If you’re someone who drinks smoothies regularly, you want a blender that’s going to be able to handle them without an issue – and preferably without your input. These blenders all have giant containers, high horsepower, long warranties, and dedicated smoothie settings – so you can create a great blend every day for years. So what's the best blender for smoothies in 2017? Read below to find out!
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Why Are These Machines Great for Smoothies?
These products have been differentiated from their competitors at being ideal for smoothies because of four factors: the size of their containers, their horsepower, their warranty length, and their pre-programmed smoothie settings.
The size of your blender container is important when it comes to smoothies – larger containers allow you to make larger blends, especially when you’re drinking green smoothies or blending for the entire family. Although single-serve blenders can be advantageous for smoothies, larger containers allow you to create more without doubling up on batches and let you fit as much as you’d like into your drink.
Check out our guide linked above if you're strictly interested in the a single serve unit.
These models also all share high horsepower, essential for blending up the components of your drink to create a smooth blend. When you’re creating a smoothie, you don’t want to be drinking lumps – and you want your machine to crank through any seeds or nuts so that you’re drinking a liquid rather than some sort of grainy mess. These blenders all have high enough horsepower to allow this, so you can be sure you’ll get a great smoothie every day.
Warranty length is also an important consideration when you plan on using your machine every day. The last thing you want, when you’re getting used to a steady diet of green smoothies, is to have your machine give out on you a few months after purchase. You want to invest in a model that will perform for years – and, if it does give out, will be covered by the company in question. That sort of peace of mind is invaluable when it comes to a daily-use machine.
Finally, these products almost all have pre-programmed smoothie cycles. Instead of having to fiddle with manual settings every morning, standing over the machine to make sure you get the perfect blend, these models will do the work for you – you can just start the cycle and walk away, coming back to find a perfectly-made smoothie.
If you’re making the same thing every day, the time this will save is invaluable.
What Makes Each Model Different?
The models differ in their specific power, their design, the accessories they come with, their brands, and their prices.
Power is arguably the most important. Although all of these models have high horsepower, those with the highest are likely to produce the smoothest blends in the shortest amount of time with the least stress on the motor – which is likely to make it last longer. The Ninja Professional Blender has the lowest horsepower at about 1.25-peak, while the Blendtec Total Blender has the highest at 3-peak.
The design of each model is also an important factor in differentiating them. Vitamix is typically the gold standard of blender design, and the 750 comes in a variety of attractive colors so you can customize it to your space; the Oster models, on the other hand, may be best kept inside a cabinet. Some of these models have push-button interfaces, like the Blendtec and Ninja models, while others, like the Vitamix, have a more classic dial-and-switch system.
In addition, while some of these machines are all-in-one machines, capable of doing everything you desire within the same container, others rely on a multitude of accessories to perform specific tasks. Whether or not you appreciate this style of usage depends on your tolerance for plastic accessories in your space, and the hassle that can come with assembling them.
Brands are also an important consideration. Brands like Vitamix and Blendtec are known for their superior build quality and for honoring their warranties, as well as being built in the US, and this reputation may be important enough for you to consider them above the other brands listed.
Of course, price is always an important factor. The blenders listed here range from very affordable to high-end, so you can be sure to find one that fits your demands. If you’re on a limited budget, don’t think you need to settle for a poor smoothie-making machine; there is plenty on the market to streamline your morning process. If you're only going to make smoothies with your blender, you might not need a total powerhouse, but if you're looking to get into dealing with more solids such as creating nut butters - you may want to check out this review here.
Blendtec is one of the top-performing blender brands, known for its build quality, reliability, and long warranties – the Total Blender’s is a whopping eight years – as well as offering similar performance to the top-of-the-range Vitamix. Keep in mind that when buying from 3rd party retailers/sellers - you want to confirm that you are getting a new unit with a full warranty.
The Blendtec Total Blender has the highest peak horsepower of the blenders listed here, at 3-peak, and it’s likely because of this that the model is so popular. Its dedicated smoothie setting is known to create great results every time, and its four-sided container is perfect for getting every last drop out of your smoothie. It also comes with five other pre-programmed settings and one of the best designs out of this line-up – and it can do all this while fitting under your kitchen cabinet.
- 3-peak horsepower
- Six pre-programmed settings
- Four sided 75-oz container
- Great Design
- Eight-Year Warranty
- No tamper could make blending really dry materials more of a hassle (still doable though from personal experience).
Vitamix is the most well-known blender brand for its machines’ great build quality, powerful processing, durability, and attractive designs. The 750 is no exception: it features a 2.2-peak horsepower motor, easy-to-use controls that include five pre-programmed settings, and a seven-year warranty (may differ by retailer - make sure you know the warranty status of the unit you're buying) that the company is great at honoring.
You can vouch for the 750’s smoothie-making ability; many restaurants and cafes use Vitamix machines to create their smoothies, as they are capable of blending up almost anything into a smooth, silky mixture. This includes frozen fruit and ice which it will make into an ice-cream like texture. The 750 benefits from a dedicated smoothie setting, like most of the other models on this list, and because of this it’s even easier to use than its predecessor.
- 2.2 Peak Horsepower
- Attractive design
- Seven-year warranty
- Five Pre-programmed settings
- Tamper makes it easy to blend anything
- Loud (but powerful)
- Can be hard to clean as blades aren't easily removable.
Nutri Ninja BL642 is an up-and-coming brand in the blender market, becoming known for offering great performance at competitive prices. The Nutri Ninja Ninja Blender Duo is one of the only models that the company offers to have pre-programmed settings, including that useful smoothie setting, and with 2-peak horsepower it seems ideal for blending anything you may want to throw inside it.
The Duo also benefits from a brilliant innovation that seems specific to smoothies. Both the large 72-oz container and a choice of three single-serve containers can be used on the same base, so it functions as both a personal blender and a home blender in one. If you want to create a smoothie for yourself every morning, and take it direct on the go in the container like a personal blender, you can do that with the Duo; if you want to create smoothies for your whole family, that can be done too.
One thing that's a bit unclear about this unit is the warranty. Their website states (under the manuals section for this unit) that it has a 5 year and lifetime warranty, but given the nature of how its presented, we're honestly unsure. Also, retailers state varied warranties for this unit which makes it a bit more confusing. You may want to check out Ninja's website for more details.
- 72-oz dishwasher-safe container
- Multiple cup sizes can be used
- Decent for a low-tier blender
- High horsepower motor
- Confusing Warranty - May want to check with manufacturer.
Like the VERSA, the Oster Pro 1200 BLSTMB-CBG-000 relies on a range of accessories to create different outcomes. This is again not an all-in-one product; while something like the Vitamix 750 or the Blendtec Total Blender can do anything in its one container, the Oster Pro 1200 requires you to swap out accessories (purchased separately) to make certain recipes.
This machine comes with 1.6-peak horsepower and three pre-programmed settings, including a smoothie setting, and three manual speed settings. Its design leaves a little to be desired, but given the tier of this blender, some things must be forgiven. It has the required strength to pulverize hard food items, a dishwasher-safe 48-oz glass jar – which is basically unheard of in blenders – and a whopping ten-year limited warranty, the longest warranty of all the blenders listed here. You may want to check the manufacturer's site (linked above) for more warranty details.
Much like any other blender, there have been some reported issues. However, there is no way to determine how regularly they occur. We recommend considering your budget, warranty scope, and workload to help determine if this is going to be the right unit.
- Dishwasher Safe Glass Container
- Limited Warranty of 10 Years
- Can make different sizes if cup is swapped in for jar.
- Unattractive Design (Opinion)
The Oster VERSA Pro Performance Blender BLSTVB-RV0 is one of two Oster models in this line-up, which is testament to the brand’s focus on great smoothie-making performance. It comes with a seven-year limited warranty.
It has a strong 1400 Watt motor so it’s great at grinding down anything from nuts and seeds to leafy greens like kale. Its 64-ounce container is BPA-free and short enough that it can fit under the kitchen cabinet. This model does almost everything that a Vitamix can do.
However, there have been some issues with the VERSA’s longevity, with users reporting an inferior build quality that leads to its decline – and often these problems are not covered by the limited warranty. It should also be noted that using the VERSA for different things means changing over the accessories that the blender comes with, which can be inconvenient – this is not an all-in-one product. However, more research should be done into these problems to determine whether this is an acceptable trade-off for you.
It is difficult to assess how often these reported issues occur compared to happy customers and whether the risk might be an appropriate if the blender is affordable to you. We recommend taking the price as well as the full warranty details (linked above) into consideration when making your final assessment.
- Powerful motor with 1400 Watts
- Seven-year limited warranty
- 64-ounce container
- Designed specifically for smoothies
- May not be as reliable as other blenders
- Warranty is limited in scope
- Unattractive design (opinion)
Although the blenders here are all very different, there appears to be one that is best for smoothies: the Blendtec Total Blender. Even being a middle to high-end unit, this machine has the strongest horsepower, great design, a long warranty, a large and cleverly-designed container, and a dedicated smoothie setting – for all you need to create a great smoothie, every time, for years to come. It’s bound to last you a long time and should be all you ever need to create smoothies without breaking the bank.Plus from personal experience,