Any blender will mix fruits and vegetables together to make a green smoothie. However, choosing the best blender will result in enjoying the best smoothies.
Top-of-the-line blenders include the ever popular Vitamix brand, but if you don’t have a few hundred dollars to spend, a decent mid-range blender in the $80-120 range will at least get you started for now.
Cheap blenders might save you money in the short term, but they wear out and you will quickly outgrow their capabilities for making smoothies on a regular basis. You will find yourself replacing a $30 blender soon after you purchase it. Even a $100 blender will disappoint after a while with daily use.
When it comes to choosing the best blender for your needs (smoothie making!), here are some suggestions for what to look for:
- Look for blenders with a wide, solid base for stability.
- The best blenders to use for smoothie-making should have a high-speed, 1000+ watt motor. But don’t get too caught up in motor specs. A higher quality 1300 watt blender, or instance, will outpeform a cheaper 1500+ watt blender. Overall blade and pitcher design, as well as motor mechanics and build quality makes all the difference between a blender that can easily handle frozen fruits, raw carrots, tough kale and ice – and a blender that falls short.
- I recommend finding a blender with a large pitcher. Several newer blenders on the market have smaller, personal-sized pitchers. While these might be tempting, small pitchers limit your ability to make full-size green smoothie meals, and these blenders often have less power than full-sized smoothie makers. Making a green smoothie for more than one person is impossible in personal-sized blenders.
- Quick and easy cleaning are also things to look into. Does the blender require disassembly or can you quickly clean it by running a blend cycle with hot water and a drop of soap?
- A solid, long-term warranty is an indicator of how long your blender will last. Most blenders sold in stores come with a 1 year warranty. Some of them offer two years. However, you don’t want to replace your blender every few years because you use it every single day! True high-quality blenders should offer a 5-10 year warranty (7 years is typically the norm).
What Blender I Use & Recommend
My blender of choice is the Vitamix (I have the 5200 series blender). It is one of the quietest blenders in the high-performance range, and absolutely purees everything I put in it. I NEVER get bits of leafy greens, or chunks of frozen strawberries, or gritty seeds. My Vitamix delivers rich, smooth green smoothies day after day.
Blendtec also makes high-performance blenders that are comparable to Vitamix. I’ve used the Classic and Designer series blenders from them and they are wonderful as well. Here is an in-depth comparison between Vitamix and Blendtec blenders.
Ninja is another brand that has become popular due to their lower price points. However, their 1000 and 1100 watt models (Ninja Professional) do not even come close to blending as well as Vitamix and Blendtec blenders. The Ninja Ultima Blender has more power and better performance than the Ninja base models, but cost more and only come with a 1-2-year warranty.
NutriBullet is another popular brand. I stuff mine in my carry-on bag when I fly (it freaks out the TSA every time, but they let me go with it). While excelling at portability, the NutriBullet is generally too small to make some of the larger meal-replacement green smoothies, and it does not fully puree tough foods like kale, raw carrots and frozen strawberries. The NutriBullet Pro 900 (900-watt) should perform a little better than the standard model since it has 300 more watts of power, but I have never used it. Both NutriBullet blenders come with a standard 1 year warranty.
Ultimately, the best blender is the one that helps you drink a daily green smoothie. So whether you are ready to upgrade to a Vitamix or you are simply looking for something better than your grandmother’s 20-year old blender, the important thing is to make delicious green smoothie recipes! You can do that in any blender!