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 can make snow-like ice with an evenly-processed crush. These blenders are also some of the best blenders for frozen fruits and should also be able to break down frozen fruit and veggies into a cold, silky smoothie.
We've tested over 70 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 Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is the best full-size blender for frozen drinks that we've tested. This full-size model comes with a large, 72-ounce jar that you can use to make snow-like crushed ice in less than a minute. There's also a 'Frozen Drinks Smoothies' preset for making drinks like slushies and icy cocktails.
If you want to blend up single-serve frozen drinks, there are three differently-sized personal jars included. They each come with a to-go lid, and there are a few dedicated preset modes for the smaller jars. The blender is very easy to clean by hand after making something liquidy like a slushie, and the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, the main jar doesn't have a two-part lid to allow you to add ingredients to your recipe without stopping the machine. Still, its ability to crush ice and make silky smoothies help make it the best blender for frozen fruits that we've tested.
The Vitamix A3500 is the best frozen drink blender for professional use that we've tested. This full-size model is exceptionally well-built, which can help it withstand daily use. It has a dedicated program for frozen drinks, as well as for smoothies and frozen drinks.
It takes very little time to make snow-like crushed ice using the 'Frozen Drink' preset. The main jar has a 64-ounce capacity and comes with a two-part lid, so you can use the tamper to stir your recipe or add ingredients mid-blend. Its 10-year U.S. warranty is also much longer than the typical one-year warranty for blenders, although it depends on the seller and where you live.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have any personal jars for single-serve drinks, although you can purchase them separately from Vitamix. Otherwise, its fantastic build quality, ice-crushing performance, and convenient preset modes make it a great choice if you're looking for a frozen drink blender suitable for professional use.
The best personal blender for frozen drinks 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, meaning you can bring your drink to work or the gym. There's a 14-ounce jar with manually operated arms that 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. 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. When done using it, clean-up is easy, and a quick rinse with soap and water takes care of most messes. Also, the jars are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it's one of the loudest personal blenders we've tested, and while it's well-built overall, the plastic motor base feels a bit flimsy. Its timed modes and fantastic ice-crushing performance make it a great choice for making single-serve frozen drinks.
The Ninja Professional Βlender 1000 is the best blender for frozen fruits and drinks in the budget category that we've tested. This full-size blender has a well-built motor base and a main jar with a large 72-ounce capacity. It's a superb ice crusher since it easily and quickly crushes ice cubes into snow-like ice.
It does an adequate job of making smoothies with ingredients like raw greens and frozen fruit, which is nice if your typical frozen drink recipe includes fruits. The jar's lid has a pouring spout, so you can easily serve what you made. The jar is easy to clean by hand when you're done using it, and the jar, lid, and blades are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, some users have reported that the base of the jar breaks or cracks quite easily, so you may need to replace it if it gets bumped or dropped. Unlike many Ninja blenders, it doesn't come with any personal jars for making single-serves. If you want a budget-friendly blender that can crush ice for your favorite frozen drinks, it's worth considering.
The ΒlendJet 2 is the best cheap blender for frozen drinks that we've tested. This personal blender is battery-powered and has a compact design that makes it easy to toss in a bag or backpack. It's not suitable for crushing a lot of ice at once but does a decent job of making smaller batches of crushed ice for single-serve drinks.
It has a simple design, with one speed setting and a pulse mode. It comes in many different colors and patterns to suit your style, and the 16-ounce jar has a matching lid with a carrying strap. It makes okay smoothies with fibrous ingredients like kale and frozen fruit, but depending on your recipe, you may need to shake the jar. It's also fairly quiet when it's running.
Unfortunately, it doesn't make snow-like crushed ice, which you may want for slushies or frozen desserts like snow cones. It's not dishwasher-safe, but it's pretty easy to clean by hand since the jar is open on both ends once you unscrew the blade assembly. If you're looking for a cheap, compact blender that can crush ice, it's a good choice.
May 12, 2022: Checked that the picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.
Mar 14, 2022: Removed the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ as the 'Best Budget Blender For Frozen Drinks' because its price has gone up. Replaced it with the Ninja Professional Blender 1000.
Jan 12, 2022: Made the Vitamix A3500 the 'Βest Frozen Drink Βlender For Professional Use'. Removed the Βreville Βoss To Go Sport because it's currently out of stock. Removed the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro as a 'Cheaper Alternative' to the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ and added the ΒlendJet 2 as the 'Βest Cheap Βlender For Frozen Drinks'.
Nov 12, 2021: Made the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 the top pick because of its 'Frozen Drinks' preset and better-designed personal jars. Added the Βreville Βoss To Go Sport as the 'Βetter-Built Alternative' to the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. Also added the Ninja Professional Plus Βlender with Auto-iQ as the 'Best Budget Blender For Frozen Drinks' and made the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro the 'Cheaper Alternative'.
Sep 14, 2021: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available. There were no changes to recommendations.
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.