Best Blenders for Making Smoothies

A handful of models stand out for blending the smoothest smoothies

Best blenders for smoothies: view from the top of a blender.
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Making your own smoothies is an easy way to front-load your day with fruits and vegetables. But with a blender that's not up to the task, you might be left with chunks of frozen strawberries or stringy kale leaves. No thanks.

In the lab, we put each blender through a battery of tests, including two that evaluate a blender’s ability to make smooth smoothies. In our icy-drinks tests, we make batches of nonalcoholic piña coladas and use sieves of various mesh sizes to evaluate smoothness and thickness. “If a blender rates Excellent in this test, you can expect a smooth, consistent texture, especially when blending strawberries, bananas, and other soft ingredients,” says Cindy Fisher, CR’s chief blender tester. A rating of Very Good means there are tiny bits in the mix. 

If you’re going to be blending apples, carrots, and other hard items, or adding greens to your smoothies, check the results of our puréeing test. “An Excellent rating indicates the blender serves up smooth smoothies and soups, with no stringy greens,” Fisher says. 

The Overall Score for each model combines results from these and other lab tests with data on predicted reliability and owner satisfaction from our latest survey of CR members about their experiences with 70,504 blenders purchased between 2012 and 2020.

Below, seven full-sized blenders, listed in alphabetical order, that will serve up terrific smoothies. They all ace our icy-drinks test, and some even earn an Excellent rating for puréeing—a rare achievement among the models we’ve tested.

Check out our complete blender ratings for all of the details plus more options, and our blender buying guide for more shopping considerations.

Breville The Q BBL820SHY1BUS1
Breville The Q BBL820SHY1BUS1

    Breville The Q BBL820SHY1BUS1

    CR's take: The Q BBL820SHY1BUS1 pulverizes frozen fruits and renders even the stringiest produce into a smooth liquid, earning it an Excellent rating in both the icy-drinks test and purée test. It does well in the ice-crushing category, too, if you ever decide to swap a smoothie for a snow cone. Breville earns an Excellent rating for owner satisfaction, meaning CR members would recommend Breville blenders to friends and family.

    Cuisinart Hurricane Pro 3.5 Peak HP CBT-2000
    Cuisinart Hurricane Pro 3.5 Peak...

      Cuisinart Hurricane Pro 3.5 Peak...

      CR’s take: The Cuisinart Hurricane Pro CBT-2000 earns a Very Good rating in our ice-crushing tests, turning out ice similar in texture to a snow cone. It holds 8 cups and is a whiz at puréeing. The container is plastic, as is the case with all of the blenders featured here. Plastic can absorb stains and odors, so it’s best to clean it right after use. Though all blenders are loud, this one is a little noisier than others on this list.

      Dash Chef Series Digital
      Dash Chef Series Digital

        Dash Chef Series Digital

        CR’s take: The Dash Chef Series Digital blender earns an Excellent rating in our icy drinks test, and puréeing was just as good. The blades stood up to our durability test, in which we repeat our ice-crush test 45 times. It stands taller than most full-sized blenders at 22 inches tall, so make sure you have enough clearance under your cabinets.

        Ninja with DUO Auto-iQ BL642
        Ninja with DUO Auto-iQ BL642

          Ninja with DUO Auto-iQ BL642

          CR’s take: As a brand, Ninja full-sized blenders earn a Very Good rating in predicted reliability, according to our member surveys. The Ninja with Duo Auto-IQ BL642 is a CR Best Buy. It combines impressive performance and an appealing price. The Ninja's removable blade helps make cleanup a cinch and is a reason this model did very well in our convenience tests.

          Ninja Smart Screen DUO with FreshVac CT661V
          Ninja Smart Screen DUO with...

            Ninja Smart Screen DUO with...

            CR’s take: Ninja blenders garner a Very Good rating in owner satisfaction in our member surveys. The 1100-watt Ninja Smart Screen Duo with FreshVac CT661V is a CR Best Buy and comes with a battery-powered vacuum pump that attaches to the top of the blender when you want to vacuum out air before blending. Why would you want to do that? Our tests found that in vacuum mode, the Ninja makes smoothies that are smoother, less foamy, and more consistent in texture than smoothies made in regular mode.

            Vitamix 5200
            Vitamix 5200

              Vitamix 5200

              CR’s take: You’ll see eight Vitamix full-sized models in CR’s ratings; this is the best one that goes for less than $500. The Vitamix 5200 has an 8-cup capacity and a seven-year warranty. And it's skilled in more than smoothies. Due to the friction created by the fast-whirring blades, it can actually make hot soup in 5 minutes. At 20 inches, this model is on the tall side. Measure your undercabinet space before you buy any blender. You can compare dimensions in our ratings.

              Vitamix Professional Series 750
              Vitamix Professional Series 750

                Vitamix Professional Series 750

                CR’s take: The Vitamix Professional Series 750 easily serves up fine smoothies, with ice the texture of snow—perfect when margaritas are in order. And Vitamix as a brand rates Excellent for predicted reliability. This 1,650-watt blender holds 8 cups and is a master at puréeing—it can make hot soup, like the Vitamix above.

                 

                If you're interested in high-tech features like wireless connectivity and self-detect blending jars, check out the Vitamix Ascent 3500, which scores slightly lower overall for performance but still makes a mean smoothie.

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                Perry Santanachote

                A multidimensional background in lifestyle journalism, recipe development, and anthropology impels me to bring a human element to the coverage of home kitchen appliances. When I'm not researching dishwashers and blenders or poring over market reports, I'm likely immersed in a juicy crossword puzzle or trying (and failing) to love exercise. Find me on Facebook