The best blenders for smoothies, soups, and everything in between
BEST DEALS ON BLENDERS (updated Nov. 5, 2021):
Today’s lesson in Cooking as a Grown-Ass adult: Blenders are used for more than frozen margs in summer and collecting dust in winter.
Hot soup without a stove, coffee without a coffee maker, and whipped cream without a hand mixer are just a few of the tasks these multitasking appliances can tackle. Similar to the way the mystical Instant Pot replaces a sauté pan or slow cooker, blenders can expand your meal possibilities tenfold without the clutter of multiple machines.
Why buy a new blender?
In short: Healthy habits made easier.
Sticking with smart eating habits ain’t easy, especially when making a tofu and quinoa casserole with a kale salad on the side takes so much longer than ordering Uber Eats. Blenders simplify meeting that nutrient goal by squeezing them into a 30-second meal replacement. With thousands of recipes online, you’re bound to find a balanced combo of greens and fruits that — surprise — you actually look forward to drinking. Smoothies are also an easy wake to imbibe CBD oil.
If you’re in the habit of buying those drinks from a chain smoothie or juice bar, a blender could save you some serious pocket change. Say you’re buying a green juice from Pressed Juicery every day (skipping the weekends) — at $6.50 each, you’re spending around $33 per week and $130 per month. Even a $500 blender would end up paying for itself in a few months.
Plus, being completely in charge of the contents lets you closely monitor portion size, avoid dietary restrictions like dairy or gluten, and track macronutrients to stay on track with diet goals. Smoothies always seem like a healthy option, but running on fruits or veggies alone isn’t the move. Drinks that are truly healthy are ones that have a balance of vegetables, fruit, protein, and fat, and dietitians suggest adding things like nut butter, chia, flax, or sesame to help fill you up so you’re not going back for a second breakfast later.
What separates a Vitamix from a $30 personal blender?
The Vitamix Professional Series 750 is our top choice for the best blender — but how do more basic options compare?
Nailing the perfect consistency isn’t just pressing a button and walking away. Making something other than smoothies requires a blender with more than two blending speeds to separate thick butters from thin liquids. Built-in programs made for specific recipes also help to hone in on texture and prevent chunks where there shouldn’t be chunks.
Most machines can handle fruits, ice, and leafy greens, but you’ll probably want a motor over 500 watts to power through tough ingredients like nuts, whip creamy dips, and create frozen desserts. (Some listings mention peak horsepower, which is essentially the initial torque that gets the blades moving. That max power only hits for a short spurt when the blender is turned on, and wattage is a better measurement of the strength the blender keeps over the duration of blending.)
Blenders are definitely one of the pricier appliances you’ll buy in your adult life, but the top-tier ones are durable and should last at least 10 years.
So, what are the best blenders to buy for 2020?
We’re so glad you asked. Keep reading to discover our picks for the best blenders you can buy right now. (And if you’re in the market for a Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Prime Day deal, make sure to keep your eye on these models.) Remember to hit the grey arrow to expand each card and read our in-depth take on each of the listed products. We’re off to make a smoothie.
Looking for more personal blender options? We’ve outlined all our top picks here but we’ll give you a sneak peek if you keep reading below: