Our Favorite Blenders for People with an Active Lifestyle
Blenders are and should be a standard part of all kitchen equipment since they're easy to use and very functional and versatile. They also allow us to make better choices regarding what mixed drinks or health smoothies we consume and the proportions of different healthy ingredients. Runners face choices when they want to use technology to assist with a healthy eating lifestyle. This includes choosing a good model with the functions that give them the most options for designing and creating their healthy concoctions.
In a Hurry? The test winner after 20 hrs of research
Quad cutting blades system allows for both ice crushing and uniform cutting when used
42 oz pitcher features a spout for easy pouring
Thanks to the 2-cup processor you'll be able to dice, blend, chop, puree, and mince virtually anything
- Ninja Master Prep QB900B
- Hamilton Beach 51131
- Oster Pro 1200
- Vitamix 5200
- Ninja Mega Kitchen System
- Hamilton Beach Power Elite
- Magic Bullet NutriBullet
- Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms
- Ninja Professional BL660
- Vitamix Ascent A2500
- Criteria Used for Evaluation
- Other Factors to Consider
- Frequently Asked Questions
10 Best Blenders
1. Ninja Master Prep QB900B
Quad cutting blades system allows for both ice crushing and uniform cutting when used
42 oz pitcher features a spout for easy pouring
Thanks to the 2-cup processor you'll be able to dice, blend, chop, puree, and mince virtually anything
Can be difficult to clean
The Ninja Master Prep QB900B is a truly impressive value, as the bang for buck ratio that you’re getting is unlike anything else on the market. This one is fast, versatile, and super easy on the wallet. This particular Ninja product comes in at an incredible price. It costs what you’d expect for a cheaper model, but has the power of a high-end one. Since most active people will mostly be making smoothies, and this one is perfect for it, we put it at number one.Read more
This one comes from Ninja, which was originally only available through infomercials. They've since grown and expanded and are available online and in retail stores. They're known for their value.
This one is rated at 400 w and has plenty of power. Users noted how easily ice was pulverized to a consistent consistency without becoming mushy. This makes it perfect for smoothies, salsas, and the like. One possible drawback is that it only pulses, meaning you have to hold down the button to operate it and you can't put it on slow speeds.
The pitcher and chopper bowl are made of BPA-free plastic. The blades are pressed steel. Users noted that they are extremely sharp but they may rust fairly quickly if not well taken care of.
The powerful 400 w motor gets up to speed very quickly but operates only at one speed, high. Please note that this product is also available in a 450 w option but it costs more and is only a tiny bit more powerful and doesn't have any other extra features so we recommend going with the less expensive 400 w model.
As noted above, Ninja is known for their powerful products that are also very affordable. They don't last as long as other brands but for someone who just wants to make smoothies or otherwise wants to see if they like using a blender before buying a more expensive model this is a great place to start.
2. Hamilton Beach 51131
Blades made out of stainless steel
Compact designs make it easy to store when not being used
Great with ice cubes and fruit
Some users said this product is very noisy when being used
Blending jar can be difficult to remove from base
Can be hard to clean
If all you need is a simple, affordable model that will create one serving at a time, you can’t do much better than the Hamilton Beach 51131. This one is easily the most affordable options on our list. Users loved that the jar doubles as a portable drinking cup but noted that it lacks safety features and can be hard to clean.Read more
This company was founded all the way back in 1910 and was one of the original inventors of the type of machines we see today. These days they make a wide variety of motorized kitchen appliances that are well-known for their blend of performance and affordability.
This option only has one speed, high. However, its 175 w motor is powerful enough to crush ice and frozen fruit, making it perfect for making smoothies and shakes. One of the best features is that the blending pitcher doubles as a portable cup that will fit in most car cup holders. This means you can make a smoothie and detach the pitcher from the base and take it with you, making this a perfect option for people on the go.
The blending pitcher is BPA-free plastic. The blades are made of stainless steel.
While the 175 w motor isn't the strongest on our list it gets up to high speed quickly. This one really is great for making single serving sized smoothies and shakes.
This one is really affordable. Its high level of convenience plus effectiveness combined with the price make it a good deal.
3. Oster Pro 1200
Dual direction blade technology allows for extra power chopping and griding
All metal drive system for some of the best durability possible
Louder than the most
Some safety issues if user doesn't assemble it correctly
If you’re on the hunt for a product that’s going to be extremely durable and provide supreme power, the Oster Pro 1200 does so while keeping things light on your wallet. Despite the high-end features the Oster Pro 1200 brings to the table, it’s priced quite affordably.Read more
This company was founded in 1924 and today makes a wide variety of kitchen appliances, everything from kitchen tools to microwaves and more. They are known for making good quality products that range in price from very affordable to high end.
The 1200 w motor is very powerful and has 7 speeds, including 3 automatic settings for the most commonly blended recipes.
The jar is made of thick, durable, high-quality glass that is dishwasher safe. The blades are pressed steel.
This is one of the most powerful options on our list, especially when it comes to low priced products. The 1200 w motor works great. There were a couple of safety issues we noted, so with this one, it's super important that you make sure the bottom of the jar is firmly screwed in and the top securely on before use.
It has a surprisingly affordable price for how powerful the motor is and how many features it has. It also comes with a 3-year warranty on all parts, while the motor has a 10-year warranty.
4. Vitamix 5200
Stainless steel blades
64 oz container
Easily adjustable settings to choose textures and to add more variety to your recipes
Requires a large amount of counter space
This is a machine designed to help you get the most out of your blending experience. The Vitamix 5200 Series combines the power of the Vitamix system with the versatility of a large 64 oz capacity model. Not only can it handle full-sized recipes, it can also be used with the patented Vitamix design to create the healthiest products available!Read more
Vitamix has rightfully earned a reputation as extremely high-quality and effective, albeit one that comes with a large price tag. They have very powerful motors that can do everything from make nut butters to actually make hot soup because the motor is so powerful.
It has a 10-speed motor that puts out 1,380 watts of power, making it one of the most powerful and versatile options on our list.
The large 64 oz. pitcher is made of tough, high-quality polycarbonate plastic that is BPA free. The blades are extremely sharp stainless steel. The base is high quality plastic and the whole thing is heavy and stable, which shows its quality.
The speeds are easy to modulate with the easy to use controls. We highly recommend starting at a low setting and then using the dial control to speed it up to avoid over-blending.
Although it's one of the most expensive models on our list, it is extremely powerful, versatile, and comes with a full 7-year warranty. People know that Vitamix's are expensive but they tend to love them and would buy them again.
5. Ninja Mega Kitchen System
Along with smoothies the BL770 can also process food, juices, fruits, and make dough
Container measures in at 72 total ounces
Dishwasher safe and BPA free
May not be ideal for seeds or similar food
Takes up a lot of space
Ninja has once again crafted a workhorse with the BL770. The issue of it breaking down seems to only be a problem for a handful of users. Overall, this is one of the most versatile machines on this list. While you’ll certainly pay a premium for the Ninja Mega Kitchen System, it’s still more affordable than other high-end options on this list.Read more
As noted in other reviews of their products the Ninja brand has become one of the most popular makers of blenders and food processors for home use. This is because they make high-quality and effective kitchen appliances at affordable prices. Their products do need a bit of extra care to ensure durability but otherwise they're a great option for most people.
The 1500 watt motor is very powerful and has 3 speeds in addition to a pulse option.
It comes with a 72-ounce pitcher, a 24-ounce food processor bowl, and two 16-ounce Ninja cups that are all made out of high-quality plastic. The blades are pressed steel. Users noted that the pitchers, food processor, and cups aren't dishwasher safe however. It also comes with a dough attachment for making bread and other doughs.
The controls are push button so you don't get as much control as with other options. There is of course a pulse option.
NInja designed this to take the place of 3 different kitchen appliances; a blender, food processor, and personal-sized machine, and it's a good deal when you consider you're basically getting 3 products in one. The base is a bit bulky, but again it's 3 products in one.
6. Hamilton Beach Power Elite
Total power of 700-watts to deal with even the largest amounts of ingredients
12 different settings for blending to ensure that you get the best blend possible for your particular smoothie or drink
A dishwasher-safe glass container that measures in at 40oz
3 year warranty guarantee
Blending frozen foods seems to be a challenge
All-in-all, the number of features and quality Hamilton Beach was able to pack into such an affordable product is quite impressive. The blades aren’t the best out there, but for simple concoctions, this is a great choice. This particular model by Hamilton Beach is one of the most affordable options you’re going to find.
7. Magic Bullet NutriBullet
Comes in a variety of different colors (grey, blue, orange,and red)
The Nutribullet is able to completely chop up any kind of fruit or vegetable without breaking a sweat
The more expensive brands may last a bit longer
If you want to own one of the most popular products and score it at a solid price, the Magic Bullet NutriBullet is the way to go. This particular model has drastically dropped in price since it first hit the market, and the price you’re able to snag it, for now, is a true steal when you consider everything that the NutriBullet brings to the table.
8. Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms
Smart settings technology allows you to get the perfect blend with a simple touch of a button
6-point design allows you to completely pulverize your ingredients without fail
7 speeds to choose from
Very easy to clean
Builds up alot of pressure when running on the highest setting
Oster really does have a winner on their hands with their Reverse Crush Counterforms. Although the machine might be a big loud and the lid can be prone to popping off when blending at high speeds, the amount of power and features you’re going for this price is phenomenal. Overall, the cost of the Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms is quite fantastic. Although it isn’t the cheapest option you’re going to find, the number of features that you’re getting for this price point is simply fantastic.
9. Ninja Professional BL660
Total crushing technology is able to break down whole vegetables, fruit, and ice in seconds
The 72 oz container allows more versatility
BPA free and dishwasher safe
Can be a bit challenging to clean
Ninja is one of the most recognizable names when it comes to blenders, and that comes with very good reason. Along with having an incredible marketing campaign, Ninja creates some of the most powerful and innovative products that you’re going to find. When looking specifically at the BL660 model of the Ninja Professional model, we’re dealing with a machine that not only packs a powerful punch, but is also able to work with a large quantity of items at once.Read more
Ninja’s products always have a tendency to be a bit of the higher side of things in regards to price, and that’s no exception with the BL660. If you’re in the market for an ultra-powerful machine that’s able to hold an incredibly large quantity – and your pockets are a bit deep – Ninja’s BL660 is an excellent choice.
10. Vitamix Ascent A2500
App-recipes-create customized shopping list, memory function for more recipes and so much more
Recipes can be scaled to match how many servings
Recipes can be scaled for a balance of calories per portion
Track blending process for a perfect blend
Connects to google and apple health and fitness app
Variety of blending speeds
Very easy to clean
Higher price tag but comes with extra functionality
This will create perfectly blended drinks and purees for runners and will also serve the eating needs for the whole household, this investment gives the runner the tech they want for a healthy intake and will also serve the healthy eating aims for the entire family. This means that by investing in this product athletes can meet their personal healthy diet aims and have a multi-functional piece of equipment which can be used by/for others, it's a great addition to a kitchen.Read more
Vitamix is an innovator in the food processing world and this option is a perfect example of that. It works with a scale and app for perfect measuring to create the right number of portions with the right amount of calories.
The super powerful motor is highly variable and allows you to easily control the blending. This model has a smart scale app with it and an interactive recipe function which will walk the user through creating great dishes, drinks etc. Through the app system which can connect to google and Apple health recipes, you can pre-plan a healthy diet and use it to make the diet a reality. Recipes can be scaled to the number of wanted portions and even the right balance of calories per portion. The model has a designed in timer system which will track blending progress to ensure an exact perfect blend.
The pitcher is polycarbonate and it self cleans by putting a little bit of soap and turning it on for a second so you don't need to put it in the dishwasher. The blades are high-quality stainless steel. The features list is very impressive. Recipes and easy guides for creating them. Pre-plan meals and nutrition targets. Create a shopping list for the future. Perfectly scaled portions. Calorie amounts set to fit per portion. Health tracking through diet through connecting online to Google Fit or Apple Healthy eating and recipes. A scale system with an accurate readout for use in measuring out food for recipes. Variable speeds.
The motor is very powerful and will allow you to make whatever creations you can think of. It's easy to control and adjust speeds smoothly and quickly.
A higher than average price tag for a very multi-functional machine, app, and recipes-scale, this is a long-term investment and a highly multi-functional piece of equipment. Usually, people who buy Vitamix's know that's what they want and don't need to be convinced to spend the money.
Criteria Used for Evaluation
You've probably already noticed that there are a ton of different companies making blenders today, and we acknowledge that it can be a bit overwhelming. What we found is that overall most have more or less the same features, but that options from different brands can vary greatly in quality. Because of this, it might be a good idea to choose a brand that you're comfortable with and then to choose one from their product lineup. All of the products on our list come from reputable brands that have either been in business for an incredibly long time or have otherwise distinguished themselves and gained a reputation for their quality products. Oster and Hamilton Beach are examples of companies that have been in business for almost a hundred years and today make good options at affordable prices. Vitamix and Ninja are newer companies but have distinguished themselves with their products.
There is a large variety available in the market. Some possess basic functions while some can even process hard foods or prepare a soup. It’s not necessarily true that all the expensive brands are better. There are some less-expensive brands that are competent at several tasks. Choose the one that suits your needs. Most of the electronic and cordless models make it more convenient for you to prepare your dish. It is also important to know that prices, styling and the word “professional” don’t assure excellent performance.
Many brands may advertise two different types of horsepower. The first is a peak or maximum horsepower, which is the horsepower that occurs when you turn the thing on, *not* the actual horsepower it runs at.
The second is rated horsepower, which is the steady horsepower the motor can maintain. Always check the peak horsepower as opposed to the standard horsepower when choosing your particular model. Some use a bait and switch tactic when advertising.
However, the better way to compare motors is to look directly at the wattage, as that will always show exactly how powerful the motor is. For anyone wondering, one electrical horsepower equals 746 watts.
People don’t often consider the differences between the material of the jar. The most common three options are:
Glass – Easy to clean, but easily broken and quite heavy. Needs plenty of care.
Plastic (polycarbonate) – Not as heavy as a glass jar and not as easy to break. It could vary a lot in quality, though, and it may soon start getting stains and absorbing odors. If you’re concerned with BPA in your plastics, you can either buy a BPA-free plastic (many companies are switching to this now, as consumer concern for BPA has risen) or simply choose a glass or stainless-steel option.
Stainless Steel – Easy to clean, and lighter than its glass counterpart; the biggest detraction from this material is that you can’t see inside while using the blender, meaning that you'll have to keep turning the machine off to check whether you need more blending or not.
Many machines vary in controls in a few ways. Most will naturally vary in the number of blending options they have – some may come with only 3 speeds, while others will have options for puree, blend, smoothie, crushed ice, etc. How many options you need depends on your plans for the one you choose.
Most buyers will look at the control panel and use that to decide on the best product for their needs. The control panel plays an important role in knowing the types of food or ingredients that the machine is able to handle.
When checking the control panels, you may find a high-tech option that has features like a touchpad on the control system. This makes it easier to clean.
They usually have a streamlined design and the controls will be largely dictated by the manufacturer. If you want more authority with regards to the control panel, then you should definitely look for one with a classic control unit that has push buttons. This feature allows one to halt the blending process of the machine each time they feel that it’s necessary.
There are other types that have toggle settings, perfect for changing speeds and will ensure the ingredients are thoroughly blended. The last one features a rotary kind of dial on the control panel.
Furthermore, there are also some that have manual controls. This means that every time you need to change or select a speed, you will have to press or hold down a certain button. But there are also microprocessor models that have blend cycles already programmed – in this case, you just press a button and the machine takes care of your ingredients while you are you free to move on to other tasks.
That’s why it’s important to review the product in detail and see if you can comfortably use the controls before buying.
Pricing is actually a huge part in deciding whether or not a particular product is for you.
Determining how much you’re willing to spend can easily narrow down your options. Your budget is significant when you’re interested in getting the best quality at the best value.
The price varies greatly from one brand to another, as well as from the source of purchase. Compare the prices of at least a couple different brands with similar features before you choose one.
Sometimes, you might have to take a look at the features you really want and then see what price point you’re looking at. Another thing to consider before you buy is how often you'll be using your blender and what you'll be using it for. If all you want to do is make a smoothie a couple of times a week, we recommend getting a small, personal-sized machine that's highly affordable. If, however, you're going to be using it for food-processing and/or meal prepping you'll want to go with a larger, more powerful option that can stand up to consistent, heavy-duty use.
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It’s often true that with more expensive models comes better quality. So, consider how often you’ll be using it – once or twice a year when friends visit? Once a month to blend up a special recipe? Daily smoothies for breakfast? The more frequent you need to use it, the better the quality you should buy. Though more expensive brands are usually of better quality, it is advisable to check all the reviews about the brand before making your decision.
They come in a variety of colors and it is advisable to choose a color that matches the rest of your decor. This is important for those who are purchasing a model for home use, and who want to keep their kitchen as uniform and as stylish as possible.
Other Factors to Consider
Many manufacturers have an added "warranty" that makes it possible for one to replace parts that might get worn out quickly. This option allows you to send away for replacement parts in the event that something happens to them in the allotted timeframe. Also, they play an important part in enhancing the overall usability and appearance. Some of the parts that can be replaced include the blades, the glass jar or just the seals that tend to wear down over time.
All these parts help in making the machine function effectively. They also make it possible for it to be able to blend additional ingredients. Buyers should make sure that the product they are buying has this type of warranty, and they should know where the parts and accessories can be replaced by the manufacturer.
Some general information:
1. If you want more stability, go for models with a wide metal base.
2. It is highly recommended to go for wide open glass pitchers for easy cleaning and scratch resistance.
You can clean the touchpads with more ease than push buttons. You can also easily wipe out the spilled residue.
3. 3-16 speeds are a norm, but more are not necessarily better. Go for the one with 3 well-distinguished speeds, as they are easy to recognize. Too many options can be confusing.
It is important to consider your budget also. First, decide what brand and model you want and then look for the features that are important to you. Naturally the more functions the product has, the higher the cost. Consider the advantages of the accessories that can save you the cost of buying another appliance.
Frequently Asked Questions
q: What's the purpose of having two blades and should my blender have both?
As we mentioned above, there are both wet and dry blades. The wet blades are better suited to smoothies, shakes, and liquid mixtures. Dry blades are able to handle grains, flours, and dry concoctions. Many will have both and may even have an interchangeable option. The type of recipes you want to create will determine the versatility of the blades that you need.
q: What types of blenders are available on the market today?
If you're looking for something with less power and more versatility, you can use the immersion models. These are the handheld models that can be used in almost any container. The term "immersion" refers to this machine's ability to be fully immersed in whatever you're cooking at the time. Some of these models don't have jars, and may only be a set of blades on the end of a handheld device. This isn't the best option for smoothies or entire blended recipes.
Countertop or commercial models have the jar along with the base required to control the speed. These are the larger models, and the ones best suited to your health food needs. Make sure that you find a model that's large enough and powerful enough to handle the types of recipes you want to try.
A multi-function model will also act as a food processor and will be able to do everything from chopping to pureeing even the toughest ingredients. These are your one-stop-shop for all of your favorite healthy concoctions.
q: Are more settings better?
This depends on your particular needs. If you don't need a professional grade product, then finding something simpler can make using it that much easier. Just remember that if you don't have a need for a setting, it's okay to purchase a model that doesn't offer it. Less can be more when trying to navigate kitchen technology!
q: What Do the Blender Settings Really Mean?
Manufacturers may advertise two different types of horsepower. The first is a peak or maximum horsepower, which is the horsepower that occurs when you turn the machine on, *not* the actual horsepower it runs at. The second is rated horsepower, which is the steady horsepower the motor can maintain. The setting will indicate the rate of rotation for the blades. The higher the setting, the faster and more powerful the blades will be when performing their functions.
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