Blenders

Blender Buying Guide
Blender Buying Guide
Find the Best Blender for Your Needs

You can spend as little as $20 on a new blender—or well over $500. Paying more generally means better results and more versatility. But there are exceptions, including high-priced models that literally cracked under the pressure of our tough tests, and bargain blenders that exceeded expectations. This buying guide will lead you to the best blender type for your needs. Then you can use our Ratings of dozens of models to find the perfect match, at a price you can afford.

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Compare Types

If you’re just looking to whip up the occasional milkshake or morning smoothie, you’ll want a different model than if you’re a whole-fruit juicing fanatic with a taste for homemade almond butter. Here are the four main types, from most-to-least versatile.

A high-performance blender.

High-Performance

Between their powerful motors and fast-spinning blades, they'll serve up frozen drinks, silky-smooth smoothies, and fiber-packed whole-fruit juices in a flash. Some even crank out hot soup and churn-free ice cream. 

Priced from $300 to $700.

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A conventional blender.

Conventional

These less expensive models are best for lower-intensity blending tasks, such as milkshakes and fresh-fruit smoothies. Forget the hot soup or whole-fruit juicing, and you might have to settle for chunkier frozen cocktails.

Priced from $50 to $150.

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A personal blender.

Personal

A relatively new blender category aimed at people who like to take their power shakes and yogurt-based smoothies on the go; mixing containers double as a travel jar. They are not intended for hard-core blending.

Priced from $20 to $100.

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An immersion blender.

Immersion

A cylindrical device with exposed blades that you submerge directly into the food or drink you're preparing, say simmering vegetables in a pot. It's more of a complement to your countertop blender than a replacement.

Priced from $30 to $100

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Interactive Video Buying Guide

For more, watch our video below. You can skip to different chapters depending on what you want to know.  

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Don't Forget About Storage

Some blenders are easier to store than others, which could be a real issue if you have a small kitchen. With their super compact design, immersion blenders tuck easily into a drawer, though again they can’t take the place of a countertop blender. Personal blenders are also fairly compact. If you’re going for a full-size unit and plan to keep it out on the countertop, a model that is less than 17 inches tall should save space on the countertop by fitting under the kitchen cabinet when not in use (though it's a good idea to take a measurement since some cabinets are lower). Pay attention to the number of attachments and accessories that come with the blender. Some models feature multiple mixing containers, which might improve their versatility, but they’ll also take up storage space in your cabinets.

Measure your counter height before buying a new blender to make sure it fits.
Illustration: Chris Philpot
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Consider the Features

Once you’ve determined the type of blender you want, you’re ready to sort through the options to find a model with the right attributes. Below are the key considerations, based on our tests. Note that paying more for a blender doesn’t necessarily get you a wider array of features. For more details, you can check our full Blender Ratings.

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Blender Brands

Black & Decker is a well-known American brand that offers a wide range of models in low-to-mid-prices, available through online retailers as well as Walmart, Target, Best Buy, and other big-box retailers. Prices range from $30 to $80.
Blendtec is a premium brand whose high-performance blenders are available at specialty retailers and some big-box stores, as well as online at Amazon.com. Most models range from $400 to $700.
Breville is an Australian manufacturer whose upscale countertop and immersion blenders are sold primarily at specialty retailers and some big-box stores, as well as online. Prices range from $200 to $400
Another popular American brand, Cuisinart produces mid-range to premium countertop and immersion blenders, which are widely available in department, specialty, and appliance stores, and through online retailers. Prices range from $50 to $150.
Hamilton Beach is a market-leading manufacturer of low-to-mid-range products, including countertop, personal, and immersion blenders, widely available through department stores, appliances stores, and big-box retailers. Prices range from $20 to $100.
Owned by Whirlpool, KitchenAid is a premium U.S. brand known for its colorful designs. Blenders are sold through department stores, specialty stores, appliance stores, online retailers, and big-box retailers. Prices range from $60 to $270.
Ninja is an infomercial favorite known for its multifunctional low-to-mid-range countertop and personal blenders, sold online and at some big-box stores. Prices ranges from $60 to $100.
Another market-share leader, Oster offers mostly budget products sold through department stores, online retailers, Walmart, Target, appliance retailers, and many more outlets. Prices range from $20 to $100.
Vitamix is a major name in high-performance blenders. Its products are primarily sold online and through specialty retailers. Prices range from $400 to $650.
The brand behind the first American blender, Waring offers mid-to-high-range models that are available at department stores and specialty stores. Prices range from $60 to $400.
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