Best Overall: NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender NBR-1201
For those looking to get started or for those who want a little more convenience in their life, the 12-Piece NBR-1201 from NutriBullet will hit the spot. It comes with an exceptionally strong motor that will crush anything, from nuts to nice. Get smooth, creamy smoothies in under a minute with one of the most trusted brands on the market today!
Premium Pick: Vitamix Professional-Grade, Explorian Blender E310
If price is not an issue, this is the BEST blender on our list. It is packed with tons of power, tons of features, and it will not slow down for anything. Sure, there are more powerful units on our list, but they do not give you all the features that the E310 from Vitamix does. This blender will actually allow you heat up soups and other foods in one go. The icing on the cake is that you won’t need to disassemble it for cleaning. This truly is the complete package.
Budget Pick: Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function Blender
If you have a lower budget in mind, then the Power Elite from Hamilton Beach should be your pick. It comes with plenty of features found on some of the more expensive units while still giving you a three-year warranty.
How We Picked
So, you have decided to blend your own fruits and vegetables at home? That is great! Whether you are looking to lose weight, clean up your diet, or just enjoy your own concoctions, the right blender can make all the difference in the world (or the kitchen).
But, there are plenty of blenders to choose from. Which one is right for you? Well, that is what we are going to discuss today. We have looked through all of the different blenders available right now and we found ten that stand out above the rest. To help you understand what we looked at, we have included a buyer’s guide that shows you some of the most important features to consider. If you have any questions, we also have a frequently asked questions section below which will most likely cover what you were wondering.
#1 NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender NBR-1201
- Wattage: 600 Watts
- Capacity: 24 Ounces
- Weight: 3.6 Pounds
When it comes to blender brands, NutriBullet is one of the first brands everyone thinks of. Even though other brands have been on the market longer, they have absolutely changed the landscape completely.
The first blender on our list is the NutriBullet NBR-1201. Unlike some other blenders, this one is fairly compact with a 5.375” base and a total height of 8”; it could easily sit under your shelf or in a cabinet. The NBR-1201 stills with a fairly bland color scheme, using gunmetal gray and chrome for the base, with a clear container for the top. As such, it will not stand out on the countertop as it doesn’t scream LOOK AT ME!
But the NutriBullet NBR-1201 is much more than just looks. It is equipped with a 600-watt motor designed to destroy almost anything you put inside; it can easily cut through thick stems and seeds, leaving you with a smooth, easy-to-digest meal. Of course, they do have a few patented features such as their extractor technology and blades to help pulverize everything.
Using the NBR-1201 is simple too! All you have to do is load up your favorite fruits, vegetables, juices, screw on the extractor blade bottom, flip it over and set it on the NutriBullet. A small push on the top of the clear container and the blade immediately starts to cut through anything in its way; the result is a smooth, freshly-extracted blend of easy-to-drink juices. And keeping your NBR-1201 will not be a problem as all you have to do is wash it out under some running water.
What We Like
This is a fairly compact blender with plenty of power. With a 24 ounce container, you can easily get 2 to 3 drinks out of one blending session. The powerful motor cuts through everything with ease and the mess less behind is easily manageable. The fact that you get 12 pieces makes this a great all-in-option, especially when compared to other options in the same price range.
It is hard to skip over any of the NutriBullet products. For someone looking to get started with juice/food blending, the NBR-1201 is perfect. It comes with everything you need in a nice, clean, compact setup. It will not take up a lot of counter space and it will look good in any kitchen, regardless of the color scheme you have. If you want a powerful blender that has everything you need at a price that is affordable, then this should be your next blender.
#2 Ninja Professional Countertop Blender BL610
- Wattage: 1000 Watts
- Capacity: 72 Ounces
- Weight: 7.0 Pounds
Another brand that is completely crushing the market happens to be Ninja. For years, they have quietly found a way into our homes and now they have created another masterpiece.
The Ninja BL610 is much larger than the last blender we discuss, absolutely dwarfing it; the base is 8.19” x 10.63” with the height reaching a towering 15.75”. In most cases, this will fit on the countertop fine, while still being able to fit under your cabinets too. This is another blender that uses a lot of gunmetal gray for their primary color, with some black and chrome sprinkled in for flavor. However, it’s is tall, making it very noticeable if left on the counter.
Of course, it has a massive 72-ounce capacity, meaning it has to have an equally powerful motor. And the BL610 from Ninja is loaded with 1000 watts of blade-slicing, skin-ripping, stem-shredding power! Within seconds, whatever you put inside the container will be turned into “goo”. Most use a bottom-mount only blade, but the Ninja uses multiple cutting edges throughout the whole container to cut everything quickly and smoothly.
The Ninja BL610 comes with four speed settings: pulse, low, medium, high. With all of those settings, it is easy to get the perfect drink and/or smoothie is a matter of seconds. Once you have loaded the clear container and secure the lid, all you have to do is press one of the four speed settings and wait. Cleaning the blender is easy as it can be put into a dishwasher and cleaned with all of your other dishes. Of course, you could always fill it with 20 ounces of water, some dawn dish soap, and press go too.
What We Like
With a massive blending container, you will easily have more than enough drinks for the day (or the family). The 1000-watt motor absolutely powers through anything you put inside. Plus, it can be cleaned in the dishwasher, which is not always the case with some of the other blenders (even at this price point).
The Ninja BL610 is so fast, you would think you have 1000 ninjas inside working on your fruits and vegetables. This is built for the active, high-use user who intends to make more than just a couple of morning smoothies. If you use a juicer/blender a lot, this is a great replacement and/or addition to your kitchen.
#3 Vitamix Professional-Grade, Explorian Blender E310
- Wattage: 1380 Watts
- Capacity: 48 Ounces
- Weight: 11.5 Pounds
While a smaller blender will do the job, there is something to be said for a BIG blender with a HUGE motor. Vitamix was not concerned with creating a small, quiet blender when they made the E310. Instead, they focused on providing one of the strongest, most dependable blenders on the market – and that is exactly what they made.
So, we already mentioned that this was a big blender. The base is 8” x 11” (a standard sheet of paper laid flat) with a height of 18”; it will fit on a countertop, but it might not slide back under your cabinet or between shelves in a smaller storage area. As this is considered professional-grade, it is built more for the professional/industrial setting. The color scheme is extremely basic with a chunky black base with a clear container. It has two buttons and one dial on it: on/off, pulse, and speed.
The clear container can hold up to 48 ounces, making it a great option for those who want to prepare their drinks/food for the day and/or the family. While most bottom-blade designs tend to clog up while in use, the opening in the top of the blending lid plus the mini-tamper make stop/starts a thing of the past.
The blades are made of hardened stainless steel and are driven by a metal drive system (not plastic like other non-commercial blenders). Plus, the blades provide enough friction through their specialized design that actually heats foods/soups up to serving temperature in ten minutes or less.
And finally, cleaning the E310 is super easy as all you need to do is fill the blender with water a drop or two of soap. Then turn it on for around 30 seconds and watch everything wash away. After the run-cycle is finished, just pour it out, rinse it, and you are good to go again!
What We Like
This is a very BIG blender, with enough container for most single users/families. With a 48-ounce capacity, you’ll easily have four solid drinks/meals on hand at any time. The motor is extremely powerful, cranking out over 1300 watts; there is not much that will survive the E310.
This is not an “As Seen On TV” blender; this is a blender you would see inside of a commercial/industrial kitchen. The E310 is a great blender for all of your extraction and/or juicing needs. While it is BIG, and while it does cost more than most of the other blenders on this list, it is worth every penny. It is so dependable that the manufacturer backs it with a warranty for up to five years!
#4 Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender TB-621-20
- Wattage: 1560 Watts
- Capacity: 75 Ounces
- Weight: 7.28 Pounds
If the price of the Vitamix E310 was a little too much for you, then this blender might be exactly what you are looking for. The Blendtec TB-621-20 is built to compete directly with the Vitamix E310, without the high price. While Blendtec is not nearly as well known as Vitamix or Ninja, they have built a solid reputation in the blending industry; the TB-621-20 is a perfect example.
Starting out, this is another large blender, with a base of 7” x 8” and a height of 15.5”; it should easily fit under all of your cabinets while on the countertop. In the looks department, the designers look like they took the day off. It still looks good with its black and chrome color scheme, but the base looks cheap and the chrome looks overused.
The container can hold up to 75 ounces of juice, making it one of the larger capacity blenders on our list. However, Blendtec has a patented WildSide+ design, giving it a fifth edge that helps to pull everything down to the blade; no more stopping, shaking, and restarting like you do with other blenders. The blades are made from cold-forged, hardened steel and are built to destroy. The edges are blunt (not sharp), to absolutely crush anything in front of them. Of course, you will need a powerful motor to chop and destroy with a blunt edge, and the TB-621-20 has that – in fact, it has a whopping 1560 watts to pulverize anything in its way. And, because the blades are designed with a blunt edge, they can actually heat up the food in just a few minutes.
Cleaning your TB-621-20 from Blendtec is easy. All you need to do is fill it with water, drop some soap in, turn it on, and wait. When it is finished, you simply pour out the contents, rinse it off, and wait for your next juicing/blending session.
And finally, cleaning the E310 is super easy as all you need to do is fill the blender with water a drop or two of soap. Then turn it on for around 30 seconds and watch everything wash away. After the run-cycle is finished, just pour it out, rinse it, and you are good to go again! And while you might be able to get away with it, you shouldn’t use this in the dishwasher.
What We Like
The WildSide+ design is impressive, making sure to pull down everything without having to do the “tap-tap” or the “stop-and-shake” methods to get everything where it needs to be. With 1500+ watts of power, nothing will slow this blender down. And the 8-year warranty from Blendtec shows you that they mean business!
Built in the USA (Utah), this is a great blender with plenty of power. While it looks a little basic is design, the features it offers can compete with much more expensive units. The insane manufacturer’s warranty is unheard of for this industry. If you want a blender that will slice, dice, and pulverize, this is it!
#5 Nutribullet RX Blender N17-1001
- Wattage: 1700 Watts
- Capacity: 45 Ounces
- Weight: 14.74 Pounds
If you absolutely want to slice, dice, crush, juice, extract, and liquefy anything in sight, then this next blender is perfect for you – it is almost the definition of “overkill”. Nutribullet has knocked it out of the park with their RX Blender N17. Equipped with specialized features, you will fall in love with this blender designed to take food from solids to liquids in a matter of seconds.
Now, this is a beast of a blender – it is not small! The base is 15” x 15” but the height is only 13”; it is perfect for any countertop. It comes with two different sized containers: a one-liter container and a 30-ounce container. Both of the containers come with lids for on-the-go use and handles to make it easier to hold. As far as looks go, Nutribullet sticks to their bullet design with a bold black outside and a minimal amount of chrome.
This is driven by an ultra-powerful 1700-watt motor, absolutely pulverizing everything inside. No matter how much juice you need, you can have it. With the RX, you can create up to 12 servings in just one blending session. If you need your foods heated up, the RX can handle that too, helping to bring the temperature up safely while ensuring nothing solid is left behind. Using it is simple – just dump everything in the container, put the blade/lid on the container, set it in the gear-mount location, push it down, wait one minute, and enjoy!
Cleaning your Nutribullet RX is simple. The cups are dishwasher (top rack) safe and can easily be rinsed out after every use. If you want, you could pour some water in with a few drops of soap and then just rinse the cups out (this is our preferred method).
What We Like
For someone who has trouble digesting complex foods, this is the perfect blender. The 1700-watt motor absolutely destroys everything in less than a minute. Having two different sized containers makes it easy to create smaller/larger servings depending on the need.
If you do not want anything solid in your smoothies and/or blends, then the Nutribullet RX will be your next blender. At 1700 watts of pulverizing power, do not leave a fork or spoon in there (seriously, do not). That being said, this is a great purchase, especially for the price.
#6 COSORI Personal Blender
- Wattage: 800 Watts
- Capacity: 24 Ounces
- Weight: 8.1 Pounds
For those who think the NutriBullet RX is just “too much”, here is a more personal option. The COSORI Personal Blender comes with plenty of power without nearly as much storage space. But, they also make sure you are set even if you are in a rush out the door.
For those who love simplicity, here it is. It is fairly compact with a base of 5.9” and a height of 14.5”. It looks sleek with a heavy dose of chrome with some black accents. The buttons are placed on a rimmed edge, making them easy to see and use. This blender comes with two 24 ounce cups and one 12 oz cup, all of which can be used as “on-the-go” cups with a “to-go” lid.
Making sure that everything is nice and blended, this blender comes with an 800-watt motor than spins up to 23,000 RPMs at full speed. And while that is impressive, it is the blade design that makes sure everything is BLENDED. Most blenders come with only four blades, but the COSORI Personal Blender comes with six blades ensuring a smooth, consistent blend every single time.
As it stands, the manufacturer does not state that these are dishwasher safe. As such, you will need to clean them in the sink or use the soap/water/pulse method. COSORI also stands behind this blender with a two-year manufacturer’s warranty.
What We Like
This is a simple blender designed to give you one or two good servings of perfectly blended juice and/or fruit. With 800 watts of power, it will chew through most foods in under a minute. And even though you are not supposed to put the cups in the dishwasher, cleanup is super easy and quick using the soap/water/pulse method.
Some people need BIG blenders, some people need smaller blenders – this one is for the latter group. This is designed to provide smaller batches of freshly blended fruits and vegetables without leaving a big mess. If you like the NutriBullet but want a slightly lower price, here is your next blender.
COSORI Personal Blender
- 2-Year Limited Warranty
- Six-Blade Design For Better Consistency
- Three Carrying Cups For “On-The-Go” Convenience
#7 Oster Versa Pro Series Blender
- Wattage: 1400 Watts
- Capacity: 64 Ounces
- Weight: 11.8 Pounds
The next brand is extremely well known, not just for their blenders but for all of their products in the kitchen. Oster has consistently produced high-quality, trustworthy products that you and your family have depended on for years. And the Oster Versa Pro Series Blender looks to become the next family member to be adopted in.
For starters, this is another full-size blender with a footprint of 12.1” x 11.6” with a height of 16.8”. It will sit on your countertop and should fit under most of your cabinets, but you probably will not want to hide this one. That being said, this is one of the BEST looking blenders on our list. The color scheme is absolutely sexy with a deep, glossy black paired with a luxurious red that screams at you; there are some hints of chrome sprinkled in for good measure. Ultimately, you will not look to hide this one – you will leave it out in plain sight.
It is powered by a 1400-watt motor that spins up to 250 MPH at full speed. It comes with three programmed settings of smoothie, soup, and dips/spreads. If you do need more control, it is equipped with a variable speed control so you can make your blends perfect. The blades are made from stainless steel and have a six-blade design for increased efficiency and consistency.
As with most of the other larger blenders, keeping everything moving can be difficult. However, Oster includes a mini-tamper to help push the food down while it is running – no more clogging. Once you are finished, pour it out into your favorite “to-go” cup and leave the mess behind. When you are ready to clean it, you can use the soap/water/pulse method or throw the container in the top rack of the dishwasher. And finally, Oster stands behind all of their products and this one is covered by a seven-year limited warranty.
What We Like
We are in love with the color scheme. While this has nothing to do with how good it works, it matters when you have a lot of guests over. The black/red/chrome/clear look is absolutely stunning.
You can trust any product from the Oster lineup. This blender is built for heavy-duty use. If you plan to cut through plenty of fruits and vegetables over the next seven years, then stop right here – this is your blender!
#8 NutriBullet Balance Bluetooth Smart Blender
- Wattage: 1200 Watts
- Capacity: 32 Ounces
- Weight: 9.77 Pounds
And somehow, NutriBullet manages to do it again! This time, they have gone outside the box and created a personalized “smart” blender that makes life easier – and making the perfect smoothie possible.
Before we get into the “smart” features, we will talk about the Balance’s size. It is 7.4” at the bottom, with a height of 15.8”. As for looks, it looks like a standard NutriBullet with a gunmetal grey and chrome color scheme. The only major difference is the power button that happens to be surrounded by a blue ring (smart “blue”).
Now, we are going to talk about the Balance itself. The Balance is powered by a 1200-watt motor; while this is not as strong as the RX, it is more than enough for most smoothies. The blades are designed to pull food down into the middle and throw them up the sides, creating a clean vortex that avoids clogs of any kind. But, what makes the Balance different from the rest of the competition is the “smart” features.
Focusing in on the smart features, the first feature it offers is the ability to create customized smoothies from your app. You can pull up all types of smoothie blends and then build your perfect smoothie. But, that is just the beginning. The next “smart” feature is the built-in scale and Bluetooth communication. The app reads the weight of each ingredient, making sure that you do not use too many nuts or strawberries. Doing this, it can give you a pretty close representation of your calories, carbs, proteins, fats, and more.
Cleaning the Balance is just like all of the other NutriBullet products. Pour in some water, a drop or two of soap, and run it. Or, you can throw the containers into your dishwasher (top rack) to ensure they are perfect.
What We Like
The idea that a blender could be “smart” is crazy – but it works. NutriBullet is constantly innovating and this is the perfect example of their innovation. The built-in scale + Bluetooth communication + downloadable app creates perfect smoothies without going over on the calories.
For the health-conscious individual, the Balance from NutriBullet will make counting calories so much easier. The built-in app and scale ensure that your smoothies are perfect every time. When you want to be smart about health, the Smart Blender from NutriBullet is the way to go!
#9 Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function Blender
- Wattage: 700 Watts
- Capacity: 40 Ounces
- Weight: 8.47 Pounds
If you have never seen a Hamilton Beach product in someone’s kitchen, you are probably blind. This is one of the most popular kitchen appliance brands in the world. Which is why they managed to land on our list. The Power Elite Multi-Function Blender is packed with more than enough power and features to be your next blender.
Size-wise, this is a middle-ground blender with a footprint of 8.66” x 8.5” and a height of 14.69”. Plus, the glass container itself can hold up to 40 ounces of juice/blend. This is another example of a simple design/color scheme with most of the unit being covered in a brushed-aluminum look with some black accents. It has five push-buttons on the front, each with three functions per button (except for the power button).
This blender is powered by a 700-watt motor using their “Wave-Action” system that helps to pull everything down into the blades for a consistent, smooth blend. However, this blender does more than just blend. In fact, it can also handle chopping vegetables, salsa, and other mixes too.
As this is a glass container, it can be cleaned in a dishwasher, but you could also use the soap/water/pulse method with a rinse. Hamilton Beach protects this unit with a three-year limited warranty.
What We Like
This is a great, budget-friendly blender with plenty of power and options to work with. The glass container is a nice feature that is not common on lower priced blenders. The ability to chop food using a smaller container is also a huge plus for us.
If you do not want to break the bank, this is the blender for you. It is a sub-$50 unit that functions as well as some of its higher-priced counterparts. It is covered by a three-year warranty so you know it will last for a while.
#10 Magic Bullet Blender
- Wattage: 250 Watts
- Capacity: 18 Ounces
- Weight: 4.7 Pounds
And now for a bit of nostalgia mixed with the present – the Magic Bullet Blender! This is one of the originals in the “blending trend” that took over the world. This is one of the most convenient blenders on the market today.
Size-wise, this is a rather small unit coming it with a base of 6.93” and a height of 13.19”. Of course, the Magic Bullet has always been more of a personal option. One of the cups/containers has a max capacity of 18 ounces. That is good for two smoothies, but not much else. This is better for creating small mixes like salsa dip and dressings. The motor is undersized when compared to other options on the market with just 200 watts. Even so, it will still chop up most foods with just a couple of push/pulses.
Cleaning your Magic Bullet is simple. Empty of the contents, pour some water inside, add a drop of dish soap, and pulse it five times. All that is left is to pour it out, rinse it, and set it aside. The Magic Bullet is covered by a limited one-year warranty so you know it is built to last.
What We Like
This is a very simple blender that is not designed to cut down trees and turn them into “tree bark soup”. For those who need a small, simple blender, the size is perfect. This is one of the “As Seen On TV” products that truly revolutionized an industry.
The Magic Bullet is perfect for those who do not need to mulch a tree from their yard. While it is undersized and underpowered, it functions well for its purpose. As it stands, this is one of the “As Seen On TV” products that truly revolutionized an industry.
Buyer’s Guide To Find The Best Blender
One of the most important features to look for in a blender is a strong motor. The stronger the motor is, the better it will be at chewing through thick and fibrous materials like celery stalks. A 200-watt motor will not be able to choose through thicker vegetables and/or fruits like oranges that have not been peeled. However, a 1500-watt motor will not have any trouble chomping through those same fruits and/or vegetables.
If you never intend to put anything thick into your blender, then a smaller motor will not be a big deal. Consider what you intend to blend, also looking into the future, before making your final purchasing decision.
The next feature to consider is how much juice and/or blend your blender can actually hold. If you are blending smoothies for just you, then a small 24-ounce blender will be more than sufficient. However, if you are blending for a family or for your whole day, then a 24-ounce blender will not be enough.
Some of the blenders on our list have containers as small as 12 ounces going all the way up to 75 ounces. Think about your needs in then look for a unit that will handle your daily requirements.
Next, you need to consider how noisy the unit itself is. Most of the smaller units tend to be quieter as they have smaller motors. That being said, some of the larger blenders can be fairly quiet when matched with heavier materials (they weigh more). Some even go as far as to include rubber boots on the bottom so that the sound does not transfer into the cabinetry and/or countertops.
Noise level matters for multiple reasons, but one of the most is how annoying it can be to try and do anything else like talking while blending. Of course, if you are doing this in the morning, it may wake your spouse and/or significant other. Remember, a smaller unit will almost always be quieter than a larger unit.
Another factor to consider when looking at blenders is the container material. Most blenders use plastic containers that are BPA-free. However, most of these are not considered dishwasher-safe. There are a few where the manufacturer actually claims they are dishwasher-safe, but the majority are not. If you need a dishwasher-safe container, then you should really look into glass containers as they are designed for this. Not to mention, they will last much longer and they do not tend to absorb smells and/or colors.
And finally, how well does the manufacturer stand behind their product? Every blender on our list comes with a minimum one-year limited warranty. However, some of the blenders on our list have warranties it go as far as eight years.
We did our best to find blenders that came from reputable brands with plenty of history to support them. Even though some of the blenders only have a one-year limited warranty, we trust that they will provide plenty of blending power for you for many years to come.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Does the wattage matter?
A: The wattage is a big indicator of how much you can blend at one time. Larger blenders tend to have larger motors (i.e. larger wattage requirements). As such, they are able to push through and blend a lot more material at one time as well as thick and fibrous fruits and/or vegetables (even with the skins still attached).
Q: Can a blender be used as a juicer?
A: Some people will claim the blenders can be used as juicers – we are not part of that crowd. A blender is designed to blend everything together. A juicer is designed to extract the juices from everything, leaving you with an easy-to-drink drink without any pulp and/or skins left behind.
Blenders are better suited for smoothies and/or diets where digestion is hard on the body.
Q: What is the purpose of a blender?
A: A blender is designed to blend foods into one concoction. If you wanted celery, spinach, limes, and apple juice blended together, you would use a blender (thus the name). Now, if you just wanted the juice, then you would use a juicer (hence the name, again).
While you could effectively do this on your own, it is much easier to use a blender that spends at insane speeds while making sure that everything is chopped up nicely.
Q: What foods can be made using a blender?
A: So there really is not a limit to what a blender can make, but the most common foods that you will find teen made using blenders include:
- Protein Shakes
- Ice Cream
- Shaved Ice
- Alcoholic Drinks
For the most part, blenders are used primarily to make smoothies and protein shakes. They work great for making sure that everything is blended smoothly, leaving no clumps behind (one of the biggest complaints of protein shakes).
Q: Is it possible for a blender to destroy the nutrients in the food?
A: Technically, it is possible. But, it is highly unlikely. Most blenders never get warm enough to actually destroy any of the nutrients in the food, especially if you do not run it for an extended period of time.
Now, some of the blenders do actually get warm enough to destroy the nutrients in the food. If you run the blender for an extended period of time, they can get very warm. In most cases, you would only do this if you are making soups. If you are worried about losing the nutrients of a specific food, find a different way to blend it in with your food.
Each of the blenders that made this list were selected because of their power, features, functionality, and dependability. Even though some of them are only covered by a one-year limited warranty, we trust them more than some of the other “off-brand” options available right now.
Again, to see what we considered, you can look at our buyer’s guide above. It will help you narrow down the best blender for you (and your family). If you still have questions after reading through our frequently asked questions section, let us know so that we can address it for you and for our future readers.
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