The In-Depth Buyer's Guide for 2019

Best Blenders

55+ Hours of Testing & Reviewing the Top 27 Best Blenders


9.8 out of 10

Any great chef, professional or amateur, knows that the best blender can be can be a vital tool in crafting the perfect recipe. In fact, a blender can be used in a variety of capacities, including meal prep, crafting frozen beverages, making green smoothies, or even making your own in-house rice flour. Or perhaps you just want the best one for crushing ice. And it’s because of these demands I picked the following top blenders. All of which are well made, powerful blenders that can perform again and again in a variety of scenarios.


And that’s why my #1 pick is the Blendtec Designer 725 blender. It might be pricey, but it’s well worth the added cost, as this blender will last not only the test of time, but offers the greatest level of versatility of any blender on the planet today.

It boasts 3.8hp, allowing it to easily tear through fibrous material, such as kale, and is strong enough to convert ice cubes into snow. To that end, the Designer 725’s blades are safe to the touch and the include 5 sided jar ensures an almost perfect blend every time, be it soup, smoothies, ice cream, or anything in between.

So with that in mind, don’t spare too little expense on a great kitchen blender. If you go cheap (less than $100), you’ll likely be tossing it in the trash not long from purchase. Thus resulting in you investing more money, as you’ll surely want to upgrade to one of my top picks below.


Top 10 Best Blenders Compared

How We Decided


4 main factors come down to picking the best blenders.

32oz
Capacity



1400-watts
Motor Power

Cups
Additional Accessories

$25-$550
Value

Best Smoothie Blender

 Blendtec Designer 725 Blender - Editor's Choice

Pros
Cons
  • High-tech interface
  • Loyalty rewards program
  • Powerful motor 
  • Techy interface isn’t for everyone
  • High price tag
  • Bit loud when working at full speed

Why We Like It: Bar none this is the best blender you can buy. It’s everything and more you’d want from a blender. We reviewed the Blendtec Designer 725 last year and loved my blending experience. It’s pricey, yes, but for that you get one of the best blenders money can buy. Moreover, it’s feels like it’s built to survive a battle.

Best Juicing Blender

 Vitamix 7500 Blender - Professional-Grade

Pros
Cons
  • The most powerful blender
  • Simple design makes for easy blending
  • Fit under most cabinets
  • High cost
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • Lacks customization options

Why We Like It: The Vitamix 7500 is a great commercial and consumer tool for even the most demanding of chefs. Thanks to a 2.2hp motor and ultra easy to use controls, Vitamix’s 7500 blender makes our list as number 2. In fact, one of the reasons it ranks 2 in my book is simply because the controls are a bit too simple. What is the best blender for smoothies and ice in 2019?

Best Budget Blender

 Oster Versa Pro Series Blender

Pros
Cons
  • Pre-set programs and 8 variable speeds
  • Durable machine
  • Inbuilt blades 
  • No extra accessories
  • Pitcher is not thick
  • Noisy

Why We Like It: Why We Like It: You can’t beat the price and versatility of the Oster Versa. With excellent ratings on Amazon (4.5 stars) it’s hard to not overlook Oster’s Versa blender. Under the proverbial hood is a 1400-watt motor, and included is a BPA free 64-oz jar that much like the Vitamix, is low profile. 

Best Blenderfor the Money

 Commercial Blender By Cleanblend

Pros
Cons
  • Easy to use and simple controls
  • Completed sealed blade housing
  • Not too loud 
  • Didn’t quite blend ice
  • Too tall to fit under a counter
  • Can’t heat up soups that well

Why We Like It: The Cleanblend is affordable and yet offers comparable power to the top picks. Need power and not too much cost? Cleanblend’s Commercial blender has it, providing 3hp of raw power at your finger tips. That should be enough power to chop through just about anything you can toss in it, including ice, frozen fruit, leafy greens, and can even make soups from scratch.

Best Personal Blender

 Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer

8.8
out of 10
Pros
Cons
  • Quite lightweight
  • Very simple to use
  • Strong motor 
  • Short warranty – only one year
  • Pretty noisy
  • Cannot make nut butter which isn’t a big deal

Why We Like It: The Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System is my bang for buck pick, with the addition of several common attachments (and one more we’ve never even seen before). Not only does it include a 1500-watt, 3HP motor, but it also comes with a 72oz blending pitcher, an XL 8-cup food processing bowl along with one Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System cups with sip and seal lids for under $250, Shark tops off the whole package with the introduction of an entirely new attachment this year that they’ve called the “Spiralizer”.. 

Which Blender is Right For Me


This list includes a fairly wide spectrum of prices. For some, it comes purely down to utility and simplicity. Vitamix hits that mark in spades, yet it lacks the features of the Blendtec. That in mind, the Blendtec is perhaps best for the cook who is new to blending, as the preprogrammed buttons remove a variable from the equation and might result in more success in cooking/blending.

And right in the middle of those two are either the other three, with
Cleanblend offering what is a solid product and a good small guy story (it was started out of a San Diego garage much like Amazon).

Key Factors & Features to a Good Blender

Here is how you can pick the best blenders. The devil is in the details folks.

1

Build Quality

If you’re not familiar with blenders this one is easy over look. Especially when you’re just comparing them on paper. But it’s generally not until you get a blender home do you realize how cheap the base is, or how low quality the materials are. For instance, the rubber should last the test of time, including dish washing cycles. You should also be able to some what mindlessly toss the jar into the sink and not worry that the blade or bottom will break or crack.

2

Warranty

A good warranty that exceeds two years is almost a must. Most of my picks, except for one, offer a 5-year or more warranty. Hopefully you never have to use it, but if you do, you’ll be glad you have it, especially if you’re using this blender in a commercial capacity. 

3

Ease of Use 

Don’t put too much stock in features. Yes, I love the Blendtec Designer 625 and the ability to hit a button that automatically pulses, and increase or decreases speed. But when you look at the blender, at the core is a fairly simple set of options, including power and pulsing. You’ll also want to think about how easy it is to clean a blender. The Designer 625’s buttons and largely the base is sealed, making it not more than a few wipes away from clean.

4

Blade

You’ll want durable blades. Stainless steal is a requirement, as they’ll resist erosion. I particular like Blendtec’s blade setup. First off, it’s not sharp. Second, the entire blade system is sealed into the base of the jar, reducing any risk for contamination. To clean it, you just need to add soap, warm water, and run it through the cleaning cycle, or put it on a mid to high speed.

5

Heat Output

Some blenders, thanks to their powerful engines, have a tendency to get very hot and potentially over heat. I’ve never had this happen with my Blendtec, but nor am I using it in a commercial scenario. So pay close attention to this and if you plan to use this blender in your restaurant, ensure that it can stand up to the rigors of heavy meal prep or production.

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How We Choose the Best Blenders for 2019


When it comes to blenders and what sets the good apart from the bad, there are a few key features that every top-of-the-line model needed to have in order to make our annual list. First, we didn’t settle for blenders that had jars with less than at least 32oz of capacity, because although this is plenty of space for your morning smoothie, when it comes to making a large number of drinks for a party or blending a big pot of soup at dinner, you’re going to want at least 32oz, if not 64oz or above.

Next was the power of the motor. For this list we only considered blenders that had at least 1400-watts or more, because in our testing and personal experiences with the blender this was the minimum amount necessary to get truly well-blended smoothies and other recipes in a minute or less of blending time, using the alkalizing greens product from Urban Monk. Speaking of blending time, programmable features were a plus on some of the models we tested, but not a must for others when it came to picks like the Vitamix. If you’re not confident in your ability to gauge when a particular drink is blended to perfection you’ll probably want to stick to models like the Blendtec and pre-programmed blend patterns that change depending on the food you plan to make.

How easy a blender is to clean is a huge deal for the daily smoothie connoisseur, because as anyone who’s ever made one can tell you: the longer you let them sit, the harder they are to clean. We looked at blenders that didn’t have a lot of nooks or crannies on their panels that could collect dirt over time, as well as sealed blade housing jars that let you simply put a bit of hot water and a pump of soap inside and spin it once to get the whole container clean in less than 30 seconds.

To test out the blenders on this list, we ran them through a series of trials that involved blending up various foods such as kale, coffee, ice, and other various mixtures to see what kind of results they returned across the food pyramid.

Last was the additional accessories, which we could take or leave ourselves, but know that many people like to have a blender that can double as a Magic Bullet and a food processor all from the same base. This is where the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System really outshines the rest, thanks to the addition of quick and easy to-go cups that attach right to the base. This makes it so you can load up your ingredients the night before in the fridge, pop it on in the morning, and get the rest of your day ready while your smoothie auto-makes itself in the background.

Unfortunately all the blenders on this list are exceedingly loud (some louder than others, but all will still be enough to wake up sleeping housemates/family members), so how they registered in decibel levels wasn’t really a fair metric to make them stick by.

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Why You Need a New Blender


Three words: power, durability, and versatility. Sure, you could spend $50 on a cheap-O blender and make some still-slightly-chunky smoothies for a few months, but with daily use you can expect the parts to wear out quickly, and unless you sign up for the extended warranty you’ll probably find yourself right back in the checkout line spending another $50 before the year is out.

With these blenders although the upfront cost might be a bit of a sticker shock, they more than easily pay for themselves in the long run thanks to industry-leading reliability and high-quality parts that won’t snap in half after the second time you put them to good use.

Last there’s the issue of versatility, which options like the Ninja Intelli-Sense Kitchen System have in spades. This is a blender that also works as a food processor in a pinch, thanks to the attachable bowl which puts all the same power in, but with a slightly different blade configuration so you can whip up recipes like pico de gallo or guacamole without turning all the ingredients to mush. You’re definitely not going to find those kinds of options on a sub-$100 blender, so with that out of the way let’s get on to the picks!

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