3 Main Blender Categories to Choose From

Deciding on a blender should be based on much more than just your budget. Sure, that can be a limiting factor, but the appliance you choose should depend most on what you want to do with your blender.

To begin narrowing your search, think about the following categories:

  1. Heavy Usage 
  2. Light Usage 
  3. Very Light Use

​It's important to focus on what you will use it for most and just how much you will use your blender.

Heavy Usage:  Consider a High-End Blender

Are you blending for a family, a crowd -- or mostly just for one?

Note that a full-size blender can hold from 5 to 9 cups, making them better for families or for blending up drinks for a crowd.

If your goal is to make a lot of green smoothies, you may want to invest a high-end blender.

Fibrous greens require the power and design offered by high-quality blenders in order to come out very smooth. Otherwise, you will find more chewy pieces of veggie making them less pleasant to drink.

Some of the higher-end, better quality machines can even make hot soup -- no stove required! Yup, the blender does the 'cooking'. So if you frequently make soups, this may be a valuable option for you. 

Now, if you are a frequent make-it-from-scratch baker and you want to grind grains or make your own flours and nut butter, a heavy-duty blender will be your best friend. Plus the better warranty that usually comes with that level of high powered machine is advisable to have.

Owning a really powerful, modern blender that can offer you a lot more versatility than your grandma's old Oster may lead you to use your machine a lot more than you think you would. It can even replace the use of other kitchen gadgets.

The Good and Bad for Blenders in this Category:

Pros 

Cons

  • High powered motor with high speed processing
  • Grinds grains into fine flour
  • Easily makes nut butters
  • Can replace owning a juice machine
  • Large jugs are great to make family sized quantities
  • Some offer other blades and containers suited for various culinary tasks -- Greatly versatile
  • Greatly versatile - replacing other kitchen tools
  • Makes certain tasks really quick and easy -- like soups and chopping
  • Some have 7 and 8 year warranties with excelling customer service support
  • Cost - upwards from $350
  • Heavy base is difficult to stow away in cabinet
  • Too tall to sit on counter under standard upper cupboards
  • Louder than conventional blenders

Light Use  - Consider a Conventional Blender


If you're not intending to use your blender every day, or you just want to make some basic smoothies and simple batters, there's no real need to invest in a heavy-duty blender.

You CAN get away with a much less expensive model.

You have 2 options to think about. Either opt for a lower priced, full-sized conventional blender or buy a personal blender

If you do wish to use your blender to do a variety of tasks, and also want to save on kitchen space and money from having to buy another gadget -- then DO buy the best general use blender you can afford. 

The Good and Bad for Blenders in this Category:

Pros 

Cons

  • Many are priced under $150, and some good ones cost less than $100
  • Easily makes fruit smoothies and pancake batter
  • Many can crush ice
  • Not too tall to sit on counter under standard upper cupboards
  • Some are small & light enough to stow away in a cabinet
  • Jars and jugs are better suited to 1 or 2 person quantities
  • Some brands offer good variety of other jar sizes and accessories
  • Warranty is short - only 1 to 2 years
  • Smoothies are not silky smooth like the ones made by higher priced blenders
  • Less consistent chunky textures, like for salsa
  • Cannot make nut butter or flour
  • Many are not easy to clean - blade assembly must be taken apart
  • Standard jar sizes might be too small to make family sized or crowd quantities

Very Light Use  - Consider a Personal Blender

If you are blending very little, or mostly just for one, this could be your best choice.

Since personal blenders hold 2 cups or less, it's enough capacity if you want to blend one smoothie -- plus you can drink straight from the blender cup.

Be aware that you will not want to buy the cheapest model in this category if you will be making mostly green smoothies. 

As mentioned earlier, greens and veggies can be difficult to process to a super smooth consistency.

The best result comes from the high power and superior blade and jug design found with the highest quality blenders. Otherwise, you will chew your smoothie as much as you will drink it. This makes them unpleasant to drink.

The Good and Bad for Blenders in this Category:

Pros 

Cons

  • Ideal size for making 1 or 2 smoothies
  • Blender jar doubles as a drinking cup
  • Takes up very little counter space
  • Fits in a tiny kitchen and easily stows away
  • Many inexpensive models starting from $20
  • Results are far less smooth than high end blenders
  • No option to make family sized blends
  • Lack of removable lid means ingredients cannot be added while blending
  • Must be taken apart to be properly washed

Which blending results do you want most?

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These are the wants we found were listed the most by people:

  • Want super smooth, grit free smoothies
  • Ice crushing ability is important
  • Want it to make cooking tasks much easier 
  • How it looks matter 
  • Limited space or storage makes size important

So we expanded on each of those...

Make Smoother Smoothies

Blend quality is very important when it comes to smoothy making since their consistency directly relates to how much people like to drink them.

The blended results from a lower or mid-priced machine typically leave behind a SIGNIFICANT amount of unprocessed seeds and pieces.

The professional blend quality, like what you experience from a Jamba Juice smoothie, can only be achieved at home when you buy a premium, high-powered blender.

This is especially the case for green smoothies.

​​You might be thinking "why does smoothenss make any difference?

The answer: It makes a MASSIVE difference!!!

A smoother blend quality directly relates to how much people like to drink the resulting smoothie.​ By using a blender that offers professional level blend quality, you will want to use your blender every day to make yummy, smooth smoothies.

Look at investing in a model made by Vitamix or Blendtec to get the very best smoothie results.

Excellent Ice Crushing

Power is important in this case. You will need a blender with at least 500 watts. But to make the ice fine, like a snow, it will need at least 1000 watts or more.

Blade strength and design are also important. 

If the blender has cheap quality blades, they can become damaged very quickly from processing ice.

The design and shape of the jug will also play a big factor on how effectively the blender can process ice.

The rounder and more open shaped jugs promote better movement of ice, allowing for uniform rotation towards blades.

Thar results in evenly crushed ice and also evenly chopped foods.

​Fortunately, you don't have to buy the most high-powered blender to get one that is great at crushing ice. Many of the full sized Ninja blenders do a great job with ice.

Make Kitchen Tasks Easier

Just about every part of a blender has advanced since they were first patented back in 1922 .

Parts like the jugs, jars, blades, lids, controls on the front panel and accessories have all evolved. 

For example, the earliest machines from years ago only had jugs made from glass. That simply isn't the best at standing up to very high powered processing. The BPA free, Tritan plastic jar solves this.

The Eastman Company's new "Tritan" plastic jugs and jars are extremely durable, lightweight and have glass-like clarity. They can also be conveniently marked with measurements in metric and imperial along the sides. Best of all, they won't break or explode from high pressure blending.

Would you use bonus features? 

Certain extras do add true convenience and can save you a lot of time in the kitchen.

Like a lid with a removable hatch to add more liquid or ingredients while blending.

Or how about pre-programmed settings, like "ice cream" or "smoothie" which allow you to simply press one button and walk away -- the blender will run the perfect cycle variation and stop itself.

No need for you to stand there pulsing and monitoring the progress. You can turn away to hit another task while the blender does its thing.

Another nifty  setting is the soup cooking feature. Vitamix and Blendtec make machines that can produce piping hot soup!

There is no heating element in the machine. It’s the actual friction from the blending process that 'cooks' the ingredients in the jug. With the soup setting, extreme amounts of friction are created at 28,000 RPMs to heat things up. 

No microwave or stove is required.

Added accessories like different blades designs for different applications will allow for optimal dry blending (without the use of liquids) for things like making your own flour.

When Looks Do Matter

Since a blender is often kept out on the countertop, the better manufacturers try to create overall designs that are very attractive and appealing as well as functional.

This might mean the style of the control panel, too.

You might like the sleeker look of touch controls with a digital display over the traditional look of dials, knobs, and mechanical buttons. If the look of your kitchen is very sleek and ultra-modern, you might desire your small appliances to fit that theme.

Consider the color.

The blender base can make the most style impact.

Many blenders offer them in black, white or brushed-metal finishes. Some manufacturers, like KitchenAid and Blendtec, even offer a variety of bright and pastel colors.

With so many options, there's a good chance you will find one to fit in with your kitchen.

Otherwise, just stick to choosing the best one for function that you would be willing to stow away in a cabinet if you don't especially like the look of it.

Storage and Space

Will your new blender be left on the counter?

If yes, you would be wise to measure the space between your kitchen countertop and the cabinets above. Most (but NOT all ) have a standard space of 18 inches.

Conventional blenders are typically shorter than that so they fit neatly on the counter under any upper cabinets.

But some of the high-powered blenders are taller -- like most of the Vitamix blenders.

And if you do plan to stow your machine inside of a cabinet, you should also take into account the weight of the blender.

For some people, a hefty blender can be too much of a chore to take down from an upper shelf or to lift out from under a lower cabinet.

Although the heft of the blender's base should not otherwise be thought of as a negative.

A heavy base is a welcomed characteristic if you want your appliance to stay firmly in place during high speed blending. Rubber feet under a heavy base unit will prevent it from, 'walking' during more challenging blending.

Some brands have suction cups under the base to make it stick to the counter.

However, there are many people that find this to be a bit of a pain since they have to 'pop' the blender base up off the counter every time they want to move it around.

The Best Blenders of 2017

Best in the High Powered Category

These high-powered blenders have been specifically engineered to endure many years of daily use in commercial settings and home kitchens.

They tend to have higher horsepower than conventional blenders to supply superior results.

Blending large chunks, leafy greens, big batches of soup, and grinding nuts and grains into flour happens easily when using this caliber of blender.

Price Range: $350 – $719

High Powered Blenders (1000 to 1560 watts)

Best Brands by Reputation:

  • Vitamix
  • Blendtec
  • Waring

The 5 Best High Powered Blenders:

Model Name

User Rating

Power

Warranty​

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Vitamix Ascent A2300

 2.2 Peak HP

10 Years

Vitamix Professional 750

2.2 Peak HP 

7 Years

Blendtec Classic 575

3 Peak HP 

8 Years

Vitamix 7500

2.2 Peak HP 

7 Years

Vitamix G-Series 780

2.2 Peak HP 

7 Years

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Best in the Conventional Blender Category

Price Range: $50 -$200

Standard Countertop Blenders (550 to 1200 watts)

Best Brands by Reputation:

  • Oster
  • KitchenAid
  • Ninja

The 5 Best Conventional Blenders:

Model Name

User Rating

Power

Warranty​

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Ninja Pro 1000 (BL660)

1100 Watts

1 Year

Oster Pro 1200

1200 Watts

1 Year

Oster 7 Speed Fusion

600 Watts 

1 Year

KitchenAid 5 Speed Classic

550 Watts 

1 Year

Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

1500 Watts

1 Year

Best in Personal Blender Category

Price Range: $40 -$369

Personal Blenders (250 to 1000 watts)

The 5 Best Personal Blenders:

Model Name

User Rating

Power

Warranty​

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Magic Bullet

250 Watts

1 Year

Magic Bullet NutriBullet System

 600 Watts

1 Year

NutriBullet Pro 900

900 Watts

1 Year

Nutri Ninja Pro

1000 Watts

1 Year

Vitamix S30

790 Watts

5 Years

Power Guidelines for Blenders

Once you bring home your blender, you will probably expect your appliance to be capable of chopping and liquefying most ingredients.

However, you must consider what you will be tossing into your machine on most occasions.

Will you include tough vegetables to chop such as potatoes or carrots? Or large ice chunks? These all make blending harder and will require more power to get the blades to cut through.

So if you are not going to buy one of the high-powered blender models, check the power level of the appliance you are thinking of buying to see if it will live up to your processing requirements.

This handy chart will help:

Wattage

Capabilities

300

Can chop and blend most foods

500 -600

Capable of blending ingredients to make smoothies

700

Able to process coffee beans into fine grounds

1000 - 1560

This power range can process almost any ingredient and is best for making green smoothies

* note -when you see HP (horsepower) it can be converted to wattage by using a factor of 0.00134

Horsepower and wattage ratings are often prominently highlighted on packaging descriptions and advertising  -- but this alone should not dictate your buying decision. Be sure to also review other design features, options, and suitability aspects.

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Details for The 7 Most Popular Blender Brands:

  • Waring
  • oster
  • kitchenaid
  • Breville
  • ninja
  • blendtec
  • vitamix

Breville. This is an Australian manufacturer of small appliances, founded in 1932 in Melbourne.

Their product development division is one of the largest in the world in the small electrics appliance sector.

Breville has over 100 active patents and has been awarded over 40 international design awards.

Prices range from $200 to $400

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