If you regularly find yourself at the local smoothie shop before work or after the gym, it’s probably time to invest in a smoothie blender.
Smoothies are the ultimate on-the-go breakfast food or loyal cooldown partner. You can get your daily serving of fruit, vegetables, and fiber all from one well-made smoothie.
And hey – we won’t tell anyone if you also use your smoothie blender to make soups, grind coffee, and whip up eggs or baking batter. Read on to learn how to choose the best blender for smoothies to satisfy your fruity cravings.
When looking at the best blender for smoothies, consider these three things: capacity, wattage, and if it’s on-the-go friendly. Also, look at the warranty vs. price tag to ensure you get a blender that lasts.
Our top choice is the Vitamix 5200 because of its high capacity and wattage.
|1. Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade|
Editor’s Choice 2019
|1380 Watts||7 Years||64 Ounces||CHECK PRICE
|2. Ninja Professional 72oz||1000 Watts||1 Year||72 Ounces||CHECK PRICE|
|3. NutriBullet NBR-1201||600 Watts||1 Year||24 Ounces (Personal Blender)||CHECK PRICE|
|4. Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender||1000 Watts||10 Years||48 Ounces||CHECK PRICE|
|5. Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender||1560 Watts||8 Years||75 Ounces||CHECK PRICE|
|6. Oster Pro 1200||1200 Watts||10 Years||64 Ounces||CHECK PRICE|
|7. KitchenAid KSB1575ER||550 Watts||5 Years||60 Ounces||CHECK PRICE|
|8. Nutri Ninja Pro BL456||900 Watts||1 Year||24 Ounces (Personal Blender)||CHECK PRICE|
|9. Blender By Cleanblend||1800 Watts||5 Years||64 Ounces||CHECK PRICE|
|10. Homgeek Blender Smoothie Maker||1450 Watts||2 Years||68 Ounces||CHECK PRICE|
Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Container, Black
If you’re ready to take your smoothie game (and other recipes) to the next level – go with this professional-grade Vitamix 5200. This blender laughs in the face of nuts, ice, fibrous veggies, and most things you’d put in it. It’s high capacity and wattage makes it a powerful and versatile tool for your kitchen.
- 10-Variable Speed Control
- High Wattage
- Large Capacity
- Stainless-Steel Blades
- Comes in Three Colors (Black, White, Red)
- Comes with Tamper and Recipe DVD
- Price Point May Be Steep for Some
- No On-The-Go Accessories
With Great Wattage Comes Great Versatility
Forget one-pot cooking – now you’ll have one-blender drinks and meals. The 64-ounce capacity paired with 1380 watts means the whole family can enjoy a drink or snack from this blender.
The included DVD offers recipes for smoothies, juices, dips, dressings, and even baby food. It can also hold up against coffee beans, nuts, and mix batters and doughs.
The blades spin so fast that they create friction heat. This feature means you can bring cold ingredients up to piping hot within just six minutes of blending.
Variable Speed Control
Say goodbye to smoothie chunks and uneven mixes. With ten settings, this blender lets you perfect the texture of your smoothie. This smoothie maker is especially good at smashing seeds and breaking up plant-matter. With this feature, you can expect delicious green smoothies. This blender also comes with a high and variable setting, for even more speed finetuning.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
Ninja Professional 72oz Countertop Blender
This Ninja blender will slice through frozen fruit, ice, and other hard to chop foods. It’s large capacity and friendly price point makes it an easy choice for most families. The six-blade total crushing technology leaves you with a thick and evenly blended smoothie every time. The additional safety features mean you can rest easy if other family members give this blender a spin.
- 6-blade Total Crushing™ Technology
- Digital control panel
- Four Speed Settings
- Plastic is BPA free
- Dishwasher Safe
- Comes with 25 Recipe Cookbook
- Safety Features
- Short Warranty
- No On-The-Go Accessories
6-Blade Total Crushing Technology & Safety Features
This blender works to crush ice faster and blend ingredients more smoothly by having six blades.
The blades are placed vertically and at an angle inside the blender, ensuring ingredients from top to bottom are blended thoroughly. This unique arrangement creates their proprietary Total Crushing Technology. Paired with the high wattage and large capacity, this blender is a great and affordable option compared to other blenders in its class.
The BPA-free plastic container locks onto the base with an audible click. The lid also locks down onto the blender with a click. If both the lid and the blender aren’t locked in, the blender won’t start. This is a nice additional safety feature to have – especially if you’re groggy while making smoothies in the morning.
Choose from Four Settings for The Perfect Blend
This smoothie maker has four settings to choose from: low, medium, high, and pulse. With these four settings, you can make frozen drinks, smoothies, sauces, dips, and other treats like sorbets, ice cream, and more. Because this Ninja blender comes with a cookbook, you’re sure to be inspired by some of the recipes they offer.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System
If some of these bulky countertop options seem like overkill for meeting your smoothie fix – consider trying this NutriBullet blender. This personal blender is powerful, affordable, and has a low countertop footprint. This blender is best for making smoothies and smoothies alone. It’s slim and sleek design is a refreshing change from some of the bulkier blenders available.
- Slim and Sleek Design
- Dishwasher Safe
- On-The-Go Accessories
- Comes with Recipe Book
- Need to Push to Operate, Can’t Multitask
On-The-Go Friendly Accessories
This NutriBullet comes with one tall cup, two short cups, and two resealable lids – all BPA- free. These cups make it easy to take your smoothie from the kitchen, to the car, to the office. You could also prepare several days worth of smoothies in one batch, then keep them in cups so you can grab-and-go in the morning or after the gym. Smoothies usually keep for one to two days in the fridge.
Finally, you prepare different smoothies by portioning them out (maybe strawberries and bananas in one cup, and blueberries and kale in another) – and just blend when you’re ready.
The remaining pieces include one high-torque power base, one extractor blade, one milling blade, one handled lip ring, one regular lip ring, one user manual, one cookbook, and one pocket nutritionist.
Nutrient Extraction and Unique Blending Method
NutriBullet uses something they call Nutrient Extraction™, which works to get the most out of the ingredients you use. Unlike juicers and blenders, the NutriBullet nutrient extractors work to break down fibrous plant foods to release the vitamins and minerals within. At the same time, the blades blend fiber, pulp, seeds, and peels into a smooth texture.
The NutriBullet, of course, gets its name from its shape. To use this blender, you simply make your mix, and lock on the lid. Then, lock the blender into the base, and push down. In 60 seconds, you’ll be left with a delicious and nutritious smoothie.
The compromise with a smaller blender is a smaller motor. It’s best not to try to run this motor beyond the 60-second time. To help with this, use crushed ice instead of cubed.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
This Oster Reverse Crush Blender has tons of features that make blending smoothies a breeze. The unique reverse blade technology leaves no fruit chunk behind. With it’s seven speeds, you’re able to easily finetune the result for thin juices, thick smoothies, or silky dips. If you’re a stickler for precision, this glass blender has markings for easy measuring.
- Reversing Blade Technology
- Seven Speeds
- Versatile Use
- Made of Shatterproof Glass
- Has Easy-to-Read Measuring Lines
- Dishwasher Safe
- Can be on the louder side
Reversing Blade Technology & Durability
This Oster blender has a powerful motor and a stainless steel ‘Ice Crusher’ blade for perfectly crushed ice every time.
A common annoyance with blenders is when they spin but blend nothing. The reversing motor feature alternates the blades forward and backward. This feature helps draw food and ice down toward the blades for consistent and smooth blending.
All Oster Blenders are designed with “Legendary Duralast All-Metal Drive”, which promises lasting quality and performance. The Oster All-Metal drive system has been tested to blend up to 10,000 smoothies. This unique system probably explains their awesome 10-year warranty.
Seven Speed Options
The seven speed options on this Oster blender include: low, medium, high, high pulse, low pulse, frozen drinks, and food chop. In addition to smoothies, these settings let you make other healthy ice-based drinks, salsas, and spreads.
You can also choose how involved you want to be in the blending process with the different settings options. The pre-programmed settings let you walk away so you can get ready while your smoothie blends. These settings let you choose both time and speed function, making for one-touch operation.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender with Four Side Jar
Blendtec is a household name when it comes to whipping up delicious smoothies. The six pre-set cycles, pulse, and ten-speed manual control let you achieve a variety of thickness and textures. This Blendtec’s large capacity allows for big batches – perfect for the whole family or just making smoothie batches in advance.
- Ten Speed Manual Control
- Patented Blade for durability
- BPA-free Plastic
- Can make Warm Soups with Friction Heat
- Not Good for Food Chopping
Unique Blade & Four-Sided Jar
On first look, you might wonder if this blunt blade can really blend. Blendtec blades are made from steel and have the strength to match. The blunt blade is uniquely designed to blend tough ingredients and leave a silky-smooth texture. Because the blade is blunt, it can be cleaned without risk of injury.
Blendtec’s jar design pulls ingredients toward the blade. The patented square design disrupts the flow of blending, and helps you skip careful watching and tampering.
Preprogrammed Blend Cycles
This Blendtec comes with six pre-set blend cycles. These cycles are marked with small icons, which may be hard to read for some people. The icons seem to indicate doughs and batters, frozen drinks, smoothies, ice cream, vegetables, and hot soup.
With this Blendtec, you can skip the saucepan. The hot soup option heats soups and drinks through blade friction heat. It can take your ingredients from room temperature to serving temperature in six minutes or less.
In addition to these blend cycles, you can turn up and down the intensity on a ten-speed scale. This feature helps you be precise in your final tastes and textures.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
Oster Pro 1200 Blender with Professional Tritan Jar and Food Processor attachment
If you’re looking for a smoothie blender that makes living a healthier lifestyle easier – choose this Oster Pro 1200 blender. Although other blenders can make multiple things in one container, this blender comes with a separate food processor attachment. Imagine coming home, whipping up a smoothie, then making a tasty veggie-based spread for some toast – with no clean up in-between.
- Seven Speeds that includes three pre-set options
- Dual Direction Blade Technology
- Large Capacity Blender Jar
- BPA Free, Made with Tritan Plastic
- Dishwasher Safe
- 5-Cup Capacity Food Processor Jar
- Friendly Price Point
- Does leave occasional seeds and chunks
Blender & Food Processor in One
Many blenders on our list can help prepare a wide range of foods outside of smoothies. However, because the food processor attachment is separate, you can keep your smoothie in the blender jar while preparing other healthy foods and snacks.
The blender has seven speeds, which includes three pre-programmed settings for common blender creations. The seven speeds include low, medium, high, pulse, green/frozen smoothies, food chop/salsa, and milkshakes.
The five-cup food processor adds a huge amount of versatility to this appliance. Outside of simple salsas, you can make cold soups, prepare meatballs, mix mash potatoes, and more. The large capacity lets you prepare dinner or sides for the whole family.
Dual Direction Blade Technology
Like the other Oster blender on this list, the Oster Pro 1200 also has dual direction blade technology. The six-point stainless steel blade works with the motor to automatically kick into reverse and free any jam-ups.
The model has an extra wide base and a 50% larger blade to ensure that food blends with minimal pockets of air and to the right texture and consistency.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
KitchenAid KSB1575ER 5-Speed Diamond Blender
When you hear KitchenAid, you probably think of their iconic kitchen stand mixer. We’re happy to tell you that they make a range of reliable appliances – including a fantastic smoothie blender
This Kitchen Aid blender has five speeds and a range of features to ensure a smooth and delicious blend every time. Like other products by this brand, it has a sleek design and comes in a range of fun color options. This blender is fully proofed from shatter, scratches, and stains – making it a durable choice for all your cooking adventures.
- Five Speeds and Pulse Function
- Large Capacity
- Unique “Diamond Blend” and “Intelli-Speed Motor” system
- Durable Glass Blender Jar
- Sleek Design that Comes in Range of Colors
- Flat Control Panel for Easy Cleaning
- Shorter Warranty than Other Blenders
Diamond Blend and Intelli-Speed Motor
The KitchenAid’s diamond blending system works to blend ingredients together quickly and efficiently. The robust motor works with the stainless-steel blades and electronic controls to create a vortex that leaves you with a thorough and smooth blend.
The motor is equipped with “The Intelli-Speed Motor Control”. This feature senses the blender contents and maintains optimal speed to evenly blend all the ingredients.
In addition, the “Soft Start” feature starts the motor at a slower speed to loosen food and pull it towards the blade. Over time, the blade then increases speed to match the selected setting.
Five Speeds & Flat Control Panel
Many blenders have a variable speed range. However, a ‘5’ on one blender might be a ‘3’ or ‘4’ on another. What’s nice about the KitchenAid is that it gives you clues for which speed setting leads to which results.
On this mixer: 1 is Stir, 2 is Chop, 3 is Mix, 4 is Puree, and 5 is Liquify. This KitchenAid blender also has a crush ice and pulse option.
This blender has a flat control panel with white LED lights for setting selections. Dials and knobs can be hard to wipe down, so having a flat control panel makes for easier cleaning.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
Like the NutriBullet, this Ninja blender provides a great option for personal-sized smoothies. If you’re looking to do smoothies and nothing more, this is the perfect option to twist, push, blend, and enjoy.
This personal blender has more wattage than the NutriBullet, meaning it probably has an easier time with cubed ice and tough veggies. This Nutri Ninja Pro is an affordable and easy way to squeeze more fruits and veggies into your daily diet.
- Dishwasher Safe
- Plastic is Break-Resistant and BPA Free
- On-The-Go friendly
- Blades support nutrient extraction
- Comes with 75 Recipes
- Can’t walk away, Need to Push to Operate
This personal blender is designed to go wherever you do. Once you’re done blending, you simply remove the blender jar, twist on the sipping lid, and get out the door. The Nutri Ninja cups are designed to be taken with you and comfortably fit in most standard car cup holders.
Only one extra cup comes with this blender. If you need more, they’re readily available online. Having a few gives you some time before needing to run the dishwasher.
Don’t worry about peeling and prepping your fruit and veggies. Although most of the benefits of fruit are on the inside, there is nutritional value in the seeds, skins, and sometimes stem of many fruit and vegetables. This Nutri Ninja Pro blasts through these items to extract the maximum amount of nutrients and vitamins from your ingredients.
To use this blender, throw in your ingredients and lock on the lid. Then, lock the blender into the base, and push down. When you release pressure, the blender will stop. This feature allows you to easily check-in on the texture and control the thickness of your final smoothie.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
The Cleanblend’s high wattage motor helps it blend berry seeds, ice, and other tough ingredients into creamy smoothies. The plastic jar is made with durable Tritan and comes with a grip-friendly handle for easy pouring. Although this blender has a shorter warranty than the Vitamix, it produces equally high-quality smoothies and other mixes at a fraction of the price.
- BPA Free Jar and Tamper Wand
- Tritan Plastic
- Pulse Feature
- 10 Variable Speed Control
- Six Blade Stainless Steel Blade System
- No Pre-Set Options
- Low Speed is Still Quite Fast
High Quality Materials
BPA Plastic is essential for blenders, since they don’t release toxic chemicals into your food and drinks. This Cleanblend model is entirely BPA free, from the jar to the tamper. The blades of this blender are also made of high-quality materials. Cleanblend uses food-grade stainless steel with a six-blade system that is designed to evenly chop, mix, and blend your ingredients.
Finally, Cleanblend uses stainless steel bearings and housing to keep the blender jar securely attached to the base. These bearings offer increased traction and power.
10 Variable Speed Control & Pulse Feature
With ten choices in speed – you’re able to quickly achieve the perfect texture for your morning smoothie. The powerful motor on this Cleanblend means you can easily add ice, granola, and thick leafy greens to your morning smoothies.
In addition to smoothies, this blender can create fruit juice, ice cream, milk shakes, margaritas, soups, sauces, batters, salad dressings, and more. Perfecting these other recipes may take some trial and error, since this model doesn’t have pre-set options.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
This large capacity countertop blender is another excellent option for smoothie making. With it’s eight variable speeds and four pre-set options, you can create a range of delicious drinks and meals. The high wattage and quick RPM promise smooth and tasty results. If you like to host parties – consider this large capacity option for easy batch serving and recipe preparation.
- Eight Variable Speeds, Four Pre-Set Options
- Large Capacity
- BPA-Free Jar and Tamper
- Jar has measuring lines
- Titran Plastic
- Dishwasher Safe
- Relatively Short Warranty
Eight Variable Speeds
The Homgeek blender includes eight speed options and four pre-set options. The four pre-set options include ice crush, smoothie, grind, and pulse. These features will help you ace your game for thick smoothies, frozen margaritas, or smooth and silky soup mixes.
The lowest speed setting should be used for liquids or easily blended ingredients like yogurt or bananas. The add a little more speed for soups, mayo, and small frozen fruits. Finally, go even faster for thick stalky greens, large frozen fruit, or for making nut butters. Use the pulse feature for crushing ice, or for a quick burst of power for stuck ingredients.
High Wattage Motor
This model prides itself on its high wattage, RPM, and capacity. The fast motor creates a high-speed vortex that smashes cell walls to extract as much nutrients and vitamins as possible. With eight stainless steel blades and included tamper, you can expect creamy and smooth drinks without surprise chunks lurking at the bottom.
The LED screen has a timer that lets you know how long you’ve been running the machine. It’s not recommended to run this blender for more than 9-10 minutes at a time. Allow cooling between long blending sessions.CLICK TO CHECK PRICE
Buying the right blender ensures a few delicious benefits.
First, if your blender works effectively, it breaks down fibrous material that’s hard for bodies to digest – especially important in veggie-based smoothies. Blenders usually advertise this ability by calling it ‘nutrient extraction’.
Secondly, high-quality blenders have efficient motors that stay cool and avoid overheating. Without this, heat may transfer to your smoothie and make it less tasty and nutritious.
Now let’s breakdown a few key specs that can make or break the best smoothie blender for you.
The Types of Smoothie Blenders
There are two main types of smoothie blenders – countertop and personal.
If you have a family, like to “blend ahead”, and want more than smoothies from your blender – go with a countertop model. Countertop blenders are the standard ones that stay in your kitchen. They may come with additional cups and accessories to help make it more on-the-go friendly.
Countertop blenders have a large capacity, making it easy to make big batches. Their high-wattages allow them to power through most items – so get ready to enjoy way more than just smoothies.
If you’re looking for something that can come with you to the office or the gym and are ok with single servings – go for a personal blender. Personal blenders have less capacity than countertop blenders.
Due to their smaller engines (and less wattage), they typically aren’t recommended for anything other than smoothies. However, they’re lightweight, portable, and don’t take up a lot of space.
If you’re not ready to make a big investment in your blender, personal blenders are typically less expensive than countertop models.
Blenders typically come in two materials – glass, and plastic. Glass blenders are durable, don’t absorb odors, and don’t become discolored. However, it’s always possible to chip or break your glass blender.
Plastic blenders are cheaper, chip-proof, and more lightweight. If you go with plastic, ensure its BPA free to avoid releasing toxins into your food. Also look for Tritan plastic, which is known for its durability.
Mid-range blenders should have around 300 to 600 watts of power. Higher end blenders may have 1000 or more watts.
More wattage doesn’t necessarily mean better smoothies, since a range of other design factors will be at play. However, more wattage does typically mean your blender will be more versatile for creating items other than smoothies.
The best blender for smoothies will have a range of buttons and functions on them (some are even Bluetooth enabled now). But before we get carried away – there are a few main functions to look for:
- Pulsing Button/Ice Button: Helps agitate ice or other foodstuff if it gets clumped at the bottom.
- Variable speeds: If you prefer your smoothie thick some days and more like juice other days – variable speeds help vary your results. Dials typically offer the most flexibility on speeds, whereas other blenders may only have a high, medium, and low setting. Flexibility on speed is also handy if you plan to use your blender for additional meals and beverages.
- Pre-Set Options: If you plan to make more than smoothies, consider looking for pre-set options. Some blenders have soup, food chop, and frozen drink options that are optimized for that item.
Recommendations on daily fruit intake range from two to five servings a day, depending on who you ask. One serving of fruit is roughly one cup.
If you’re trying to get your daily fruit intake from smoothies alone – look for a large capacity smoothie maker. These can also be great if you want to make smoothies for the family or prepare tomorrow’s smoothie in advance. Big capacity blenders tend to hold around 40 to 70 ounces (six to eight cups).
If you don’t mind a smaller capacity, consider a personal blender. They’re lightweight, portable, and make just enough for one person. Personal blenders usually have a 24-ounce (three cup) capacity.
Blender Base Size
If you’ve got limited counterspace – you might want to keep an eye on the size of the blender base. Some blenders, although highly effective, can be on the bulkier side. If you’re extremely tight on space, it’s not a bad reason to consider a personal blender.
The best blender for smoothies is usually dishwasher safe. This is an especially nice feature if you want smoothies all the time but want to skip the everyday cleaning hassle.
Some blender blades cannot be removed – so they have a self-cleaning option. This means you add some soap and water to your blender and turn it on. The water will whisk around and clean the blender blades.
Some smoothie blenders come with a range of accessories. For example, some blenders come with accessories that turn the blender itself into a portable cup. Others come with extra cups and lids for easy on-the-go drinking, especially in households with two or more people.
If you want an all-in-one, on-the-go morning solution, look for blenders with these add-ons.
Like any product, it’s good to have a solid warranty in place. The best blender for smoothies can range anywhere from one-year warranties to ten-year limited warranties. Typically, the higher the price, the longer the warranty – so balance your budget needs with your warranty preferences.
If you’re keen on making your own granola, nut butters, and other healthy snacks – look for blenders with high-quality materials and long warranties.
Best Blender for Smoothies – FAQ
Question: Is there a best way to load your blender?
Answer: It’s easy to think that “it’s all going to the same place anyway”, but yes – there is actually an optimal order to place ingredients in your blender.
Place the smallest and easiest items to blend towards the bottom, and layer them up until the toughest and largest items are on top. For example, liquids and soft foods or fruits should go in first. Then, layer in ice, frozen fruits, and veggies.
Question: What Is Cavitation and How Do I Avoid It?
Answer: Cavitation is that annoying phenomenon when an air pocket forms around the blade – causing it to blend nothing. You can avoid this by ensuring there’s a good balance of liquid vs frozen foods and ice. If cavitation occurs, try adding more liquid or using a tamper to agitate the ingredients.
Overall, the best smoothie blender for you depends on how many people you hope to serve, how portable you’d like your smoothies to be, and if you want your blender to whip up other tasty things.
If you’re a smoothie enthusiast and hope to make big batches for you and your family – the Vitamix 5200 is the ultimate choice for delicious and nutritious smoothies. With its large capacity, long warranty, and professional-grade reputation, you’ll be in good hands with this Vitamix Model.
The Blendtec or Ninja Professional are less expensive than the Vitamix but similarly efficient. Like the Vitamix, they have large capacities, a range of versatility, and are produced with high-quality materials.
The remaining options on our list all have their unique perks and design features, so we hope you look at each before making a decision.
Blenders are one of the best kitchen companions you can have. Between healthy smoothies, hearty soups, and other tasty blends – it’s a one-stop-shop for improving you and your family’s nutrition.
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