If you like to make frozen drinks and slushies on a hot day, you'll want a blender that can crush ice. However, not all models are capable of blending ice cubes, as ice can sometimes get stuck on the blades, preventing the cubes from breaking down. For a pleasant and tasty drink, most users want a consistent, snow-like blend without any uneven chunks or clumps left behind in the mix.
We've tested over 55 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best blenders for ice crushing you can buy. See also our recommendations for the best blenders for frozen drinks, the best blenders, the best Ninja blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies.
The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is the best full-size blender for ice crushing that we've tested. It's impressively well-built and its main jar has a large, 72-ounce capacity. It has buttons for four different preset modes, including a 'Crush' preset that you can use to make snow-like crushed ice in less than a minute.
It also makes very smooth, spreadable almond butter and comes with a pair of 16-ounce personal jars with to-go lids that you can use to make fantastic smoothies. There's also a food processor attachment, although we don't test it currently. When you're done using it, it's very easy to clean by running it with soap and water, and the jars and blade assembly are also dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, this blender can't be used for hot blending, so it's not ideal for making soups and sauces. It doesn't have very many speed settings, and its main jar is just okay for making smoothies. Otherwise, it's fantastic for ice crushing and delivers solid overall performance that puts it among the best blenders we've tested.
If you want a good ice-crushing blender with a more versatile performance, consider the Vitamix A3500. Unlike the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770, it doesn't come with any extra jars or attachments, but it has a better build quality, and you can use it to blend hot ingredients for soups, sauces, and purees. There are controls for a few preset modes, including a 'Frozen Drink' preset that makes snow-like crushed ice in less than a minute. It also produces great smoothies and smooth, spreadable almond butter. It's very easy to clean with soap and water, and the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher-safe.
If you want an ice-crushing blender that comes with personal jars, try the Ninja, but go for the Vitamix if you want a model that can also blend hot ingredients.
The best personal blender for ice crushing that we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. This model comes with two 24-ounce jars and a 14-ounce jar, each with a matching to-go lid, so it's great for making single-serve frozen beverages. It makes crushed ice with a snow-like consistency in roughly two minutes.
You can use any of the jars to make an incredible, silky smoothie. The 14-ounce jar has manually operated rotating arms inside of it that work to push ingredients from the sides of the jar towards the blades. You can use it to make superb, spreadable almond butter. It's also very easy to wash since you can put the jars, lids, and blade assemblies on the top rack of your dishwasher.
However, it doesn't have the best build quality since the motor base is made of plastic that feels thin and not very premium. It only has one speed setting since its different modes act as timers. That said, it's a great choice if you're looking for something that can crush ice in small batches. It's even one of the best blenders for frozen drinks that we've tested.
The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is the best blender for ice crushing that we've tested in the budget category. This full-size model can make snow-like crushed ice in roughly 30 seconds with its 'Ice Crush' preset mode. It comes with a large, 72-ounce main jar, so you can use it for big batches of your favorite frozen drinks.
It has an impressive, sturdy build quality and fairly simple controls. There are 'Smoothie' and 'Ice Cream' presets and a few different speed settings, including a dedicated pulse mode. You can use it to make a good smoothie or protein shake. When you're done using it, clean-up is easy because its jar, lid, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe. It's easy to wash by hand as well, even if you've been working with sticky ingredients.
Unfortunately, it struggles to process almonds into a smooth, spreadable butter. It's also not great at processing fibrous greens like kale in smoothies. That said, if you need a blender that can crush ice and want something affordable, it's a great option.
Jul 06, 2021: Checked that picks still represent the best recommendations and that they're in stock.
May 07, 2021: No changes in product picks after verifying their accuracy and availability.
Mar 09, 2021: Verified that the best products are still being recommended and that they're available.
Jan 08, 2021: Minor updates to text with no changes to recommendations.
Dec 17, 2020: Added the Vitamix 5300 to Notable Mentions.
Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best blenders for ice crushing 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 for ice crushing. 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.