Although blenders are often associated with smoothie making, they're versatile and handy tools in any chef's kitchen. An immersion blender, for example, is extremely well-suited for blending hot food directly in your pot to make soup. In comparison, a personal blender can be a good choice for those looking to take their single-serve blends with them on the go. Finally, full-size blenders can hold much more food than other types of blenders, so they're generally more suitable for large families or professional use. Some blenders even come with additional attachments like a food processor, which allows you to make coarser chopped food like salsa or to knead bread dough.
We've tested over 50 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best blenders you can buy. See also our recommendations for the best personal blenders, the best immersion blenders, and the best blenders under $100.
The Vitamix A2500 is the best full-size blender that we've tested. This exceptionally well-built blender comes with a main jar that has a large, 64-ounce capacity. It has a 10-speed dial and is even Bluetooth compatible, so it works with a companion app that offers additional preset modes, like 'Spice Grind' and 'Baby Food'.
It works very well for a variety of uses, as it makes snow-like crushed ice, incredible almond butter, and great smoothies. You can also use it to blend hot ingredients into soups and sauces. The two-part lid allows you to use the tamper or add ingredients without stopping the blender. When you're done using it, it's very easy to clean since most messes are easily rinsed away with soap and water. There's also a self-cleaning cycle.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come with any personal jars, so it's not the best choice if you want to make single-serves of your favorite drinks. You may also need to use the included tamper to push down some ingredients, like leafy greens, to make sure everything gets properly blended. That said, it delivers an incredibly versatile performance, and it's a great choice if you're looking for a multi-purpose blender.
If you're looking for a full-size blender that also comes with personal jars, you may want the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 instead. It's not as versatile as the Vitamix A2500 since it can't be used for hot blending, but it comes with some extra jars and attachments. In addition to the 72-ounce main jar, there are two 16-ounce personal jars with matching to-go lids. There's also a 64-ounce food processor bowl that you can use with the included chopping blade or dough blade, although we don't currently test it. You can use the personal jars to make incredible smoothies and the main jar to make great almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. Unfortunately, it's not as well-built as the Vitamix and isn't ideal for making bigger batches of smoothies since it produces a foamy smoothie in the main jar.
If you want a blender that can blend hot ingredients, go for the Vitamix, but consider the Ninja instead if you want a full-size model that also comes with personal jars.
The best personal blender that we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. It's well-built and comes with two 24-ounce jars with matching to-go lids, so you can easily take your drink with you to work or the gym. There's also a 14-ounce 'Power Nutri Bowl' included with rotating arms inside of it that work to push food towards the blades.
It has a few different modes that act as timers, and you can also set it to blend continuously. You can use any of the jars to make an outstanding, silky smoothie in less than a minute. It can also crush ice into a snow-like consistency and make smooth, spreadable almond butter. When you're done using it, it's easy to clean by hand, and you can also put the jars, lids, and blades in your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, like many personal blenders, you can't blend hot ingredients. Also, it only has one speed setting, and it's one of the loudest models we've tested. Otherwise, it's a versatile option and a great choice for mixing up single serves of your favorite smoothies or frozen drinks.
The best immersion blender that we've tested is the Bamix Mono M133. This handheld option is a very good choice for making soups, as it's capable of blending hot ingredients. Overall, it has an amazing build quality, and it comes with two different speed settings to help you get the best possible blend.
It has a decently versatile overall performance that makes it a suitable addition to your kitchen tools. It's good for crushing ice, too, as it makes bar-quality ice in a few minutes, which is suitable for making frozen drinks on a hot day. When you're finished blending, clean-up is easy, and soapy water can remove most stuck-on debris.
Unfortunately, it can struggle to fully process fibrous ingredients like kale, resulting in a foamy and leafy smoothie. Its blades also aren't dishwasher-safe, which can be disappointing for users who want an easier clean-up. That said, if you like blending stewed ingredients for soups and sauces directly in a pot, it's a solid choice.
The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is the best budget blender that we've tested. This well-built full-size option comes with a 72-ounce main jar suitable for making large batches of your favorite foods.
It has a fairly versatile overall performance. It's outstanding for crushing ice, as it makes a snow-like blend in less than a minute using its 'Ice Crush' preset. Its 'Smoothie' preset makes a fair smoothie, but the texture is a bit foamy and grainy as leafy ingredients like kale aren't fully incorporated into the mix. That said, it's very easy to clean by hand, and you can even wash its main jar and blades in your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, you can't use it to mix hot ingredients, so it isn't suitable for making soups. Also, it really struggles to make almond butter, resulting in dry butter that's difficult to spread. However, if you're on a budget, this well-built option is still a pretty versatile choice.
Apr 16, 2021: Checked picks to ensure we're still recommending the best products and that they're in stock.
Mar 19, 2021: Replaced the Braun MultiQuick 9 with the Bamix Mono M133 as 'Best Immersion Blender' now that the Bamix is back in stock. Added the Breville Boss To Go Sport and the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender as Notable Mentions.
Feb 19, 2021: Replaced the Bamix Mono M133 with the Braun MultiQuick 9 as the 'Best Immersion Blender' because the Bamix is hard to find in stock. Checked other picks to make sure we're still recommending the best products and that they're in stock.
Jan 20, 2021: Verified that we're still recommending the best products for our users and that they're in stock.
Oct 28, 2020: Replaced the Breville Boss To Go Sport with the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO as 'Best Personal Blender'.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best blenders for most people. We factor in the price, feedback from our visitors, and availability.
If you'd like to do the work of choosing yourself, here's the list of all our blender reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no blender is perfect for every use, most are good enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you really look for them.