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 40 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 best blender for smoothies that we've tested is the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. This full-size model blends an incredible, silky smoothie in less than a minute, fully incorporating leafy greens like kale. It comes with two 16-ounce personal jars with matching lids, so you can bring your smoothie or shake with you on-the-go.
It feels very well-built and solid. You can use the large, 72-ounce main jar to crush ice into a snow-like consistency or make smooth, spreadable almond butter. It has four preset speed settings, including a dedicated mode for the single-serve jars, as well as a pulse mode. It's really easy to clean, even if you're working with sticker foods, and you can put the jars and blade assembly in the dishwasher.
Unfortunately, while it can make a fantastic smoothie in either of the personal jars, its main jar produces a less uniform, more grainy drink. It also can't be used to blend hot ingredients. However, if you're looking for a full-size blender that can make an outstanding single-serve smoothie, it's a great choice.
If you want a more versatile full-size blender, consider the Vitamix Explorian E310. This model doesn't come with any additional jars or attachments, unlike the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770, but it has an outstanding build quality, and you can use it to blend hot ingredients for soups and purees. It makes a remarkable, silky smoothie very quickly in its 72-ounce main jar. You can also use it to make bar-quality crushed ice and fantastic, smooth almond butter. Unfortunately, it's more difficult to clean than the Ninja since its blade assembly isn't removable. It's easy to rinse away liquidy messes, but if you're working with sticky food, you may need to use a sponge.
Go for the Ninja if you want a full-size blender that also comes with personal jars. If you want something that can hot blend, or if you want to make big batches of smoothies, consider 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 best blender for smoothies in the budget range that we've tested 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'll 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, it can still make an incredible smoothie at a more affordable price.
The best cheap blender for smoothies that we've tested is the Magic Bullet Mini. This personal blender has a compact design that makes it easy to store on your kitchen counter or in a small cupboard. It comes with a 13-ounce main jar and an 8-ounce additional jar that you can use to make salsas and dips.
While it doesn't have the most versatile overall performance, it still makes a good smoothie with its 13-ounce main jar. It can process fibrous ingredients like kale for a smooth texture, but the blend may be a bit foamy. You can easily rinse out any leftover debris with water, and the jars are also dishwasher-safe for an easier clean-up.
Unfortunately, you can't use it to crush ice or hot blend, and it isn't very good at making almond butter as it struggles to fully process the nuts. Also, like many models in this price category, it doesn't have the best build quality. However, it's still a good choice for making single-serve smoothies on a tight budget.
12/23/2020: Minor text updates, with no changes to recommendations.
12/10/2020: Minor updates to the text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
11/19/2020: 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'.
10/29/2020: 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.