If you like drinking smoothies, you'll want a blender that can successfully incorporate all of your ingredients into a silky and tasty drink. They shouldn't leave behind grainy or leafy bits of more fibrous ingredients like kale or unprocessed chunks of other ingredients like bananas. If you want to take your smoothie with you on the go, you may want something that comes with personal-sized jars.
We've tested over 60 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best blenders for smoothies. Check out our recommendations for the best blenders, the best personal blenders, and the best blenders under $100.
The best blender for smoothies that we've tested is the Ninja Mega Kitchen System B770. This impressively well-built blender comes with a 72-ounce main jar as well as a pair of 16-ounce jars suitable for single-serve drinks. There's a dedicated preset mode for the smaller jars, and you can use it to make fantastic smoothies in less than a minute.
With the main jar, this blender produces snow-like crushed ice very quickly with the 'Crush' preset, which is nice if you like to add ice to your smoothies or make frozen drinks like slushies. There are to-go lids for each of the 16-ounce jars, making it easy to blend a silky smoothie and bring it with you to the gym. Conveniently, the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, smoothies made in the main pitcher tend to be foamy and grainy. This blender may not be the best choice if you want a very versatile blender since it can't hot blend and lacks speed settings aside from the four preset modes. However, it does come with a food processing attachment, and if you're looking for a full-size blender that can blend up a superb smoothie in little time, it's a great choice.
If you're looking for a more versatile blender, you may prefer the Vitamix Explorian E310. This full-size blender doesn't come with any jars aside from its 48-ounce main jar, so it's not as well-suited as the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 for making single-serve drinks to-go, but you can use it to blend hot ingredients. It's also significantly better-built and makes incredible, silky smoothies in less than a minute, as well as snow-like crushed ice and smooth, spreadable almond butter. It has a 10-speed dial and a two-part lid for the pitcher, so you can add ingredients or use the tamper mid-blend. It can be tricky to clean by hand after making something sticky like almond butter, but the jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.
If you're looking for a blender that comes with personal jars well-suited for single-serve drinks, go for the Ninja, but try the Vitamix instead if you want something better for multi-purpose use that still makes superb smoothies.
The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best personal blender for smoothies that we've tested. It comes with two 24-ounce jars and one 14-ounce jar with manually rotating arms to help move food stuck on the jar's walls back into the blade's vortex. With both kinds of jars, it can make a silky smoothie that's perfect for on the go.
It takes very little time for it to make a smoothie. Thanks to its simple control panel, it has buttons that act as a timer for its two differently-sized jars. If you want to add ice to your smoothies, it can also make snow-like crushed ice. Cleanup is outstandingly easy as you can quickly rinse out the jars or put them, the lids, and the blade assemblies into the dishwasher.
Unfortunately, it only comes with single-serve jars, so you can't easily make larger quantities if you want to share your smoothies with your family. Still, if you're looking to make blends to take with you to work, this blender makes outstanding smoothies in no time and with little cleanup.
The NutriBullet Pro is the best blender for smoothies in the budget category that we've tested. This personal blender is well-built and has a simple design with one speed setting. It comes with two 32-ounce jars with to-go lids, so you can easily make single-serves of your favorite smoothies or shakes.
It's small and compact, so it's easy to store on your kitchen counter or in a cupboard. You can use either jar to make a fantastic, silky smoothie, though you may need to shake the jar for all ingredients to incorporate. It's easy to clean if you've been working with liquid ingredients, and its jars and lids are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it can't crush ice on its own, and since we don't put ice in our smoothies during our tests, we don't know how well it can crush ice if it's in a liquid. It's also louder than most personal blenders we've tested, and it doesn't feel extremely sturdy. That said, it's a great choice if you're looking for an affordable way to make your morning smoothie.
The best cheap blender for smoothies that we've tested is the Magic Bullet Mini. This affordable personal blender is very compact and easily stored on your kitchen counter or in a cupboard. It comes with a 13-ounce jar with a matching lip ring, meaning you can drink from it directly.
You can use the main jar to incorporate frozen banana chunks and leafy greens into a good smoothie. There's also a smaller eight-ounce jar included, which may not be big enough for smoothies, but you can use it for foods like dressings and dips. It's a very easy blender to clean since a quick rinse takes care of most messes, and the jars are dishwasher-safe.
However, it's not the most versatile blender since it struggles to make smooth almond butter, can't crush ice, and isn't safe to use with hot ingredients. The build quality is also a bit flimsy. Otherwise, if you're looking for a budget-friendly, straightforward blender for your morning smoothie, it's a solid option.
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Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best blenders for smoothies 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 for smoothies. 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.