Best blenders for green smoothies (under $120)

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Before we made the upgrade to Vitamix and Blendtec (which took a year), we rawked out with our basic blenders. They did what we needed them too— and for a really good price. Finding an affordable blender that works great and has a long life is possible! And this list is just a sampling of them. The best advice we can give when choosing a blender is to find one that lines up with your lifestyle. Figure out how many people you are making smoothies for, how much power you are looking for, and how much money you can spend. So, which will it be?

**Special thanks to our Facebook rawkstars who helped us compile this fabulous list.**

 

Favorite Compact Blenders

NutriBullet–$80
There is a lot of buzz about the NutriBullet Blender by Magic Bullet, and for good reason. This is the second compact blender that Magic Bullet has put out, and it is best known for its power to pulverize.
PROS: High power (600 watts), multiple pitcher sizes (24 oz and 18 oz) and blades, compact in size, and easy to use and clean.
CONS: Overheating and leaking issues have been reported, which shorten the life-span.
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magicbulletMagic Bullet–$29
The Magic Bullet is the original bullet blender, and is famous for its ease and efficiency.
PROS: Easy to use and clean, multiple pitcher sizes (18 oz and 12 oz) and blades, compact in size, and people have reported that it has a long life-span.
CONS: Less powerful than other compact blenders (250 watts), which makes smoothies less creamy and consistent.
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cuisinart2Cuisinart Compact Blending/Chopping System–$69
Cuisinart recently joined the compact blender scene with this design. Its reviews have earned it a reputation for being a solid blender in all categories.
PROS: Strong power (350 watts), multiple pitcher sizes (32 oz, 16 oz, and 8 oz) and blades, multiple blend settings, and a good life-span.
CONS: Not as popular as other compact blenders and small number of overheating issues.
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Favorite Stand Blenders

ninjaNinja NJ600 Professional Blender–$79
Ninja has a knack for producing blenders that are fast, razor sharp, and secure. Buying this blender is money well spent.
PROS: Powerful (1000 watts), uses three sets of blades at once, large pitcher (72 oz), long life-span, and customer satisfaction.
CONS: Some have mentioned it struggles with blending kale, and to be careful while cleaning.
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kicthenaidKitchenAid Artisan Blender–$99
KitchenAid has a respected name, and continues that respect with their Artisan blender. It is fun, trendy, and a solid machine.
PROS: Lots of color options, decent power (approximately 700 watts), large pitcher (52 oz), easy clean-up, and long life-span.
CONS: Some have reported minor leaking issues.
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Oster Counterforms 7- Speed Blender–$60

Affordable and function–the two best words to describe this brushed stainless blender.
PROS: Low price for good quality, decent life-span, and large pitcher (approximately 48 oz).
CONS: Low power (600 watts) and somewhat tough to clean with small base.
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Favorite Hand Blenders

kitchenaidKitchenAid 5 speed Hand Blender—$91
This hand blender is a bit different than any other blender on our list. We recommend this blender for anyone who is traveling on a consistent basis.
PROS: Can pack it in your suitcase, any container can be used as a pitcher, several blades, quiet motor, easy to clean.
CONS: Low power, a bit messy, and takes more time to blend.
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smartstick Cuisinart Smart Stick- $35
The price is right for this immersion blender and it’s perfect for times when you have to travel light.
PROS: You can blend your smoothie right in your mason jar (just make sure to add ingredients in stages (leafy greens and liquid first, then one fruit at a time). A great array of color choices— it’s amazing!
CONS: This little guy only has 200-watts of power — be prepared to blend for a while and shy away from using frozen fruits or ice.
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Not ready to buy a new blender yet?

Here’s 3 tips that can make your blender last a little longer:

  1. Avoid leafy chunks by blending your leafy greens and liquid base first. Then add your remaining ingredients and blend again.
  2. Defrost your big frozen fruits in the fridge the night before (like mangoes and strawberries).
  3. Look for the “blender vortex” to know you have enough liquid inside. Add a little more liquid to your blender if the motor seems stuck (water, your favorite nut milk, etc)

Side note: It wasn’t until a year into drinking green smoothies that I upgraded to a high-speed blender. So be patient if a Blendtec or Vitamix are not in your budget yet.

 

Join the conversation

Which blender do you use for your green smoothies? What are the pros and cons? Share it in the comments below.

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241 Responses to “Best blenders for green smoothies (under $120)”

  1. chad 3.24.2017 at 8:04 am #

    The Magic NutriBullet is really good! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Geanna Bell 1.26.2017 at 8:44 pm #

    I noticed the Counterforms blender by Oster but the Oster Pro 1200 is IMO one of the best blenders available. It blends everything up as well as the Vitamix or Blendtec for a fraction of the price of the Vitamix orBlendtec and has all user replaceable parts so you’re always ready to blend. It has a Pulse button, Low, Medium and High buttons as well as a Green/Frozen Smoothies button, a Food chop/salsa button and a Milkshake button. It is loud but does the job very well. I think it does a better job than the more expensive blenders but has a glass pitcher instead of plastic which doesn’t stain, pit or degrade over time.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.30.2017 at 4:42 am #

      We love Oster! Thanks for sharing your blender love, Geanna!

  3. Xenia 1.23.2017 at 11:15 am #

    I prefer the blender by Karmin, it works really good! (Y)

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.30.2017 at 4:41 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Xenia! We always love hearing what our community is blending with! 🙂

  4. Robert 1.8.2017 at 11:03 am #

    I’ve been happy with my Wolfgang Puck commercial blender- it was second hand, and after 15 month or so, still going strong. My previous blender…I had to thaw out frozen fruit until room temp, and I still often had chewy smoothies.

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.11.2017 at 8:17 am #

      Hi Robert,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + sharing! We love hearing about the different blenders our community are using!

  5. Kenneth 10.17.2016 at 7:43 pm #

    Great commercial smoothie blenders that won’t break the bank. http://www.webstrauntstore.com. You can get a great blender for $260 for a Waring Xtreme

  6. glendar 9.15.2016 at 2:27 pm #

    What is the 7 day reset.

    I don’t see any information on it.

  7. Lisa 9.11.2016 at 12:48 pm #

    HI ladies, I’m not ready to pay for a Vitamin or Blendtec just yet. Wondering if the Nutribullet will give me smooth results for kale and other green smoothies? You note it has “high power” at 600 watts, but you also say the Oster has “low power” at 600 watts. So I don’t know if 600 watts in the NutriBullet will be enough or not! thanks, Lisa

    • SGS Rawkstar 9.12.2016 at 8:16 pm #

      Hi Lisa,

      YES! I use my NutriBullet everyday! There’s a lot of power packed into that little NutriBullet resulting in creamy (no leafy chunks) + delicious green smoothies. When blending with the NutriBullet we do suggest halving our recipes and adding a little additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly.

      Cheers!

  8. MICHAEL LANNING 8.21.2016 at 4:52 am #

    I broke 3 tamper, in two days. This is when vitamix said you could use a regular tamper with the short jars. I took it back. I got a blendtec.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.22.2016 at 7:36 am #

      Hi Michael,

      Oh goodness! No one likes a broken tamper! Hope you love your new Blendtec!

  9. Adeline Hanna 8.16.2016 at 1:09 pm #

    I’m looking into a Hamilton Beach blender 700 watts for. $30.

    • SGS Rawkstar 8.17.2016 at 8:04 am #

      Hi Adeline,

      Hamilton Beach is a great option! Happy blending!!

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