Whether you like ice slushies or margaritas, a blender that can crush ice into a fine texture is necessary for the perfect frozen drink. Although some blenders struggle with ice since it can get caught under the blades, others are capable of making snow-like ice with an evenly-processed crush. They should also be able to break down frozen fruit and veggies into a cold, silky smoothie.
We've tested over 55 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best blenders for frozen drinks. If you're looking for more blenders, check out our recommendations for the best blenders for crushing ice, the best blenders for smoothies, the best immersion blenders, and the best blenders.
The best full-size blender for frozen drinks that we've tested is the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. This very well-built blender has a main jar with a large, 72-ounce capacity. It has an 'Ice Crush' preset mode that you can use to make snow-like crushed ice in less than a minute, so it's well-suited for making frozen drinks like slushies.
There are also two 16-ounce personal jars included that you can use to make fantastic smoothies. They come with to-go lids, so you can easily bring your drink with you to work or the gym. It's a very easy blender to clean by hand, since running it with water and soap in the jar is enough to clean most messes, and you can also put the jars, lids, and blade assemblies in your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, it's not extremely versatile, since it can't safely blend hot ingredients and makes sub-par almond butter. That said, it comes with a food processing bowl, although we don't currently test it, and its outstanding ice crushing performance helps make it one of the best blenders we've tested.
If you want a sturdier blender more appropriate for professional use, you may prefer the Vitamix A3500. It doesn't come with any personal jars, and its main pitcher has a smaller capacity than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770's, but it has a much better build quality. Its transmission gears are made of metal, and it's equipped with a speed dial, so you can fine-tune the blending speed. There's a two-part lid for the main jar, so you can use the tamper or add ingredients without stopping the machine. This model is well-suited for making frozen drinks since it makes snow-like crushed ice in less than a minute as well as great smoothies. You can also use it to hot blend and make incredible almond butter, so it's quite versatile.
If you're looking for a blender to use mainly for ice crushing or that's better suited for making single-serve frozen drinks, go for the Ninja. Try the Vitamix instead if you want a more versatile, sturdy blender.
The best personal blender for frozen drinks that we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. It comes with a pair of 24-ounce personal jars and matching to-go lids, so you can bring your drink with you to work or the gym. There's also a 14-ounce jar equipped with manually operated arms that work to push food towards the blades for a smoother blend.
It has buttons that act as timers, so you don't need to worry about how long to run it for. It takes roughly two minutes to crush ice into a snow-like consistency, and it makes a fantastic, silky smoothie in any of the jars. It can even make smooth, spreadable almond butter. When you're done using it, clean-up is easy since a quick rinse with soap and water takes care of most messes, and the jars are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it's one of the loudest personal blenders that we've tested, and while it's well-built overall, its plastic motor base feels a bit flimsy. That said, its ability to crush ice and produce silky smoothies makes it one of the best blenders for frozen fruit. It's also one of the best blenders we've tested.
The Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro is the best blender for frozen drinks that we've tested in the budget category. This affordable personal blender makes fantastic, snow-like crushed ice in just a few minutes. It's decently well-built and has a simple design, with one speed setting.
It comes with a 24-ounce jar, an 18-ounce jar, and a 12-ounce jar, plus matching to-go lids, so it's great for making single-serves of your favorite frozen drinks. You can use the 12-ounce jar to make a good, silky, somewhat grainy smoothie. When you're done using it, it's easy to clean since all of the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it struggles a bit to fully incorporate fibrous ingredients like kale into smoothies. Also, it's not intended for blending hot ingredients and makes dry almond butter. That said, if you're looking for a blender that can crush ice for frozen drinks and don't want to spend too much, it's worth considering.
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Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best blenders for frozen drinks for most people in each price range. We factor in the price (a cheaper blender wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no blenders that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).
If you would like to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our reviews for blenders, sorted by their performance crushing ice. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no blender is perfect, most blenders are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you look for them.