On the lookout for a blender to add a little zest to smoothies, milkshakes, and beyond? Look no further than this list of the best blenders under $100. High-performance blenders may seem ideal for your dream kitchen, but they can be a touch above budget. Here's a walkthrough of the specifications helpful for selecting the right blender for you.
- Size: With blenders, size matters. Whether you’re looking to make smoothies for the whole family in one go or a personal smoothie fresh daily, think about container size and your blender-based needs. Size is also important to consider for storage purposes — buy too big and your blender becomes a permanent kitchen-counter fixture.
- Material: Weighing the pros and cons of the material blenders are made from can help you choose. Plastic can absorb smell and has the potential to not be BPA-free. Where as glass, while resistant to smell absorption, has the potential of shattering (whether from hot soup or falling off the counter). Since each has its pros and cons, your decision will come down to personal preference.
- Speed: Take a look at speed settings, being able to control a blender’s speed can help achieve the right texture. According to Consumer Reports three speeds should be enough, but some machines come with preprogrammed settings to make your blending that much simpler.
- Power: While manufacturers want you to believe that the higher the wattage the better performance, Consumer Reports claimed that much more goes into how the blender performs, so don’t get hung up on getting the highest wattage for your dollar. The only place high wattage tends to equal high performance is with immersion blenders.
- Controls: In other words, consider how many buttons you want on your blender. Some blenders include timers, pulsing, blending, and drink-specific buttons, if you want the specificity, awesome, but it might cost you a little more.
- Attachments: Many blenders come with attachments, different blades, or even different container options — as is the case with combination blenders — you may decide you want the versatility or that it’s excess storage for your kitchen.
While you might be looking for a conventional countertop blender, it's worth considering other money-saving options like bullet, combination, and immersion blenders — all of which are outline below.