The Best Blenders For Making Green Smoothies
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 great 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. Also, look for a long-term warranty (IE: longer than just one year).
- 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). Ultra-compact blenders like the NutriBullet and Nutri NINJA have smaller, personal-sized pitchers in the 24-ounce range, but these pitchers (cups) are too small for making most meal replacement smoothies.
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 outlast any other blender featured on this page.
Here are the specific Vitamix blender models I have used and/or recommend:
Vitamix 5200: I’ve used the Vitamix 5200 blender to make every green smoothie on my website since early 2012. It’s been my favorite blender! The 5200 is one of their most affordable models starting at $449 with a 7-year warranty ($329 for Certified Reconditioned with 5-year warranty).
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). The Vitamix Professional Series 750 starts at $599, with Certified Reconditioned models as low as $519.
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.
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Best Blender Runner-Up: Blendtec
Blendtec also makes high-performance 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. 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.
There have been quite a few deals on Amazon.com recently for refurbished Classic-series blenders from Blendtec, like this Blendtec Classic 570 with Wildside Jar. It’s just over the $250 price point (a mere $10 or so), but definitely worth it for the 8-year warranty and 1560-watt, top-notch Blendtec performance!
The 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 extremely high reviews with 85% of reviews over 4-stars (70% are 5 star ratings). It’s worth looking into.
The JTC OmniBlend V 3HP Blender sold by Omniblend USA (also can be purchased through Amazon.com). It’s on sale right now for just $250 (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 3 years of use. You can read my in-depth review of the OmniBlend V here.
There are two interesting blenders from Jamba Appliances in this price range. If the name sounds familiar, perhaps you’ve ordered a juice or smoothie in a Jamba Juice before?
The Jamba Appliances Quiet Shield Blender comes with a 1.6 peak horsepower (HP) motor and features a 32-ounce pitcher for $139.00. For $10 more, 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 89 customer reviews on Amazon right now, 98% give it a 4+ star rating (82% gives 5-star rating).
Then there is a slightly more high-end version (Jamba Appliances 2.4 hp Blender) without the quiet shield, but with a 2.4 peak horsepower motor (almost double the power) and 5-year warranty. The blender features Pulse mode, Pre-Programmed settings – including a setting that makes hot soup! It also has a larger jar (64 ounces), so it’s better if you are making smoothies for more than one person. This model sells for around $179. Reviews are positive, with 90% giving it a 4+ star rating.
Bottom Line: If you can spare a few bucks over $250, go for the Blendtec deal, or get the OmniBlend. The Oster Versa is also a good value right now, too.
Best Blenders Under $120
Once you get under the $120 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-$120 blenders for green smoothie making:
Oster Pro 1200 Blender – At just under $100, 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 96% 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).
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-range and comes with a 1-year warranty.
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. The Nutri NINJA Pro 900-watt model (BL450) features a 24-ounce capacity container (and blending power) of the NutriBullet Pro 900, but costs less.
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.
Bottom Line: Look into 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. The reason is because blenders at this price point are just not powerful enough to liquefy leafy greens like kale (and sometimes even spinach), and they will leave lots of fibrous chunks in your smoothie. You’ll have to sip-and-chew. The flavor won’t be as rich as well.
In order to get a green smoothie really smooth(ish), you’d need to blend for well over a minute or two, which I feel is over-processing a smoothie.
Another issue with cheap blenders is that they are not built to last, and won’t stand up to the rigors of daily use, so you will end up replacing them often – especially with daily use. In the long run, what you save now will end up costing you more later when you replace the blender again and again.
If circumstances require a $50 or less blender budget, there are a few standouts in this price range. They are:
Oster 2-Speed Beehive Blender – 600-watts, glass pitcher and 80% give this blender a 4+ star rating.
Oster 12-Speed Blender – Under $30, 450 watts, 92% give this blender a 4+ star rating.
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!
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