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 banana. If you want to take your smoothie with you on-the-go, you may want a blender that comes with personal-sized jars.
We've tested over 25 blenders and below are our recommendations for the best blenders for smoothies.
The best blender for smoothies is the Vitamix Explorian E310. This full-size blender makes a silky smoothie in less than a minute, so it's well-suited for making a quick breakfast before leaving for work. It's well-built and premium-looking, so it should be durable enough to last through many blends.
With its 48-ounce main jar, it creates a smoothie with a smooth and silky texture, and it doesn't have any trouble incorporating fibrous ingredients like kale into the mix. While we don't add ice to our smoothies during our tests, if you like an icy smoothie, it can also crush bar-quality ice. Its components are dishwasher-safe, and you can easily clean up liquid messes like smoothies using soap and water, too.
Unfortunately, this is a very straightforward blender, and it doesn't have a lot of extra features or components like to-go cups. It also lacks a timer, so you can't keep track of how long you've been blending. That said, if you want a simple machine with versatile performance, this is a solid choice.
If you like to make single-serve smoothies to take on the go, consider the Ninja DUO. While it isn't as well-built or as easy to clean as the Vitamix Explorian E310, this full-size blender comes with a 72-ounce main jar and two 20-ounce personal jars that can also attach to the motor base to make smaller-sized smoothies. When you're done blending, you can use the included to-go lids to take your single-serve smoothies with you on your commute or to work, which is convenient. Using its 'Smoothie' preset, it can make a silky-textured smoothie in a short amount of time. The 20-ounce jars actually perform as well as the main jar when it comes to making smoothies, and they also produce a silky blend with very few grains of kale. Unfortunately, it gets very loud, which some users may find disappointing.
If you prefer a well-built, straightforward blender, check out the Vitamix, but if you prefer something with additional personal jars, consider the Ninja instead.
The best personal blender for smoothies is the Breville Boss To Go Sport. This well-built blender comes with a 23-ounce main jar and a 15-ounce additional jar, which is dual-walled insulated to help keep your smoothies cold. It also comes with two to-go lids, and all of its components are dishwasher-safe for an easy clean-up.
It makes a silky smoothie, and it doesn't have any trouble processing fibrous ingredients like kale. Its smaller, additional jar makes a smoothie that's a little foamier, but overall, it's still impressive at making smoothies. It's good at crushing ice, too, so you can also use it to make frozen smoothies.
Unfortunately, like all personal blenders, its main jar has a very small capacity, so it isn't as versatile as a full-size blender. It also only has one speed setting, so you can't change the speed as you blend. However, if you're looking for a personal blender that can make smoothies for one, this one's a solid choice.
The best blender for smoothies in the budget range is the NutriBullet Pro. This personal blender comes with two 32-ounce main jars and to-go lids that are well-suited for making single servings. It's small and compact, so it doesn't take up a lot of space on your kitchen counter.
It makes a well-blended smoothie in a short amount of time. You may need to shake the jar to get leafy greens like kale closer to the blades, but the kale still gets fully incorporated into the mix. After making liquidy blends like smoothies, it's easy to clean by hand, and you can even wash the cups and the lids in the top rack of your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, it can't crush ice alone, and since we don't put ice in our smoothies during our tests, we don't know how it will perform blending ice in liquid. It also doesn't have the most premium build quality, and some of its materials don't feel very durable. However, this blender can still make an incredible smoothie at a more affordable price.
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.