Welcome to The Blender Experts! Our goal is to help you find the best blender for you. First and foremost – there is not one perfect blender for everyone. We have different needs in terms of space, blending power, carafe size and budget. From experience, we know the search can be overwhelming, which is why we have located the top rated blenders on the market today, and created an easy to follow chart to help simplify your search. We are adding new reviews all the time, and your feedback is welcome! Happy blender hunting!
Ultimate Blender Guide
|Blendtec Total Blender||Countertop||1560 W||$$$$||4.4|
|Vitamix CIA Professional||Countertop||1380 W||$$$$||4.6|
|Vitamix TurboBlend, 2-Speed||Countertop||1380 W||$$$||4.6|
|Waring Commercial MX1200XTX||Countertop||1600 W||$$$||4.9|
|Waring Pro MX1000R Professional||Countertop||1600 W||$$$||4.4|
|Cleanblend: 3HP||Countertop||1800 W||$$||4.3|
|Breville BBL605XL Hemisphere||Countertop||750 W||$$||4.2|
|Ninja Professional Blender||Countertop||1000-1200 W||$$||4.0|
|KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender||Countertop||670 W||$$||3.8|
|Nutri Bullet||Personal Size||600 W||$||4.0|
|Cuisinart SPB-600 SmartPower Deluxe||Countertop||600 W||$||3.4|
|Magic Bullet||Personal Size||250 W||$||3.7|
|Oster Counterforms 7-Speed Blender||Countertop||600 W||$||4.2|
|Hamilton Beach 58148A Power Elite||Countertop||700 W||$||4.0|
|Hamilton Beach Personal Blender||Personal Size||175 W||$||4.0|
What to look for in a blender?
It’s almost as difficult as finding a spouse. But if you know what to look for, you can pick the best blender for you.
- Wattage – While not the only factor, wattage is a key indicator of a blender’s performance. Anything under 500 watts is only going to blend soft foods.
- Carafe Size – Keep in mind large carafes can have difficulty blending small amounts or single servings. On the other hand, small carafes can be a pain in the you-know-what if you have a family or are serving frozen drinks at a party.
- Budget – What you end up buying may be limited by your budget. Blenders can range in price from $20 to $500 or even much more. If you plan to use your blender more than once a month, we recommend buying the best blender your budget allows. Why? Because using a blender that doesn’t meet your needs is an exercise in frustration and disappointment. And nobody wants that.
- Space constraints – Blenders can range in height from 12 to 21 inches and can weigh up to 15 pounds. Since blenders tend to be an appliance that sits out on the counter, make sure you have a place for it. Not all blenders will fit in the space between your counters and upper cabinets. Measure first.
Types of blenders
- Countertop– Countertop blenders are the most commonly purchased type of blender and can vary wildly in cost and performance.
- Personal Size – If you are primarily making small batches of baby food, or you don’t have a lot of kitchen space, a personal size blender may be a good fit for you. Be aware of the weaker motor.
- Immersion Blenders – Most commonly used for soups, sauces, whipped cream or mayonnaise, an immersion blender is a hand-held blender for light-duty tasks. A word of caution: the blades are exposed and the trigger is happy, so avoid stitches by unplugging the unit immediately after use.
Why Should You Get a Blender?
- Eat your fruits and veggies. Use this CDC chart to calculate how much fruits and vegetables you should consume each day. If you are like most, you are not consuming anywhere near the recommended 3-6 cups. Blenders are a great tool for on-the-go people who prefer to eat their fruits and veggies, well…on the go.
- Save money. Don’t buy that Starbucks Frappuccino or Juice Stop green smoothie when you can make your own at home.
- Fight disease. If you want to ward off cancer, you probably need to step up your game. Let’s be honest.
- Do you have kids? The CDC recommends children consume 1-3 cups of vegetables each day depending on age. You can make them a fruit smoothie with hidden veggies and they will think it is a treat. If you have an infant just starting solid foods, you can puree your own fresh, organic homemade baby food.
- Juice? No problem! If you have a good quality blender, you can also have juice in one additional step. After thoroughly blending your veggies and fruits, strain the mixture with a sieve, fine strainer, or cheesecloth to remove the pulp.
Reviews of the 5 Best Blenders
The Blendtec is a top-of-the-line blender, and if you have the means, and plan to use your blender multiple times per week, it is certainly worth the investment. The Blendtec is a commercial-quality blender with 1,560 watts and 3 HP direct drive motor. The advantage the Blendtec has over its main competition, the VitaMix, is its relatively compact size. Standing 15.5 inches tall, it can fit on your countertop. The Blendtec is also more high tech, with preset selections for smoothies, ice crushing, soup, batter, and so on. The 2-prong blade allows you to more easily get every last bit out of the 2-quart jar. It has a high-quality plastic carafe which is light in weight and therefore, easier on the wrists than a glass carafe. With a 8-year warranty, the Blendtec is built to last and you know the company stands behind its product. Also, it’s made in the USA – so you can feel extra good about your purchase. In depth review here.
Like the Blendtec, a Vita Mix blender is an investment in your health. It is an appliance that you should plan to use multiple times per week to justify the cost. And it is Worth. Every. Penny. With 2 HP and 1,380 watts, the Vita Mix blender is a power house used in many commercial establishments. It is a blending master. The rest is personal preference. The Vita Mix blender is TALL. It stands 20.5 inches with the carafe in place. The 4-prong blade and grooves in the carafe can make it a pain to get every last bit out, if the mixture is thick enough to require the help of a rubber spatula. It comes with a tamper. What’s that you say? It is the long rubber cylinder maneuvered through a hole in the lid, to push down stubborn food. Some users like it but it is an extra part to clean. The plastic carafe holds 64 ounces. The VitaMix is the gold standard of countertop blenders. It’s used by professionals and comes with a 7-year warranty. And it’s made in the USA. Need I go on? In depth review here.
*If you want a Vitamix and cannot afford one, check out this review of the Cleanblend Blender. They are almost identical.
The Waring Pro Blender is the lesser known, but equally powerful, competitor of the VitaMix and Blendtec dynasties. One of the top rated blenders on the market, this may be the best-kept secret in blenders. 3.5 HP, 1,500 watts, and easy-to-use, this blender is perfect for commercial and household use. It is a little pricey, but an amazing value. Heavy and tall – standing at 18 inches it is taller than the Blendtec but 3.5 inches shorter than the VitaMix. The downside is the shorter warranty period – 3 years on the motor and 2 years parts and labor. Learn more here.
With 750 watts, this blender does surprisingly well, thanks in large part to a unique blade design that doesn’t allow food to get stuck under the blades and sucks down the mixture from the top. With this blender you aren’t going to get the creamy smooth consistency of the professional models (see above) but you will get a good smoothie maker that certainly won’t leave any unpleasant chunks. Unfortunately the warranty is just 1 year, so it is a little bit like gambling. The Breville does have some nice features, like a retractable cord and a lighted display.
Ninja blender reviews indicate this machine is a fantastic value. For those who cannot yet afford a Vitamix, Blentec or Waring, the Ninja is the best blender for smoothies. The multiple blades help make up for the lower level of power. The Ninja Blender is easy to use, and more importantly, safe. Due to the higher-up blades, the blender won’t start unless the lid is secure – a great feature if you are accident prone. While the Ninja will successfully break up ice, veggies, frozen fruits, etc., the final result may still be grainy, not buttery smooth. And the warranty is 1 year – far less than the VitaMix/Blendtec warranties. If you are a heavy user of the machine, and the motor burns out after a year, you are unfortunately out of luck. Detailed review here.
What is the best blender for you? Leave a comment below and tell us about your favorite blender and why!