Blenders for smoothies: powerful and versatile

Vitamix Professional Series 750

You get what you pay for. And if you're willing to pay for a Vitamix 750, you'll get the best smoothie-making blender on the market. It's powerful, robust and can obliterate frozen fruits and fibrous vegetables in seconds, leaving you with delicious silky-smooth beverages.

The clean-up time is kept to a minimum with the ‘self-cleaning’ function, while the build quality will ensure you’re blending smoothies for years to come.

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Ninja BL480 Nutri Ninja

When high-end appliances are financially out of reach, you need to find a product that fits your budget and offers a quality that represents excellent value for money.

The Nutri Ninja Auto IQ BL480 is an affordable and well-made blender. With its powerful motor, it can crush ice and frozen fruit in seconds, which is essential for making a delicious smoothie.

Over the last decade, the general population has started to take their health more seriously, and as a result, the popularity of smoothies has skyrocketed. Smoothie bars have popped up in every city, and most supermarkets and grocery stores stock bottled smoothies. However, if you enjoy starting your day with a fresh, healthy beverage, it might worth investing in a blender to make you own.

But before you spend (potentially) hundreds of dollars, you need to make sure you’re buying the right appliance. Your new blender needs to be powerful enough to obliterate ice, pulverize frozen fruit and break down fibrous vegetables to a molecular level.

Robust blades are essential to making sure you’re not left with chunks and leaves in your drink. Nobody wants to be left with a gritty texture in their beverage. They’re called ‘smoothies’ for a reason.

Here’s a list of our six favorite blenders that covers all sizes and price points.

1. Vitamix Professional Series 750

Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender, Professional-Grade, 64 oz. Low-Profile Container, Black,...
  • Automated Blending: Five pre-programmed settings ensure simple cleaning, walk-away convenience, and consistent results for smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, and purée recipes.
  • You're in Control: Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe;Cord: 6 ft
  • Low-Profile 64-ounce Container: Perfect for family meals and entertaining, while fitting comfortably under most kitchen cabinets. Electrical Ratings - 120 V, 50-60 Hz, 12 Amps


  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 17.25 x 8.5 inches
  • Jar Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 13lbs
  • Capacity: 64oz
  • Available Colors: Black – Pearl Grey
  • Self-Cleaning: Yes
  • Wattage: 1380W
  • Number of Speeds: 10-Speed

Things To Love

  • Unrivaled Performance: To be named ‘Best Smoothie Blender,’ this appliance has to make the best smoothies, and it beats all the competition in this area. The powerful motor and top quality-blades make swift work of even the toughest ingredients, reducing frozen fruit and leafy greens to their lowest molecular density.
  • Durability: Vitamix is one of the best blender brands in the business for good reason. Not only is the performance of their appliances of the highest standard, but these blenders are built to last.
  • Variable Speed Control: With a ten-speed motor, the Vitamix 750 gives you complete control of your blending. Starting slow and gradually building up the blade-speed will result in a wonderfully smooth beverage. There is also a pulse feature to give your ingredients a timely blast whenever you see fit.
  • Automated Blending: The five pre-programmed settings enables you to perform other kitchen-related tasks while the Vitamix 750 takes care of business.
  • Self-Cleaning: While there are other models on the market with the same feature, this model does it better than most. With a little dish soap and warm water, the self-cleaning cycle will blast the 64oz pitcher clean with minimal fuss.

What’s Not To Like?

  • High Price Point: If you want a high-end appliance, you’re going to have to pay high-end prices. While they are worth the money, these blenders are certainly not in everyone’s budget.

Final Remarks

The Vitamix 750 is the pinnacle of smoothie blending. It is built with the highest quality components that can pulverize ingredients in seconds. Yes, it is costly, but if you plan on making smoothies every day, you’re going to need something durable and practical.

Overall Score: 18.5/20

2. Nutri Ninja Auto IQ BL480

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Ninja BL480D Nutri 1000 Watt Auto-IQ Base for Juices, Shakes & Smoothies Personal Blender, 18 and 24...
  • Auto IQ technology optimizes ninja: Pro extractor blades and power to deliver powerful nutrient and vitamin extraction
  • Powerful nutrient and vitamin extraction provides great tasting, nutritious beverages
  • 1000 watt motor has the power to crush through whole fruits, vegetables and ice in seconds


  • Dimensions: 15.5 x 6 x 6 inches
  • Jar Material: Tritan
  • Appliance Weight: 5.6lbs
  • Capacity: 24oz
  • Available Colors: Black/Silver
  • Self-Cleaning: No
  • Wattage: 1000W
  • Number of Speeds: 3

Things To Love

  • Affordable: While not the cheapest model on our list, the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ is very affordable, especially when you consider the quality of the smoothie it can produce. OK, it’s not as good as the Vitamix 750, but as it’s more than five times cheaper, that’s to be expected.
  • Auto IQ Technology: The two pre-set programs will select the precise time and paused pulses needed to perfectly blend your smoothie, while the LCD shows how long is left in the cycle.
  • ‘Nutrient Extraction’: While this is just a clever marketing term, the robust blades and high wattage means the Nutri Ninja can transform whole fruits and vegetables into tasty smoothies without the need to remove cores, stems, pips, and seeds.
  • Convenience: As this blender is a single-serve, you simply blend your ingredients in the pitcher, fit a “spout lid,” and away you go.

What’s Not To Like?

  • It’s Loud: While all blenders are relatively loud, especially when pulverizing solid ingredients like ice and frozen fruits, the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ seems unusually noisy.

Final Remarks

This Ninja product is ideal for making smoothies. It has a small footprint, single-serve containers with “to go” lids, and the 1000W motor deals with most blending jobs with ease. It’s super affordable, making the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ BL480 the best value for money smoothie maker on the market.

Overall Score: 14.5/20

3. KitchenAid K400

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KitchenAid KSB4027CU K400 Countertop Blender, 56 OZ, Contour Silver
  • Unique asymmetric blade that blends at four distinct angles to pull contents into the blade. Working with the 1. 5 peak HP motor, the blade creates a powerful blending vortex to power through the toughest ingredients. Laboratory Measurement of peak horsepower output of motor.
  • 3 preset recipe programs: ice crush, icy drinks & smoothie and 5-speed variable speed dial
  • Soft start feature starts the motor at a slower speed to pull food into the blade, then quickly increases to the selected speed setting to avoid splatter


  • Dimensions: 9.02 x 7.59 x 15.80 inches
  • Jar Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 12lbs
  • Capacity: 56oz
  • Available Colors: Matte Black, White, Passion Red, Contour Silver, Blue Velvet
  • Self-Cleaning: No
  • Wattage: 1200W
  • Number of Speeds: 5

Things To Love

  • Smoothie Setting: When you’re looking for a blender that makes excellent smoothies, consider an appliance with a specialized smoothie setting. It’s helped by the KitchenAid K400’s uniquely asymmetrical blade, which they claim creates a powerful vortex to pull the ingredients towards the blades.
  • ‘Soft Start’: Rather than just powering through at the highest speed, the ‘soft start’ feature gradually increases speed for a more consistent blend and less mess.
  • ‘Intelli-Speed’ Control: This feature will sense the ingredients in your container and adjust and maintain the appropriate speed for optimal blending.
  • Stylish & Simple: The KitchenAid K400 has the kind of stylish retro appearance that we love. It has a simple dial for speed control to complete the elegant look.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Discolored Pitcher: You’ll often hear the complaint about modern blenders using plastic containers instead of glass ones. The jar that comes with this model is plastic and can look a little cloudy after continued use. 
  • Very Noisy: Much like the Nutri Ninja, this appliance is ridiculously loud.

Final Remarks

This stylish countertop blender has smoothies ingrained into its DNA with a specialist smoothie setting and unique speed control systems. While it isn’t the best blender on our list, this mid-range appliance is one to consider for your daily blending needs.

Overall Score: 15/20

4. NutriBullet Pro

NutriBullet Pro - 13-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System with Hardcover Recipe Book Included (900...
  • With 900 watts of power, the Pro is faster and stronger than the original, but just as simple to use. Load it up with dense whole foods like nuts, seeds, hard fruits, and kale, then push, twist and blend your way to a healthier lifestyle.
  • Optimized 900-watt motor and refined nutrient extraction blades blend The toughest whole foods into nutritious shakes, smoothies, and nut butters.
  • Included: (1) 900W motor base, (1) Extractor blade, (2) 32 oz. Cup, (2) to-go lid, (2) lip ring, (2) lip ring with handle and recipe book


  • Dimensions: 12.01 x 7.72 x 15.94 inches
  • Jar Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 4.7lbs
  • Capacity: 32oz
  • Available Colors: Berry – Champagne – Clover – Cobalt – Coral – Onyx – Rose Gold – Silver – Sky – Violet – White 
  • Self-Cleaning: No
  • Wattage: 900W
  • Number of Speeds: 1

Things To Love

  • It’s Accessible: For such a quality blender, the NutriBullet has a reasonable price point that makes it accessible for people on tighter budgets who want to get into smoothies and blending in general. 
  • Simplicity: Too often, technology can get bogged down with confusing gizmos and gadgets, but the NutriBullet is one of the most straightforward appliances ever.  
  • Color Options: There isn’t a kitchen in the land whose décor you couldn’t match with the eleven various color options that come with this blender. They all look classy too.
  • Accessories: The NutriBullet comes with a range of accessories for the cups and containers to make ‘smoothies on the go’ quick and easy.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Only One Speed: A variety in speed helps with a more consistent blend and improves versatility, but with the NutriBullet it’s just all or nothing.
  • Leaky Lid: It’s not unknown for the container lids on the NutriBullet to spring minor leaks. Nothing too drastic but enough to be a minor annoyance.

Final Remarks

This single-serve appliance is a smoothie icon, and one of the best-selling small blenders around, and with good reason. It’s super affordable, simple to use, and pulverizes ingredients like a beast. Did we mention the massive array of colors available for the NutriBullet?

Overall Score: 14/20

5. Vitamix 5200

Vitamix 5200 Blender Professional-Grade, Self-Cleaning 64 oz Container, Black - 001372
  • Variable Speed Control: Easily adjust speed to achieve a variety of textures. The dial can be rotated at any point during the blend, so you’re in complete control
  • Large Batches: The size and shape of the self-cleaning 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches. Design Feature : Radial cooling fan and thermal protection system
  • Hot Soup: The blades in the Vitamix container reach speeds fast enough to create friction heat, bringing cold ingredients to steaming hot in about six minutes


  • Dimensions: 8.75 x 7.25 x 20.5 inches
  • Jar Material: Tritan
  • Appliance Weight: 10.56lbs
  • Capacity: 64oz
  • Available Colors: Black – Red – White
  • Self-Cleaning: Yes
  • Wattage: 1380W
  • Number of Speeds: 10

Things To Love

  • Vitamix Quality: As with any Vitamix blender, you’re guaranteed a superb performance. While the 5200 is one of the best smoothie blenders on the market, it is capable of so much more.
  • Large Capacity: With the joint highest capacity on our list, this appliance has tons of space for making vast amounts of smoothies. Whether it’s for you and your family or just batch-blending ahead of time, the 64oz pitcher will cater to your needs. 
  • Specially Designed Temper: This simple tool should come equipped on more blenders. It helps enormously in manipulating your ingredients towards the blades without having to switch the appliance off.
  • Easy To Clean: It’s not just the self-cleaning mode that makes this model easy to clean, the overall design means you can clean up your mess in minutes with minimal fuss.

What’s Not To Like?

  • It Costs a Lot: You’ll find this con at the top of any Vitamix list because they’re just so expensive, that’s not to say they aren’t worth the money, it’s just the high price point is way beyond many peoples budget.

Final Remarks

There’s not much you can say about the Vitamix 5200 that hasn’t already been said about every Vitamix appliance. They are the very best blenders on the market, and they have a price tag to reflect that. But if you have the disposable funds and want a perfect smoothie every time, you can’t go far wrong with the 5200.

Overall Score: 15.5/20

6. Oster My Blend

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Oster BLSTPB-WBL My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle, Light Powder Blue
  • Blend your favorite smoothie or shake right in the sport bottle
  • Dishwasher safe 20 ounce BPA free plastic sport bottle
  • Crush ice with 400 watts of power, 250 blending watts. One touch blending action


  • Dimensions: 6.9 x 6.7 x 14.9 inches
  • Jar Material: Plastic
  • Appliance Weight: 1lb
  • Capacity: 20oz
  • Available Colors: Blue/White – Green – Orange – Pink – Red
  • Self-Cleaning: No
  • Wattage: 250W
  • Number of Speeds: 1

Things To Love

  • Cheapest Smoothie Blender: The Oster My Blend is by far and away the cheapest blender on sale, making them accessible for those even on the tightest of budgets.
  • Sports Bottle Container: People looking to improve their health often partake in a smoothie or two and maybe even hit the gym. The sports bottle style container is perfect for people who are on the go.
  • Compact & Convenient: If you’re struggling for kitchen space, this blender has the smallest footprint of all the blenders on our list. It’s super light too for ease of storage.
  • Perfect Entry-Level Blender: If you’ve never tried blending or smoothies before, you don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on a blender only to find out it’s not for you. Give it a try with minimal risk and buy the Oster My Blend.

What’s Not To Like?

  • Not the Smoothest: Let’s face it, this super cheap blender is not going to make smoothies without leaving a chunk or two. You can either give it an extra 60-second blend or just chow down.
  • Poor Longevity: The Oster My Blend is a fantastic little blender for the money, but it’s not going to last as long as a Vitamix or a Blendtec.

Final Remarks

This cheap and cheerful blender can give you a gentle introduction into the world of smoothies. It’s not going to provide you with the smoothest of blends, but it won’t break the bank. 

It’s small and convenient and can help get you started on the road to good health.

Overall Score: 12.5/20

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