The best blenders will blitz ice, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and other ingredients to make anything from smoothies to soup. In reviewing the best blenders we tested their ability to crush ice, blend soup, and make delicious green smoothies from frozen ingredients. Our guide includes some of the best brands you can buy, but you can also find blenders on a budget if you’re willing to settle for something without the same range of functions, like an ice crush setting. Along with the size and amount of settings, other factors you should consider when looking for the best blender include whether the pitcher is dishwasher-safe.
Compact design fits in even small kitchens
The Cuisinart Hurricane is remarkably easy to use, with preset buttons for smoothies and soups, 10 speed settings and a 64-ounce jar. It is also relatively quiet.
An affordable and versatile blender
The Ninja BL610 Professional Blender is a powerful blender for crushed ice, smoothies, and more, all for an impressively low price. This family-sized blender has both a non-slip handle and base.
A classic personal blender for a reason
The NutriBullet 600 is a great compact blender for personal use, but will struggle with larger tasks. It’s 600-watt motor makes it possible to crush ice and chop nuts.
Perfect for smoothies and milkshakes
The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender features Intelli-Speed motor control and a sturdy design. It’s quick and easy to clean and is reasonably priced for what you get.
A small blender with plenty of power
The Nutri Ninja BL480D is a powerful blender with a 1000 watt motor. It is designed for stability, easy clean up and for single-serve and personal use.
Comes with a food processor attachment
The Oster Pro 1200 is a full-sized blender with seven speeds and three pre-programmed settings. It’s great at crushing ice and includes a food processing attachment.
How we tested the best blenders
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.
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.