Smoothies used to be one of those hyped-up things I could never fully get behind, because I thought loving them would mean giving up beer and cheeseburgers, too. Now that I'm all about that smoothie life (and still about that beer and cheeseburger life), finding the best blenders for smoothies has become super important to me. And that's because my blender is no longer just an appliance that's going to sit on my countertop collecting dust: it's something I've come to depend on every morning.
On the surface, it might seem easy to find a good blender, since virtually any blender should be able to mix up fruits and vegetables. But that's not exactly the case. See, what separates just any old blender from one that's actually good for smoothies usually comes down to sheer power, size, and accessories. It also doesn't hurt to have a smart blender that has pre-programmed settings, since it will ultimately save you time during those busy mornings.
Whether you're a smoothie noob or a longtime devotee, having a great blender goes a long way in helping you make delicious smoothies without extra hassle. And these eight versatile, affordable blenders make it easy to create your new favorite.
1. A Ninja Blender That Chops Up Ingredients Like, Well, An Actual Ninja
When it comes to making smoothies, the Nutri Ninja is one of the all-around best blenders you can use to get the job done. In addition to coming with three BPA-free, multi-serve cups and lids, this blender features preset intelligent blending programs that take all the guesswork out of using it. And, it even includes a recipe booklet, so you can get ideas for more new smoothies to try out.
2. A 64-Ounce Machine That's Basically The Rolls-Royce Of Blenders
If you're ready to invest in the king of blenders, look no further than this Vitamix blender. It features a 64-ounce, BPA-free container that's especially great if you're making smoothies for a few people (or want a large batch to last the week), plus adjustable speeds and blades that can get so fast, they actually create friction heat, which will turn cold ingredients hot in just six minutes.
3. A High-Speed Blender That Comes With Loads Of Options
This super versatile, personal blender is the most popular on Amazon with literally thousands of glowing reviews. This 600-watt blender completely pulverizes fruits, veggies, and every other ingredient you want to toss in, turning them into mouthwatering smoothie goodness. It also comes with two stainless steel blades, two lids, a tall cup, and two short cups for travel use. So, while it's a little pricier than some blenders on this list, it will give you plenty of bang for your buck.
4. A Personal Blender That You Can Take With You On-The-Go
With this super-slim blender, you can blend up everything right in the sports bottle (which happens to be BPA-free). It's good for crushing up all your smoothie ingredients, plus ice, and comes with a convenient travel lid, so you can take it with you even when you're in a hurry.
5. A 72-Ounce Professional Blender That Can Make Smoothies In Literally Seconds
While most smoothie blenders are designed to crush ice and other ingredients quickly, some are faster and more efficient than others, like this professional-quality blender from Ninja. Supplied with 1,000 watts of power, this blender can make smoothies in seconds thanks to its intensely mighty speed and crushing function. The container is also BPA-free and dishwasher safe, making cleanup a breeze.
6. An Affordable Blender That Cleans Itself
This blender is super affordable compared to some of the more expensive offerings included on this list, but don't let the price tag fool you: This is definitely one of the most versatile blenders for smoothies out there. Featuring 14 blending functions, a 700-watt motor, a secure lid that will stay closed tight, and a shock resistant jar, this blender really packs some power. Best of all, it's got an auto-clean button, so it will actually do most of the cleanup for you.
7. A Rechargeable Blender You Can Use Anywhere
No electric outlets in sight? No problem. This cordless personal blender is USB-rechargeable and the perfect companion for any kind of traveling because you don't have to worry about plugging in. For a small, single-serving blender, this cup can also pack in plenty of ingredients, too.
8. A Classic Five-Speed Blender That Can Help Up To 56 Ounces
Reviewers love this five-speed blender from KitchenAid for smoothies because of its size, speed functions, and affordable price point. It also includes a BPA-free container and a soft-start feature, so ingredients will get pulled toward the blades slowly to start, before hitting your desired speed.
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