Who doesn’t love a frozen drink? Whether you’re on the couch, or the porch or lying on a beach somewhere, sipping a frozen drink is just a great way to spend some leisure time.
There are two ways of making a frozen drink. You can either go manual, such as crushing ice with a mallet and stirring it into your favorite mixture, or use a blender and just toss things into it and get your drink done in seconds.
That’s the secret to it: behind a great drink is a great blender. Of course, one has to use the freshest ingredients and the cleanest ice, but when it comes to blending all of that to achieve a great texture, you gotta use a blender for that.
According to the drink experts, the correct texture of a frozen drink is that it should be thick enough so that it’ll be semi-frozen for 10 minutes or so but still sippable enough for a straw. And not all blenders are capable of doing that.
For instance, an immersion blender won’t be able to adequately crush ice and blend it with your choice of ingredients. The motor won’t be powerful enough, plus, it’ll be too messy preparing your frozen drink.
Likewise, a portable blender won’t be able to take the stress of crushing ice to make your drinks. And because it comes with a single serving bottle, you can’t make a large batch of frozen drinks in just one prepping.
The ideal blender for frozen drinks is the countertop type. It’s big enough to hold the ingredients plus the ice. It also usually has enough watt power to achieve the desired texture.
For many, a typical 500W powered blender is enough to crush frozen fruit and ice. But some might prefer blenders with more versatility. These are usually the high powered ones which are a bit more expensive.
These heavy duty blenders do more than just make frozen drinks; they are also efficient in making soups, baby food or processing food. That’s why they’re not cheap because they have a lot of functions.
Still, in the long term, it’s more practical to get a heavy duty countertop blender because you can use it for more than just making perfect frozen drinks. In this list that I’ve compiled, I’ve chosen the best ones that are perfect for more than just homemade cold drinks and also won't break the bank.
Here’s my top five picks for the best blenders for frozen drinks.
The Best Blenders for Making Frozen Drinks
- CRANDDI Countertop Blender
- Oster 6-Cup Glass Jar 2-Speed Toggle Beehive Blender
- Ninja Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender
- BLACK+DECKER Crush Master
- Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender
1. CRANDDI Countertop Blender
Powered by a 1500W copper motor, this blender has more than enough power for commercial or home use. The metal generates relatively little heat while also being energy efficient. This makes the motor lasts longer, even with daily usage.
This is also a large capacity blender. At 70oz (2 liters), it’s great for making large servings of frozen drinks for family or large parties. The jug is made from BPA-free Tritan plastic which is safe, easy to clean, and durable even when crushing ice or frozen fruits.
The stainless steel blades come in a 4-point blade design and are powered by a dual direction blade technology that ensure every food tidbit is chopped efficiently by the blades. It has 9 variable speed settings and a pulse feature for an extra bit of stubborn ice.
Safety features include an overheat protection function and a self-cleaning mechanism. The product also comes with a 20oz personal travel bottle (with two to-go lids), a food tamper, and 1-year warranty.
- Users often compare it to a Vitamix blender in terms of its high performance quality except that it’s more affordable
- Overheat protection
- May move a bit during blending due to the intensity of its vibrations
2. Oster 6-Cup Glass Jar 2-Speed Toggle Beehive Blender
This is bundled product that includes the standard Oster Blender and a Smoothie Kit. The main blender is 6-cup Boroclass glass jar that has a 1000W motor and stainless steel blades which are sufficient enough to pulverize and precisely chop frozen fruits.
If you want to crush ice, its smoothie kit comes with Crush Pro 4 Blades that specifically designed for ice crushing. It also has a 20 oz filler cup that’s made from BPA-free polycarbonate and has built-in markings for easy measuring. It also has a drink-through, spill-proof lid with durable straw.
It has two speeds, with a High/Low toggle switch for easy operation. The glass jar and plastic cup are dishwasher safe while the motor base can just be wiped clean.
Like the others on its product list, this model comes with the Oster 10 Year DURALAST All-Metal Drive Limited Warranty. According to Oster, this product has been life tested to blend up to 10,000 smoothies.
- Can be used with standard sized mason jars
- Easy to operate
- The jar shape tends to trap air pockets at the bottom when blending thick smoothies; users recommend sticking a spoon in to release the trapped air
- Accessories are limited to what’s on the product bundle; other useful accessories are available with other bundles
3. Ninja Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender
The Ninja brand is well known for good quality blenders. This particular model is powered with 1000W which is sufficient enough to crush ice and frozen fruit for your cold drinks.
It comes with a 72 ounce blender jar that’s made from BPA-free Tritan plastic. It’s more than capable of making large batches of frozen drinks and smoothies.
The stainless steel blades are guaranteed by the manufacturer for easy ice crushing, blending, pureeing, and controlled processing. The assembly has 6 sharp blades for quicker processing of fibrous food items and ice cubes in just seconds.
- Pitcher lid has a lockdown feature
- Easy to operate
- Not compatible with single serve cups
4. BLACK+DECKER Crush Master
This blender is powered by a 550W motor and equipped with 4-point stainless steel blade assembly. The particular arrangement of the blades allows the blender to blend at multiple levels making it more efficient.
For no-frills blending of frozen drinks, this is the blender to go to. The blender jar is made from BPA-free plastic but it’s lightweight and durable enough for regular use.
It also has a PerfectPour spout that’s designed to eliminate spills and drips. One unique feature of this product is that its clear lid insert can be used as a 1-ounce measuring cup for mixing ingredients into the blender.
It has 10 speed settings and comes with a Pulse function. All removable parts are dishwasher safe. This product comes with a 2-year warranty.
- Easy to operate
- Easy to clean
- Not to be used with a mason jar
- Not to be used for chopping dense veggies like cabbage
5. Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender
With a 700W motor and its patented Ice Sabre Stainless Steel Blades, this blender has been life-tested to blend 8,000 frozen drinks.
Unlike ordinary blenders, it has a wave action system that forces the food mixture directly on the blades for consistently smooth mixing. It comes with 14 blending functions so you can mix, puree, dice, and crush ice as quickly and easily as the other high end blender models.
The 40-ounce jar is made from borosilicate glass and is thermal shock resistant. It also has an Easy-Pour spout to eliminate drips. The blades, glass jar, and lid are also dishwasher safe.
This product comes with a 3-year warranty.
- Can be fitted with a regular mason jar (standard-sized)
- 2 different Pulse Settings
- Its plastic moving parts erode upon constant friction
- Shipping cost for replacements covered under warranty are not shouldered by manufacturer
Buyers Guide for Picking the Best Blender for Frozen Drinks
If you’re looking for just a decent blender for making frozen fruit drinks, start with anything that has a 500-600W motor. That’s the kind of power that’s needed for crushing frozen fruits or ice.
It doesn’t mean however that a low powered motor can’t cut it. There are some good quality 300-500W motors that can do the job. But once the crushing is done, most low powdered motors find it hard to blend the ingredients into the right consistency. So if you can, get the ones with 1000W or more.
Consider getting a blender that uses a copper motor. The metal is known for being energy-efficient and also because it doesn’t generate too much heat. Your blender is less likely to overheat when it has a copper motor. It’ll also last longer.
The more speeds a blender has, the better it is.
Most experts recommend that when blending your frozen drink, you need to start on a low speed and slowly move to a fast whirl. If you get a blender with a variety of speed settings, you can have more control over the consistency of your drink.
Always look for a pulse feature. It provides an extra burst power when you’re crushing fibrous pulp or cracking ice. In some heavy duty blenders, the pulse feature is sufficiently powerful enough to grind coffee beans or spices, making it a very useful function.
All blenders use food-grade stainless steel blades. But it’s the design that matters.
In ordinary blenders, stainless steel blades won’t necessarily be able to chop every food ingredient because some of it will remain along the sides or bottom of the jar. This results to a chunky texture.
Some brands resolve this issue by designing the blade assembly in a way that creates a vortex that sucks the food directly on the blades.
Manufacturers tend to market this under many different names but all you really need to consider is whether this feature is worth the hype. Reading through the product reviews will give you enough info to consider whether their claim is true or not.
Is the blender easy to clean and maintain? Some blenders have removable parts that are dishwasher-safe so it makes it easy to clean. Some have self-cleaning features which are even more convenient.
Is it designed to be used safely? Some blenders will come with overheating or lockdown protections. Some will have lids that prevent spilling, others will have rubber grip feet. Also look for BPA-free materials in the blender.
Is it designed for versatility? Some will come with many accessories that can be attached to the motor base and extend its function into a food processor. When looking at these fixtures, check how easy they are to attach or remove and most of all, how useful these will be.
Check for motor and unit warranty. Some brands may have both, while others will only have one.
The standard duration for a warranty is 1 year but some brands will have more. While the longer warranties seem ideal, some brands will charge the shipping fees of the replacement item to the customer. You might find this more of a hassle than it’s worth. So pick what will work best for you.