From immersion blenders to professional blenders to task-specific blenders, there’s a lot in this world to choose from when you need this small appliance for your kitchen. Here we break down all the different features to see which one has what to bring you the top ten best blenders.
All-Clad Immersion – $99.95
The only immersion blender on our list, if you’re going to buy one this is the one to get. It’s got one of the most powerful motors in its class at 600 watts, and there’s no jar or base to take up room in your cupboards or countertops. The buttons (including the turbo boost button!) are placed close up to the handle so they’re within reach for any task and of course, it can easily be placed into pot or pan to blend anything with the touch of a button. It’s small and light, weighing in at just over two pounds, but has a length of 9.25 inches so you can reach all the way to the bottom. The only drawback to it may be that you can’t throw it into the dishwasher for easy cleanup.
Blendtec Designer Series – $454.00
You’ll get just about everything you need with this stand blender. With batter, ice crush, smoothies, ice cream, whole juice, and soup options it’s equipped to handle just about any task; and the icons allow you to choose the right one at just a glance. The commercial-grade motor gives it about 1,560 watts yet it’s surprisingly quiet with little vibration while in use. Cleanup is also made easy with seals all around, so spills can be easily wiped up instead of trying to get the bits that fell in between the buttons.
BrylaneHome Soup Blender – $119.99
It does more than just blend soup, but true to its name, the ByrlaneHome Soup Blender is exceptional when used for making this cold-weather dish, as it has a warmer that allows soup to be poured right from the blender into a bowl. No more transferring to another pot to heat it up for you! In fact, it’s that warmer that will also allow you to steam eggs, right in the blender! That could work well for those who enjoy making hollandaise sauce. It does have other functions such as crushing ice, making smoothies, and of course pureeing just about anything, and a large 1.7 quart capacity to help you do it. The motor isn’t as powerful as the Blendtec Designer at just 900 watts, but it will still get the job done for you. Because the heating element extends throughout the entire blender, you also can’t pop this one into your dishwasher.
Cuisinart SmartPower Deluxe – $89.95
The Cuisinart SmartPower Deluxe has a glass jar design, a stainless steel blade that will come clean no matter what you put into it, and an insert in the lid that allows you to add more of an ingredient or slowly drizzle in liquids, such as oil. That blade can also be superior at chopping and pureeing different items, but because this model only has a 600 watt motor, it will most likely still take a bit longer to do so. One of the best things about this blender is the automatic stop safety feature, which is triggered after the device has been running for two minutes. Although, because some foods will take longer to blend than that, some might actually find this to be more of an annoyance than anything. And because it only features two different speed settings — high and low — it may not provide all the options some individuals might like. What everyone will like about this blender is the three-year warranty, which ensures you’ll have a blender to last you for years to come. Unlike some of our top models, the jar of this blender can also be placed right into the dishwasher for quick cleanup.
Hamilton Beach Wave Master – $37.91
If all you’re looking for is a basic blender at a great price, then this Hamilton Beach WaveMaster might be what you’ve been looking for. It has a large 48 ounce glass jar to hold large amounts of food, and ten different speeds that will churn up just about anything you place into it. But what’s best about this blender is the Wave-Action system it uses to blend the food. That system pulls food down into the blade into a continuous motion, which means it will process the food evenly and you won’t be left with big chunks of ingredients left in your food. It’s safe to throw in the dishwasher and has a three-year warranty too. If you’re really looking for something bad to say about this blender, the power isn’t as high as our top blenders, with just a 550 watt motor. But the Wave-Action system will help make up for that.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond – $149.99
The best thing about this blender isn’t that it’s made out of diamonds (because despite the name, it isn’t) but the Intelli-Speed motor control it brings. This unique technology allows the blender to detect what type of food you have in the blender, and it will automatically choose an appropriate speed to use. It will pass that data along to the motor, which will choose the right amount of power for it — so you’re not wasting energy if you don’t have to. In addition to all of that, this blender from KitchenAid also has five different speed settings including a pulse and an ice crusher. The pitcher is 60 ounces, which holds a lot of food but might be a bit too tall for some countertops. That pitcher isn’t just shatterproof glass though, it’s also scratch and stain-proof, which means that no matter what you put in it, it will come easily clean when you’re done. And just like our favorite stand blender, this one is also easily wiped clean, because spills are bound to happen. And, it comes in lots of different colors too, so you can choose your blender to match your kitchen!
Ninja Professional – $109.95
Its flat buttons that are easy to clean, multiple settings that allow you to chop or puree anything (and even crush ice,) and the two-year warranty are good, but they’re not the best features of the Ninja Professional. The best thing about this blender is that its motor has up to 1,000 watts of power which will have you blending and chopping things in a snap. It also has a large 72-ounce jar, and the multiple blades running up the center of the jar means that you don’t have to worry about muddling ingredients down to the bottom where the blades typically sit. Another great thing about this blender is that the pitcher is BPA-free. BPA is a chemical that’s found in many dishes, and can potentially cause serious health problems, especially when heated. That’s good news, seeing as how everything but the base with this one can be thrown into the dishwasher. The only thing you might find limiting with this blender is that it only has three different speeds. While it will still process just about anything you need, you can find blenders that have more task-specific settings.
Omega BL330S – $139.00
If you have low-hanging cabinets or little counter space, the Omega BL330S might be the blender for you. While it might be quite heavy at 6.5 pounds, it stands at just over a foot tall and is only six inches wide, allowing it to sit pretty without taking up a lot of room. However, it’s 48 ounce pitcher will let you blend just about anything you need to. The biggest negative to this blender is the fact that it only comes with two speeds, high or low; and it also only has 600 watts of power inside that motor. Also inside however are unique features such as a recessed coupling system, a large cooling fan, and self-lubricated ball bearings. All of these will help process your food more smoothly and quickly. With a small motor and few setting options however, we think there might be better models that come at a better price. Unless that is, it’s size that matters to you.
Oster 6843 – $39.99
Looking at the price and the basic design of the Oster 6843, you might think you’re getting a pretty basic blender. And that might be true, but among this one’s twelve different speeds, you’ll also have an option to whip foods, something that doesn’t come with even the most expensive blenders on the market. It has a 40 ounce glass jar, which will fit an entire pot of soup, although there is no heating device to keep that soup warm while doing it. The only real downside about this blender is that it has a pretty small motor at just 450 watts, so you may want to choose a different model if you plan on blending food on a frequent basis.
Vitamix 5200 – $460.49
It’s true that you’ll be able to do just about anything with this blender including chop, puree, make soup, grind, blend, cream, and more. But you’ll have to have a good memory or consult the manual regularly as the dials aren’t marked as to which setting does what; they’re only numbered one through ten, or high and variable. That being said, it allows you to do all of that with a powerful two-peak horsepower motor that can be used as often as you’d like thanks to the radial cooling and thermal protection system. The pitcher is also the largest of our bunch at 64 ounces, and the rubber grip on the handle ensures that it’s always easy to pour and never slips out of your hands. It does come at a very high price, but that also includes the seven-year warranty you’ll receive, the longest of any of the blenders we reviewed.