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Hi! My name is John and my mornings usually start with a delicious fruit & vegetable smoothie with the help of my favorite smoothie maker. It is hard to beat the nutritional and energy boost that you get from a delicious vegetable and fruit smoothie first thing in the morning.
Smoothies are amazing due to their versatility. You have endless possibilities of flavor combinations and nutritional benefits. People are discovering amazing health benefits after purchasing their own blender for home use. When you own your own blender for smoothies you have complete control over the ingredients, and it costs less than going out and buying smoothies that can have added sugar and dyes.
10 Best Blenders 2019 Ranked & Smoothie Maker Reviews
#1 Vitamix 5200 Blender Review
Vitamix 5200 Professional-Grade, 64 oz
MyKitchenWish Rating: 99/100
Why its good: Too often we make the mistake of associating newer with better. The Vitamix 5200 has been around since 2007. The 5200 replaced the previous previous model, the 5000. Its been a true and proven workhorse and due to its capabilities and durability it has been the primary blender used in schools that train Chefs world wide. Vitamix blenders are known to be some of the most durable and reliable out of all the brands.
There were significant improvements from 5000 to 5200 and even though there are newer versions such as the Vitamix 7500, I feel in terms of value the 5200 is just right for the average consumer.
WARRANTY: Your Vitamix will be covered under warranty for 7 years. Its a good idea to register your Vitamix online on their website or fill out and mail in a card that comes with your purchase. It is not a requirement but I’ve noticed its much easier to have issues taken care of when your appliance is registered.
POWER: Aircraft-grade, hardened stainless steel blades are spun by a 1,379 watt (11.5 amp) motor. The combination of two is what makes this Vitamix 5200 the an amazing appliance for making smoothies.
CONTAINER: Vitamix 5200 comes with a standard 64-ounce BPA-free Eastman Tritan Copolyester. Fancy word for plastic, but trust me this material is much better than glass or stainless steel containers.
CONTROLS: Vitamix 5200 comes with two toggles and a dial. The dial is part of the Variable Speed Control that allows the blade speeds to range from 11 to 240 mph. One toggle that turns the machine on and off. The last toggle changes from high speed to Variable Speed Control that controls blade speeds with the dial.
CLEANING: Vitamix 5200 is not dishwasher safe. Cleaning is pretty simple, fill it up with warm water and just a drop of dish washer soap and let it blend for 30 seconds.
DURABILITY: All Vitamix appliances are built to last in the USA. I have owned Vitamix 5200 for 5 1/2 years without break downs or malfunctions.
SMOOTHIE MAKING QUALITY: (10/10) I have yet to find an appliance for smoothies that even comes close to the texture and smoothie consistency that Vitamix provides.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: There are no major issues I’ve experienced with the 5200. The blender while quiet on lower speed settings can get pretty loud in higher speeds depending on what is being blended. The price can be a turn down for many people, but you have to remember that you are purchasing an item with 7 year warranty.
#2 Blendtec Total Blender Review
Blendtec Total Classic Original with FourSide Jar 32 oz
MyKitchenWish Rating: 97/100
Why its good: In my eyes there are two major competitors in the full sized blender market. Vitamix and Blendtec have been at it for a very long time to capture market share from one another. Quality wise both make very high quality appliances. Vitamix targets professional Chef’s and Blendtec goes after everyday folks for whom the $400-600 Vitamix price tags are often a turn off.
WARRANTY: Blendtec Total gets an 8 year manufacturer warranty.
POWER: Blendtec Total comes with a world class 1,560 watt direct drive motor. This motor is no joke. Have you ever heard of a YouTube show – Will It Blend? Blendtec are tested to their limits by seeing if ridiculous objects like phones, marbles, hockey pucks and other objects survive inside the Blendtec. Watch a few episodes and see why this motor and blade combination is truly world class.
CONTAINER: A 64 ounce BPA-free square jar that has markings on the front to make measuring out ingredients easier.
CONTROLS: I really prefer the simple switches and dial of the Vitamix 5200. The Blendtec has a LCD screen (shows time left on the automatic blend setting) and a set of buttons for automated blending cycles. The pre-programmed settings include: Smoothie, Ice Cream/Frozen Yogurt, Milkshake, Soup, Ice Crush and Whole Juice.
CLEANING: Due to the electronics in the base of the blender, it is not dishwasher safe. Cleaning it by adding warm water and a drop of dish soap. Use the pulse setting for about 45 seconds and then rinse it out.
DURABILITY: Blendtec are designed and assembled in the USA. I have not experienced any break downs in the 3 years of owning my Blendtec Total.
SMOOTHIE MAKING QUALITY: (9.3/10) The quality and smoothness is not to the level of the Vitamix 5200, but it is almost there. And for the price difference between the two units I’m OK with that.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: When you compare noise levels between Vitamix 5200 and the Total, the Blendtec is could use some improvements in noise reduction. The Blendtec does not come with a tamper for forcing ingredients down. Blendtec’s electrical cord does not retract into its base.
#3 Magic Bullet NutriBullet Blender Review
Magic Bullet NutriBullet Rx N17-1001
MyKitchenWish Rating: 95/100
Why its good: Nutribullet Rx is what I personally recommend to people who are not sure if they want a full sized 64 oz or a small personal one. You get a 30 oz cup for single serving smoothies, and a 45 oz for larger servings which seems to be the best of both worlds.
WARRANTY: The manufacturer only provides a 1 year warranty on the Nutribullet Rx. It might be a good idea to get additional protection coverage if you choose to purchase through Amazon, protection plans are a very good investment when dealing with expensive appliances with short manufacturer warranties.
POWER: A powerful 1700 watt motor to help you make some silky smooth smoothies. Very close blending consistency to the Blendtec Total.
CONTAINER: Comes with a 30 & 45 oz cups. You also get a Soup making pitcher that works with the Soup Making Mode that the Nutribullet Rx offers. The Soup Making feature comes from the appliances ability to heat the ingredients for 7 minutes that turns your blended ingredients into warm pureed soups, sauces, and dips.
CONTROLS: Using the Nutribullet Rx is simple. Pick your container with ingredients and screw the blade assembly on to the container. You then put the container into the base, no twisting to lock needed. After a second or two the blending process begins and it takes about 1 minute. The machine will vary blending speed at one point of the blending process.
SMOOTHIE MAKING QUALITY: (8.5/10) Great consistency, very close to blend quality of the Blendtec Total.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: Longer warranty would be nice. NutriBullet Rx is pretty loud when used to blend frozen ingredients. No full sized (50 oz +) container.
#4 Ninja BL660 Blender Review
Ninja Professional BL660 (SharkNinja)
MyKitchenWish Rating: 92/100
Why Its good: Ninja BL660 is really good at dealing with blending ice which is important for making smoothies. Many appliances in this price range have issues with ice blending.
WARRANTY: Ninja BL660 only comes with a 1 year warranty.
POWER: Ninja BL660 has a respectable 1100 watts of power, enough to manage ice for your frozen drinks and smoothies. I personally think the BL660 does a better job blending than anything else in the under $150 category currently on the market.
CONTAINER: Ninja BL660 comes with a 72 oz capacity pitcher, which is bigger than you would find on majority of the competitors. You also get two 16 oz cups that you can blend in for single smoothie servings and close with to-go lids.
CONTROLS: With Ninja BL660 you get just the basic 3 speeds, pulse, and function for single-serve.
SMOOTHIE MAKING QUALITY: (8.4/10) What makes BL660 one of the best in its price range is the ability to blend ice exceptionally well. Majority of smoothie blenders in the $50-100 range usually have issues with ice blending which is crucial for smoothie making.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: Noise levels are higher than Blendtec and Vitamix models. Does not handle greens as well as higher end models, if you’re planning into making silky smooth green smoothies consider the Blendtec or the Vitamix. Short 1 year warranty.
CONCLUSION: If you have just under $150 to spend, the Ninja BL660 is one of the best values for the money blenders in that price range.
#5 Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender Review
Nutri Ninja with 1000 Watt Auto-IQ Base for Juices, Shakes and Smoothies with 18 and 24-Ounce Cups, and 75 Recipe Book (BL480D)
MyKitchenWish Rating: 90/100
WARRANTY: Only 1 year warranty is offered by the manufacturer. Remember to get your extended protection plan if you’re planning to order from Amazon, its worth the few bucks to get it covered for additional few years.
POWER: Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ comes with a 1000 watt motor which is top class for a single serving blender. Many personal smoothie makers with less powerful motors have issues blending ice and frozen fruit.
CONTAINER: Unit comes with a base, 24 oz cup, 18 oz cup, two lids, one blade assembly, instruction booklet and a recipe book. The recipe book has ideas for smoothies, dressings and soups and desserts. The recipe book has a loading instructions that explains the order ingredients should be added, this information is good to know for any blender. The base has suction cups to keep the appliance from moving around on the counter. The base also has a spot for cord storage.
CONTROLS: There are three main blending options. A blend button is good for blending softer materials such as fresh fruit and leafy greens. The ultra blend button for harder ingredients such as frozen fruit and ice. Timer counts down when using either button. The pulse button will pulse the motor for as long as its held down. The start button will turn the Nutri Ninja IQ to run continuously for 60 seconds.
SMOOTHIE MAKING QUALITY: (8.2/10) Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ impresses with a top class blending smoothness for a single serving smoothie maker.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: I’d prefer to see longer warranty on this product, especially for its price. The noise level is more than I initially expected a unit of this size to make.
CONCLUSION: The best personal single serving blender you can buy for under $100.
#6 Cuisinart CPB-300 Blender Review (86/100)
Why its good: Cuisinart CPB-300 is a sleek and extremely portable smoothie maker at a very appealing price point.
WARRANTY: With the Cuisinart CPB-300 you get a 3 year warranty, very good for a personal serving smoothie blender at its price.
POWER: A 350 watt motor is decent for blending up some fresh fruits and vegetables, but it will struggle with ice.
CONTAINER: You receive a 32 oz cup, 8 oz chopper cup, four 16 ounce cups to be used to take your drinks to-go.
CONTROLS: Really basic interface with 3 buttons including a constant high/low speed and a high/low pulse option.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: CPB-300 by Cuisinart is a great little personal smoothie blender but I wish it could be more efficient at blending ice.
CONCLUSION: Its a great portable unit, would be a good addition for people looking to make single servings of fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies.
#7 Ninja Master Prep Blender Review (QB900B) (83/100)
Why its good: Ninja Master Prep is an extremely easy to use and clean appliance. Comes in at a very good price point for somebody who wants to start making smoothies at home without having to spend over $40.
WARRANTY: Ninja Master Prep has the same 1 year warranty as the Ninja BL660.
POWER: This blender is designed a little bit differently than the rest. Instead of having the blades and the electric motor in the base, what you get is a 400 watt “Power Pod”. Your set of blades goes into the blending jar and then a lid goes over them. The Power Pod sits on top of the lid and inserts into blade splines that go through the lid. There is a safety lock out if the lid is not on correctly, or if the Power Pod is not on all the way that keeps it from turning on.
CONTAINER: You get two blending containers with the Ninja Master Prep. One 48 oz pitcher that you will be using for blending smoothies and a 16 oz chopper bowl. There are two sets of blades that are not interchangeable, each only works with the container its designed for.
CONTROLS: The top of the Power Pod acts as a on/off button when installed onto the lid. Its recommended to blend in pulses of about 5 seconds each and giving the motor few seconds to cool off in between especially if blending hard ingredients.
CLEANING: Cleaning is simple. The Power Pod usually doesn’t need cleaning as it makes no contact with ingredients. Take off the lid and remove the blades to rinse them. Having removable blades makes clean up of the jar very convenient and fast.
DURABILITY: After about 3 years of ownership of the Ninja Master Prep I have not experienced any issues. UPDATE: After almost 4 years of near daily use the Power Pod has officially stopped working. Would I still buy this unit? Of course, the new unit already on its way!
SMOOTHIE MAKING QUALITY: (7.4/10) Ninja Master Prep does an OK job, but you will not be getting that smoothness that the Vitamix or Blendtec, or even the Ninja BL660 offers.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: Longer warranty. Mine was out of warranty by the time the motor stopped working. Not too much disappointment as a new replacement is really cheap and seems like a better deal than dealing with having it replaced under warranty.
CONCLUSION: Ninja Master Prep is an extremely affordable blender to get for somebody looking to start out in smoothie making. Very easy to clean. For a price usually ranging under $35 and could be lower as often seen on Amazon the Ninja Master Prep is an affordable unit that will make OK smoothies.
#8 Epica Personal Blender Review (80/100)
Epica personal may not not come with the most powerful motor but it comes with a fantastic price. For people looking for a single serving blender with a take along cup, Epica is a good choice. Easy to use and portable smoothie maker to take with you on trips and vacations.
WARRANTY: Epica covers the appliance for full 2 years, great for its low price. You are always able to purchase extended product warranty from a 3rd party vendor through Amazon fairly inexpensively.
POWER: Epica personal has stainless steel blades with a 300 watt motor. Nothing to really get excited about but it gets the job done. Always start by pulse blending harder ingredients such as frozen fruit and ice at start of blend cycle.
CONTAINER: Epica comes with a 20 ounce to-go mug with a sealable lid with a nice size drinking spout. The container is made of Tritan copolyester which is break and temperature resistant.
CONTROLS: As you can tell from the image this smoothie blender only has a on/off button. Nothing wrong with simplicity especially at this very affordable price point.
SMOOTHIE MAKING QUALITY: (7.0/10) Being a 300 watt motor its not great at blending ice. It does an acceptable job with fresh/frozen fruits and vegetables.
#9 Hamilton Beach Blender Review (51103) (74/100)
Makes quick single serving smoothies: Single touch pulse button lets you make single servings of your favorite smoothies fairly quickly. The unit is very portable and will go on a trip or vacation with you without taking up much room in your bag.
Fits great in car cup holders: Finish blending your smoothie, unlock from the motor and take the cup with you, it fits just right in your average cup holders. Very convenient for your average on the go person that doesn’t have the time to stop and enjoy their meal in peace.
Very low cost: Amazon usually sells these for just under $15.
Compact design: Doesn’t take up a lot of kitchen real estate. Very light weight and portable.
Weak motor: 175 watt motor will struggle with ice, it will handle frozen fruit just fine but will have a harder time with ice. Will give off a a burning electrical smell if you try to blend ice and frozen fruit at same time without repeat pulsing.
Smell from motor: As with most lower power motors its easy to over work them which produces a smell. Even with the pulse setting give your motor a 5 second break every 5 seconds of blending to extend its life.
Spillage from To Go Cups: Cups should be stored upright to avoid spillage of contents.
#10 Oster BLSTPB-WBL Blender Review (72/100)
Why its good: We are ending our top 10 list with the Oster 250, not because of its performance, but for its value. Last time I checked you can get a brand new Oster for under $20. Being inexpensive this is the smoothie maker I will usually throw into the bag when going on a trip and not worry about it once about it getting damaged or getting lost. Its quick and easy to use, just have to be careful with amount of harder ingredients or ice you put into it. Excessive amount of tough to blend ingredients will leave you with a dead motor in no time.
WARRANTY: Oster BLSTPB-WBL offers an average 1 year limited warranty, which is pretty standard for an appliance in this price range. You are always able to purchase extra coverage for a couple of bucks when ordering through Amazon. I personally don’t bother just because a new replacement will run under $20 and even if it lasts 2 years I feel like I’ve gotten my money’s worth out of it.
POWER: A 250-watt motor found in the Oster has to work harder to blend ice and frozen fruit. Prolonged blending of hard materials reduces its lifespan significantly. Always start your blending with quick bursts, and let the appliance cool for a few seconds after every 5 seconds of blending to increase its lifespan.
CONTAINER: Oster BLTSPB-WBL only comes with a single 20 ounce (single wall) container, more than enough for a single serve smoothie. I find the whole assembly to be pretty light weight and great for taking on trips and vacations.
CONTROLS: Simple single touch blending. Put your ingredients in and click the button. Don’t forget to let the appliance cool off few seconds between pulses when blending tougher materials such as ice and frozen fruit.
WHAT COULD BE BETTER: Oster My Blend is inexpensive but I wish it could be better at blending ice. After longer blending sessions of harder ingredients a distinct burnt electrical smell comes off the unit.
CONCLUSION: Its a great portable unit, would be a good addition for people looking to make single servings of fresh fruit and vegetable smoothies on a budget.
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