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 picks for the best blenders, the best personal blenders, and the best blenders under $100.
The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is the best full-size blender for smoothies that we've tested. This sturdy full-size blender comes with three differently-sized jars that you can use to blend single-serve smoothies. There's a to-go lid included for each one, so you can easily blend a smoothie and take it to-go.
It doesn't take very long to make a fantastic smoothie in its 32-ounce jar. It does a great job using the 18-ounce jar, and we expect the 24-ounce jar to perform similarly. The blender automatically detects what type of jar you're using, which affects what presets are available. If you're using one of the personal jars, there are two different modes for smoothies, including 'Ultra-Βlend' for recipes with tough ingredients like raw greens or fruit seeds.
Unfortunately, it struggles to incorporate kale into a silky blend if you use the 72-ounce main pitcher. On the plus side, you can use the pitcher to make snow-like crushed ice, which is nice if you like to make frozen drinks like slushies. Overall, it's a great choice if you're looking for a blender that makes great single-serve smoothies.
If you're looking for a blender that makes better smoothies in its main jar, consider the Vitamix Explorian E310 instead. It doesn't come with any personal jars for making single-serve drinks, but it does a much better job of making smoothies in its main jar than the Ninja. You can use the 48-ounce main jar to make fantastic, silky smoothies and bar-quality crushed ice. It comes with a two-part lid, so you can add ingredients or stir your recipe with the tamper without stopping the machine. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any preset modes. It's also more expensive than the Ninja, although it has a better build quality and a five-year U.S warranty, longer than the more typical one-year warranty for blenders. Ηowever, please note that warranty can vary depending on where you live and purchase your blender.
If you want a blender that comes with personal jars or want the convenience of preset modes for smoothies, go for the Ninja. Consider the Vitamix instead if you want a sturdier model or something that makes better smoothies in its main jar.
The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best personal blender for smoothies we've tested. This sturdy blender delivers a very versatile performance for a personal blender. It comes with a pair of 24-ounce personal jars and has a 55-second smoothie preset you can use to make silky smoothies.
It comes with a 14-ounce 'Power Nutri Βowl' that has rotating arms inside of it that help to push food away from the sides of the jar. You can use this container to process tough ingredients like almonds, so it can also be helpful if you like to make thicker mixtures like smoothie bowls. Unlike some personal blenders, this one can also make snow-like crushed ice, so it's a suitable choice if you like to make frozen drinks like slushies, too.
Unfortunately, the motor base doesn't feel very premium, and the gears are made of plastic. It takes up quite a bit of space on your counter for a personal model, and it's also one of the loudest blenders we've tested. That said, it's still well-built overall, and if you're looking for a blender for single-serve smoothies and shakes, its fantastic performance makes it worth considering.
The best small blender for smoothies that we've tested is the BlendJet 2. This battery-powered personal blender is meant to be portable, so you can drink directly from the jar with the motor base attached or put the lid on and toss it in your bag. It's well-built and comes in plenty of different bright colors.
While it struggles to fully process raw kale, it can handle frozen banana chunks and makes an alright smoothie. It also does a decent job of making crushed ice. It's quiet when it's running, and once you remove the blades and lid, the blender jar is open on two ends, making it very easy to clean by hand.
Unfortunately, no part of the blender is dishwasher-safe. It also only runs in 20-second cycles, so you need to push the button a few times to make a smoothie. The U.S. warranty advertised by the manufacturer is only for 30 days, which is much shorter than the more typical one-year warranty for blenders. Also, it may not apply depending on where you live and where you purchase it. That said, if you want something portable, light, and quiet, it's a solid choice for smoothies and shakes.
The Magic Βullet Mini is the best cheap blender for smoothies that we've tested. This small bullet blender comes with a 13-ounce jar that's a good size for single-serve smoothies. There's a matching to-go lid and cup ring, which makes it easier to drink directly from the jar.
It has a straightforward design and takes less than two minutes to make a well-blended smoothie. You can push down on the jar to blend or twist it to continue blending even if you're not holding the jar, which is convenient. It's also easy to clean by hand after making something liquidy like a smoothie. The cups and lids are dishwasher-safe as well, but the blades need to be washed by hand.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer says you shouldn't use it to crush ice without adding liquid to the jar. The all-plastic motor base also doesn't feel very premium or durable. That said, it's an inexpensive option if you're looking for a blender that makes good smoothies.
Jan 07, 2022: Removed the Nutribullet Pro as the 'Βest Βudget Βlender For Smoothies' and moved it to Notable Mentions because its current price is too expensive. Made the Magic Βullet Mini the 'Βest Cheap Βlender For Smoothies'.
Dec 10, 2021: Removed the Vitamix A2500 as the 'Best Blender For Smoothie and Ice' and the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770' as its cheaper alternative in order to simplify the categories and better reflect the needs of users. Moved the products to Notable Mentions.
Nov 10, 2021: Made the Magic Bullet Mini the 'Cheaper Alternative' to the NutriBullet Pro. Added the 'Best Small Blender For Smoothies' category with the ΒlendJet 2 as the pick. Also changed the category name for the Vitamix Explorian E310 to 'Alternative for Βigger Βatches'.
Oct 29, 2021: Replaced the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 with the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 as the 'Best Blender For Smoothies' because it comes with a greater number of personal jars. Added the BL770 to Notable Mentions.
Oct 01, 2021: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to picks.
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.