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The 5 Best Blenders Under $100 - Spring 2024 Reviews

Best Blenders Under $100

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 to help you get the job done.

We've tested over 100 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.

  1. Best Blender Under $100

    The Oster Pro 1200 is the best blender under $100 we've tested. Despite its budget-friendly price tag, it can do a bit of everything. You can use its 48oz main jar to blend hot ingredients into silky soups and sauces or make a silky single-serve smoothie in its 24-ounce personal jar. The main jar is made of glass, which is more resistant to scratching and discoloration than plastic.

    No matter what jar you use, it does a fantastic job of blending fibrous ingredients like fruit and leafy greens, so your recipes won't have leftover bits and pieces. Using it for thicker mixtures takes some extra time and stirring, but you can still use it to make very smooth, spreadable dips and spreads like nut butter or hummus.

    However, the main jar's capacity is smaller than most full-size blenders', so keep that in mind if you plan to blend frozen cocktails at your next party. The manufacturer says not to add more than six ice cubes at a time, which is about half what many similar blenders can handle. Unfortunately, some parts of the blender feel cheap. There's only one blade assembly for both jars, so you must disassemble the blender to switch jars. On the plus side, the removable blade assembly makes it easy to clean by hand.

    See our review

  2. Best Cheap Blender Under $100

    If you're looking to spend well under $100, the Black+Decker Quiet Blender with Cyclone Glass Jar is the best cheap blender we've tested. It has features similar to the Oster, including a 48-oz glass jar and a 24-oz personal jar for single-serves. Its removable blades make it very easy to clean. It's also quieter when it's running. It has a few automatic blending programs, so you don't have to stop the blender manually.

    Using either jar, it makes a mostly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients like kale, although it leaves behind more unprocessed bits than the Oster. Unfortunately, it also struggles to make uniform crushed ice, even if you only use six ice cubes in the jar. It's also not the easiest to use for thick recipes since it takes a while, and you have to stop the blender to stir. It's fairly well-built overall, but the personal jar and main jar lid feel flimsy. Unlike the Oster, the manufacturer says you can use it to blend hot food, like cooked vegetables, but not hot liquids.

    See our review

  3. Best Blender Under $100 For Ice

    If you like to make frozen treats like slushies or big batches of blended drinks like margaritas, you might need a blender that can handle more ice than the previous pick. The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 includes a 72-ounce pitcher and has no problem pulverizing a big batch of ice cubes. It's also sturdier than the Oster, which is particularly important if you use your blender often for tough jobs like crushing ice. It doesn't have a 2-part lid, so you can't add ingredients mid-blend, but it has a pouring spout to help serve drinks from the pitcher.

    However, it can't hot blend and only comes with one jar, so there's no personal jar for single-serve smoothies. It doesn't completely blend fibrous ingredients like kale, so recipes with fruit like blueberries or pineapple will have some unprocessed bits left over. It has no automatic blending programs besides a 'Pulse' button, so you must manually switch off the blender when your recipe is done.

    If you're looking for an inexpensive blender for frozen drinks but prefer automatic blending programs, the Calphalon ActiveSense is fantastic for crushing ice and blending fibrous ingredients. It's more expensive, but unlike most budget-friendly blenders, it has a digital display and blending programs. You can even adjust the desired consistency of your smoothie by selecting 'Thick' or 'Thin.'

    See our review

  4. Best Large-Capacity Blender Under $100

    If you need bigger jars, you might prefer the NutriBullet Blender Combo. This blender sometimes costs slightly over $100, but it's a good, cheaper option if you need a bigger jar capacity. It comes with a 64oz main jar and a pair of 32oz personal jars. NutriBullet also sells a wider variety of extra accessories for its blenders, so you can purchase more personal jars if a few people at home like smoothies in the morning.

    It's a good choice for soups and smoothies since it makes an incredibly smooth blend with fibrous ingredients in any of its jars. It can also be used for hot blending, making silky-smooth recipes like pureed broccoli soup. It's much sturdier and much quieter than the Oster. However, its lowest blending speed is quite fast, and the blender doesn't have a tamper, so it's not easy to use for something like nut butter. Still, it's worth considering if you're looking for a relatively inexpensive blender for bigger batches of smoothies or soup.

    See our review

  5. Best Personal Blender Under $100

    If you have a small kitchen or usually prepare food for just one or two people, you may prefer a personal blender like the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. Personal blenders are generally cheaper than full-size ones, so you don't have to sacrifice much to get one for a budget-friendly price. This model's price sometimes fluctuates above $100, but it's usually available for less, and it's the best personal blender we've tested. Using its 24-ounce personal jars, it makes a nearly perfectly smooth puree with fibrous veggies like kale and fruit like blueberries. Thanks to its 14-ounce 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' jar, it's easy to make thick blends, so it's also ideal for small batches of nut butter, hummus, or dip. Its relatively short motor base makes storing it under a cabinet or in a cupboard easy.

    However, since it's a personal blender, it's less versatile than the Oster Pro 1200 since it can't hot blend and has only one speed setting. Despite its small size, it's also louder than that blender. Then again, there are a few automatic blending programs, so you don't need to stand next to the blender the whole time it's running. Overall, if you don't need a blender with a large capacity, it's a great choice for smoothies, frozen drinks, and small batches of spreads and dips like hummus or nut butter.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • KitchenAid K150: The KitchenAid K150 is usually priced slightly over $100, but if you don't mind spending a little more, it offers versatile performance and a much better build quality than the Oster Pro 1200. It's much quieter when running but doesn't have a personal jar for single-serve drinks. See our review
  • Ninja Fit: The Ninja Fit is less expensive than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. It has a harder time making nut butter and crushed ice but makes similarly silky smoothies in its 16-ounce jars. It's also quieter, so if you're looking for a smoothie blender, you may prefer it. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Apr 09, 2024: We've made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are in stock. However, our recommendations haven't changed.

  2. Feb 15, 2024: Added the Black+Decker Quiet Blender with Cyclone Glass Jar as the 'Best Cheap Blender.'

  3. Dec 18, 2023: Made minor updates to the text and confirmed that the products are in stock.

  4. Oct 17, 2023: Replaced the BlendJet 2 with the Ninja Blast as the portable pick because of its better blending performance and build quality. Added a link to the new 'Best Portable Blenders' list.

  5. Aug 18, 2023: Checked that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

All Reviews

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.