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A good blender will blitz ice, vegetables, fruit, nuts, and other ingredients to make anything from smoothies to soup. We tested many blenders to learn first-hand their ability to crush ice, blend soup, and make delicious smoothies. Here is our list of the best blenders along with some helpful info on what we found during our testing.

Best overall

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Cuisinart Hurricane blender

Great for soups and dips

Our testing showed the Cuisinart Hurricane is close to perfect in just about any job you need to get done. This is thanks, in part, to the preset buttons for smoothies and soups, ten speed settings, and a 64-ounce jar. It is also relatively quiet. 

Pros:

  • Ideal for soups and smoothies
  • Compact, space-saving design
  • Flat controls that are easy to clean

Cons:

  • Not the best for ice

The Cuisinart Hurricane blender doesn't leave big fruit chunks in smoothies and is good at turning raw ingredients into homemade daiquiris and margaritas. This model didn't perform as well as others in the ice crushing test—we were able to find some uncrushed chunks. It doesn't take up a lot of counter space and its controls are flat so they're easy to clean. The lack of a cord wrap makes it a little less convenient, but overall this Cuisinart blender is compact and easy to use.

Best family-sized

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Ninja Professional BL610 blender

Large capacity

The Ninja BL610 Professional is a great family-sized blender. It's powerful enough for crushing ice and making smoothies. This has a smart lid with a lift-up spout slot and both a non-slip handle and base to help prevent spilling.

Pros:

  • 72-ounce pitcher
  • Super powerful
  • Non-slip handle and base

Cons:

  • Fewer settings

The pitcher is marked in both cups and ounces which makes it great for recipes. The Ninja Professional control panel has a wipe-clean finish, but it does have fewer settings than other blenders we reviewed. For example, this blender doesn't have a designated ice crushing setting or a puree setting. Instead, it has high, medium, and low along with a pulse setting. The pitcher is dishwasher safe.

Best value

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Oster Pro 1200 blender

Multiple useful settings

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 that is perfect for making salsa, nut butter, and baby food.

Pros:

  • Includes food processor attachment
  • Seven speeds

Cons:

  • A little quirky

This blender has a high, medium, and low setting, and a pulse button. There is a food chop/salsa mode. a mode for milkshakes, and a smoothie setting. The blend comes with a to-go cup and a 24-ounce pitcher to create large batches of soups and smoothies for six people. it does have a few quirks—for example, you'll need to line up the lid perfectly to prevent any leaks.

Best personal

NutriBullet N12-1001 Single Serve Blender

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NutriBullet N12-1001 single-serve blender

One cup at a time

The NutriBulletN12-1001 blender makes quick work of ice, nuts, and frozen fruit. Its compact size is perfect for dorm rooms and for making single-serving smoothies, milkshakes, and sauces.  

Pros:

  • Handles nuts and ice
  • Two mixing containers
  • Two to-go lids and lip rings

Cons:

  • No speed control

This blender is really easy to figure out, but that's because it is designed for small, personal use and not for larger tasks typically accomplished with a more traditional, family-sized blender. The NutriBullet N12-1001 single-serve blender comes with two containers in a variety of sizes and two to-go lids. There are two lip rings to convert either container into a cap cup and a single stainless steel blade. There is no option to control the speed of this blender. It only has one. But it does have a pulse setting.

Best for smoothies

KitchenAid 5-speed Diamond Blender

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KitchenAid Diamond blender

Makes a mean milkshake

The KitchenAid Diamond blender is a great choice for making smoothies. In our tests, it struggles with nuts and soups, but it did a great job when it came to smoothies.

Pros:

  • Great for smoothies
  • 5-speeds
  • Built-in motor control

Cons:

  • Not the best for nuts or soup

The KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond can stir, chop, liquefy, mix, and puree, as well as settings that pulse and crush ice. The motor has a steel-reinforced coupler that provides the right amount of power for whatever task you throw its way. It also has a large 60-ounce pitcher and—in classic KitchenAid style—can come in a large variety of colors. The pitcher can be placed in the dishwasher and the flat control panel can be easily wiped clean. 

Know before you buy

A blender is an essential part of any kitchen, especially if you’re on the hunt for a quick, easy, and nutritious way to eat. That's because these healthy kitchen gadgets make smoothies, soups, purees, dips, and more. NutriBullet blenders are the most sought after, followed by Ninja. Both make low-fuss soup and smoothie makers, and as the older models are often on sale, you could bag yourself a bargain.

When it comes to the best blenders for protein shakes, pick one with a dedicated smoothie setting. That means you can drop in a scoop of protein powder and any other dry or wet ingredients and press ‘smoothie’. Job done! Most protein shake blenders also come with travel cups so you can sip ’n’ go. The only bugbear we have with blenders is how loud they get (not great if you’re an early bird who doesn’t want to disturb the rest of your house). 

Other things to think about when picking the best blender for you include capacity, especially if you want a large smoothie maker to cater to your entire family at once. Milkshake fans, grab a tough blender with an ice-crushing mode. Travel blenders, while portable, can’t tackle a wide range of foods. We certainly wouldn’t recommend them for dense fruits and veggies. In fact, we’d point you in the direction of a juicer instead (just remember that they often remove more fiber than blenders).

How we tested the best blenders

Testing blenders

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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.

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 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.

Why trust us?

At Top Ten Reviews, we recommend the best products to enhance your life. As expert curators, we handpick products based on quality and usefulness to positively impact your day-to-day, from cart to doorstep. We take our responsibility seriously — testing products, reading reviews, and sourcing knowledgeable outlets to ensure our selections are worthy of your time and money. We deliver detailed product overviews, balancing objective information with subjective opinions, so making the best choice for your home and lifestyle is as easy as possible.

Millie is a former staff writer for the Top Ten Reviews brand who now works across Future's Home portfolio. Her spare time is spent traveling, cooking, playing guitar and she's currently learning how to knit. Millie loves tracking down a good deal and keeping up-to-date on the newest technology and kitchen appliances.