If a smoothie is part of your morning routine or a typical post-workout snack, you'll want a blender that makes quick work of ingredients like chunks of frozen fruit and leafy greens like kale. A good smoothie blender can handle both large and small amounts of fibrous ingredients and help with a bigger variety of kitchen chores. Many full-size blenders come with personal-sized jars you can use for blending single-serve smoothies.
The best blenders for smoothies make it easy to whip up a silky, delicious drink and are simple to clean afterward. Depending on your preferences, you may also want something with preset modes for simple one-press smoothie blending or even a battery-powered model so you can make a fresh drink during your lunch break.
We've tested over 80 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best for making smoothies. This list focuses on the best full-size blenders for smoothies, but most personal and bullet blenders are intended for smoothie making, so you can also find some great options on our lists of the best personal blenders and best bullet blenders. For more, check out the best blenders.
This extremely sturdy, versatile blender might be overkill if you're just looking for something that can blend up a smoothie in the morning. However, if you want something that can stand up to daily use and the best possible results, the Vitamix 5200 is the best blender for smoothies we've tested. Using its 64-ounce jar, it makes quick work of the types of ingredients many blenders struggle with. Stubborn fruits and vegetables get liquified, so you can enjoy a creamy smoothie and not wind up with bits of fruit skin or spinach stuck in your teeth. Its price makes it an investment, but it's incredibly well-built and has a seven-year warranty. That's a way longer guarantee than the usual one-year warranty for blenders (but it depends on where you buy it).
There's a two-part lid included for the jar, meaning you can add liquid mid-blend. It has simple analog controls, with a dial and a switch for pulse mode. Vitamix's 'Ascent' series blenders, like the Vitamix A3500, perform very similarly but usually cost more in exchange for extras that not everyone will care about, like blending programs. If you want your blender to stop automatically or want a digital display of the blending time, it may be worth it, but the physical dial is all you need to blend any recipe, and you might prefer its simplicity. Models like the A3500 are also dishwasher-safe. You need to clean the 5200's jar and lid by hand, but running the blender with soap and water in the jar will do most of the work for you after making a smoothie.
It's not as well-built as the more expensive Vitamix, but if you don't want to spend as much, the KitchenAid K400 is a great option for all kinds of smoothie recipes. It has a smaller 56-ounce capacity, but it doesn't take long to make a velvety smoothie. Like the Vitamix 5200, problem ingredients like seeds and pineapple disappear into the mix. It has no problem crushing ice, meaning you can add ice cubes or chunks of frozen fruit. Even if you fill the jar to its full capacity, you only need to blend for a couple of minutes to get fantastic results.
The jar and lid are dishwasher-safe, but it's more annoying to clean by hand than the Vitamix blender since the blades and lid require more attention with a brush or sponge. Unlike our top pick, it has an automatic blending program for smoothies that lets you walk away from the blender and have it automatically stop when it's done. It has an excellent build quality overall, but even the gears are made of plastic, and its one-year warranty is much shorter than the Vitamix's. While it won't matter for smoothie-making, its motor isn't as powerful, and it's not as easy to use for hard jobs like making nut butter, which you might want to consider if you're looking for a versatile machine.
If you're looking for something less expensive and don't care as much about versatility, look at the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. This blender can make great smoothies in its 72-ounce pitcher, although if your recipe includes fibrous ingredients like kale, you'll see small unprocessed bits left over even if you blend for a while. That's not the case with the more expensive blenders listed here, but most people will still be happy with the result, and it will be less noticeable if your usual recipe includes easier ingredients like bananas or mangoes. Also included are a pair of personal jars that make remarkably well-blended smoothies. The personal jars each come with a to-go lid, so you don't need to transfer your drink into another cup before heading out.
There are a few other downsides compared to the Vitamix or the KitchenAid. Whichever jar you're using, it takes longer to make a smoothie. When you're blending in one of the personal jars, you need to hold down the 'Single-Serve' button constantly, which is a bit annoying. It doesn't offer any automatic blending programs. There's no two-part lid for the main jar either, although you might not care if you're mainly using it for smoothies. The blade design is another issue, as the very sharp spiral blades make cleaning by hand tricky and a bit dangerous. You can always put the jars, lids, and blades in the dishwasher.
If you're looking for a budget blender for smoothies, go for the Oster Pro 1200. You don't get the sturdy build quality of the Vitamix 5200 or even the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 with this model. However, it's worth considering if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive smoothie maker. If you fill its 48-ounce jar, it makes a very well-blended smoothie with no grains left over. It also comes with one 24-ounce personal jar for single-serves. This smaller jar comes with a resealable lid so you can bring your drink with you to work or the gym, and it can produce a velvety blend with all kinds of fruits and veggies. It can't match the perfectly smooth blend you get with the Vitamix or KitchenAid K400, but most people will be very happy with the results. The removable blades make it easy to clean the main jar by hand, and all of its components can go in your dishwasher.
Like the more expensive options listed here, it can handle tough ingredients like nuts and ice cubes. However, it's not ideal if you want to make blended cocktails for a party since it can only crush about six ice cubes at once. It only offers three speed presets plus a few automatic blending programs, so you don't have a lot of control over the blending speed. Its build quality is mediocre, and its gear design may not be very durable. Then again, you can buy it with a three-year U.S. warranty, which is longer than most blenders, although please note that it depends on where you live and buy your blender.
Unless you live alone, an early-morning smoothie habit could make you unpopular. The fact that blenders make some noise is inevitable, but you can find models that are designed to be a little easier on the ears and less likely to wake up still-sleeping roommates. The best quieter blender for smoothies that we've tested is the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender. It uses a plastic dome to muffle noise when the blender is running, making it significantly quieter than the other full-size models on this list. It's also very well-built, very easy to clean by hand, and has an automatic program for smoothies as well as a wide range of speed settings.
Its main downside compared to the similarly-priced Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 is its small, 32-ounce capacity, which is more typical for personal blenders than full-size blenders. You can use the noise dome as a pitcher but not for blending, so it's not ideal if you're making multiple servings at once. That said, when it comes to blending up silky fruit and vegetable smoothies, it performs similarly to options like the KitchenAid K400. It can make snow-like crushed ice, so it won't struggle to process frozen fruit or ice cubes. However, it doesn't make good nut butter, which shouldn't matter much for smoothies, but counts as a con if you're looking for a versatile machine.
Personal blenders are specifically designed for blending up individual-sized smoothies. If you don't need a big capacity jar and don't care as much about having multiple speed settings, the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is a fantastic option. Its short, compact motor base makes it easier to bring in and out of a cupboard or store on your counter. The pair of 24-ounce personal jars can create a velvety blend with smoothie ingredients like leafy greens and berries. Just like the Vitamix 5200, it can produce a nearly perfectly smooth blend very quickly. You can take your smoothie with you in the same jar since each one comes with a matching spout lid.
While you're limited by its smaller capacity, it's still versatile. The 14-ounce 'Smoothie Bowl Maker' jar has rotating arms that help a lot with thick mixtures, which is nice if you like making spoonable smoothie bowls with frozen fruits. It also easily crushes ice, meaning you can add a few ice cubes to your smoothie with no worries. However, it's also very loud. If you're looking for a quiet personal blender for smoothies, the Βeast Ηealth Βlender makes much less noise and similarly fantastic smoothies. Not all of its components are dishwasher-safe, and it only comes with one jar, but it's better built and has a modern aesthetic you might prefer. If you're looking for a blender for single-serve smoothies, you can also see more options on our list of the best personal blenders.
Nov 16, 2022: Added the Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Blender and moved the ΒlendJet 2 to Notable Mentions. Added the Wolf Gourmet Pro-Performance to Notable Mentions.
Oct 17, 2022: Added the Vitamix 5200 and the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. Moved the Vitamix Explorian E310 to Notable Mentions as an alternative to the KitchenAid K400.
Sep 13, 2022: Added the KitchenAid K400 as the 'Best Upper-Mid-Range Blender For Smoothies'.
Jul 29, 2022: Added the Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 as the 'Best Mid-Range Blender For Smoothies' and the Oster Pro 1200 as the 'Best Budget Blender For Smoothies'. Reorganized the article to help users find what they're looking for.
Jul 08, 2022: Checked that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best smoothie blenders 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.