A good blender is an appliance your kitchen needs. While some people may associate kitchen blenders just for the occasional milkshake or smoothie, they really can do so much more. A blender can be used to make soups, sauces, dips, desserts, and margaritas. Some can even make nut butters and ice creams. There are even cookbooks out there that solely exist for blender recipes! Whether you need a blender only once a week or multiple times a day, finding a blender that creates silky smooth concoctions easily should be important to you.
When reviewing blenders, we learned that there are a number of essential qualities to take into account. Obviously, we wanted a blender that has good mechanical function and can break down tough foods smoothly. This depends largely on motor power and blades. We wanted a blender with at least 500 watts going for it. We've probably all had the experience of a blender getting stuck on a certain food, and needing to use a spatula to manually move it around to get the blender going again. This situation is one that we prefer to avoid. We wanted a blender that is durable and will last a long time, and a good warranty certainly doesn't hurt. Multiple speeds and extra bonus functions are always fun, though some less necessary than others. The lid should fit tightly to avoid splatters, and easy cleanup is important to us. Finally, we wanted to make sure to think about budge, and ensure that we were getting good value for the price.
Vitamix has been known for years now as a versatile dream blender. This blender is pretty sizable, measuring 20.5 inches by 8.75 inches by 7.25 inches and weighs 10 pounds 9 ounces. Behind this powerful blender is 120 volts, 50/60 Hz, and 11.5 Amps (1,380 Watts!). The container portion holds up to 64 ounces, so this blender is good for medium and large volumes. Testers noted that they could even throw whole apples or carrots into the Vitamix when making heathy smoothies, and they would be completely smooth and easy to drink. This could be a great way to sneak more fruits and vegetables into picky kids! This Vitamix was manufactured in the USA, so you can also feel good about supporting American jobs.
Breville The Boss
Beville The Boss blender is another powerful blender we love. It measures 9.5 inches by 7.75 inches by 18 inches. It has a large 68-ounce container, which is 4 ounces bigger than the Vitamix we reviewed. It is made of BPA-free Tritan plastic. It is also more powerful than the Vitamix, with 1500 Watts behind it. The instruction guide has recommended functions for different foods you may be blending, such as when making bread crumbs with up to 3 slices of bread, use the CHOP speed for 20-30 seconds. To clean, you can simply add 2 cups of warm water and liquid dish detergent to the blender and press the Auto Clean button (or you can hand wash it yourself if you prefer). This blender comes with a 1-year warranty.
The Cleanblend Blender is a newer blender on the market. It measures 18 inches by 15 inches by 13 inches and weighs 12 pounds. It is powerful with an 1800-Watt motor and has a six-blade system to give you the consistency you want. This blender can crush ice into a snow-like consistency. This blender has a 10-variable speed dial and pulse option, but no pre-programmed settings like some other higher-end blenders do. It was quieter than some of the other models we tested. It is not dishwasher safe. Instead, add water and dish soap to the blender and blend at a slow speed to clean. It comes with a 5-year warranty. People note that their customer service is very friendly, receptive, and helpful.
NutriBullet Smart Blender
The NutriBullet Balance, Bluetooth Enabled Smart Blender is clearly the blender of the future. It has a 100-Watt power base with smart nutrition sensor to calculate nutritional information. It comes with 2 32-ounce cups with flip-top lids for enjoying smoothies on the go. This blender syncs to the Balance App (available on iOS and Android devices) via Bluetooth and sends you nutritional information about your smoothies. When you set up the app, you can add any dietary preferences or allergies, and the app will show you smoothie recipes to help you achieve your goals. Once you select a smoothie, start adding the ingredients to the blender. The blender will detect the weight of the ingredients and notify you via app once you've added the correct amount. Press the Blend button on your app, and it will count down the seconds until your drink is at the optimal consistency. It calculates the nutrition facts as you add each ingredient in real time, and you can sync your smoothie's nutritional profile to other apps like MyFitnessPal.
Oster Versa Pro Performance
The Oster Versa Pro Performance is a great budget-friendly blender. This blender measures 12.1 inches by 16.8 inches by 11.6 inches. It boasts 1400 Watts of power. The blade can spin at 28,000 RPM., spinning at over 250 MPH. Nevertheless, it did not result in as smooth and creamy textures with smoothies as its higher-priced competition though it was good at crushing ice. Like the Breville The Boss, the Oster Versa Pro Performance has a BPA-free Tritan jar, this one measuring 64 ounces. The handle is rubberized so there is no risk of your grip slipping. One thing to note is that the soup came out warm, but not piping hot. There have been some issues with long-term durability, so we wouldn't recommend this for an everyday blender. Instead, we suggest saving money if possible and investing in a higher-end blender that will be certain to last you a long time. This blender is not dishwasher safe. This product comes with a 1-year warranty.
Another budget-friendly blender that we like is the KitchenAid KSB1570ER 5-Speed Blender. This is the least expensive blender we reviewed, costing less than $100. This classic blender measures 15.2 inches by 7.3 inches by 9 inches and weighs 10 pounds. It is not as powerful as other blenders we reviewed, operating at just 450 watts. It may not be able to make nut butters or smoothly puree some more fibrous fruits and vegetables, however it is adequate enough for smoothies that are still palatable if not altogether as creamy as higher-priced blenders are capable of creating. Some people notice leaking over time near the base of the blender. To clean, fill the pitcher with warm water and dishwashing liquid. Blend at speed 1 for 5-10 seconds, remove pitcher, and rinse. Unlike other blenders we reviewed, this blender is also dishwasher safe.
When choosing your blender, think about how often you plan to use it and what you intend to use it for. Will you just be making smoothies, or do you also want to grind flour or create nut butters? Do you want a blender that can produce a hot soup in minutes or is that feature not important to you? Consider the size of the blender you want, the processing power, and how easy it is to clean. Also, you should take into account price point and warranty coverage.
After conducting a thorough review, our favorite blender is the Vitamix. We found that higher price points really do make a difference in the performance of blenders. We love the Vitamix's durability, versatility, and the quality of products it created. The Brevillle The Boss Blender was also an amazing blender. Both it and the Vitamix were really an absolute pleasure to use. The CleanBlend is less pricey than the Breville and Vitamix while still producing good quality foods and beverages. The Nutribullet Smart Blender is incredibly cool and we loved it, but it doesn't have the same volume capacity as other blenders we reviewed, nor a very long-term warranty. Nevertheless, we definitely want it! Finally, if you want something budget-friendly, it's a tossup between the Oster and the KitchenAid. Ideally though, you would save for a better quality more expensive blender.