Blenders have risen to be one of the most popular kitchen appliances in the modern-day American home. Blenders allow you to turn your fruits into smoothies and create many different delicious drinks. And the blenders vary from the traditional brands such as the Nutribullet all the way up to the extremely powerful blenders made by brands such as Vitamix. Buying a blender may be a daunting task and finding the best blender possible may be difficult with so many to choose from but Juicer-Guide will make the job of buying a blender extremely easy with our blender reviews.
It is clearly evident that America has a self-fueled passion for blending with their creation of many different sauces, milkshakes and smoothies, all made from our everyday blender. The most common use is to create smoothies utilizing fruits and vegetables when it comes to our favorite smoothie concoction it has to be a Banana and Strawberry smoothie!
5 Best Blenders in 2020
The Cuisinart CBT-2000 is Cuisinart’s most powerful blender. Featuring a huge 3.5HP motor and arriving with a 10-year warranty, you simply cannot go wrong. Being the most powerful blender does come with a small drawback, this blender can cut through anything, including your fingers, so make sure you keep them away from the blades.
Similar to other blenders produced by Blentec or Vitamix the performance is top-notch. Perfect for making smoothies and making sure all the bits are liquidized and the CBT-2000 is excellent for green smoothies that require ultra powerful blenders to make sure they become liquid and don’t contain large chunks.
Bolstering a 6 point stainless steel blade, the CBT-2000 spins at very high speeds to crush, cut and convert all the solids to puree. This blender makes sure that all the ingredients are blended thoroughly. With the CBT-2000 comes a BPA-FREE 64 ounce container, so you can make large quantities of blended smoothies, juices or milkshakes.
The compact build and size of the blender allow it to be stored away easily in small kitchens. Along with the 10-year motor warranty comes a 3-year warranty for the entire blender, so if at any time there is a manufacturing fault you can return the blender to Cuisinart.
The Nutri Ninja Blender Duo BL642 is extremely powerful. Some blenders offer you only 500 watts of power and at such a low wattage the crushing power of the blender is almost useless. With 1500 watts of power with the BL642, you can crush through almost anything and make the perfect ice-cold smoothies, milkshakes or other fun concoctions.
Along with the high power comes the special blade design that is expertly designed to crush through any ingredients you place inside the blender. Two different sets of blades work together to create a powerful crushing force, breaking apart all the solid chunks.
Similar to the CBT-2000 the blender arrives with a large 72-ounce container, so you can make large batches of smoothies/milkshakes or any drinks of your choice to share with others. Differences arise when compared to the Cuisinart blender, as you also receive a variety of cups in different sizes, these cups can store your drinks throughout the day.
All cups that come with the blender have sip and seal technology, so you can bring it with you without worrying about spilling the contents of the drinks. Along with all of this the Nutri Ninja Blender comes with recipes and guides written by nutritionists to help you make the best tasting and most nutritional smoothies.
Advanced technology is definitely something that the BL642 does not lack. It comes with an Auto-IQ system that has 5 programs that automate the blending of your ingredients. A 1-touch system allows you to automate everything depending on which container you choose and your desired drink. I have to say this is a good juice machine that you should have.
Although it’s slightly less powerful compared to the BL642 and the CBT-2000 which are reviewed above, the blender can still take care of all fruits, vegetables, ice cubes and other extras that you wish to add to this blending machine.
Along with the blender comes a 2-liter BPA-free Tritan jug to hold all of your ingredients. To keep it modern Dash has a digital point-and-click interface, which you can choose from several preset functions to create your desired smoothie.
Although the entire blender only has a 1-year warranty which is lackluster compared to its competitors, it does hold a lifetime warranty for the motor(the main expensive part of the blender) which should allow you to rest assured should it ever break that you can have it repaired or replaced.
The Vitamix 5200 is an expensive blender, but for good reason. It stands 20.5″ tall, with a 7.25 x 8.75-inch base. Weighing just over 10 lbs. You can purchase the Vitamix 5200 in standard, super, deluxe or compact. The packages vary in size, accessories, and power.
The container provided with the Vitamix 5200 is BPA-free. Able to hold 64 ounces of blended ingredients, which can serve tons of people. The motor is an extremely powerful ability to produce 2 horsepower and 37000 RPM, the motor is one of the most powerful in the industry. With an inbuilt cooling system to make sure the blender doesn’t overheat you can’t go wrong.
You control the blender via manual pre-programmed switches and an adjustable speed dial. The 5200 is fitted with immense power and durability, the build is amazing, you simply cannot go wrong with Vitamix.
Although the blender looks smaller and more compact than its competitors, it shouldn’t be mistaken as it packs an insane amount of power capable of blending those difficult fruits and vegetables into a perfect smoothie.
Built with smart technology, you only need to pack the cup full, attach it to the base and the blending will commence. Out of all the blenders, the design of the Nutribullet is most ingenious. It can also be adjusted to heat the blended juice for soups and sauces you wish to use with meals. The RX comes with 2 containers a 30-oz and a 45-oz both can be used with the Nutribullet, however, one is for single servings and the other for larger family servings.
How Much Do We Recommend Spending On A Blender?
When it comes to buying a home blender, the prices can vary from as low as $50 all the way in excess of $500. Whilst testing blenders we often see a correlation between the durability of the blender and the price, and also the power of the motor.
Durability is greatly affected by cheaper price points, often you will experience that the cheaper blenders tend to break very often and very easily and also come with a lackluster warranty, so you cannot get the blender replaced or fixed. Mid-range blenders priced around $200-$300 have some of the best durability and warranty but often lack the supreme power.
If you wish to get the best out of power and durability, the higher end blenders priced around $500 will give you the best of both. Featuring motors around 1700 watts, gives you the most power and can blend almost anything, whilst also coming with the best materials giving you a durable build. If at any time you were to experience issues with the higher end blenders, then the majority of the brands offer you a warranty for many years and will replace or repair any faulty machines.
What Should I Look For Before I Buy A Blender?
Blenders vary in power, accessories, motors, jug sizes, build sizes, durability and much more. So we have a list of features to look out for before buying a blender, to find the best blender to suit your desired needs.
Parts Safe For The Dishwasher
Our first feature is having parts of the blender that are safe for the dishwasher. Manually hand washing all the parts of a blender can be extremely tedious, as there are many difficult to reach places in and around the blender blades and jug. Using a dishwasher can save you time and make your life much easier, so it’s recommended you find a blender that is safe for use inside a dishwasher.
Speed settings are not available on every blender. Cheaper blenders tend to have only one, or two-speed settings available, whilst the higher end blenders have a whole variety of pulses, speed settings and other options to make sure that all your ingredients are blended together effectively. You should also check that the available speeds required to for example crush ice comes with your blender, otherwise, you could be left with a smoothie full of lumps.
When it comes to blending jugs you can receive a variety of sizes and materials they’re made from. Pricier blenders tend to come with BPA-free Tritan jugs which are strong, lightweight and look very similar to glass, however, they will not break or come with the other issues that class jugs do. Lower priced blenders tend to have plastic jugs, however, these will absorb odors and overtime can accumulate a very nasty smell. To avoid this we recommend washing plastic jugs right after use, however even when doing this for a long period of time, a smell will begin to accumulate and you will have to replace the jug or have smelly smoothies.
Ice Crushing Capabilities
Some blenders come with ice crushing settings, however, they must have specifically designed blades to be able to do this without blunting the blades. If you attempt to crush the ice with a blender that does not specify ice crushing, then often your blades will become blunt over time and you will have to replace the blades or the entire blender.
Blending power varies from blender to blender. High-end blenders come with around 1500-1700 watts of blending power and a 3 horsepower motor, which can take care of almost any blending job. Lower end blenders have around 300-500 watts of power, which can only take care of soft fruits and vegetables and will most likely struggle when crushing ice or other harder ingredients.
Some blenders will arrive with a soup maker feature. This feature will have a heating element at the bottom of the blending jug and will simultaneously heat your blended ingredients so you can create a soup quickly and easily.
Overall we recommend you ask yourself 4 key questions. What’s my total budget? What power requirement does the blender need to have? How much space in my kitchen do I have for storing the blender? Is this blender for me, or for other members of my household too? With these questions, you should be able to figure out the base type of which blender you require and then you can dwell on the smaller features after. You can find choosing the Best Juice Machine is not an easy thing. There are many things to consider.
In the blender world, we believe there are 3 different types of blenders.
The Fancy Blender
Fancy blenders are usually the ones made by well-respected brands and come with a ton of features, most of which you have no clue what they do, only that it’s a cool feature. Brands such as Vitamix which are very well respected in the blending industry tend to make blenders like this. Very powerful, tons of features and high quality build. Blenders that are in the “fancy” category are intended for those of us that want a high-quality product from a respected brand and when our friends visit, you know they will be left wanting to buy one too after seeing it in action.
The majority of the “fancy blenders” fall in the $350 to $600 price range. Brands such as Blendtec and Vitamix focus on these high-quality machines. To save money on these high-end brands, we recommend checking out some refurbished versions of these blenders, often times cutting the price in half or even a third of the MSRP.
The Mid Range Blender
Somewhere in the middle lies the mid-range blenders. Not too fancy, yet not a cheap piece of plastic, the mid-range is very effective for getting the job done, whilst saving you your bank balance. Brands such as Breville, Cuisinart, Omega and more will provide these blenders. Often times built to a similar quality as the fancy blenders, but lacking in extra features and aesthetics the mid-range blenders are perfect for the modern-day family, whilst on a budget.
The Budget Blenders
Although we try to avoid featuring any budget blenders, many do exist. Budget blenders tend to break easily, be made from cheap plastic and have many design and manufacturing faults, hence the lack of reviews on our site for them. Budget blenders are excellent though for short term use and those of us traveling around and need a way to blend up our fruits and vegetables without breaking the bank. We highly recommend you do not go for budget blenders unless you are really stuck for cash or understand that you will be buying a new blender every so often due to a very low-quality build.