Trying to find 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 are still capable of producing 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 55 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best cheap blenders you can buy. See also our recommendations for the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders for crushing ice.
The best cheap personal blender that we've tested is the Magic Bullet Mini. It's small, compact, and won't take up very much room on your kitchen counter or in a cupboard. The 13-ounce main jar comes with a lip ring and to-go lid so you can drink directly from it or take it with you on the go.
It has a simple, easy-to-use design and makes a good, uniformly-textured smoothie in less than two minutes. While you may need to shake the jar to make sure all the ingredients are incorporated, it does a good job of processing fibrous greens like kale. It's easy to clean if you've been working with liquid ingredients since a quick rinse with water takes care of most debris. There's also an eight-ounce additional jar, which is a bit small for smoothies, but it's a good size for whipping up dips and dressings.
Unfortunately, it's not a very versatile blender since it can't hot blend or crush ice. It takes more than 10 minutes to make poor, sticky almond butter, so it's not well-suited for that purpose. That said, if you want something cheap and compact to use for your morning smoothie, it's a solid choice.
The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is the best cheap immersion blender that we've tested. This affordable model has a decent build quality and a variable speed dial that allows you to fine-tune the blending speed. It comes with a whisk attachment that's advertised for making foods like whipped cream, although we don't test it currently.
You can use it to blend hot ingredients like cooked vegetables for soups, sauces, and purees. It can incorporate raw kale into a good, well-blended smoothie. You can also use it to make passable almond butter and crushed ice with an okay texture. When you're working with liquid ingredients, it's very easy to clean with a quick rinse.
Unfortunately, it's not dishwasher-safe and doesn't come with a jar or beaker you can use for blending. Also, if you use it to crush ice, the ice tends to build up under the blades, especially if you make multiple batches. That said, it's a great choice for making soups and is even one of the best blenders we've tested.
If you want a cheap immersion blender but prefer something even easier to clean, try the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender. It's not as well-built as the NutriBullet Immersion Blender, but it's easier to clean, since a quick blend with soap and water is enough to take care of most messes, even when you're working with sticky ingredients. It does an adequate job of making almond butter and can produce crushed ice with an okay texture. There are buttons on the handle for two speed settings, and it also comes with a 20-ounce beaker with a pouring spout that you can use for blending. Unfortunately, it struggles to fully process raw kale and makes a disappointing smoothie.
If you want something that makes better smoothies or has a better build quality, go for the NutriBullet. Consider the Cuisinart if your priority is a blender that's extremely easy to clean.
The best budget blender that we've tested is the KitchenAid K150. This full-size blender has an impressive build quality and comes with a 48-ounce jar with a two-part lid, so you can add ingredients mid-blend. There's a speed dial with three settings and a dedicated ice/crush mode.
It makes bar-quality crushed ice in a few minutes using its ice crush mode. You can use it to make alright smoothies, great almond butter, and to blend hot ingredients like cooked vegetables for soups, sauces, and purees. It's easy to clean if you're working with liquid ingredients, since running it with soap and water is enough to take care of the residue.
Unfortunately, it's more difficult to clean when you're working with sticky ingredients like almond butter, and the angle of the blades can make them a bit hard to clean with a sponge. That said, if you're looking for a multi-purpose blender, this is a solid option at an affordable price.
Jun 29, 2021: Replaced the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ with the KitchenAid K150 as the 'Best Budget Blender' and the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender with the NutriBullet Immersion Blender as the 'Best Cheap Immersion Blender'. Added the KitchenAid to Notable Mentions.
Apr 30, 2021: Updated text and checked picks for availability. No changes were made to recommendations.
Mar 03, 2021: Replaced the Cuisinart Smart Stick Two-Speed Hand Blender with the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender as 'Best Cheap Immersion Blender', and added the Cuisinart as an 'Easier-to-Clean Alt'. Added the Braun MultiQuick 5 and the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Multi-Function to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best cheap 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 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.