Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy (like mattresses), but as much as we’d like to, we can’t try everything. Which is why we have People’s Choice, in which we find the best-reviewed (that’s four-to-five-star reviews and lots of ‘em) products and single out the most convincing. Though we’ve talked with chefs about their favorite blenders for smoothies and found a terrific immersion blender, here, we’ve gone deep into the best blenders on Amazon, according to the people (note that reviews have been edited for length and clarity).
Best personal blender
“I absolutely love this thing. I’m a big fan of juicing, but the ordeal of cleaning the juicer that I bought [was] getting time-consuming. However, with this, I can blend up just about anything and use some cheesecloth to drain the juice from the pulp. And from what I can see I get a lot more from it. I can also use this as a blender to make smoothies, I can use it to grind coffee beans, I’ve been making my own homemade nut butter and nut milk. I’ve also made my own hummus and blend up ingredients to make a smooth soup. Forget all of your other products, this is the way to go. For a single person this makes all the difference in the world. … It’s extremely easy to clean and I’m able to make two or three things at a time which allows me to have my juices for the whole day.”
Best portable blender
“I love this thing. I’ve had it for several months now. I love it so much in fact that I had to slow down using it. I was making so many smoothies that I realized I was eating about half of my daily calorie intake in smoothies! Not ideal, haha. I like how I can blend ice into anything and get a nice, smooth texture. I also like that I can pop off the container to shake it so that I can ensure that the ingredients are being well-blended. Overall, definitely recommend this item, especially for the price.”
Best single-serve blender
“My husband LOVES it! We have a larger blender, also a Ninja, but when he travels he misses his morning smoothies. Now, he packs this handy, smaller item and still gets his smoothies when he travels. I’m thinking about getting another to keep at my desk at work.”
Best budget blender for smoothies
“Love this little blender! I was making do with my housemate’s second-hand blender for several months, but when I moved into my own place, I decided to get one of these little guys. One thing I’ll mention is that it is a little smaller than I expected, although that was my fault for not looking more closely at the description. If you like to make big smoothies, you might have to do it in two batches. But for the price, I don’t mind one bit. I was the teensiest bit worried that the engine would be too easy to burn out. You’re not supposed to run it for more than one full minute at a time. But it takes just 20 seconds running and a few pulses to get my smoothies better blended than the old blender could do in a few minutes of running!”
Best retro-style blender
“I absolutely think this blender is perfect! It is just as if I could custom design it! The pitcher is made of [plastic] so it’s not heavy as glass. It is large and can hold much more than my previous blender. It doesn’t have a spout (like a previous one I had that was a hassle to clean, and I never actually used it for pouring the contents through it). The lid closes easily and has the hole in the middle for adding ingredients while blender is working. The buttons are covered and all flat with no creases for dirt to accumulate. It works like a dream, never gets stuck. It has a special setting for ice, with automatic pulses. Never saw that before. It is not noisy at all. And the finished product is smooth and perfect. I recommend this blender, 100 percent. … I got the red, it adds a kick to my counter appliances collection!”
Best blender for crushing ice
“I have purchased blenders in the past that claim to crush ice. Not even close to doing a good job, I was sorely disappointed and gave up on the idea of having any drinks made with ice. So you can imagine my hesitation in spending a large sum of money for a ‘quality’ blender … I am happy to report that the Ninja Professional Blender is everything it says it is. I am VERY happy with the results. It does exactly as it claims. I am in awe in not only how well it crushes ice and mixes fruit to smoothness, but at how quickly it does so. So worth the money to have a quality blender that does exactly what it says. Aside from working so well, the cleanup is quick and easy. Yes. Quick AND easy.”
Best blender with glass jar
“I love this blender, chops fruit and veggies with ease! I freeze a lot of fruit when it’s in season, then turn it into smoothies the rest of the year. Some blenders won’t blend the frozen fruit very well but this one does. The best part about it is that it mixes what it is blending better than any other blender I have used, so you don’t have to stop to scrape the sides as much. I love that the blade is metal and the pitcher is glass, so it should last much better than the plastic ones some brands use. I have had this blender around a year now, and I love it!”
Best professional-grade blender with programmed cycles
“I was reluctant to purchase this blender, but my daughter had one and demonstrated how well it worked. I’m glad she encouraged me to buy it. Now I can make the same smoothies that I used to buy at Tropical Smoothie any time I want one. I use three flavors of protein powder and experiment with my own ingredients. This blender has a unique cutter blade [that has] no sharp edges, a nice safety feature. However, it is made thicker than most cutters so that does not stop it from pulverizing and mixing the food. The entire machine is solidly built with handy lines on the jar showing ounce, cup, and milliliter measurements. The feature I like the most is the preprogrammed timer, where the machine makes smoothies at different spin levels during the process and stops itself after finishing. There are several more buttons but I have not tried anything yet other than the smoothie button. Very happy with this device.”
Best blender with preset programs
“This is the best blender that I have ever owned by quite a large margin. That’s despite the fact that I have actually paid more for blenders in the past. The Ninja Blender is simply designed and built better than anything else that I have tried. The multiple blades simultaneously crush everything in the container from top to bottom, which not only helps to blend things more thoroughly, but in significantly less time than other blenders.
Besides its outstanding performance the Ninja is an extremely attractive addition to any kitchen. Its sleek look and LED display really stand out among my other appliances, while still managing to blend in (no pun intended) to the background.”
Best professional-grade blender
“I finally got a Vitamix and made a smoothie. I used my normal recipe that I make nearly every morning as a control. It so smooth. It’s creamy, liquidy, and delicious, and my Ninja at its prime was never even close to this fabulous. I never lived until this day, and I can now confidently say that my life is complete. Every memory will be on a timeline of B.V. (Before Vitamix) or A.V. (After Vitamix). I am in love. So in love.”
Best refurbished professional-grade blender
“I bought this Vitamix E320 Explorian as a Christmas gift for my brother and his family. … This ‘reconditioned’ E320 came well-packaged with a brand new container, tamper, and recipe book. There were no signs of any use at all, and it appeared to be brand new. This is an excellent value and a great way to get into the Vitamix family. The E320 will make the same blends with the same results as my V1200 (minus the Bluetooth and wireless connectivity) at a great entry price. I would highly recommend this Vitamix and would buy it again in a heartbeat.”
Best blender with food processor
“Less expensive than the other ‘premium’ blenders in this power range, but with more accessories! I was debating on whether I bought this or the Vitamix or the Blentec. I’ve compared and compared. I’ve asked friends and family and finally decided that I don’t need my blender to heat the food that it’s blending, I just need it to blend it. I also know I wanted to make smoothies, and look at that, this came with TWO smoothie cups. I also wanted a food processor, and WOW! This Ninja comes with an attachment for that as well! So between saving a couple hundred dollars AND getting accessories I desired, this was the top choice for me.”
Best personal blender with food processor
“My Cuisinart food processor finally gave up the ghost. Since the replacement parts for it would have been at least $100, I decided to give this little blender a try. It does not offer the slicing and chopping options of a food processing system, but works very well and is up to some heavy tasks. You don’t have to keep stopping and jamming a spatula in to assist with heavier mixes (doughs) but can get a thorough mix with a few pulses. This is an excellent product and … a terrific value. Also, easy to clean.”
Best hand blender
“I’m a kitchen-gadget fiend and freely admit it. There are some items that I buy and then realize they aren’t as useful as I thought they would be. Others become indispensable. This blender definitely falls into that category! I’ve had it for eight years, and it’s still working as beautifully as it did on day one. This little guy is a great deal — great brand that has well-made products and easy-to-use customer service if you ever need it. This is a good price on a stick or immersion blender, and it comes with a very handy container with a lid to blend or store in. Although you can blend in any container, it can be hard to find ones with nice tall sides to help prevent splatter — most importantly, if you’re working with something hot or something that might stain!”
Best immersion blender
“Having now used this blender for two months, I can honestly say it is worth the money. I wanted it for smoothies, so I could get rid of our ‘poor excuse of a blender’ blender. For years I have had two blenders, a traditional one (that I used for smoothies and puréeing) and my Braun immersion blender that I used for everything else. While my Braun was great, I wanted something that didn’t stain after puréeing tomatoes and pumpkin curry soup, so I began to look for a stainless-steel immersion blender. That’s when I realized that an immersion blender could do smoothies, frozen fruit, and kale, included! The price deterred me for a bit, but I am so glad I bought this. My former blender and immersion blender have both found new homes, and I am thrilled with my Breville Immersion blender.”
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