How to Choose a Blender – Your Ultimate Easy Buying Guide

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Looking for a blender to make healthy smoothies or protein shakes?

How about some smoothie bowls, nut butters, dressings or soups?

The amount of information, choices and advice out there is overwhelming, and most blenders look pretty much the same - it’s no surprise if you might already feel confused!

That’s why we’re here to help you make this purchase easy, quick and… even exciting - after all, you’re about to buy an appliance that will help you feel better, look better and boost your health.

We’ve researched, used and reviewed every notable brand out there. Even better, all of us here are smoothie and juicing enthusiasts who love to share our experience.

The result?

This ultimate guide we’ve crafted for you, so you can easily find your perfect blender in just three quick steps!

How to Choose Your Blender in 3 Easy Steps

Here are your three quick steps to take, so you can choose and buy your blender - with minimal effort or confusion:

1. Discover your ideal
blender type

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Use our quick guide to know exactly what to look for

2. Choose your perfect blender model

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Important! how to ensure the model you’re considering is right for you

3. Order your chosen blender

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Ordering a blender online is usually the most sensible choice.

There are hundreds of blender models in the market, and just randomly selecting a model, or going by somebody else’s recommendation doesn’t make much sense, because everyone has different needs, limitations and budget.

That’s why the first thing you need to do, in order to find a blender that you’d be happy with, is realize that there are 4 main types of blenders. Each type fits different purposes and needs:

Hand Blenders, Personal Bullet Blenders, Traditional Countertop Blenders and top of the line High-Performance Blenders.

In Step 1, you’ll find out which of these types is perfect for you. Once you know which type of blender fits your needs, then it’s easy to zoom in on the model.

Do you already know which blender model you want, or you’ve already gone through our guides? Then jump to step #3 to easily get it!

A blender can turn fruits and vegetables into delicious smoothies

The end result - a blender can turn fruits and vegetables into delicious smoothies

Step #1 - Discover Your Ideal Type of Blender

This is where most people get really confused, so we’ve decided to take the challenge and make it as simple and easy as possible:

Just ask yourself what would you like to do with your blender. Use the table below to get ideas on what can be done.

You can also see in the table what needs and limitations each type of blender addresses, such as limited storage space, on the go single servings vs large number of servings, etc.

The result of this step is that you’ll know exactly what type of blender to look for, and what price range is reasonable to expect.

Type:

Hand (Immersion) Blender

Traditional Countertop Blender

Personal Bullet Blenders

High Performance Blenders

Hand Immersion Blender
Countertop Blender
#2 - NutriBullet Rx
#2 - Oster VERSA Pro Performance Blender with Tamper 1400-watt, BLSTVB-RV0

Used for...

Soups, simple smoothies with soft ingredients

simple smoothies with soft ingredients, protein shakes, milkshakes

All types of smoothies (some models), protein shakes on the go

All types of smoothies, including the toughest ingredients. Also for nut butters, nut milks, soups, etc.

Makes smoothies?

Not recommended - best for soft fruits only - see video

½
(mainly for soft ingredients)

Convenience

Takes the most time and effort

Convenient

Convenient

Convenient

Servings

1 serving

1-2 serving

1-2 serving

1-4 serving

Crushes ice for frozen drinks

some

Makes nut butters or milks

some

Makes ice creams

Storage space required

Little

Medium-large

Little-medium

Little-large

How much can you expect to pay?

$

$$

$$ - $$$

$$$

How to use the table - examples

Example 1:

Suppose you’re mainly looking to use the blender to make vegetable & fruit smoothies, single serve, blending your morning smoothie directly into a portable cup to go. You’ll see in the table that Hand Blenders as well as Personal blenders can do just that.

However, you can see that Hand blenders are not strong with smoothies. They’re only good for soft smoothie ingredients (bananas, strawberries) and not for many vegetables. Thus your choice narrows down to the Personal blender type.

Once you found the right type of blender for your needs, in this example Personal Bullet, just click the “Personal Bullet” heading to check which models would fit your requirements and limitations.

Example 2:

You’d like to make smoothies with ice, sometimes with tough ingredients like beet. Perhaps you’d also like the versatility of being able to make homemade hummus, almond milk, nut butters, soups and more.

In this case, the best blender type for you would be the “High Performance” one, so just click on it to check which models would fit your requirements and limitations.

Which types of blenders are good for smoothies? 

The good news is - most blenders will be able to make smoothies. However, you need to know the differences between the types of blenders available, so you'd know which one would really fit your needs.

For the best texture and consistency, high performance blenders are ideal. These can handle any type of ingredient, including the toughest root vegetables and ice.

Bullet blenders and traditional countertop models can also do a fine job in most cases. However hand blenders (immersion blenders) will not be able to cope successfully with veggies and leafy greens. We tested and verified it in this video: 

Should I buy a blender, juicer or food processor?

Let’s finish this step with clearing another confusing point, in case you’re still not 100% convinced you want a blender rather than a food processor or juicer.

A food processor, with its selection of blades and disks, works best for chopping, dicing, or shredding vegetables, as well as doughs and cake batters. However it will not make your smoothies smooth enough.

A full-size blender is perfect for smoothies, and it makes much smoother purees and beverages than any of the other options.

A juicer is great for extracting just the liquid out of fruits and veggies. However, it discards the pulp and with it - important healthy nutrients.

If you do feel like making a juice occasionally, bear in mind that any blender can make juices, to some extent - you just make a smoothie as usual, then filter the pulp using a strainer. But a juicer can never make you real smoothies.

There are also a few Blender-Juicer combos, but they might be either expensive, bulky or hard to find.

Step #2 - Choose Your Perfect Blender Model

This step is very Important - you'll zoom in on the model you want, and ensure the model you’re considering is really right for you!

This isn't too difficult - we've done all the leg work for you, and hand-picked the best and most popular models of each type of blenders. To jump to the list of recommended models, click HERE.​

What to consider when choosing a blender model

Once you know which type of blender would be perfect for you, here are the most important factors you should look into when choosing your model.

Most guides will start by highlighting the blender’s motor power. We’ve found this to be one of the least relevant considerations when choosing a blender. Read on to learn why, and what’s really important.

1. Number of people to serve

Some blenders come with family-sized jars, while others are single or two serve.

Be sure the size matches your family's need, especially if you have kids - this is your best bet at bringinging them healthier, nutrient-rich food that they would actually like!

2. Available storage space

Size also matters when it comes to storage. Do you have enough storage space for the blender and its various attachments, accessories and jars?

Is the profile small enough to enable you to store the blender on the kitchen countertop under kitchen cabinets? Up to 17 inch tall would probably fit under most cabinets.

3. Ease of cleanup

Is the jar dishwasher safe? Is it designed as an easy to clean 1-piece?

Blenders with touch pads are easier to keep clean rather than those that have knobs and dials..

Blendtec Classic digital touch pad - easy to clean

The Blendtec digital touch pad is very easy to clean

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4. Available blending controls

More blending speeds mean more control over the blending process. However, 5 speeds with Pulse are enough.


The Pulse function is useful when you have frozen or other tough ingredients. It also helps if you need to chop ingredients without over-processing or pureeing them.​

5. How powerful is the motor

This is one of the factors that determine the quality of the results - will your smoothies be really smooth? Can the blender crush ice effectively?

Generally speaking, I’ve found that for really smooth, high quality blends, above 800 watts is recommended. Weaker blenders might give less impressive results.

Having said that, there are other factors which are just as important, and could affect your final results even more, such as the engineering of the blade and jar.

That’s why the watts feature is often overrated, as salesmen focus on what’s easier for them - comparing wattage numbers rather than actually knowing which blender produces better results.

How to get around this?

Compare between user ratings and feedback on how their beverages turn out, rather than comparing an often meaningless number.

We’ve done the work for you and hand-picked the blender models that received the highest user satisfaction reviews. You can find these models here.


6. What type of material is the jar (pitcher) made of?

Blender jars are either made of plastic, glass or stainless steel.


Plastic is preferred by many as it is lightweight and easy to handle. However it might absorb odors and can stain and scratch. If you’ve went for a model with a plastic pitcher, make sure it is “BPA Free” which is considered safer for food.


Glass jars are heavier and breakable, but do not absorb odors or scratch easily.


An important caveat though - glass jars could be less safe to use with powerful blenders, since if a metal object such as a spoon is accidentally forgotten left in a glass jar, it could shatter and potentially cause injury.

​Stainless steel jar are an alternative if you don’t like plastic or glass. It is much less popular due to the fact that you can’t see the contents while it is blending.


7. How often will you use it?

If you do not intend to use the blender frequently, it might be tempting to purchase a cheap model.

But here’s the deal:

The results you get with a high quality blender are so good that people find themselves compelled to use it more often.​

I strongly believe that if you’re already investing money and kitchen space in a blender, you’d better take one that you’ll enjoy using and fully enjoy its results.​

8. Durability

If you crush a lot of ice and tough ingredients, over a period of years, will the blender survive? Does it have an overload shut off, and does it really work and protects the motor?

Usually the cheaper models get worn or burn quickly, sometimes even after a few months. You can usually expect the higher end models to function as new for years.


9. Accessories and attachments

Some blenders include a tamper to help ingredients move inside the pitcher and blend better, but in our experience it’s just another item to operate and to clean afterwards. Use the blender’s Pulse button instead to get the same effect.

10. Warranty period

Your warranty is like an insurance policy, and can save you from expensive repairs later on.

Higher end models offer 5-9 years, while lower priced models would usually give just one year.

11. Budget consideration

​Blenders range in price from under $50 to over $1000 and everything in between.

Generally, with cheap blenders I’ve heard everything from motors quick to burn out and non-smooth smoothies, to plastic chips from the blender getting into the food.

If you’d like to own a quality blender but are on a tight budget, a refurbished high-end model could be a great idea.


Best Rated Blender Models


Here are the blenders we reviewed or personally used - check out these reviews to find out the good and the bad about each blender, and whether it’s right for you.

The models are arranged according to their type. It is important that you first choose which type of blender is best for your needs. You can easily do that in step #1 here.

Hand Blenders - Best Rated Models for 2017

Also called Immersion Blenders, these are the best models based on their user ratings and reviews, as well as our experience:

#1 - Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender

Why Choose it:

Single Serve

Easy to Use

High Quality

Our Rating:

5 out of 5 stars

Breville BSB510XL Control Grip Immersion Blender

What sets this Breville immersion blender apart is the unique pistol like design, along with a convenient base. It’s blade design is also unique, and makes blending more easy and efficient by reducing the usual suction effect you get with these kind of hand blenders.

#2 - Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC

Why Choose it:

Single Serve

More Affordable

Easy To Clean

Our Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC

The Cuisinart Smart Stick is compact and stylish, with a stick design that reaches into pots, pitchers, and bowls easily. We liked the fact it is dishwasher-safe for effortless cleaning. Check out their nice demo video to see the Cuisinart in action:

#3 - KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender

Why Choose it:

Easy to Use

Easy To Clean

Good Accessories

Our Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

#3 - KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender

The KitchenAid is convenient to work with and is dishwasher safe (top rack only). Comes with a 3-Cup blending jar that’s perfect for individual blending jobs, to serve or store for later with its lid on.

Traditional Countertop Blenders - Best Rated Models for 2017 

Blenders in this category have features, size and price midway between budget blenders and high-end ones.

These are the best models based on their user ratings and reviews, as well as our experience:

#1 - Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)

Why Choose it:

Multi Purpose

Good Accessories

Crushes Ice

Our Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

#1 - Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)

A complete multi-purpose kitchen system with cups, bowl and pitcher. Handles tough ingredients with ease, as well as crushes ice effectively.

Read our full review HERE and also be sure to watch this interesting video:

#2 - Oster VERSA Pro Performance Blender BLSTVB-RV0

Why Choose it:

Easy to Use

Crushes Ice

Multi Purpose

Our Rating:

4.0 out of 5 stars

#2 - Oster VERSA Pro Performance Blender with Tamper 1400-watt, BLSTVB-RV0

This is the best Oster blender for smoothies - powerful, easy to use and buyers report on good results.

#3 - KitchenAid KSB1575ER Diamond Blender 5-Speed

Why Choose it:

Easy to Use

Easy to Clean

More Affordable

Our Rating:

4.0 out of 5 stars

#3 - KitchenAid KSB1575ER Diamond Blender 5-Speed

Easy to use and clean, though not as powerful as other traditional countertop blenders, and might need more effort with tougher ingredient or ice.

Personal Bullet Blenders - Best Rated Models for 2017

Shaped like a bullet, these are relatively compact blenders that fit even in the smallest kitchens, and are ideal for a single or double serving.


These are the best models based on their user ratings and reviews, as well as our experience:

#1 - Ninja Professional Blender & Single Serve Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)

Why Choose it:

High Quality

Multi Purpose

Crushes Ice

Our Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

#1 - Ninja Professional Blender & Single Serve Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)

The Ninja Pro is not just a bullet blender. It does have bullet cups that you can use for single servings, but you also get a regular pitcher if you need more servings, as well as other uses such as making nut butters. Be sure to read our full review HERE.

#2 - NutriBullet Rx

Why Choose it:

Easy to Use

Easy to Clean

Multi Purpose

Our Rating:

4.5 out of 5 stars

#2 - NutriBullet Rx

This quality bullet blender is powerful enough to crush ice and tough ingredients, as well as able to mix, chop, blend and prepare hot soups. Be sure to read our full review of Nutribullet Rx HERE.

#3 - Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

Why Choose it:

Single Serve

Easy to Use

More Affordable

Our Rating:

4.0 out of 5 stars

#3 - Magic Bullet NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

Quality bullet blender, though a bit less powerful than the Nutribullet Rx and Ninja Pro, so it handles tough ingredients less elegantly. However it is still a favorite classic personal blender on a budget.

High-Performance Blenders - Best Rated Models for 2017

These blenders produce the highest quality smoothies, are very easy and quick to use and clean, and can also make things like hot soups, nut butters, nut milks, batters, dips, salsas and more.


These are the best models based on their user ratings and reviews, as well as our experience:

#1 - Blendtec Total Blender

Why Choose it:

High Quality

Easy to Clean

Multi Purpose


Our Rating:

5.0 out of 5 stars

#1 - Blendtec Total Blender

High performance classic blender, famous for its ability to quickly make silky smooth liquid out of fruits, vegetables and ice. It creates the highest quality delicious smoothies, soups, butters, spreads, salsas and more.

Read our full Blendtec Total review here.

#2 - Vitamix 5200 Series Blender

Why Choose it:

High Quality

Multi Purpose

Easy to Use

Our Rating:

5.0 out of 5 stars

#2 - Vitamix 5200 Series Blender

High performance blender able to produce the highest quality smoothies, hot soups, butters and more. Perfect choice if you prefer a more classic design with button and knobs instead of Blendtec’s digital touch pad. Other than that, the two blenders seem to give similar quality results and durability.

#3 - Blendtec Pro 800 With Noise Shield

Why Choose it:

Very Quiet

High Quality

Multi Purpose

Our Rating:

5.0 out of 5 stars

#3 - Blendtec Pro 800 With Noise Shield

The Blendtec 800 might be the least affordable of this list, however it features more than the famous quality and elegant modern design - it also has a very effective noise shield.

Blenders are generally noisy appliances, which might degrade from your experience of using them. But not with this model, which operates at a normal sound level of a conversation.

This means you can blend your morning smoothies without waking anyone up or just enjoy a more pleasant blending experience.​

Step #3 - Order Your Chosen Blender

Many are still holding on to the habit of shopping for kitchen appliances by visiting a few brick-and-mortar stores.

The last time I did that, I was faced with a limited selection of coffee grinders and a sour-faced salesman who didn’t actually know much about his coffee grinders. That was the last time I shopped for appliances “offline”.

Not only did I waste a substantial amount of time driving to the store and had an unpleasant shopping experience - on top of that I discovered that the model I was somewhat interested in, is being sold for substantially less online - including delivery to my doorstep!

Yes, there is a certain disadvantage in not being able to see and feel the blender before you purchase it, but in this day and age you can get a pretty good feel for how it would look like by the multitude of photos and YouTube videos of the product.

Why shop online for a blender?

Shopping online for kitchen appliances makes a lot of sense, for many reasons:

  • ​You can get any model you want, without being limited to the store’s inventory
  • You get exactly what you need, and not what the salespeople push
  • you to buy due to them getting higher commissions or trying to get rid of inventory
  • You get the best price since comparing price online is so easy and quick
  • You don’t have to carry the appliance home. This is especially true when buying larger items like a countertop blender

It’s as simple as choosing one of the models in Step #2, and within minutes your order will be finalized. Good luck with your purchase!

If you have any questions, or you’d like to share your own experience, please leave a comment below.

Tip

Do you want the ultimate blender, that can make amazingly perfect smoothies as well as soups, butters, milks, and more? Blendtec or Vitamix too expensive? Definitely check out the certified refurbished / reconditioned alternative HERE.

Best Blenders For Smoothies - Our Recommendations

Wondering which blenders are favorite among us team members at Easy Healthy Smoothie?

We have tried and used quite a lot of models in recent years, and these are the models that we've found to be the best for each purpose and budget. 

Best blender for vegetable smoothies

Ninja Mega Kitchen System

Thanks to Ninja's unique blade design and powerful motor, this blender will handle all veggies with elegance and ease.

One of its biggest selling points is the versatile two-jar system, that enables you to make either a personal smoothie or use the larger jar for a couple or a few kids. 

Ninja-Mega-Review-Featured-Image

Best blender for fruit smoothies

Ninja Pro BL660

This blender can make exceptioanlly smooth fruit beverages.

Simpler and cheaper models can handle soft fruits as well, but the Ninja makes a great smoothie texture even from firmer or pulpier fruits such as apples and pineapples.

We definitely prefer to include vegetables in our smoothies, not just fruit, so it's important to note that the Ninja Pro does a great job with veggies as well.

Ninja Professional Blender BL660 Review - Featured Image

Best blender for ice smoothies

Vitamix 5200 Series Blender

This is our preferred model of Vitamix. They're known for their high performance blenders, but this one is a real classic.

Its powerful motor and efficient blade design makes it ideal for turning ice into fine snow, for delicious chilled smoothies.

Some reviewers have found it to be slightly more efficient with ice than its Blendtec competition, however you won't be disappointed with a Blendtec as well.

vitamix - ice

Best blender for purees and soups

Breville BSB510XL Immersion Blender

If you like making smooth purees and soups, this is the perfect tool to get.

We love it due to its unique blades, that prevent the annoying suction effect of similar hand blenders, so making purees becomes quicker and more convenient.

Its ergonomic pistol-like design is a great bonus.

Breville Hand Immersion Blender

Best High End Blender

Blendtec Total 

Pick any of Blendtec's models and you're assured a powerful blender that gives you silky-smooth beverages and lasts for many years.

Having said that, we still prefer the Total Classic thanks to its ease of use, easier cleaning and the fact that it can make exceptionally high quality smoothies, as well as soups, nut butters, nut milks, and more.

Blendtec Total Classic Blender Review

Best Affordable Blender for Smoothies

Oster Pro 1200 Blender

Yes, Blendtec and Vitamix are the ultimate in blending, but if you're on a tighter budget, Oster offers a worthy alternative. 

It has quite a powerful motor, but tough ingredients might be a little more challenging. All in all, it's great value blender that gets the job done on a budget.

Oster Pro 1200

Best Personal Blender

Nutribullet Rx

The Nutribullet brand is known for its high quality personal blenders, and this model is our top choice.

It will make veggie and fruit smoothies with good consistency and quite quickly. 

It also features a larger jar in case you're making smoothies for more than yourself.

Nutribullet Rx blender review - Featured-Image

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What a great guide … so much useful information here! I’m looking for a new blender so I’m glad to have found this guide. Keep up the great work!

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    Thanks Jerry, so glad you liked it and found it helpful! Let us know which blender you go for in the end?

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