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 50 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 model has a great build quality and comes with a large 72-ounce main jar, as well as two 16-ounce personal jars. The smaller jars come with to-go lids, and you can use either one to make a fantastic, silky smoothie.
It can also crush ice into a snow-like consistency, which is convenient if you like to add it to your smoothies or shakes. It should be useful for a variety of other food prep tasks as well, since it produces smooth, spreadable almond butter and comes with a food processing attachment, although we don't test it currently. It's very easy to clean when you're done using it since the jars, lids, and removable blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, if you use the main jar to make smoothies, the result isn't as good as when you use the smaller personal jars. Also, while it's a fairly versatile blender overall, it can't be used for hot blending. That said, if you're looking for something to blend up your smoothie in the morning, it's a great option.
If you're looking for a blender that makes great smoothies but want something a little more versatile, you may like the Vitamix Explorian E310. Unlike the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770, it doesn't come with personal jars or a food processing attachment, but you can use it to blend hot ingredients, like roasted vegetables, into soups and purees. The main jar has a 48-ounce capacity, and you can use it to make bar-quality crushed ice, incredible almond butter, and fantastic, silky smoothies. There's a 10-speed dial that allows you to fine-tune the blending speed to suit your needs. Unfortunately, this blender can be difficult to clean if you've been working with sticky foods.
If you want a blender that allows you to easily make single-serve smoothies to take with you on the go, the Ninja is a great option. On the other hand, if you want to make big batches of smoothies, or if you want to be able to blend hot ingredients, try the Vitamix.
The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best personal blender for smoothies that we've tested. It comes with two 24-ounce jars as well as 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 fantastically silky smoothie that's perfect to take with you 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 easily 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 fairly 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, although you may need to shake the jar for all the 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, so 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 both 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.
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.
Feb 17, 2021: Verified picks to make sure we're still recommending the best products, and that they're available.
Jan 18, 2021: Checked that we're still recommending the best products and that they're in stock.
Nov 19, 2020: Replaced the Vitamix Explorian E310 with the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. Added the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 as 'More Versatile Alt'. Added the Magic Bullet Mini as 'Best Cheap Blender for Smoothies'.
Oct 29, 2020: Replaced the Breville Boss To Go Sport with the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO in 'Best Personal Blender For Smoothies'. Added the Breville Boss To Go Sport to Notable Mentions.
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.