A blender is more than it used to be. Shop around, and you'll find that the once-simple appliance has transformed into a kitchen workhorse that moonlights as a food processor, ice cream maker, grain miller, ice cube crusher, and more. So, what's really worth your money?
We've tested the best blenders you can buy. Whether you're looking for a new high-end appliance or just want something to make a quick frozen drink, we can help you sort through everything from high-speed pro-style to budget-friendly options.
The Vitamix Ascent Series A3500 Blender(available at Amazon for $599.95) is our Best Overall pick because it’s intuitive and powerful, but it’s definitely a significant investment in terms of price. Our Best Value pick, the Instant Pot Ace Nova (available at Amazon), is efficient, easy to use, and won’t break the bank.
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.
Here are the best blenders we've tested, ranked in order:
Vitamix Ascent Series A3500 Blender
Instant Pot Ace Nova
Breville Super Q
Cleanblend 3HP Commercial Blender
Vitamix 750 Pro
GE G8BJAASSPSS Blender
Nutribullet Smart Touch Blender
Cuisinart Hurricane Pro
Blendtec Total Food Side Jar
Black + Decker 10-Speed Countertop Blender
Oster Versa 1400
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If you’re looking to invest in a versatile blender that will last you years, the 2.2-horsepower Vitamix A3500 is the best pro-style blender we’ve tested. In addition to making the smoothest smoothies during testing, the A3500 churned out the silkiest almond butters, blended the creamiest squash soup, and milled grains to the finest texture.
Unlike its predecessors, the A3500 features a touchscreen instead of switches. We like how responsive the touchscreen is—even a drop of water can turn it on. We also appreciate how intuitive the controls are. In the center of the touchscreen is a knob that lets you choose the intensity of the blend, or choose from the five presets shown above the knob: Smoothie, Sorbet, Soup, Spreads, and Self-Clean.
It’s packed with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a high-end blender, plus Bluetooth connectivity that links this gadget to your phone. You can browse recipes, take advantage of additional presets (Baby Food, Ice Cream, Nut Milk) in the app, and make shopping lists for future blends. The inclusion of a notch on the front of the pitcher makes it pour more easily as the liquid content will first take a quick stop when flowing into the notch, and then pour freely.
Additionally, the timer feature allows users to walk away when blending a soup or queso, which may take a bit longer than other tasks. The timer is programmable, too, so you can customize the time needed and let it do its job. This model offers a 10-year warranty, which is the longest Vitamix offers.
The only thing we don’t like is how loud it can be. However, it’s the fastest blender we’ve tested, taking less than half the time of other blenders to make butternut squash soup during testing, so we think the noise is worth the superior results.
The Instant Ace Nova Blender is hands-down our pick for Best Value blender. This blender can chop, blend, and cook, and it boasts a whopping 10-speed settings that can be easily adjusted using “+/-” buttons. Helpful presets include Smoothie, Puree, Crushed Ice, Frozen Desserts, Pulse, Soy Milk, Rice Milk, Nut/Oat Milk, Soup, and Keep Warm.
It aced our chopping and mixing tests, then made delicious smoothies and almond milk using the one-touch program for each. Our testers were impressed to find that the soup setting produced a hot, fully cooked butternut squash soup after adding the ingredients and pressing a button. However, the soup setting doesn’t blend the soup for you once it’s done cooking, so we used the pulse setting to finish the job.
This 1,000-watt blender is easy to use and easy to clean because, well, there’s a button for that. The controls were the most intuitive out of all the affordable blenders we’ve tested, and while the glass pitcher does make it heavier than other products on this list, it also makes this blender look and feel high-quality.
Some of the components are dishwasher-safe, while the base and pitcher are hand-wash only with a damp cloth. You must register your Instant Ace Nova Blender within 30 days of purchase to take advantage of the one-year limited warranty.
Hi, I’m Madison Trapkin, the Kitchen & Cooking Editor here at Reviewed. I used to bartend at a restaurant known for its frozen margaritas, so I know my way around a blender.
And I’m Cassidy Olsen, former star employee of the first organic juice bar and cafe in Toms River, New Jersey. Well, “star” is probably a stretch—but I did work summers from ages 17 to 19 at this shop around the corner from my house, where I used professional-grade juicers and blenders to make smoothies and other drinks on a daily basis.
In addition to assembling this best-of-the-best list, we’ve tested for Reviewed’s roundups of the best immersion blenders and best personal blenders. As a result, we 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.
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, ease of use while the blender was on, 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 these products fared when chopping almonds, crushing ice, and mixing liquids.
When evaluating these blenders, we prioritized speed, design, portability, accessories, and wattage, among other factors.
What to Know About Buying Blenders
In addition to the full-sized blenders we tested for this guide, we also tested personal blenders, immersion blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies. 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 one of each kind. 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 Best Overall pick, 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 pro-style 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 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
Breville Super Q Blender
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-ounce jar and the 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-ounce 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 Cleanblend was designed by chefs for chefs, and while we liked the easy-to-use controls and no-frills design of this 1,800-watt blender, we weren’t totally sold on its blending abilities. It’s incredibly easy to remove the pitcher from the base and place it on the base when it’s time to blend, which is great if you like to work quickly in the kitchen. However, there’s no click or lock-in-place sound, which might be disconcerting to some.
This blender chopped nuts, chocolate candy, and frozen strawberries with ease, but it wasn’t able to fully crush ice. The smoothie test proved to be a bit difficult for the Cleanblend as we had to use the pulse setting multiple times to tackle the last large frozen strawberry chunks. During testing, the base of the blender stayed mostly still and we didn’t notice too much movement from the pitcher either.
It comes with a nut milk bag, a tamper, a small rubber spatula, a 64-ounce BPA-free container, and a five-year warranty. Overall, we enjoyed using this blender and think many chefs and home cooks would find it useful.
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. It makes for a great, affordable blender.
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-ounce BPA-free jar, and is available in over 15 colors, including Boysenberry, Tangerine, Espresso, and the classic Empire Red.
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.
This sleek 1,000-watt blender is part of GE’s countertop appliance line, and what it lacks in performance it almost makes up for in style and accessories. It aced our smoothie test, producing a well-blended, tasty result, and its performance was passable when it came to mixing two different colors of yogurt.
During the ice and frozen strawberry chopping tests, the blender automatically shut off and needed to be unplugged then plugged back in. Even after doing so, the blender couldn’t process either the ice or the strawberries unless the items were fed into the blender through the lid hole one at a time while the blender was already on, or while using the pulse function.
Despite the fact that this blender is so nice looking we’d likely never tire of seeing it on our countertops, we were disappointed with the GE blender overall. If you’re looking for a high-performing affordable blender that can do more than just make smoothies, this probably isn’t the best option for you. That said, if you’re a loyal fan of GE, this blender isn’t the worst we’ve tested and it costs just under $100.
KitchenAid made one of our favorite affordable blender, so we were excited to see how well its higher-end Pro Line model did in our tests. We tested the top-of-the-line KSB8270BK, which retails for $599 and comes with a "thermal control" jar. KitchenAid says it can keep soups warm.
This U.S.-made blender is truly an impressive machine. We appreciated its heavy base and well-suctioned lid, and it did a great job blending smoothies and other liquids, too.
But we were decidedly unimpressed with how poorly it chopped almonds and ice. Other gripes: Its 56-ounce jar is smaller than the competition and its controls took us a long time to master.
With its ultra-sleek touchscreen, this blender is definitely easy on the eyes. However, the touchscreen’s limited feedback can make it difficult to know if you’ve actually pushed a button. Like other NutriBullet products we’ve tested, this 1,500-watt blender impressed us with its intuitive controls and consistent results.
It won’t operate unless the lid is fully secured, which seems like a helpful safety feature in theory, but also makes it somewhat frustrating to operate. The lid is relatively difficult to remove and reattach because there are three separate places for it to snap on, and there’s a sensor peg it must align with to function properly.
This wouldn’t be a bad blender to own, as it performed well during our mixing and chopping tests, and it’ll look nice on your countertop if storage is limited.
The Cuisinart Hurricane Pro is by no means a bad blender, but with such a high price point, this machine looks mediocre in comparison to others on our list. It initially gained favor for its sleek, intuitive design that offered a few straightforward presets, and a range of control usually reserved for the biggest budgets. As our testing progressed, however, we began to see past its shiny exterior.
While its smoothie preset chopped kale on par with the highest-ranked Vitamix blenders, this Cuisinart fell short in both mixing fruits and yogurts. Worse, it completely tanked on tougher tasks like crushing ice and frozen berries. For the price, we expected a lot more.
With its powerful 3.0-horsepower motor, the Blendtec Total Blender is a powerhouse—and it showed in our testing. The simple, square jar is easy to clean, and its shape is ideal for mixing liquids—driving them to the bottom quickly and with very little splatter up the walls.
In practice, it did a great job crushing ice. While every other blender we tested had trouble with that task, the Blendtec gave us shaved ice as fluffy as snow. If frozen treats and cocktails are your top priority, the Blendtec Total Blender is really the best option.
The Blendtec’s duller blades, however, didn’t perform as well when it came to finely chopping up ingredients, and the smoothie setting left us with something to chew on—specifically, bits of kale that didn't dissolve. If you're a health nut, best pass the Blendtec by.
This countertop blender won't take up much space as its base is relatively compact, compared to other bulkier models. We like the glass pitcher because it elevates the appearance of this otherwise average looking blender. During testing, this model excelled at the smoothie test along with chopping various foods and blending two different colored yogurts.
While it's lacking any automatic programs, we found its control panel easy to use and the buttons were very responsive when pushed. We discovered that it's best to use the pulse function in order to effectively blend a smoothie or chop frozen fruits, as opposed to a continuous blend. The plastic lid was slightly warped when it arrived, but with a little force we were able to fit it onto the pitcher.
The pitcher, lid, and blade are all dishwasher-safe, while the base can be cleaned using a damp cloth.
The Oster Versa 1400 is a best-seller thanks to its sturdy base, pro-style minimalist design, and powerful motor. While it generally had no issues chopping and mixing, it did have some trouble crushing ice. It's not a bad blender, but we'd still stick with our other recommendations.
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.
Madison Trapkin is the kitchen & cooking editor at Reviewed. Formerly the editor-in-chief of Culture Magazine, Madison is the founder of GRLSQUASH, a women's food, art, and culture journal. Her work has also appeared in The Boston Globe, Cherrybombe, Gather Journal, and more. She is passionate about pizza, aesthetic countertop appliances, and regularly watering her houseplants.
She holds a Bachelor's degree from the University of Georgia and a Master's of Liberal Arts in Gastronomy from Boston University.
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