Top Smoothie Blenders for 2017 Rated and Reviewed
No time to research hundreds of blenders? Read on.
So you decided that making fresh, delicious, healthy smoothies is a good thing. Awesome!
And all you need is a good recipe, some fresh fruits, veggies, ice, a blender and voila! It’s smoothie time, right?
But wait…that’s right. You don’t actually own a blender.
Or the old one in the cupboard is on it’s last legs. (Will it even blend ice anymore?)
So you take to the inter-webs to find a new one.
When you Google ‘blender reviews’ you get the top 5, 10, 18 or even the top 69 blenders reviewed.
There’s got to be a better way.
And there is. You’ve just found it.
This article reviews the #1 blender at each of three price points: 1) Luxury: over $400, 2) Mid-tier: $101 to $400, and 3) Budget: under $100.
The following reviews rely on over three years of personal experience and countless articles and expert reviews, all of which you can find online and read at your convenience.
The point however is to make your decision easier so you don’t have to spend all day reading those reviews.
If hearty smoothies are part of your everyday routine, you need a blender that can handle the big stuff and not break or have the motor burn out.
The blender should be able to handle nuts and seeds as easily as kale, frozen fruit and ice.
One of the primary ways this is accomplished is through the creation of a vortex to suck the material down, blend, then send back to the top to do it all again.
A good blender should also have a relatively quiet motor that will last, preferably for years, and a jar that won’t leak.
And finally, it should be easy to operate, clean and store.
The blenders in this review do all of the above. The primary differences are ones of degree: how smooth they are able to blend, how long the jars last and how quickly the motors will burn out.
And as you might imagine, those variables are directly correlated to price.
THE GOLD STANDARD
Yes, you’ve heard it before, and it’s true. If you want the very best blender money can buy, Vitamix is your brand.
Specifically the Vitamix 5200, the most basic model they make, tops online reviews year after year.
The Vitamix 5200 is recommended by top chefs, reviewers and critics everywhere and can be found in 5-star restaurants as often as foodie kitchens.
This baby not only blends a killer smoothie, but will make ice cream, soup, nut butters, flour and according to one reviewer on Amazon, you can even turn it into a juicer with a clever hack.
All this comes at a cost: about $420 on Amazon at the time this went live.
It does however come with a rock-solid 7-year warranty, and there are plenty of reports of this machine lasting 15 to 20 years.
If you’re looking for the best, you can stop looking and grab the Vitamix 5200.
CHAMPAGNE TASTE, BEER BUDGET
If you just can’t justify paying $400+ for a kitchen appliance, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.
The singular standout in the mid-priced tier for the last three years or so has been the Oster VERSA Pro Performance Blender with Low Profile Jar. (a.k.a. the blue collar Vitamix)
The Oster VERSA Pro consistently produces smoothies and nut butters as smooth as the luxury models and has a robust feature set including intuitive preset and variable speeds, a quieter motor than most in this price range a tamper and overheating protection.
The Low Profile Jar is important as this model tops out at 17.5”, just right for keeping on the counter under the cabinets.
The 1400 watt motor is slightly larger than the Vitamix (1380 watt) motor, and the Oster VERSA Pro even comes with a 10-year warranty.
And the price? $176 on Amazon on the day we posted.
Now that’s a steal!
If there is a blender ‘Holy Grail’ it would be a budget blender that does everything a luxury blender does.
The closest thing I know of—and I know this blender very well, I use it every morning—is the simply amazing KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender.
With an average rating of 4.5-stars with over 500 reviews on Amazon, this little workhorse is THE standout in its class.
I’ve used this brilliant machine almost every day for three years and it just keeps going not matter what you throw at it. (Full disclosure: I use it exclusively for smoothies, salsas, and dips. No nut butters.)
When blending nuts, seeds and seedy berries, the texture is not as ‘finished’ as higher end models due in large part to the smaller motor listed at approximately 670 watts. But honestly, the difference is negligible.
And like most other models at this price point, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender comes with only a 1-year warranty.
But coming in at an incredible $79 at post time, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender can go toe-to-toe with the best of them.
In the end you’ll have to make the call. Your decision will depend on what features are important to you, the look and feel, and your personal take on appliance warranties.
But don’t take too long to decide.
Every day you delay, is another day you could have been blending up your own fresh, delicious smoothies.
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