It’s fair to say that the blender is a firm staple of the kitchen. First introduced in the 1920s, the blender has seen a steady increase in popularity ever since. In simple terms, a blender is effectively used to process ingredients into a liquid form.

From soups to cocktails to smoothies, blenders have become more versatile than ever. Today, there isn’t much a blender can’t do, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a kitchen without one.

When choosing our top picks for the best blenders this year, we looked at everything from the quality of the blade, to the type of jars and even customer reviews. Of course, the price was also a consideration, and we always look for excellent value.

Read on to learn more about what you need to look for to ensure you pick a blender that performs as it should. We’ve also included our top picks of the best blenders out there.

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Our Top Picks: Summary

Best Overall: Vitamix 5200
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Vitamix 5200

The Vitamix 5200 is a behemoth of a blender, and it’s our best overall pick.

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$449.95 USD

Why we Picked it

The Vitamix 5200 is a behemoth of a blender, and it’s our best overall pick.

It features variable speed control, which means you can easily pick the texture you want for your mixture. In fact, you can even do this while the blender is in use via a simple dial rotation. On top of that, it boasts “aircraft-grade” stainless steel blades that are designed to tackle tough ingredients so that you can blend to your heart’s desire. There’s also a good deal of capacity on offer with the Vitamix 5200—it has a 64-ounce container—making medium to large batches no problem at all.

By adding in soap and warm water, the Vitamix blender can even clean itself within 30 to 60 seconds.

It comes with a 7-year full warranty and a cord measuring 6 ft in length. We quite simply love it.

Note: Vitamix has a variety of offerings. For those looking for something less expensive, check out one of the brand’s refurbished models or the more basic E310 Explorian.

Keep in Mind

It’s a quality blender through and through, but keep in mind that isn’t the cheapest out there. That said, you get what you pay for, and it should last you for years.

In a Nutshell

  • 7-year warranty
  • Aircraft-grade stainless steel blades
  • 64-ounce container
Best Budget: KitchenAid KSB1570ER
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KitchenAid

The KitchenAid is our top choice for those on a budget as it offers excellent value for money.

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$129.99 USD

Why we Picked it

The KitchenAid is our top choice for those on a budget as it offers excellent value for money.

Featuring an “Intelli-Speed Motor Control,” the blender senses the contents you put into it and adjusts to an optimal speed that pulverizes almost anything you throw at it.

A soft start feature will also start the motor at a slower speed so that it pulls food into its stainless steel blades. After that, the blades quickly increase to the speed you want.

While we’re talking about speeds, the KitchenAid has different modes that adapt based on the ingredient inside. A “Pulse” mode allows for staggered blending, and there’s even a feature to crush ice at exact intervals.

It comes with a BPA-free plastic jar and a touch control panel with LED lights. It’s everything you need at a fraction of the cost.

Keep in Mind

It may not be the most powerful blender out there, meaning it might struggle to break down larger produce.

In a Nutshell

  • Dedicated pulse mode
  • Touch control panel
  • Intelli-Speed Motor Control
Best Splurge: Vitamix A3500
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Vitamix A3500

Featuring stylish touch screen controls, the Vitamix A3500 is easy to clean and allows you to control its speed with a variable control.

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$699.95 USD

Why we Picked it

The Vitamix A3500 is the sort of blender you purchase when you just want to splurge on the best of the best. We’ve all been there.

Featuring stylish touch screen controls, the Vitamix A3500 is easy to clean and allows you to control its speed with a variable control.

On top of that is a pulse feature that lets you fine-tune the texture of anything you decide to create. Meanwhile, a built-in, programmable timer helps you to avoid over- or under-processing your ingredients. The blender will turn off automatically once it’s finished, too.

There are five program settings, whether it’s smoothies you desire, hot soups, frozen desserts, dips, and spreads, or you just want the Vitamix A3500 to clean itself.

There’s also a “Vitamix Perfect Blend” iOS and Android app that unlocks a total of 17 programs and a vast 500 plus recipes.

If that wasn’t enough, the motor base can read the container size and adjust blending times for optimal pulverizing. It’s pure magic!

Keep in Mind

Some customers have mentioned that the A3500 can be pretty loud in use, so keep that in mind.

In a Nutshell

  • Touch screen controls
  • Programmable timer
  • Variable speed control
Best for Smoothies: Cleanblend
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Cleanblend

The Cleanblend is the perfect blender for smoothies and anything else you can cram into it.

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$199.99 USD

Why we Picked it

The Cleanblend is the perfect blender for smoothies and anything else you can cram into it.

With its stainless steel 8 blade system and 64-ounce container, smoothies and shakes of all sizes and colors are but seconds away.

We particularly like the tamper with gives the Cleanblend some extra processing power by pushing the ingredients down directly into the center of the blender. That’s as if it needed bonus processing power. The Cleanblend boasts a motor strength of 1800 watts, which will mean next to nothing will be a challenge for it, from nut butters to creamy soups.

It’s worth mentioning that the jar is BPA-free; it comes with a spatula and a 5-year warranty too. It sounds like a great deal because it is!

Keep in Mind

The Cleanblend doesn’t come with preset speed dials, so be aware that you’ll have to use your judgment.

In a Nutshell

  • 8-blade system
  • 64-ounce container
  • 5-year warranty
Best Personal: Ninja Blender Duo
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Ninja Blender Duo

One thing’s for sure: the Ninja Blender Duo is a versatile powerhouse.

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$199.99 USD

Why we Picked it

Our best personal blender is the Nutri Ninja Blender Duo. Effectively, it’s a hybrid; it’s both a full-size and personal blender and has juicing capabilities.

On top of that, different lids can be used with the Ninja—it comes with three of them—allowing you to take your fruity creations with you, just like personal blenders enable you to do.

There are five distinct pre-set “Auto-IQ” programs, three manual settings, and options to puree and make smoothies. That’s backed by a powerful 1,500-watt motor, which will effortlessly grind through all types of ingredients.

It’s a high-capacity blender too, with 64 ounces at your disposal and removable stainless steel blades. One thing’s for sure: the Ninja Blender Duo is a versatile powerhouse.

Keep in Mind

Some customers have mentioned that they find the lid on the Ninja Blender Duo challenging to take on and off.

In a Nutshell

  • 1,500-watt motor
  • 64-ounce capacity
  • Five pre-set Auto-IQ programs

How We Chose the Best Blenders

When picking our top blenders this year, we looked at some crucial areas that helped us to make the decision. From the motor strength to the quality of the blade, only the very best blenders will excel in all of these areas.

Below we’ve detailed everything we look at when determining what’s worthy of your time and money.

Blade Quality

In terms of blade quality, we look at two things. First up is the length and shape of the blade in a blender. Primarily, food blenders will feature a high-quality, sharp X style blade that is designed to cut and chop down food. Drink blenders, on the other hand, will contain a long, wing-style blade that should have no trouble preparing all types of different drinks.

Secondly, we look at the strength of the material used. These should be the highest quality stainless steel blades that maximize durability. We look for durable blades that will stand the test of time, not the sharpest. Strong blades should be able to grind through almost anything. They’re also much safer to clean.

Motor Strength

Blenders come with different wattage and horsepower ranges. Essentially, the higher the wattage and horsepower, the stronger the motor. We look for stronger motors that will work faster and will produce finer blended ingredients. They are manufactured to run longer, as well.

Very high-powered motors are measured at 1,500 watts, mid-range sits at around 1,100 watts, and on the lower scale of things, we see 600 watts. A good blender shouldn’t struggle with almost any ingredients you put into it, and primarily, this is what we look for when deciding our top picks.

Jar Type

When we look at the jar types of blenders, we weigh up glass, plastic and metal ones. Glass is generally cheaper, and isn’t usually the strongest material choice for blenders (they are not shatterproof either). Plastic blenders, conversely, typically offer a much more premium experience that can withstand the most ferocious of blades. Metal jars are generally more catered to hot ingredients that need to be processed.

The shape of the jar is also something we look at closely, primarily its ability to create a vortex that enables it to pull food into the blades seamlessly (like a tornado). We look for blenders that feature tapered jars. These are the most effective shape because they quickly funnel anything you put in them down into the blades.

Price

When we think about the price, just like we do with other home products, we look for blenders that provide value. We weigh the price against the performance and durability of the blender. The best blenders offer high performance and durability, but they don’t cost the earth. Clearly, the brand will have to deftly balance these factors, as, for example, high-quality materials in a blender are expensive.

Customer Reviews

Of course, we look at what customers are saying when they purchase a blender. We don’t just look at a few reviews, either; we weigh many of them up and form a verdict based on what we repeatedly see. For instance, if a blender has stood the test of time with customers, then we’ll certainly take notice. Positive feedback is what we like to see, and lots of it.

What to Consider When Choosing a Blender

You need to consider multiple areas when you’re choosing a blender. The primary consideration being: what do you plan to use the blender for, and how frequently? Are you interested in using a blender every day or just occasionally? Would it just be for you, or do you have a large family to feed?

As you can see, there’s more to consider than you might have first thought. Fortunately, below, we listed everything you need to think about, from the special features of the blender to the material of the jar.

Intended Use

What’s your intended use of the blender? Maybe you want to use it every day to make smoothies on your new diet. Or perhaps you’re big on making sauces and soups for the family? Think carefully about what exactly you’ll be using the blender for, as this helps to make the decision far easier.

Jar Material

Most high-powered blenders are not able to guarantee that a glass jar won’t shatter. It’s not a reassuring thought to think about using a blender made from glass that could break! Therefore, most brands opt for high-quality plastic that can guarantee that the blender’s jar can withstand the blades. There are glass and stainless steel options available, but generally, the best options are high-quality plastic jars.

Tamper

“What’s a tamper?” we hear you ask. Good question. A tamper is a plastic tool that helps to push food down into the blender. This tool can help to eliminate any air pockets and means you don’t have to stop the machine to stir it. You don’t have to touch the blades this way either, which is much safer. Pushing food down into the blender using the tamper increases the speed at which it blends, too.

Some blenders come with a tamper, but others do not. However, some blenders do not fundamentally need them to perform exceptionally well.

Price:

Common price ranges for blenders include the following:

  • $35 to $50 — These are budget blenders that usually have glass jars with removable blades. They tend to be on the lower scale of things when it comes to wattage, registering around 450 to 700 watts. They are suitable for low-intensity tasks, such as smoothies and shakes, but don’t expect them to be able to handle everything.
  • $75 to $150 — These blenders tend to have a higher wattage, but in some cases, they’re not an awful lot different from the cheaper range. Blenders with 1,000 watts or more can handle more demanding tasks, though, so try to aim for these if you plan on heavy use.
  • $200 to $400 — These are high-performance models. You’ll find better motors, higher speeds, higher torque (angular acceleration), and thicker, more durable plastic jars that are BPA-free. You should also find sturdier blades and metal drive sockets that add additional durability. Most will come with a tamper. Their replacement jars can be expensive, so keep that in mind.
  • $400 to $650 — These are top range blenders. However, they don’t tend to outperform those in the $200 to $400 range. Instead, they boast extra features, such as touch screens and wireless connectivity.

Of course, you need to balance your own needs with your available budget. So if you plan on using a blender every day, you’ll probably require a more expensive one—this will often result in better value for money. If you’re looking for occasional use, however, then a cheaper option might be more logical.

Special Features

If you’re looking for blenders with extra bells and whistles, then you’ll want to look for those with LCD touch screens, and programmed presets. These features help make everything that little bit smoother, but they aren’t always vital as they drive up the price. With that said, depending on your personal preferences, these extras might be considered essential or unnecessary. Think about what’s best for you.

Warranty

When it comes to blender warranties, the pricier models often come with longer warranties. These can be up to 7 and even 8 years. Standard, more inexpensive blenders tend to come with warranties of around 2 years. Warranties generally cover all parts of the blender, including the jar. Some warranties even cover any additional, accessory jars for up to 3 years.

How to Care for Your Blender

Caring for your blender in the right way can prolong its lifespan and will even lead to better food creations. There are some simple things you can do to achieve this.

  • Put ingredients in order: For example, adding your liquids first, then your solids, and then ice. Doing this changes how the drink is processed and can actually change the final texture of the drink. It also makes the blender work optimally.
  • Clean regularly: You should clean your blender by adding soap and water. You can then run the machine, which dissipates the cleaning fluid evenly around the device. This cleaning method will allow you to wash your blender with much greater ease.
  • Chop foods: Another tip is to chop up your foods before adding them to the blender. By chopping them up, you’re taking the stress and strain away from the blender, ensuring that it only needs to process smaller chunks of food. The blades will work more efficiently as a result of your actions.
  • Stay close: Finally, when your blender is in use, there’s a chance it could fly off the counter. It’s therefore always wiser to stay near the blender while it’s operating. If you see the blender moving towards the edge of the counter, be sure to secure it before continuing.

What are the Different Types of Blenders?

Our guide primarily focuses on countertop blenders, but there are a few different appliances that can blend food in varying ways. In fact, there’s a whole world to discover out there. From food processors to personal blenders, here’s a detailed list of what each is and the food you can make with them:

  • Countertop Blenders: Countertop blenders are also known as jug or jar blenders. Their primary purpose is to blend softer liquids and foods, but also harder ones like vegetables and ice. In other words, they’re a highly versatile blender that is reliable and popular. Countertop blenders break down further into cocktail-making blenders, smoothie blenders, and more. Of course, they vary in price and usage, as we have discussed in this guide.
  • Personal Blenders: Personal blenders are usually smaller than traditional blenders, and often feature a bullet-shaped blending cup that may unscrew at the base. You can drink directly from this container for ease of use. Smoothies and protein shakes are the main foods you can make with them. You can even make single-use drinks you can take with you! Keep in mind that the more inexpensive models might struggle with big chunks of frozen produce.
  • Immersion Blenders: Immersion blenders tend to be some of the most commonly used blenders. They can also be known as handheld blenders and stick blenders. They’re well-suited for soft produce, like fruits, and can make smoothies and soups, too. The main difference, or benefit, is that you can blend hot liquids directly in pans. You can move them around more easily and can store them away. The higher-end models often come with multiple useful attachments, and there are even cordless versions available for ultimate portability.
  • Food Processors: Food processors are ideal for slicing, grating, and mixing food. They offer speedy food preparation and are a useful extra to have in any kitchen. They’re great if you spend a lot of time preparing food and chopped sauces such as salsa and hummus. They don’t require liquid to function as blenders do. You can use them for kneading dough, and some food processors even come with blender attachments themselves.

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Jamie Giggs