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Best Blenders Reviews & Guide 2022

How do you choose the best blender for your family? We tested a lot of blenders to help you make the right choice for you and your family. Give the rest of this guide a read and you’re much more likely to get the right product for your needs.

We put dozens of blenders to the test and we don’t think there are that many poor products on the market. But there are definitely some that really stand out head and shoulders above the others.

So, without further ado we present our favorite blenders. We may update this list next year once we’ve tested a few more!

Oster Pro 1200 Blender
Best High-Performance Blender At A Value Price

oster pro 1200 blender

This is our favorite and one of the best blenders of them all. It’s big. Really big. 6-cups. It has a high powered 1,200 watts of power which means it can handle any job, from food processing to crushing ice, it can do it all. It also comes with a 10-year warranty in the box.

It also has a food processor bowl and that means you get more functionality out of the Oster Pro than any other blender in our tests.

It’s also built like a tank. You’re not going to be replacing this high performance blender in a year or two.

And the best part of them all? The price. It’s so cheap for what it is that we thought it might be a pricing error but it’s not!

You can check the latest price of the Oster Pro 1200 Blender online here.

Black + Decker Countertop Blender
Best Family Countertop Workhorse

black and decker countertop blender

Black + Decker is a brand that you know you can trust.

They’ve been around forever and they build super solid devices. This counter top blender is no exception and while it’s not “the biggest on the market”, it’s certainly family sized.

It packs 700 watts of punch, more than capable of crushing ice. You can clean it in the dishwasher. We really liked it.

The only minor negative is the price. It’s not the cheapest blender we tested but… you do get what you pay for.

You can check the latest price of the Black + Decker Countertop Blender here online

Ninja Master Prep Chopper And Blender
Best Specialty Blender At A Sensible Price

ninja master prep chopper and blender

Ninja is a huge name in blenders, so, there’s no doubt that you’re buying a quality product.

This one weighs in at 48 ounces which is a good size for a family.

There’s also a easy to use food processor function (and 16 ounce food processor bowl) which is why this blender features in our list – specialty blenders are often expensive and this one isn’t.

It’s 400 watt motor may fall below our recommended 500 watts but this blender never struggled in our tests. We also found that it was much better built than the majority of the other best blenders on the market today.

You can check the price of the Ninja Master Prep Chopper and Blender online here.

Travel Juice Cup Portable Blender
Best Blender For Baby Food On The Go

travel juice cup portable blender

The thing we like most about this blender is the measuring scale on the jug.

Many portable blenders don’t have a clear set of markings and while we don’t mind for creations for our own consumption – we like to get our baby food exactly right.

So, that’s why we love the Travel Juice Cup Portable Blender.

We find it charges well and holds its charge, crushing ice to pieces without breaking a sweat and it’s really substantial in the hand too.

You can check the current price of The Travel Juice Cup Portable Blender online here.

Celebrity Chefs That Love Smoothie Recipes

The smoothie is simply never going to go out of fashion with top chefs. It’s too versatile.

The term “smoothie” can be applied to nearly any drink made in a blender that isn’t a cocktail. It’s too broad a category for anybody to turn their nose up at it.

So, don’t worry about breaking out your blender when you have guests round.

There’s absolutely nothing wrong with creating a refreshing smoothie – it makes you a refined host and you’re in great company.

Mario Batali’s Orange Julius Recipe

Mario Francesco Batali

Mario Francesco Batali is one of America’s top 10 chefs today.

He owns restaurants all over the world and he is a world-renowned specialist in Italian cookery though, he’s also pretty nimble when it comes to adapting food to local ingredients.

His dress code (which includes orange crocs) may be a touch garish but his food is world class.

He recommends that you whip up his Orange Julius which is a gorgeous and simple sweet orange smoothie that’s so easy to drink that you’re never going to have any left over. Your family will love it.

You can find Mario Batali’s Orange Julius Smoothie Recipe online. Just make sure you have your blender ready for it!

Paula Deen’s Good Morning Green Smoothies Recipe

Paula deen

Paula is also in the list of the 10 greatest chefs in America and you’ve almost certainly seen her on TV as she’s done a lot of work on screen. She’s also written over a dozen cookbooks!

Her main restaurant, The Lady and Sons, is a big hit and won a “Global Meal of the Year” title soon after it opened. Paula may be one of the most versatile and interesting women in the world as well as one of our greatest chefs.

Her Good Morning Green Smoothie Recipe, which you can find online is tasty and healthy and doesn’t contain a single vegetable. So, give it a whirl – your kids will love it!

Rachael Ray’s Frothy-Chilly Frozen Fruit Smoothies Recipe

rachael ray with her dog

Rachael Ray’s our hero at Kitchen Authority!

America’s most down-to-earth chef with no classical training. Nonetheless, everything she makes is amazing!

You absolutely know you can make her smoothie recipes at home as long as you have a blender!

You can get Rachel’s Fruit Smoothies Recipe online.

Choosing The Best Smoothie For You

With the amount of variation possible in smoothie recipes there is no single “best” smoothie around.

We all have different tastes and different nutritional requirements to satisfy and the best smoothie for breakfast today may not be the best smoothie when lunch time rolls around.

So, the way to approach choosing the best smoothie is to think about what goes into the smoothie and then make your selection based on what you want right now.

Then throw your smoothie ingredients in your blender and sit back and enjoy the taste sensation!

You Start With A Base For A Smoothie

raspberry smoothie

It is impossible to get a smoothie that can be drunk through a straw (or even gulped from a glass) without having some sort of liquid for the base. Your blender will work better if it has some liquid in there too.

The traditionalist swears by water as a base and there’s no argument that water is good for hydration, has no calories and can taste great but you can push the boat out a little or a lot further if you prefer.

Milk, juice and coconut water are popular choices but so are almond milk, soy milk, cashew milk, etc. too particularly if you don’t deal well with dairy or lactose.

One minor note here – if you must use juice, use 100% juice not some sugar laden substitute.

Keep it healthy if you can!

Do You Need Protein In Your Smoothie?

Protein is a bit of a wonder food. Firstly, it’s the building blocks of our muscles and you cannot build muscle without protein. Secondly, it makes you feel full – so a meal that is heavy in protein won’t leave you snacking between meals.

Finally, if you eat protein in the right quantities, it can make it much easier to lose or maintain weight.

You don’t need to put protein in a smoothie, but many do.

The top choice for protein is whey powder (but don’t use it if you’re lactose intolerant – it’s made from milk). There are protein powders made from brown rice, peas and hemp too.

So, whatever your dietary requirements, you should be covered.

Then The Fun Stuff

Fruits and vegetables are the classic smoothie ingredients and while you can find a bunch of dessert smoothies (with toffee, chocolate, vanilla, etc. as their main ingredients) the healthy smoothie is the best smoothie for day to day consumption.

mixed fruit smoothie

Either pick fruits and veggies that you love or experiment to find the perfect combination – it’s up to you.

Cool choices include:

  • Blueberries – for antioxidants
  • Coconut – for healthy fats
  • Kale – for iron, calcium and vitamins
  • Banana – for potassium and added sweetness
  • Peach – for beta carotene and a ton of vitamins
  • Dragon fruit – for vitamin C and antioxidants

But really, the sky’s the limit. Go with the things that make your taste buds sing. There’s no need for your smoothies to be boring because they’re good for you. Everyone has a favorite, they just need to find it.

  • Choosing the right smoothie for you consists of:
    • Finding the right base – water, dairy (milk or yogurt), fruit juice or non-dairy milk
    • Deciding on the protein you need – whey or something more exotic
    • Throwing in the frozen fruit and leafy greens for the vitamins, antioxidants and minerals
    • Putting them all together in your favorite blender

Classic Smoothies

Purists will insist that the “classic smoothie” is only fruit, fruit juice and water with a bit of crushed ice thrown in.

We’d argue that there’s a bit more scope to it than that, but we begin with a smoothie that no purist is going to argue with:

The Mixed Fruit Smoothie

This recipe is the absolute epitome of classic smoothies. You need a cup of pineapple juice, a large banana (cut it up a bit so it fits in the blender), a cup of frozen strawberries and a cup of frozen blueberries. That’s it. Put the lot into a blender, blend until smooth. Split between 2 glasses and serve. Easy, simple and delightful.

The Banana Smoothie

Take a ripe banana, half an orange and some yogurt and add a couple of ice cubes to give it some crunch. Fire up your blender and boom! A delicious smoothie that kids love made in seconds and it looks great too. If you’ve ever been to South East Asia; you’ll know that this smoothie has some powerful global reach too.

The Blueberry Smoothie

For me, the blueberry smoothie is the absolute classic smoothie. It’s everything American about smoothies and I love it. You need, at a minimum, frozen blueberries, banana, Greek Yogurt and apple juice (and some crushed ice too if you like) and a blender. Combine them in the way you like best and throw that blender into gear. This is the smoothie of everyone’s dreams.

  • The classic smoothies from a Kitchen Authority perspective are:
    • The mixed fruit smoothie: pineapple, banana, strawberry and blueberry
    • The banana smoothie: Bananas, orange, and yogurt
    • The blueberry smoothie: blueberries, banana, Greek yogurt and Apple Juice

Walk On The Wild Side: Not So Classic Smoothie Recipes

In today’s world “wild” doesn’t have to mean decadent. In fact, our first recipe “on the wild side” is surprisingly healthy.

The Keto Berry Smoothie – A Diet Wonder

Grab 2 cups of frozen strawberries, 2 more of raspberries, 2 more of blackberries, 2 cups of coconut milk, 1 cup of baby spinach and ½ a cup of freshly squeeze orange juice. Put everything in the blender and zap until the mixture is smooth. Split between two glasses and serve. Feel free to garnish with a few pieces of frozen fruit. Low carb goodness has never tasted so good!

The Rich Dark Chocolate Smoothie – Say Goodbye To That Diet

Just because they can be healthy, it doesn’t mean smoothies have to be healthy. For this recipe you need 3 dates (pitted and softened in hot water before bleding), a cup of chocolate almond milk, a cup of crushed ice, a tablespoon of cocoa powder (unsweetened), 1 small container of vanilla soy yogurt (under 6 oz.) and ½ a frozen banana. You can add a shot of espresso too if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. It’s awesome!

The Peanut Butter Oatmeal Smoothie – Breakfast In A Glass

My kids love this smoothie and it’s so easy to make.

You need: a half cup of soy milk, 2 tablespoons of peanut butter, a 1 whole banana and ¼ cup of oats per serving. Then all you need is a blender.

Don’t be afraid to make more than you need and refrigerate as this stuff will last about a week.

Three wild side smoothies to try are the:

The keto berry smoothie – 3 berries, coconut milk, spinach and orange juice

The rich dark chocolate smoothie – dates, chocolate almond milk, ice, cocoa powder, vanilla soy yogurt and banana

The peanut butter oatmeal smoothie – soy milk, peanut butter, banana and oats

How To Choose The Best Blender For Your Family

lime smoothie

Blenders are a pretty straight forward, easy to use, appliance in any kitchen. There’s still an amazing variety of products to choose from, however, and it can feel pretty daunting selecting the one that’s right for you and your family.

The last time I was shopping for a high performance blender I ended up wading through over 500 different blenders on Amazon. It’s a jungle out there – Blender-wise!

The good news is that you can cut the options down dramatically by thinking about what you need from your blender before you begin buying one.

So, this is what you ought to think about before you start looking:

The four big factors in the best blender choices are:

  • Size. Stop sniggering at the back ladies. Size matters for blenders. The jars vary from small (3 cups or so) right through to huge (14 cups). But that’s not the only thing that matters when it comes to size; where are you going to keep your best blender and use it? Measure that space and make sure your blender is going to fit.
  • Speed and power. The double entendres just won’t stop… umm… coming, today. In our experience a 500 watt blender is about right for a family workhorse blender, but a lot of manufacturers don’t list the wattage – so go for anything that can crush ice. Variable speed controls are nice but as long as it has at least 3 and a pulse button – it will do.
  • Additional attachments and functionality. Some of the best blenders can be used to grind coffee, chop vegetables or leafy greens and even offer personal jars that act as cups. Some more high performance blenders even allow you to use them as a food processor with an attachment. Why not get a little extra easy to use output for your investment?
  • Price. Vitamix makes amazing high performance blenders but does anyone really need to spend $600 on a blender? We don’t think so. Unless you want to make smoothies 3 times a day every day, you don’t need to spend a fortune on a high performance blender. Our 5 best are all under $100!

There are also 4 main types of blender to consider (though we think that you’re probably only going to consider 1 of them when buying your first blender):

  • Hand/Immersion blenders – given the fall in cost of countertop blenders the hand or immersion blender feels like a luxury buy despite its low cost. They’re great in a very small kitchen but they’re noisy and can’t handle blending very many things.
  • The countertop blender – this is the best blender of most families. The only reason not to buy this one is you have no space at all. Then go for a personal blender or a hand blender but really, if you want to make the most out of your investment, a countertop high performance blender is all.
  • Personal bullet blenders – if you want to make smoothies in the office or on the go, this is the way forward. I love my personal blender and you can get some really cool easy to use options now like USB charging which allows you to blend even on a camping trip, miles from a power source!
  • High performance blenders – this is your Vitamix models style category of blender. They’re big and bulky and expensive. They also do a lot of work and produce really high quality finished products. Only those with large kitchens and deep pockets are going to find them to be the most attractive option for their blender.
  • Choose blenders for their size, speed, variable speed, power, attachments, functionality and price.
  • Then pick between hand/immersion blenders, countertop blenders, personal bullet blenders and if you have the pennies – high performance blenders.

Last Words

Smoothies are a real American treat and they taste great and they can be incredibly healthy. There are so many options for smoothies that you’ll never grow bored of them.

We’d like to wish you and, ideally, your new blender some awesome smoothie times together.

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