Smoothies are supposed to be smooth, creamy and delicious beverages with little to no ice cubes. These desired qualities, however, are only possible if and when the blender used in making them have the necessary features! The blades must be sharp and speedy enough to pulverize the ingredients while the motor should be powerful enough for the job.
Not all blenders are suitable for the job of making the smoothest possible smoothies. You must then carefully choose the blender you’re going to buy and use, especially if smoothies are part of your daily diet. You have to consider everything about its form and function, from the durability of its container to the power of its motor and the sharpness of its blades.
We also suggest using whatever blender you chose in the right manner. For example, blend the hard fruits and vegetables, such as apples and beets, first before blending the softer fruits like peaches and tomatoes.
7 of the Best Blenders for Great Smoothies
With that said, here are the seven best blenders we’ve found for making the smoothies and creamiest smoothies.
1. Vitamix Pro 750
The Vitamix blenders are well-known for their premium features so these are all great choices. But the Vitamix Pro 750 is the best in our books because of its powerful motor, sturdy blades and large container.
With its 1,650-watt motor, it’s powerful enough to spin the blades for several minutes without overheating or stopping in the middle of the cycle. This is complemented by the sharp and sturdy professional-grade, laser-cut stainless steel blades pulverize ice cubes, frozen fruits and hard fruits and vegetables within a minute or so!
The combination of the motor and blades results in the smoothest pureed fruits and vegetables we’ve seen so far in a home use blender.
The large container can hold up to 1.9 liters of smoothies so it’s easy to make a single batch for 3-4 persons, a time-saving feature indeed. The blender also comes with five pre-programmed settings, a convenient feature when you aren’t in the mood to decide the speed and duration settings. These settings are for smoothies, hot soups, purees and frozen desserts as well as for self-cleaning.
2. Blendtec Designer 625
The Blendtec Designer 625 is considered as a fairly high-end blender with extra features that more affordable products don’t offer. Even its contemporary design speaks of its high-end provenance!
The 1,560-watt motor produces 3 horsepower, a capacity that translates to a pulverizing action similar to commercial-grade blender.
The 2-prong stainless steel blades can then spin as fast as 29,000rpm, a fast speed that can cut and pulverize frozen, hard and soft ingredients. Ice cubes, apples and pears, and nuts and seeds, among other ingredients, are reduced to a smooth and creamy mush in minutes.
You can choose from either the pre-programmed smoothie blend cycle or use the six speeds for a customized blend or the pulse function for bursts of high-speed blending. The smoothie blend cycle does the job in most cases but you will likely need the variable speeds and pulse function for other cases. You can choose these settings through a touchscreen panel and a slider with easy-to-view symbols so even a beginner can use it as soon as it’s taken out of the box.
3. Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)
If you’re looking for a complete blender/food processor system, then you will probably like the Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770). There are several components to it - the motor base as well as the 72-0unce large pitcher, the 8-cup food processor bowl and the single-serve cups for one-person smoothies. Except for the motor base obviously, these can be cleaned by hand or by disassembling them and placing them in the dishwasher.
The BPA-free plastic for these three types of containers are relatively thick and, thus, can withstand years of regular use. Just be careful about using any of them with hot ingredients since these aren’t designed to withstand temperatures above 82°C.
The motor base contains the 1,500-watt motor, among the more powerful motors in the Ninja blenders lineup, and the digital control panel. The motor can then be manipulated, so to speak, by choosing from among the six buttons for Power, Pulse, Single Serve, Crush, Dough and Blend. You can start, for example, with the Pulse function to break up the hard fruits into smaller pieces and then use the Blend function to make them into a smoother texture.
4. Oster Versa Blender |1400 Watts
The Oster Versa Blender has a low-profile jar that belies its large capacity. You can make smoothies for 2-3 persons in a single go, thanks to its 64-ounce jar, but it’s also easy to store in a kitchen cabinet because of its slimmer silhouette. There’s no need to add water, milk and other liquids to the smoothies mix, too, since its blades can easily crush up to six large ice cubes.
The 1,400-watts motor may have lesser power than the other motors here but it can easily cut through and pulverize hard and soft ingredients.
The blades are thick, sharp and sturdy enough to do the job in a few minutes although the blending vortex doesn’t seem as powerful as it looks.
Its analog interface makes it easier to choose the settings, too, although those used to digital control panels will have something to say about it. The rotary control is easy to turn so choosing the speed is fast and easy, too; the speeds are medium and high. There’s also a pulse option for fast chopping of vegetables and other ingredients.
5. Blendtec Designer 725
With a 1,725-watt, 3.4-peak horsepower motor, the Blendtec Designer 725 is truly a blender that will crush the competition, pun not intended. Nearly everything that can be mixed into a smoothie, from hard and soft fruits and vegetables to ice cubes and frozen produce, will be pulverized within a few pulses or within a few minutes of continuous blending. While its ads say that it can be used to blend an iPhone into tiny pieces, we don’t suggest doing it, nonetheless.
Such power is within your hands with its user-friendly touchscreen interface. There are pre-programmed settings for smoothies, a convenient feature for smoothies enthusiasts, as well as for salsas and soups.
There’s also a 100-speed manual slider that allows for customization of the blended drinks, and the slider itself has a smooth operation.
The blender’s base is brushed stainless steel so it’s guaranteed durable. The BPA-free plastic container looks thick, as well as apparently impact-resistant, a must when blending hard ingredients like frozen fruits and ice cubes.
6. Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender
What the Oster Reverse Crush blender lacks in motor power, it makes up for in the efficient action of its blades. The 600-watts motor isn’t impressive per se but the forward and backward action of its blades does the job. The counterflow creates a more powerful vortex and, thus, more efficient crushing action than with single-flow blades.
Yet another thing that’s working in its favor is the all-metal drive, a feature that contributes to this blender’s longer-lasting durability. With proper care, the motor itself should last for several years of regular, perhaps daily, use.
There’s also the one-touch control technology that differentiates the Oster blender with its competition. The technology takes the guesswork out of making smoothies, a feature that newbies and veterans like. You can easily see the settings, too, due to the backlit display.
The speed settings are also less in number – just seven speeds – but these are sufficient for most smoothies. You can also use the pulse setting with low, medium and high options, which can be customized in terms of duration.
The attachments are quite impressive, too. These include a 6-cup Boroclass jar and a 2-ounce filler cap.
7. Nutribullet Pro NB9-1301
Just because the Nutribullet Pro NB9-1301, also known as Pro 900, is small doesn’t mean that it’s less efficient in blending smoothies! It has, in fact, a 900-watt motor that can whip up a single-serve smoothie like it’s nobody’s business! The tough extractor blade makes short work of nuts and seeds, fruits and vegetables and a few ice cubes.
Despite its small size, it actually has a few parts. These include the rugged motor base, the two pieces of 32-ounce cup with extractor blade, and two pieces of to-go lids as well as lip rings. There’s also a recipe book that contains a few smoothies recipes to get you started.
The consistency of the blended food will depend on the length of time the ingredients have been crushed by the blade. For chopping fruits and veggies, just press down on it for a few times. For smoothies, start by chopping the ingredients in the jar and then pressing and holding down the container to liquefy the food.
With dozens of blenders including standard-sized and bullet-sized blenders, it can be a challenge to choose. We then deemed it necessary to make a short buying guide to narrow down your choice.
1. How to choose the best smoothies blender
Look beyond the sleek designs of high-end contemporary blenders. Keep in mind that the best blenders are equipped with high-speed motor that provides power for the blades to turn at an incredibly fast rate. The combination of a powerful motor with sharp blades mean that fruits, vegetables and other ingredients can be incorporated well within minutes.
Check the number of watts and horsepower on a blender you’re considering on buying. The rule of thumb is that the higher the number of watts and horsepower, the more powerful it is. But it isn’t the be-all and end-all either since you have to consider the speed settings and pre-programmed cycles.
If possible, choose a blender with a metal base since these offer more control and more durability than blenders with a plastic base. Then, look at the control panel, which should ideally have buttons, selector dials and toggle switches for analog-style blenders and a combination of these analog controls and a touchscreen panel for digital blenders. There should be a pulse function in standard-sized blenders as well as several speeds settings, usually 10 speeds.
The pitcher or jar should be large enough for the number of people you’re planning to make smoothies for. It should also be made of rugged material, such as glass and plastic, which should be able to withstand impact from the ingredients.
Other things to look out for are easy to clean parts, a good warranty and a modern design.
2. Strong blade
Let’s not forget the blades, the yin to the yang of the motor, in a manner of speaking. The blades should be thick, sturdy and rugged enough to actually cut through, pulverize and liquefy nearly all types of food ingredients. These are usually made of stainless steel material, a durable material that resists corrosion yet retains its sharpness over the years.
The blades’ circumference should also be considered when choosing a blander. The wingspan, as it’s sometimes called, should come as close to the sides of the inside of the jar for the blades to create an effective vortex.
In the case of a propeller or blade such as found in a blender the rotating blade will cause the fluid to accelerate in the axial direction, so that the fluid that has passed through the blade moves at a higher speed than that which is below the blade.
The vortex is the area in the blender that flows largely on its own axis line. It causes a vacuum to form in the jar’s center and, thus, pulling the food ingredients toward the center and down into the sharp blades.
3. Check the container
The pitcher is the first thing that most users will see on a blender for good reasons. Your final decision will likely come down to whether the jar will address your needs in terms of the number of cups it can accommodate. You may want a standard-sized blender that can create smoothies for 2-4 persons while a bullet-sized blender can only make smoothies for 1-2 persons.
Beyond the size, the material itself should be considered. The plastic and glass jars in high-end blenders are usually thick and, thus, rugged enough to withstand daily use. But there are specific pros and cons to each material.
Plastic jars are lightweight and, thus, easy to carry and handle but these are can easily be scratched during operation and cleaning. Many of these blenders cannot be cleaned too often in a dishwasher.
Glass jars are usually scratch-resistant and, thus, more suitable for hard ingredients. These are also better in terms of appearance, especially as they can be cleaned and polished. But these are also heavier than plastic containers and can break in a single drop.
4. Spare Parts and Warranty
As a general rule, the longer the warranty period, the better it is for the customer. Keep in mind that a warranty is a guarantee made by the blender’s manufacturer that the product is of good quality. It’s then a guarantee that the blender doesn’t contain manufacturing defects, as well as give the customer the right to ask the manufacturer for assistance in resolving product issues.
But be sure to ask about the terms and conditions of the warranty attached to the blender. The warranty period may be in years but the conditions may be restrictive. You may be blinded by the 10-year warranty but the terms and conditions aren’t in your favor so you may have to hesitate.
The Final Verdict
All of these seven blenders are excellent in quality. But if you ask us about the cream of the crop, the Vitamix Pro 750 is our best pick! While it’s intended for home use only, it has a few commercial-grade features that make it such a great blender for smoothies enthusiasts. These include a powerful 1,650-watt motor, a sturdy motor base and a rugged plastic jar as well as a pulse and speed settings for customized smoothies.
Of course, your choice will depend on your specific needs and wants in a blender. You may want the Nutribullet Pro 900 blender because of its single-serve cups, a great choice if you live alone or you’re the only one who likes smoothies.