The Best Blenders for Smoothies, Shakes, and Soups

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The Best blender for Smoothies ,Shakes ,and Soups Though many single-use appliances—like the air fryer—are trendy right now, we’d be remiss not to call out the multi-functionality of a great blender in the kitchen. More than just a smoothie station, blenders are also good for pureeing simple sauces or intricate soups, crushing ice for frozen drinks, or sometimes even using one as a food processor to chop ingredients. Here, we give you some aspects of blenders to keep in mind as you’re buying, followed by our reviews of the best models.

Blender Features to Consider

Size: Consider how much you realistically plan to use a blender, as well as how much countertop space versus cabinet storage you have in your kitchen. Opt for a lightweight, more portable blender, such as an immersion blender, to make it easier to store it away when not in use. Or, if you’re a daily blender user, don’t discount the importance of an attractive design to keep on your countertop.

Power: Wattage is one way to tell how powerful a blender is, but it’s not the only indication of performance. It may be best to select models with more speed settings, as well as stronger (rather than sharper) blades for safer cleaning and durability over time.

Price: Blenders can range from under $50 machines to $500 premium appliances, so it can be hard to tell the right price you should pay. However, you should expect to shell out more if you want more versatility and durability. Someone who wants to make the occasional smoothie may not need the most heavy-duty design compared to someone who makes daily protein shakes, for instance.

How We Selected

We researched reviews from 10 expert sources, such as Good HousekeepingBest Products, and CNET, as well as considered consumer reviews from retailers like Amazon, Walmart, and Wayfair to select these nine blenders. We evaluated each product based on the amount of speeds and presets available and the right balance of capacity and power for its overall dimensions and weight. We also looked for special features like dishwasher-safe containers and portable blending jars. Overall, these selections represent a variety of size, power options, and aesthetics that will work well in any kitchen for any personal needs and price ranges.

Key Specification

Material
Brand
Color
Item Dimension

Tritan
Vitamix
Black
11 x 8 x 18 inches

Review:

According to Good Housekeeping, the E310 Explorian has premium precision and control thanks to a powerful motor and an impressive 10 speed settings. The Vitamix name may mean this is an investment. And, unfortunately, the pitcher size is a bit small at 48 ounces (six cups), especially compared to its overall footprint and hefty 12-pound weight. However, the E310 makes up for its bulk with its durable design, motor, and blades, making it good for daily use. Bonus: a self-cleaning feature that Vitamix claims will get rid of grime in just a minute.

 
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Key Specification

Style
Voltage
Brand
Color
Item Dimension

Stainless Steel, Plastic
110120 Volts
Nutri Bullet
Grey
11.61 x 6.85 x 12.28 inches inches

Review:

If you mainly use a blender to make small batches of smoothies, consider this NutriBullet. The 24-ounce cup is large enough to make servings for one or two people and doubles as a travel cup thanks to the included to-go lid and lip ring. With a 600-watt motor and stainless-steel blades, the blender can process your daily smoothie in just about 60 seconds. However, if you want slightly more power and a larger capacity, you should consider the NutriBullet Pro for around $100.

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Key Specification

Color
Brand
Voltage
Dimension

Contour Silver
KitchenAid
110 Volts
9.02 x 7.59 x 15.8 inches

Review:

It’s understandable that you’d want your kitchen staples that stay on your countertop to look stylish and match the room’s aesthetic. Fortunately, KitchenAid’s 56-ounce blender comes in a variety of sleek color options, from black and white to silver, even blue velvet. Even the simple silver knob that controls the five speed settings and three presets adds a retro element to the design. The reviewers at Best Products noted that it’s a bit on the loud side and is cumbersome when storing, so it may be best for kitchens with a lot of counter space.

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