Finding the best blender for the money can be a little tricky, especially if you're on a tight budget. Luckily, there are affordable blenders out there that provide good overall value for their price. While they tend to be very simple in design, some can still produce a smooth blend, depending on your needs. Whether you're looking to make smoothies to take with you on the go or silky soups for your family dinner, these blenders can offer you a decent bang for your buck.
We've tested over 80 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best affordable blenders you can buy. If you have a bit more room in your budget, you may also want to check out our list of the best blenders under $100. Also, see our recommendations for the best personal blenders and the best blenders.
The best blender in the budget range we've tested is the KitchenAid K150. This full-size blender has a relatively small, lightweight design, so it's a good choice for cramped kitchens. It's very well-built and isn't very noisy when it's running. The 48-ounce main jar is on the small side but has a very versatile performance. It can make smooth broccoli soup and silky smoothies with tough ingredients like kale and frozen fruit. Even though it doesn't come with a personal jar, it's easy to use for single-serve recipes. You can blend hot ingredients for soup or sauce directly from the pan, and the 2-part lid makes it simple to add ingredients mid-blend.
It doesn't come with a tamper, so if you want to stir your ingredients, you have to stop the blender and remove the lid. That makes it a bit less convenient for thicker mixtures, but it can still make smooth nut butter or hummus without a huge amount of effort. There are only three speed settings, and while that isn't much of an issue if you're making smoothies or pureed soup, you might want more control to avoid over-blending something like salsa. It's decently easy to clean by hand, and you can put the jar and lid in the dishwasher.
If you don't rely on your blender daily and want a cheaper option, you may prefer the Oster Pro 1200. This full-size blender is usually available for well under $100. While it's not nearly as well-built as the KitchenAid K150, it offers versatile performance and a few nice extra features. The 48-ounce main jar is made of glass, which you may find is less prone to scratches and discoloration than plastic. There's also a 24-ounce plastic personal jar meant for single-serve smoothies. Βoth the main and additional jars are well-suited for processing fibrous ingredients like kale, which helps make it one of the best cheap blenders for smoothies we've tested. Since the main jar can hot blend, you can add ingredients straight from the pot or pan when you're making pureed soup or sauce.
It's also suitable for processing hard ingredients like nuts, although it's not the easiest or fastest blender for recipes like nut butter. It's also a bit limited in terms of ice crushing since the 48-ounce jar is only intended to handle six ice cubes at once. Its mediocre build quality makes it less suitable for frequent ice crushing too.
If you like to blend frozen drinks like margaritas and need a big pitcher to serve a crowd, you might prefer the Ninja Professional Βlender 1000. This blender has a much better build quality than the Oster Pro 1200, which is worth considering if you do a lot of ice crushing. Like most of the full-size Ninja blenders we've tested, it takes practically no time to turn ice cubes into snow-like crushed ice, so it's a great choice for blended cocktails, slushies, and desserts like snow cones. Its 72-ounce capacity is helpful if you're making drinks for a party, and the lid has a spout so you can pour drinks without spilling any.
The tradeoff is that it's less versatile than the Oster and the KitchenAid K150—it can't hot blend and won't make as smooth a blend with tough ingredients like kale, which might be disappointing if you want to make smoothies or drinks with fibrous fruit like pineapple. Its extra-sharp blade design makes it hard to clean by hand, although all its components are dishwasher-safe. Like the other full-size blenders listed here, it has no automatic blending programs, so you have to start and stop the blender manually. If you like the ability to push a button and turn your attention to something else, you might prefer the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ. It's slightly more expensive but has a few programs, including 'Smoothie' and 'Ice Crushing'. Otherwise, it performs very similarly.
Smoothie drinkers looking for an inexpensive option may want to go for a personal blender. The Oster MyΒlend is much cheaper than the full-size options listed here, and if you don't need a large capacity jar or a very versatile machine, it's a good option for drinks like smoothies and protein shakes. It's decently well-built and comes with a bottle-shaped blending jar that gives it a sporty look. The lid has a loop so you can easily hang it from a backpack, and it's resealable, so you can sip your smoothie at the gym or on your way to work. It's meant for single-serve drinks and can smoothly blend fibrous fruits and vegetables.
However, compared to the Oster Pro 1200, it takes longer to blend stubborn elements like leafy greens and fruit skin. Even if you blend for a few minutes, it doesn't create as smooth a blend as the pricier full-size options listed here. That said, you might not mind as long as you're not expecting a perfectly smooth result or if your usual recipe just includes ice and protein powder or softer fruit like bananas. The blender isn't very loud when running, and the jar, lid, and blades are dishwasher-safe. If you don't have a dishwasher, cleaning it by hand is a bit annoying because you need a brush to reach the bottom of the jar.
If you're looking for a budget-friendly blender for your daily smoothie, you might prefer a battery-powered blender. The ΒlendJet 2 is a small, portable blender meant for mixing up protein shakes and smoothies when you're out and about, like at work or on a weekend trip. It's not too loud when running, so it won't be overly disruptive if you use it to whip up a smoothie during your lunch break. It makes okay smoothies, although your drink will have leafy bits or grains left over if you add fibrous ingredients like spinach or blueberries. It also does a decent job of crushing ice, so it's a good choice for powder-based protein shakes, simple smoothie recipes, and frozen drinks like slushies.
The lid for the jar has a built-in loop so you can hang it from your bag, and unlike most blenders that we've tested, it comes in many different colors and patterns to suit your style. It feels well-built despite its low price point and has a safety feature that prevents it from turning on accidentally when you toss it in your bag. No part of it is dishwasher-safe, but the jar's wide opening makes it easier to clean by hand than the Oster MyΒlend and many other portable blenders we've tested.
The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is the best budget immersion blender we've tested. You can use this inexpensive hand blender to blend hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan or make the occasional smoothie. Its whisk attachment helps with tasks like making whipped cream and homemade mayonnaise. Because of its immersion design, you can store it in a kitchen drawer. It's not the best at making a smooth puree from fibrous ingredients like kale, so depending on your recipe, it makes a somewhat grainy smoothie. That said, it can still produce a decently smooth broccoli soup, and it will have an easier time with softer ingredients like cooked carrots.
Like most immersion blenders, it's not easy to use to process hard ingredients like nuts. It can do a good job with thick recipes like nut butter or hummus if you don't mind the extra effort. It doesn't come with a jar for blending, which is a little inconvenient when you're not blending in a pot. If you're looking for a hand blender with a jar, the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender is another budget-friendly option and comes with a jar, a storage lid, and a pan guard to protect your non-stick cookware. However, it's not as well-built or easy to clean.
Oct 26, 2022: Added the Oster MyΒlend as the 'Best Budget Personal Blender', the KitchenAid K150 as the 'Best Budget Blender', and the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 as the 'Best Cheap Frozen Drink Blender'.
Sep 07, 2022: Restructured article and added the Oster Pro 1200 as the 'Best Cheap Blender' and the ΒELLA Rocket Βlender as the 'Best Cheap Combo Blender/Food Processor'.
Jun 03, 2022: Added the BlendJet 2 as the 'Best Cheap Portable Blender'. Moved the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 and the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender to Notable Mentions.
Apr 05, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.
Feb 04, 2022: Replaced the KitchenAid K150 with the Oster Pro 1200 as the 'Best Budget Blender' because of its cheaper price and versatile performance. Also replaced the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ with the Ninja Professional Βlender 1000 as the 'Ice Crushing Alternative' since it's less expensive and has a similar ice crushing performance.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best budget options 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 under $100. 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.