The Best Smoothie Blenders Buyers Guide
It is not easy finding the perfect blender…
Are you constantly on the go, plan to use a blender consistently for cooking, want to avoid a lot of work cleaning, or want to make the perfect smoothie? There are many blender models and brands available to suit the needs of anyone. Because high quality blenders can run several hundred dollars, it is important to do a lot of research before making a purchase decision.
Fortunately, this blog has compiled resources and insight needed to find the best blenders. Here at Consumer Blenders, we have helped hundreds of people find best blenders for them. We hope our simple guides help you too!
The Different Types of Blenders
We found this fantastic guide via Consumer Reports explaining the several most common types of blenders.
As the video mentions, there has been a boom in popularity of blenders due to the increasing amount of smoothies and juices being consumed worldwide. There are three main types of blenders out on the market: Traditional Countertop, Personal and Immersion.
Traditional Countertop Blenders
The most common type of blender and also one of the most reliable. Countertop Blenders have the most power out of the three types, and are ideal for crushing ice or harder ingredients to make a refreshing smoothie.
These models will range from $20 to $650 depending on the quality of the blender. The most expensive models have industrial strength power used by commercial smoothie companies and chefs. Some are even powerful enough to heat soups after running on high blend for several minutes.
Traditional blenders come in either plastic or glass. Glass risks breaking, but plastic can retain smells, stains, and scratch easily. The main feature to keep an eye out for is the blade. In higher end blenders, there are normally angled blades or multiple blades. Both have pros/cons to keep in mind, such as difficulty cleaning and consistency of the blend. Also, make sure the blender you are looking at has a pulse setting. This allows the user to have full control over how much blending is imposed on the ingredients.
A traditional countertop blender is reliable and generally easy to clean. They can crush harder ingredients like ice with ease, and the higher end models will last a long time.
They are bulky and take up more space in the kitchen than the other types of blenders. High strength blenders can also be quite loud.
The Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender is the ultimate blending machine. High horse power for smooth clean blends, easy cleaning, stainless steal blade, this blender is a must for anyone serious about making quality smoothies.
Becoming increasingly popular due to their portability and portion controlling size, personal blenders are a good mix of power and function. They are great as a smoothie blender because their main compartments also double as smoothie serving cups. Blend it, drink it, clean it, and you’re off.
Personal blenders are good for the price-conscious as they range from about $15 to $120. It is best to lean towards the higher priced of these, as they are not as durable as countertop blenders.
Personal blenders compartments will normally double as cups since they are the perfect size. Whereas a countertop blender will have 3 to 16 different speeds, a personal blender may only have 1 to 5.
Personal blenders are great for making simple fruit smoothies. They are quiet and easy to clean. They also do not take up a lot of space in the kitchen.
They are not nearly as powerful as their countertop brethren. The small motors on personal blenders have a tough time passing durability tests, like crushing ice or puréeing frozen foods.
The VonShef 300W Stainless Steel Personal Sports Smoothie Blender is our ‘on-the-go’ smoothie blender pick. The 2 x 20-Oz & 2 x 14-Oz BPA-free bottles with spill-proof lids and carry handles give this the edge over a few of its predecessors, who don’t have as convenient to go containers, but have about the same power behind their blend.
Normally for whipping smoothies, soups and other meals inside a larger dish, immersion blenders are useful in the right situation, but definitely not a ‘go-to’ smoothie blender.
Immersion blenders range from $20 to $200. Many reviews warn consumers about the discrepancies in quality vs price. This Consumer Reports article even explains how they tested a $50 immersion blender which worked much better than another priced at $180.
The best part about these is that they are versatile. Many come with chopping or whisking components that can be alternated for the user’s cooking needs. Like personal blenders, these will not have as many mixing power settings as countertops, therefore, they are best used as a compliment to a traditional blender.
Handheld for high accuracy and control. Interchangeable parts and a versatile additions for many types of cooking.
Lacking in power, they need to be more of a compliment to other blenders than a stand alone. The higher priced blenders also perform at a similar level to the mid to low tiered versions.
The KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender is our choice immersion blender. It is sturdier than many of its competitors (stronger metal), does not get hot while using, and comes with an array of accessories (i.e. blending cup and a canvas bag for storage).