The 8 Best Blenders to Buy in 2017

Shop the best blenders for smoothies, milkshakes, blended soups, and more

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...MORE 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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    Cuisinart CBT-1500 Hurricane 2.25 Peak hp Blender, Gunmetal
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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...MORE 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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    Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups (BL660)
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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...MORE 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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    Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Multi-Function Blender with 14 Speeds & 40 oz Glass Jar, Silver (54221)
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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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    Vitamix Professional Series 750 Brushed Stainless Finish with 64-Oz. Container
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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...MORE 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.

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    Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set
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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...MORE 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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    Oster Pro 1200 Blender 2-in-1 with Food Processor Attachment and XL Personal Blending Cup
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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...MORE 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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    Cuisinart Smart Stick CSB-75BC 200 Watt 2 Speed Hand Blender, Brushed Chrome
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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...MORE 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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    Salton BL1486SBT Harley Pasternak Power Blender, Metallic Silver
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    If you’ve coveted a high-powered blender that than even heat foods while blending, but don’t want to pay a premium price, this blender is designed to do the job without breaking the bank.

    This has a 2 horsepower, 30,000 rpm motor with an all-metal drive, so you won’t be stripping plastic gears. The blender jar is a full two liters, so you can make soup for the family or slushie cocktails for a crowd.

    Controls are simple with an on-off switch, a dial for speed, and a toggle for pulsing. The...MORE cloverleaf shaped jar is designed to feed liquid into the four saw-tooth and four ultra-sharp Japanese steel blades for efficient blending. A tamper is included so you can push ingredients down, but the lid is designed so the tamper will never touch the blades.

    This comes in 10 different colors, from classic to eye-popping, so you’ll be sure to find one that will look perfect in your kitchen. This includes a 24-ounce travel bottle as a bonus.

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