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The 8 Βest Protein Shake Βlenders - Black Friday 2022 Reviews

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Best Protein Shake Blenders

The best blender for protein shakes is easy to use and clean and comes with a personal jar or two to take your shake with you on the go. You may need something that can liquefy hard and fibrous ingredients like greens and seeds, but if you tend to simply toss some ice and protein powder in the jar, an inexpensive blender with a compact design may be what you're looking for.

We've tested more than 80 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best options for protein shakes. If you're looking for a full-size blender, the models included on our best blenders for smoothies list are also great for protein shakes. See our recommendations for the best personal blenders and the best bullet blenders.


  1. Best Βlender For Protein Shakes

    If you want to add some variety to your protein shake routine with ingredients like fruits and vegetables, seeds, and nuts, the best blender for protein shakes is the Vitamix 5200. If you're looking for a durable blender that can handle anything you decide to throw in, it's hard to do better than this one. It's extremely well-built and comes with a 7-year U.S. warranty that far outlasts the more typical one-year warranty for blenders. It comes with a 64-ounce jar that you can use to make very well-blended shakes, whether you're making a shake for one or a bigger batch to serve three or four people.

    It doesn't take long to liquefy tough-to-blend additions like greens, so you can add a serving of veggies to your shake without winding up with unpleasant leafy bits in your drink. Ingredients like ice cubes or big chunks of frozen fruit like strawberries are no problem, and it efficiently blends nuts, so you can add almonds directly to the mix or blend a batch of peanut butter to add to shakes. Even though it doesn't have a self-clean mode, running it with soap and water may be enough to clean it if you're working with non-sticky ingredients. The jar and lid aren't dishwasher-safe, unfortunately.

    See our review

  2. Best Upper Mid-Range Blender For Protein Shakes

    The KitchenAid K400 offers similar performance at a much cheaper price. If you don't mind the downsides—a less sturdy build, a shorter one-year warranty, and a somewhat heavier, bulkier design—it's a great option for protein shakes. Like the Vitamix 5200, fibrous elements like fruit skins disappear into the mix after around two minutes of blending. The 56-ounce jar works just as well with small batches of ingredients as it does when it's filled. It makes crushed ice with a more snow-like consistency than the Vitamix, which is good if you add a lot of ice or frozen fruit to your shakes.

    Like the Vitamix, it has a speed dial with no set increments, meaning you can make small adjustments to the blending speed. You can choose from a few automatic blending programs, including 'Smoothie' and 'Icy Drink', which means you don't need to stand near the blender while it's running. It's harder to clean by hand than the Vitamix, but the jar and lid are dishwasher-safe. Unfortunately, it's not as well-suited for processing thicker mixtures, but that won't be an issue unless you're looking for a multi-purpose blender or want to make your own nut butter to add to shakes.

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  3. Best Mid-Range Blender for Protein Shakes

    The Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is the best mid-range blender for protein shakes that we've tested. While this blender is more limited in features and performance than the pricier options here, it's a great cheaper option for all kinds of protein shake recipes. Using its 72-ounce main jar, it can make a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like blueberries and spinach, although you'll notice more grains left over than with the KitchenAid or Vitamix.

    However, it also comes with three personal jars that you can use to blend single-serve shakes. Using one of these jars, the results are just as good as when you use one of the more expensive options. It's also an outstanding ice crusher using the main jar, making it a good choice for big batches of protein shake recipes that are mostly ice and liquid or even for frozen drinks like slushies. This model has very limited speed settings but does have a few automatic blending programs, including one for single-serves. The very sharp main blade assembly makes it tricky to clean by hand, but all of the jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe.

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  4. Best Budget Blender For Protein Shakes

    The Oster Pro 1200 is the best budget blender for protein shakes we've tested. This full-size blender comes with a 48-ounce main jar and a personal jar that you can use to blend single-serve protein shakes. This jar has a to-go lid, so you don't need to pour your shake into a separate travel cup. Whether you're using the main or the personal jar, it can make a very well-blended protein shake, whether you're just using protein powder and liquid or adding vegetables like leafy greens. Unlike the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770, it's easy to clean by hand, even if your recipe includes sticky ingredients like nut butter. The jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe.

    It's significantly cheaper than the Ninja but not nearly as well-built. It has a smaller capacity and can't handle as many ice cubes at once, which could be a concern if you sometimes prepare drinks with a lot of ice, like blended margaritas. On the plus side, Oster advertises a U.S. warranty of either 3 or 10 years, depending on the issue with your blender. Many blenders are only covered for one year, but it always depends on where you live and buy your blender.

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  5. Βest Blender For Single-Serve Protein Shakes

    The best single-serve blender for protein shakes we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. This compact personal blender won't take up too much space on your counter. It comes with a pair of 24-ounce personal jars with resealable to-go lids, so you can blend a protein shake and take it to the gym in the same jar. It easily makes snow-like crushed ice and a very smooth puree of fibrous ingredients, so it's especially worth considering if you make shakes with ingredients besides protein powder and ice. Unlike many other personal blenders, it has a few automatic blending programs, so you don't need to stand near the blender the whole time it's running.

    It also stands out from similar blenders because of its 'Smoothie Βowl Maker.' This 14-ounce jar has arms inside that you can rotate with a knob on top, making it very easy to blend thick mixtures, which you might appreciate if you add nut butter to your shakes and want to make your own. The jars, lids, and blades are all dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand. Unfortunately, it's a loud blender, so you might wake up housemates if you use it for an early-morning blend.

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  6. Best Mid-Range Blender For Single-Serve Protein Shakes

    If you're looking for something cheaper that can still handle tough shake ingredients like seeds and leafy greens, the Ninja Fit is a great option. This mid-range blender is lighter on features than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO since it doesn't have any blending programs and doesn't come with the 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' jar. Still, it can make a smooth blend with a variety of recipes, whether you like to blend ice, liquid, and protein powder or want to add some extra nutrition in the form of ingredients like fruit, vegetables, and nuts. It comes with a pair of 16-ounce personal jars with to-go lids.

    However, you may want to keep in mind that it doesn't process ingredients as quickly as the DUO. You also need to press down on the jar constantly to blend, so it's not as easy to use to make protein shakes, especially if you add something like kale. It's also not as well-built. On the plus side, it's very easy to clean by hand, and its jars, lids, and blade assembly are dishwasher-safe. It's also a lot quieter than the DUO.

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  7. Βest Βudget Βlender For Single-Serve Protein Shakes

    If you want to spend less and tend to make simple protein shake recipes with ice, liquid, and powder, consider the Oster MyΒlend. While it's not the most powerful blender on this list, it's an inexpensive option for making basic shakes. It has a sporty design and comes with a 20-ounce bottle-shaped jar. The lid is resealable, so you can easily take your shake on the go, and it has a built-in resealable lid that makes it easier to carry. It's not nearly as good as the Ninja Fit at crushing ice, but it can break up ice cubes, so adding ice cubes to your shake isn't an issue.

    Unfortunately, it has a somewhat plasticky build quality, and some parts of the motor base feel cheap. Unlike the more expensive blenders on this list, it's not an ideal choice if you like to add fruit or vegetables like kale to your shake since it takes a long time to process fibrous ingredients and makes a less silky blend than the other picks. It's not ideal for processing hard ingredients like nuts, but you can add a spoonful of pre-made almond butter. Unlike the Ninja Fit, you don't need to hold the jar down to blend, so you may find it's more convenient to use. The jar, lid, and blades are also dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.

    See our review

  8. Best Portable Βlender For Protein Shakes

    If you want to blend a smoothie after your morning workout or during your lunch break, you might want to consider a battery-powered blender. The ΒlendJet 2 is the best portable blender for protein shakes we've tested. You can take this well-built personal blender with you on the go and blend a protein shake even if you don't have a place to plug it in. It's designed so that you can drink directly from the blending jar, and the whole unit can fit into a backpack or a bigger purse. It's also very quiet, which is nice if you're using it in a shared space.

    Like the Oster MyBlend, it can break up ice cubes, but doesn't make the uniform, snow-like ice you'd want for frozen drinks. It makes an even grainier blend with fibrous ingredients, so if you add something like kale to your shake, you'll notice unprocessed bits in the final result. Keep in mind that it takes a long time to process tough ingredients, and you need to stop and rest the blender periodically so it doesn't overheat, so it's better suited for simple recipes. It comes with a USΒ-A to USΒ-C cable for charging and is advertised to last for about fifteen 20-second cycles. Unfortunately, no part is dishwasher-safe, but it's easy to clean by hand.

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Notable Mentions

  • NutriBullet Pro 900: The NutriBullet Pro is a personal blender with a pair of 32-ounce jars with resealable lids. Unlike the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, it can't crush ice on its own, but you can add ice along with the liquid, and it does a fantastic job of processing fibrous ingredients like kale. The blade assembly isn't dishwasher-safe, but it's still a great choice for protein shakes, especially if you want slightly bigger jars. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Oct 24, 2022: Reorganized the article and added the Vitamix 5200, KitchenAid K400, and Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 as full-size options.

  2. Sep 19, 2022: Reorganized article and added the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, the Ninja Nutri-Βlender Pro with Auto-iQ, and the Vitamix Explorian E310. Moved the NutriBullet Pro to Notable Mentions.

  3. Jul 21, 2022: Checked picks for accuracy and updated the text. There were no changes to recommendations.

  4. Jun 30, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  5. Jun 08, 2022: Checked picks for accuracy and availability. There were no changes to product picks.

All Reviews

Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best blenders for protein shakes for most people. 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 want to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our blender reviews, sorted by smoothie performance. 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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