Blenders are more than just glorified smoothie-making machines. Today’s blenders can make mayonnaise, blend fruits and vegetables for baby food, puree sauces, blend frozen drinks like margaritas or milkshakes, chop nuts to make nut butters, crush ice, and some can even heat soups and clean themselves.
While glass is the better choice for drinking glasses, when it comes to blenders, plastic is the preferred choice for the carafe since it’s more durable. All of the plastic containers that come with... blenders in this list are BPA-free. The ones that offer glass carafes use thermal-shock-resistant glass so they’re safe with hot or cold ingredients, but can still crack or shatter if dropped.
Which blender is best for you? Not everyone needs a mega-machine that can blend the toughest materials, but with all the blenders on the market today, there’s one that’s perfect for everyone.
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If you’re looking for a high-powered blender at a less-than-premium price, the Cuisinart Hurricane might be the perfect model for you. It comes with a 60-ounce container with a soft-grip handle. The buttons have low, high, pulse, and pre-programmed smoothie and ice crushing settings. There’s also an LCD screen with a programmable timer so you can set how long you want to blend and keep an eye on its progress.
It also features load-sensing technology, which perceives the stress on the motor and... adjusts the speed for smooth blending without the need to stop, pulse, or scrape the sides of the blender jar.
This blender handles standard blending jobs with ease and does a great job crushing ice, but it’s not as powerful as some of the other models on the list.
If you’re looking for an upgrade, there is also a higher-priced Hurricane Pro model that adds more horsepower, a soup mode, and a self-cleaning setting.
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The Ninja Professional Blender has a unique blade system. Instead of just having blades at the bottom of the blender, there is a shaft through the center of the jar with multiple blades at different heights to improve the chopping, blending, and mixing power of the blender.
This blender can crush ice and puree fruits and vegetables in no time, and it includes two to-go cups so you can blend your smoothie and take it with you without having to wash an additional container. It has a 72-ounce... container for high-capacity jobs, three blending speeds, a pulse button, and a button for single-serve blending.
The blade assembly comes out in one piece for cleaning which makes the blender jar itself blade-free and easy to clean. As a safety feature, the blender does not turn on if the lid is not locked in place.
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If you need a blender on a budget, the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher has a 40-ounce glass blender jar, multiple speeds, and high and low pulse functions for a total of 14 different blending variations.
While this isn’t going to compete against a high-priced, super-powered blender when it comes to making chunk-free smoothies, it’s a solid blender that will easily make milkshakes and frozen cocktails just so long as you have enough liquid in the mix.
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The Vitamix name is associated with high quality blenders for good reason, and their Professional Series 750 model is a prime example. There’s not much this machine can’t do. There are manual controls for 10 different speeds, a pulse button, and five programmed settings for self-cleaning, smoothies, hot soups, frozen desserts, and purees.
This blender crushes ice to make fine “snow” and it blends silky-smooth drinks, nut butters, and sauces. The soup mode not only blends, but it heats the soup at... the same time. The frozen function makes milkshakes or frozen drinks that you can slurp without worrying about ice chunks getting stuck in the straw.
The programmed settings on this blender start at a low speed and increase to the highest speed for better blending, even when tackling hot soups and sauces.
The blender includes a tamper that can be used even while the blender is running to scrape the sides of the jar and make sure everything hits the blades. The cleaning mode, along with water and a drop of soap, cleans the container thoroughly, so you only need to quickly rinse out the soapy water.
The 64-ounce low-profile jar that comes with this model makes it easier for the blender to fit under kitchen cabinets, but larger capacity jars are also available. Bakers might want to buy the additional dry-blending container for making flour from grain or cornmeal.
If you have a little bit more to spend, you can upgrade to a model that has touchscreen controls rather the dial and buttons featured on this model.Continue to 5 of 8 below.
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The Magic Bullet is the blender of choice for multiple single-serve beverages and small households with limited counter space. This set comes with two cups and four mugs that are freezer- and microwave-safe, along with a variety of lids.
Besides making drinks, it can also grind coffee and spices; mince onions, garlic, and other vegetables; whip cream; and shred cheese. Unlike models that have buttons and settings, this one has a much simpler operation—just fill the cup or mug, screw on one of the... blade bases, and place it on the machine. Then press down for ten seconds or less.
This set includes both a flat-blade base and a cross-blade base. The flat blade is used for blending smoothies and milkshakes, while the cross blade is used for grinding, milling, and whipping.
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Households with larger appetites but limited counter space will love the Oster Pro Blender that includes a 5-cup food processor attachment with a slicing disk and chopping blade, a 24-ounce to-go cup for drinks or smaller volume mixes, along with a 6-cup, glass blender jar.
This blender has three programmed settings for green and frozen smoothies, chopped foods (like salsas), and milkshakes, as well as low, medium, and high speeds and a pulse option. It features dual-direction blade technology so... the blades spin forward and reverse for more efficient mixing.
While the food processor is a great add-on, it’s not as efficient as a stand-alone food processor. However, it works well for anyone who must have a blender but only occasionally needs a food processor.
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The short squat 40-ounce blender jar design lets this blender act like a food processor or a blender, while the 16-ounce Nutri Ninja blender jars are perfect for single-serving drinks on the go or for blending small amounts. The squat container also means this will fit very easily under cabinets and it will fit better on storage shelves, since it doesn’t need as much vertical space.
You can use this for blending frozen foods to make smoothies or for making silky-smooth purees of fresh or cooked... fruits and vegetables, but it’s also got the power for mixing doughs. Besides the crushing blades for blending and pureeing, it also includes a dough paddle and a dough hook for mixing cookie dough or kneading pizza dough. It has 550 watts of power to crush ice into snow or to make a simple milkshake for a treat.
This includes two of the single-serving blender jars. If you need one more jar, a similar model with a 700-watt motor comes with three jars, or they can be purchased separately.
There are no buttons – you simply attach the jar and press down to turn it on, so it’s not as convenient as blenders that turn on and stay on.
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Sometimes even the smallest blender takes too much space on the counter, and that’s when a stick blender really shines. The Cuisinart Smart Stick can hide in a drawer for storage until you need it.
Immersion blenders really excel at blending hot foods while still on the stove, like pureed soups, refried beans, and sauces. It also can blend mayonnaise in a jar or smoothies in a cup.
The Cuisinart comes in brushed chrome or multiple colors to match your décor, and it has two blending speeds which... can be operated with one hand.
For easy cleaning, the blending shaft is removable and dishwasher safe, and the included a 2-cup blending beaker is also dishwasher safe.
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