Modern blenders blur the lines between mixing, chopping, fine blending, and food processing. Operating at several variable speeds and featuring different programmable settings, these blenders often combine the features of several appliances at once, which is what makes them an important tool for any kitchen.

We’ve explored a saturated market to come out with ten blenders we think best represent the options available to homeowners. Whether you need your morning protein shake or are cooking for the whole family, here are the top ten best blenders available in the market today.

Quick Navigation

Top 10 Blenders

  • Six blade assembly is more efficient and effortlessly chops, dices, and blends
  • Extra-large 72 oz. container perfect for large batches
  • Total Crushing Technology for heavy loads
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

  • On-the-go container great for smoothies and mixed drinks
  • Simple pulse functionality blends with a simple push
  • Four point blade perfect for fruits and veggies
  • Includes a 1-year limited warranty

  • Nutrient Extraction functionality ensures you’re getting all nutrients from your fruits and veggies
  • Simple pulse functionality blends effortlessly
  • Multiple cut sizes ensure you’re only blending what you need
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

  • Variable speed control gives ten dedicated options with unlimited control
  • Hot soup functionality focuses on blending and heating simultaneously
  • Batter and dough mixtures make pizza and similar dishes easier
  • Includes a 7-year warranty

  • Six programmed cycles allow for hands-free use
  • Touchpad screen allows for quick cleaning
  • Thicker, stronger blades allow for clean blends on tough materials
  • Comes with an 8-year comprehensive warranty

  • Smart settings allow for hands-free operation
  • Additional smoothie cup makes for quick on-the-go blending
  • Dual direction blade technology is designed with durability in mind
  • Includes a 10-year limited warranty

  • Variable speed control allows for enhanced precision
  • Included tamper presses frozen mixture to blades
  • Hot soup feature warms soup right in the blender
  • Comes with a 3-year warranty

  • No mess spout makes pouring hassle-free
  • Unique wave action system pulls food right to the blades
  • 12 blending functions allow for greater control over food/drinks
  • Includes a 3-year limited warranty

  • Hot soup feature cooks and blends at the same time
  • Tamper allows for better processing of thicker and colder mixtures
  • Six-blade system effortlessly chops, mixes, and blends
  • Comes with a 5-year total warranty

  • Soft start feature prevents jarring noises during blending
  • Smooth, flat control panel can be easily wiped clean
  • All diecast exterior built with durability in mind
  • Includes a 1-year full warranty

Blenders that balance lots of control and power with a reasonable cost can be hard to come by, but Ninja’s offering here manages to handle about any sort of task with a minimalist approach to blending.

The Ninja Professional BL610 offers just three blend modes. What it lacks in control, makes up for the design. The included six-blade assembly is more than capable of crushing ice, heating mixtures and pulsing out foods to perfection. We appreciate the easy-to-use design, solid wattage, and stable build. While precision controls may be more beneficial to power users, for the average homeowner this will cover just about all of your needs for a blender.

Pros

  • Sturdy design
  • High-quality blades
  • Large capacity
  • Dedicated pulse mode
  • Great for ice

Cons

  • Not many blending speeds
  • Wattage could be higher

While dedicated blenders may be preferable to many, health enthusiasts may prefer a product that can be used in seconds. Oster’s offering here fulfills this need at an incredibly low price. The Oster My Blend BLSTPB-WBL utilizes the same container for blending as it does for drinking. All you’ll need to do is remove the container after blending, flip, and screw on the top.

When the container is connected to the machine, all you need to do is push down to blend. This makes pulse mode intuitive and easy, as you can simply release to stop the blades. We highly recommend this blender for fruit smoothies and milkshakes, as well as those who need to blend on the go. There won’t be much room for advanced features or blending for more than one person, but given the price we think that’s a pretty fair trade.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Great for smoothies
  • Simple pulse mode
  • Portable
  • Includes drink container

Cons

  • Small size
  • Low wattage
  • No control over blending speed

The NutriBullet, much like the Oster appliance we’ve already covered, is designed for single and simple use. More features, however, may make this the preferred option for health enthusiasts and smoothie lovers.

The NutriBullet NBR-1201 is built from stainless steel and features multiple blades and containers for use. The operation style is still the same as it is with many individual blenders: You’ll need to lock down the container and press down to blend. Still, the extra emulsifying blade makes for better control and more options for liquids. We appreciate the nutrient extractor focus, and while this product suffers from the same issues as the Oster unit, it still may be worth considering if you need to blend on the go.

Pros

  • Multiple blades and containers
  • Portable
  • Simple pulse mode
  • Includes drink container
  • Great for smoothies

Cons

  • Small size
  • Low wattage
  • No control over blending speed

Considerably more robust, feature-filled, and expensive than the competition, the Vitamix 5200 is going to bring high-powered blending to any home or commercial kitchen.

While ten speed settings are offered by design, the variable speed options mean that you can blend at the precise speed necessary for your meals. From slower speeds for fine chopping to high speeds for liquifying and heating food, you can essentially pull out whatever you need from this unit. We would have appreciated a dedicated pulse mode, and possibly a program or two for hands-free use. The model, though, is clearly designed with experienced cooks in mind, so if you know your way around a blender you should find this model a very versatile option.

Pros

  • Highly versatile
  • Variable speed blending
  • Hot soup capable
  • High capacity
  • Durable

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No program settings

Blendtec’s classic advertisements have garnered them a significant reputation online. Their products and simple-to-use design seem to live up to the reputation. The Blendtec Total Blender Classic is built with larger and stronger blades than most. The result is a blender that can handle even the firmest of foods. With six programmed settings, you can hit the relevant button for the type of blending you need to do and move on to the next part of your cooking process.

We appreciate the touchpad screen, which is easily cleaned, as well as the heating blade technology. The cost remains high and the appliance can struggle somewhat on speed, but otherwise, this Blendtec product is a real contender among its competition.

Pros

  • Pre-programmed cycles
  • Sturdy safety blender
  • Great range of speeds
  • Hot soup capable
  • Durable

Cons

  • Blades can be dull/slow
  • Somewhat expensive

The second Oster product on our list is able to balance price and power quite well, offering dual blades and a few dedicated cycle buttons amongst other features. The Oster BLSTMB-CBG-000 Pro comes with both a 6-cup blending container as well as a smoothie cup to satisfy both larger families and individuals too. With seven speeds, you’ll be somewhat limited as to what you could make, but generally speaking you should be able to chop, grind, and slice as needed.

We appreciate the preset programs, exceptional warranty, and pulse buttons, which are all relatively rare at this price point. And while a few issues have been reported (most likely as an issue of mass production), we still appreciate the formidable power you’ll be getting out of this blender.

Pros

  • Dual-direction blades
  • Dedicated pulse mode
  • Durable
  • Pre-programmed cycles
  • Extra wide system

Cons

  • Not many blending speeds
  • Some quality control issues

Echoing the features and design of the other Vitamix product on our list, the E310 Explorian Blender adds a few extra features to set it apart from others from the same company. The Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender comes with a lower profile that’s better for the unit’s stability. Also included with the Explorian Blender is a tamper that will help drive material right to the hardened stainless steel blades.

However, like the Vitamix 5200, this product can struggle to stand out from the others due to the high asking price. No programmable features whatsoever can be a hard sell, but if you need something built to last that offers variable speeds and a sturdy build, this may be the blender for you.

Pros

  • Variable speed control
  • Dedicated pulse feature
  • Extra large container
  • Included tamper
  • Can heat soup

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No program settings

The Hamilton Beach Power Elite is a const-conscious and easy-to-use blender with a focus on several blending functions and an easy pouring spout. If you need something that’s designed specifically for smoothies, milkshakes, or dip, the Hamilton Beach Power Elite comes with simply-labeled speeds that offer the type of control you need. Plus, for pulsing, all you’ll need to do is press the two labeled buttons simultaneously.

At just 40 ounces, this product seems to split the difference between family and individual blender to mixed results. While the lack of blending speeds may be a struggle to some, we still think the cost and features offered need to be considered to paint a fairer picture of this formidable blender. We recommend the Hamilton Beach Power Elite 58148A for quick smoothies for families and an affordable way to blend a variety of products.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Easy-pour spout
  • Several blending functions
  • Easily storable
  • Pulse functionality

Cons

  • Somewhat small container
  • Not many blending speeds

The Cleanblend Commercial Blender 2001 promises to be an all-in-one appliance by focusing on making smooth ice cream, fresh juice, hot soups, and many other mixtures and beverages. The focus on an eight-blade system seems to have paid off here, as the Cleanblend Commercial Blender can quickly liquify just about anything in moments.

We appreciate the pulse feature, which seems especially rare for variable speed blenders, as well as the included tamper wand and a larger container. The price is prohibitive for some, but you’re sure to find a durable product in this blender.

Pros

  • Variable speed control
  • Dedicated pulse feature
  • Eight-blade system
  • Durable
  • High capacity

Cons

  • Expensive
  • No program settings

The KitchenAid KSB1570ER couldn’t be easier to use and harkens back to a vintage era. By pressing one of the five speed buttons, ice, or pulse, you can get most of your blending done without any real issue. This mid-range option could use a program or two, but the slow start and die-cast build offset the issue handily.

Design and aesthetic appeal seem to be a focus with this blender, which rounds out its offerings with several color options. Overall, we’re impressed with the build quality and offerings here for the price, though the lower wattage can be a bit of an issue when trying to cut through the thickest ingredients. As a gift or for the novice in the culinary arts, this KitchenAid appliance is more than suitable.

Pros

  • Great design
  • Dedicated pulse button
  • Ice feature
  • Affordable
  • Slow start feature

Cons

  • Low wattage
  • No program settings

Comparison Chart

FEATURES Ninja Professional BL610 Oster My Blend BLSTPB-WBL NutriBullet NBR-1201 Vitamix 5200 Blendtec Total Blender Classic
Capacity 72 oz. 20 oz. Up to 24 oz. 64 oz. 75 oz.
Wattage 1000W 400W 600W 1380W 1560W
Speeds 3 1 1 Variable (10) 10
Pulse Mode X
Weight 9.51 lbs 1 lbs 7.65 lbs 10.56 lbs 7.28 lbs
Dimensions 10.6 X 8.2 X 15.8 6.9 X 6.7 X 14.9 12.9 X 9 X 13 8.75 X 7.25 X 20.5 7 X 8 X 15.5
Features Ninja Professional BL610
Capacity 72 oz.
Wattage 1000W
Speeds 3
Pulse Mode
Weight 9.51 lbs
Dimension 10.6 X 8.2 X 15.8
Features Oster My Blend BLSTPB-WBL
Capacity 20 oz.
Wattage 400W
Speeds 1
Pulse Mode
Weight 1 lbs
Dimension 6.9 X 6.7 X 14.9
Features NutriBullet NBR-1201
Capacity Up to 24 oz.
Wattage 600W
Speeds 1
Pulse Mode
Weight 7.65 lbs
Dimension 12.9 X 9 X 13
Features Vitamix 5200
Capacity 64 oz.
Wattage 1380W
Speeds Variable (10)
Pulse Mode X
Weight 10.56 lbs
Dimension 8.75 X 7.25 X 20.5
Features Blendtec Total Blender Classic
Capacity 75 oz.
Wattage 1560W
Speeds 10
Pulse Mode
Weight 7.28 lbs
Dimension 7 X 8 X 15.5
FEATURES Oster BLSTMB-CBG-000 Pro Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender Hamilton Beach Power Elite 58148A Cleanblend Commercial Blender 2001 KitchenAid KSB1570ER
Capacity Up to 48 oz. 64 oz. 40 oz. 64 oz. 56 oz.
Wattage 1200W 1380W 700W 1800W 550W
Speeds 7 Variable (10) 12 Variable 5
Pulse Mode
Weight 7 lbs 10.5 lbs 7.5 lbs 12 lbs 10 lbs
Dimensions 14.25 X 7.25 X 8 11 X 8 X 17 6.8 X 9.5 X 15 18 X 15 X 13 8.5 X 9 X  16.3
Features Oster BLSTMB-CBG-000 Pro
Capacity Up to 48 oz.
Wattage 1200W
Speeds 7
Pulse Mode
Weight 7 lbs
Dimension 14.25 X 7.25 X 8
Features Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
Capacity 64 oz.
Wattage 1380W
Speeds Variable (10)
Pulse Mode
Weight 10.5 lbs
Dimension 11 X 8 X 17
Features Hamilton Beach Power Elite 58148A
Capacity 40 oz.
Wattage 700W
Speeds 12
Pulse Mode
Weight 7.5 lbs
Dimension 6.8 X 9.5 X 15
Features Cleanblend Commercial Blender 2001
Capacity 64 oz.
Wattage 1800W
Speeds Variable
Pulse Mode
Weight 12 lbs
Dimension 18 X 15 X 13
Features KitchenAid KSB1570ER
Capacity 56 oz.
Wattage 550W
Speeds 5
Pulse Mode
Weight 10 lbs
Dimension 8.5 X 9 X  16.3

 

Blender Buyer’s Guide


Blenders come in various shapes and sizes to best fit the needs of individuals, homes, and many different types of kitchens. Because of this, there’s no single blender that’s going to be best for everyone. To make sure you’ve picked the product that’s perfect for you, we recommend considering the following before heading to check out:

Speeds & Wattage

The number one way blenders ensure they stand out from their counterparts are offering high options in speeds alongside powerful wattage.

Much like with microwaves, the wattage of a blender is a clear indicator of the kind of power offered by the unit. This extends beyond speed as well, as blenders with a higher wattage tend to offer more torque and overheat slower. These blenders are built to last and are often best for busy families and for hard use.

The speeds offered by the blender are the other major component of standing out. Higher speeds often mean higher wattage, and blenders that offer variable speeds are able to blend at precise speeds. While speed does not necessarily equal power, having the option means having a more versatile blender overall.

Weight, Capacity & Dimensions

Aside from speed variations and wattage concerns, you’ll also need to keep in mind the size of the blender itself. For instance, there is no average capacity for a blender. While many of the picks on our list hover around 64 ounces, you can find blenders to match just about any size needed.

With capacity comes weight and size and depending upon your kitchen, this could pose a different issue. Larger capacity blenders are going to take up more countertop space that may be needed for other products. And while you could easily store your blender when not in use, you’ll also need to consider the weight and size of the product. For example, individualized blenders may not be effective for cooking large meals, but for the occasional protein shake, there are few products better. You’ll need to make sure your blender’s weight, capacity, and dimensions best work alongside your needs and desires.

Programs & Ice

While almost all blenders work in entirely the same fashion, the final way blenders try to stand out from each other is within the programmed settings designed to reduce some of the stress of kitchen work. For example, a few of the blenders on our list have dedicated smoothie buttons. These will allow homeowners to load up the smoothie ingredients, press the correct button, and leave the blender to attend to other tasks.

Other buttons have a specific focus on another large need for blenders: crushed ice. Many homeowners will utilize crushed ice for one reason or another, and having a dedicated button for this means more time to focus on the rest of the drink. These types of settings and programs can provide an ease of use that you may want to consider depending upon your needs and desires for this home appliance.

FAQ

How do I crush ice with my blender?

Almost all blenders can be utilized to crush ice, which may be valuable for those who need to make mixed drinks and cocktails. Some blenders will have dedicated ice crush settings, which takes much of the guesswork out of the process, but if you would like to crush ice manually, the process is rather simple.

First, fill your blender slightly-less-than halfway with ice. If you’ve used ice from the freezer, consider leaving it out for five minutes or so to soften somehow. Next, pulse the ice on the medium speed setting, and rock the blender gently while doing so. You may need to pulse and shake separately depending upon your blender. Just be sure not to jostle the appliance too much. After a half minute or so, you should be left the consistency of ice you need for your drink needs. We recommend you store or use crushed ice immediately to minimize the amount of ice lost to melting.

Can I process food with my blender?

Many recipes and dishes call for a food processor, and due to the similarity between processors and blenders, many homeowners want to use one as the other. In many cases, you can process food in a blender just as effectively as you could with a food processor. You’ll just need to be aware that blenders often have far smaller capacities than processors, so you may need to work in smaller batches.

Also be aware that overfilling your blender can easily lead to spills and burns, so always be sure to consult the owner’s manual and be careful not to fill your blender above the fill line or maximum capacity. Also be sure to keep a close eye on your blender during operation to ensure that you end up with the right consistency for your meals.

How do I clean my blender?

Cleaning a blender may seem relatively straightforward, but you’ll need to be especially careful when doing so. Blender blades are often extremely sharp, and if you’re not careful, you can accidentally harm yourself. To safely clean your blender, we recommend you first remove the major elements by filling your assembled blender partially with water and with lots of dish detergent. Next, run the blender on a low or average setting to jostle any food particles and clear the blades of any debris. Afterwards, you should be able to remove the blender’s cup and spot clean the rest of the appliance. You can give your blender’s cup a final rinse with hot water, and you should be left with a clean blender without ever needing to touch the blades yourself.

Final Thoughts

While we could easily make an argument for any one of the ten blenders on our list, we know that not just any blender is going to be the best for your home.

While somewhat limited in speeds, the Ninja Professional offers a no-frills solution to blending that’s durable, long-lasting, and the best mix of features and value out of all other blenders on our list. If you’re struggling to pick a blender for yourself or a loved one, this is a good option for you.

If the price is a big selling point for you and you’re blending primarily for one, the Oster My Blend is great for getting that morning smoothie or afternoon protein shake into your diet. The Hamilton Beach Power Elite offers a similarly low price but a larger capacity for families and multiple people to use.

Finally, if you need power and you don’t mind a lack of features like program settings, then the Cleanblend Commercial Blender or either of the two Vitamix options on our list represent some of the best options available in the market. The Cleanblend Commercial Blender specifically represents one of the best options in the market today. No matter which blender you choose, we think that taking the time to get this appliance right is going to truly pay off in the long run.