Smoothies are a popular way of increasing one’s daily nutritional and fiber intake. If you’re not a fan of eating vegetables or fruits, a smoothie is a convenient way of eating them because you’re blending these ingredients into a mixture that you can easily drink.
A smoothie is also fully customizable. For bodybuilders, a typical smoothie would be made from fruit mixed with milk and muscle-building protein powder. Meanwhile, for weight-watchers, a smoothie made from leafy green vegetables mixed with some fruit juice will give you enough fiber to reduce cravings. And if you’re recovering from an illness, a smoothie made from soft food may just be the way to get your healthy appetite back.
Smoothies are also easy to make. You just need a blender to crush and blend the ingredients. But in order to make a great smoothie, you have to have a great blender too. The best ones are those that are able to grind food quickly and evenly so that the drink has a creamy and smooth texture.
A blender may be any of these types: a conventional countertop, a professional high-performance blender, an immersion blender, or a personal blender. The most basic of any of these types is serviceable enough, especially if you only need one to make smoothies.
How to pick the right one? Well, it all depends on how you’re going to use it. If you need a blender that can crush ice easily with your smoothies but you don’t mind one that’s a bit bulkier, then a countertop blender would be ideal. But if you want something portable and lightweight, an immersion blender or a personal blender might be more up your alley.
Or maybe you want to make a large number of smoothies on a regular basis. A high-performance blender should be up to the task. This is what restaurants and juice bars use to make their drinks. A blender like this may be a bit more expensive but it will get the job done.
Personally, though, I like to stretch my money when buying an appliance like a blender. If I can get a blender that will do more than just produce great smoothies, then that’s a good investment. For instance, if it can puree veggies for baby food or chop ingredients quickly for a salsa, while also able to crush regular ice cubes, now that’s a great buy.
In this list, I’ve selected the best ones that offer versatility at a great price. Here are my top 5 best blenders for making smoothies.
Table of Contents
- The Best Blenders for Smoothies
- 1. Oster Blender Pro 1200 with Glass Jar, 24-Ounce Smoothie Cup and Food Processor Attachment
- 2. Ninja Personal Blender with 700-Watt Base and (2) 16-Ounce Cups with Spout Lids
- 3. HadinEEon Blender with 3 Adjustable Speeds, Stainless Steel Powerful Smoothie Blender with 20oz & 10oz Tritan BPA Free Portable Travel Bottles
- 4. Breville the Fresh and Furious Countertop Blender
- 5. NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watts
- Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Blender for Smoothies
The Best Blenders for Smoothies
- Oster Blender Pro 1200 with Glass Jar, 24-Ounce Smoothie Cup and Food Processor Attachment,
- Ninja Personal Blender with 700-Watt Base and (2) 16-Ounce Cups with Spout Lids
- HadinEEon Blender with 3 Adjustable Speeds, Stainless Steel Powerful Smoothie Blender with 20oz & 10oz Tritan BPA Free Portable Travel Bottles
- Breville the Fresh and Furious Countertop Blender,
- NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watt
1. Oster Blender Pro 1200 with Glass Jar, 24-Ounce Smoothie Cup and Food Processor Attachment
This blender comes with a stainless steel blade system that’s 50 per cent larger than previous Oster models. Paired with a 1200W motor, it’s more than enough to turn any fruit or vegetable into velvety smooth smoothies.
The blade blends in forward and reverse motion so that food tidbits are not stuck along the side or under the blades and are instead chopped efficiently by the blade. This can also crush ice and frozen fruit.
It features a smart setting technology which gives you seven speed settings, including 3 pre programmed ones for making salsas, milkshakes and smoothies. It also has a Pulse feature if you need extra power for more control and precision.
The main jar is made out from borosilicate glass. It also comes with an extra-large, 5-cup, BPA-free food processing bowl attachment that you can use for prepping spices, vegetables, or fruit.
Accessories include a stainless steel slicing disk, a chopping blade, and a 24-ounce smoothie cup with its own lid. These are all dishwasher friendly.
- Speed ramps up slowly; during the smoothie setting, the blender auto-reverses 3-4 times to completely mix in all the ingredients before blending at increasing speeds.
- 10-year Duralast all-metal drive limited warranty
- The smoothie cup, accessory attachments, and motor base are made of food-grade plastic
- Not for hot liquids or making dough
2. Ninja Personal Blender with 700-Watt Base and (2) 16-Ounce Cups with Spout Lids
This personal blender has bladed shaping on the bottom and its sides to create a vortex that funnels the food directly into its very sharp stainless steel blades. This produces a blend that has a silky consistency. One user also said that it can blend 29 milkshakes in an hour.
It has the Pulse feature so you can crush ice, frozen fruit, nuts or seeds with it. But it’s only good for making single-serving smoothies since it’s small. Its compact and slim design makes it easy to store after each use.
Accessories include 2 16-ounce Nutri Ninja cups with Sip and Seal lids, all of which are made from BPA-free plastic and dishwasher friendly.
- Compact and easy to use
- Chops frozen fruits and ice easily
- Not cordless
- Replacement cups aren’t easy to buy online
3. HadinEEon Blender with 3 Adjustable Speeds, Stainless Steel Powerful Smoothie Blender with 20oz & 10oz Tritan BPA Free Portable Travel Bottles
This is a stylishly designed personal blender that produces sauces, shakes and smoothies in less than a minute. Powered by a 300W motor, it has 4 stainless steel sharp blades that can handle fruits, vegetables, and nugget ice.
It has 3 adjustable speeds: low, high, and Mode 3. Low speed is used for blending soft foods, while high speed is used for tougher stems and fibrous vegetables like broccoli, carrots, etc. Mode 3 is recommended for mashing big, hard ingredients before blending. The blender uses a rotary switch to select and start the speed settings. As a tip, one user recommended alternating between two speeds to get an even and very smooth texture.
As a safety feature, it comes with Overheat Protection and an Automatic Recovery function. The appliance will stop automatically when the motor overheats. It will also only power on if the blending cups are attached properly into its base.
Accessories include 2 spill-proof bottles made from food grade plastic and 2 spout-lids. It also has suction cup feet for added stability. All removable parts are dishwasher safe.
- Blade housing removable for easy cleaning
- 2-year warranty and 1-year money-back guarantee
- Not cordless
- The knob can be a little hard to turn because it lacks grip
4. Breville the Fresh and Furious Countertop Blender
This is an updated version of the model that comes with a new smoothie button for easier operation. It’s both a blender and a food processor. It can crush and chop ice or fold and blend creamy smoothies and soups.
It features a 50-0z shatterproof and BPA-free Tritan plastic jug and surgical-grade serrated blades which are very sharp. It also has a tight-fitting Breville Assist Lid and a unique ring pull design that keeps it sealed tight during operation and while ensuring that the lid is easy to remove afterward.
The blender is powered by a high torque motor that, when combined with its blade assembly, delivers a quiet and efficient blending result.
It has an LCD display and a timer. There are 8 illuminated, one-touch preprogrammed functions including specific buttons for making standard smoothies, green smoothies, and for crushing ice. The timer display counts up on speed settings and down for pre-programmed settings.
It also comes with an Auto Clean feature for easy cleaning around the blades. The jug is dishwasher safe while the lid is top rack safe.
- Users have the option of using both manual and auto pulsing
- 3-year warranty with good after-sales support
- Not for use as a dough mill
- The suction cup feet aren’t effective on all units
5. NutriBullet Blender Combo 1200 Watts
This is another updated model that features a 1200W motor base and an easy-twist stainless steel Extractor blade. The manufacturer says that this particular design creates a cyclonic action that completely reduces any food item to creamy smoothies.
This is a blender combo. It can also be used to make soups, sauces, nut butters, and much more. It has 3 precision speeds, a pulse function, and an extract program that allows you to make whole juices.
The pitcher and cups are made from BPA-free Tritan plastic and are dishwasher friendly. Accessories include a vented lid cap, a food tamper, 2 cups (24 oz and 3 oz), and 2 to-go lids. This product has a 1-year limited warranty.
- Easy to operate and clean
- Crushes ice well for margaritas
- Very loud
- Not for hot liquids
Buyers Guide to Choosing the Best Blender for Smoothies
A blender with a 300W to 600W motor is more than enough to crush and grind your veggies and fruits, then blend them into a creamy smoothie. If you plan on adding ice into your smoothie, then pick a blender with more power so that it can handle the toughness.
Some brands with small motors will often include a Pulse function so that the blender can crush ice cubes. But do note that these are usually small ice cubes. If you want to crush standard-sized ice cubes, a higher watt motor will be able to do it more efficiently.
All blenders use stainless steel blades. Pick ones with blades that are of high grade, aircraft quality. It also doesn’t follow that the blades must be sharp in order to make great smoothies. A dull but durable blade will still pulverize anything as well as a sharp one. Dull blades are also much safer for cleaning.
Look at the blade designs. Don’t be sidetracked by the fancy names that manufacturers use to label them. Some blade assemblies are designed to efficiently funnel the food into the blades so that no chunky bits are left along the sides or under the blades. This makes the blenders easy to clean while making sure that the blenders produce really smooth smoothie textures.
There are two types commonly used: glass and plastic. Glass is safer and more beautiful than food grade Tritan plastic. It also won’t retain odor or stain just as easily.
But if you’re looking at high-powered blenders, the majority of these use BPA-plastic because they’re more shatterproof especially when used with high-speed blades. However, if you really want a glass one, look for one that’s thick and has been thermal shock tested. These are usually made from borosilicate.
Pick the best blender for your needs. If all you require is a single-serve portion, then a personal blender might be what you need. These typically hold 12oz to 24oz and are portable enough to bring anywhere.
But if you need to make a large number of smoothies, then pick a countertop blender or a professional blender. These are heavy-duty machines that can make lots of drinks on a regular basis.
The more features the blender has, the more convenient it is to use and the more versatile it can be. Look for blenders with a variety of automated and programmable speed settings. This will allow you to make all sorts of drinks or even use the blender for prepping food in the kitchen.
Look for safety features. Depending on the blender type, your choices may range from an auto shut off function to safety lockdown features. Some will have an auto-clean function.
Look for a product with at least a 1-year warranty. Since you’re going to be using it on a daily basis, the blender should at least be durable enough for that long. The more high-end brands will have a longer warranty which can be an indicator of how much the company trusts the durability of the product.
It also helps if the brand has a reliable after-sales service. Check the user comments on the product’s page. They’ll give you an idea of how fast the company is to respond to complaints and requests for replacement.