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 few months.
There are advantages to spending the extra money on a high-end blender.
Mid-range blenders in the $80-$120-plus range are generally well-equipped for making decent smoothies, but after some time, you’ll want (need) a higher-end machine. There are some features that high-end blenders have that make smoothie-making easier, but you can manage quite well starting out with any name brand blenders in this dollar range provided they have the features described below.
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, metal base for stability.
- The best blenders to use for smoothie-making should have a high powered motor with at the very minimum, 500 watts or more. Ideally, you want WAY more than 500 watts. You are going to want a blender that can easily handle frozen fruit, berries and ice. You also want a high-powered blender to puree and liquefy a variety of ingredients to make a creamy, flavorful smoothie.
- I recommend finding a blender with a large, glass pitcher for scratch-resistant durability and easy cleaning. Plastic pitchers are prone to scratching and are not usually dishwasher-safe. (High-end blenders do come with very durable plastic pitchers, however.)
- Touch pads are easier to clean than push buttons. My blender has touch pads on the base which make the buttons much easier to wipe off spilled residue.
In addition to a high speed blender, you might want to pick up an inexpensive coffee grinder to use for grinding flax or sesame seeds, fresh spices such as cinnamon or cacao beans and nibs for healthy, antioxidant-rich chocolate smoothies.
Purchase the best blender you can afford and enjoy the results – yummy, nutritious and health-enhancing green smoothies every day!
What Blender I Use
I just started using a Vitamix 5200 blender again. It’s one of the most popular smoothie blenders on the market and when you use one for the first time, you’ll instantly know why.
The Vitamix gives you a lot of control over your blends which is great for making all sorts of creations in the kitchen! It’s one of the best smoothie blenders on the market, and a bit quieter than the Blendtec. Read more about the Vitamix 5200 blender.
I have also used a Blendtec Total Blender. It’s more “automatic” than the Vitamix but you lack some of the fine-tuned control that the Vitamix provides. The Blendtec is also louder, and the lack of a tamper tool can be frustrating at times.
Here is an in-depth comparison between the Vitamix and the Blendtec blenders.
A less expensive option for a high-end blender is the JTC OmniBlend V. It costs almost half as much and performs almost as well. Read my review here.
Tracy Russell is the creator of the Green Smoothie Weight Loss Program, the 30-Day Whole Foods Challenge and founder of Incredible Smoothies. She is passionate about helping people improve their health with green smoothies and a whole foods lifestyle.