When shopping for a blender on a budget, it can feel like you need to sacrifice good performance for a lower price point. While blenders under the $100 mark tend to have simple controls and lack additional features or attachments, they may also struggle to blend harder ingredients like nuts or be unable to process hot food. However, with so many blenders on the market these days, there's a variety of wallet-friendly appliances that can help you get the job done.
We've tested over 70 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best under $100. Check out our recommendations for the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders for crushing ice.
The Oster Pro 1200 is the best blender under $100 that we've tested. This full-size blender is versatile and comes with a 48-ounce glass main jar, which some may prefer to plastic. There's also a 24-ounce jar with a to-go lid that you can use to make well-blended smoothies.
It has buttons for three different speed settings and a few preset modes for recipes, including 'Green/Frozen Smoothies', 'Food Chop/Salsa', and 'Milkshakes'. You can use it for a variety of tasks since it can blend hot ingredients, make smooth almond butter, and crush ice. The blades and jar are dishwasher-safe, and the removable blades make it easy to clean by hand.
Unfortunately, it has a mediocre build quality. The design of the gears makes them prone to wear out over time, and the blade assembly feels loose. Otherwise, if you're looking for a budget-friendly blender, this one is a very good choice for multi-purpose use and has some helpful features.
The best personal blender under $100 that we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. You'll find this personal blender for just under $100, but it's very versatile, so it's a great choice if you're looking for a compact option for multi-purpose use. Its relatively short motor base makes it easy to store under a cabinet or in a cupboard.
There are buttons for a few different preset modes, so you don't need to hold the jar the whole time you're using it, unlike some personal blenders. It can make outstandingly silky smoothies and snow-like crushed ice. There's an included 14-ounce jar with rotating arms inside it to help push ingredients towards the blades. It's intended for processing thicker mixtures, and you can use it to make very smooth and spreadable almond butter.
Unfortunately, like most personal blenders, you can't use it for hot blending, which you may find limiting if you want to make soups. It's also one of the loudest blenders we've tested and has very sharp blades, so you need to be careful if you clean it by hand. That said, the jars, lids, and blades are dishwasher-safe.
If you're looking for a cheaper personal blender, try the Ninja Fit. This personal blender doesn't have any controls, so you need to push down on the jar to operate it, but it's less expensive than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO and much quieter when it's running. It comes with two 16-ounce jars with resealable lids that you can use to make fantastic single-serve smoothies. It can produce similarly smooth, spreadable almond butter, though it takes longer. Unfortunately, it's mediocre for ice crushing because of its narrow jars, which may be disappointing if you want to make ice for cocktails or frozen drinks. It's also harder to clean by hand, but the jars and blades are dishwasher-safe.
If you want the more versatile, better overall performance, go for the DUO, but try the Ninja Fit instead if you're looking for a cheaper or quieter option for smoothies.
The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is the best immersion blender under $100 that we've tested. You can use this well-built blender to blend hot ingredients directly in a pot or pan for recipes like soup and sauce. It comes with a whisk attachment intended for tasks like making salad dressing or whipped cream.
It can incorporate fibrous ingredients like leafy greens into good, well-blended smoothies. It even does an okay job making small batches of crushed ice, which is nice if you like to add it to cocktails and other drinks. The blending arm is detachable, making it easier to store, and it's easy to clean by hand.
However, the blades aren't dishwasher-safe. The blender also doesn't come with a jar you can use for blending, which can be annoying if you aren't blending in a pot or pan. It does a good job of processing fibrous ingredients and offers a versatile performance at a budget-friendly price.
If you want an immersion blender with a jar, you may prefer the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender. It isn't as well-built as the NutriBullet Immersion Blender, but it comes with a 24-ounce jar with measuring marks and a lid for storing what you make. While it isn't as good for tougher tasks like making almond butter or crushed ice, it can incorporate fibrous ingredients like leafy greens into good smoothies. There's also a pan guard to prevent scratches when you're blending directly in a pot or pan. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a whisk attachment to make things like whipped cream or salad dressing. Also, while the jar is dishwasher-safe, the blending arm needs to be cleaned by hand.
If you're looking for an immersion blender with better build quality, go for the NutriBullet, but try the KitchenAid instead if you want one that comes with a jar.
May 03, 2022: Added the Ninja Professional Blender 1000 to Notable Mentions.
Mar 04, 2022: Replaced the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro with the Ninja Fit because of its lower price and better overall performance. Also replaced the KitchenAid K150 with the Oster Pro 1200 because it's cheaper and more versatile.
Jan 04, 2022: Removed the All-Clad KZ750DGT as the 'Ice Crushing Alternative' to the NutriBullet Immersion Blender because of the price difference between the two. Replaced it with the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender as an 'Alternative With A Jar'.
Oct 26, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to product picks.
Aug 27, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best blenders for under $100 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 under $100. 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.