- Variable 12-speed dial
- Five pre-programmed settings
- Special nut butter setting
- Seven-year limited warranty
- Dedicated cleaning setting
- Has a tamper to push nuts into the blades
- Warranty may be limited in scope
- Unappealing design
Blendtec is known to be a quality brand and a worthy adversary to Vitamix, and almost any Blendtec machine is able to create good nut butters.Blendtec tends to be a range with a higher price point (*although prices fluctuate), and this Classic 560 represents the lowest end of their range so that you can determine whether Blendtec’s specific brand features are things that interest you – and, if they are, you can identify which Blendtec model will be best for you here.
The Blendtec Classic 560 is affordable, but still has the brand’s great specs: 3-peak horsepower, which is the best in this list and will make creating nut butters easy; an eight-year warranty according to the manufacturer, also the best in this list; a beautiful and easy-to-use push-button interface, including four manual speed settings; and the patented Blendtec Wildside container, which is five-sided and designed to push food directly into the blades, preventing air gaps and blockages and negating the need for a tamper – very useful when making nut butters. From personal experience though, a tamper does make the process go a bit more smoothly, but it is not a deal breaker because this unit is great in so many other ways. You may just have to move some things around between blending cycles, but the end result will still be the same.
- 3-peak horsepower blender
- Wildside container
- Eight-year warranty
- Reliable and well-made
The Ninja brand is becoming fast-known in the blending industry as a great, affordable alternative to Blendtec and Vitamix. Their creations are powerful, cheap, and able to do all sorts of things – including make nut butters, in the case of the Ninja Mega Kitchen System.
The Mega Kitchen System has three set speeds. It comes with a normal 72-oz blending container as well as a 64-oz processing bowl, the only model in the list to do so, which is an even better shape for blending nut butters and will undoubtedly make the process easier.This model, like many others in the Ninja range, requires the use of different accessories to perform different functions. This can be a hassle, depending on your outlook and your tolerance for plastic accessories in your kitchen, but could also be considered a fair exchange for usually being the cheapest blender. It also only has a one-year warranty which may vary by retailer (see manufacturer website for full warranty details), which is concerning if you are planning on putting your blender through heavy strain by creating nut butters regularly.
Ninja also makes smaller prep machines, best for chopping nuts and other spices rather than pulverizing them.
- Comes with a blender bowl
- Dishwasher safe
- Affordable for most families
- One year warranty
- Accessories are better for different functions such as chopping.
Can I Grind Nuts and Seeds in a Blender?
You absolutely can. As long as your blender is powerful enough (all of the ones we have here are), you can make any sort of creamy nut creation you'd like including...
- Peanut butter
- Almond butter
- Macadamia nut butter
- Cashew butter
- Chocolate peanut butter
- Sunflower butter
- Walnut butter
...And much more!
How Do I Make Almond Butter?
There are several different ways to make nut butter in a blender and it all comes down to the nut butter blender you're using. However, the basic premise is as follows...
- Add 2-4 cups of nuts (preferably roasted for easier blending to your blender)
- Add 1/8 - 1/4 cups of oil to the blender (optional, but it makes the blending easier)
- Slowly turn up the speed on the blender from low to high so that all the nuts catch in the blades.
- Use any optional accessories such as a tamper or Blendtec Twister Jar to make sure the nuts are staying in a vortex and becoming creamy.
Below you'll see this process done in several different top blender models including a Blendtec, Vitamix, Ninja and Breville...
Blendtec with Twister Jar
As you can see in the video above, the Blendtec with Twister Jar is one of the best ways to make nut butter. Even though the jar is smaller, the twisting motion makes it extremely easy to bring the nuts to the blades and quickly turn them into a creamy butter.
Here's how the Vitamix blender makes nut butter. Using the tamper, you constantly push the nuts into the blades until everything is broken down and silken.
Ninja Blender Cycle
The tiered blade system of the Ninja makes it super easy to make peanut butter. You don't have to worry about tamping, a separate jar, or anything like that.
The multi-level Ninja blender blades are great at this particular task because it's kind of like a food processor.
The Breville Boss works similar to the Vitamix blender when you make nut butter.Since it has a tamper, you can either keep pushing into the blades or use a little bit of oil.
What Speed Do I Need?
There's no particular speed that we recommend for making nut butter, but a good rule of thumb is that you'll want a blender that has enough horsepower. Generally speaking, above 2-horsepower is enough to do the job. This will put enough power behind the blades to where a good blender won't overheat and get stuck.
Do I Need a Specific Setting?
There's no need to have a special setting on your blender to make your almond butters smooth and delicious. But you will want to do it on the highest setting your nut butter blender has.
Again, be sure to start on LOW and then move up to HIGH gradually otherwise the blades will just shoot up the nuts away from them and not draw them into a vortex.
Attributes to Look for
There are a couple of factors that determine whether a blender will be good for nut butters. It’s primarily a question of power – you need a machine that can grind nuts into a smooth paste without getting stuck, overheating, or leaving little chunks of nuts behind.
While it’s generally easy for your average blender to make a smoothie, you need an especially powerful one to make nut butters.
All the machines that are listed here have above 2-peak horsepower, so you know they’re strong enough to do the job.
But that only weeds out the machines that can’t do the job – what characteristics do top blender picks that are good at making nut butters have?
Well, ideally, a machine that you’re using to make nut butters will have a wide, flat container with lots of room at the bottom, like a food processor.
This way, the nuts are properly exposed to the blades and won’t pile up around the sides of the container.
That same container would also ideally have flat sides, so that the butter can be scraped off easily, rather than having to fiddle around with grooves or curved sides that can trap your mixture.Again, all the models listed here have easy-to-access containers to some degree – some of them are undoubtedly better than others, but the overall shape is the same, and they primarily have short and squat containers instead of tall, slim ones.
A tamper makes a huge difference when it comes to making nut butters While it is not required, it does make it a lot easier.Blendtec units don't typically come with tampers, but do have enough power and control to get the job done.
Read Also: Best Blenders with Tampers
At Thrive Cuisine, we've used Blendtec's for nut butters before and it does work fine, but having a unit with a tamper such as a Vitamix does make the process go slightly smoother in our opinion.
Finally, a blender that’s good at making nut butters has to have good manual control – ideally variable speed control, but at the least a pulse function. If you’ve ever made nut butters, you know that it’s important to be able to control the process entirely so that you can stop at just the right consistency.
There’s nothing beneficial about having a machine that takes all the control away from you – so all the models here have a dedicated pulse function, and most have variable speed control too.
Should I Use a Food Processor Instead?
Generally speaking, a food processor is always going to be better at making nut butter. The wider containers, bigger blades and overall design just makes the process slightly easier.
But keep in mind that there's many things that a food processor can't do that a good blender can. If you want to makes smoothies, soups, or sauces then you won't be able to do it in a food processor.
Plus, food processors are generally bulky and heavy. A nut butter blender serves as a superior all-in-one kitchen appliance over a food processor.
Why Do Nuts Get Stuck to the Side?
The main reason why your nuts get stuck to the side of your blender is because you're turning up the speed too quickly.
What happens is that the blender blades will push the nuts off and away to the side instead of dragging them towards the middle. Then, you need to scrape them off of the side and start the cycle again.
If using a tamper or Twister Jar, it's not much of an issue, but be sure to start slow and slowly turn up the speed to avoid it.
Can You Make Nut Butter in a Hand Blender?
It is possible to make nut butter in a handheld immersion blender, but man is it a pain. The fact is, it requires a lot of elbow grease and will take WAY longer than any of the blenders on this list.You'll also need a contained vessel so that the nuts don't fly everywhere. While many of the top hand held blenders come with one, it's just simply not worth it for this application.
Check out the video below to see how long it takes...
However, if a Vitamix blender turns out to be too much, please consider the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender. This model is a lower tier than the 750 and gives excellent results with a number of great built-in settings that set it above the competition. If you’re looking to make nut butters easily, but without breaking the bank, the Hamilton Beach is ideal for you.