Choosing the best blender can feel overwhelming. There are so many models to choose from and prices are all over the place. Buying a blender should be fun and exciting, not stressful!
I wrote this page to help you determine which blender is right for you, and to make the best blender selection based on your budget. I’ve included budget-friendly options in the mid and lower price ranges.
Here’s what to look for when shopping for a green smoothie blender:
- Powerful Motor: For green smoothies, you really want a blender with a 1000-watt or higher motor. Only the most powerful motors liquefy kale and raw carrots, pulverize flax and chia seeds, and fully unlock the nutrients in the fruits and veggies that you blend. More power means less "sip and chew" and better flavor.
- Built For Daily Use: Making a green smoothie every single day takes a toll on most blenders, so get the best one that you can afford, otherwise you may end up spending more if you have to replace a cheap (less durable) blender frequently. Look for a 5+ year warranty.
- Large Pitcher: I recommend finding a blender with a large pitcher if you make meal-replacement green smoothies – at least 40-ounces, but a 64-ounce capacity is best (especially if you are blending for more than one person).
Okay, let's get down to finding the best blender for your needs! There are quite a few to choose from, so I've categorized the recommendations below by budget: High-End, Under $250, Under $150, and Under $50.
THE Best Blender: Vitamix
My blender of choice is the Vitamix. Vitamix makes some of the quietest blenders in the high-performance range, and absolutely purees/liquefies 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, and the 7-year warranty shows that this blender is built to last a long, LONG time.
Vitamix blenders will likely out-perform and outlast any other blender featured on this page.
Learn More About The Different Vitamix Blender Models (click or tap)
There are a LOT of different Vitamix blender models, but these are the top 4 I'd recommend looking into:
Vitamix 5300: Another great deal is the Certified Reconditioned Vitamix 5300, which is similar to the older 5200, but has a slightly more powerful motor and the new, shorter 64-ounce pitcher.
It comes with a 5-year warranty and is priced at $359.
Vitamix Professional Series 750: Features a 2.2 horsepower motor, 5 pre-programmed settings, newly-designed short pitcher, and comes in two special finishes including brushed stainless, and copper (as well as standard black).
Vitamix 780: I just got the new Vitamix 780, which features a touch interface and the redesigned pitcher that does not require a tamper (at least for blending green smoothies).
The 780 is their top-of-the-line blender for home use, and is an absolute pleasure to use.
Learn more about the Vitamix 780.
Best Blender Runner Up: Blendtec
Blendtec also makes high-performance (typically 1500-watt or greater) blenders that are comparable to Vitamix as far as blending silky smooth green smoothies. They come with an 8-year warranty.
I’ve used their classic Total Blender to make the green smoothies on my website from 2009 until I moved to a Vitamix in early 2012.
I have also used their Designer series blender and they are wonderful as well.
Vitamix vs. Blendtec: Here is an in-depth comparison between Vitamix and Blendtec blenders.
From personal experience, I feel that the Vitamix is more versatile out of the box than the Blendtec. Blendtec blenders are noticeably louder, too. I cannot really distinguish between green smoothies made in a Blendtec or Vitamix, so both whip up excellent smoothies.
Best Mid-Range Blenders: $250 and Under Price Range
There are clear advantages for buying either a Vitamix or Blendtec. They are top-quality blenders, built to last, and American-made. If they are out of budget, both Vitamix and Blendtec offer big discounts on factory reconditioned blenders (which I would not hesitate to buy myself).
However, if these high-end blenders are simply out of budget, there are a few other blenders that I can point you toward.
1) Blendtec Total Blender - Certified Refurbished: $199
Right now, there’s a fantastic deal on Amazon.com for a certified refurbished Blendtec Total Blender for just $199!
This was the first high-end blender that I ever got and I fell in love with it from day one.
The Total Blender boasts a 3.0 peak horsepower motor, 6 programmable blend cycles (including one for smoothies), and a 3 year warranty.
It also comes with the WildSide jar, which makes blending green smoothies a breeze – even when you pack the pitcher full of kale like I do. Get in on this deal!
2) JTC OmniBlend V 3HP Blender
It’s on sale right now for just $257.95 (w/ free shipping). It’s almost as powerful as the Vitamix and Blendtec, but requires slightly longer blend times to make a creamy smoothie (35-40 seconds vs. 20 seconds in a Vitamix). It also comes with a 7-year warranty.
Both of my sisters-in-law have one and have been happy with them over the past 4 years of use. You can read my in-depth review of the OmniBlend V here.
See The OmniBlend V In Action (click or tap)
Here I am demonstrating the capabilities of the OmniBlend V blender.
3) Jamba Appliances 2.4 hp Blender
If the name sounds familiar, perhaps you’ve ordered a juice or smoothie in a Jamba Juice before?
The Jamba Appliances 2.4hp Blender features a 2.4 peak horsepower motor and 5-year warranty. The blender features Pulse mode, a speed dial, and 4 Pre-Programmed settings – including a setting that makes hot soup!
It also has a 64 ounces jar, which is the ideal size for a blending container. This blender stretches the $250 price point, but may be worth considering. Reviews are positive, with 93% giving it a 4+ star rating.
4) Oster VERSA 1400-watt Professional Performance Blender.
This blender comes with a 64-ounce, compact container (so it will fit under your kitchen cupboards), and the price usually hovers in the $180-$200 range.
The blender comes with a 7-year warranty.
While I have never used this blender, it has decent reviews with 77% of reviews over 4-stars (61% are 5 star ratings). It's worth looking into.
Bottom Line: Go for the Blendtec deal or get the OmniBlend. The Oster Versa is a great value, too.
Best Blenders Under $150
Once you get under the $150 price point for blenders, long-term warranties all but disappear and you may not be able to thoroughly liquefy ingredients like kale, frozen strawberries, raw carrot and pineapple core. You’ll get bits of raspberry seeds, and chia seeds won’t be fully pulverized.
These blenders will not approach Vitamix-quality. However, these blenders can still make delicious, nutritious green smoothies and will get you started on transforming your health.
Here are some of the top-rated sub-$150 blenders for green smoothie making:
1) Jamba Appliances 1.6 hp Blender w/ Quiet Shield
The Jamba Appliances Quiet Shield blender comes with a 1.6 peak horsepower (HP) motor and features a 32-ounce pitcher in the $125-140.00 range. For a little extra, you can get a 20-ounce blending cup bundled with it.
The blender comes with a sound enclosure to dramatically cut down on noise, and offers a 5-year warranty. Of the 150 customer reviews on Amazon right now, 96% give it a 4+ star rating.
2) Oster Pro 1200 Blender
Usually hovering in the $55-$70 range, the Oster Pro 1200 blender features a 1200-watt motor, which is unusual for blenders at this price. It also features a glass pitcher, and a 3-year satisfaction guarantee and 10-year “all metal drive limited warranty”.
This blender has excellent reviews on Amazon.com with 78% giving it a 4+ star rating. Some of the reviews specifically mention its good performance when blending kale (a good thing to look for when reading blender reviews).
3) Nutri NINJA Auto-IQ (model BL486)
Features a 1000-watt motor as well as a larger 48-ounce container option (perfect size for meal-replacement smoothies!). Ninja’s “Auto-IQ” technology senses how the pitcher is loaded and runs an optimum blend cycle. Prices are generally in the $120(ish) price range, but only comes with a 1-year warranty - a big negative in my book.
There are other Nutri Ninja models that cost a little less, but do not come with the larger pitcher. Instead, you are limited to the 24-ounce blending cup, which may be too small for making meal-replacement smoothies.
4) NutriBullet Pro 900 (900-watt)
I have the standard, 600-watt NutriBullet which I use as a travel blender. Yep, I stuff mine in my carry-on bag when I fly (it freaks out the TSA every time, but they always let me go with it). While excelling at portability, the 24-ounce container can be a little on the small side for some meal-replacement green smoothie recipes.
The newer NutriBullet Pro features a 900-watt motor, and 80% of reviewers on Amazon give it a 4+ star rating. Despite what many people say, it simply does not perform as well as a Vitamix (no blender in this price range does), though the NutriBullet Pro 900 should have a performance edge on the standard NutriBullet, which struggles with kale, carrots, and frozen strawberries.
Save a little more money with a Certified refurbished NutriBullet Pro 900 for $74.99 with 1-year warranty. The standard NutriBullet (600-watt) sells for $79.99, with certified refurbished models going for $54.99 with 1-year warranty.
Bottom Line: Look into either the Jamba 1.6 hp blender or the Oster Pro 1200. Or save up a little bit longer to get a blender in the $200-$250 price range.
Best Blenders Under $50
I do not recommend spending only $50 or less on a blender for making green smoothies unless financial circumstances require it.
If you can afford to, or save up money, buy a mid-range or high-end blender because it will be less expensive over the long term. A sub-$50 blender with a 1-year warranty is not going to stand up to daily use. You will end up replacing it often vs. a higher quality blender with a 5-7 year warranty.
Plus, a higher-powered blender will unlock more nutrients and make your green smoothies more flavorful (and smooth).
If circumstances require a $50 or less blender budget, there are a few standouts in this price range. They are:
1) Oster 2-Speed Beehive Blender – 600-watts, glass pitcher and 80% give this blender a 4+ star rating.
2) Oster 12-Speed Blender – Under $30, 450 watts, 92% give this blender a 4+ star rating.
3) KitchenAid 5-Speed Blender (Certified Refurbished) – Another option in the under-$50 price range is to find a decent $100+ blender that has been refurbished. This KitchenAid usually sells for $139, but is currently (as of 2/2/2016) on sale for $39.99 (Certified Refurbished) with 1-year warranty.
One other option is to consider getting a certified refurbished NutriBullet, which Amazon.com sometimes sells for $54.99.
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!AFFILIATE DISCLOSURE: The links on this page are affiliate links, and I may earn a small commission if you make a purchase after clicking them. Thanks for your support!