A blender seems like a simple kitchen tool, and for the most part, it is. Blenders give you a variety of settings to help you achieve the consistency you need for a particular recipe. And even if you don’t use it specifically for cooking, a blender is essential when you want to whip up, say, kale smoothies or homemade vanilla milkshakes.

Although blenders all seem to perform the same task, there are a few different types, each with its own unique features: Full-Sized Blenders, multi-function, personal, and Immersion Blenders.

When choosing a blender, think about how you want to use it. The motor is the most important part of any blender, and the higher the wattage, the better the performance. Always get a blender with a motor that’s more than 500 watts. If you want to make frozen drinks, you may need one with 1,000 watts of power.

You’ll also want to look at the type of blades on each blender. Some blenders have blades made for solid objects like ice, while others are better equipped for blending softer foods. Stainless steel blades are best. The size and material of the blender jar are also key factors, as is the tightness of the lid.

The Best Blenders

A supercharged and super-quiet version of our previous winner from Breville, the Super Q is everything we look for in a professional-grade blender. From mixing liquids to finely milling almonds, this blender handled each task we threw at it with ease. It’s also a shape-shifter—the Super Q easily adapts into a food processor, ice cream maker, and personal blender with the addition of presets and included attachments.

The 12-speed Breville wowed us with its 68 oz. jar and sleek, intuitive design. Our fingers floated naturally to every button and knob, and the five included presets proved foolproof. That’s because they’re written out in words—there’s no need to decode any hieroglyphics or use trial-and-error. There’s even a distinction between making “smoothies” and “green smoothies.” The included 24 oz. travel cup is perfect for people who want to make their smoothies and go. We also loved the digital display that features a timer and precise setting controls.

If you’re looking for a quiet alternative to the typical whirring blender, the Super Q is a solid option—while it still makes noise when crushing ice and chopping up tough ingredients, the motor is noticeably quieter than that of every other model we tested. One thing we don’t love? The Super Q has a massive base that will take up some sizable real estate on your countertop. But if you’re looking for a quality, do-it-all blender that can replace multiple small kitchen appliances (and costs less than equivalent machines from Vitamix), this Breville is your best bet.

PROS:

  • Very fast and powerful
  • Adaptable and versatile
  • Super quiet

CONS:

  • Massive base

Stand-out features include

  • Super Quick And Powerful
    Compatible With The Vac Q
    Personal Blender Attachment
    5 One Touch Programs
    12 Speed Settings
    Noise Suppression Technology

Even if your knowledge of smoothies extends only to which one is your favorite at Juice Press, it probably won’t come as too much of a surprise that the Vitamix blender was by far the most popular smoothie blender of choice among our experts.

Vitamix, a name synonymous with high-performance blenders for the past century brings out its absolute best in the Professional Series 750 blender. An industry leader in over 100 countries, this brand new pro-level blender from their stable is designed to automatically blend according to popular recipes. With five specific blending functions, it intuitively handles the blending for frozen desserts, self-cleaning, purees, hot soups and smoothies! And when you wish to layer up a few coarse chops or chunky salsa, the pulse feature does the job regardless of what you wish to rough up a bit.

This blender can crush ice no matter the size and that too without breaking a sweat. Sleek looking with a large 64-ounce container designed for heavy abuse, this blender may cost a lot more than your Oster or ubiquitous Walmart piece but it does last way longer and comes with a smashing warranty cover.

PROS:

  • Helpful pre-programmed settings
  • Incredibly powerful
  • Large container
  • Compact and convenient size
  • Durable and long-lasting
  • Excellent warranty

CONS:

  • Expensive
  • Relatively Heavy

Stand-out features include

  • Total of five settings designed to automatically blend and dice ingredients based on the recipe you make. Results in consistent results always.
  • 2.2 HP commercial grade motor makes a pulp of anything you put in the container and yet is quieter than any other blender out there with half its power output.
  • Easy to clean, just soak the machine in warm water and some dish soap for half an hour.
  • Made entirely in the USA, this blender supports the American economy.
  • 64-ounce container, durable, BPA-free and perfect for all kinds of blending requirements.
  • Covered by a long 7 Year Vitamix guarantee warranty.

The KitchenAid KSB1575 Diamond blender is absolutely the best affordable blender we’ve tested. Frequently on sale for around a hundred dollars (depending on color), this five-speed model did exceptionally well in our chopping and mixing tests. It obliterated ice cubes into a fine slush, made creamy nut butter, and liquefied fruit and yogurt into a delicious smoothie.

Our testers liked the easy-to-read and intuitive controls, and each button has enough resistance that you shouldn’t worry about accidentally engaging the wrong setting. The components are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and KitchenAid’s five-year warranty is almost as good as the seven years offered by Vitamix.

The KitchenAid Diamond comes with a 60-oz. BPA-free jar, and is available in over 15 colors, including Boysenberry, Tangerine, Espresso, and the classic Empire Red.

PROS:

  • Blends exceptionally well
  • Great at chopping and crushing
  • Intuitive controls

CONS:

  • Old-fashioned appearance

Stand-out features include

  • The Soft Start Feature
  • Control Panel with White LED Lights
  • BPA-Free patented Diamond Pitcher
  • Steel-Reinforced Coupler
  • The Die Cast Metal Base is sturdy

If you don’t want to be tethered to one spot in the kitchen or if you don’t have an outlet by your stove, this pick features a rechargeable battery that ran for over 15 minutes on high speed in our tests on a full-charged battery (it took about two hours to fully recharge from empty). Keep in mind you will need a little counter space for the charging unit. 

We like the safety feature: Tap a button on top to unlock, then press the trigger to operate. It will automatically lock itself if you don’t press the trigger after 30 seconds. The blade attachment and handle (which is narrow, comfortable, and not slippery at all) are made of stainless steel. We were impressed with how powerful it was and it has one of the more quiet motors we evaluated — it also comes in a corded model.

PROS:

  • Portable and ergonomic
  • Powerful and quick blending

CONS:

  • No accessories included
  • Expensive

Stand-out features include

  • Adjustable 5 Speed Setting
    Durable 1500mah Lithium Ion Battery
    Safety Lock
    Easy To Use
    Detachable Stainless-steel Shaft

While it was a close race to the top, Ninja’s most basic model of their Nutri-Ninja, the Fit, ultimately earned its place as our favorite personal blender. It’s the Goldilocks of the category: not too big and powerful, not too small and weak, but just right. We were impressed by its speed and strength when whipping up fruit smoothies, which turned out smooth as can be, and its 700-watt motor’s relatively low noise level while grinding away.

While the blender’s design isn’t visually stunning, it’s black-and-silver base is sleek and unassuming and, most importantly, small and light enough to easily be stored away. The blender’s 16-oz. containers with measurement marks are similarly sleek and perfectly transportable (they come with tight travel lids!) for on-the-go sipping. The Fit requires users to hold the container down or use the “pulse” method while blending, but this precaution works to prevent motor burn-out and means the blender will last longer than many of its counterparts. It’s so fast, you might not even notice.

As a proud owner of the Fit for seven months, I can attest to its capabilities throughout daily use (and misuse). I’ve used it to mix up smoothies and shakes, blend butternut squash soup, whip up salad dressing and dips, and even grind granulated sugar into powdered sugar. While I don’t recommend that last one, the Nutri-Ninja Fit has taken everything I’ve thrown at it in stride. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose personal blender that’s portable and powerful in equal measure, this is your guy.

PROS:

  • Fast and efficient
  • Durable
  • Easy to transport and store

CONS:

  • No buttons or automatic programs
  • Limited volume

Stand-out features include

  • 700-watt power pod with pulse technology. Cord length : 36 Inches
  • Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction extracts hidden nutrition from whole fruits and veggies
  • Frozen blending – crush through ice and frozen fruit for cold drinks and smoothies
  • Dishwasher safe

What to consider when shopping for blenders

Blades: While it seems counter-intuitive, better performing blenders do not come with sharp blades (which tend to dull overtime). Instead, they come with strong blades that stand the test of time and are able to pulverize just about anything. This also makes them much safer to clean.

Size: If you don’t want to keep your blender on your countertop, look for a lightweight model. They’re more portable, but also more likely to move around on the countertop when in use. If you plan to keep your blender on the counter, you may also want to consider the height as some models are too tall to fit neatly underneath kitchen cabinets.

Glass vs. plastic: Glass is heavier, but won’t retain odors or stain as easily as plastic models. Most high-powered blenders do not use glass jars because they’re not guaranteed to be completely shatterproof, but if you really want glass, look for one that’s been thermal shock tested (which means you can blend ice in a canister that’s come straight from the dishwasher). Many of our top performing blenders have jars made of BPA-free Tritan plastic which can withstand the high-speed blades.

Wattage: Though the blenders with higher wattage tended to perform better, this was not always the case. The overall design of the blender is more important in determining performance.