While the best blenders are extremely versatile devices that can be used to purée roasted vegetables into soups, or to cut ingredients into salsa, most people use their blender for one task: making smoothies. And if this is the case, you don’t really need the most powerful or newest blender on the market. For smoothies you need the best blender, one that can grind ice into a drinkable slush, slice through frozen fruits and pulverize into a smooth liquid even the most stringent ones. And I talked with chefs, health experts and smoothie fanatics about the blenders that they keep on their countertops to find the right smoothie blender.
- Vitamix E310 Explorian
It’s a cult fave for a reason: There’s nothing the Vitamix showpiece can’t do short of cleaning your kitchen. It can do everything from perfectly smooth nut butters to hearty soups, and more, with pro-quality precision and control. The super-powerful motor has 10 variable speed settings and when in use its heavy duty base will not move easily at the counter.
The controls are simple and fuss-free and in every one of our Kitchen Appliances Lab tests this machine excelled, grinding coffee beans effortlessly and whirling up milkshakes and margs in seconds. It is an investment, but at a fraction of the cost of other Vitamix models, you won’t find a better-performing, more durable pick.
- KitchenAid 5-Speed blender
Not everybody would like to spend a lot on a blender. But this one offers standard KitchenAid for under $100. The engine is not nearly as powerful as some of our other picks, but it’s still a great all-purpose machine to do the job. It’s also not an eyesore so if you’re losing space in your cabinets, you can put it on the counter or kitchen shelf. We love the trendy red cherry base but if you want anything more natural, it’s also available in black, white and silver.
- Nutribullet Pro
Whether you’re short on kitchen space or just want a single-serve smoothie machine to make, look no further than the Nutribullet Pro. It’s one of the market’s best-selling personal smoothie blenders— and for good cause.
The 900 watt motor is powerful enough to mix your favourite recipes into a smooth, consistent purée without leaving behind any stringy greens or fruit chunks. What’s more, the blades for quick cleaning are removable.
Moreover, it is slightly more economical than other full-size blenders. With two dishwasher-safe cups and a flip-top drinking cover, this style is the perfect option for everyone who likes drinking their smoothies on the go.
- XL Blast Drink Machine
Looking for a high-performance all-star blender with no overpricing? This one is Black + Decker. It’s also been among the quieter versions that we’ve reviewed so you won’t have to think about waking roomies in the morning. It comes with a blender jar koozie, and a measuring cup with two ounces. Testers found it was easily driven for perfectly smooth green smoothies by a rough, fibrous kale.
The Drink Machine is perfect for those who want to entertain, thanks to its XL (eight-cup) capacity and the ability to puree fruit and ice for frozen cocktails. And it is as easy to use as they come in, and thanks to dishwasher-safe pieces, it gained perfect ease-of-cleaning ratings.
- Ninja Professional NJ600
As a brand, according to our member survey, Ninja full-sized blenders are earning an Excellent rating in predicted reliability. The Ninja Professional 1,000-watt NJ600 is a Best Buy. It combines spectacular performance with acceptable price. The removable blade of the Ninja helps to make a cinch cleanup and this model has performed really well in our satisfaction tests.
- Blendtec Classic 575
Blendtec is one of the most known brands in the blender industry and the Classic 575 model does not disappoint when it comes to smoothie making. The blender has a powerful enough 1,650-watt motor to pulverize almost everything, including ice, fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds.
It has a simple, pre-programmed smoothie button, plus 5 manual speed settings you can use to fine-tune the process and to produce the exact consistency you want. It comes with a pitcher of 32-ounce (946-ml) and a choice of several stylish colours. You can get a slightly bigger pitcher that holds up to 36 fluid ounces (1 litre) for a little extra money.
It is more compact than similar blenders, which is great for anyone who tries to save space on counter. It also has a pre-programmed setting for cleaning, therefore no disassembly is required for thorough washing.
- The oaster my blend
Our top recommendation for making smoothies or protein shakes is the Oster My Blend mixer to take on the go. Drinks can be directly blended in the sport bottle, meaning no additional dishes to be made. Just fill in the jar of ingredients, twist to blend, replace the blade with the lid, and you’re done.
- Ninja Master Prep Professional Blender
This blender trio has a power pod which can be used with each of the attachments: the 48 oz. Blending smoothie pitcher, 40 oz. Food processing bowl and meal preparation, and 16 oz. Chopper bowl to sauté herbs and nuts evenly. All containers have sturdy lids for storage and are suitable for dishwashing, ensuring cleaning is a cinch. For anything from slicing vegetables to mixing pancake batter to blending hummus and guacamole, Amazon reviewers say they use this blender. The possibilities are absolutely infinite.
- Vitamix S30 Personal Blender
If you’ve been lusting for a Vitamix but lack the necessary counter space, check out the famous brand’s more compact S-Series model. The kit contains two 20-ounceand40-ounce jars, each set on a six-inch base. Plus it provides even more options for blending than the original.
- The Vitamix Professional Series 750
The Vitamix Professional Series 750 serves fine smoothies quickly, with snow powder ice— ideal when margaritas are in order. And Vitamix as a label ratings Excellent for reliability predicted. This 1,650-watt blender carries eight cups and is a puréeing master. In fact, it can actually make hot soup due to the friction produced by the quick whirling blades. Testers used the fastest speed after a Vitamix tortilla soup recipe to combine stock, vegetables, and seasonings for 5 minutes. The Outcome? Hot soup easily blended.
(suorce: consumerreports.org, healthline.com, goodhousekeeping.com, and health.com)