The 7 Best Blenders for Smoothies, Soups, Dips, and More
One of the most versatile kitchen appliances you can buy, a quality blender is a must-have in every kitchen. With the right blender, breakfast smoothies, homemade ice cream, fresh dips, frozen cocktails, and so much more can be effortlessly made.
To find the best blenders, we thoroughly researched the market and rounded up our favorites to suit a variety of needs and budgets. We also spoke to Harry Daniels, a restaurateur with over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, for expert insight on how to choose a blender.
"If you have many mouths to feed and need a blender for cooking large batches of sauces at a time, a large capacity, more professional-grade machine will be best," Daniels says. "For whipping up smoothies for one or two people, however, a personal or compact smoothie blender is ideal, easy to clean and store, and not to mention, more economical."
Our top pick is the Ninja Professional Plus Blender, thanks to its large capacity, reasonable price tag, and powerful 1400-watt motor that can blend even the toughest ingredients to the smoothest consistency. We also love that it has a wide variety of settings and dishwasher-safe parts.
Here are the best blenders for every kitchen's needs.
Our Top Picks
- Best Overall Blender: Ninja Professional Plus Blender
- Best Budget Blender: Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function Blender
- Best Compact Blender: KitchenAid K150 3-Speed Ice Crushing Blender
- Best Personal Blender: NutriBullet 600-Watt Personal Blender
- Best Blender for Smoothies and Juices: Breville 3X Bluicer Pro
- Best Splurge Blender: Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender
- Best Blender With Attachments: Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System
Best Overall Blender: Ninja Professional Plus Blender
Best Budget Blender: Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function Blender
Best Compact Blender: KitchenAid K150 3-Speed Ice Crushing Blender
Best Personal Blender: NutriBullet 600-Watt Personal Blender
Best Blender for Smoothies and Juices: Breville 3X Bluicer Pro
Best Splurge Blender: Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Blender
Best Blender With Attachments: Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System
The Ninja Professional Plus Blender earned the top spot on our list of the best blenders due to its powerful 1400-watt motor, 72-ounce pitcher that's great for larger families or those who entertain often, and fairly reasonable price. It's also really easy to clean since the removable parts can be popped into the dishwasher after each use.
How to Shop for Blenders Like a Pro
Type and Size
There are three main types of blenders on the market: countertop, personal, and immersion blenders. This guide focuses on the first two, but here's a breakdown of the differences between them all.
Countertop: Generally the largest type of blender, countertop models come in various sizes and can usually hold way more than one serving at a time (unless they are compact models). These versions come in several styles, from professional-grade units with several attachments and capabilities to smaller versions with just one setting, and they tend to be more powerful. But it's important to note that they take up more counter space than other types of blenders.
Personal: These smaller, compact blenders are designed to make one serving at a time, so they can typically fit one smoothie or protein shake. The blending vessel on a personal blender often doubles as a travel cup, so you can easily put a lid on it and take your smoothie on the go.
Immersion: Also known as hand blenders, immersion blenders are long and narrow tools with small blades at the bottom that you immerse directly into the food that you want to blend. They're not the most powerful, so they're best for blending small amounts of soft foods (like tomato sauce). They're also commonly used to make baby food and soup.
Blenders come in a variety of wattages, often ranging from 300 to 1500 watts (or more!). The higher the number, the more powerful and efficient the blender will be. Lower wattages (which tend to be more affordable) are sufficient for mixing simple ingredients like those in protein shakes and milkshakes.
A mid-range blender of around 500-800 watts will be able to blend fruit, vegetables, and ice to make smoothies, cocktails, soups, and more. More powerful blenders of 1000 watts or more might be a little more expensive, but they can easily blend almost anything you put in them—including nuts for homemade nut butter.
In relation to the actual power source, almost all blenders are corded electric, although there are some portable battery-powered blenders on the market. (These only work well for mixing protein shakes at the gym because they aren't very powerful.)
Many blenders come with accessories and attachments, like extra blades for specific purposes such as crushing ice or mixing dough. Other popular accessories are extra personal blending cups with lids that turn them into to-go cups.
There are, however, other, more specific accessories that make your blender a two-in-one appliance, like a juice extractor that turns it into a juicer or special blades that turn it into a food processor.
Questions You Might Ask
What's the difference between a blender and a food processor?
Blenders typically require some form of liquid, like water, juice, broth, or milk, whereas food processors can chop ingredients as-is. While your blender is a great appliance for making smoothies, protein shakes, milkshakes, frozen cocktails, soups, batters, and marinades; food processors are ideal for making dips and salsas as well as chopping up ingredients for meal prep and shredding cheese.
How do you clean a blender?
A blender typically only has three parts that require cleaning: the blending cup or container, the blade screw-on attachment, and the lid. Opting for a blender with dishwasher-safe parts will make your life easier, as you'd then be able to put these parts in with the rest of your dishwashing load. If you don't have a dishwasher, or if the parts are too big to fit inside one, cleaning a blender by hand is still pretty easy.
The most important thing to remember is that you should rinse your blender as soon as you're done using it. "The sooner you rinse it out, the easier it is to clean," says Daniels. If the ingredient remnants are still fresh and haven't had a chance to dry and stick to the inside of the blender, a good rinse and sponge down with hot, soapy water will likely be all that it needs before it's clean. Make sure you pay extra attention while cleaning the gasket on the lid.
If, however, you have a murkier blender on your hands, a good trick is to put in 1/4 cup of baking soda, half of a chopped-up lemon, a bit of dish soap, and 1 cup of hot water, and blend it all on high for 60 seconds. White vinegar (about 3/4 of a cup) can also be used instead of lemon for more stuck-on situations, like dried pancake batter.
As for the rest of your blender, a wipe-down with a damp dish cloth after each use will keep it clean and dust-free. If it's been splattered with food, you can use a gentle multi-purpose cleaning spray or a little bit of dish soap, then wipe it down with a dry cloth.
How long should a blender last?
The best indicator of how long a blender will last is by looking at the warranty the company offers. If along with the blender you get a three-year warranty, you can usually expect your blender to last a little longer than that with regular use.
Most blenders on the market that are designed for home use typically last up to five years, and that is dependent on usage. A mid-range blender, both in price and power, with a three-year warranty might last five years of daily use, and eight years if you only use it a couple of times a week. In essence, the cheaper the machine, the less likely it is to last you a long time, and the more often you use it, the sooner it will wear out.
Take Our Word for It
This article was written by Kat de Naoum, who has over 10 years of commerce-writing experience. Kat is also the commerce editor-at-large at Thomas-Xometry, the leading U.S. online platform for supplier discovery and product sourcing. For this article, Kat thoroughly researched various blenders on the market and considered factors such as each blender's type, size, material, power, accessories, price, and how easy it is to clean. She also received expert tips from Harry Daniels, a restaurateur with over 25 years of experience in the food and beverage industry.