Best Blenders (Review) in 2020
Whether you’re whirling up bananas and berries for smoothies or making a pitcher of frozen margaritas, a quality blender should be able to process your ingredients into smooth, creamy perfection.We’ve tested more than 75 blenders over the years to find these high-performance blenders.
To test these blenders over the years, we ground about 10 pounds of whole coffee beans, blended nearly 30 pounds of frozen strawberries, and pulverized over 2,000 ice cubes. We also made kale smoothies, milkshakes, and frozen drinks. When testing, we rate the helpfulness of the owner’s manual and evaluate how easy each model is to assemble, use, and clean. We also consider how noisy each blender is while operating. Finally, we check how well blenders resist staining from tomato sauce, and measure the damage after 14 cycles in the dishwasher. These are the best blenders you can buy in 2020, according to a combination of testing and in-home use:
The Best Blenders
Ninja is one of the best blender manufacturers in the world. Their products bring professional blending technology to the consumer market so that you can enjoy smoothies, cocktails, and more without annoying chunks in. This blender – the Ninja BL660 – has a powerful 1100-watt base that provides amazing power to the blades. It has an extra-large 72-ounce pitcher that can make enough for the whole family. Plus, it comes with two 16-ounce Nutri Ninja cups for serving.
On the front of the 1100-watt base, there’s a simple control panel that gives you the option of three speeds, a pulse mode, and a single-serve option. We like this setup because it’s easy to use, provides plenty of functionality, and isn’t over complicated like some blenders.
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.
Manufactured with12 blending functions, the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender is a great addition to your kitchen appliances as it is designed to give the smoothest blend possible. To further explain; the powerful motor provides up to 700 watts at peak operation and uses the latest Wave Motion Technology, which draws down everything you intend to blend towards the blades, resulting in a smoother and even blend each time. And with the addition of a glass jar that measures 40 ounces, you will be free to blend up to five cups of fruits and vegetables. No doubt, glass is much safer than plastic and this particular jar has been tested to withstand high levels of temperature.
Other stand-out features of the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender include the control panel that comes with four buttons, two of which mange the pulse, with the other two handling high or low speeds. Additionally, the lid of this blender is pretty functional itself as it includes small vents that pop open if the pressure begins to build as a result of hot liquids. And also included is a spout for the easy pouring blended drinks into containers.
Oster Blender Pro 1200 with Glass Jar
The Oyster 1200 Pro Blender is powered by a 1200-watt motor that spins rotor blades at the bottom in forward or reverse motions. These motions, especially the reverse, ensure that larger particles of fruits or vegetables are pushed down towards the blades. And to further add to this ingenious technology, three different but related components have been included for more versatility in the kitchen; this includes a food processor, a smoothie cup and the blender itself. So, this means you can chop your salad, make delicious smoothies and milkshakes all in one machine. What’s more, when judging the overall design, there is no doubt that this machine was cleverly designed to efficiently integrate these components as they can be attached and interchanged on the same base. In addition, there are also four different speed modes to choose from; namely Pulse, Low, Medium and High.
All in all, the overall design of the Oyster Blender has been made for easy use. This includes its extra-wide bottom for easy blending of fruits and vegetables, the 48-ounce main container that can hold up to six cups of blended drinks, as well as the main container that made from heavy lab quality and temperature resistant glass; which ultimately prevents chemicals from leaking into your blended drinks. Furthermore, it comes built with a screw-on black plastic cap controlled by a lever that locks during operation..
NutriBullet NBR-0601 Nutrient Extractor, 600W, Gray
Next we have an interesting blender improbably named Nutribullet, but what’s in a name, right? Compared to the Ninja, the Nutribullet only has a 600 watt motor, but truth be told, it’s more than enough to handle anything you throw at it.
The “bullet” thing comes from the shape of the blender, which resembles a bullet, and the Nutri particle comes from the fact that this is basically a glorified nutrient extractor. Specs wise, the Nutribullet weighs 1.8 Kg/63 oz, has 680 ml maximum capacity or 24 oz and measures H31 x W15 x D14cm, i.e. it’s compact in size yet large enough for making 2 smoothies at a time. The retail package contains 2 short cups (1 with removable handle), 1 tall cup and 2 lids, as well as a milling blade and extractor blade.
It’s worth mentioning that the Nutribullet is a copycat of the Magic Bullet blender design wise, and it’s built to be as easy to use as humanly possible, i.e. there are no fancy features like changing setting/speed functions. Everything is kept at a minimum, so if you want to grind or blend, you’ll have to screw on either the milling blades or the extractor to a large or small cup containing your ingredients, then you’ll have to push down the cup, twist it into place so the motor starts, and then you’ll have to leave it running until the smoothie is blended properly.
As you can see, using the Nutribulllet is a child’s play and everything is focused on simplicity, efficiency and ease of use, but if you’re looking for a solid no-nonsense blender which is also significantly cheaper than smart varieties, this baby is definitely worth a look.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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. Be sure to also check out our list of the best milkshake makers for more great items like this.
Best Blenders Buying Guide and FAQs
How We Chose Our Selection of Blenders
When it comes to anything electronic, especially small household appliances, there are 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 the 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 the best 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 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) is 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