Best Blenders for $100 or Less From Consumer Reports' Tests

Cuisinart, Ninja, and Oster make relatively inexpensive blenders that are reliable and worth a look

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High-end blenders can cost as much as $700. Their performance can pack a punch, but their premium price might feel like a gut punch if you’re just whipping up hot peppermint mochas to sip on chilly weekend nights by the fireplace. An inexpensive blender can make those moments even sweeter.

The best full-sized blenders in Consumer Reports’ lab tests are from Vitamix, but those models sell for $250 to more than $600, making the small appliance a big-ticket item. The good news is you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a decent blender. “You can still buy a solid blender for $100 or less that should last for years—if you pick a reliable brand,” says Larry Ciufo, who oversees our blender testing lab.

The trade-off? These inexpensive models usually don’t have the powerful motors and versatility of high-end blenders, so they won’t be great at making nut butters or pulverizing seeds while making smoothies.

Below are six full-sized blenders, listed in alphabetical order, that typically go for $100 or less and earned ratings of either Good or Very Good for predicted reliability. (This rating estimates the likelihood that a newly purchased model from a given brand will break or experience problems within the first four years.)

Check our full blender ratings for all the test results and more options, including personal blenders, and see our blender buying guide for more information as you shop.

CR’s take: This 600-watt blender is a great buy, especially if you’re mostly puréeing fruits and vegetables for baby food. It scores a Very Good rating in that test. It doesn’t do quite as well in the smoothie test, but this model should be more than enough for most tasks, as long as you’re not crushing ice on the regular (which wears down the blade). Cuisinart earned a middling Good rating for reliability.

CR’s take: Ninja’s full-sized blenders earned a Very Good rating in both predicted reliability and owner satisfaction. The surprisingly powerful 1,400-watt Ninja BN701 Professional Plus with Auto iQ does an impressive job making icy drinks and puréeing, meaning you can expect this blender to make good smoothies. Also, cleanup is a breeze due to its removable blade.

CR’s take: The Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 features a unique top-mounted motor to turn out snow cone–textured ice for smoothies. While Ninja doesn’t claim this model makes hot soups and juices, it excels at all the main blending tasks. The removable blade makes cleanup easy. Swap out the 6-cup blending jar for its 16-ounce food chopper and the versatile Ninja does an impressive job chopping onions and nuts, and grating cheese. But at just 450 watts, it’s the lowest-powered blender of the bunch.

CR’s take: The 1,000-watt Ninja BL-710WM is an excellent workhorse ice crusher but is less adept at blending smoothies, so you may want to consider the Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 if you’re a smoothie enthusiast. This Ninja is better at puréeing raw ingredients like carrots and squash into hearty soups, according to our tests. It’s fairly lightweight at 8 pounds, with three speeds and a 9-cup capacity. The removable blade makes for quick, easy cleaning. This model earns an Excellent rating for durability and received a Very Good score for predicted reliability, so it should easily power through daiquiris, margaritas, and Bellinis during parties and festive holiday gatherings—and perform for many years.

CR’s take: The 500-watt Oster 800 Series BLSTKH-GMO-000 earns a Very Good rating in our puréeing tests, serving up fairly smooth smoothies and soups with tiny bits in the mix. Many of the blenders in our ratings have a plastic container, but the Oster has a 6-cup glass jar. That means it’s heavier and more prone to breaking than plastic, but it doesn’t absorb odors and stains the way plastic does. Oster is one of only four blender brands in our ratings—the others are Ninja, Hamilton, and Proctor-Silex—that snagged a Very Good rating for reliability (better than most).

CR’s take: Oster makes inexpensive but reliable small appliances that often perform well, and this 600-watt blender is yet another example. Although not a power blender, it proved particularly adept in our icy drinks test, earning an Excellent rating. So it will make smoother piña coladas than pumpkin soups; that’s reflected in its average Good purée rating. It also comes with a food processing attachment, so you essentially get two appliances for the price of one.

For all the test results and more choices, see CR’s blender ratings.


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Keith Flamer

As a kid in Delaware, I lived a few blocks from Bob Marley, who once said, "It is better to live on the house top than to live in a house full of confusion." At CR, I'm psyched to help readers navigate this cluttered, hyper-commercialized world we live in. I've covered luxury real estate, interior design, and culture—reporting on everything from smart home technology to racial hypocrisy at Thomas Jefferson's Monticello estate. Since the pandemic started, I cherish simplicity, covering accessible topics like decorating, cooking, and cleaning. Give me a smoothie blender over a mansion any day. Blenders are slightly easier to clean.