It appears that you have stumbled upon quite a unique website in your search for a new blender. If this is not the first step along you path toward a new blender, you may have noticed that many other review websites have been created with a complete and total lack of life. They simply present you with facts and expect you to come to conclusions on the basis of those facts. This website is different.
As I hope you will see by continuing to explore, it is my goal to not only provide you with those same facts, but to do so in a way which adds the human element to the equation. I have spent considerable time researching each of the products featured on this website and have come to my own conclusions about them. Based upon those conclusions, I have systematically gone through and outlined which type of blender user would be best suited to each and every blender listed on this website.
It is my belief that every person holds a unique set of needs and desires when it comes to any purchase. It is my goal to help you decide which, if any, of these blenders meets your particular, unique needs and desires.
My Best Picks
It may take some time for you to go through all of the reviews and figure out which blenders come out on top in terms of their ability and power. Although I believe that each person has unique needs and should, therefore, select the blender which best matches those individual needs, I understand that many people do not have the time to go about researching their purchases in a systematic way. For members of that general public who simply do not have the time to read all of my reviews, I have included the following list of my favorite blenders.
Countertop Blenders are often large, stationary machines which many people leave atop their counters simply because they are too large to fit into a cupboard. Some, however, are compact enough to fit beneath upper cabinets or even inside of a cabinet. Usually powered by relatively strong motors of 800 to 1500 watts, these machines are most often used to create blended drinks, liquefy other solid ingredients, slice and dice, or create emulsifications.
The following is my top three list of favorite countertop blenders based on their ability to meet those needs, the feedback they have received from consumers, and any special features they may also include.
The Winner – Oster Versa Professional Performance Blender
Although the Oster Versa is slightly less impressive than the runner up in this category (the Vitamix 750) it more than makes up for those differences with its incredible price. Approximately $300 less expensive than the Vitamix, this remarkable countertop blender gives you all you will need in your home kitchen, and possibly more.
It features an incredibly powerful 1400-watt motor that should stand up to any task your throw its way. The Oster Versa should have no problem breaking down ice or running for long periods of time to create tasty foods such as nut butters. Also impressive are its eight speed settings and three preprogrammed settings for dips and spreads, smoothies, and soups. You can even choose between a tall and skinny 64-ounce pitcher or a short and wide pitcher of the same capacity, depending on your space-saving concerns.
The Runner Up – Oster My-Blend
The Oster My-Blend personal blender came in a very close second for this category, despite the fact that the Nutri Bullet was so much more powerful. Firstly, this is because it packs enough power to accomplish its general duty of creating shakes and smoothies for a more affordable price. Secondly, and perhaps most importantly, this is one of the most stylish personal blenders I have ever seen.
I usually frown upon the idea of purchasing something based on its appearance, but I will make an exception for this blender. Mostly, this is because it’s actually fairly difficult to find a personal blender incapable of the regular smoothie and shake-making duties. Since most personal blenders share these abilities, I believe that I am able to judge their value on other less important characteristics as well.
This blender is available in five exciting colors, each intended to make a bold personal statement. The blending cup is designed to also be a travel cup and is tinted in whichever hue you select for the blending unit. You can also purchase extra blending cups online. This means that, so long as you have less than five family members who enjoy blended drinks, you can purchase a different color blending cup for each person.
The Best Low Cost Option – Hamilton Beach 51101BA
Of all the personal blenders I reviewed I found the Hamilton Beach to be the best low cost option on the popular market. Of course, other low cost options popped up along the way, but none received as many positive reviews as did this one. That being said, you should be aware that it is, in no way as powerful or durable as the other two blenders on this list (especially the Nutri Bullet).
Still, the 175 watts of power in this cost-effective single-serve blender should get simple tasks completed. Just be careful not to overwhelm it by assigning it difficult tasks or running it for too long. This blender is perfect for those who are looking for something inexpensive and who are not planning to try to break down stems, seeds, or ice with it.
Often used to create soups, whips, and emulsifications, immersion blenders are handheld appliances which are easy to maneuver around the kitchen. Many immersion blenders also come with a chopping cup which allows you to attach the handle of the blender to a small blending pitcher; essentially creating a very small, low-power countertop blender. Also, these handy helpers take up very little space and are extremely easy to store.
The Winner – Breville Control Grip
This blender works incredibly fast and exerts much less power than other immersion blenders, because it does not work with as much suction power. Instead, it has ridges on the inside of the blending encasement to push food toward the blending blades. This innovative design means that Breville was able to include a 280-watt motor which could likely compete with the 400 watt motors of many other immersion blenders, for a fraction of the price.
True to its name, this blender also features a unique handle/wand built to provide a firm, no-slip grip. It also features a trigger-like power switch for optimal control. Honestly, I cannot list all of the positive qualities of this particular immersion blender in this brief overview – that is just how impressed I am.
The Runner Up – Ovente Robust
Although not nearly as quick or efficient as the Breville handheld blender described above, this Ovente blender’s 300-watt motor stacks up nicely against many other comparable immersion blenders. As you should expect from any of the immersion blenders on this list, this one comes complete with a power wand/handle, a blending arm, a whisk, and a chopping cup. There really isn’t too much to brag about here, other than the fact that, for its price, this is a very powerful little blender which would make a great addition to any home.
The Best Cordless Option – Cuisinart Smart Stick Plus
I am a huge fan of cordless immersion blenders, despite the somewhat bad reputation they appear to have on many online forums. People have complained that cordless immersion blenders are too heavy and take up too much space. Personally, I believe that there is a lot to be said about a small, versatile blender which will not trip my children or set fire to itself when I am trying to work at the stovetop.
The Cuisinart Smart Stick Plus is heavier than a corded immersion blender – that problem simply could not be avoided since this type of blender requires an internal battery to hold its power. However, the problem of taking up space was easily solved by Cuisinart. Many other cordless immersion blenders come with power bases which must be plugged into the wall and take up space on your countertop. Instead of going with this option, Cuisinart elected to include flip out prongs inside the handle. Simply detach the battery pack from the handle and plug it directly into the wall while you tuck away the rest of the blender in a drawer.
Hybrid blenders are blenders which can also perform the tasks of other kitchen appliances. Some are a combination of a blender and a food processor. Others are a combination of a blender and an electric mixer. Some are even a combination of all three.
The utility of this type of blender is not only based on the number of functions is has, but also on its ability to perform those functions. It is very important for an appliance of this sort to have the motor to power its various tasks. The following list is based on consumer reviews as well as important product specifications.
The Winner – Breville Sous Chef
Again, I find myself with too many positive qualities to list. I suppose, though, that I can list some a little further down this page since I decided to assign the Breville Sous Chef to two of the top three positions in this list.
This powerful 1200-watt system is fully capable of blending, mixing, and processing food. As a processor, this system is capable of creating 24 different slice thicknesses on top of its ability to grate, shred, julienne, and create French fries (or at least foods in the shape of French fries). It also includes a set of dough blades for mixing purposes and a regular two-bladed rod for blending.
The Runner Up – Ninja Mega Kitchen System
Although this is a very remarkable system, I could not give it the top ranking position in this list because it is not capable of food processing. It is, however, quite good at both blending and mixing. In fact, this is probably one of Ninja’s most impressive kitchen appliances.
It features a rather large 72-ounce blending pitcher, a sufficient 8-cup mixing bowl, as well as two 16-ounce blending cups with travel lids. Its 1500-watt motor can handle any blending or mixing task, can run for long periods of time and is likely to last for years to come.
The Most Compact – Breville Sous Chef
In addition to all of the positive qualities listed above, this Breville system is incredibly compact. Whereas many other hybrid machines feature separate blending pitchers and processing bowls, this system features a 16-cup bowl which can be used for either purpose. It also features a smaller 2.5 cup blending container which fits neatly inside the 16-cup bowl while the machine is in use and while it is in storage.
Additionally, this system includes a hard plastic carrying case so that you may easily store all of the blades and processing discs with little worry of misplacing anything.
Additional Review Information
You may have noticed that I’ve not only included blender reviews on this website; I have also included a few informative articles about blenders. If you have a moment, I suggest moseying over and reading through those articles before you begin delving into the mountain of blender reviews I have also prepared.
If you do not have time to read the informational articles in-depth or are simply curious as to what they contain, fear not – I have included a brief synopsis of their contents here.
Types of Blenders
Did you know that there are at least four different types of blenders? Do you know what the difference between each of them is? On this website, I have included reviews for countertop blenders, personal/single-serve blenders, immersion blenders, and hybrid blenders. Each of these types of blenders has slightly different functions and will, therefore, cater to different needs.
Countertop blenders are your best choice for difficult blending jobs, especially those which may take a long time. Personal blenders are low-power machines often used for creating single servings of beverages or small appetizer dishes. Immersion blenders are usually even lower power than personal blenders and are best used for creating whips and soups. Hybrid blenders are blenders which can perform more than just simple blending tasks. For example, some hybrid blenders can also act as a food processor or an electric mixer.
Of course, the above synopsis is not exhaustive. There is still plenty to know and understand about the differences in how different types of blenders are constructed and what they are capable of. For full descriptions, please take a look at my Types Of Blenders article.
Juicing Versus Blending
Are you completely certain that a blender is, in fact, what you are searching for? Many people ask me what the difference between a blender and a juicer is. They believe that the two complete the same process when they actually work in two entirely different ways.
My article about the differences between juicing and blending goes into considerable detail about the different ways in which the two machines work and the different types of health benefits you can receive from each. In short, juicers extract juice from food and leave all the other parts behind. A blender breaks down the entire food. I will not argue for or against either appliance or beverage, because I truly believe that each holds its rightful place in the health-conscious kitchen.
What To Look for In a Blender
I assume that you are, by now, certain that a blender is what you want and that you have an idea of which type of blender may be best for your particular needs and desires. My page about what to look for in a blender outlines the particular features and functions you will want to ensure you blender has or is able to achieve. Although people’s needs are different and each type of blender is unique, I believe that there is a set list of things you should consider before purchasing a blender, such as type of blades, location of blades, speed settings, price, size, and more. For a full list and detailed explanations, head over to the What To Look For In A Blender page now.
What good is a blender if you do not have recipes to create with it? To get you started, or simply to add to your cookbook, I have included a page full of some of my favorite blender recipes, including Raspberry and Orange Cream Dream Smoothies, Sundried Basil Pesto, Banana Chip Muffins, Salsa, Hummus, Banana Chocolate Protein Shake, and Barbeque Bacon Dip. For full lists of ingredients and descriptions of flavors, check out the Recipes page.
Understanding Blender Terminology
If you are completely new to the world of blending you may find yourself confused by some of the technical terms which litter product descriptions and product reviews. In creating this website, I tried my best not use many technical terms, but I must admit that I did include a few. To help you understand my own articles as well as others you may read, I have included brief descriptions of popular blender terms such as housing, wattage, blending arm, bladed rod, and wand. Take a look at the full list on the Understanding Blender Terminology page.
I just wanted to add a quick note here at the bottom of this page to thank you for stopping by. I’ve put a lot of time and care into creating this website and am honored that you took the time to read through it. I sincerely hope that you have been able to come to some sort of a conclusion about your blender purchase. The best case scenario would be that you have chosen your blender, will purchase it, and will not be disappointed. I would, however, settle for you at least having a better idea of what it is you are looking for and what is available to you.