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Best Blenders for Making Smoothies
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!
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?
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.
Poll: How Often Do You Make Smoothies?
How often do you make smoothies?
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.
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!
This blender is also available in white. There is a one year warranty on he blender and a lifetime warranty on the blades!
This blender is commercial grade but meant for home use with a 7 year warranty when used at home.
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.
Poll: Favorite Smoothie Fruits
What is your favorite fruit to add to a smoothie?
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!
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.
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.
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.
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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