Blending your own drinks at home is one way to do that. Juicing, smoothies, and other healthy foods and drinks are all the rage right now.
Unfortunately, there are a ton of different options that you have to choose from, each with their own price range, features, and pros/cons.
It’s not easy to narrow down the choices on your own, especially for newcomers who haven’t blended before.
It can be overwhelming to read all the technical details like wattage, RPMs, horsepower, and more to decipher if the model is of good value and will work for you.
We’ve assembled a collection of 10 different blenders, each with their own perks for you to look through.
We’ve outlined all the important information so that you don’t have to do the research on your own.
Keep reading to know more about the best blenders in our list.
Be sure to read our buyer's guide for more in-depth details before making your decision.
The Ninja Professional Blender from SharkNinja is a great all-purpose tabletop blender for any family. One of the primary perks of this blender are the Ninja Total Crushing Blades.
As you may be surprised to know, not all blenders are actually able to blend ice. If you plan to be making frozen drinks or cutting up rock-solid frozen fruits, this can be a problem.
Therefore, it’s important to make sure that your blender is strong enough to blend ice before you decide to attempt a frozen treat.
Fortunately, with this blender you will not need to worry about the lack of power as the total crushing blades that come with this blender are easily able to pulverize ice into snow for cold smoothies, frozen margaritas, or even for making delicious snow cones.
Along with that, the blades are powerful enough to blend any fruits, vegetables, or most things in general down to the consistency you choose in just a few seconds.
One of the most convenient features of the Ninja Professional Blender is the lid.
For starters, the lid has a lock function to prevent any spillage, even while tilted completely upside down, so you don’t need to worry about leaks or spills.
Another great feature of the lid is the serving cap located conveniently on one of the corners.
This allows you to keep the lid on and locked tight, but still have the ability to pour drinks from the pitcher as needed.
One of the most sought-after features on this blender is the single-serve feature. When you purchase this blender you’ll also receive two 16 oz. Nutri Ninja cups and their respective lids to go with them.
To match those cups, you’ll also be given an additional lid with a single serve blade on the inside so that you can blend in them. You’re able to remove the pitcher of the blender from the base and use one of your Nutri Ninja cups as a pitcher for the blender.
This gives you the option of using the larger pitcher if you are blending for more than one, or being able to use the single-serve function if you only need enough for yourself or want to take your drink with you on the go.
Where this product falls short is primarily in the value.
It comes in at around $120, which is slightly expensive for a conventional blender that doesn’t include many additional modes or features. It also only has a 1-year limited warranty.
While Ninja is a reputable brand, the lack of a long-term warranty can end up costing more in the long run for replacements. Finally, because the lid locks to prevent spills, you need to stop the blender to be able to add ingredients rather than adding them mid-blend. This can throw off blend mode timings and force you to manage them manually.
All in all, this is a very powerful all-round blender that has great bonuses with the extra cups and single-serve feature, making it a versatile choice for a family or individual.
- 2 Nutri cups provided
- Safe for ice
- Dishwasher safe
- Single-serve functions
- 3 speeds
- Slightly expensive
- Can’t add items during blend
- 1-year warranty
This blender from Aicook is very powerful, especially for its rather low price point when compared to other blenders of similar makes and power.
This is a 1,450W blender, which will allow you to easily blend through some of the tougher ingredients you may put in a blender such as ice or frozen fruits. While this blender does have a good deal of power, the most important focus of the makers at Aicook is safety.
To start, there’s a safety switch located at the base to ensure that when you’re placing the pitcher inside that it is completely locked in so you don’t have to worry about unleashing a smoothie tornado in your kitchen if it falls off the base.
Blenders can also get quite hot with prolonged use and to combat that, this blender has a built-in cooling fan to assist in cooling down the device to prevent any overheating. You’ll avoid any burning rubber or plastic smell, and can confidently leave the blender on while you wait for it to be done.
Many blenders face the problem of having a limited life because of the blades going dull or wearing thin, limiting the blending ability as time goes on. Fortunately, the blades that come with this blender are stainless steel but are also coated in titanium, one of the strongest metals in the world.
What this does is create sharper and sturdier blades from the start, so they will more easily cut through anything and retain their sharpness and sturdiness longer. This adds to the overall lifespan of your blades and makes them more useful in the short term as well, a win-win situation.
The base of this blender doesn’t contain any buttons but instead opts for switches and dials. There is one dial for the speed or power that you want your blender to blend the product at, allowing for about 14 different blending speeds.
Another dial under it with settings for what you are trying to do. There’s an option for making smoothies, another option to juice fruits, one for grinding, and finally one for making jam. This way you can use it for almost anything you want, with exceptional control over the consistency of your blend.
Unlike the Ninja blender, this lid does not lock onto the jar to prevent spillage, and doesn’t allow you to pour with the lid on it. It also lightweight, which leads to some wobbling when running at high RPMs.
This blender is well-priced and has good mode choices and blending functionality. This is a very solid option as an affordable multi-purpose blender, and has a 2-year warranty to further add to the long-term value.
- 7-in-1 function
- Function dial
- Safety switch
- Tamper in lid
- 2-year warranty
- Can wobble with use
- Lid isn’t secure
This smoothie blender from COSORI is an incredible choice for anyone who is looking to purchase a blender specifically for making smoothies or shakes.
To start, it comes with a BPA-free 70 oz. pitcher for you to blend your delicious drinks. This is especially useful as many other blenders will come with a smaller pitcher, and even the industry standard of 64 oz. is considerably smaller than the one this blender comes with.
On top of having a large amount of storage space in the actual pitcher, this blender also comes with a 27-oz. personal travel bottle and to-go lids. This allows you to fully get the full potential of your 70-oz. pitcher with such a large travel bottle being able to store over a third of the pitcher’s capacity.
After all, who doesn’t like to take a smoothie along with them in the morning?
And without a doubt, another one of the most impressive features on this blender is the soup function. When the soup function is activated, while the blender effortlessly blends your ingredients together, it will also simultaneously heat your soup for an instantly ready pour-and-eat product at the very end.
This is a feature you don’t find on many standard blenders, offering a great perk for this price range. Another great tool that comes with your COSORI blender is the tamper.
You are able to remove the very top part of the lid on your pitcher and can add any essential ingredients to your blend in the middle of the blend.
In the area you’re dropping the ingredients, you are also able to put the tamper inside to assist in pushing larger or unmixed food to the bottom towards the blades. This ensures that your product will be evenly mixed and blended together to avoid any inconsistency in your product, which you’d definitely like to avoid.
The main purpose of a blender is to create any smoothies and shakes; however, this blender can be used to make a multitude of delicious creations. It is great for blending fruits to make smoothies or juices, a great grinder for grinding up coffee beans and general spices, and finally also able to be used in making fondues and soups.
The primary complaint this product receives is that the motor can develop issues early in use, requiring you to have it replaced. While this is inconvenient, thankfully there is a 2-year warranty on the product so that if it happens to you, you’re covered!
This blender is a great alternative to much more expensive options like the Vitamix with its wide range of capabilities but is able to maintain a much more affordable price for a quality blender.
- 1500W motor
- Soup function
- 70-oz. pitcher
- Travel bottle
- Dishwasher safe
- 2-year warranty
- Tamper provided
- Motor can wear out
The name of the game for this Magic Bullet blender is all about convenience. Tabletop blenders can be big and bulky, taking up far too much space and requiring you to pull them out whenever you want to use them.
Sometimes you just want a smoothie for the road and don’t want to have to make an entire batch just for a cup’s worth. If that sounds like you, then there’s a good chance that you will love using the Magic Bullet.
The actual weight of the item is under 5 pounds, so if you do choose to store it in a cupboard instead of on your counter you won’t have any issues with taking it in or out of storage multiple times a day.
Along with being light, the actual dimensions of the product are 6.93 x 13.19 x 10.63 inches meaning that you would only need a little over a foot of storage room or counter space to accommodate your Magic Bullet.
This means that you can easily keep it on your counter at all times for fast and convenient access. This blender is also made entirely of silver and plastic so if you do choose to leave this out on the counter, it won’t run any risk of falling onto the ground and smashing into a thousand pieces.
Convenience isn’t the only great aspect of the Magic Bullet; another great thing to consider is the speed and simplicity in which it blends.
This blender promises to do almost any job needed in the kitchen in just 10 seconds or less, and to add to the overall simplicity of that there are no buttons needed. To work the Magic Bullet, you simply connect one of the cups onto the base and press down – that’s it!
When you purchase this blender you receive the base, three cups of varying sizes with lids for traveling, and a 10-second recipes book filled with all sorts of wonderful things you can make using only your Magic Bullet blender – in 10 seconds or less.
While it is simple and convenient to use, the Magic Bullet Blender lacks some of the features of other blenders. It has no speed adjustments or modes to use for your blending. It instead operates at a single speed, blending your items quickly rather than precisely.
It also has a very limited capacity when compared to tabletop blenders, making it useful for small batches and blending for fewer people.
The Magic Bullet is a budget option that allows you to blend small quantities quickly rather than precisely, with incredibly convenient storage options and travel features to make it exceptionally portable.
- Very affordable
- Works in 10 seconds or less
- Recipe book provided
- Three cups provided
- Compact and lightweight
- Limited or no warranty
- Lacks features found in other blenders
- Low capacity
This is a powerful and versatile blender from KitchenAid.
Many blenders you come across will have three speeds or a few modes for different processes.
With this blender, you have the option of choosing from an impressive five speed settings. This allows you to be much more specific with your blending power, and in turn gives you more control over your end product.
It also has Intelli-Speed motor control, which maintains the speed chosen regardless of the thickness of your blend. This is especially helpful if you want to break down something that is hard or heavy like a milkshake or fruit and vegetable rinds.
To go with the speed options, there is also the option to pulse your blend if continuous blending is not what you’re looking for or if you just need a short chop. The final feature located on the base of the blender is the ice crushing mode. This mode pulses at very specific and precise intervals to give you the best result while crushing ice into snow.
The pitcher that comes with this blender is BPA-free, which means that the chemical BPA cannot seep into your food or drink.
It also has a pouring spot, a tamper for adding to your mixture during the blend, and is also proven to be dishwasher safe and resistant to shatter, scratches, and stains.
Additionally, you can choose from a few different colors for the base of the blender so that it fits your kitchen’s style.
While the pitcher is very durable and impressive, it is also an area that the makers of this blender could improve upon. The industry standard for pitcher size on blenders is 64 oz., and many blenders today are even seeing that being exceeded with 70 or 72 oz. pitchers.
Unfortunately, the pitcher on this blender is only 56 oz. which can be an issue for large families or for somebody who just likes to make a lot at once for leftovers.
The KitchenAid KSB15720SL is a reliable medium-priced blender that offers great control over your blends. It comes in a variety of styles, has a safe and sturdy jar, and offers multiple blend speeds to accommodate an array of foods and drinks.
- 5 speed settings
- Pitcher resistant to stains, scratches and shattering
- Sturdy base
- 1-year warranty
- Soft start feature
- Small pitcher
- Lacks deluxe blend modes
This Aimores blender comes with a very large pitcher, making it a great choice for larger families or those who blend for leftovers.
The industry standard for pitcher size in a blender is 64 oz., but the pitcher found inside this blender has a very impressive 75 oz. in volume. Another useful feature of this blender is the ability to easily clean the inside areas of the blender.
If your blender does not come with a proper cleaning tool, many are forced into simply washing it as a dish or putting it through the dishwasher. And If you have a blender that isn’t dishwasher safe you could be out of luck in that area too.
Fortunately, this blender from Aimores comes with its very own cleaning brush allowing you to fully clean even in the harder to reach areas such as under the blade inside the pitcher. This will add to the longevity of your blender and reduce the chances of the jar absorbing smells or becoming discolored.
On the base of this blender you’ll find a very professional and modern look with the completely digital display panel and to go with it, you’ll also find some preset features and many options for the speed and power of blending.
The preset options available are for smoothies, ice cream, and juice, which are usually advanced features that are uncommon to models in this range.
These extend the functionality of the blender, making it more useful in the kitchen. Along with that there is the much-expected power button, a button for a very light stir, a pulse button, and even a timer so you know when your blend is done.
To go with those features there is also a speed button which allows you to choose from 6 speeds. The lower speeds like 1 or 2 are good choices for softer fruits and vegetables such as bananas or tomatoes. Speeds 3 and 4 are a great choice for slightly more dense foods such as carrots. Finally, the two highest speeds are for when you want to completely break something down such as making a smoothie or if you need to turn ice into snow.
Despite offering a great level of speed and mode control, this blender is complicated to use. Setting a speed and mode that give you the best result may be hard to figure out from the start, leading to some trial and error or a learning curve. Additionally, this blender is huge, making it hard to store and fit in storage or smaller counters.
If capacity is your primary concern, this blender is for you. It comes at a fair price for the capacity and higher-end features, and as long as you can figure it out and have the room for it, it is a solid choice.
- 6 speeds
- Very large pitcher
- Recipe book
- Ice friendly
- Tamper provided
- Cleaning brush
- Tall and large
- Complicated user interface
This smoothie blender from MengK is all about power; the most powerful one we have to review today.
Though being rated at 1500W the blender is able to reach all the way up to 2000W of pure power.
The blending power is more reliant on the powerful motor that’s powering the blades, and the faster they move, the stronger and faster they can blend.
This is especially important for a blender that is specifically used to make smoothies.
It’s very important for a smoothie blender to have a lot of power for the reason that you want your blender to be able to break down the ingredients completely.
And there's two reason for this.
First being that you want your smoothie to be actually smooth or at least have that option. The more finely it can blend, the less likely you are to find fruit chunks in your cup.
If you are someone who likes their smoothie to be a little chunkier, you can always use a lower speed setting, but you won’t be able to turn it back up over the max so having the ability to liquify is a positive.
Another reason for having a powerful blender is that you want it to be able to successfully extract all of the required nutrients from your ingredients such as fruits and vegetables, which happens when they are entirely broken down.
On the base of this blender you will find a fairly basic setup.
There’s a power switch and a switch for activating pulse blending. Other than that, there is simply a turn dial for speed or power.
Having a turn dial instead of the usual speed settings allows you to be much more precise with your speed because there are essentially hundreds of speed settings available to use.
The downside to this feature is that it can be harder to remember which setting you want for each food if you are not familiar with how to best make your favorite blends.
The blender is also very expensive compared to the other options we’ve reviewed, with the primary benefit simply being more powerful.
If you are looking for a blender that can handle almost anything you throw at it while still offering precise speed control, this upper-tier-priced tabletop blender can work for you.
- 1500-2000W motor
- 67 oz. pitcher
- Tamper provided
- Sturdy base
- Adjustable speed
- Lacks extra features
This budget blender made by Oster is a very good alternative for someone who doesn’t intend to or have interest in putting a ton of money for blending or even just for someone as their very first blender.
One of the most important factors in choosing a blender is the value. The value is not only determined based on the price and performance, but on the reliability and longevity of the purchase.
A warranty is especially important when purchasing a blender, as many unexpected things can happen to harm the device such as damage to the pitcher or even malfunctions with the inside wiring of the base.
With this blender it’s even more important to have a strong warranty because many pitchers for blenders today are being made out of strong plastics but the one with this blender is made from glass and will definitely shatter if you are unlucky enough to drop it or if it just falls.
Fortunately for any buyers of this product, this Oster blender comes with a 10-year warranty which should last you through the lifetime of this blender and protect against most damage or problems you may come across while using it.
This blender has many of the standard features, with presets for ice crushing, frozen drinks, and chopping. It also comes with 2 pulse options – high and low speed – so that you can control how much something gets chopped without running a full preset cycle.
For its price (and therefore lack of power), it can handle many of the less power-intensive blending tasks, but you’ll definitely want to upgrade if you plan to juice or make thick mixes that require serious blending power.
One area this blender could improve upon is the actual size of the pitcher.
The pitcher’s volume is only able to hold 6 cups which is unfortunately only a lackluster 48 oz.
This limits your ability to blend for a lot of people at once and you may find yourself needing to make two batches as it would equal about one to 1-1.5 batches in a standard size pitcher.
If you’re new to the blending game, this budget option may be for you.
With its warranty and low price point, it is a great value that can easily handle basic blending tasks without taking up a lot of room.
- 10-year warranty
- 2 pulse options
- 7 speed settings
- Very affordable
- 1-touch controls
- Lower power
- Small pitcher
The Hurricane Blender from Cuisinart both lives up to its name and defies it.
With a peak horsepower of 2.25, this high-powered blender might just be nearly as strong as a hurricane.
However, it is not nearly as loud as one. Using a blender at all hours of the day or night can be tricky as they do tend to create a fair amount of noise, especially when crushing ice for your morning smoothie.
Fortunately, thanks to the strong plastic outer layer on the base, the sound of the motor is insulated so that it can operate more quietly.
This improves the general atmosphere in your household if you’re someone who has the tendency to wake people up late at night or early in the morning while using a blender.
It will also allow you to use it during all hours and not just during the ones that everyone is awake.
If you look at the bottom of this blender, you will find four rubber stoppers – one for each corner of the base.
The rubber stoppers combined with the overall weight of the blender results in a wobble-free blender capable of safely operating at high speeds.
One of the most frustrating things about using a blender can be if it wobbles or has a large amount of shaking while being turned on, forcing you to hold it down.
This can be bad for the end product inside the blender but can also be dangerous if it manages to wobble and shake off the counter or table entirely.
On the base of this blender you’ll find a fairly simple setup. There’s a power button, a setting for low or high, pulse, and preset features for smoothie making and ice crushing.
To go with these there’s also a built-in programmable timer to allow you to have that much more control over your end product.
Unfortunately, these options do not allow for wide control over the final blended mix.
Low and high blends are not specific enough, and you cannot refine the speed yourself to help you find a consistency you enjoy.
Adding more presets or speed control would make this solid blender even more solid, and would help to justify the price.
This blender is for those looking for a strong, sturdy, and heavy-duty tabletop model who are willing to pay a little more.
It lacks some control ability, but should be able to handle most blending tasks thanks to its motor.
- Programmable timer
- Smoothie and ice crush presets
- Powerful motor
- Wobble free
- Quiet during use
- Limited or no warranty
- Pitcher smaller than industry standard
One of the most difficult things for blender manufacturers to get completely right is the balance between power and sound.
Easily the most important thing a blender should have is the power and blade strength to completely blend all of the ingredients together smoothly.
But, you also want the blender to be relatively quiet and not sound like you have an entire team of construction workers drilling in your kitchen.
The SoundShield from Hamilton Beach has done a very good job with this model of balancing a high amount of power with little sound.
As the name implies, the SoundShield successfully uses a shield to block the sound and keep it confined within the blender so that most of the sound isn’t heard around the whole house.
The shield surrounds the blender and can be lifted from the front in order to take out or put in the pitcher, and then the shield locks shut sealing much of the produced sound on the inside.
Along with that, the actual parts inside the blender are engineered to produce less sound and when combined with the shield, you receive a much more silent blender than normally expected.
This blender, other than being really quiet, also has the potential to be very clean as well.
The shield aspect of the blender is completely removable for cleaning, and the glass pitcher on the inside is completely dishwasher safe and of course BPA-free.
To add onto that, all of the blades on the inside are also all removable and able to be cleaned as well.
On the base of this blender, you’ll find a very basic setup with a power button, pulse, and three speed options of low, medium, and high.
While this doesn’t allow for much precision, it will get the job done for being an affordable blending choice.
Finally, to top everything there’s an added 3-year warranty should you run into any issues within the first three years of using the blender.
While the noise-blocking shield is a great perk of this machine, it has some shortcomings that justify the price.
It doesn’t offer a wide variety of preset modes or speed control, taking away some of the precision of your blending.
It also comes with a breakable glass jar that is only 52 oz., much smaller than other tabletop models.
If you live in a small apartment, live with a lot of people, or wake up really early, this quiet model can be a life (and sleep) saver for the people around you.
With the affordable price and long warranty, the Hamilton Beach SoundShield blender is a great value.
- Very quiet
- Pitcher and shield washable and dishwasher safe
- 3-year warranty
- Compact for storage
- Pitcher is glass
- Small pitcher
- Lack of speed control
Looking for some more information on how to choose a blender that works for you?
Below we’ll go over the basics of blenders, types of blenders, and what to look for when deciding on a model.
How Does a Blender Work?
In order to mix ingredients together, a blender needs a way to break down your ingredients. In many cases, the blender will separate the liquid from the solid part of the item.
This allows them to be more easily combined with liquids, or chopped more finely when used as a chopper.
To break everything down, most blenders will use a metal blade at the bottom of the jar where it attaches to the machine.
They will be heavy-duty metal to resist getting damaged by harder materials like ice or frozen fruit, and include multiple blades for more blending power.
The motor in the base of the unit will power the blade at different speeds depending on the settings you use.
This allows you to blend until you reach a full liquid, or just until everything is combined together.
Thanks to gravity, the ingredients will also all settle towards the bottom (if there is room), meeting the metal blades and getting chopped, purified, or simply mixed into the liquid.
Alternatively, certain blenders are handheld and rather than using gravity to get the mix to the blades, you can immerse it into the item you want to mix and blend by hand, similar to whisking.
These do not include jars to hold the blend, instead being used in other containers like pots or bowls.
Once you’ve mixed the ingredients to your preferences, you can easily pour your mixture out, clean the jar, and put it away. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
Why Do I Need a Blender?
When many people think of a blender, one thing usually comes to mind: smoothies.
While smoothies are a great and healthy use of a blender, the capabilities don’t stop there, especially for high-quality models.
A blender is incredibly versatile as a kitchen appliance, allowing it to take the place of other appliances or prepare a wide variety of foods and drinks.
A blender can
Replace Other Appliances
Counter space is valuable, and when you have an appliance for every different task, you’re going to end up with little room.
Kitchen appliances can also get very expensive, making it an even greater benefit to be able to use an all-in-one solution rather than buying different products.
Fortunately, a high-quality blender addresses both problems.
While blending it its primary function, a blender can do more than just make smoothies or milkshakes. If you need to mix batter, certain blenders have a slow setting that will rival a mixer.
It can also chop onions like a food processor and juice fruits and vegetables without needing a special machine you’ll use once a month.
Some models can even heat up soup or other liquids, or handle extremely cold homemade ice cream!
Being able to replace these other appliances with a blender saves you the storage and counter space as well as money that you can instead put towards getting a very high-quality blender that does everything they do – and more.
Create Mixed Drinks, Breakfast, and More
Versatility is one of the biggest benefits of a blender.
From juicing vegetables and fruits to making your favorite frozen alcoholic beverage, a blender can make a ton of different foods and drinks no matter your lifestyle.
It can easily chop down ice for frozen margaritas and to keep your drink cold, and can cut up fruits to blend them into a milkshake.
It can even help you prepare food by mixing batter, whipping eggs, mixing vegetables, and more.
If it can be mixed, cut, or purified, a high-performance blender can get it done.
Using a blender saves you the time and trouble of mixing your drinks and batters by hand while trying to find the right texture.
It can make liquids as thick or thin as you want, and cut any food down to the size you want. No more crying chopping onions or chunky smoothies.
Make It Easy to Eat Healthy
Fruits and vegetables are full of vitamins, minerals, and nutrients that are incredibly good for you, so it’s no surprise that people love their juicers.
However, it can be incredibly difficult to eat the number of carrots, tomatoes, and other fruits and vegetables that you would need to get sizable nutrition.
With a blender, you can simply dump whatever you want the health benefits of into the blender, and allow the natural juices to be extracted and create a super-healthy drink.
Additionally, many juicers exclude the skin – a great source of fiber – when they juice your foods. With a blender, you are getting everything that you would get if you ate the food in as little as 10% of the time it would take to eat or juice the same things.
You can likely even find a blender that juices, blends, chops, and more for less than the cost of a juicer itself. Eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard or expensive.
Types of Blenders to Consider
When it comes to choosing your type of blender, you have 3 primary options: tabletop, personal, and immersion blenders.
These appliances vary in a few different ways, including storage capacity, blending power, price, and more.
Before you start looking through different models, be sure to use the information below to narrow your search to make it easier to find the right kind of blender for you.
As you can guess, a tabletop blender is a model that sits on your countertop.
They are the models that you see most frequently; a large plastic or glass container that rests on a base you plug into the wall.
They come in various sizes, powers, and with different modes and features like chop mode or purify mode.
Compared to the other types of blenders, they are larger and more expensive, but offer a wider range of tools and uses.
There are 2 variations of tabletop blenders: high-performance and standard options.
A high-performance blender is the more expensive but more powerful and versatile choice. They can be as little as $200 for a less deluxe model, or up to $800 for the top-of-the-line model.
These blenders will have a variety of different blending modes with different blade speeds, shorter preparation times, and a wider array of uses.
For example, some high-performance models can heat soups, juice fruits and vegetables, chop onions, or even make ice cream.
These functions are often pre-programmed into the model, making it as easy as filling the blender, putting a lid on, and pressing a button.
A standard blender will not quite have the same level of performance or extras that a high-performance deluxe model will.
However, they will still be capable of performing standard blending tasks and some advanced processes. This can be making a smoothie, milkshake, or other mixed drinks.
They also come in at a much lower price range, usually falling between $75 and $200 before you start to get to the high-performance models.
Similar to a tabletop blender, a personal blender will also likely sit on your counter when in use.
What makes them personal is their size, portability, and price when compared to a tabletop blender.
A personal blender can be as little as 1/3 the size of a standard blender, making it much easier to store, transport, and fit on your counter.
However, this also means that there is less storage capacity for your blends.
You’ll have to break it down to multiple batches in order to blend a sizable amount of food or liquids, making it inconvenient for those making something for more than just one person.
A personal blender will often come with a plastic container that can be used to blend and also as a travel mug.
When blending the mixture, you will put the ingredients in the cup and place it on the blender with a lid that attaches the blades.
However, once you are done you can easily swap out the lid with a drinking lid to take it on the go.
It is great for making a smoothie or protein shake for yourself in the morning to take to school, work, or the gym without added cleanup.
If you’re just making drinks for a single person, you can save money by going with a personal blender instead of the larger-capacity tabletop types.
They will not have the same features or power as a conventional or high-performance model, but they will still be able to handle the majority of blends.
At between $25 and $100, the decision to buy a blender becomes even easier than debating spending a few hundred dollars on a larger model.
An immersion blender is the least conventional of the blender types, and on its own is not enough to completely meet your blending needs.
However, it has its place in the kitchen as an accessory for when a standard or personal blender doesn’t work, especially at an affordable price of $20-$100.
This type of blender doesn’t come with a bowl, container, or anything to hold or secure the liquid or food you’re attempting to blend.
Instead, you would put it into another container to mix the contents if you cannot place them in a blender itself.
The blender usually comes in the form of a rod or cylindrical shape with a battery-powered motor on the top and a blending blade on the bottom.
With a press of button, you can activate the motor and turn it on.
Many also come with a splash or spill-guard that minimizes the potential mess, but you still need to be careful not to overflow your container.
It also protects you from touching the blade accidentally while mixing.
While some models are strong enough, you wouldn’t primarily use this blender for thicker mixes like protein shakes, chopping ice, or juicing.
They often lack the power that a traditional blender offers, but are much more portable than even a personal blender.
You would use an immersion blender for things like a pot of soup on the stove, whipped cream, or other tasks that require less power, are too small for a standard blender, or are in a place a regular blender can’t reach.
What to Look For
In a market where products have a ton of different technical details and buzzwords, deciphering what it all means and knowing what you want from your blender isn’t easy.
There are a variety of aspects to consider before diving into online listings and making a final decision.
You’ll want to know more about what you’re looking at before you consider dropping hundreds of dollars on an appliance.
Here are some of the different components of a blender that you should know and how they affect your blending choices.
This way you can narrow your search and find the right blender for you.
As we mentioned before, there are 3 primary types of blender. Tabletop blenders come in affordable conventional models or pricey high-performance models.
Personal blenders are portable with smaller storage capacities & lower prices, and immersion blenders are handheld blenders with no jar and minimally priced.
Everyone loves a good deal, and when it comes to a blender, more expensive usually means better.
High-quality blenders come with more features, more blending power, and great warranties. You can expect to pay anywhere from $75 to $800 for a tabletop blender (depending on the features), $25-$100 on most personal blenders, and $20-$100 on immersion blenders.
Depending on what you’re blending, you need a certain level of power to fully liquify some mixtures.
If you lack the power to do so, you may end up with chunky and inconsistent textures in your drink.
You may also run into problems with blending ice or frozen foods if your blades cannot effectively crush the ice or cut the fruit.
The jar capacity will tell you how much of something you can blend at a time.
Many tabletop blenders will come with 50-80-ounce jars, which can likely hold enough liquid for multiple people.
A personal model will primarily include jars between 12 and 30 ounces, which are better for 1 or 2 people while an immersion blender comes with no jar at all.
You will likely see two different types of a jar: glass and plastic.
While there is no difference in the performance of the two different materials, there are some key differences that effect convenience.
Glass jars are more fragile and heavier; however, they are also resistant to scratches, discoloration, and don’t absorb odors.
If you’re confident that you can avoid drops and extra weight isn’t a problem, a glass jar is likely the better feature to look for.
Also, be on the lookout for BPA-free plastic jars for your blender. BPA is a chemical that is used in creating plastic that can be absorbed into your foods and liquids.
You won’t have to worry about BPAs for glass jars, but be sure that your plastic jar is BPA-free.
If you plan to stow your blender away when not in use or have short counter space, the size of your blender matters.
Tabletop blenders can come in between 15 inches and 20 inches, making it hard to fit the blender in shorter spaces.
Personal and immersion lenders are much smaller, usually capping out at around 14 inches tall for easier storage.
Blend modes are different preset blends for various types of mixes.
They will run the blade at a specific RPM for a specific amount of time that works best for that process.
Smoothie, ice crush, and purify are just some of the different modes available on tabletop and personal blenders.
Some high-performance tabletop blenders can even have modes for heating soup, churning ice cream, and juicing.
Blenders – especially when used daily – are subjected to a lot of damage.
Constantly crushing ice, mixing drinks, and breaking down fruit and vegetable rinds can take a toll on the blades of the blender.
With proper cleaning habits, you can greatly extend the life of your blender. However, you can only do so much to keep it working.
Blenders can be expensive, but if you plan to use the features of an expensive model, they’re worth it.
If you’re making the investment in a blender, look for a long and inclusive warranty on the machine.
While models that boast great warranties may cost more than comparable machines, not worrying about it breaking after a year is worth the extra money in the long run.
Warranties are usually between 1-5 years, but some high-performance models boast up to a 10-year warranty (and a price to match).
Outside of the jar and base, blenders can include a variety of other “extras” that make blending easier or more convenient.
Some jars have a spout built in for easy pouring, or come with a removable lid section so you can add items while the mixer runs.
Personal blenders can also come with additional jars or travel lids to take your blend on the go.
Finally, dishwasher-safe jars can make cleanup a breeze and a recipe book can come in handy when deciding on what to make in the morning.
Choosing a Blender
Now that you know more about each type of blender and what to look for, deciding on what you need from the blender is the best way to narrow down your search.
Each person has a different price range, power requirement, style preferences, and more that goes into choosing their blender.
Below are some questions to ask yourself to help you choose a blender.
How Many People Am I Blending For?
Due to one of the primary differences between standard and personal blenders being the storage capacity, knowing how much you need to make at once lets you know if you need a tabletop blender or a personal blender.
They drastically vary in price and size, so considering how much you’ll be blending can make your choice much simpler.
If you are alone or with just a partner, a personal blender may be more cost-effective and more convenient for you.
They are easy to store and take up much less room on the counter in addition to being easy to clean. You can find a model that comes with a travel lid so that you can blend and then take it on the go with you.
However, if you plan to make milkshakes for family pizza night on Fridays, you’ll need something with a little more storage capacity.
A tabletop model will usually range from 50-80 ounces of liquid, which should be enough for 4 or more people depending on your blend.
What Do I Plan to Make?
Depending on what you’re going to make, you can determine which modes, features, and how much blending power you need from your blender.
If you plan to simply mix batter, whip cream, or deal with thinner liquids, the power and modes do not matter as much. This allows you to get away with using just an immersion blender.
However, if you want to blend frozen foods, ice, and other hard foods or want to be able to heat up your soup in your blender, you’re going to need a stronger model with more features.
Most personal and tabletop blenders can handle frozen foods and ice with varying speeds of completion.
You won’t have a problem with milkshakes, smoothies, salsa, or blends of similar consistency.
However, if you want special modes for heating soup or juicing fruits and vegetables, you will need to find a model that supports those. Ice crush, smoothie mode, juice mode, and more are different modes that use a specific speed and duration to perform the action.
They will even shut themselves off when complete, so you can walk away and come back to a finished drink.
These features will often be included in tabletop blenders, with some personal blenders also offering a number of modes and more blending power based on the price.
If you have an idea of what you will use the blender for, you can determine which blenders have the modes that you need most. You can then find the best deal one a product that does everything you want.
How Often Will I Use It?
Anything that you use regularly is worth investing in a quality product.
Blenders go through a lot of wear and tear; their blades are constantly cutting, and if they aren’t cleaned properly they can get damaged.
When you spend a few hundred dollars on a blender, you’re going to want to make sure that it works well for a long time.
Choosing a quality model that comes with a long and comprehensive warranty can save you tons in the long run.
If you were to buy a discount model but get more than 365 uses out of the blender a year, chances are that it could burn out sooner than you think.
Despite saving a little money, you end up costing yourself money in the long run because you would need to buy a new one.
When choosing between different blenders, it may be worth it to consider paying extra for a better machine.
They will often come with great warranties that protect you for up to 10 years, allowing you piece of mind and letting you enjoy the extra perks and features that come with a better machine.
Will I Store It or Leave It Out?
Different blenders can widely vary in their sizes and styles, with personal and immersion blenders being much smaller and easier to store.
Tabletop blenders can be 19 or more inches tall in some cases, so if storage is a concern for you, you may want to go with a smaller capacity tabletop blender or a personal blender instead.
If you need the capacity of a tabletop blender and can’t fit it in your cabinet or pantry, leaving it out is always an option.
If you plan to make it a part of your kitchen décor, the style becomes more important. Models come in a variety of colors, including stainless steel, black, white, and more.
Be sure to choose one that fits your kitchen so that it doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb.
As you can tell, there is no shortage of factors that go into deciding on which blender will work best for you.
You’ll want to outline your potential uses, price range, capacity requirements, and storage so that you can narrow your choices down to a single type of blender, filtering out the thousands of different products available online that don’t match your needs.
You can also learn about the different technical features and how they improve your blending experience so that you don’t pay for things you don’t need, and can figure out what the best value for your dollar is.
Of the top products we chose to recommend, each has a specific use that they excel at.
You can easily look through and find the features that are important to you without needing to decipher the technical jargon, making the decision-making process that much easier.
If you want to save money and counterspace on kitchen appliances while taking advantage of the many features and benefits a blender offers, you can’t go wrong with any of our suggestions.
They’ll help you to eat healthier, save you time, and clear up your kitchen counters.