Whether you’re on a health kick or simply looking to enjoy the refreshing taste of a homemade smoothie on the porch, having the right blender is absolutely essential for creating exciting beverages!
In this guide, we’ll introduce you to our favorite blenders for making smoothies of all kinds. There’s something for everybody here, no matter if you’re trying to create convenient single servings for yourself or a big batch of something for the family!
Amanda Tucker, our in-house appliance guru, has been hunting for the best blenders on the market. Below, you’ll find all her top recommendations along with helpful buying advice to help you choose your perfect one!
Best Smoothie Blender Reviews
Nutri Ninja Pro Personal Blender
“This Nutri Ninja is essentially a new and improved NutriBullet. It’s surprisingly powerful for something so compact. I think this is a great budget option for someone who only wants to make one or two smoothies at a time. It’s also a convenient way to go if you’re tight on space and need something compact. The design is super user-friendly, and I’ve always been impressed by how straightforward it is to clean. You shouldn’t expect one of these to last forever, though. No Ninja product is all that reliable, and this is one of their cheaper models to boot. Unless you’re set on the compact format, I think the Vitamix’s are still better choices for anyone who can afford them.”
Ninja Blender Personal And Countertop Blender Duo (BL642)
“This larger Ninja model is a nifty combination setup that allows you to make both small and large amounts of smoothie using the same base. You just swap between the different container sizes and then switch settings on the base. It’s not the end of the world to make single servings in a larger blender, but this is a convenient way to get the best of both worlds!
This setup is very powerful, user-friendly, and packs a surprising amount of features. I recommend it to anyone who wants to have a versatile smoothie setup without spending more than $200. It’s by far the best in its price class.
Having said all that, the Ninja isn’t the easiest to clean thoroughly. And like the smaller Ninja model I’ve recommended above, it’s not the most reliable gadget you can buy. If you can afford to spend more, I recommend doing so.”
Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
“The Vitamix Explorian is my recommendation to the average buyer. This is an astoundingly good blender for making smoothies of all varieties, especially for its price! It’s not the nicest Vitamix on the market, but it’s as much blender as most people actually need.
You’ll have precise speed control at your fingertips, as well as the pulse option. The motors on these are rock-solid and last forever, which is a key upgrade from the cheaper Ninja’s. They also run cooler. More importantly, you can do just about anything you like with a Vitamix, from making smoothies to heating up soup without ever turning on the stove. It’s just as versatile as the fancier Vitamix’s, although it doesn’t have quite so many features.
The best thing about a Vitamix is always the self-cleaning feature, though. Especially compared to the Ninja gadgets, which are a pain to get completely clean, being able to just load up the Vitamix with soapy water and press ‘go’ is as good as it gets with kitchen cleanup.”
Vitamix A2300 Ascent Series Smart Blender
“The Vitamix Ascent Series is the way to go if you’re a smart-home sort of person. Why would you need app connectivity to make a smoothie, you ask? Well, you probably don’t need it, but there are some nifty possibilities that open up when you have it. You can use the app to access recipes, then just load up the ingredients and press start. The blender will do everything else, adjusting speed and runtime as necessary to get the perfect result.
While making smoothies probably won’t involve using the app so much (unless you decide to get super fancy), it definitely comes in handy for making things like sauces, nut butters and so on. I also absolutely love the smart-sensor technology, which adjusts all the preset programs to match whatever size vessel you’re blending in. Ninja have a similar feature, but it doesn’t work very well. This works so well you forget it’s there, and that’s always the mark of great design!
If you don’t think you’ll use the app, there are plenty of reasons to save money by sticking with the Explorian or going with something simpler and more powerful like the Professional Series Vitamix’s below. Regardless, this is a phenomenal blender. It’s powerful, user-friendly, and super reliable. And unlike most kitchen gadgets with connectivity, it’s not an unreliable gimmick.”
Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
Vitamix G-Series 580 Blender
“These two premium Vitamix models are wildly overkill for the vast majority of people, but they may be worth it if you make large batches of smoothies on a regular basis. They have massive pitchers, extremely powerful motors, and all the bells and whistles you could ask for. They’re not app-connected, but you can do just about anything with them and expect amazing results.”
Know How Much You Want To Make
Smoothie blenders come in all shapes and sizes. Most can make at least two servings, but there’s a big difference between a tiny NutriBullet and a massive Vitamix! Think about what’s best for your lifestyle. If you only make smoothies for you and one other person, you can save space and cash by going for something compact. If you’re mostly blending for groups or a family, you should choose something larger. Always err on the side of something that’s too large! You can always make half a batch in a large blender more easily than a bunch of different batches in.
Decide On Your Budget
Think About Features & Accessories.
Many smoothie blenders come in a larger package, with accessories that can help you expand your capabilities. Think about whether any of these extras are important to you, or whether you’d be perfectly happy with something basic.
Likewise, the features that are important to you will vary depending on what specific smoothies you want to make, and depending on whether you want to use your machine for other things (soups, etc.). Give some thought to which features you’ll actually end up using and relying on. If you’re ready to find the best smoothie blender, we would recommend any of these models, but for compactness, convenience and power, we have to say that our favorite is the Nutri Ninja Pro Personal Blender.
Now that you’ve read through our whole guide, you should have at least one or two smoothie blenders in mind that seem suitable for your kitchen! Learn more about any of our reviews and check current prices by clicking on the links in our reviews. You can also find many more kitchen reviews, recommendations, and tips by checking out our other content. Handy links are easy to find from our homepage, at wifeknows.com.
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