The Ninja Professional Blender is a well-priced, high-powered blender that's extremely durable and effective. Easy-to-use low, medium, high, and pulse buttons streamline operation and provide versatile blending functions.
If you're just looking for an inexpensive blender that can do its job and not give out on you after 3 months of use, this is your best bet. It can crush ice and blend frozen fruit, with a variety of speed and pulse settings.
If you're looking for the absolute best of the best, Vitamix has set the standard for top-of-the-line blenders. Though the price tag is steeper than most, you'll be rewarded with the silkiest smoothies, soups, and purees, plus complete control over blade speed.
Get the best of both worlds with this high-powered blender that also comes with personal-sized Nutri Ninja cups. The base of this blender is almost exactly the same as our "Best Overall" pick, but with 100 extra watts of power.
Make morning smoothie prep and small-batch blending faster and easier with the NutriBullet. This versatile 13-piece set makes quick work of blending, and it includes two types of blades, three personal-sized cups, and to-go lids.
Buying a blender? It can be a tedious process to look at the specs of every option out there, so we did it for you. Check out our favorite blenders below, with everything you need to know about power, speed, and function.
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Pros: Reasonable price, easy-to-use buttons, large capacity
Cons: Takes up a good amount of space, loud
This is our pick for the best quality blender that can power through smoothies, sauces, soups, and even make homemade nut butters — without breaking the bank.
It features a powerful and efficient 1,000-watt performance, with six chopping blades that shred through fruits and vegetables and turn ice into snow in just seconds. Simple and easy-to-use buttons allow you to cycle between low, medium, and high speeds, and the pulse button makes it easy to pulverize small bits. Plus, a large pour spout is perfect for serving blended drinks without causing a complete mess on your counter.
2. Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function Blender - $34.99
Best Budget Buy
Pros: Inexpensive, easy to use
Cons: Takes up a lot of space, a bit loud
This 700-watt blender is a super affordable pick that'll do the trick when it comes to everything from soft purees to frozen fruits. Though it won't blend as smoothly as, say, the Vitamix below, it'll absolutely work for your basic blending needs.
It has 12 blending functions, including mix, puree, dice, and grind — great for making chunky salsas and sauces. The 40-ounce glass jar is sturdy and hard to break, and the no-mess pouring spout features a hinged top that keeps it from dripping.
Pros: Large capacity, extremely high-powered blades, speed control, warranty of up to 10 years
Cons: Takes up a lot of space, pricey, loud
Vitamix blenders are known for their incredible quality. You'll pay a premium for this top-of-the-line option, but we're here to tell you that if you're able, you should absolutely invest in one.
The Vitamix's insane motor (powered by nearly 1,400 watts) gives satiny-smooth results, but the best part is that the speed can be raised gradually, which gives you greater control. It comes with a 64-ounce carafe and a tamper, so if you're blending up small amounts and need to push the ingredients closer to the blades, you won't have to turn it off to stir.
We love the wide range of recipes you can make in the Vitamix, from thin-crust pizza dough to almond butter to homemade fresh frozen yogurt. The possibilities are endless!
Some of you may be wondering why we chose the Vitamix over its similarly priced rival, the Blendtec. To answer simply, even though the Blendtec has a little bit more power, it doesn't work any better for your average blending needs. While it's still a wonderful choice, it's much louder than the Vitamix, and the capacity is smaller.
Pros: Space-saving, versatile, affordable
Cons: Very loud
The base of this blender is almost exactly the same as our pick for Best Overall, but it features an extra 100 watts and a different button layout (still with three speeds and a pulse option). You can expect very similar results, with the added bonus of a blade attachment that fits personal-sized cups for small-batch blending.
It should be noted that this one is very loud — like, wake-the-kids-up-if-you're-making-a-smoothie-in-the-morning loud.
Best for Single Servings
Pros: Easy to use, space-saving
Cons: Can't control blade speed
The NutriBullet blades were designed to be able to extract the largest amount of nutrients from your ingredients, and they work wonders on everything from frozen fruits to small batches of soups, smoothies, and even nut butters.
The 13-piece setup comes with two different blades: one for liquifying or pureeing ingredients, and the other for milling seeds, oats, and nuts down to a fine powder.
The only downside is that you can't control the speed of the blender, but that isn't really an issue if you pretty much always use it to create smooth purees.
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Just because they didn't make our top five doesn't mean they're not worth shopping — especially for their distinctive features and various price points. Read on to learn more about our top choices.
Best for Programmability
Pros: Quiet, programmable, auto-adjusts speeds to decrease buildup
This blender not only has a crazy-powerful motor, but it also includes a programmable timer that'll shut off the blender automatically when the cycle is done (so you can literally walk away from the kitchen while it's still running). It even has a load sensor that adjusts the speed of the blender based on how heavy your ingredients are and how smoothly they're blending. This reduces the buildup of air pockets, which requires stopping the blender's function and stirring ingredients around. It's also much quieter than most blenders of a similar power level.
The base has a button specifically for smoothies, another for ice crushing, and two for power levels high and low. It can also pulse for quick grinds and rough chops.
Best for Space-Saving/New Kitchens
Pros: Eliminates the need for multiple appliances
Cons: Takes up a lot of space if you already have multiple appliances
Yes, we have quite a few of the Ninja blenders on this list — and no, it's not sponsored by them! The brand just makes really great blenders at extremely reasonable price points, and we don't shy away from acknowledging it.
The Ninja Mega Kitchen System has a 1,500-watt base that powers through frozen fruits and ice with ease, but what makes it especially worth investing in is the fact that it also comes with single-serve cups (similar to the NutriBullet ones) for small-batch blending, as well as a food-processor attachment that's perfect for chopping and grinding (as opposed to completely pulverizing). The pitcher is also a whopping 72 ounces — enough to make a giant batch of margaritas!
Best for Colorful Personalities
Pros: Easy to use, comes in tons of colors, shatterproof pitcher
Cons: Can be difficult to clean
KitchenAid is a brand synonymous with quality and longevity, and their blenders are no exception. The strong motor and slick blades can puree even the pits of your peaches (in case you accidentally drop them in), and the pulse button works on any speed setting for consistent blending. Automatic sensors also adjust the speed of the blender to avoid buildup as the weight of hard-to-blend ingredients gets shifted around.
Over 20 color options give you the chance to customize it to your kitchen's aesthetic, just like their famous stand mixers.
Best for Programmed Settings
Pros: Easy to use, great pre-programmed functions
Cons: Suction feet that keep it locked to the counter can be hard to pull up, loud
What sets this blender apart from the other Ninja options is not just its 1,500-watt performance, but the fact that it has SO many pre-programmed blending speeds, which all take the guesswork out of prepping. Choose from options like nut butter, flour/mill, frozen drinks, puree, smoothie, dip/salsa, hot soup, and more.
This blender uses a dial to control speed (just like the Vitamix), so you can be as precise as you want. It also comes with a tamper to keep ingredients from building up, so you don't have to stop the blender to stir every time there's an air pocket.
Best for Smoothies
Pros: Easy to use, clear measurements on pitcher, very little buildup/food trapping
Cons: Can be hard to clean
The Breville Hemisphere Control blender was designed to eliminate the buildup issue that happens so often with bulky/frozen ingredients. The downside of the pitcher design is that the blades are permanently attached to the carafe, which can make it difficult to clean — a small price to pay for zero buildup or air bubbles (smoothie farts, as we like to call them!).
The base features five pre-programmed speed settings, plus a smoothie button, a pulse button, and an ice crush button. It even has a built-in timer to let you know how many seconds are left on your setting.
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