NutriBullet 12-Piece Blender
Mueller Ultra-Stick Nine-Speed Immersion Blender
Vitamix 5200 Blender
You’re a culinary man who can’t be bothered with chemical-ridden processed foods, and now, you’ve come to find the very best blender to meet all your needs. We’re talking smoothies, desserts, frozen alcoholic beverages, and everything in between. We’ve laid out the top nineteen blenders online, as well as an extremely thorough guide to answer all of your burning questions. You don’t like to purchase small kitchen appliances, you like to invest in them. We’ve made it as simple as possible by whittling out all the bottom barrel brands and blenders, leaving you with a treasure trove to choose from.
The Best Blenders in 2018
Ninja Professional Blender
Ninja is the reigning champion of the blender battle, coming in with some serious value and power, and a sleek design to boot. One of our favorite things about Ninja is the ultra simple interface; nobody wants two dozen buttons and motions. The simple touch button interface is absolutely excellent, complimenting the strong and sturdy design. We talk about countertop buzz in our buying guide, basically the noise level and motor strength, versus the actual physical build of the blender. Ninja Professional Blender stands up to the test, weighing nearly ten pounds, so your mixture isn’t going anywhere, or producing unnecessary levels of buzzing.
All good things come with their flaws. While Ninja boasts one of the strongest motors on the market for any blender, the power behind it really wears down the blades. You can crush ice cubes in this and make excellent smoothies, but seeded fruits and vegetables will wear down the blades faster, decreasing their already short six month lifespan. On the plus side, you can throw these components in the dishwasher thanks to the BPA-free construction, and waste no time scrubbing out each component. All things considered, the cons are minimal; you’ll also get a one-year limited warranty, which can be viewed here, all directly from Ninja.
72oz pitcher capacity
BPA-free and dishwasher safe
Heavy weight mixed with powerful motor nullifies countertop buzz
- Weight9.51 pounds
Ultra simple controls, just how we like it
Blades need to be replaced every six months (from daily use)
Not recommended to use seeded fruits/vegetables in mix
NutriBullet 12-Piece Blender
Our runner-up is one you may have expected – NutriBullet. Based on the general consensus from the market, you’ve seen them everywhere, which is why we put them through a higher standard than average: they did not disappoint. This little marvel will completely pulverize anything you put into it, turning the boundaries of seeded fruits and veggies into a thing of the past. This kit also comes with a dozen parts, most of which are extremely useful. We would classify this as a shake blender, so don’t grab this if you’re looking to make high volumes of drinks in a single sitting.
For such a little thing, we were surprised at how loud and rumbly the motor is. It comes with 600 watts of power, but holds nothing back when it comes to emitting it. The only major problem with the unit itself, is that if you don’t pay attention and have everything perfectly in place, you can experience a touch of leaking along the base. It’s a slow leak, but makes for a bigger cleanup, and less of the product you were making. You also get a little recipe book, as well as a one-year warranty directly from the manufacturer. For the one-man army making protein shakes and healthy, quick breakfasts, this is your wingman.
Includes twelve pieces; everything you need is here
Powerful 600 watt motor
Pulverizes any fruits or vegetables, even seeded ones
- Weight7.65 pounds
Unbelievable price for one of the most esteemed names in blenders
Comes with a one-year warranty straight from NutriBullet
Loud motor for such a little device
May leak at the base, will need to check semi-frequently
Magic Bullet Silver Model Blender
Much like the NutriBullet, the bullet-based shake blender phase is still alive and strong. Ten plus years ago, these are the number one gift for Christmas, and now, they’re among the top go-to small kitchen appliances for quick-use users. Designed with an 18oz cup, you’re only going to get one or two servings out of each blend. That’s okay, because Magic Bullet Silver Model Blender comes with a book for 10 second recipes, and works well to pulverize just about anything you toss into it. We can’t help but notice the rock bottom price; even when it’s not on sale, it’s still among the cheapest shake blenders on our list.
You get an eleven piece set, which is nice and all, but not every piece works as you would intend. Some of them are lower quality, and prone to breaking if you’re not careful. Much like the Ninja on the top of our list, you’re going to encounter some issues with the blades after about six months, meaning you’ll need to replace them in order to upkeep the quality blend it offers. Most of the set is dishwasher safe, while the motor is relatively quiet and super simple to store away. For convenience and a part of one, it’s time to make some magic.
Includes a 10 second recipe book
Cups and lids are top-rack dishwasher safe
Eleven piece set
- BrandMagic Bullet
- Weight4.7 pounds
Lowest price for a shake blender on our list
Works well to pulverize ice and seeded fruits with ease
Blades are low quality and need to be changed every five to six months
Additional set pieces possess low quality (on some components)
Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
Used by professionals, revered by culinary masters: Vitamix makes a strong argument that you’ve been putting up with too many low quality blenders for too long. These are the same blenders many mom-and-pop coffee shops are using, for reasons like the stainless steel blades than never seem to wear down. From the sturdy controls right on down to the weight in the base, Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender is built to last from top to bottom. As a warning, you will be dealing with an extremely loud motor during any operation, whether it’s pulse or a lengthy blending cycle.
You’ll also hit a high price tag thanks to the professional quality, but if you’re serious about amping-up your kitchen and the quality of your appliances, this is the last step you’ll ever need to take for a blender. The generous 48oz pitcher capacity is enough to make high volumes for your friends and family, while the variable speeds can expedite the entire process. Last but not least, we want to disclose how damn important the self-cleaning function is, and that it takes under a minute to work. No fuss, no mess, just a simple, quick cleaning process to close-off your blending session.
48oz pitcher capacity
Sturdy switches and dials; same blender small coffee shops use
Ten variable speeds
- Weight11.5 pounds
Stainless steel blades don’t seem to wea down for anything
Self-cleaning function takes less than sixty seconds to work
Wicked loud motor
High price (due to professional grade quality)
Ninja Professinoal Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups
Ninja took to the professional realm to craft a bigger, better unit. Ninja professional-grade blender comes with some serious power behind it, not to mention razor-sharp blades that take years to wear down (we don’t know what was going on with our top pick, but these are the blades they should’ve put into it). Fairly priced and sporting 72oz of total room in the pitcher, you’re ready to conquer just about any size meal, or round of smoothies/drinks for the family. As with everything, it comes with a few issues.
For one, the motor is so powerful, that this is going to move along the countertop and vibrate. You should be holding down the lid to prevent it from moving. On that note, the lid loses its super powerful seal after about two weeks or so, and it will lightly leak out small portions of your drink. Wasted drink and a mess to clean up equals not-so-happy user. They do throw in some of their Ninja Nutri cups, giving you up to 16oz of storage for on-the-go consumption. The whole unit is easy to clean, and we’re fans of the single serve function and keen measurements along the side. Altogether, an excellent blender that’s built to last.
Includes Nutri Ninja cups
1,100 watt motor base
72oz of total capacity
- Weight7.6 pounds
Set function for single serve coupled with on-pitcher measurements make it easy
Lid loses perfect seal after about two weeks
Powerful motor gives countertop buzz; vibrations move the unit
Blendtec Total Blender
Will it blend? Blendtec launched their certifiable marketing campaign with their killer spot on YouTube, blending everything under the sun. While these are powerful blenders, they’re going to cost you a pretty penny. They come with an eight-year manufacturer warranty on just about everything, including jar replacement, which some users have reported cashing-in on within the first four years. The functions along the front are clear and simple, and the motor doesn’t move off the counter just because it’s on.
While the motor’s a bit loud, we were expecting it to blend everything seamlessly. After you fill this past about half capacity, you’ll experience some chunkier results than preferred (which can be a bummer for seeded fruit smoothies). Blendtec Total Blender is built for commercial results, which usually don’ t mean utilizing the maximum capacity. Cold-forged wingtip blades will work tirelessly to blend and meld your ingredients, while the BPA-free build is simple to clean every single time.
Built for commercial quality results, every time
BPA-free jar; easy to clean
Patented cold-forged wingtip blades
- Weight7.28 pounds
Simple set of functions
Crazy eight-year manufacturer warranty
Filling past halfway returns chunky results
Vitamix 5200 Blender
Vitamix blankets this list for more reasons than we can count, but we’ll do our best. Their 5200 model comes with a powerful motor, and an excellent sized pitcher of sixty-four ounces. A word of caution, you might have a heart attack at the price, but we can verify that every penny is worth it. We’re a big fan of how simple they make the configuration, and use high quality knobs and switches instead of crummy membrane touch-buttons on a soft touch panel. Equipped with high quality stainless steel blades, you’re able to cut through anything you toss in the pitcher.
Those blades do come with some serious power, and it actually has a negative impact. The longer you leave this on, the hotter your ingredients will get. Making thick alcoholic drinks or milkshake for 60-90 seconds will slowly be heated up, and that’s definitely not the desired result. It is a display of the motor’s power, which comes in handy for the sixty second self-clean option. In fact, Vitamix is so confident, that the entire blender, motor and all, is under a seven-year warranty.
Stainless steel blades
Self-cleaning function takes under sixty seconds
Comes with a seven-year warranty
- Weight10.56 pounds
Simple speed control and stable configuration
Large 64 ounce pitcher
Very high cost
The motor and blades work so well, that it heats up your ingredients over the course of six minutes; not a good thing
Cosori 800 Watt Blender
Cosori brings immense power, all within the scope of a budgeter’s dream. You’ll be just as shocked as we were at the price, especially when you factor in all the features Cosori 800 Watt Blender has to offer. For one, this is going to pulverize whatever you put into it, all within a great time frame. This ten-piece kit comes with storage containers to keep up to 32oz of your creation in, but be warned, they’re not very dishwasher friendly. Taking these from the hot dishwasher and using them immediately will also all but guarantee splitting or cracking; we recommend hand wash only.
We were a little bummed at the warranty only being a one-year term, especially when you look at the rest of our lineup so far. On the plus side, these blades are outfitted to last just as long as your blender’s motor does. Six stainless steel blades create an airtight vortex in your blender pitcher, all kept in full form by the overheating/overload protection. For a small and heavy blender that won’t buzz off the counter, Cosori absolutely rules; the ball’s in your court now.
Comes with a ten-piece kit
Works well to pulverize ice and seeded fruits
- Model800 Watts
- Weight8.1 pounds
Fantastically affordable price
Excellent quality on the blades; they’ll last as long as the mixer does
Can damage items if put in the dishwasher
Only comes with a one-year warranty
Hamilton Beach Glass Jar Blender
One of the top providers of affordable kitchen appliances, Hamilton Beach comes swinging right out of the gate with a low-priced and effective blender. You get a sturdy glass jar with a broad handle, and a lid with a useful food chute feature. In our experience, these usually come out rather dodgy, but Hamilton Beach hit this one out of the part. Apart from the smaller features, you get a very simple interference. Quick to use, and just as easy to clean. WIth all those glorious attributes, you’re going to get stuck with a rather loud motor.
When you flip on the chopper attachment, that motor gets even louder, which is a real shame since the attachment is essentially useless. It’ll chop your veggies, but it’ll also mangle them pretty badly. Three speeds, one powerful motor, and a heavy bottom to prevent countertop buzz: it’s an all-around excellent purchase. On top of everything else, Hamilton Beach is known for their excellent customer service, and slapped a three-year manufacturer warranty on this model.
700 watt motor
Durable long-lasting stainless steel blades
Food chute on the lid stays nice and tight
- BrandHamilton Beach
- Weight9.35 pounds
Simple interface; quick and easy to use
Extremely loud motor
Included chopper attachment mangles veggies instead of chopping them
Black+Decker Countertop Glass Pitcher Blender
Another American household staple, Black+Decker brings us an ultra affordable blender with a few picadillos about it, but overall an excellent purchase. Starting with the stainless steel blades, you get four tips, and you’ll likely never need to sharpen them, even for standard daily use. While using it, you’ll hear the grinding of the motor connecting with the bottom of the pitcher piece, which can get pretty loud. It’s not recommended to use this early in the morning before you head out for work.
That motor only has 550 watts, which kind of sucks when you’re trying to blend solid crescent ice for thick smoothies. It gets the job done, but it takes more than a few minutes. We’re big fans of the simple construction: three pieces, simple to wash and reassemble. The lid locks down in place to prevent all forms of spillage and leaking, while the rubber grip action along the bottom eliminates countertop buzz and ample vibrations. Inexpensive, from a brand you can trust, and a two-year limited warranty; what’s not to love?
Ten speed settings
48oz glass pitcher capacity
550 watt motor
- Weight6.3 pounds
Quality stainless steel blades don’t lose their edge
Simple to clean; three pieces, no fuss
Loud, grinding-sounding motor
Takes a while when crushing ice for smoothies (still gets the job done)
Oster Versa Pro Blender
We’ve crossed over the halfway point in our list, and still have plenty of excellent blenders to showcase. Oster has been a third wheel in kitchen appliances, but with the Versa Pro, they’re front and center in our minds now. Everything is kept under the blanket of a seven-year warranty, protecting you from just about everything under the sun. That comes in handy, because the main canister seems to go after about two years of use on average. The 1,400 watt motor is powerful, which may be the issue behind the stress on the canister.
It gives those blades up to 250 MPH of speed, decimating whatever you toss into the unit. If you’re going to make thick smoothies and dense frozen drinks or desserts, you’ve found your kitchen wingman. Oster does bring 64oz of capacity to the party, and the whole thing is BPA-free and dishwasher safe. At a fair price for this level of power, you get multiple speed settings to mediate consistency, and a brand that boasts some quality customer service when it’s time to call upon that favor.
Massive storage in the 64oz, BPA-free canister
Stainless steel blades move at 250 MPH
Variable speeds to mediate power, and get the perfect consistency
- Weight11.8 pounds
Professional-grade 1,400 watt motor can’t be slowed down
Above-and-beyond seven year warranty
The jar is the first thing to go, usually after two years of use
Massively loud motor operation
Blender by Clearblend
This blender company made waves way back when, and their quality still stands as a cornerstone of their brand name today. To start things off, you’re dealing with a great 64oz container, made of BPA-free materials to be both dishwasher safe, and pretty easy to clean. We wish we could say the same for the rest of the unit, because it’s a bit dodgy to disassemble, not to mention dangerous with those ultra durable stainless steel blades enclosed. The bright side of that is, you’ll likely never have to sharpen them throughout the entire blender’s lifespan.
Speaking of that lifespan, you’re backed up by a five-year warranty, so you can really put the splendor of Clearblend to the test. This 1,800 watt motor is seriously powerful, and with that, it’s also loud as can be. We honestly didn’t know blenders came this loud. It does include excellent grips and weight, so even with all that rumbling, it won’t go dancing off the counter. From the fair cost to the capacity and power, it’s an excellent purchase, and could definitely be used for commercial or professional needs.
Five-year warranty straight from Clearblend
Sealed ball bearing stainless steel blades
- Weight12 pounds
Insane 1,800 watt motor will handle anything you throw its way
Comes with free additional accessories to blend your way
Difficult and dangerous to disassemble and clean
We didn’t know motors came this loud
KitchenAid Five-Speed Blender
One of the great aids of the kitchen, you guessed it, KitchenAid, knocked us off our socks with this one. From the stainless steel blades right on down to the diecast metal base, there’s a lot to love, and not enough words to cover it all. Those blades don’t need to be sharpened, which works excellently with the 56oz BPA-free pitcher. It’s one of the highest quality plastic pitchers we’ve seen yet, from the handle, right on down to the seal on the lid. That only goes for the outer rim, however; the interior plastic piece gets some leakage around the edges if you’re filling this more than ⅔ of the way.
Apart from the lid, the only other main grievance we had with Five-Speed Blender was the lack of quality on the control interface. As we’ve said across this entire buying guide, we’re not fans of how unreliable the membrane key touchpads are. For the speed functions, we had to tap the buttons a few times per movement, making it only half responsive. For the price and power, it can’t be beat. It’s also noteworthy that we were pleasantly surprised with the acceptable noise level, and after testing some of the other models on this list, it was a much-deserved break for our eardrums.
56oz capacity w/ BPA-free construction on pitcher
Sturdy diecast metal base
Embedded motor control function
- Weight10 pounds
Killer price for a killer product
Stainless steel blades that never need to be sharpened
Soft touch panel can be non-responsive until the third or fourth push
Lid comes with some leakage issues around the plastic center piece
Aicok Smoothie Blender
One of Amazon’s Choice products, Aicok’s smoothie-specific blender comes with a stamp of approval from the FDA, and a fantastic price that just about anyone can get behind. This unit is quick to disassemble, and also extremely simple to clean. One spray from the faucet hose, and it’s like the meal just melts off of it. The motor is fairly weak, so however long it takes to get that meal finished, we can’t be certain. One negative aspect to the motor’s power, or lack thereof, is the fact that you can’t operate this for more than sixty second intervals without risking overheating or overloading the system.
Aicok gives you a two-year direct warranty, though we didn’t really find the need to redeem it. The only other cautionary tale before buying this blender is the blade life: you have about a year on it (assuming you’ll use this from three to five times a week), which are not covered by that warranty. If you’re looking for an inexpensive blender to get a juicing diet going, Aicok will be reliable, so long as you watch your step when using it.
50oz pitcher capacity
Ten speed settings for the perfect consistency
Two-year warranty straight from the manufacturer, Aicok
- Weight6.55 pounds
Excellent price and quality comparison
One of the easiest blenders to clean, hands down
Can’t use for more than sixty seconds at a time without risking overload/overheating
Blades have to be switched-out after the first year
Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender
It took a few, but we finally got down into the immersion blenders. We’ve positioned them lower on the list because for most household uses, they’re a little less viable all around, but still pack a serious punch to get most jobs done. Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender comes with a rubber bottom bell piece, allowing you to blend rues or sauces in a hot pan without damaging your non-stick coated pans. Evern with the motor buzzing, the pistol-like grip is simple to hold onto, and small enough to get a good grip on, even if you have smaller hands.
Speaking of that motor, it doesn’t offer a lot of power. The only reason this model can crush ice is thanks to the durable stainless steel blades, but with only 280 watts of power, it’s not going to be your companion for making fiber-rich juices. On that note, the speed setting is very touchy, but thanks to the shape of the bottom, you won’t be splashing around even if you trip and slip it up to a higher speed. For the price and durable stainless steel construction, Breville’s the immersion blender that can’t be beat.
Excellent ribbing control reduces splashing
Includes 25oz chopping bowl
42oz extra large jug capacity
- Weight3.8 pounds
Non-scratch rubber on the bottom; your non-stick coating pans will be safe from harm
Ergonomic grip is beyond easy to hold onto
280 watt motor doesn’t leave a lot of power, even for an immersion blender
Variable control speed is touchy; watch your trigger finger
Mueller Ultra-Stick Nine-Speed Immersion Blender
We’re coming to a close soon, but the remainder of these blenders are certain to give you something to look forward to. Mueller’s inexpensive take on the handheld immersion blender gives us a powerful 500 watt motor (for handhelds, that’s a good bit of oomph behind it), and a solid stainless steel construction. If you’re only cooking for two, you might run into an issue with the high guard wall; it has difficulty reaching all the necessary areas, making it better for blending mixes or crafting baked goods instead.
You get nine speeds to control, alleviating the fear of mixing too quickly and splashing the sides/burning yourself. Mueller includes a two-year warranty along with their stellar price, as well as a whisk attachment. The whisk is okay, but if you plan on using it for thicker batters, such as boxed brownies or homemade cookie dough, it’s not going to hold up, and actually damage the motor. Attachment aside, this viable pick for your next blender will save you some green, and keep fully operational for years to come.
Two-year warranty from Mueller
500 watt motor
- BrandMueller Austria
- Weight2.15 pounds
A price that can’t be beat
Nine gentle speed transitions keep you in full control
High edge guard makes it non-viable for shallow mixing
Included whisk attachment is extremely weak and flimsy
KitchenAid 3-Speed Hand Blender
Few know how to lend you a hand like KitchenAid. This handheld immersion blender comes as part of a five-piece set, giving you an excellent pitcher, and an equivalent of the SlapChop as an attachment that truly replaces the need to buy one. It’s like getting a two-in-one product. The other add-ons are nice as well, but after one cycle through the dishwasher, you’re going to see faded or missing lettering and numbering, which is pretty important considering they’re printed measurements. With all that in mind, hand washing these will prevent this issue, making it a killer deal for the cost.
This comes as a detachable 8” stainless steel wand from the motor housing, as well as a whisk that actually holds up against some serious power. About that motor housing, when you’re using this, the panel will sometimes pop-off. It’s nothing major, and a piece of tape over it will fix it, but it’s something odd, probably one of the most specific and random glitches in production that we’ve seen. As always, KitchenAid has killer customer service, so any questions you have will be answered.
Removable 8” stainless steel blending arm
Soft grip handle
Viable whisk attachment
- Weight2 pounds
Five-piece set for a great price
Excellent add-on chopping attachment; no need to buy an additional one
Lettering/numbering on additional containers comes off in the first dishwasher cycle
Motor housing is flimsy and may open while in use
OXA Smart Immersion Blender
As hand blenders go, OXA built a fairly good one. Full disclosure: you can’t make smoothies or crush ice with this one, it’s more designed for aiding you while cooking on the stove, or mixing food out of the oven. OXA Smart Immersion Blender comes with dishwasher safe components, made from BPA-free materials. The controls give you six different speeds to choose from, though no matter which one you choose, the splash guard will do an awesome job of protecting you and your spotless counters from debris.
You’ll have to sit tight and mix for longer than normal, even if you’re using the viable whisk attachment. There isn’t a lot more to this mixer, other than the excellent price. Your cord is lengthy enough to reach outlets a tad bit too far from the stovetop, while the build has an excellent grip to keep you in full control at all times.
Includes whisk attachment
Six speeds to choose from
- BrandOXA Smart
- Weight2.8 pounds
Excellent splash guard prevents making a big mess
Dishwasher safe components
Low motor power; requires more thorough mixing
Not powerful enough to crush ice/make smoothies
Cuisinart CSB Smart Stick
You were probably wondering, “Hey, what gives? No Cuisinart on this list?” We got you. You can’t avoid one of the prime names of culinary kitchen components. Made from durable materials, this dishwasher safe handheld immersion blender drops at a great price, and brings with it a Cuisinart-backed, limited three-year warranty, which covers just about everything under the sun. The motor is only 200 watts, so you’ll be taking your time when using this blender, but anything beats a manual whisk.
Operations are simple, even though you only get to choose between two speeds. Hold on tight with the ergonomic grip, and stretch that five-foot power cord ‘til the last bit of leeway. We’ve whittled down the best blenders on Earth, but if you’re still not certain which one is perfect for you (we know, there’s a lot), continue reading through our comprehensive buying guide, and learn everything you need to know before making a committed purchase.
Limited three-year warranty included
Dishwasher safe components
- Weight2.2 pounds
Super simple operation
Only 200 watts of motor power
Only gives you two speeds
Blender Buying Guide and FAQ
Q: How We Chose Our Selection of Blenders
A: When it comes to anything electronic, especially small household appliances, there’s so many more factors than you’d imagine. It’s not simply looking at a display on a department store shelf; we’ve taken the time to research everything, and narrow down our criteria to meet the following standards:
- We looked at brand reputation and their customer service
- Total power of the motor
- Stability on countertop (rubber grips and vibration control)
- Durability/lifespan of the blades
- How simple it is to use and clean
- Noise level (measured in decibels)
- Total pitcher size
- Pitcher material (hardened plastic, acrylic, or glass)
- Heat thrown from motor
- Cord strength and quality
- Warranty information
Everything on this list checks out, from stem to stern, each with their own unique picadillos. While not every blender will fit 100% of the criteria, it’s how we score/rate blenders we test and research to understand their viability. No product is perfect (otherwise there’d be no competition), but out of the hundreds available, these top nineteen are the cream of the crop.
Features to Look For in Blenders
Power - This all all reliant on the motor. The more powerful the motor, the more food it can blend at a time, and the less hot it will get (more on heat and destroying nutrients later).
Blade - Titanium or steel, your blades are the heart of the blender, along with the motor. They need to stand up to whatever you throw in. Be sure to check warranty information on the blades, or at the very least, learn where you can purchase a replacement if necessary.
Ease of Use - Ever seen those blenders with way too much going on? We like to keep it simple. If it’s easy to use and easy to clean, it’s already a step up from most of the blenders on the market. More complexity does not immediately make a better product.
Cleaning - The most difficult part is almost always cleaning beneath the blade, but the ease of cleaning also comes into play with how many detachable components it has, and if the physical exterior design snags a lot of mess.
Noise Level - We’re going to discuss some items you can make in a little bit, but one of those (spoiler alert) are quick and easy breakfasts. However, if you’re in an apartment, or you have a sleeping spouse/children and you leave the house at 5:00 AM, a high noise level is going to be a major inconvenience.
Durability - Is it going to stand up to your kitchen standards? Durability includes the lifespan, as well as the actual density of the exterior shell, and how long the motor is rated to last for.
Warranty - On average, these usually have about one to three years. There are certain brands that go nuts and offer ten-year or lifetime warranties on the blades and motors, especially when they’re made of titanium, or the motors are so overpowered that they don’t need to worry about anything.
Size - How big is the base, and how heavy is it? Countertops in your kitchen seem to stretch for miles, but they fill up quickly. Be certain that you’re not getting something that won’t fit properly. Use a tape measure to define the dimensions of the item you have in mind, and see where it will fit on your countertop.
Design - We’ll talk about the differences between these three models in a minute, but you generally get to choose between countertop blenders, a shake blender, or handheld immersion mixers.
Cup Size - The cup, or pitcher, needs to reflect what you’ll be using this for. Is this going in your restaurant? Are you making batches of breakfast smoothies for your large family? Whatever the case, you never want to fill the cup up past ⅔ of the way (otherwise the blend is inconsistent and you could damage the motor, depending on the density of the items inside).
Types of Blenders
Handheld Immersion Blender - You’ve seen these in old fashioned hand mixers for cake batters and breads, only now, with a twist. These handheld blenders offer a little less power than countertop blenders, but allow for a more thorough and hands-on application. You’ll need to be front and center when using this; these are generally cheaper in the initial price, helping you save money for a few minutes of convenience here and there.
Countertop Blender - These are the first things that come to mind. You drop it on the counter, plug it in, and pop the pitcher on top. These come with more weight to them, and usually more powerful motors than handheld immersion blenders. That extra weight keeps the motor nice and steady, so your blender isn’t vibrating all across the countertop. These allow you to set and forget, and return when your concoction is completely blended.
Shake Blender - These generally appear as bullet blenders or pods, offering a one or two-person serving, and residing on the countertop. Since these aren’t traditional blenders, they’re worth mentioning separately, and we’d also like to point out that if this is just for you, these may last longer than larger blenders. Oddly enough, though they’re smaller with less capacity, they can cost more than traditional countertop blenders in most situations.
Q: Why do You Need to Get a Blender?
A: There are plenty of reasons, especially if you’re trying to fill your kitchen up with useful small appliances. We don’t want to bore you, so we whittled it down to three primary reasons that you need to grab a blender as your next home purchase.
For starters, making a cheap and healthy breakfast has never been easier. Toss in the ingredients (you’re supposed to measure, but we like to “eyeball” our ingredients), push the button, and you’re good to go. It’s almost too easy to eat healthy when you have a blender at-the-ready. Sticking to a diet is hard, especially since most non-processed foods require so much prep. Nobody has time for that anymore; we’re all working sixty-hour weeks now; this bridges the gap between healthy and time-efficient.
Next, you’ll also be able to feed your body after a workout like never before. Getting nutrients to your muscles in a timely fashion is absolutely key to packing on muscle, and not feeling totally wiped-out after an intense workout. Blend it to save on time, and digest your meal faster, giving the necessary micro and macronutrients to the spots where they’re needed most. Fiber is essential to proper digestion, but blending your meal into a smooth beverage makes up for some much lost time. Just be sure to get some fiber in the rest of your diet.
Lastly, blenders save you time in other aspects of the kitchen. A quick post-workout or breakfast meal is great, but when you’re whipping up an excellent dinner, you can expedite some of the process. Make your sauce, rue, or dressing in the blender instead of hopelessly whisking it for six or seven minutes. Save time, pull the meal time frame closer, and get back to the table to enjoy your friends and family.
Q: How Does a Blender Work?
A: Do you remember those tornado-in-a-cup experiments you did as a kid? A blender is a high-velocity version of that. You have a motor (various power and speed capabilities) that uses studs or rugged plastic/metal brackets to connect to the blades in the bottom of your pitcher. From here, the motor works to spin them. Your blender loses a bit of momentum from the kinetic energy transferred directly from the motor, to the blade housing.
So the toradno part: when the blades spin as quickly as they do, it creates a vortex of air, surrounded by the spiraling wall of fluid/mixture that’s in your blender pitcher. What this does it pull everything from the edges of the pitcher towards the center, effectively blending everything into one smooth concoction. It’s why you’ll see someone drop everything into their blender, turn it on, and just let it do the work. Lower-quality blenders sometimes require you to use a plastic spatula or spoon to continue mixing everything up when the vortex isn’t doing its job.
Q: Will a Blender Work as a Juicer?
A: There’s not a straight answer for this: let us explain.
You can juice vegetables and fruits in it, but you’re going to deal with a lot of fiber and pulp. The main appeal to selecting a juicer over a blender, especially if you’re doing a juice diet, is to squeeze all the nutrients out and leave the pulp/fiber behind. If that’s the route you’re going for, then you’ll want a juicer, but take this little warning with you:
As someone who’s done a juicing diet, this writer can attest to the fact that it wreaks havoc on your internal system. I switched to a blender to make mean greens, giving all the necessary fiber to prevent bathroom issues. On top of that, it’s actually more filling. If you’re looking to replace one meal a day with a juice, a blender is, in my opinion, the better way to go.
Q: What Foods Can You Make in a Blender?
A: The sky’s the limit - mostly. You have blades to protect, a capacity cap to keep in mind, but that doesn’t have to limit you. Here’s a short list of the most common foods you can make in a blender with ease:
- Smoothies: You’ll have to be wary of overstuffing and ice damaging the blades, but so long as you keep it moving, you’ll be able to enjoy in no time.
- Custom Condiments: If you’re planning to grill this weekend, don’t lay-out all those filler products from the grocery store shelves; make your own custom condiments, and spoil your guests.
- Old Fashioned Milkshakes and Malts: Everyone has to cheat on their diet at some point, right? If so, you’d better do it right with the old-time American classic. Make sure to have one scoop for us.
- Protein Shakes: Now we’re talking. Custom protein shakes, bulk-up all-in-one meals; it’s up to you, but either way, you’re about to feed your body what it needs. To enjoy your shake, check out our review of the best protein shakers here.
- Batters and Mixes: We’re not saying these can replace a KitchenAid, but if you’re strapped for time, you can throw that homemade or boxed mix into a blender, and get the job done quickly.
- Homemade Soup: Not a fan of the veggies? Meld them into the broth before adding your meats, and create a creamy, smooth-tasting soup in no time.
- Sorbet or Ice Cream: It’s time to get a little creative in the kitchen. Do this the right way, and you’ll spoil yourself rotten. You won’t ever buy another pint of store-bought ice cream again.
- Alcoholic Beverages: Par-frozen or just blended, this is the Saturday night blender workout you’ve been waiting for. You’ve got nothing but a long day of rest tomorrow, so drink up tonight.
- Puddings and Custards: We’ll end it here, because now we’re getting hungry. Add a nice touch to your homemade desserts with finely-whipped pudding or custard, made in practically no time with the right blender.
Q: Can Blenders Destroy Food Nutrients?
A: It’s possible, but unlikely. Some nutrients, especially in vegetables, are heat sensitive. If the motor heats up too much, it can kill some of the nutrients. Use quick pulses, and don’t leave the blender on for too long, or make a lot of back-to-back healthy items. Furthermore, the quality of the motor and how easily it turns the blades will also play into how much heat it throws. Less heat, more power in every sip of whatever you’re making.
- How Blenders Work, HowStuffWorks
- Does Fruit Lose Its Nutritional Value When It’s Blended?, Livestrong