The most commonly-known type of blenders, countertop blenders, are the traditional blenders most people receive as wedding gifts, and the kind I myself strongly remember seeing sitting atop bars and counters of various family members. Typically built with high-power motors, these blenders are capable of creating a variety of foods and beverages, including dips, spreads, salsas, sauces, baby food, batters, smoothies, shakes, and mixed drinks. Though, it should be noted, they range in their ability to break down certain foods.
These blenders are perfect for the home chef who prefers convenience to chopping and hand-mixing. They often take up considerable counter and cupboard space and, thus, are best for those with large kitchens. If you are looking for a blender with multiple speed settings and a large-capacity pitcher, this may be just the type you are looking for.
Nutri-Bullet by Magic Bullet
The Nutri-Bullet by Magic Bullet is a mid-priced countertop blender designed for everyday kitchen function. It features two different types of blades – one for slicing and dicing, and one for mixing liquids. It also features three different-sized cups and two lids, so that you can match your cup size to your desired portion size.
Unlike many other blenders, the Nutri-Bullet is fully capable of breaking down seeds and stems, meaning that you will not have to travel around with post-smoothie raspberry seeds stuck in your teeth. Unfortunately, this blender only features one speed option, which may make it difficult to create certain foods.
Ninja BL660 Professional Countertop Blender
The Ninja BL660 Countertop Blending system boasts a powerful 1200-watt motor designed to stand up to long periods of use without a worry of overheating. Running for long periods of time may be necessary, since Ninja’s unique center blade design often takes much longer to break down foods than do the blade designs of most other blenders.
This system includes one large 72-ounce pitcher which is perfect for creating smoothies for your whole family, large batches of salsa, or for mixing cake batter. Also included with this system are two smaller blending cups that quickly turn this system into a personal blender. The small blending cups come with fitted travel lids so that you can take them on the go.
Ninja Master Prep GB900B Countertop Blender
The Ninja Master Prep QB900B countertop blender features a 400-watt motor and two different sizes of pitchers. The pitchers each come with their own blending lid and storage lid.
This countertop blender features a unique design. The pitcher sits on the bottom and a removable quad-blade can be fit snugly atop the pitcher’s protruding nub. The blending lid secures tightly around the pitcher, held in place by a rubber seal. The rod onto which the blades are attached pokes gently through the top of the blending lid where it fits into a specialized slot in the bottom of the power source. A button atop the power source allows you to turn the unit on and off at a single speed and gives you full pulse control.
Nutri Ninja BL482 Auto IQ Countertop Blender
The Nutri Ninja Auto IQ features a powerful 1000-watt motor capable of handling basic blending tasks with little effort. Instead of the rodded center blades Ninja is known for, this blender features traditional bottom blades. The Auto IQ feature allows you to select a basic blending setting or an “ultra blend” setting; varying the speed and pulse at which the machine works to achieve specific blending results.
Although they are much smaller than the 64 and 72-ounce blending pitchers included with many other countertop blenders, the pitchers that come with this blender are dishwasher-safe, BPA-free, and of three different sizes – 18 ounces, 24 ounces and 32 ounces.
Oster Versa 1400-Watt Professional
The Oster Versa Professional Performance Blender features an incredibly strong and durable 1400-watt motor which is capable of powering this blender through the toughest of tasks over extended periods of time.
This blender’s speed dial features 8 different speeds, allowing you to customize your blending experience based on the type of end-product you are hoping to create. The highest speed setting reaches high enough RPMs (rotations per minute) to create the heat required to bring soup to a perfect serving temperature. The Versa also includes 3 pre-programmed settings for dips, spreads, smoothies, and soup.
The 64-ounce, BPA-free plastic pitcher is available in either a tall and skinny option or a short and wide option. You may choose whichever option you like upon purchasing this blender.
Vitamix 750 64-Ounce Professional Blender
The Vitamix 750 Professional Countertop Blender features a large 64-ounce, copolyester, BPA-free pitcher designed wide instead of tall so that it easily slides beneath upper cabinets. The incredibly powerful 2.2 horsepower (or approximately 1500 watts) motor is capable of pushing this blender through the most difficult blending tasks for long periods of time. Crushing ice and creating nut butter should not be a problem for this machine.
This blender features 5 pre-programmed settings for smoothies, soups, frozen desserts, purees, and self-cleaning. To utilize the self-cleaning option, simply place a small amount of dish soap and a few cups of water inside, place the lid on, and press the button – it’s that simple. In addition, this blender features ten speed settings and a pulse control for all your other blending needs.