If you’re sick of spending your money on stupidly-expensive store-bought nut butters, consider investing your money in a blender instead. Sure, it’ll set you back a little more at first, but the power to create whatever you want, control what goes into your food, and save money on almond and cashew butters in the future is definitely worth it.
It also gives you ability to create unique and delicious spreads that you couldn't normally buy in-stores. This short video shows you just how easy it is:
Here are five of the best blenders for nut butters – you’re sure to find something that fits your lifestyle and budget.
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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, and this means you need a machine with high horsepower. 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 machines 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, so 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 also makes a huge difference. 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.
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.
Each of the five models listed is a different brand. If you have a strong sense of brand loyalty, or you are attracted to the rave review of brands like Vitamix, which are known for their superior build quality, you may already be able to eliminate a few of the options on this list.
These brands are also listed according to their tier in the markets place, with the lowest tier options at the beginning and the higher tiered towards the end towards the end. Be sure to check the current prices to see what fits into your budget – although also consider build quality and warranty length, as it may be worthwhile to invest a little more in a long-lasting product than have to replace a faulty model after a few years.
The other factors that differentiate these models are potentially less important. Variable speed control is important for creating the perfect nut butter, and only three of the blenders on this list have a dial that allows you to control this specifically. Similarly, some of these blenders come with alternative benefits such as pre-programmed cycles, attractive design, all-in-one capacity, and specially-designed containers. While these are not specific to nut butter creation, they are helpful if you are planning to use your blender for more than this – which you definitely should, considering how versatile these machines can be.
Vitamix is known as the “gold standard” of blenders – their superior build quality, performance, durability, and design put them above the competition. However, with great specs comes may come a great expense depending on your budget, and no more true than with the Vitamix 750; while this machine is undoubtedly the best in this list at creating nut butter, it is also may be difficult to afford, but the manufacturer's warranty could make it worthwhile.
With Vitamix's well-known tamper, it could be the best appliance to make nut butter hands-down.
With 2.2-peak horsepower, a stainless steel body, five pre-programmed settings, and attractive design, the 750’s cost can be attributed to its reliability and the brand’s great reputation. If you have the money to spend to get the perfect nut butters, the Vitamix is likely to be the best bet for you. For more on this model - you can see our full 750 review here.
Hamilton Beach 58870 is a newcomer to the blender world, and for the most part their blenders specialize in providing basic blending power at very low prices. However, they’ve made a breakout product with their Professional Quiet Shield Blender, which cracks the 2-peak horsepower mark and can thus make nut butters with no issues.
This model comes with a five-year limited warranty (may vary by retailer - check with manufacturer for full details), which is better than the Ninja’s warranty but not as good as those offered by Blendtec and Vitamix. However, given that it can often be found at roughly the same price (prices vary so be sure to check) as the Ninja machine, this is quite good.
The model also comes with heaps of great features that put it miles above the Ninja: a variable 10-speed dial; four pre-programmed settings, including a self-cleaning cycle; a tamper, to make blending nut butters even easier; and a removable shield that makes it potentially the quietest blender on this list. Its 32-oz container is also dishwasher safe, which is not shared by the other models on this list, so clean-up is even easier.
See our full review of Hamilton Beach Blenders.
Breville is known for their home appliances, but this rarely extends to high-performing blenders; the market is dominated by Vitamix and Blendtec, admittedly for good reason.
This Breville Boss, however, represents a great step forward into the market. With 2-peak horsepower, five pre-programmed settings, a dedicated cleaning function, an LCD display, a timer, and a seven-year limited warranty from the manufacturer, this machine has everything you may be looking for in a blender.
It also comes with a variable 12-speed dial, to help you control your blend better, as well as a special ‘mill’ setting for nut butters. It’s truly a machine designed with every type of blend in mind, and has great reviews from its users. However, Breville does not tend to have the brand loyalty of Vitamix or Blendtec, generally because of its lower priced products– although this may not be the case with the Boss, it’s worth keeping in mind. That is not to say that they will not be as popular if not more popular in the next few years as this blender (and others) is becoming more and more popular.
Check out our full write up on Breville Blenders.
Blendtec is known to be a quality brand and a worthy adversary to Vitamix, and almost any Blendtec machine is able to create 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.
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 (*prices may fluctuate). 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.
All of the blenders in this list are great at creating nut butters, but there is undoubtedly one that is the best: the Vitamix 750. While the other machines on this list do an excellent job, the Vitamix has the design, the power, the tamper, and the warranty. The resulting spread is smooth and lump-free in a short amount of time that you can make for years to come. If money isn’t an issue, this is definitely the model for you.
However, if a Vitamix 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.
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.