Best blenders for green smoothies


So, you’re walking through the store, and you come to the blender section…

“Oh, boy,” you think to yourself. There are blenders with square pitchers, round pitchers, glass pitchers, plastic pitchers. Some have 12 speeds, while others go at the speed of a bullet. There are even blenders that almost cost as much as it does to pay monthly rent for an apartment! “I’m just trying to be healthy by drinking green smoothies, but I don’t know what blender to use!”


Well, we’re here to help you blender shop!

But first, we have a little secret: Any blender works for making green smoothies. We both started with a normal, everyday blender to make green smoothies. Sure, they didn’t blend all of the ingredients to a creamy consistency in 30 seconds or less, but still blended delicious tasting drinks that were healthy for our bodies.

cheap blenders


All that being said, nobody wants to buy a cheap blender that’s not going to do a decent job. That’s why we created a list of our favorite affordable blenders. All of these blenders are under $120, and have some of the best reviews out there. Check out that list here.




Quick tip for eliminating green smoothies with leafy chunks: First, add leafy greens and liquid to blender. Blend until smooth. Next add remaining ingredients and blend again!

Blendtec vs vitamix
Want to kick your blending up a notch? Check out the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders! These companies have designed professional-grade blenders that not only blend your green smoothies with ease, but can help you cook soups, make veggie dips, ice cream and more. Check out our review on both of these amazing blenders here.


So, which blender’s it gonna be?

54 Responses to “Best blenders for green smoothies”

  1. Kelly 2.20.2015 at 8:57 pm #

    I use the bamix stick blender (I believe they have a 10 year warranty), mine is 13 years old, but is blending well.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 2.23.2015 at 2:13 pm #


  2. Matt 1.19.2015 at 11:32 am #

    Just ordered an Oster Versa 1400 watt blender. (Amazon had the best price @ ~ $180) After reading more reviews than I care to think about I concluded the Oster was a great deal (at least for me) and does everything the other brands do — soup, smoothies, beverages, grind seeds, etc. The Oster I now own is ~25 yrs. old and beginning to get a long in the tooth, hence the new acquisition.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna 1.19.2015 at 9:40 pm #

      Awesome! I had an Oster and loved it!! It was one of the best blenders I had (until my sis broke the jar!) :)

  3. Allison 12.15.2014 at 1:30 am #

    I have bought this Nutri Bullet 15 Piece Blender for making smoothies. It’s working like a horse. haha Just love it.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.15.2014 at 7:14 am #

      YAY! Glad you found a great blender for your green smoothies!

  4. Melissa 12.5.2014 at 10:52 am #

    We just bought a Nutribullet last week , as justL says, we love that its powerful but very easy to clean. It even engaged my husband on preparing the green smoothies himself ! I live oversees and its difficult to find options here. Cheers !

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 12.5.2014 at 1:49 pm #

      Great choice! Happy blendin’!

  5. Bob 10.8.2014 at 2:19 pm #

    I bought a Omni Blend blender about a year ago. About half the price of a Vitamix, and has a bigger motor. Works great. 7 year warranty too.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.9.2014 at 6:40 am #

      Happy to hear you are enjoying your Omni. :) Keep blending those leafy greens! :)

  6. Sarah 10.7.2014 at 5:06 pm #

    Just purchased the Ninja Professional blender…def. packs a punch so far I’m in love. I would love a vitamix but I can’t spend 500+ on just a blender…but my Ninja was under a 100 on sale, and it’s the best blender I’ve ever purchased. Maybe when I get more into using my blender more then once a day, I’ll consider purchasing A Vitamix or Blendtec. Heard their awesome!

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 10.8.2014 at 4:59 am #

      Ninja is a great blender! Enjoy blending you leafy greens in it! :)

  7. Tony 8.9.2014 at 3:34 pm #

    Thanks for the share! I have always been a vitamix guy and getting close to needing an upgrade had the 5200 for awhile now. The 7500 sounds and looking very promising.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 8.11.2014 at 7:02 am #

      Hey Tony! We love Vitamix too. :)

  8. Jo 7.21.2014 at 9:48 am #

    The Optimum 9400 from Froothie is as good if not better than the Vitamix with many reviews
    Simply google comparisons
    Only recently being delivered my Optimum 9400 have not had chance personally to try all it can do out but very happy so far :)

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.21.2014 at 1:39 pm #

      Hey Jo! I am so glad you are happy with your Optimum 9400. That is what is so great about blenders, that there is a great one for everyone. :)

  9. Ewa 7.2.2014 at 2:37 am #

    Thermomix is ALWAYS the best option

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.2.2014 at 7:44 am #

      Glad you enjoy your thermomix! :)

  10. Sonia 6.19.2014 at 11:15 am #

    I have magic bullet, nutribullet , juicer, blendtec and vitamix. With all of this I love Vitamix the most.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie 7.2.2014 at 7:45 am #


  11. Juliet 6.8.2014 at 4:09 am #

    Hi, I’m looking at one of these blenders and wondering who else uses the for things other than smoothies? Can you use the Blendtec, Ninja etc for food processing for cooking or baking? Thanks.

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 6.9.2014 at 7:57 am #

      You can, Juliet!

  12. Dalone 5.27.2014 at 2:24 pm #

    Hmm, all this talk of blenders. I make smoothies pretty much every morning. If your using your blender to primarily makes smoothies like I do, then here’s some advice: I buy my Osterizer blenders from Salvation Army. Pay $7.00 and have bought two in the last 15 years and a third was given to me by a friend. (it’s a spare) I might have to stir smoothie around with a spoon to make sure it blends well. No big deal. Use frozen fruit, half bananas frozen, etc., never a problem and I’ve never had to chew a green smoothie. I also do a citrus one on the weekends with crushed ice, its still goin’ strong.

  13. katline 4.26.2014 at 5:42 am #

    Just found this awesome blender for my brother at a deep discount on Amazon: – Couldn’t believe my luck, check it out before they take the promotion down.

  14. ruth winstead 3.20.2014 at 10:46 pm #

    i have an osterizer my ex husband gave me in 1995. i started using it about 2 years ago. i love it!! with the right balance of liquid and solids, i always have a great smoothie.

  15. ruth winstead 3.20.2014 at 10:43 pm #

    i have a osterizer my ex husband gave me in 1995. i love it! i didnt start appreciating it until

  16. Mary Kay 3.17.2014 at 2:41 am #

    I am new at this, but I know I will enjoy it so much. My blender is the Montel Williams (Living Well) blender. It is real strong, so I think it will work well. I killed my last blender trying to make hummus!

    • SGS Rawkstar Dan 3.17.2014 at 8:25 am #

      Hope the blender works out well for you, Mary Kay!

  17. Vigdis Alice Angell 2.28.2014 at 1:12 pm #

    I use a blender called RAW 6000, it is totally super, and cost just a fraction of a Vitamix, but works the same way. Blends everything perfectly in just 30 seconds, and I just love it :-)

  18. Elizabeth 2.23.2014 at 4:18 pm #

    I have had my Blendtec since 1989 when it was known as Ktec. It is part of my mixer. I love it. I am excited to try green smoothies!

    • Jadah and Jen 3.1.2014 at 10:22 pm #

      That’s incredible, Elizabeth! Jadah has a Blendtec and loves it!! So excited for you to try green smoothies. Post back to tell us what you think! ;)

  19. Gisselle 2.17.2014 at 3:10 pm #

    I am going to buy the Vitamix, which model do you recomend? I want the best since i plan to drink a smoothie everyday.

    • Jadah and Jen 2.18.2014 at 8:23 am #

      Hi Gisselle!
      We think they’re all great. If you want the best, then go with the highest price model :-) Their price reflects their quality.

  20. lauren 1.9.2014 at 12:17 pm #

    im using a bullet and have a vitamix on loan from family friend who is over seas for several months thinking of getting my own either vitamix or blendtec or dash? also want to look into a juicer but not sure which

    • Jadah and Jen 1.10.2014 at 9:30 am #

      Vitamix and Blendtec are our all-time favorite blenders! Just in case you wanted our opinion :-)

      • lauren 1.10.2014 at 9:31 am #

        of course i want your opinion im leaning towards either of those two i heard the bendtec is one button and go :)

  21. Elena 1.6.2014 at 1:40 pm #

    I decided on the blendtec because the vitamix has this plunger thing you need to use, which looks messy and if you are spendign that much on a blender WHY should you have to sit there and plunge something? I set my blendtec and walk away! And results are beautiful. I am so very happy with the Blendtec

    • Jadah and Jen 1.7.2014 at 7:52 am #

      Hi Elena!
      Congrats on the Blendtec!!! We sure hope you love it :-) The tamper with the Vitamix is never needed when making green smoothies, though. It’s there for making things like homemade nut butter—it helps push the contents down into the blades. Just wanted to clear that up for anyone else who was trying to decide between the two!

      They are both fantastic blenders :-)

  22. Bob 1.6.2014 at 1:38 pm #

    Had a Nutribullet and after 3 blade failures I dumped it and got a Omni Blender from Has more power than a Vitamix, only needs 1 jar to do everything, and costs about half the price.

    • Faith 1.23.2014 at 1:03 am #

      I love my nutribullet. It has been running strong for a year (no blade or any other problems.) My only complaint is the small carafe.

      • Julie 2.21.2015 at 1:03 am #

        You can buy a buy a larger cup from the Nutribullet website

  23. Penny Whithorn 1.4.2014 at 9:46 pm #

    I got a Vitamix for Christmas and it is the best. I use it for everything. Love it. I ordered the dry container and Tamper too. Looking forward to that so I can make black bean flour to make pasta. it is amazing.

  24. Charle 1.3.2014 at 6:14 am #

    Hi, just starting the challenge. I’m up too early and off to the gym and was wondering…if I could make enough smoothies for a few days….what would be the frig life? Just want to grab and go.

  25. Laura 1.2.2014 at 8:56 pm #

    I just got a NutriBullet for Christmas. Can’t wait to start using it! I am the only one in my home who will be doing the Green Smoothie challenge, so I think the size of the NutriBullet will be perfect for me! I may upgrade to something bigger for my birthday in a few months if I get hooked on this new healthy habit! Thanks for leading the way!

  26. Christine 1.2.2014 at 4:53 pm #

    I have owned my Vitamix for 10 years and it still works perfectly! Since purchasing it in 2003 I have made all of our peanut butter, and occasionally almond butter too. I have the dry canister as well and have used that to grind wheat into flour for homemade bread. Other than smoothies, we use our Vitamix for soups, salsas, and frozen fruit sorbet. If I could have looked into the future back in 2003 I would not have hesitated in purchasing this amazing blender, thinking that it might be too expensive. It has been worth every penny!

  27. Debi 12.31.2013 at 6:08 am #

    I bought a Ninja last month, it’s powerful enough to pulverize small chunks of carrot in it and I like the convenience of the individual blender/to go cup. It also has a bigger pitcher so I can make smoothies for 2 on the weekends.

    I got this to replace my old bad habit of coffee with milk and sugar. I’ve been enjoying green smoothies every day and don’t miss the old coffee routine at all. I like to throw in a few frozen coffee cubes.
    A friend linked me your challenge – and I’m looking forward to making some new and different smoothies!

    • Jadah and Jen 12.31.2013 at 6:24 am #

      Hi Debi!
      Thanks for sharing :-) You throw coffee cubes in from time to time?? We’ve always wondered how that tasted…

      • Debi 12.31.2013 at 6:46 am #

        The coffee cubes don’t seem to change the taste of my green smoothies at all. I use 4-5 per smoothie. I occasionally make almond butter, banana, cocoa powder, cinnamon, turmeric and almond milk smoothies on the weekends and you can taste a nice coffee flavor in that blend.

      • Jadah and Jen 12.31.2013 at 6:49 am #

        Very interesting! Thanks for sharing :-)

  28. justL 12.6.2013 at 6:13 am #

    I have used a NutriBullet for the past 8 months…absolutely love it. The fast motor ensures a smooth, creamy, healthy drink. The only downside is the size. I have to readjust quantities in recipes, but other than that, I love it so much I bought a second one for traveling!
    Another feature (probably most important for me) is EASY cleanup! And, it’s affordable! Cheap blender price with expensive blender performance.

    • Jadah S 12.26.2013 at 11:57 am #

      Thanks for sharing! I agree the Nutribullet is a great option. Actually using one over the holidays for my green smoothies because that’s what my in-laws have. :-)

  29. wajansen 12.5.2013 at 7:43 pm #

    I like the Ninja to make crude smoothies but I ordered a 7500 Vita Mix short jar thanks to you two enthusiastic raw fooders. SMILE

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