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Best Blenders for Making Smoothies

Updated on May 6, 2013

Can Any Blender Make a Smoothie?

I love a good smoothie. Really, who doesn't? I've been making healthy smoothies for years and I have noticed a few things about blenders...

While most any blender can make a smoothie, many can burn out really easy from trying to chop ice and frozen fruit. Some will chop the ice but won't mix the ingredients very well. Others just don't seem to make the smoothie actually smooth.

After going through many of cheap blenders and having them burn out or just being disappointed by their performance, I decided to invest in a nicer blender for my smoothies.

I find myself really wishing I had gotten a nice blender to start with. I went through around 10 blenders costing $20-$50 before I got the one I have now. I was really getting tired of my blender getting jammed up or making horrible smells when I blended because it wasn't powerful enough!

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Before you start looking at new blenders for making smoothies, you need to think about what is important to you in a blender. Most of the the time, the higher priced blenders are going to be of higher quality and last much longer, but if you only make smoothies occassionaly, maybe a mid-grade blender would be better for you.

Take some time to think about how often you want to use your blender to make smoothies and what kinds of things you will be making them out of. Ice is harder to shop than frozen strawberries. If you are adding tofu or greens you need one that can puree better than the average blender. You should also think about how much you will be making at once. Are you just making smoothies for yourself or do you want to make enough for several people at once?

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Here are a few things to look for in a top quality smoothie blender:

  • A motor that is at least 500 watts. You need a powerful motor that can handle chopping ice and puree anything you may decide to add. 500 watts is the minimum you should be looking at for a good smoothie blender. You can go lower if you don't make smoothies too often, but don't expect your blender to last too long!
  • A sturdy metal base. The base should be wide and very sturdy. The last thing you want is your blender falling over while blending!
  • A glass pitcher. Plastic ones can work, but scratch resistant glass pitchers work the best. They are easier to clean, don't crack as easily, and make the whole blender more sturdy.
  • Easy to clean exterior. You want a blender that you can clean without too much work. Touch pads are better than other types of buttons. You'll also want to see how the blade comes out for cleaning.

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My Blender of Choice

Now, I'm going to be honest... the red color is part of the reason I chose this blender, but it isn't the only reason! Blendtec is one of the top two blender companies and anything by them or Vitamix is going to be fantastic.

Blendtec Total Blender, FourSide Jar, Red
Blendtec Total Blender, FourSide Jar, Red

This blender has a very powerful motor, 1,560-watts, with a three peak horsepower direct-drive motor. This thing will blend ice and frozen fruit like it is nothing!

This thing is as sturdy as a brick. You don't have to worry about it falling over. You'll never hear the sound of it straining to blend. This is just an amazing blender.

It comes with a recipe book with 230 recipes and I've tried a lot of them, they are great.

This blender is on the pricey side for the average blender shopper, but it is will worth the price! It comes with a 7 year warrenty, so you are covered in the unlikely event something stops working.

Another great thing about this blender is that it is really easy to clean. The reason I prefer Blendtec over Vitamix is because the Blendtec blenders usually have slightly higher power motors, meaning the blades don't need to be as sharp and are easier and safer to clean.

I highly suggest checking out this blender!

 

Great Blendtec Blenders

Blendtec is my brand of choice, followed closely by Vitamix. The biggest difference between the different Blendtec blenders is the motor. Remember, you want something over 500 watts for smoothies. Every Blendtec blender fits that! Check out these blenders and know you are getting something that will make a great smoothie and last a very long time!

Blendtec Total Blender Classic, with FourSide Jar, Black
Blendtec Total Blender Classic, with FourSide Jar, Black

This blender is also available in white. There is a one year warranty on he blender and a lifetime warranty on the blades!

 
Blendtec Home Blender HP3A,  WildSide / FourSide Jars - Black
Blendtec Home Blender HP3A, WildSide / FourSide Jars - Black

This blender is commercial grade but meant for home use with a 7 year warranty when used at home.

 
Blendtec Home HP3A FourSide Blender, Black
Blendtec Home HP3A FourSide Blender, Black

This compact Blendtec is 15 inches tall so it can be stored easily in a cupboard.

 

Great Vitamix Blenders

Vitamix is the other top blender brand out there. These are great for making smoothies. This is an especially great blender for green smoothies because the Vitamix blades are very sharp and chop up the greens very well. Like Blendtec, every blender featured here will make the perfect smoothie blender.

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Are There More Affordable Options?

While Blendtec and Vitamix blenders are the top of the line and perfect for the smoothie enthusiast, I know many people who only make smoothies occasionally. If that describes you, then you are probably looking over those blenders and thinking that there has to be a more affordable option.

The good new is that there are cheaper options! They won't be as powerful as the blenders I listed above, but there are many other blenders that reach the 500 watt minimum for a good smoothie blender.

Don't worry, I won't leave you hanging! Keep reading for some recommendations for affordable smoothie blenders.

A Great and Unique Blender

This blender is both affordable and very unique. It is a great option for families or couples that enjoy smoothies together or anyone who entertains a lot on hot days!

Hamilton Beach 52147H Dual Wave Versatile Blender, Silver
Hamilton Beach 52147H Dual Wave Versatile Blender, Silver

The cool thing about this blender is that it has two motors. You can have one large oval shaped pitcher on it that holds 80 ounces or you can put on one or two 16 ounce pitchers. This means you can make a big batch of smoothie or blend two different types of smoothies at once. How cool is that?

The motor runs at a peak of 1000 watts which works well for smoothies. It can shop through ice with ease and makes very smooth smoothies.

The large pitcher has a spout to dispense smoothie but it was a little slow for me so I stick with pouring normally. The pitchers ARE made of plastic but they are pretty sturdy and you can buy replacements if they crack. Also, being a cheaper blender, it is not likely to have the lifespan of the higher priced blenders. The occasional smoothie drinker can expect this blender to last a few years.

 

Great Budget Smoothie Blender

Check this blender out if you want a a good budget smoothie blender.

Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender, with 6-Cup Glass Jar, 7-Speed Settings and Brushed Stainless Steel/Black Finish
Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender, with 6-Cup Glass Jar, 7-Speed Settings and Brushed Stainless Steel/Black Finish

This blender has a 600 watt motor and is great at crushing ice. It has a sturdy and scratch resistant glass pitcher and a reversible motor that keeps the blender from getting clogged. It isn't the most powerful blender, but it works great for the occasional smoothie drinker.

One of the great things about this blender is the way the blades are made. They draw the ingredients down to the bottom to help ensure the smoothie is mixed all of the way through.

If you are on a budget but still want a blender that can make smoothies, this one is worth checking out.

 

More Budget Smoothie Blenders

Here are a few other options if you need a cheap smoothie blender and the options I have shared so far aren't clicking for you.

Don't Forget!

Always remember to check the wattage when looking for a smoothie blender. You want something with a 500 watt engine or higher!

Smoothie Recipes for Kindle

If you have a Kindle, PC, or tablet, you can download and read Kindle books. There are Kindle reading apps available for iPad, smartphone, PC, and Mac.

Yummy Fruit Smoothies Vol. 1 (12 Icy and Sweet Smoothie Recipes)
Yummy Fruit Smoothies Vol. 1 (12 Icy and Sweet Smoothie Recipes)

This is Volume 1 of my Yummy Fruit Smoothies Kindle book series. I have compiled some of my best and most unique smoothie recipes that you are sure go love! The best part is that I'm selling it for very cheap because I truly want to share these great recipes with you. Check it out!

 

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      AmandaTWaH 4 years ago

      @Blkeeslar: Ya, that's the challenge, huh? There are SO MANY different smoothies you can make!

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      Billie Keeslar 4 years ago from Mississippi

      I love smoothies, I have a smoothie maker and am always looking for new recipes. Great Lens

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      AlleyCatLane 4 years ago

      I just brought an Oster a few weeks ago after my first burned out after about 30 years of infrequent use. I have been making smoothies about once or twice a week with my new one, and it does pretty good. We will see how long it lasts. My sister swears by the Vitamix she recently bought, too. Congrats on your purple star.

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      lyttlehalfpint 5 years ago from Canada

      Some great ideas here ... and useful ones I can use. Thanks. I am on the hunt for a small user friendly blender

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      Elyn MacInnis 5 years ago from Shanghai, China

      I mostly use a stick blender. I hate washing big blenders. But you have lots of good ideas here!

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      Chazz 5 years ago from New York

      My blender died yesterday and I need another one asap. Found your lens very helpful and just in time. Thanks for the advice.

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      SailingPassion LM 5 years ago

      I have a Magimix Le Blender and it is fantastic :-)

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      intermarks 5 years ago

      I just use a simple but strong blender to make smoothies. I love smoothies.

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      Sharon Bellissimo 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      I have small hamilton beach single serve blender that works extremely well for its size, my kids have even crushed ice in it. It won't last long but then again it only cost me 20.00

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      Useful information for people more ambitious and with more kitchen space than me. Thanks.

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      chas65 5 years ago

      I love my Ninja, use it ll of the tme.

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      xriotdotbiz lm 5 years ago

      For my money, I have to give a shout out for my Ninja blender. Love how it makes smoothies.

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      Anime-e 5 years ago

      I am really in the mood for a good smoothie right now! My cosuins usually make really rich flavor tasting smoothies that are always worth the wait!

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      Marika 5 years ago from Cyprus

      Oh I love a smoothie or two!