The Best Blenders of 2018 – Top 10 Review

The Best Blenders of 2018The Best Blenders of 2018

 

As more and more people are getting into the green smoothie movement, and due to the high volume of interest in my Green Superfood Smoothie recipes, I thought it would be helpful if I investigated the best blenders of 2018. If you think “a blender’s a blender”, think again – choosing the right one for your particular use can be critical to creating the most enjoyable and nutritious smoothies possible.

I used to think it didn’t really matter and picked one up off the shelf because it was cheap and had a known brand name. What a mistake, it couldn’t even chop up ice cubes let alone handle the veggies I’d thrown in!

Whether you’re into smoothies, creating a delicious bisque, or just want to pump out a boatload of margaritas, don’t buy one without reading this first. In this post, I’ll not only reveal the best blenders available, but also uncover the most important features to look for and how to choose the best one for your needs.

 

How to Choose a Blender

Before you start shopping for a blender, decide what’s most important to you – are you planning on using it every day, or only once in a while?

How will you use it – will you be using it mainly for making slushier cocktails or do you plan on adding copious amounts of leafy greens and whole fruits for smoothies? Lastly, is price a big factor or is durability more important to you?

How you answer those 3 questions will make a difference in which blender you choose. Some are better for than others at making creamy smoothies out of leafy, high fiber greens and although some cost a lot more than others, they may last a lot longer, too. You can check out a “How to Choose” video here.

Top 3 Things to Look for in a Blender
The Best Blenders of 2018

1. Pitcher size

Are you planning on make a party size batch of margaritas or family size smoothies or milkshakes? You need a 64-70 ounce pitcher to accomplish those tasks easily and with the least amount of cleanup. If you simply want to whip up single size smoothies and protein shakes, then go with a small blender whose pitcher is also the to go cup with lid.

2. Power

It doesn’t really matter whether you’re blending drinks, smoothies, or nut butters, you’re going to need plenty of power. In my experience, anything less than 1000 watts, isn’t going to cut it (unless you’re blending pure liquids). If you plan on blending frozen and whole fruits, fibrous veggies such as leafy greens, or chopping ice, you are definitely going to want something with the most power you can afford to buy.

There’s nothing yuckier than drinking a smoothie only to suddenly get an unblended chunk of kale stuck in your throat – gross! This happens more often than not with lower powered, cheaper machines. In fact, there are many blenders priced under $100 that can’t even handle protein powder, at least not enough to make them creamy and smooth. Whatever you do, don’t skimp in this category, you’ll just end up having to replace an under powered one later.

3. Durability

You can search reviews all day long and you still may not be able to really tell if highly rated machines will last. Reviews can be submitted after only a few uses and rarely have updates months or years down the road. So how can you tell if a machine will hold up?

Check the warranty. This may sound like a simple step, but you might be surprised how hard it can be to find this info. Or even if you do, what’s actually covered under warranty, just the motor or is the pitcher included, too? Not all warranties are created equal, although its rare (but possible) to find a small appliance covered for more than a year.

What if you choose high-powered pro model only to find out later than all that power translated to a lot of friction and heat that it couldn’t handle well? What’s the manufacturer coverage? Any manufacturer who truly builds a quality machine will give you a decent, hassle and fine print free warranty.

You should also take a look at the company’s website…see where the machine is built and how long they’ve been in business. You probably want a company that’s established and has been successfully doing business for several years. Companies that don’t take care of their customers usually stay in business for one reason only – they sell their cheap stuff cheaply! Who cares about keeping customers when there’s always another looking to buy cheaply…next!

No matter which blender you end up choosing, always be sure to follow the directions and register your warranty right after purchase, just in case.

My top 10 best choices below are grouped according to size (volume) and at this writing, include only blenders with ratings 4 of 5 stars or greater.

 

The Best Small or Personal Size Blenders

 

Hamilton Beach Bullet Blender – $17.49, Rated 4 of 5 stars by 2217 users

Features at a glance:

  • 14 oz blender jar – great for one serving, fits in most car cup holders making it convenient for travel
  • 1 Touch blend button for fast and easy operation
  • BPA free blender jar
  • Travel lid with drinking spout for spill free travel
  • Blender jar and lids are dishwasher safe for convenient clean up
  • 175 watt motor

This is a very small, inexpensive blender. According to most users, its good for blending relatively thin shakes such as protein powder and water or nut milks but cannot handle frozen fruits and veggies.
There are many people who like the convenience, size, and price so much that they didn’t mind replacing it every few years. If you plan on using it daily or for frozen fruits or crushing ice, I cannot recommend it, it simply doesn’t have near enough power to handle it.

 

Nutri Ninja Pro Blender – $49.99, Rated 4.4 of 5 stars by 1294 users

Features at a glance:

  • 18 or 24 oz Ninja cups with sip and seal lids – Travel friendly
  • 75 page recipe guide included ($19.99 value)
  • BPA free ninja cups
  • 900 watt motor

The best thing about this blender is its power. With 900 watts, it’ll be noisy but won’t have any problem making short work of fibrous veggies like leafy greens, frozen fruit or crushing small pieces of ice. Having 2 cup size choices is a nice feature and its still very portable. Users rave about how fast and convenient this blender is.

This is an Amazon bestseller and gets the “Amazon’s Choice” for its great reviews, 80% of which are 4 stars or better and it has a very low return rate. Can’t ask for much more.

Recommended for daily users who plan on making fruit and veggie smoothies or blending single cocktails like margaritas or pina coladas with fresh or frozen fruits.

Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ Blender – $67.95, Rated 4 of 5 stars by 1311 users

Features at a glance:

  • 1000 watts of power
  • 18 oz, 24 oz, 32 oz Ninja cups with 2 travel lids included
  • BPA free cups
  • Dishwasher safe cups/lids for convenient cleaning
  • Programmable settings – 1 touch smoothie or juicer setting

Another option from Shark Ninja is this programmable, 1 touch blender with even more power. At 1000 watts, that’s a ton of power in such a small package! Feel confident in blending frozen fruits, seeds, and fibrous or leafy greens with ease. Not sure the difference in price between it and the Nutri Ninja Pro is worth it, unless you care about the programmable settings and additional 32 oz cup.

Magic Bullet Blender – $31.86, Rated 4.1 of 5 stars by 2784 users

Features at a glance:

  • 11 piece set includes 3 cup sizes, 2 solid lids and 1 flip top
  • Cups and lids are dishwasher safe
  • Easy to clean

This is the smallest in overall size of the personal blenders making it easiest to store. Many reviewers give it good reviews for being just that – good, but not great. Hey, its a $30 blender that comes with lots of extras and gets the Amazon’s Choice for having a low return rate.

The biggest problem I have with it is the lack of info on power and some reviewers say its good for shakes but can’t handle fruits or ice. Overall, users seem okay with replacing it every 2 years or so.

My Pick

The Nutri Ninja Pro is my pick of the best small/personal benders. It has good power at 900 watts, has a ton of great reviews with lots of praise on performance. It can handle almost anything you put in it and has 2 cup sizes with travel lids. At $49.99, I think its a very fair price for a blender with this level of performance.

 

The Best Medium to Large Capacity Blenders

 

Hamilton Beach Wave Station Express – $24.99, Rated 4 of 5 stars by 777 usersHamilton Beach Wavestation Express Dispensing Smoothie Blender with 48-Ounce Jar, Black (54615)

Features at a glance:

  • 48 oz blender jar
  • 4 speeds
  • 500 watts
  • Dispensing spout

This blender gets many positive reviews but according to my research, they seem to be older reviews. If you want to blend margaritas, this blender may be okay, but with only 500 watts, I’m totally leery of it being able to crush ice effectively.

According to reviews, folks who tried to make smoothies with leafy greens such as kale, and frozen strawberries were sorely disappointed. If you can afford to, I’d recommend spending a little more to get a blender with better performance.

Ninja Chef High Speed Blender – $179.99, Rated 4.2 of 5 stars by 69 users

Features at a glance:

  • 72 oz pitcher and lids are BPA free and dishwasher safe
  • 1500 watt motor
  • 10 preset and 10 manual settings including nut butter, smoothie, salsa, and more
  • Mills flour from whole grains or seeds
  • Auto cleaning setting for super fast clean up
  • Tamper and 50 recipe booklet included
  • Blends hot liquids

This is another Amazon Choice as 85% of reviews are 4 or 5 stars. With all the convenience features, soups s preset speeds for nut butters, soups, etc., AND the 1500 watts of power, the only thing I’d like to see is a longer warranty. Sorry, I’m leery of a blender with this much power that I’ll be using daily with only a year of coverage. The Ninja website sells extended warranties, but when you dig into the fine print, you’ll find that only the motor is covered, if you have problems with the pitcher, you’re apparently out of luck.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System – $149.00, Rated 4.4 of 5 stars by 1268 

Features at a glance:

Another Ninja product that’s an Amazon’s Choice due to its favorable reviews – 80% are 4 or 5 stars. This one is a great buy as it also has a food processing container that according to the description, is powerful enough to mix dough.

Once again, you get 1500 watts of power but just a 1-year warranty, which as you know, I find concerning. One reviewer had to test the warranty and found that customer service tried to charge her a restock fee when sending her a replacement for a burned out motor (hopefully, an isolated incident, but still). BTW, the motor is the only part with a warranty, pitchers, etc aren’t covered. Buyer beware, but for the price, you get 2 machines…

My Pick

Of the top 3 medium to large capacity blenders, I’d have to recommend the Ninja Mega Kitchen System. The price for basically 2 powerful machines can’t be beat, unless…

You plan on really putting your machine to the test with heavy use. If that’s the case, you should check out the next section

 

The Best Professional Grade Blenders

 

Mengk 1400W Blender – $149.99, Rated 4.4 of 5 stars by 75 users

Features at a glance:

  • 1400W of power
  • 64 oz BPA free, heat-resistant pitcher
  • Tamper included
  • 1 year warranty on motor, 3 months on cups

This blender scores quite well with users but when comparing the features and power to others, it really doesn’t seem like a truly pro model. After all, the price is a little higher but warranty is no better than the 3 medium to large “nonprofessional” models reviewed above.

If you’re spending over $100, decent customer support can be important. In fact, one reviewer complained that they could not find customer support when they needed it. Could be an isolated incident, but with a high-powered motor, I would expect a better warranty and if I really cared about customer support, I’d make it easy for the customer to contact me.

When researching the company, I found they are located in China (not necessarily known for great motors, sorry!) and they were established in 2016. There are better options for pro blenders from established companies with trusted service, I wouldn’t take the chance on this one.

COSORI 1500W Professional Kitchen Smoothie Blender – $139.99, Rated 4.3 of 5 stars by 119 users
Features at a glance:

  • 1500W motor with 2 HP at 30,000 RPM – powerful enough to heat soup
  • Food processing to grind coffee and meats
  • 70 oz pitcher plus 27 oz travel cup with lids all BPA free and dishwasher safe
  • Easy to use with pulse feature and soup finction
  • Tamper included
  • 2 year warranty (1 year standard, add 1 year free if registering at Cosori within 14 days of purchase), 30 day guarantee

The highly rated commercial grade motor on this blender makes it extremely attractive for the price. It actually appears to be a competent knockoff of the Vitamix at a much lower price. It claims to do basically everything that a Vitamix does and is almost identical in design.

My biggest concern here is the warranty though, even at 2 years it can’t touch the Vitamix (7 years minimum), but it is more than half the price, so it really comes down to what you think matters most.

Some users report problems processing dry or thick ingredients, which is typical with a high speed blender with this blade design but they shouldn’t market it as a processor if that’s the case.

Although I could not actually find where the machines are made, it appears the company is based in the Netherlands with a California office as well. Why is this important? High watt motors produce a fair amount of friction and heat, which can produce wear and tear and although all blenders have this to deal with, one expects more durability from a professional grade blender. Euro or American made are the only way to go. Good option for the price.

Vitamix 5200 Blender – $399.95, Rated 4.6 of 5 stars by 840 usersVitamix 5200 Blender, Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz. Container, Black
Features at a glance:

  • 2 HP motor with radial cooling fan & thermal protection system powerful enough to heat soup, pulverize almost anything else
  • 64 oz BPA free, shatterproof pitcher
  • Tamper included.
  • Getting started guide includes popular recipes
  • Variable speed, manual controls – blend a variety of textures with total control
  • “Aircraft grade” stainless steel blades
  • Multiple color choices and models available
  • 7-year warranty on all parts, 5 -10 years on other models

This is the blender that all others (except single serve) aspire to be. A fourth generation family company founded in 1949, Vitamix machines are still made in the USA, practically unheard-of in the small appliance world.

With a full 7-year warranty on all parts (some machines are 10 year), this company believes in their product and stands behind it for real. When you visit their website, you can easily find the warranties and what is covered as well as contact info at a glance.

Although this model isn’t marketed as pro grade, all Vitamix blenders are professional grade and made to use daily. Some of my favorite things to make with it are homemade whipped cream (won’t eat anything less now) and even homemade butter. Yes, the Vitamix will churn butter!

If you want to grind whole grains to make your own flour, you may want to opt for the model 780. Although the 5200 can handle it, the 780 has push button controls and a pulse feature that can make it easier to create homemade dough for pizza or bread. The 780 is priced the same at $399.95 and it also has a low profile pitcher, making it easier to fit under most kitchen cabinets. I admit, my 5200 won’t fit in my appliance garage unless I remove the pitcher.

This machine is obviously priced higher than most, but it is not a “disposable” blender, its seriously built to last and has the warranty to prove it. You do have the option to save a little by going with a refurbished model. This is what I did over 7 years ago, and I couldn’t tell the difference. It came with a 5-year warranty and is still going strong after 7 years.

Vitamix also has the most robust support and online store available, complete with lots of free recipes and how-to videos. Gee, can you tell which professional grade blender I recommend? In fact, unless all you want to do is make single serve smoothies, this blender is my top pick of any blender on the market.

If simple protein and fruit smoothies are all you ever plan to make, the cups are probably a nice and convenient addition. If that’s the case, go with the Nutri Ninja Pro, it will do the job quickly and easily for only $49.99.

Obviously, I own a Vitamix, but don’t just take my word for their value, check out the reviews on Amazon, which makes it an Amazon Choice because it receives over 85% 4 or 5 stars. The 4.6 average rating is the best of all the top blenders compared here. This model doesn’t come with multiple cups or other extras, just the basics, but what is really most important to you, marketing add-ons or performance and quality long term??

My Pick

The best blender of 2018 is STILL a Vitamix, but as you can see, their are other decent machines available for a lot less, just without the awesome warranty and support.  Shop blenders now

I hope you’ve found this post helpful, please feel free to check out these related posts:

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To Your Success,

Karyn

 

 

 

 

 

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