The 8 Best Blenders for Making Smoothies, Soups, and Purées
A good blender is a must-have tool for any well-stocked kitchen—and the best blenders do a lot more than just puree. Many of today's blenders come decked out with features like digital displays, automatic load-sensing technology, and extra accessories for seamless smoothie-making and veggie chopping. While the added bells and whistles are nice, there are other factors to consider when choosing the best blender for you.
"Look for something easy to use," said Marilyn Haugen, a bestselling cookbook author and food blogger at MavenCookery.com. "I always like a 'plug and play' style blender—one that's super easy to clean without a lot of parts."
No matter what type of home chef you are, this list has plenty of options to help make creamy dips, healthy green smoothies, and more. To come up with this list of the best blenders, we considered factors like power (total wattage), range of speed, and pitcher capacity. We also read through dozens of online user reviews to help inform our product recommendations.
Our top pick is the Breville Fresh & Furious because it is well-built and super easy to clean. It's a compact model that offers 1100 watts of power and surgical-grade stainless-steel blades that crush, chop, whip, and aerate with ease.
To help you narrow down your choices, here are the best blenders currently on the market.
- Best Overall: Breville Fresh & Furious
- Best Budget: Oster Classic Series 16-Speed Blender
- Best Splurge: Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
- Most Versatile: Ninja Foodi 3-in-1 Blender and Processor
- Best Glass: KitchenAid K400 Blender
- Best Large Capacity: Breville Super Q
- Best for Smoothies: NutriBullet Blender Combo
- Best Immersion Blender: Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender
What We Recommend
Best Overall: Breville Fresh & Furious
Best Budget: Oster Classic Series 16-Speed Blender
Best Splurge: Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
Most Versatile: Ninja Foodi 3-in-1 Power Blender and Processor
Best Glass: KitchenAid K400 Blender
Best Large Capacity: Breville Super Q
Best for Smoothies: NutriBullet Blender Combo
Best Immersion Blender: Cuisinart Smart Stick Variable Speed Hand Blender
The Bottom Line
All things considered, the Breville Fresh and Furious earned the top spot on our best blenders list because it is effective and easy to use and offers five preset speeds and a two-part lid, allowing you to easily add ingredients mid-blend. We also appreciate its accessible price point.
What to Know About Blenders Before Shopping
This is often referred to as total wattage. The average blender can range anywhere from 300 to 1,000 watts. High-powered blenders, which are becoming more popular among consumers, can range up to 1,800 watts—but they also come with a heftier price tag. The good news: According to Haugen, most of us don't need a blender with that much power. In fact, she says 900 watts is plenty for most users. "A blender in this power range will readily make smoothies, crush ice for drinks, and pulverize nuts and seeds."
Much like with total wattage, blenders can come in a wide array of different sizes. Containers on traditional blenders typically range from 10 to 64 ounces, with some of the higher-performance models offering up to 80 ounces of capacity. On the other side of the spectrum, personal blenders can come with containers as small as 8 ounces—just enough for one morning smoothie.
When it comes to size, Haugen recommends choosing a blender size to fit your kitchen. "I find that if a blender fits on my countertop, I am more likely to use it, or be reminded to use it, instead of digging it out of the cupboard or pantry."
Deciding what you'll be using your blender for will also help you determine what size to buy. "If you primarily want to make smoothies, dips, sauces, soups or dressings, a personal blender would be a good choice," Haugen says. On the other hand, if you are a home chef who wants to make a multitude of recipes, then a full-service blender would be the right choice.
Price Versus Value
More expensive doesn't always mean better. Sure, there are plenty of high-end blender models that can do many things, but if you find a lower-priced option that will satisfy the majority of your needs, then that is the best blender for you.
Your Questions, Answered
How do you clean a blender?
According to Haugen, the best way to clean a blender is using the blender itself. She recommends filling your blender with water to about the halfway mark and adding a drop of dish soap. Power the blender for 30 to 40 seconds, discard the water, and then rinse the individual parts of the blender in hot water and let air dry.
If the ingredients are really stuck on, Haugen suggests using a mixture of equal parts water and baking soda before blending. Pro tip: "Don't add the baking soda to the dish soap mixture as you may end up with one of those middle school volcano experiments!"
While many blender parts are labeled as "dishwasher safe," washing by hand might help keep your blender in better shape for the long haul. "[Dishwashers] are extremely hard on any rubber sealants, and all containers have a tendency to get marked or pitted in the dishwasher," Haugen says.
Can I cream butter and sugar in a blender?
The short answer: yes. Start by adding softened butter to your blender, add the sugar, and then blend for 30 seconds. To do this well, you'll need to scrape any ingredients down the sides of the blender and repeat. You also need to watch this process carefully and stop just as the mixture is combined. Too much time blending can cause your butter to melt.
Haugen also recommends considering your recipe before using your blender for this process. For instance, frostings are fine, but she cautions against recipes that use flour or other ingredients. "Getting the sugar-butter mixture off of beaters from a mixer is hard enough, but when you are dealing with very sharp blades, it's brutal," she says.
How long should a blender last?
When used and cared for properly, a good blender can last for years. "After seven years, I still have the NutriBullet blenders that I've used to test hundreds of recipes," Haugen says. "I've had my Krups blender for close to 20 years." Pro tip: Take a look at the manufacturer's warranty. This should tell you how long a particular model is expected to last with the average consumer's use.
Who We Are
This article was written by Adria Greenhauff, who has been writing about food for over a decade. To come up with this list, she thoroughly researched the best blenders and considered factors like total wattage, pitcher capacity, and extra features and accessories. She also consulted Marilyn Haugen, a bestselling cookbook author and food blogger at MavenCookery.com.