Blending together ingredients is one of the best and easiest ways to enjoy healthy food. Instead of eating all of it separately, a morning power smoothie of spinach, bananas, Greek yogurt, almond butter and frozen berries can be blended together and sipped throughout the morning for a filling a nutritious breakfast. And they don’t just make eating healthier easy! Blenders are great for creating booze-spiked slushies, frozen margaritas, milkshakes and much more. A blender is a must-have kitchen appliance for your counter both for what it can do and how well it can do it.
Ninja blenders are known for their powerful and seamless designs, that can crush ice with ease and remove all the clumps from your favorite frozen treat. There are also personal blenders built for individuals and portable blenders designed for use on-the-go. Some blenders are better for smoothies, while others are great for soups and can even double as a food processor, saving you kitchen storage space. We’ve rounded up the 10 best blenders worth considering in 2021 so you can start mixing, puréeing, pulsing and chopping ASAP.
What to Consider When Buying a Blender
There are a few key things worth considering before you buy a blender, the first of which is the size you need. How many people are going to be using it? How large do you like your smoothie? If you’re single and live along, you probably don’t need more than a 24 or 32 oz. personal blender for daily blends. However, if you’re a family of four who crave smoothie bowls for breakfast you’ll need a larger size.
Next, you’ll want to think about your budget. Some personal blenders can be purchased for less than $20, and there are larger, more powerful models that can cost upwards of $400 depending on the features you want. Some have three simple speeds, while others have modes for juicing, chopping, grinding, crushing ice and more. Figure out your budget and that will narrow down the choices so you can find an appliance that works for you.
As we said above, some blenders are built basic and get the job done, while others come with all sorts of features, modes, add-ons and more. Is this blender going to serve one purpose in your kitchen, or will you regularly use it for recipes ranging from shakes to soups, smoothies and more? Think about whether you need a super powerful motor and extra included smoothie cups or whether a one-button machine will do the trick.
1. Ninja BL610 Professional 72 oz. Countertop Blender
This Ninja blender is one of the most solid designs available, and comes with just the right amount of features and a very reasonable price tag. It’s got 1000 watts of power build into the motor for crushing ice and a 64 ounce liquid capacity. The blades are made to pulverize through ice, whole fruits and vegetables easily, and all parts are dishwasher-safe. The pitcher is BPA-free and comes with a lid that’s easy to open and pour from.
2. NutriBullet 1200 Watt Combo Blender
This NutriBullet comes with a few more bells and whistles, but still won’t blow your budget out of the water and is currently on sale! It’s got three precision speeds and a pulse function to help you avoid over-blending anything. It’s got a 1200 watt motor base and an easy-twist extractor blade made of stainless steel and designed for cyclonic action. The pitcher is BPA-free and it comes with two smoothie cups for taking your creations on the go.
3. Ninja Nutri 1000 Watt Auto-IQ Personal Blender
BEST PERSONAL BLENDER
If you’re looking to blend smoothies for yourself and not clean up a giant machine, this personal blender from Ninja is a great choice. It comes with Auto-IQ technology that optimizes your blends and has extractor blades so the vitamins and nutrients in your ingredients are extracted efficiently. The 1000 watt motor has enough power to crush fruits, veggies and ice and the high-speed blades liquefy ingredients easily. Plus, when you’re done blending you can take the cup to go with you, further minimizing clean-up.
4. Hamilton Beach Personal Blender
BEST PORTABLE BLENDER
This portable blender from Hamilton Beach has a compact design that’s BPA-free and made for use on-the-go. The blender comes with a 14 oz. jar and a 175 watt motor base, and a one-touch blending system that makes it easy to create a healthy breakfast while camping, traveling or at the office. The jar and lid are dishwasher-safe, and with a price tag less than $20 this is one of the most affordable blenders on this list.
5. KitchenAid Countertop Blender
This KitchenAid blender doesn’t just have a large capacity and a powerful motor, but it’s got a beautiful design as well. This Blue Velvet color is chic without being too bold, and it comes in four other colors including white, grey, black and red. It’s got a 3-part blending system that includes a ribbed jar designed to create vortexes and an Intelli-Speed Motor Control blender that automatically senses how much power you need and adjusts accordingly. It’s got three preset recipe programs and a Soft Start feature as well. The asymmetric blade blends at four distinct angles and the Diecast metal base is made durable.
6. Beast Health Beast Blender
We recently reviewed the Beast B10+ Blender and loved it. It’s a beautifully-made kitchen appliance that also happens to be a powerful blender. It comes with a heavy, sturdy base and ribbed glasses for efficient blending. It also comes with interchangeable lids for taking your drink to-go, and everything is easy to clean. It comes in carbon black, grey and white and is built to create nutrient-rich smoothies. It also has a very simple, one-button operation so turning it on and off is easy.
7. Breville Super Q Countertop Blender
If you need a super powerful blender that’s going to grind, this is it. It’s got a commercial-grade motor inside with 12 different speed settings to choose from. The motor is built with a whopping 1800 watts of power and has five one-touch programs as well for ensuring you get a smooth, silky texture in your drink. It’s got a personal blender attachment you can use if you’re just blending for one, and the 186mph blade tip speeds ensure fast results every time.
8. Oster Pro 1200 Blender
Even though it’s not the cheapest blender on this list, this is one of the highest-quality appliances you can get for less than $60, and it’s currently on sale! It’s got seven different speed settings and three pre-programmed settings for milkshakes, frozen smoothies and soups/ salsas. The blades have a dual-direction design that amplifies their power and are 3.5″ wide so the ingredients flow downward easier. There’s a pulse feature for added precision and it comes with a 24 ounce smoothie cup with a wide mouth that’s easy to pour into.
9. Vitamix Explorian 10-Speed Blender
This blender from Vitamix is one of the best investments you’ll make if you love smoothies. It’s got a hefty price tag, but it’s very well-made and has lasted me years of everyday use without a hiccup. It’s got a 48-ounce capacity that’s perfect for a small household or apartment with 2-3 people, and it’s got a bunch of speed options so you can fully control the blend. The tamper design helps process thick, heavy blends and it’s designed to clean itself with a few drops of soap in water and 60 seconds on the highest speed setting. The high-performance motor is made for making any ingredient smooth and it’s got stainless steel, laser-cut blades for high-quality results each time.
10. Cuisinart Smart Power Duet Blender
This blender from Cuisinart is designed to double as a food processor, so you get two kitchen appliances in one and save the storage space. It’s got 7-speed touch pad controls that include off, on, pulse, stir, chop, mix and purée, and each one is indicated via an LED light. The 3-cup food processor is a separate attachment that comes with a feed tube a pusher as well, and it’s got a 500-watt motor that easily powers both setups. The blender jar is 48 ounces, made of glass and comes with a pour lid. All of the removable parts are also dishwasher-safe.