The 7 Best Blenders For Homemade Smoothies

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Blenders Image Design 1 - The 7 Best Blenders For Homemade SmoothiesWhen it comes to making smoothies, you need a blender that will be able to handle all the fruit and ice you throw at it. But at the same time, you need to find something that is budget friendly. There is something out there for all needs, budgets, and requirements.

Rather than trying to compare your different options in the stores and going from website to website, wouldn’t it be best if you could get everything on one page? Well, we have the seven best blenders. Each of these will offer something specific that you need, along with other additional benefits.

There’s a blender for a low budget, one within a mid-budget range, one for those who want to crush ice, and more. Are you ready to find the best blender for your homemade smoothies?

The Nutri Ninja Pro BL450 for the Ice Breakers

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Let’s start with the Nutri Ninja. This is a popular one just for the name. After all, who doesn’t love something that has the word “ninja” in the title? It screams like it’s going to be the perfect item for your high-powered, healthy lifestyle.

This is the blender that you want when it comes to breaking the ice. It will handle absolutely anything with the blades, meaning that all those delicious recipes are a go. You will get a perfectly smooth drink whatever you throw into it. The blender works with 900 watts of power to make sure everything is broken down.

Another major benefit is the way the glass for blending becomes the container for drinking from. You can get a sealable lid, so you just take your drink on the go without finding another cup. There is minimal washing up, creating the perfect option for those with busy lives. The only thing you need to avoid is filing it all the way to the top! The lid sits on the inside, and you will end up with some leakage.

The Nutri Ninja also has the benefit of sorting out your issue with portions. It’s a single-serve bullet, so there’s no need to worry about consuming far too much fruit and vegetables in one sitting. This is a major concern for those making green smoothies, as you can accidentally have far more calories than you need without thinking too much about it.

Another major benefit of this blender (and the reason why it’s number one on the list) is the cost. The blender is one of the most affordable on the market, sitting comfortably below the $100 mark, even when tax and shipping are added in! If you need something affordable, reputable, and useable, this is the blender you want to invest in.

Vitamix Pro 750 Heritage Blender for the Pros

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If you have a large budget for your blender then this is one that you want to buy. I will get the downside out of the way by saying that this blender costs more than $500. It’s the one that all the pros use, and you’ll see why when you consider the details of the review.

The Vitamix blender is often compared to the Tesla car. It does supersede all competition, as it’s built on the research and technological advances. The blender will break down absolutely everything, creating a smooth and creamy texture every single time. There’s no issue with managing nut butter, creating a tasty and protein-packed treat when you want something a little different on a morning. The blender can also handle plenty of hot ingredients, making this blender suitable for soups as well as your smoothies.

The blender works at an exceptionally high speed, with a 2.2 peak horsepower, although you can easily change the speed setting for all your needs. It also has a tamper, so there’s no need to open the lid to swish the ingredients around when the ingredients rise to the top or get stuck in the blades. The tamper will push everything down quickly and effectively.

Speaking of speed, there are five pre-arranged settings. You can twist a dial for the smoothies, hot foods, iced desserts and more that you want to make.

Vitamix blenders are among the easiest to clean, helping to save time afterward. The blades are made of stainless steel, and the tub is a strong plastic that is virtually shatterproof.

If you’re just getting your blender out every weekend for a smoothie, then it’s not going to be the one for you. When you want something that you can use multiple times a day for all types of meals, this is one that you will not regret buying. This will not need replacing, ever!

KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender for the Nuts and Seeds

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When you want something mid-range in price but powerful, you’ll want to look towards KitchenAid. The brand is one of the most reputable in the world for all kitchen appliances, and that is certainly the case for blenders for your green smoothies.

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender is, as the name suggests, a blender with five different speeds. You can decide on the speed you want for the ingredients you’re using. The higher speedis perfect if you want to blend down the nuts and seeds in your smoothie if you don’t want the chunkier bits. You have full control over everything that you make with this blender.

The motor speed is 670-watt, so it is lower power than the Nutri Ninja at the top. It’s also slightly more expensive at $150. However, you’re paying for the ability to make a larger portion, meaning you can create smoothies for the whole family and not just yourself.

Like many other KitchenAid appliances, the blender fits any décor. There are 15 different colors to choose, whether you want your blender to stand out or blend in. The plastic is also BPA free, meaning it’s completely healthy for your whole family. This is a blender where cleaning is extremely easy. You can pull the plastic holder from the base to wash, and the flat buttons will just wipe clean.

One of the downsides of the blender is that it is noisy. A customer review on Amazon does describe the blender sound like an “angry Chewbacca,” but you’ll forget about it soon after you’ve finished using it.

Oster Versa Pro Performance Blender for a Cheaper Vitamix

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I don’t blame you loving the sound of the Vitamix. It certainly is the best blender out there, but the price lets it down. What if you could have all the benefits of the Vitamix without spending more than $500 on one kitchen appliance? Yes, you really can with the Oster Versa.

One of the downsides of the blender is that the brand isn’t as well-known as others. However, it’s worth the risk when there are so many positive reviews.

This is a blender that will cream, smooth, chop, and slice everything. You can get smoothies, make your nut butter, create ice cream, and so much more. There’s even the same tamper the Vitamix must make sure the ingredients remain close to the blades until they’re broken down and processed.

There are pre-programmed settings. This will certainly make it easier to create the exact meals you want. The settings even have one for grinding nuts completely, helping you to create smooth and creamy nut butter or you can add some nuts to your smoothies for some extra protein.

If that isn’t enough, there’s even a recipe book! Not only do you get a blender, but you’ll have a book with all the different types of recipes and smoothies that you can make. You won’t need to spend hours searching online for something new to try.

The motor works at the1,400-watt power and the blades spin at a rate of 250mph! That’s epic for a blender and shows just what it can do once it’s in your home. If you still need something to sell it to you, then you’ll want to check out the warranty. While most blenders offer a year (two if you’re lucky), the Oster Versa has a 7-year warranty!

The downside? Well, it is still a little pricey. It may be cheaper than the Vitamix, but you still need to spend $300+ on a blender. This isn’t an option for everyone!

Blendtec Total Blender for Blending Your iPhone

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I’m not sure why you’d want to blend your iPhone, but this is apparently a selling point for the blender. Well, maybe it’s because it shows you just how much the blender can break down. It really will break down your ice and nuts if it can turn an iPhone to dust (yes, this was tested).

Blendtec offers the Total Blender. This is another blender that does everything the Vitamix offers, but at a slightly lower price. Unfortunately, it’s still not as low as the Oster Versa, which is why it’s one lower than it. The Blendtec looks like it has dull blades, but that’s certainly not the case. You will create the smoothest smoothies you’ve ever tasted. You’ll never want to buy one again.

One of the biggest benefits of the blender is the size. It fits under counters, meaning it’s easy to put away or keep out if you want. There is the downside of no tamper, but this is where the ingenious design comes into play. The blender doesn’t have the issue of food climbing the sides of the plastic and escaping the ability to be blended down.

It’s also much wider at the base. Not only will this make it easier to add ingredients and pour, but you’ll find it much easier to clean than any of the other designs out there.

However, there is a slight downside to the style of the blender. It has raised buttons, meaning cleaning the sides and thetop can be tricky. It also has a dated look, which can leave people questioning when you bought it!

There are cheaper Blendtecs out there. They’re not quite as strong but they have similar designs and are at the lower end of budgets. If you want to stick with the brand, you can.

The Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas for the Alcoholic Smoothies

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Sometimes you don’t just want to create tasty, healthy smoothies. You want cocktails and drinks that are suitable for a girls’ night in. This is where the Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas comes into play. Even the name makes it clear that this isn’t just for those green smoothies to start your day.

The frozen smoothie maker doesn’t just crush your ice. It shaves it, creating a delicious frozen cocktail or smoothie within minutes. You have a large enough server, so you can get four glasses of cocktails and more for you and your friends to enjoy. Shaving the ice helps to avoid watering down the smoothies later. The ice is kept separate from the drink and filtered out of the machine differently to avoid any watering down!

This blender is also dishwasher safe, making it one of the easiest to clean. You will need to take it apart, and it does come in two sections for blending the drinks and shaving the ice.

You’ll also get a set of shot glasses and a recipe booklet. Everything comes in at under $150.

One of the downsides is the speed. It only has a 450-watt motor. This is enough for your frozen cocktails and smoothies. It won’t do anything else if you want a multi-use blender.

Hamilton Beach Power Elite for Those Who Need Affordable and Reputable

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Finally, it’s the Hamilton Beach Power Elite. This is another well-known brand, which offers the instant proof reputability. This blender also comes in at under $30, making it the cheapest blender on the list. Many would think this means poor quality, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.

The blender breaks down ice easily, creating fresh and delicious smoothies. It’s not the greatest for adding nut butter or making your nut butter, but it will work with frozen fruits and protein powders. If you just want basic smoothies that you make on a weekly basis, then this is something you’ll wantto consider.

There are 12 functions for blending down, allowing you to keep some chunks or create a completely smooth drink. You can make more than one portion, making it perfect for families and groups. If you want a chopping function, you can get an upgrade for less than $40. The blender works with a peak speed of 700-watt, making it better than some of the higher priced blenders!

The downside is the cleaning. While the jug is easy to clean, the dash has raised buttons that can lead to liquid and food getting caught in them. The great news is the blender comes with a 3-year warranty.

Which Blender Will You Buy?

Each of the blenders above has pros and cons. There is something for all budgets and needs. If you do just want something for a smoothie now and then, I recommend the Hamilton Beach Power Elite. If you want something that does a lot more and you have the budget, the Vitamix is something well worth considering.

12 Best Blenders For Making Green Smoothies Everyday

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Last Updated: 5th October 2016

Wow! You’ve ultimately made the decision to invest in a blender. A pretty good decision I would say. There are so many brands of blenders in the market, with different functions, and you may end up being puzzled and confused.

The basic things to look out for while purchasing a blender are capacity, material, functions, wattage, settings, safety, and countertop or immersion blender options.

It’s good that you’re collecting information before going in for the ultimate buy. This article will give you amazing details about how to purchase the best blender that helps you to make delicious smoothies.

Top Tips To Select The Best Blender

These amazing tips are from experts testing the different products on America’s Test Kitchen. So, carefully read through the pointers to decide on the best blender to make nutritious green smoothies.

According to their research way back in 2009,Vitamix stood the test of time and came out a victor. Again they put to test 8 blenders of different brands. They checked out the following aspects.

Everyday Performance

To evaluate the blenders they processed chickpeas, olive oil, and tahini to a creamy hummus. They whipped up extra thick milkshakes with several scoops of chocolate ice cream.

They crushed pounds and pounds of ice, to turn it into a mountain of snow. They made frozen fruit smoothies, whipped up frozen margaritas to form a uniform slush.

They also checked the blending speed putting drops of yellow and blue food color in plain yogurt. They timed it to see how long it took to turn completely green with the blender on and recorded the decibels.

Before they even got to the durability test, some of the blenders choked. The Waring Pro failed in almost every task. The Oster, Hamilton Beach, and Cuisinart all failed in some of the jobs.

They actually struggled to make the basic foods and drinks that we expect to make from a normal blender. The Vitamix sailed on through every test.

Every day for a month they made smoothies in each blender. They threw in four or five leaves of fresh kale with stems. A cup of hard frozen cubes of tropical fruits and a cup of orange juice.

Now this completely killed off the Waring Pro. It started making rattling noise and produced fumes. Other blenders struggled too,frozen fruits were not broken down, and blending kale was a huge problem.

High performers had these qualities….

Good blenders move food constantly through the jars, sucking it down to the blade.Through and back up the sides of the jar whirling it around in a constant vertex.

The performance of the blenders came down to a few factors

Shape Of The Jar

Wider jars let food fall down to the blades better. Other narrow jars which were shaped like a tube trap foods, like leafy kale and so they, needed a push.

Shape of the bottom of the jar

It matters too. Totally flat-bottomed jars slowed down the constant motion of food. The best performers had rounded bottoms. Breville Hemisphere had a semi-circular bottom. This really helped it to excel.

Size And Position of the Blades

The more successful models had bigger blades than the poor performers. The best performers had angled blades that catch the food, and they extended much closer to the sides and bottom of the jar, so food couldn’t pass by without being chopped.

Power

Blenders need to be safe to be plugged into your wall. Vitamix had 1380 watts, the weakest model Waring Pro had just 360 watts. The more successful blenders had more power to push the food around.

At the end of all testing, they recommend two blenders. The Vitamix, whose performance is solid. If you know that you are going to do heavy duty blending constantly. Then you may invest in this.

But they also offer other options, the Breville Hemisphere Control Blender. It does not cost much like the Vitamix. Actually, it is priced half the Vitamix, but performed equally well.

Overheat Function

Both these blenders have the overheat function. If their motors do become hot, they deliberately shut down for a few minutes. They cool down rather than burn out.

Here are some other factors that you may consider before making the final decision. Ella a researcher and the creator of Three Wonder Trees gives these useful tips.

You can check in for

  • Ease of use
  • Sustainability
  • Cleaning time
  • High powered motor
  • Long stainless blade
  • Secure lid
  • Ice crushing possibility
  • Large container/pitcher
  • Wide bottom of container
  • Wide skid proof base
  • Guarantee and return policy.

Tips for using blenders that are not high priced

  • Start with water and then add other ingredients.
  • Add your fruits second.
  • After adding fruits add the leafy greens.
  • Cut the fruits and shred your greens.
  • Use the PULSE button to get started.
  • Run the blender on high speed for 30 seconds.
  • Allow the motor to rest.
  • Make green smoothies in parts.
  • Fill the container up to 80% with fruits and veggies.

All these steps will ensure that your blender lasts for a long time and makes well blended green smoothies.

Having seen the tips, let’s move on to the 12 best blenders in the market today, that provide outstanding blending performance. So here we go..

1) Vitamix


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Vitamix offers versatile and high-quality blenders which come in three categories

Personal Blenders (S-Series)

They are priced from $ 249-$419. These blenders combine high-performance engineering with the convenience of a personal blender. These blenders easily fix on your counter tops, and you can create single and double servings of your favorite recipes.

The special features include variable speed control, Pulse control and the high-end blenders contain 4- pre-programmed settings.

Worth a look at Amazon.

Classic Blenders (C-Series)

The Classic blenders are priced from $ 299-$649. This series offers a variety of control options and container sizes. You can prepare large batches of smoothies. The taste is awesome because the blender pulverizes the ingredients finely and unlock their flavor.

Vitamix has a metal drive system which connects thecontainer to motor base. This ensures alonger lifespan. The blades are made of steel to give you the best smoothies.

Grab the blender from Amazon.

Next Generation Blenders (G-Series)

These blenders have more powerful motors that ensure premium blending. They are priced from $429- $649. The special features include blades of steel, 2.2 HP motor which can virtually blend any whole food ingredient. These blenders have 5 Pre-programmed settings.

Have a look at Amazon.

2) Blendtec Classic 575


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It is an ultimate all in one appliance that possesses incredible versatility and commercial grade power. The Pre-programmed cycles help you to create stunning smoothies.

Blendtec Classic 575 has more power of 1560 Watts to push the food around. Always remember, blenders with more power helps to make finely pulverized smoothies. A user review on Amazon states that this blender is mechanically robust with more powerful runs at higher RPM than the Vitamix.

It contains BPA-free jar with vented Gripper lid, blending 101 quick start guide and recipes.

3) Breville Hemisphere Control (Efficiency equal to that of Vitamix)


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The Hemisphere Control has preprogrammed ice crush and smoothie settings. It automatically alters speeds to improve blending results. It contains bowl hugging blades that whip and aerate for creamier smoothies.

The high torque motor and the blade design delivers quiet and efficient blending performance. The bowl has a contoured design minimizes trapped food and promotes easy cleaning.

It contains illuminated 5-speed control buttons and ensures consistent results. It combines the functionality of a powerful blender with some food processing tasks for convenience and versatility.

Priced at $299, it adds value and has equal efficiency as that of Vitamix, but is priced half of it. This cost effective and efficient blender is available at select outlets.

4) NutriBullet Rx


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Do you want Best-in-class nutrient extraction? Then NutriBullet Rx is the right choice for you. It features a 1700 watt motor and hands-free smart technology. The creators of this model say that it extracts nutrients to a level so potent that they call it nature’s prescription.

It is priced at $179 and is worth every penny. The special features include a high-torque power base, extractor blade, contains a pitcher, short cup, and a 45oz oversized cup. The special addition is the heating functionality. Apart from your delicious smoothies, you can make soups, sauces and more.

Checkout at Amazon.

5) Magic Bullet- Compact Blender (Best seller on Amazon)


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Handy, versatile and easy to use- that’s what this compact blender is all about. It takes up minimal counter space but showcases maximum speed and versatility. It has a wide array of dishwasher safe attachments and is easy to clean.

Priced at $39 it is the bestselling blender on Amazon. This model is perfect for making smoothies. Magic Bullet Compact Blender has got 4 stars out of 5 in the total Amazon reviews. You can chop, mix, blend, grind and whip in less time.

Since it is medium priced, it would be wise to follow the above handling tips for medium priced blenders.

Checkout at Amazon.

6) New Age Living BL 1500 3HP Smoothie Blender


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This is a high-performance blender in which you get the best blend for the buck. The special features that make it standout are 3 peak horsepower copper wound motor, 85oz Tritan plastic jar, stainless steel blades and electrical and thermal cutoffs to protect the motor and electronics.

The original price is $500 but due to a sale it now costs only $159.95. Grab yours before everything sells out like hot cakes.

Checkout at Amazon.


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With a 7 year warranty,this super blender comes in a dazzling black, white and maroon colors. It has multi functions and wet and dry applications. This blender has a3HP high efficient motor which crushes ice in seconds.

It comes with a premium quality, unbreakable and transparent container. Priced at $279 on Amazon it has got 5 stars and great customer reviews. All of them say that this blender is highly durable.

Checkout at Amazon.

8) KitchenAid 5 Speed Diamond Blender


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It comes in a wide array of attractive colors. The one that caught my eye was blood red, it was so stunning. The diamond blending system ensures that all ingredients blend together efficiently and quickly.

KitchenAid 5 Speed Diamond Blender has a sturdy die-cast metal base. You can clean it easily with the Clean-Touch control panel. The Intelli-Speed Motor Control maintains optimal speed to power through all ingredients. The result you get is the absolutely pulverized yummiest smoothies to taste. It costs $99.99 on Amazon, but the regular price is $159.

Checkout at Amazon.

9) Ninja Professional Blender


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Apart from its sleek design, Ninja Professional Blender gives you a hassle free outstanding performance. The customer reviews on Amazon talk about its excellent durability.

With this blender, you’ll enjoy 1000 watts, 72oz pitcher, and 3 Speeds Plus Pulse. The Total Crushing technology crushes whole fruits and vegetables in seconds. Perfect for your green smoothies. The large pitcher helps to make smoothies for the whole family.

It costs $116.88 on Amazon.

10) Kitchen Aid Artisan Blender


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Blending is an art and Artisan Blender is for true cooks and chefs. My goodness! You have so many options of colors to choose from. The special features include Stay-put lid with ingredient cup, powerful motor with intelli-speed control.

This high-performance blender has a unique shaped pitcher that is large, durable and has easy pouring and easy cleaning options. It has 59-Point Planetary Mixing Action which means 59 touch points per rotation around the bowl for thorough ingredient incorporation.

Check out at Amazon where it costs $199.99

11) Cuisinart Compact Blending/Chopping System


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A blender is so compact that it makes smoothies in a flash. It is designed to fit anywhere. It has a 350-watt motor and a user-friendly touchpad, it gives a big performance.

The customers have given some wonderful reviews about this product. The blender is compact, super easy to clean because it is dishwasher safe. It is fast and cuts ice like butter. Cool isn’t?

It is priced $69.95, but you can get much lesser on Amazon.

12) KitchenAid 5 Speed Hand Blender


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A high-performance countertop hand blender with limitless options and versatility. It has an 8-inch blending arm, which reaches perfectly into deeper pots. This arm locks into the motor body for easy operation.

The 1 liter BPA Free blending pitcher should be used for double batches of smoothies or baby food. The pitcher has a convenient handle and a no splash lid, and it is top rack dishwasher safe. You should use the S blade to blend smoothies.

The regular price is $129.99,but it costs $89.98 on Amazon.

Conclusion

Hope by now, you’ve made your decision.

Some high performers are available at reasonable prices. I have also talked about some mid-priced blenders, but I hope you would follow the informative tips of how to use it. Here’s another review that you can check out too.

The right choice frees you from stress, and you will feel satisfied with your decision. So take your time and make the best choice that you’ve ever made.

Just remember that your decision will affect not only your lifestyle but also your budget. Consider this as an investment in your household and in your health. At the end of the day, the quality of the product is the most important factor.