A blender is more than it used to be. Shop around, and you'll find that the once-simple appliance has transformed into kitchen workhorse that moonlights as a food processor, ice cream maker, grain miller, ice crusher, and more. Some models even come in weird shapes and boast confusing features, although many people still use them to make a smoothie. So, what's really worth your money?
Whether you're looking for a new high-end appliance that can replace all your others or just want a quick way to make your frozen drink in the morning, our roundups can help you find the right blender for you and your budget. Some models, like our favorite pro-style blender, the Breville Super Q Blender(available at Amazon for $496.04), are versatile hybrid machines that cross between categories.
If you’re ready to start mixing, blending, crushing, milling, and whipping your way toward better food and drinks, the award winners we’ve included in this roundup will help.
A supercharged and super-quiet version of our previous winner from Breville, the Super Q is everything we look for in a professional-grade blender. From mixing liquids to finely milling almonds, this blender handled each task we threw at it with ease. It's also a shape-shifter—the Super Q easily adapts into a food processor, ice cream maker, and personal blender with the addition of presets and included attachments.
The 12-speed Breville wowed us with its 68 oz. jar and sleek, intuitive design. Our fingers floated naturally to every button and knob, and the five included presets proved foolproof. That's because they’re written out in words—there's no need to decode any hieroglyphics or use trial-and-error. There’s even a distinction between making “smoothies” and “green smoothies.” The included 24 oz. travel cup is perfect for people who want to make their smoothies and go. We also loved the digital display that features a timer and precise setting controls.
If you're looking for a quiet alternative to the typical whirring blender, the Super Q is a solid option—while it still makes noise when crushing ice and chopping up tough ingredients, the motor is noticeably quieter than that of every other model we tested. One thing we don't love? The Super Q has a massive base that will take up some sizable real estate on your countertop. But if you're looking for a quality, do-it-all blender that can replace multiple small kitchen appliances (and costs less than equivalent machines from Vitamix), this Breville is your best bet.
The KitchenAid KSB1575 Diamond blender is absolutely the best affordable blender we've tested. Frequently on sale for around a hundred dollars (depending on color), this five-speed model did exceptionally well in our chopping and mixing tests. It obliterated ice cubes into a fine slush, made creamy nut butter, and liquefied fruit and yogurt into a delicious smoothie.
Our testers liked the easy-to-read and intuitive controls, and each button has enough resistance that you shouldn’t worry about accidentally engaging the wrong setting. The components are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and KitchenAid's five-year warranty is almost as good as the seven years offered by Vitamix.
The KitchenAid Diamond comes with a 60-oz. BPA-free jar, and is available in over 15 colors, including Boysenberry, Tangerine, Espresso, and the classic Empire Red.
While it was a close race to the top, Ninja’s most basic model of their Nutri-Ninja, the Fit, ultimately earned its place as our favorite personal blender. It’s the Goldilocks of the category: not too big and powerful, not too small and weak, but just right. We were impressed by its speed and strength when whipping up fruit smoothies, which turned out smooth as can be, and its 700-watt motor’s relatively low noise level while grinding away.
While the blender’s design isn’t visually stunning, it’s black-and-silver base is sleek and unassuming and, most importantly, small and light enough to easily be stored away. The blender’s 16-oz. containers with measurement marks are similarly sleek and perfectly transportable (they come with tight travel lids!) for on-the-go sipping. The Fit requires users to hold the container down or use the “pulse” method while blending, but this precaution works to prevent motor burn-out and means the blender will last longer than many of its counterparts. It’s so fast, you might not even notice.
As a proud owner of the Fit for seven months, I can attest to its capabilities throughout daily use (and misuse). I’ve used it to mix up smoothies and shakes, blend butternut squash soup, whip up salad dressing and dips, and even grind granulated sugar into powdered sugar. While I don’t recommend that last one, the Nutri-Ninja Fit has taken everything I’ve thrown at it in stride. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose personal blender that’s portable and powerful in equal measure, this is your guy.
Our highest-performing immersion blender in both the first and second round of testing, this Breville can do everything but cook your meal for you. Its shallow, bell-shaped blending head has a unique design that prevents it from suctioning to the bottom of blending cups, as well as a non-scratch base that won’t damage metal pots. Its wand is also long and sturdy, but not so heavy you’ll want to give up halfway through your task due to a sore arm. Backed by a 15-speed, 280-watt motor, these parts are a match made in blender heaven.
While the Breville blender wows on its own, its attachments are impressive bonus items that helped it breeze through our testing. The whisk attachment was perfect for whipping cream, and the food processor attachment quickly chopped pine nuts, garlic, and more for minimal-effort pesto. When it came time to make smoothies in its 42-ounce blending jug, I was pleasantly surprised to escape splatter-free. The jug also houses the blender’s 25-ounce chopping bowl for easy storage.
If you’re looking for a high-quality immersion blender with all the bells and whistles, this Breville was made for you. It can chop, whip, and emulsify without causing you to break a sweat, so it might just become your go-to kitchen gadget.
Hi, I’m Cassidy, Reviewed’s kitchen and cooking editor. As a somewhat-recent college grad and a terminally annoying yoga person, I’ve been using blenders nonstop for about 5 years. I even used to work at a smoothie bar!
In addition to assembling this best-of-the-best list, I’ve tested for Reviewed’s roundups of the best immersion blenders and best professional blenders. As a result, I know a lot about the ins and outs of these appliances, from which containers will leak in your bag to how much liquid you need in each to make them operate smoothly.
For this ranking, we meshed our testing-driven numbers in each category with our understanding of what people look for when using blenders to find out products are actually worth your time and investment.
To figure out which blenders are best, we did the unthinkable—made a lot of smoothies. We compared the results of the standard smoothie test across all blender categories to see which stood out as the best of the best, taking into account speed, noise level, and ease of use while the blender was on, and then smoothie quality, lid tightness, and ease of cleaning when all was said and done.
But we didn’t stop there. Because some people might want their blender for more than whipping up smoothies, we also compared how the full-sized blenders compared on tests chopping almonds, crushing ice, and mixing liquids. Of course, we used additional tests on the hand blenders, seeing how well they could whip up mayo and blend pesto.
When evaluating the blenders and blending containers themselves, we prioritized speed, design, portability, accessories, and wattage, among other factors.
Personal Blender, Immersion Blender, or Full-Sized Blender?
If you're not already a kitchenware connoisseur, you're probably wondering, "Why are there so many types of blenders? Are they actually that different? Do I need to own every single one?!"
The answer to that last question is no, you don't necessarily need all three. When it comes down to it, they all use the same mechanics to blend, mix, and pulverize food and drinks into whatever form you choose—but choosing which blender for your kitchen will make life a lot easier.
Full-sized blenders are great for making icy cocktails, health smoothies, milkshakes, and other drinks for more than one person at a time. High-end models, like our favorites from Breville and Vitamix, can also be used to make soups, dips, nut butters, and other tricky foods. These blenders are the ideal choice for larger households, people who like to entertain, and people who are very serious about cooking. They provide unparalleled power and speed that you won’t find in other blenders, which is the reason most models cost anywhere from $200 to $700.
Personal blenders, however, are ideal for individuals or couples who rarely need to blend a lot at once—they've exploded in popularity since everyone started juicing and making healthy smoothies for those post-gym vitamins. They're easier to store, clean, and transport than full-sized blenders and their containers are ideal for on-the-go sipping. They’re also cheaper and less powerful, so they likely won’t stand the test of time the way full-sized blenders will. If you're looking for a quick blending solution and don't need to make a lot of anything at once, you can probably forgo a full-sized blender in favor of a personal one.
More and more companies are now launching “hybrid” blenders, which are compatible with both full-sized and personal blending containers. These are great for multi-person households that want things both ways.
Immersion blenders are the odd-one-out, but they're incredibly useful and very versatile. Also called hand blenders, their wand construction and lack of fixed blending containers make them portable, simple, and perfect for hot foods. They often come with food processor and whipping attachments that make them true multi-use tools. I’ve used mine to make pesto, whip up homemade mayo and whipped cream, and blend butternut squash soup.
If you're like me and enjoy cooking but aren't trying to feed a family or outfit a full kitchen, an immersion blender and a hand blender can help you cover all your blending bases without taking up too much room. But if you’re serious about cooking and regularly serve more than two people, a pro-style blender is the right choice.
Other Blenders We Tested
Magic Bullet Blender
If you’re on the hunt for a personal blender that will provide your morning smoothie/health shake, the classic, oft-imitated Magic Bullet is your best bet. Fast, simple, and very transportable, the Magic Bullet is designed with busy people in mind. While it only has a 250-watt motor, it’s strong enough to handle frozen fruit and most other ingredients with the appropriate amount of liquid added to the blending container. It also comes with two extra blending containers, you’ll never need to buy a replacement.
Throughout testing, the Magic Bullet produced some of the silkiest smoothies with the least fuss. Thanks to their cylindrical shape (no crevices!), its blending containers were also a breeze to clean. Unlike many other portable blenders we tested, the Magic Bullet can also be turned on and remain on without being held down, which is a huge convenience. We can even attest to its longevity—I used it to make smoothies in my own kitchen most days for a full year. For the price and functionality, you won’t find anything better.
The first and only blender on the market from robot vacuum company Eufy is a powerful blender. So powerful, in fact, it performed better than nearly all the other affordable blenders we tested when it came to consistency. The MiracleBlend produced a smooth, even consistency of whatever we gave it to blend or chop—ice was crushed as fine as snow, and M&Ms and almonds were no obstacle for the blender’s sharp, precise blades.
Despite its apparent chopping abilities, the MiracleBlend’s manual explicitly states that the blender should only be used for blending and chopping with liquids, not dry ingredients like a food processor. We noticed a rubbery chemical smell emitting from the MiracleBlend when chopping, which signals the long-term damage this kind of use would have on the motor. The Eufy’s plastic cup also makes it unsafe to blend hot liquids for soups and stews, and the entire product only has an 18-month limited warranty.
Compared to the similarly-priced KitchenAid Diamond Blender, which can chop dry ingredients, blend hot liquids, and has a 5-year warranty, the MiracleBlend looks like something of a one-trick pony. But if you’re someone who just uses their blender for smoothies and cocktails, this Eufy will get the job done perfectly at a small fraction of the price of a Vitamix, a competitor it clearly tried to emulate in its design.
While the base model doesn’t come with all the bonus attachments of the Breville, the Braun Multiquick Hand Blender is a strong contender for the crown at a much lower price, making it our pick for best value immersion blender. This two-speed, 300-watt blender was the fastest we tested at whipping cream and emulsifying oil into mayo, as well as one of the best at evenly blending a green smoothie.
Throughout testing, the Braun’s rippled blending head impressed us with its speed and ability to pull in ingredients without suctioning to the bottom of the blending container. Unfortunately, the head’s depth also caused it to trap sticky foods like garlic and chopped nuts, which meant it took more effort than usual to make pesto—but the final result was as smooth as can be. This Braun also has a shorter wand than many of its competitors, making it more difficult to use in deep pots, but easier to wield and store.
Ultimately, Braun’s hand blender is a reliable, high-performing gadget that’s more than capable of helping you around the kitchen. It comes with a blending container and whipping attachment that will get you far, but if you’re really interested in a food processor attachment at a comparable price, consider buying the Braun MQ725, the next model up from this one—or check out the 4-in-1 blender from xProject.
Vitamix is a well-known name in blenders for a reason—customers rave about the build quality and robustness of these American-made blenders. The 5200 series is one of Vitamix's most popular and affordable blenders, but the 5300 series offers a more powerful 2.2-hp motor and a lower height that fits underneath cabinets. We loved how it performed, quickly churning out great smoothies and more.
We think the 5300 series' $529 MSRP is a little too high. But if you buy one through the Vitamix Certified Reconditioned blender program, you can get the superior 5300 for just $300—even less than a new 5200 series.
Vitamix says its reconditioned blenders are returned to the original factory condition by the manufacturer, and come with a five-year warranty. Pair that level of manufacturer support with the powerful motor and incredibly low price, and you’ve got a fantastic deal on your hands for a great blender.
This stainless steel immersion blender from All-Clad is the real deal—beautifully designed, incredibly sturdy, and eerily quiet when in use, despite it’s honking 600-watt motor. With its long wand and blending head that promotes liquid flow, it excelled at blending soup, smoothies, and mayo quickly and evenly. Unfortunately, its lack of accessories for the base model (a whisk head is sold separately) made the pesto and whipped cream tests more challenging, although it completed both in the end. When assembled, the blender is also massively heavy—over 3 pounds—which tired out my arm pretty quickly. It’s an impressive, built-to-last device, but it’s not made for people with as little upper-body strength as me.
The Vitamix 780 is the company's flagship, with looks that will impress your guests as much as its performance impressed our testers.
The 2.2-hp 780 is part of the updated G-Series, and—unlike the more affordable but otherwise identical 750—is controlled with a touchscreen. Aside from the increased price, the main downside of this interface was less-sensitive control. It was sometimes difficult to select the right setting, and—for a blender as expensive as this one—we demand perfection.
Performance-wise, its sharpened blades also had trouble pulverizing ice, but it blew us away when we used for chopping. It quickly ground nuts and other hard ingredients into fine powder, and liquified kale with ease. And of course, its perfectly-tuned smoothie preset left us only the silkiest sips.
The NutriBullet belongs to the same family as the Magic Bullet, and their relationship is obvious from appearances—the NutriBullet is essentially a larger, prettier Magic Bullet, branded for its special “nutrient extraction” capabilities (let's be real, it's just a blender). It’s a great multi-purpose personal blender that’s hugely popular online, and it ran through our tests without an issue. Unfortunately, its wide containers, heavy base, and flimsy travel attachments kept us from awarding it a higher spot.
If you’re looking to make a lot of smoothie at once and drink it around the house, the NutriBullet is a good option—but if you plan to take the cups with you on the go day after day, you’d be better off with a more travel-friendly blender. And don't be fooled by claims of its superiority in extracting nutrients—put the same ingredients in any of these top-performing blenders, and you'll get the same results.
The Vitamix 750 is essentially the same machine as the 780, but with manual controls and a lower price. We think it ultimately offers a greater level of control and feedback. If you care more about function than fashion and are looking to save an easy $220, then the Vitamix 750 is definitely the better buy. If you don't need the presets found on the 750, you should check out the Vitamix 7500—an otherwise-identical blender that's $70 cheaper than the 750.
The popular 5200 series is a "classic" Vitamix blender. Part of the company's older C-series, the 5200 is sturdy and more affordable than other models wearing a Vitamix badge.
Simple and stripped down, it comes with no presets, a 2-hp motor, and a 64 oz. blender jar. It's nearly as powerful and offers the same range of control as the Next-Generation 5300 or G-series 780 machines we tested. Still, at $449 new and $299 refurbished, we think a refurbished 5300 is a better buy.
That's largely because the 5200's design is narrower and taller than Vitamix's newer blenders, and it comes with a 3-inch blade instead of a 4-inch blade. That's good for small batches, but you'll need to use the tamper more often when blending larger loads. What’s more of an issue is the added height: Unless you have a whopping 20.5 inches between your countertop and your upper kitchen cabinets, this lanky model won’t fit.
Unlike all the other blenders on this list, the Wolfgang Puck Industrial Blender has no preset options of any kind. That means you’re in complete control (albeit uninformed control) over the speed of the blades.
This blender shone in our smoothie tests, cranking out a beautifully smooth beverage in just a few seconds. Unfortunately, it had a hard time making nut butters. Small chocolates immediately fell to the bottom of the 68 oz. jar, where the blades couldn't reach them... unless we cranked it up to 10, at which point everything got obliterated into a cloud of chocolate dust.
The Nutri Ninja Bowl Duo is probably the most unusual entry on this list. It has two options for blending: a 24 oz. cup for personal smoothies, and a dome-shaped "Nutri Bowl" that lets you use the Ninja like a food processor. It's versatile, takes up minimal counter space compared to conventional blenders, and there’s even a special blade for mixing dough.
You can absolutely use it as a blender—we did, and it was great—but the smaller jar means large quantity blending is out. Plus, for its sale price of about $100, you can buy both a good food processor and our budget blender pick.
Cassidy covered all things cooking as the kitchen editor for Reviewed from 2018 to 2020. An experimental home chef with a healthy distrust of recipes, Cassidy lives by the "Ratatouille" philosophy that, with a few techniques and key tools, anyone can cook. She's produced in-depth reviews and guides on everything from meal kits to stand mixers and the right way to cook an egg.
We use standardized and scientific testing methods to scrutinize every product and provide you with objectively accurate results. If you’ve found different results in your own research, email us and we’ll compare notes. If it looks substantial, we’ll gladly re-test a product to try and reproduce these results. After all, peer reviews are a critical part of any scientific process.