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The Best Blenders on Amazon, According to Hyperenthusiastic Reviewers

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Here at the Strategist, we like to think of ourselves as crazy (in the good way) about the stuff we buy, 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 products and single out the most convincing ones. (You can learn more about our rating system and how we pick each item here.)

And while we’ve written about lots of kitchen appliances — including chef-approved smoothie blenders, a Japanese precision cooker, and an Instant Pot blender — here, we’ve rounded up the best blenders, as praised by the most enthusiastic reviewers on Amazon. 

Best-rated blender

“Okay, here’s the deal: this thing is the BOMB, and it’s a workhorse,” writes one reviewer, who is just one of the more than 5,000 five-star reviewers that are impressed with what this blender can whip up. “If you live an active, busy, healthy lifestyle or you like to be adventurous in the kitchen, then this blender is perfect for you,” another customer writes. “You can whip up a smoothie, grab a lid, and bring it on the go wherever you go.” Smoothie drinkers appreciate that this NutriBullet grinds everything up without losing any nutrients. One user explains, “This product keeps all the fiber and extracts, anything that might otherwise be hard to digest.”

Beyond juicing, users have found this helpful when making other dishes. “Get creative and use your NutriBullet to make your own pasta sauces, ice cream, almond milk, hummus, nut butter, and even guacamole,” one reviewer urges. “Making these things with the NutriBullet saves you time because of its high-speed blending capabilities and also saves you time due to minimal cleanup.” Easy cleanup is something else hundreds of reviewers mention, with one even saying, “What I love most of how easy it is to clean. Cleanup takes less than a minute.”

Best-rated (less expensive) blender

“Oh. My. Soul. This thing is quick, easy to use and easy to clean,” one reviewer writes. “The blending is amazing for a small blender. I was shocked to find that the blending quality was on par with my roommate’s big fancy blender.” And many other reviewers are impressed by what this little blender can do. One writes, “For this price range, this personal blender packs a pretty decent punch,” adding that they have “put it to the test using frozen fruits, ice, seeds, and nut butters, and it did an amazing job blending each of those items.” One even says, “It is quieter than my large blender and actually blends up ice much better (no chunks).” Reviewers also appreciate how compact this blender is. “Small footprint means it can stay on the counter,” one writes, while another notes, “ It blends ice and small pieces of fruit and is super convenient for my shakes while traveling.” They add, “It is lightweight so not hard to pack.”

Best single-serving blender

Magic Bullet Blender

The Magic Bullet is similar to the best-rated NutriBullet, but it has fewer attachments and a slower motor. It’s also slightly smaller, but many customers say that’s a bonus. Nearly 400 reviewers think this smaller cup size makes the blender easier to clean. “The smaller cups are the perfect size for my shakes so there is less of a mess to clean up since I can drink it right out of the cup it is blended in,” one writes, while another says, “Cleaning is really easy too because once you’re done you can rinse everything off the blade portion, clean it, and set it to dry and thats it, the cup part washes like the rest of the dishes.” As one user concludes, though, “Blenders are good for large scale smoothie shops or for large families, but for single people or small families, the Magic Bullet is the most versatile investment you can get.”

Best single-serving blender without attachments

Ninja Blenders - Countertop

If all the attachments seem superfluous to you, this Ninja blender works similarly to the Magic Bullet and NutriBullet with no frills. Nearly 1,800 reviewers ranked this blender five-stars for being a powerful individual size. “For a ‘small’ single-serve blender, this blender is a beast,” one user writes. “I have used other brands in the past and have been ‘happy’ with them but I didn’t realize what I was missing. Other blenders would take several minutes, or cycles, to blend all my ice (for smoothies) … This blender not only crushes every single piece of ice but does it in a few seconds!” One even thinks it is more powerful than a full-size blender: “I thought I was making a compromise by using one with only blades on bottom but I was wrong. This 900-watt personal blender actually makes a smoother drink than the 1100 watt Ninja blender I have been using.” And that power is why nearly 40 percent of five-star reviewers use this blender for green juices and smoothies, like one who says, “This one makes smoothies like no one’s business, just grinds up whatever I put in it — frozen, fresh … veggies, greens. All one nice smooth creamy smoothie.”

Best blender for juicing

Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender

“I can put ANYTHING in my blender,” one reivewer says, though over 100 reviewers specifically like to use it to make green smoothies. “This super blender completely micronizing my food so that it is readily available for my body to absorb its nutrition. Having previously had a problem digesting my foods, it would take me 3 years to chew what takes seconds with my blender,” one writes. Another says, “I think one of my favorite features is that you can use whole fruit, and make whole fruit juice.” They add, “It’s not really a ‘juice’ as it still has all the fiber and everything left intact, it’s more of a velvety smooth puree.” This blender is so powerful that a few former baristas even mention that it’s commercial grade. “I worked at Starbucks for almost 12 years, and not once did I see a Blendtec go out,” one says. “We abused those things so badly: throwing pitchers in the sink, slamming the blades on the rinser, seeing liquid creep into the motor housing.” Other users also call out this blender’s durability, like one customer who says, “The first one lasted about ten years with daily use.”

Best blender with tamper

Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade

Our managing editor Maxine Builder is a big fan of this blender, calling it “way more powerful than [she] imagined it would be, and it readily handled any task [she] threw at it.” And she’s not the only one who thinks it’s stronger than expected. “If Chuck Norris was reincarnated as a blender … this would be it,” one reviewer writes of this Vitamix. “It turns ice into snow and can liquify diamonds. I am thrilled to finally own one and expectations have been exceeded.” While not too many reviewers have actually tested this on diamonds, hundreds say this works on just about everything else. “I need more than a five-star option here,” one ecstatic reviewer says. “Just made my first smoothie and realized the ones I made before now were a joke compared to this, everything (including spinach) blended so perfectly, it is like sipping on tasty liquid velvet.” Another who says this makes “killer smoothies and juicing drinks,” adds, “I have made hummus, salsa, soup, sherbet, almond butter, rice milk, etc.” The included tamper is another highlight for many reviewers: “The tamper helps when pureeing thick soups and the adjustable speed is handy in getting things moving and breaking apart without burping up.”

Best blender with extra-large container

Ninja Professional Blender

“The design and construction is top-notch professional grade,” one reviewer writes, noting the size and quality of this blender. The blender has even come recommended to us by professional chefs as a great blender for smoothies because it’s “it’s super easy to use and to clean.” We’ve even coined it as a solid Vitamix alternative for how powerful, yet efficient, it is. Many reviewers credit its efficiency to the extra-large container. One customer writes, “The size is perfect — much bigger than the blenders I’ve owned before.” They add, “The blade system is AWESOME.” Others also praise the three-blade design and how well it blends. “OW, it blends like a freaking boss,” one writes. “It blended everything (avocado, spinach, bananas, blueberries, ice, other gross stuff) in seconds.” Another says, “This powerhouse really knows how to cut, chop, and shred (CCS) my fruits and veggies.” They continue, “I mean, this is a no-joke, super-duper machine that puts a real spin on food. I mean literally, it’ll spin your apples and oranges so fast you wouldn’t know what hit you.” One even writes they use it for composting, noting, “It fully purees a full carafe of eggplant peels, pepper insides, and celery ends (along with some water) into a V8 consistency in thirty seconds.”

Best full-size blender with to-go cups