Best Blender – Blender Reviews

Are you looking for the best blender to make a smoothie, some pesto or even chili? Do you hate getting chunks in your puree even after blending for minutes? Does your old blender liquefy instead of crush ice? This is where your search ends.

Hi. I’m Jen. Welcome to my Blender Reviews blog. This is where you will find good blenders, and finally get the right consistency for your smoothie, cream base, baby food or salad dressing!

Best Blenders Reviews Blog

How To Choose The Best Blender

I didn’t realize there were two types of blenders until someone brought a hand blender to my home party some years ago. I mean, I knew the hand blender existed, but I didn’t place both types of blender together – they look so different!

countertop blenders reviews Countertop blender – Good for blending a large amount, for a longer period, or blending many ingredients altogether, e.g. chili paste. Depending on the horsepower, this can be powerful enough to blend ice for smoothies. ($15 – $1000)
Immersion blenders reviews Immersion blender – Good for blending small amounts quickly and creaming soup directly in the pot so that you don’t have to transfer hot soup to and from the blender. Usually has small power and unsuitable for blending ice. ($15 – $400)

After deciding which type of blender you want (many good cooks have both!), it’s time to look at your expectations of the blender. Since the quality and price range of blenders are so greatly varied, it’s important to know whether you should go for that $500 high quality blender that will do all the things you want it to do, or whether that $30 personal blender will do just fine. Here are some questions and answers that will help you find the right blender.

  • Do you want a heavy duty blender that has kneading functions?
    - A blender-mixer saves countertop space by combining both functions, but be prepared to pay twice or more times the price of a normal blender.
  • Do you want to crush ice?
    - Get a blender with good power.
  • Do you want to blend big batches of food at any one go?
    - Get a jar blender with big capacity.
  • Do you just want to blend personal sized drinks?
    - Get a small blender that is travel-friendly and easy to wash.

If you’re looking for a countertop blender, go to my guide here for more on how to select kitchen blender models.

My Blender Reviews & Top Picks

There are many famous brands for blenders. Among them are KitchenAid, Cuisinart, Oster, Braun, Vita-Mix, etc. To help you in your choice, I have done a thorough research and these are the best blenders I came up with.

Countertop Blenders

Smoothie Blenders

Frozen fruits and solid ice are normally used to make smoothies. Throw them straight into the blender, and at least 500 watts of blending power is required to make them smooth and creamy. Get a smoothie blender that is higher than 500 watts, lest you’ll chew, not drink. Here are a few guidelines to help you find the best blender for smoothies.

  1. Size
    How many people are you making the smoothie for? Sizes of blenders differ from those that are for household use and those for industrial purpose. Your need to occasionally hold party should be looked at too; for you obviously don’t want to keep blending from a small device. And a small blender can’t attract attention.
  2. Jug
    It’s advisable to get glass jug because it’s easy to clean internally and stylish externally. Intelligently-designed jugs are actually detachable cups, from which you can drink straight from it, saving you time to look for and clean another glass.
  3. Lid
    Make sure the lid is tight enough to prevent the contents from spilling out while blending. Some interesting lids have an opening for you to add extra ingredients while blending is going on.
  4. Base
    Plastic bases, lacking the weight of metal, tend to be unstable while the blender is on. It rattles while blending and as a consequence, the blade has to be slowed down, resulting in chunky contents. On the contrary, metal bases are sturdy, durable and can handle heavy duties.
  5. Spout
    For convenience, some blenders have taps at the bottom where you can open, let your smoothie flow into a glass and close it again, instead of removing the lid and detaching the jug.

Top Picks

Hand Blenders/Immersion Blenders

To choose the best immersion blender or hand blender, quality is a factor to consider over price. You don’t want to buy a $90 hand blender to find that it has a flawed design problem that no warranty claims will solve. Nor do you want to make warranty claims every few months. So how do you pick a hand blender?

Check out these few points:

  1. Stainless steel blades that are sharp and sturdy
  2. Streamlined body or shaft that will not attract stains easily
  3. Easy to clean or dishwasher safe parts
  4. Quiet operation
  5. Ergonomic design for a comfortable grip

Top Picks

Personal Blenders

  • Best Small Blender – This personal blender is compact enough for small kitchens and portable enough for your workplace.

More Blenders

Over the years, I’ve had my fair share of good and bad blenders. My blender blog here has all my reviews on the best ones, from all price ranges to suit different needs. :)

And here are some of my favorite blender models.

Top Blender Brands

Here is a list of all the top blender brands. Moms love Hamilton Beach, KitchenAid and Cuisinart, hardcore smoothie freaks love Vitamix and Blendtec, and all of us love Oster and Breville for their pretty design.

I don’t know everything about blenders, but I did make a ton of research and tried many blenders myself, thus the creation of this website. There is more to a blender than meets the eye, so I have compiled everything you should need to know before buying a blender.

I hope that by reading a few of my blog posts, you can find the best blender that gives you ease, convenience and good food (or drinks)! While you’re at it, here are some articles of interest:

Have fun looking for the best blender for smoothies, and definitely make lots of delicious, colorful and healthy smoothies with your blender!