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 55 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 Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is the best blender for smoothies that we've tested. This full-size blender comes with a 72-ounce main jar and a pair of 16-ounce personal jars with matching to-go lids. It's very well-built, and its controls include four preset modes, including a dedicated mode for the single-serve jars.
You can use either smaller jar to blend a fantastic, silky smoothie in less than a minute. Using the blender's main jar and the 'Crush' preset, you can make snow-like crushed ice in less than a minute, which is nice if you like to make frozen drinks or add to your smoothies. When finished, it's very easy to clean by hand, and the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, if you use the main jar to make a smoothie, the result is a foamy, grainy drink, which is a little disappointing. Also, you can't use it to blend hot ingredients. That said, it offers versatile overall performance, and it's a solid choice if you're looking for a full-size blender that can make single-serve smoothies.
If you want a blender for smoothies that also delivers a more versatile performance, you may prefer the Vitamix Explorian E310. This very well-built full-size model doesn't come with any extra jars or accessories, unlike the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770, but you can use it to blend hot ingredients for soups, sauces, and purees. In the main jar, it makes incredible, silky smoothies very quickly. It also produces very smooth, spreadable almond butter and snow-like crushed ice. There's a two-part lid for the jar, which allows you to use the tamper or add ingredients mid-blend, and there's a 10-speed dial that lets you fine-tune the blending speed to suit your recipe. It can be difficult to clean when you're working with sticky ingredients, but on the plus side, the jar, lid, and blade assembly are dishwasher-safe.
If you want to make single-serve smoothies or prefer something easier to clean by hand, go for the Ninja, but if you want to blend hot ingredients, the Vitamix is worth considering instead.
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 be incorporated. 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.
Jul 09, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. No changes to recommendations, but added the Vitamix ONE to Notable Mentions.
Jun 11, 2021: Updated text and verified that products are in stock. No changes to recommendations, but added the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 Notable Mentions.
May 14, 2021: Added the NutriBullet Immersion Blender to Notable Mentions. Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy.
Apr 14, 2021: Checked picks to ensure that the best products are still being recommended and that they're available.
Mar 15, 2021: Checked picks to make sure the best products are recommended and that they're in stock.
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.