It’s summertime, and we’re all looking for ways to get healthier, feel lighter, and keep our physiques in check. Enter, the smoothie. These nutrient dense, feel-good, antioxidant-rich drinks come to the rescue in the warmer months and make it super easy to get all the healthy goodness of a salad into my body in a tasty way.
But I definitely don’t have time to run through the local smoothie chain every morning on my way to work. Enter, the blender, the essential ingredient to prepare at-home smoothies, at a fraction of the cost of purchasing a fresh smoothie, and without the time-hassle of yet another drive-thru. The question now is, what is the best blender for smoothies on the market? Read our guide and let us recommend the best models on the market right now.
Choosing a Blender for Smoothies
Whether it’s size, power, speed, efficiency, or smoothness of the final product, We’ve got you covered in this detailed review guide. Since the number-one reason people purchase a blender is to make smoothies, it’s important to get your purchase right.
Blenders aid in digestion by breaking the food down for you for quick, comfortable, and easy digestion of food nutrients. Choosing the right smoothie ingredients, like whole fruits and leafy green vegetables, can also help regulate bowel movements as well. A blender will never destroy nutrients, however, they will only break them down for you, simply capturing all of that healthy goodness in a tasty liquid form!
Best Blender for Smoothies – Our Top Picks
So, let’s begin our journey to health by choosing the perfect blender to deliver all of those nutrients to us in smoothie form! Here is a list of seven models which really hit the target with consumers. Each one is affordable and comes from a trusted manufacturer.
1. Vitamix 5200
Let’s start with the King of all blenders, the big daddy, arguably the favorite of all smoothie enthusiasts: the Vitamix 5200. This is hands down the best blender for smoothies of 2019. (Bonus note: If you’re looking to go vegan, this blender will also help you with lots of vegan recipes as well!)
This blender has variable speed control, can blend large batches at a time (meal-prep, smoothie style, anyone?!) The 64 oz container is also heat resistant and the blades can reach speeds fast enough to bring cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes. The Stainless Steel blades are designed to handle fibrous vegetables and tough natural food materials, so this is truly the top of the line for vegetable blending. The end result is the smoothest, creamiest blend, that easily wins our top award for smoothest smoothies of the list.
The price point can be a bit high, but in 3 months or less of consistently making smoothies at home, you will easily have recouped your cost on this machine by saving money and making them at home. My favorite part about this blender is its self-cleaning feature, making it the easiest smoothie clean-up I’ve ever encountered. The bonus feature of this blender, which justifies its high price point is its 7-year warranty: no problem if something happens with the motor, just call and get it replaced within its first 7 years!
2. Blendtec Total Blender
The Blendtec Total Blender is the next closest step to the professionalism of the Vitamix blender, with a much lower price point. The 6 pre-programmed cycles and 10-speed manual controls feel like the Vitamix blender, and the blender blades were designed to be 10% stronger than other blender blades on the market.
The professional performance power of this machine and its blending buttons make my smoothie choice brainless, which is perfect for that morning breakfast food that I don’t have time to think too much about. It can make soup, nut-butters, flours and doughs, frozen desserts, batters, dressings, sauces, non-dairy kinds of milk, and juices… or just smoothies, your choice!
3. Nutri Ninja
Next up on our list is the Nutri Ninja Blender. This model gets personal, with three personal cups that can blend right on the machine, with an additional drinkable to-go lid added for on-the-go smoothie drinking (no clean-up!), or can be used with the 72-ounce pitcher for Sunday Funday, brunch mode. Or when all of your yoga buddies join you at home after a blissed-out yoga session.
The price point is significantly lower than the Vitamix, and makes this an easier intro-level smoothie blender, with an optional manufacturer’s warranty available upon request. The Total Crushing Technology of this blender can crush through ice and frozen ingredients in second to create creamy frozen smoothies, while the Nutri Ninja Blade is designed to break down whole fruits and vegetables for Nutrient and Vitamin Extraction.
The Blender By Cleanblend sits at a comparable price point to the Nutri Ninja, while the variable speed, pulsing, and blending options make it more similar to the Vitamix. If you’re looking to get into the Vitamix world of blenders, but need something at a slightly lower price point, this blender is for you.
The 5-year warranty also makes this model our #4 pick on the list of the best blenders for smoothies of 2019. The BPA free blending container also is an important feature, to keep harmful chemicals out of our nutrient-packed superfood smoothies.
5. NutriBullet Rx
Comparably, if you’re looking for a truly seamless and simple smoothie-making machine, then the NutriBullet Rx is for you! It has a one-touch button for blending, and come’s with a smoothie recipe book, titled “Nature’s Prescription for Optimum Health”. This version has a higher 1700 watt motor and a 1 liter (33 oz) pitcher, a short cup for personal smoothies, or a medium cup for when you’re really hungry, but still, want to take a personal smoothie to go (with no clean-up!).
This blender also has the heating capability for soups and sauces, but with the one-touch button, you will have to use your brain slightly to remember not to cook your fruit and vegetable smoothie or over-blend it slightly, as the heat from the blades will reduce the nutrient quality of your smoothies. While a warranty is not offered on this blender, customer service is very helpful and responsive. I recommend this machine as my 5th pick on the list of the best blenders for smoothies.
6. Breville BBL620
The Breville BBL620 has all the features of a traditional, older version of a blender, but has been modernized to keep up with the times. It features a quieter and more efficient blend, while still offering the crushing, chopping, blending or pulsing options of an older blender. The one-touch options of smoothie, green smoothie, and ice crush pre-programmed buttons make this smoothie the easiest to use and the most family-friendly smoothie on our list.
Regular hand washing of this machine after each use is still required, and this model can’t juice like the other blenders on our list, but for making a knock-out smoothie to fill yourself with wholefood goodness, it makes the cut (pun intended, heh heh heh). The price point is comparable to an entry-level blender for smoothies, and also comparable to most of the other models on our list.
7. KitchenAid Diamond
If you like retro, but you love the power that the KitchenAid name brand offers, you’ll love this nice blender for smoothies: The KitchenAid Diamond. We all know, love, and faithfully adore our KitchenAid Stand Mixers, and this blender will fit right in to the counter-top family. The streamlined blending options are reminiscent of a typical blender from decades ago, however, let’s keep things simple, shall we? We’re still just blending up whole foods here, so there is not much need to overthink the process with this blender!
Its design is beautiful, although traditional, and the SoftStart feature really gets the blend going without anything getting stuck, while the coupler is coated for a quieter blend. The 60 oz BPA-free diamond pitcher is shatter, scratch, and stain resistant, and makes for easy cleanup in the sink or even the dishwasher.
Best Blender for Smoothies – Our Ratings
|Vitamix||5.0 / 5|
|Blendtec||4.5 / 5|
|Nutri Ninja||4.5 / 5|
|Cleanblend||4.5 / 5|
|NutriBullet||4.0 / 5|
|Breville||4.0 / 5|
|KitchenAid||4.0 / 5|