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Best Blenders for $100 or Less From CR's Tests

Braun, Instant Pot, Ninja, and Oster make models that are worth a look

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You don't have to spend a lot of money to get a good blender.

The absolute best full-sized blenders in Consumer Reports' lab tests are from Vitamix, but those models sell for $450 to $650, making the small appliance a big-ticket item. 

"You can still buy a solid blender for $100 or less that should last for years—if you pick a reliable brand," says Cindy Fisher, the tester who runs our blender 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 and pulverizing seeds while making smoothies, for example.  

Below are five full-sized blenders that typically go for $100 or less and still do well in our battery of tests, listed in alphabetical order. 

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

1

Braun PureMix Power JB7350
Braun PureMix Power JB7350

    Braun PureMix Power JB7350

    CR's take: Braun full-sized blenders earn a Good rating in predicted reliability. (This rating estimates the likelihood that newly purchased models from a given brand will break within the first four years.) The 1,000-watt Braun PureMix Power JB7350 does an impressive job making icy drinks and puréeing, meaning you can expect this blender to make pretty good smoothies. The glass jar holds 7 cups.  

    2

    Instant Pot Ace Multi Use
    Instant Pot Ace Multi Use

      Instant Pot Ace Multi Use

      Instant Pot made it big with its multi-cooker and has expanded its product line to include the 600-watt Instant Pot Ace Multi-Use blender. It earns an Excellent rating in our icy-drinks tests, so expect smoothies with a smooth, consistent texture, though it's better at blending bananas and other soft fruits than puréeing carrots and apples. There are settings for blending milk made of nuts, rice, or soy, and one for blending and cooking hot soup. We made a cannellini cauliflower soup in about 25 minutes following an Instant Pot recipe, and it turned out nice and hot thanks to the blender's 700-watt built-in heater. The container is glass. We don't have enough data to rate Instant Pot for reliability or owner satisfaction.

      3

      Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004
      Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004

        Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004

        Ninja rates Excellent as a brand in predicted reliability, according to our member survey. The 450-watt Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 turns out ice similar in texture to a snow cone. The removable blade makes cleanup easy. Swap out the blender container for its food-chopper jar and the versatile Ninja does an impressive job chopping onions and nuts, and grating cheese. The plastic container holds 6 cups.

        4

        Ninja Professional NJ600
        Ninja Professional NJ600

          Ninja Professional NJ600

          The 1,000-watt Ninja Professional NJ600 is a CR Best Buy, combining impressive performance and an appealing price. It rates Excellent in our convenience tests, in part because the removable blade makes it easy to clean this 9-cup plastic jar. And if you plan on making baby food, this blender does a nice job puréeing fruits and vegetables.  

          5

          Oster 800 Series BLSTKH-GMO-000
          Oster 800 Series BLSTKH-GMO-000

            Oster 800 Series BLSTKH-GMO-000

            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.  

             

            For all the test results and more choices, see our blender ratings

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