Best Blenders for Making Baby Food
These blenders make a mean purée but also come in handy once baby grows up
Baby food makers are good at making baby food, but they don’t have much use once baby grows in those chompers. A blender that performs well in our lab test for puréeing, though, will have no problem whipping up mushy peas and sweet potatoes now and smoothies and soups later.
We use raw vegetables to assess a blender’s ability to purée. An Excellent rating means the blender can serve up smooth purées and soups with no chunks or stringy fibers.
Other factors that make some blenders better for making baby food include portable blending cups that let you purée small batches of food and built-in heaters that steam food right in the jar so that you don’t need to use a pot to cook the veggies before blending them.
Here are seven top-performing full-sized blenders, listed in alphabetical order, that will make nutritious food for your baby—and you. They're whizzes at puréeing and are relatively quiet compared with most other blenders in our ratings, and each earns a Good rating for noise in our tests. (Blenders are the noisiest products inside the house that we test, though.)
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CR’s take: This blender comes with a large 8-cup glass jar and a 20-ounce blending cup for mashed carrots or to-go smoothies. It rates Very Good in our puréeing test and does equally well in our icy drinks test.
CR’s take: This blending set comes with a 7-cup jar, a food processor bowl, and two 16-ounce cups. Both the full-sized blending jar and the personal-sized cups score a Very Good rating for puréeing veggies. The food processor attachment could be nice to have around if you don’t own a food processor, but its performance is a bit lackluster.
CR’s take: The 6-cup jar on this blender is smaller than most full-sized blender jars, which makes it easier to blitz smaller batches of food. This model also features vacuum technology, which removes oxygen from the jar while blending. When we tested this function, it produced smoother, less foamy, and a more consistent texture in smoothies. This set comes with a 20-ounce vacuum-seal storage jar, which can help prolong the freshness of baby food. The Dash earns a Very Good rating in both our purée test and icy drinks test but is the noisiest blender here.
CR’s take: A heating element in the base of this 7.4-cup blender makes it possible to cook foods either before or after blending. The GoWise is the quietest model out of this bunch and the only blender we test that has a designated baby food preset (though we didn’t test it). It earns an Excellent rating in our purée test.
CR’s take: The small 4-cup capacity of this blender’s jar is the ideal size for a small batch of baby food or a single smoothie serving. It scores Very Good ratings in both the purée test and icy drinks test. A plastic cover, which doubles as a pitcher, can be placed over the blending jar while it’s running to reduce noise by a few decibels.
CR’s take: Like the GoWise above, Instant Pot’s Ace blender can cook foods before or after blending them via a heating element in the base. It comes with a 7-cup glass jar, tamper, brush, and strainer bag—handy for making your own plant-based milk such as almond milk. This blender earns a Very Good rating for puréeing vegetables and an Excellent rating for making icy drinks.
CR’s take: This Ninja has a huge 9-cup capacity but also comes with three smaller blending cups in various sizes: 18 ounces, 24 ounces, and 32 ounces. You can use them to blend and store the foods baby is trying out. The full-sized jar earns a Very Good rating in our purée test, but the smaller cups perform even better, earning Excellent ratings.