A thorough analysis of user opinions produced the following rankings for the Best Blenders. Buzzrake considered these factors: customer satisfaction
and smoothie-making abilities
How to choose a blender that's right for you
If you're not sure what blender will suit your needs, here is a rundown of what's out there and what users like best.
There are 3 blender types, and each has varying uses and merits.
- Countertop - these blenders are what you grew up with, the familiar kitchen staple that lives out on the counter and can handle a fair amount of ingredients. Countertop blenders have capacities between 24-64oz, and containers made of plastic or glass. Oster is one of the leading countertop blender brands, and Hamilton Beach offers a bunch of great inexpensive options.
- Personal - personal blenders are small machines that produce a single-serving beverage at a time. Their containers are 24oz at most and almost always made of plastic. These containers usually double as an on-the-go drinking cup, perfect for smoothies and protein shakes. Personal blenders are typically inexpensive, with the vast majority costing under $100. Popular personal blender brands are Ninja and Tribest, with some winning models from Hamilton Beach as well.
- Professional - the largest and most powerful blenders on the market are professional blenders. These blenders feature huge plastic containers, with a minimum of 64oz capacities. These are great for blending for a crowd and blending food, but can carry a big price tag. Blendtec and Vitamix are the most popular professional brands.
Glass or plastic?
About 65% of the blenders sold on the market today come with a plastic container, and glass containers are only available in countertop models. Professional models (which are much larger) feature plastic containers, as glass would be too heavy to handle and pour. As most personal blender jars double as a cup, these are usually made of plastic as well. Some users prefer for glass over plastic, as glass jars are almost always dishwasher safe. Users find that glass containers do better with crushing ice and don't scratch easily, making them a good choice for smoothies and margaritas. The brand that offers the most glass jar options is Oster.
How much do you need to spend?
With blender prices ranging from $15-$500+, it can be hard to determine how much you really need to spend to get a good product. According to user opinions, you can easily find a solid blender for under $50, and an even bigger selection of good blenders for $100. This price range includes a nice selection of countertop and personal blenders, including some with very high cumulative scores from users. Oster and Ninja shine bright among affordable blenders.
What are your needs?
To determine which blender will best suit your needs, you need to consider what its main purpose will be. Are you trying to increase your intake of healthy fruits and veggies? Will it be used mostly for entertaining and alcoholic beverages? Do you want to make your own baby food? Different blender types are suitable for different needs, and user opinions can help to figure out what model is right for you.
- Smoothies and green smoothies- the most popular use for household blenders is smoothie making. If this will be the main use for your blender, users say you should invest in a professional blender with a very powerful motor. These blenders are excellent ice crushers, and are the best at chopping up leafy greens for smooth, chunk-free green smoothies.
- Party drinks - if you're shopping for a party enhancing appliance, check out the blenders users rate highest for margaritas and ice. While these showstoppers make great frozen drinks, they aren't very versatile. Users report that glass-jar models are better for this purpose. Check out Margaritaville models if you are a margarita fan.
- Baby food - the blenders that are best for baby food aren't of a specific price range or size. Users loves the Magic Bullet for this purpose, but are also fond of several Vitamix models for their pureeing power.