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What's behind our blender Ratings?

Experts at our National Testing and Research Center tested 109 models in blenders to see which ones perform best.
We look for:
  • Overall score
    Based primarily on performance and convenience. The displayed score is out of a total of 100 points.
  • Icy drinks (Smoothies)
    Smoothness and thickness of non-alcholic pina coladas are determined using assorted size sieves. Blenders that do well for icy drinks also do well for smoothies.
  • Convenience
    Judgements on ease of cleaning and replacing blade; clarity of controls and jar markings; pouring ease; and jar balance, etc.
  • Puree
    How well the blender pureed soup.
  • Ice crush
    Ice crush indicates how well the blender was able to crush 7 ice cubes without water in a specified period of time.
  • Noise
    Based on readings from a noise meter, specifies how noisy the blender was during operation at maximum speed.
  • Durability
    Indicates whether or not the blender still functioned after undergoing the durability test, which consists of crushing ice 45 times.
  • Weight
    Weight of the jar, lid and base.


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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.

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Soup3rb 7-cup Cook & Blend
This 3 Squares blender was fair in overall performance, and has
  • touchbutton controls
  • stainless-steel jar
  • 7.5 cup capacity
  • 2 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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