Best Blenders of 2018

Angela Parkinson ·
Updated
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We’ve been comparing and ranking blenders for more than four years, investing time each year to gain expertise on the topic. After extensive research and more than 100 hours of hands-on testing this year, we recommend the Cuisinart Hurricane as the best blender for most people. It is compact, quiet and powerful – representing the best combination of features overall. In our testing, it made smoother smoothies and hotter soup than the rest of the pack. It also has user-friendly features (like flat controls that are easy to clean) and a relatively long warranty.     

Best Overall

Cuisinart Hurricane

Cuisinart Hurricane struggled a little on our ice crushing test but was otherwise a superstar, making healthy smoothies and converting raw produce into piping hot soup quickly.
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Best Value

Oster Versa

The Oster Versa was a real contender and can be found for about $140 online. It was quiet and easy to use, though its smoothies were not perfectly smooth every time.
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Best Personal Blender

NutriBullet Rx

The NutriBullet Rx has a strong enough motor to compete with the full-sized blenders, but it is so compact that it also makes a wonderful personal blender – perfect for your morning smoothie.
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Our Test Results

Product
Price
Overall Rating
8.9
8.7
8.3
8.3
8.1
8.1
8
Utility
9.8
9.3
9.8
9.3
6.8
8.5
7.7
Design
8.3
8.3
5
7.3
10
8.9
9
Prep & Cleanup
8.5
9.8
10
6.8
10
8.5
8.3
Warranty & Support
7.3
5.8
9
9.3
5.8
2.8
6
Cord Wrap
N/A
N/A
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
N/A
Flat Controls
Ease of Use
100%
90%
95%
100%
95%
100%
90%
Depth (inches)
8
8.5
8.98
8
5
6
7.5
Width (inches)
7
6
9
7
6.5
6
6
Sound Level (decibels)
93
93.5
93.5
92.5
78
96
92.5
Height (inches)
14.5
17
19.6
17
16.5
19
16.5
Non-slip Base
Warranty
3 Years
1 Year
1 Year
7 Years
1 Year
1 Year
1 Year
Phone
N/A
Motor Warranty
10 Years
1 Year
Lifetime
7 Years
1 Year
2 Years
2 Years
Email
Chat
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Watts
1500
1600
1400
1400
550
1700
1000
Smoothie Score
100%
95%
100%
92.5%
95%
92.5%
97.5%
Single-serve Jar
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
N/A
Speed Settings
10
9
6
10
5
0
3
Soup Score
100%
67.5%
95%
87.5%
65%
85%
55%
Jar Size (ounces)
64
80
67
64
60
45
72
Soup Temperature (Fahrenheit)
156
86
155
134
100
130
75
Ice Score
60%
92.5%
82.5%
80%
55%
45%
100%
Best Overall

Cuisinart Hurricane

Our testing did not lead us to a blender that was perfect at everything, but the Cuisnart Hurricane was perfect at the most things and good at all the rest. This one does not have the most wattage, but it manages to harness the power it has to make a really smooth smoothie, especially considering many of the other blenders we used left big chunks of fruit.
The Hurricane also was quite good at converting raw produce into hot soup. There is even a specific pre-programmed button for making soup. This model didn’t perform as well as others on the ice crushing test – we were able to find some uncrushed chunks – but still created relatively good raw materials for your homemade daquiris and margaritas. We found this machine to be compact and easy to use. It takes just a small amount of counter space, and its lay-flat controls are easy to understand and clean. It was not the quietest one we tested, but it was pretty close. The lack of a cord wrap makes it a little less convenient, but that is only important if you plan to stow it after each use or if its location on the countertop will be close to the outlet.
Pros
  • The fresh soup we made with this one came out piping hot and the smoothies were smooth.
  • The relatively short, compact design makes it easy to fit in even small kitchens.
  • The flat controls are easy to clean.
Cons
  • Other blenders were better at breaking down ice.
  • The lack of an integrated cord wrap is a drawback for storage.
  • There is no option for blending in a single-serve jar.
$308.23Amazon
Best Value

Oster Versa

The Versa was competitive in our testing, and we found it on sale for much less than competitors. Online prices fluctuate, but it was generally less expensive than other top models, and it has a lot to offer.
There are preset options for making soup, smoothies and dips, and this one is easy to use in other ways too. For starters, it is noticeably quiet. Controls are mostly flat, except for the dial, so it’s easy to wipe down. The dial is also a pretty cool and allows for subtle adjustments in speed. There are ways that it is less convenient, too. You can’t simply throw the pitcher in the dishwasher, so cleanup is not terribly convenient. The fresh soup and smoothies that we made were not perfect, but they were fine. If you are looking for a blender that is less expensive but still really good, this is one to consider. Oster stands by this unit with a nice long warranty – one of the longest, in fact, of the ones we compared in our blender reviews.
Pros
  • This is a budget-friendly choice.
  • Pre-set options for soup, smoothies and dips make it easy to operate.
  • Oster stands by this product with a warranty that is longer than most.
Cons
  • Other blenders got the fresh soup hotter during our tests.
  • You have to hand-wash the pitcher.
  • We found a few large chunks in our smoothies when we were done blending.
$139.98Amazon
Best Personal Blender

NutriBullet Rx

The NutriBullet Rx has the small dimensions of a personal blender but the power of a full-sized unit, which is just the right combo for a small household. While it was not the very best at making smoothies and soup – some competitors made hotter soup and smoother smoothies in our tests – it still stands out in many ways.
For one thing, blending and drinking in the same container simplifies the whole process, especially if you just need one or two servings. . You can substitute the included pitcher, which offers a little more capacity, but it is still small compared to the others in our lineup. With only one button, this is one of the easiest blenders to use. There is no way to be confused about how to operate it. Be aware that the NutriBullet Rx is noisy. We didn’t expect a perfectly silent blender, of course, especially with the amount of wattage this particular unit has, but it was the loudest one we tested, and it stood out quite a bit because of it. This might only be an issue if you live in an apartment complex or a large household and you’d like to make an early morning smoothie without waking anyone.
Pros
  • It has a small footprint.
  • Blending and drinking in the same container means less cleanup.
  • With just one button, this blender is very easy to use.
Cons
  • It was the loudest model we tested.
  • If you are entertaining, the small pitcher will be inconvenient.
  • Other units got soup hotter and did more to smooth out the smoothies.
$129.00Amazon

Why Trust Us?
Since 2013, we have spent more than 240 hours researching and testing the most popular and well-regarded blenders. We’ve spent hours pouring over product specifications, user reviews and professional reviews to find the best of the best blenders — and that was all before we began our own tests. We only bought high-quality blenders for our in-house tests. There are many types of blenders, but we decided to focus mostly on full-sized blenders with large pitchers and the ones that cost less than $500. 

How We Tested
We have done multiple rounds of testing with blenders over the years, each time having them perform common tasks that demonstrate their ability to create favorite foods, quickly and easily. We used a common mixed berry recipe for smoothies, using fully frozen fruits, and used the same proportions in each blender, analyzing how smooth the texture was at the end. We made fresh tomato soup with each of them in an effort to see which ones do the best job of emulsifying and heating ingredients. We tested their temperature at the end to see which blenders could get the soup piping hot and ready to serve. We also crushed ice with each unit to see how helpful they would be in party settings for frozen drinks.

Apart from performance, we considered things like user-friendliness. We measured how much noise each blender makes so you will know if you can make your early morning smoothie without waking your family – or the neighbors. We considered dimensions and made note of abnormally tall or wide machines that might be inconvenient in different ways. We considered how easy they are to clean, including whether or not their pitchers can go in the dishwasher and how easy their controls are to wipe down. We took note of how long their warranties last, as well, so you know whether you can count on the companies for long-lasting support of their product. 

What to Look for When Buying a Blender

Utility
Watts don’t always translate into more food-crushing power, but they often do, so it is worth noticing the wattage of a blender’s motor. It is also worth finding out how big the pitcher is. Bigger is only better if you will be using the blender for entertaining or for a large family. Personal blenders can be better if you just want a morning smoothie on your way out the door.

Design
Blenders cannot be expected to be silent, of course, but we like the quieter ones, especially if you live in an apartment complex or get up before the rest of your household. Some blenders are exceptionally tall or take up an unusual amount of counter space, and that can matter if you have a smaller kitchen.

Prep & Cleanup
Things like lay-flat controls and dishwasher-safe pitchers can really make a difference in how much time cleanup will take you in the morning.. Minor features like a cord wrap can help make storage safer and more convenient.

Warranty & Support
A strong warranty shows that the manufacturer has confidence in the product and that they will offer support if anything goes wrong. A typical warranty lasts one to two years, but there are models with lifetime warranties on some parts.


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