Best Blenders

Best Blenders

Where, oh, where have all the best blenders been hiding? In plain sight under a fancy price tag, of course! Today we’re going to talk about the best blenders on the market and how they can benefit each and every one of us.

Brand/Model Key Features Ratings More Information
Vitamix E310 Explorian 2 HP motor
Self-cleaning
5 year warranty
5 out of 5

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Vitamix Professional Series 750 2.2 HP motor
Self-cleaning
7 year warranty
4.9 out of 5

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Jamba Appliances 58910 2.4 HP motor
Self-cleaning
8 year warranty
4.8 out of 5

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BlendWorks All-in-One 2 HP motor
Dishwasher safe
3 year warranty
4.7 out of 5

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Blendtec Total Blender Classic 3 HP motor
Self-cleaning
7 year warranty
4.6 out of 5

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Blendtec Stealth 795 3 HP motor
Self-cleaning
8 year warranty
4.5 out of 5

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Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender 2 HP motor
Self-cleaning
5 year warranty
4.2 out of 5

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So what separates one blender from another? Aren’t blenders just used for making shakes and smoothies? We’re going to address these questions and more in just a moment. First, let’s get familiar with the basics.

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First of all, let’s go ahead and acknowledge the fact that it is perfectly acceptable to store several different types of appliances in one kitchen. Don’t fall for the hype of needing an appliance that can do 20 different things for less than $100.

While some of those gadgets may be perfectly capable of performing various functions, the best ones don’t typically try to replace every other device you could possibly need. Quite honestly, though, these newer models are making us question that statement.

Some of the newest blenders also serve as food processors, stand mixers, coffee grinders, and more.

That’s not to say any of the older models aren’t capable of doing that same thing. Take the Vitamix for example. That company has been around for more than half of a century and their machines have always proficiently processed, blended, and pulsated ingredients into incredible dishes or drinks.

The real question is whether or not you’re willing to spend more money for features like that. Don’t get us wrong, there are several affordable models that can function in a plethora of ways. It’s a matter of machine life, really.

When you figure out what you must have and what you aren’t concerned about with a blender, you should estimate the life expectancy of the product. If the life expectancy isn’t impressive, see if the company offers a warranty that will settle any doubt in your mind.

Before we go into any more technical details, let’s look into the lifestyle aspect of owning a blender.

One thing is certain, the more help you have while cooking, the healthier your meal is likely to become.

Sure, a little willpower and planning will also have to be factored in, but with a few additional culinary appliances around the house, we’re not stuck making Sunday spaghetti, Monday meatloaf, Tuesday tacos, Wednesday wings, Thursday tuna casserole, Friday free-for-all pizza, or Saturday salmon patties forever.

Hey, if that’s all you want to eat throughout the week, more power to you! There ain’t any shame in our game, either! (Sorry, that was a little cringe-worthy, but the humor behind it was innocent since we are southern).

It’s just that, for us anyway, the same old recipes can get boring a lot quicker than our favorite songs and movies seem to. We like to shake things up.

Life can seem pretty dull when it’s lacking variety, passion, and education. Where are we going with this, you ask? Hello?!

Our palates are begging for attention. Yes, there are few things that are as delicious as hamburgers and pizzas are… but there are many tasty, healthy alternatives for just about any junk food you could imagine.

Once you let that thought sink in, entertain this one: even if you’re not interested in eating healthier, kitchen appliances open up a world of possibilities.

  • Can’t find a store-bought sauce for hot wings that you’re able to fully enjoy? They’re easy to make (especially with one of the best blenders out there).
  • Wake up craving a fresh-fruit smoothie but don’t want to wait in a line? You can make one and avoid people at the same time!
  • Allergic to peanuts but love peanut butter? Some blenders are great at making nut butter.
  • Want to make and enjoy hot soup without turning on the stove? Blenders can do that now, too!

Obviously, there are tons of uses for these things nowadays!

The catch? You still need to do your own research. When it comes to picking the best blender for yourself, or anyone else for that matter, it’s best to learn as much as possible.

How to Pick the Right Blender for Your Needs

Though some might swear otherwise, there is no one, perfect blender. Maybe the perfect blender for someone’s needs… but one specific blender is probably not capable of satisfying the entire human race’s culinary needs.

So how do you figure out which one you should buy? Following is a short, simple guideline for selecting the best blender for you. We encourage you to expand on this list with your own questions and ideas, as these are just a few we asked ourselves.

  • What is my budget?
    • Seriously! Don’t laugh at that. If you want to get a blender that lasts for more a decade, or can be replaced at any time, free-of-charge, you will want to dish out some extra dollars for the initial purchase.
    • There are fabulous blenders out there for well under $100. If you don’t have any need for a blender other than making shakes and smoothies, you really shouldn’t have to spend much more than that, either.
    • The more features and accessories a blender comes with, the more expensive it’ll probably be.
    • You can expect the best blenders available to cost anywhere between $10 and $800.
  • How much counter/storage space do I need compared to how much I have?
    • This is a serious question, too. What’s your home like? Are you in an apartment, a duplex, a house, what? Not only that, what’s your kitchen like? How’s the counter space? What about the cabinets and storage space?
    • More often than not, you’ll be able to find out the dimensions of a product before purchasing it. This will help you determine what size blender will be best for your home.
    • Do you have to be concerned about noise levels? When leasing a home or shared unit, how noisy you are or are not can affect others. Check to see if your lease mentions anything about a quiet hour or noise pollution. Then check the specs on the blender you’re interested in and see how loud or quiet it will be while in use.
  • What is my main goal for this blender?
    • How do you see yourself using this apparatus? Do you just want to make silky smooth frozen margaritas? Do you want to be able to mix dough and batters with it? Do you want to be able to do both?
    • Do you want to be able to serve hot food from it? There are blenders with such fast speeds that they warm food as they prepare it if that’s intriguing to you.
    • Do you want to be able to grind coffee beans and grains in it? Not just any old blender is capable of handling heavy ingredients like that. If you want a blender to be able to deal with wet and dry ingredients, you’ll need to do plenty of research. Some models will advertise this functionality while others are able to handle it and simply don’t advertise it.
    • If you’re thinking of purchasing a blender as a gift for someone you love, get an idea of how they’d use it before you decide on a model. If your sister has been ranting and raving about a juicer and you get her a blender that can’t handle frozen (or raw) vegetables and fruits, you can’t blame her if she doesn’t seem thrilled with her gift, just saying!
  • What features matter?
    • That all depends on your taste, dear reader. Here are a few of the most common and popular features advertised on newer models:
      • A tamper. These are used to manually force ingredients closer to the blades in a blender so as to remove excess air pockets. Ideal for making purees and smoothies that don’t require or produce much liquid. Some machines are made to take this step without your assistance.
      • Quietness. Sometimes the noise is unbearable on these machines, so a few companies have released quieter models. With quiet models, you risk sacrificing motor and blade power. Some of the big brands have been able to put out quiet models without sacrificing performance power but the prices aren’t usually cheap.
      • Personal or commercial sized. Obviously, there are blenders in between these two choices but these have become the most popular. Most people either want a big blender that can hold a lot and serve a lot of people (or one person several times) or a portable blender that can be taken on business trips or family vacations.
      • Settings. Speed settings, functionality options, programmable features, all of these can be found on many modern models. Some people really like NutriBullet and Ninja products because they work incredibly quickly. Others couldn’t care less about how fast things get done as long as the result is satisfying.
      • Self-cleaning or manual. Some models don’t do well in stores due to the fact that they aren’t self-cleaning. With a self-cleaning blender, you don’t have to fiddle with a bunch of parts. You usually just pour some water and soap in, turn it on, and watch it go.
      • Removable or nonremovable blades. This is a big deal to some people. How hard or easy is it to remove, replace, and/or clean the blades? Are they dull to the touch yet efficient with ingredients? Are they razor sharp and dangerous to clean?
      • Interchangeable canisters. Sometimes you just want to make one, small smoothie and take it with you to work. Does the model you’re interested in feature a small canister? Does it come with lids you can put on and drink out of? If you use it to make nut butter, does it have a little jar and lid or do you need to make a separate purchase?
  • Does it come with a warranty?
    • This is one of those products you’ll want to look into the warranty for. If a warranty doesn’t concern you one way or another because money’s just money to you, awesome. For the rest of us, you’ll be glad to know that many manufacturers offer warranties ranging from 1 year to 7 years on average.
  • What are the electrical ratings?
    • You don’t want it to run on the wrong current. You don’t want to replace parts incorrectly. Whenever possible, consider these ratings.

All in all, everything is up to you. The features, the size, the motor, everything. Pre-programmable settings or manual. Commercial or household use. That’s why we can’t comfortably tell you that one blender is better than all the others. Everyone’s needs are totally different.

Personally, we found ourselves most interested in versatile models, whether expensive or affordable. We feel comfortable spending more money on something with more useful features and plenty of positive reviews but we understand everyone doesn’t feel the same way.

That being said, we did our best to compile a varied list of blenders that are all special in their own way. Some are small, some are large, some can make hot soup, some can mix dough, and some can be taken anywhere you go.

Before we move on to our list of blenders and their specs, we want to remind you that if you’re more comfortable buying from companies that have been around for a long time, there are plenty of options to choose from. Vitamix has been around for a long time and has always had superior appliances. Even brands like Black & Decker, Hamilton Beach, and Oster have excellent selections and are available in the stores we visit every week.

Don’t just take our word for it! We get a lot of our information based on trending topics and products that are available online. If you want to get your hands dirty and compare models in a store, go for it!

The more you know, the better you’ll feel about your purchase, no matter what. Whether it be made online, in person, or however else a purchase can be made, knowledge is power. Here are our choices and why we chose them.

Seven Superb Blenders for Basically Every Budget

Vitamix E310 Explorian

  • The Vitamix Explorian is a powerful blender with plenty of features.
    • Comes with a 48oz container which is perfect for holding up to 5 servings.
    • Can self-clean in about a minute.
    • Features a motor with 2 HP, adjustable speeds, and a pulse setting.
    • The blades are crafted from stainless steel.
  • Comes with a tamper and is excellent at making creamy purees and smoothies. Better yet, it’s not bad at juicing, either. (You just might want to strain the juice once the blender has done its thing).
  • Is capable of creating piping-hot soups in less than ten minutes. (Talk about some serious friction)!
  • Can handle ice and frozen ingredients.
  • Can grind coffee, nuts, and spices as well as it can mix waffle batter and dough for a homemade pizza.
  • Weighs less than 15 pounds and its dimensions are approximately 11 in. x 8 in. x 17 in.
    • This is ideal for people with limited space.
  • Does not feature extra quietening technology but is not ridiculously loud when used at a reasonable speed.
  • Does come with a cookbook, as is the tradition.
  • Has a 120 V rating and is intended for household use.
  • Comes with a five-year warranty.

Vitamix Professional Series 750

  • The Vitamix Professional Series 750 is fancy and fantastic.
    • Comes with a 64oz container that fits under most standard kitchen cabinets.
  • Instead of figuring out how to properly push buttons to concoct the perfect recipe, it has pre-programmed settings.
    • The settings allow you to prepare purees, steaming soups, smoothies, and frozen delicacies like ice cream.
  • This is also a self-cleaning blender, requiring water and soap and for you to press the self-cleaning button. Shouldn’t take longer than one minute for this cycle.
  • The motor is larger than that of the average blender, boasting 2.2 horsepower instead of 2.
  • A tamper, cookbook, guide, and DVD should all be included with this purchase.
  • Has an electrical rating of 120 V.
  • Its dimensions are approximately 18 in. x 10 in. x 8 in. and weighs less than 20 pounds.
  • Comes with a seven-year warranty.

Jamba Appliances 58910

  • The Jamba Appliances 58910 is both impressive and surprisingly affordable.
    • Everyone who knows the famous juice chain loves them, right? Okay, maybe that’s not the case, but it’s hard to deny the fact that their juices are amazing… so it’s exciting that they’ve released a product that can easily be placed into any household!
  • The motor is more powerful than most of the models we’ve come across, registering at 2.4 horsepower during peak performance.
    • Can handle making smoothies, juice, soups, nut butter, and crushing ice.
  • Features four program settings and includes speed and pulse control.
  • Comes with a low-profile, sixty-four-ounce jar that doesn’t have a problem fitting under regular cabinets.
    • Also comes with a tamper so you can get the most out of your ice cream.
  • Has a nice little emulsion cup which makes it easy to slowly pour liquids into your homemade sauces, salad dressing, or meat marinades.
  • Includes a recipe book and is backed by a (limited) eight-year warranty.

BlendWorks All-in-One

  • The BlendWorks All-in-One is affordable and efficient.
    • It comes with a tamper, a spatula, a travel cup, a 70oz jug.
    • For it to come with all of those accessories and such a huge jug, we think this blender is a definite steal if you’re not interested in spending lots of money!
  • Has stainless steel blades, a 2 HP motor, and is dishwasher safe.
  • The lid features an easy-twist top that can be removed for adding during a blending cycle or using the tamper.
  • Don’t like it when cords are visible while a product isn’t in use? Great news! This model stores the cord below the base.
  • There are very few controls on this blender, which is great for some, lame for others.
  • Is ideal for making drinks and smoothies, soup, shakes, ground nuts, etc. It is industrial grade, so it can handle a lot… it just might not handle everything as well as other models do.
  • Is backed by a 3-year warranty or a thirty-day guarantee.

Blendtec Total Blender Classic

  • The Blendtec Total Blender Classic has a simple name but don’t be fooled, it’s not so simple after all! In fact, it packs a lot of power.
    • Has a 3 horsepower motor… that’s some serious power!
    • Has ten different speed settings, a pulse setting, and 6 pre-programmed cycles (for batters, ice, ice cream, juice, smoothies, and soup) on an easy-to-use touchpad.
  • Features a timer with an LCD display, helping you keep track of your blending times.
  • Can self-clean on pulse setting.
  • Has a 120 V rating.
  • Weighs less than 15 pounds and measures around 7 in. x 15 in. x 8 in.
    • Should be able to fit under most cabinets.
  • As long as you plan on using this in your home, you can rest assured that your purchase will be protected for at least seven years under warranty.
  • Includes the FourSide or WildSide blending jar (depending on which type you purchase) and a vented lid that secures tightly onto that jar.
  • Comes with a recipe book, too!

Blendtec Stealth 795

  • The Blendtec Stealth 795 is a relatively compact, powerful, quiet, and efficient blender.
    • It has a 3 HP motor.
    • Features 11 speed settings, 6 cycles, and a pulse setting.
    • Instead of making you fiddle with a bunch of knobs, this has a touchpad that is incredibly easy to use.
    • For having such a powerful motor, we didn’t expect it to be half as quiet as it actually ended up being!
      • It makes sense to us now but that’s why this model is appropriately placed into the “Stealth Series.”
  • Blendtec is known for producing some of the most powerful, durable, quality blenders to have ever made their way to the market.
  • Make no mistake, you can create all sorts of magic with this machine. The price tag shouldn’t deter you if you’re desperate for quality and versatility.
    • Yes, it can grind coffee beans and other dry ingredients!

Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield

  • The Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender is a great, multi-functionality blender for anyone on a budget.
    • If you want to be able to grind coffee, make smoothies, ice cream, and sauce in the same appliance without spending your savings, this is a wonderful choice.
    • It has a 2 HP motor, so it’s not going to be horribly loud but it may take a few cycles for certain ingredients to reach your desired consistency.
  • Has four presets and is able to self-clean if you add soap and water. (We love a blender that doesn’t have to be disassembled just to be cleaned between uses).
    • Does have a speed dial.
  • Comes with a tamper.
  • Is backed by a five-year warranty.
  • Weighs less than fifteen pounds and measures around 8 in. x 18 in. x 12 in.
  • If you see this as “cheap,” you’ll be surprised by its results. Could arguably compete with some of the higher-end models we tested… but customer service and replacement under warranty are questionable. That’s the only real problem we encountered — we don’t know if something goes wrong if it’ll be fixed or replaced without costing us money out of pocket.

The Blenders That Impressed Us The Most

Obviously, the more money you spend, the more impressive a product should be. That isn’t always the case, though! Luckily for us, that saying proved to be true in this situation, though.

If we’re willing to spend a lot of money, there’s no doubt that we’d choose a Vitamix or Blendtec blender. They are simply loaded with cool features, accessories, and power! Noise levels don’t really bother us because, the way we see it, anytime you’re trying to make something soft out of something frozen, it’s not going to be quiet.

What really interested us were extra utensils, interchangeable lids and jars, self-cleaning modes, and a good warranty… just in case. Because you never know! Defective products do make their way to the market and a good company will have no problem replacing those. If a company isn’t willing to do that, then they better be willing to lower their prices!

If we’re trying to stick to a budget and we aren’t interested in a bunch of bells and whistles, the Jamba Appliances and Hamilton Beach blenders are good choices. They’re powerful and affordable. While they lack in features, they’re still capable of being used in more than one way, which is what we like to see.

Thank you for learning about the best blenders that are around with us and we wish you luck in your search!

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