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 such as a food processor, which allows you to make coarser chopped food like salsa, or to knead bread dough.
We've tested over 25 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best blenders you can buy.
The Vitamix A2500 is the best full-size blender that we've tested. This outstandingly well-built model has a large 64-oz jar, which can process a lot of food in one go. It's also Bluetooth-compatible, so when you use its companion app, you can access even more preset modes.
It can make sticky almond butter and silky smoothies in about a few minutes. It can also make snow-like ice in under a minute. Since it has a speed dial, you can choose between ten different speed settings. There are also three preset modes, which are handy if you want to make a smoothie or hot soup without having to guess an appropriate speed. It's also very easy to clean as most of its parts are dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it doesn't automatically stop when finished, so you need to watch to know when to stop it. Ingredients can also cling to the side of the jar, but luckily it comes with a tamper, which can help push food back into the vortex. Overall, it offers versatile performance, making it one of the best blenders that we've tested.
If you're looking for a blender to make large quantities of your favorite foods, as well as make smaller-portioned food in jars that you can take with you on-the-go, consider the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. While it doesn't feel as well-built as the Vitamix A2500 and its speed controls are limited to a few presets, it comes with two 16-oz jars with to-go lids. It can make smooth almond butter and snow-like crushed ice, too. Its personal-sized additional jar can also make a smoothie with a better, silkier texture than when using its main one. This blender comes with a food processing attachment, which includes a chopping blade and a dough blade, so you can make coarser foods like salsa or knead bread. However, we don't currently test these accessories.
If you're looking for a well-built full-size blender and you don't need all the extra attachments or accessories, consider the Vitamix. However, if you want a full-size that can also make personal-sized blends, check out the Ninja.
The best personal blender that we've tested is the Breville Boss To Go Sport. This fairly compact option comes with one 23-ounce jar and a smaller, insulated 15-ounce jar for keeping your blends hot or cold. Its jars also come with two to-go lids, so you can take your smoothies or purees with you wherever you go.
In about a couple of minutes, the main jar makes outstanding smoothies with a silky feel. It doesn't have a problem with fibrous fruits and veggies like kale, and if you like to make nut butter, it can also make a sticky-textured almond butter that's easily spreadable. It can make bar-quality ice in about three minutes, which is good if you like to make mixed drinks. Using the blender is very easy, too, as it only has a single speed, and its jars, blade assembly, and lids are all dishwasher-safe, so clean up shouldn't take too long.
Unfortunately, due to its simple design, it doesn't have any extra features. While its smaller jar can hold hot food, this blender isn't recommended for hot blends, which is a bit disappointing. However, if you're looking for a small option to quickly make your morning smoothie or protein shake, it does a great job of making small-quantity blends.
The Bamix Mono M133 is the best immersion blender that we've tested. It can easily blend hot ingredients right in your dutch oven or pan. Clean-up is easy, too, since its blades can be submerged in soapy water for a quick clean.
While it's weakest when blending raw ingredients like kale and bananas for a smoothie or almonds into nut butter, it can take simmered foods like stewed tomatoes and turn them into a chunky soup. It also comes with a whisk and a beater attachment, which are handy if you want to make meringue or whipped cream. However, we don't currently test these attachments. Thanks to its small size, it can also be stored away in a kitchen drawer when not in use.
Unfortunately, although its blades can be removed to swap attachments, they aren't dishwasher-safe. It also struggles to fully process fibrous fruits and vegetables like kale, which can result in a leafy blend. While it isn't designed to be versatile, it can be a suitable choice if you make a lot of soups or whips.
The best budget blender that we've tested is the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. If you're shopping on a budget, this full-sized option has a large 72-oz jar perfect for serving several people at a time. It also has a robust build quality, which feels solid and durable.
It's well-built and comes with a few preset modes and speeds that make it simple to blend. It can make snow-like crushed ice in under a minute, which is great for slushy drinks. It's also outstandingly easy to clean as its jar, blade assembly, and lid are all dishwasher-safe. Although it's a bit bulky, it has a stowaway compartment for its power cable, which makes it a bit easier to store.
Unfortunately, it takes a bit of time to make almond butter and the result is a dry blend with a lot of unprocessed nuts. Its smoothie performance is better, but it also struggles to blend leafy or fibrous food like kale. It can't hot blend either, so you can't make soup. That said, if you're on a smaller budget, it does an alright job.
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.