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The 4 Best Blenders For Crushing Ice - Spring 2022 Reviews

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Best Blenders For Crushing Ice

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 can blend 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 70 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best ice crushing blenders you can buy. See our picks for the best blenders for frozen drinks, the best blenders, the best Ninja blenders, and the best blenders for smoothies.


  1. Best Blender For Ice Crushing

    The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is the best full-size blender for ice crushing that we've tested. This blender comes with a large, 72-ounce main pitcher. It has buttons for a few preset modes, including 'Crush', which you can use to make snow-like crushed ice for desserts and frozen drinks.

    Its motor base and gears are plastic, but it feels very sturdy and well-made. In addition to the main jar, it comes with a pair of 16-ounce jars and matching lids that you can use to make fantastic single-serve smoothies. The blender is easy to clean by hand, and all of its jars and lids are dishwasher-safe.

    Unfortunately, it doesn't offer many options for fine-tuning the blending speed. It's also quite bulky and tall, so it takes up quite a bit of space on your counter unless you have a spacious cupboard to store it in. Otherwise, it's a great option if you're looking for a blender for ice crushing.

    See our review

  2. Best Personal Blender For Ice Crushing

    The best personal blender for ice crushing that we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. This compact blender makes snow-like crushed ice in about two minutes. It comes with two 24-ounce jars with matching to-go lids, so it's a good choice for making single-serve frozen drinks. 

    It also makes fantastic, silky smoothies, so it should perform well for frozen drink recipes with ingredients like frozen strawberries. It also comes with a 14-ounce jar with rotating arms inside of it to help with processing thicker mixtures like smoothie bowls. The blender is very easy to clean by hand and you can put the jars, lids, and blade assembly on the top rack of your dishwasher.

    Unfortunately, it's not extremely well-built, since some parts of the plastic motor base feel thin and not very premium. Like most personal blenders, it only has one speed setting. That said, it has a few programs that act as timers so you don't need to stand next to it the whole time that it's running.

    See our review

  3. Βest Immersion Βlender For Ice Crushing

    The best immersion blender for ice crushing we've tested is the All-Clad KZ750DGT. This blender's stainless steel body and blending arm come apart, so you can easily store it in a kitchen drawer. Unlike many immersion blenders that we've tested, it does a good job of making crushed ice.

    It can process ice cubes into bar-quality ice quite quickly, so it's a solid choice for making small batches of ice for cocktails or frozen drinks like slushies. The blending arm isn't dishwasher-safe, but you can easily clean it by running the blender in a jar with soap and water for a few seconds, even if you're working with sticky ingredients.

    Unfortunately, the connection point between the motor body and blending arm feels flimsy, and the blender's build quality is disappointing. There's also no jar included that you can use for blending. Otherwise, if you're looking for a compact blender that can make ice for frozen drinks or process small batches of tough ingredients, it's one of the best immersion blenders we've tested.

    See our review

  4. Best Budget Blender For Ice Crushing

    The Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is the best blender for ice crushing that we've tested in the budget category. This well-built blender makes crushed ice in about 30 seconds using its 'Ice Crush' preset mode. The main jar has a 72-ounce capacity, so it's big enough for party-sized batches of crushed ice for cocktails or slushies.

    It has a few other preset programs, including 'Smoothie' and 'Ice Cream'. There are also buttons for a dedicated pulse mode and a few preset speeds. It can also make well-blended smoothies with ingredients like frozen fruit and greens like kale. It's easy to clean by hand and the jar, lid, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe. 

    Unfortunately, it struggles to completely liquefy kale, so it may not be ideal for making frozen drinks with fibrous fruit like pineapple. It also doesn't come with any personal jars, which you may want for single-serve drinks or small batches of crushed ice. That said, it's an affordable option for making snow-like crushed ice. 

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Ninja Smart Screen: The Ninja Smart Screen is outstanding at crushing ice, but it doesn't have as many features, and it isn't as versatile as the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. See our review
  • Vitamix 7500: The Vitamix 7500 is a more expensive, better-built alternative to the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770, but it doesn't have a dedicated crushed ice mode. See our review
  • Vitamix A2500: The Vitamix A2500 is incredible for crushing ice, but it isn't as well-built as the Vitamix A3500. See our review
  • Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ: The Ninja Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ is a personal blender that makes bar-quality ice in about two minutes. However, it's not as well-built as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. See our review
  • Vitamix 5300: The Vitamix 5300 is outstanding at crushing ice, similar to Vitamix A3500, but it's more expensive and isn't as good at making smoothies. See our review
  • Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642: The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 makes snow-like crushed ice, but it's harder to clean by hand than the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 and doesn't have a dedicated mode for ice crushing. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 22, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and the products are in stock.

  2. Feb 22, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

  3. Dec 23, 2021: Removed the Vitamix A3500 as the 'More Versatile Alternative' to the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 because the Ninja represents a better value for most users for ice crushing. Added the All-Clad KZ750DGT as the 'Βest Immersion Βlender For Ice Crushing'.

  4. Nov 02, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. Added the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 to Notable Mentions.

  5. Sep 03, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are available.

All Reviews

Our recommendations above are what we think are currently the best blenders for crushing ice 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.

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