If you're 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 55 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best blenders for under $100. Check out our recommendations for the best blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders for crushing ice.
The KitchenAid K150 is the best blender under $100 that we've tested. This very well-built full-size model comes with a 48-ounce main jar and delivers versatile performance. It supports hot blending, so you can use it to blend ingredients like cooked vegetables into soups and sauces.
It has a speed dial and a pulse/ice mode that you can use to make bar-quality crushed ice. This blender also makes impressive almond butter and a reasonably well-blended smoothie. It comes with a two-part lid so you can add ingredients mid-blend, and it's usually easy to clean.
If you're working with sticky ingredients, it can be a bit hard to reach under the blades to clean them. Also, there are only three speed settings, which some may find a bit limiting. That said, this is a great multi-purpose blender, especially considering its budget-friendly price.
If you're looking for a personal blender, the best blender under $100 that we've tested is the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro. This compact model comes with three different sizes of jars, ideal for making single servings, including a 12-ounce jar, an 18-ounce jar, and a 24-ounce jar. Thanks to the included to-go lids, you can bring your drinks with you to work or the gym with ease.
With just one speed setting, it's very easy to use. With its 12-ounce jar, it makes a decent smoothie with a silky, somewhat foamy texture. You can also use it to crush ice into a snow-like blend for slushies and other frozen drinks. When finished, it's easy to clean by hand using just soap and water. You can also put the jars and the lids in your dishwasher for an easier clean-up.
Unfortunately, like most personal blenders, it isn't safe to blend hot ingredients. Also, it struggles to process almonds into smooth and spreadable nut butter, and there may be some unprocessed chunks of nut left in the mix. However, this is still a solid choice for making single-serve smoothies at home.
If you're looking for a personal blender with more controls, you may prefer the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. This model is more expensive than the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro, but it offers a few preset modes that act as timers, so you can turn it on and walk away, and it stops itself automatically. It also feels much sturdier and makes significantly better smoothies and almond butter, as well as snow-like crushed ice. It comes with a pair of 24-ounce personal jars and a 14-ounce additional jar with manually-powered arms inside that work to push food towards the blades. Unfortunately, the motor base feels plasticky and not very premium.
If you're looking for a straightforward, more affordable blender, go for the Pro. If you prefer a blender with more controls or want something that makes silkier smoothies, try the DUO instead.
The NutriBullet Immersion Blender is the best immersion blender under $100 that we've tested. You can use it to blend hot ingredients for soups, sauces, and purees. You can fine-tune the blending speed with a variable speed dial, and it comes with a whisk attachment intended for making foods like homemade whipped cream, although we don't currently test it.
It's decently well-built and can incorporate fibrous ingredients like kale into a good, well-blended smoothie. It can also process almonds into passable almond butter and make crushed ice with an okay texture, which is nice if you like making frozen drinks or adding it to smoothies. It's also easy to clean, although you may need to wipe the blades with a sponge if you're working with sticky ingredients.
Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a jar or beaker you can use for blending. Although you can often clean it with a quick rinse, the blending shaft isn't dishwasher-safe, which may be a bit inconvenient for some. That said, it's very versatile for an immersion blender, and it's even on our list of the best blenders.
If you want an immersion blender that does a better job of crushing ice, you may prefer the All-Clad KZ750DGT. This two-speed hand blender isn't as well-built as the NutriBullet Immersion Blender, but it makes good, bar-quality crushed ice, which is useful if you like to make frozen drinks or cocktails. It's also much easier to clean since running the blender with soap and water takes care of most messes, even if you're working with sticky ingredients. Unfortunately, it doesn't come with a jar or beaker you can use for blending. It also struggles to process raw kale and makes a disappointing, grainy smoothie.
Go for the NutriBullet Immersion Blender if you're mainly looking for an immersion blender for soups and smoothies, but try the All-Clad instead if you want something that does a better job of crushing ice.
Jun 28, 2021: Replaced the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ with the KitchenAid K150 as the pick for 'Best Blender Under $100' and the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender with the NutriBullet Immersion Blender as the 'Best Immersion Blender Under $100'. Moved the Ninja and the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender to Notable Mentions and checked that the rest of the picks still represent the best recommendations.
Apr 29, 2021: Added the All-Clad KZ750DGT as the 'Ice Crushing Alternative' to the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender since it's now back in stock. Kept the KitchenAid as the 'Best Immersion Blender Under $100' pick because it's a better choice for making soups. Updated text and checked availability of the recommended products.
Mar 01, 2021: Replaced the All-Clad KZ750DGT with the KitchenAid Variable Speed Corded Hand Blender as the 'Best Immersion Blender Under $100' pick because the All-Clad is out of stock. Checked other picks to make sure the best products are still being recommended.
Jan 05, 2021: Slight changes to text and verification for accuracy; no changes in product picks.
Nov 10, 2020: Added the KitchenAid K150 to Notable Mentions.
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.