What's behind our blender Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 108 models in blenders to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    This is based mainly on how well each model pureed soup and blended yogurt and fruit as well as useful features.
  • Yogurt blend
    How well the model blended frozen fruit and yogurt for smoothies,
  • Soup puree
    How well the model pureed vegetables and water for soup.
  • Maximum RPM
    Tests conducted under no-load conditions for consistency. Results have been rounded.


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Recommended blenders

Recommended blenders are standout choices with high scores. They include CR Best Buys, which offer exceptional value. When narrowing your choices, weigh features, price, and attributes that matter to you.
  • Buying Guide
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Blenders are one appliance that consumers are more likely to leave on the countertop—so upscale looks, increased power, and sturdier construction are driving blender sales. If you're looking for information about blenders, Consumer Reports is your best resource. Consumer Reports’ blender reviews will give you honest buying advice that you can trust. Use our blender buying guide to discover which features are most important to consider. We also provide unbiased ratings and blender reviews to help you choose the best blender for your needs.

Recently reviewed blenders

1200W Emulsifier MWBLND01
This Living Well blender was very good in overall performance, and has
  • touchbutton controls
  • plastic jar
  • 7.5 cup capacity
  • 7 claimed speeds
  • a 1 yr warranty.

Blender buying guide

In the market for a new blender? You're not alone. Sales of this small appliance have been humming in recent years--thanks in part to the popularity of so-called personal blenders. These alternative to full-size blenders target on-the-go smoothie enthusiasts, featuring smaller containers that can double as a travel mug. Whether it's full-size or personal, a blender is one appliance that you're more likely to leave on the countertop--so upscale looks, increased power, and sturdier construction are also helping to drive blender sales. Many colors and finishes, including stainless steel, are now available, but appearance isn't everything.

Other options include handheld immersion blenders (good mostly for stirring powdered drinks or puréeing vegetables in a saucepan) and all-in-one machines (which claim to replace food processors and, in some cases, add cooking capabilities). But you might sacrifice performance or have to pay more if you follow either route.

Consider the types of food and drink you prepare, and use our Ratings to find the blenders that perform best in those areas. For example, if you're mostly mixing drinks, look for a machine with enough oomph to crush ice.

Spending more for any of these appliances will typically get you touchpad controls, extra power, and designer styling or colors to match your kitchen's décor. Most have glass or plastic pitchers.

Big, visible measurement marks and easily decipherable controls add to ease of use. Our noise Ratings can spare you the trouble of listening to a grating, high-pitched whine--some models are loud enough to require hearing protection.

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