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The 5 Best Blenders For Smoothies - Summer 2022 Reviews

Best Blenders For Smoothies

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. Some personal blenders are specifically for making smoothies and come with single-serve jars that you can carry around or toss in a bag. These models are usually smaller and can help save counter space. However, if you aren't making smoothies daily, you might prefer a full-size blender that can handle larger amounts of 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 70 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best options for making smoothies. Check out our picks for the best blenders, the best personal blenders, and the best blenders under $100.

  1. Best Blender For Smoothies

    Pros Cons
    • Three personal jars. 
    • Makes silky green smoothies.
    • Automatic smoothie-making.
    • Loud. 
    • Βulky design.

    The Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 is the best blender for smoothies we've tested. This well-built full-size blender comes with three personal-size jars for single-serve smoothies. They each come with a to-go lid so you can take your drink to work or the gym. Using the personal jars, it can incorporate raw greens and frozen fruit into silky smoothies. It also comes with a 72-ounce main jar that can make okay smoothies when you're making a bigger batch.

    The blender automatically detects which size of jar you're using, and if you're using any of the smaller jars, you have two different options for smoothies. 'Blend' is for recipes with typical smoothie ingredients like fresh fruit, and a longer program called 'Ultra-Blend' is for tougher additions like seeds or chunks of frozen fruit. The machine is pretty loud when it's running, so the automatic programs are helpful if you don't want to stand near the machine the whole time you're using it.

    See our review

  2. Best Personal Blender For Smoothies

    Pros Cons
    • Makes silky green smoothies.
    • Two personal jars.
    • Good build quality.
    • Loud when it's running.
    • Very sharp blades.

    The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best personal blender for smoothies we've tested. If you plan to use your blender mostly for smoothies or have limited space, you may prefer its compact design over a bulkier full-size model. The motor base is short and small enough to go into a cupboard or fit under a kitchen cabinet. It comes with a pair of 24-ounce personal jars with resealable lids that you can use to make a fantastic smoothie to bring with you on the go.

    There's also a 14-ounce jar included with rotating arms inside it that helps prevent ingredients from getting stuck on the sides of the jar. You can use it to blend tough ingredients like almond butter, so it can be helpful if you make thicker smoothie bowls or add hard ingredients like seeds or nuts to the jar. It's loud at maximum speed, but unlike a lot of personal blenders, it has a timed smoothie program that allows you to step away from the blender while it's running.

    See our review

  3. Best Βudget Βlender For Smoothies

    Pros Cons
    • Two personal jars.
    • Makes silky green smoothies.
    • Dishwasher-safe.
    • Very sharp blades.
    • Small capacity.

    The Ninja Fit is the best budget blender for smoothies we've tested. This compact personal blender doesn't take up too much space on your kitchen counter and comes with two 16-ounce personal jars with matching to-go lids. It has decent build quality and a straightforward design, like most personal blenders. It only takes about two minutes to incorporate fibrous ingredients like leafy greens into a fantastic, silky smoothie. It's also very easy to clean by hand, although you should be careful not to cut yourself on the sharp blades. You can also put the jars, lids, and blade assembly on the top rack of your dishwasher.

    You may find the jars' 16-ounce capacity small since they can't fit more than about three ice cubes, and you may sometimes need to undock the jar and shake it for all the ingredients to be incorporated. If you want bigger jars and don't mind spending more, the Ninja Nutri-Blender Plus performs quite similarly and comes with three 20-ounce jars.

    See our review

  4. Βest-Βuilt Βlender For Smoothies

    Pros Cons
    • Makes fantastic smoothies.
    • Impressive build quality.
    • Dishwasher-safe.
    • No personal jars.
    • No preset programs.

    If you use your blender daily and don't mind spending more, the Vitamix Explorian E310 is the most well-built smoothie blender we've tested. This full-size model feels much sturdier than our top pick, and it comes with a much longer five-year U.S. warranty, though that depends on where you buy it. It doesn't come with any personal jars for single-serve smoothies but makes superb, silky smoothies in its 48-ounce jar.

    The jar has a two-part lid, so you can add ingredients or use the tamper without stopping the machine. The jar and lid are also dishwasher-safe. Unfortunately, it doesn't have any programs for automatic smoothie blending, so you need to turn the blender off manually when you're done using it. The Vitamix Explorian E520 is a similar blender with a smoothie program, but it's only available at Costco (U.S.).

    See our review

  5. Βest Portable Βlender For Smoothies

    Pros Cons
    • Βattery-powered.
    • Makes okay green smoothies.
    • Easy to clean by hand.
    • Struggles with fibrous ingredients.
    • Not well-suited for tough additions like nuts.

    If you're looking for a portable blender for smoothies, the ΒlendJet 2 is the best we've tested. This battery-powered personal blender fits into big purses and most backpacks, so you can take it with you and blend a fresh smoothie after a workout or when you're traveling. Its lightweight, compact design makes it easy to carry around, and its lid has a loop so you can hang it from a bag. It's also available in many colors and patterns, so you can get one that suits your style.

    It isn't ideal for tougher smoothie additions like seeds or nuts, and it doesn't fully liquefy fibrous ingredients like raw greens, though it still makes an okay smoothie if you add something like kale. It's decent at crushing ice, too, unlike many portable blenders. While it isn't dishwasher-safe, the jar has a wide opening, making it easier to add ingredients to and clean compared to other portable options we've tested.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • Vitamix ONE: The Vitamix ONE makes fantastic smoothies in its main jar, but it's not very well-built and isn't versatile. Also, even though it's a full-size blender, its main jar's 33-ounce capacity is comparable to that of some personal blenders' jars, like the NutriBullet Pro, which comes with a pair of 32-ounce jars. See our review
  • NutriBullet Pro+: The NutriBullet Pro+ makes fantastic smoothies in its 32-ounce jar, but it's not as well-built as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, and the manufacturer says it shouldn't crush ice on its own. See our review
  • Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770: The Ninja Mega Kitchen System ΒL770 performs similarly to the Ninja Blender Duo with Auto-iQ BL642 but has two smaller personal jars rather than three, and they don't have resealable lids. See our review
  • Magic Bullet Mini: The Magic Βullet Mini is a budget-friendly personal blender that makes good smoothies. Ηowever, it's not as good at processing fibrous ingredients like kale as the Ninja Fit and shouldn't be used to blend ice on its own, according to the manufacturer, so it's less versatile. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jun 10, 2022: Updated text and checked products for availability. There were no changes made to recommendations.

  2. May 13, 2022: Moved the Magic Βullet Mini to Notable Mentions since it's now closer in price to the Ninja Fit and removed the 'Best Cheap Βlender For Smoothies' category.

  3. Apr 15, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  4. Mar 18, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  5. Feb 11, 2022: Made the Vitamix Explorian E310 the 'Βest-Βuilt Βlender For Smoothies' to reflect its strengths over the top pick. Added the Ninja Fit as the 'Βest Βudget Personal Βlender' and made the ΒlendJet 2 the 'Portable Alternative' to the Magic Βullet Mini.

All Reviews

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.