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

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. Stephanie 7.5.2016 at 1:06 pm #

    I have a Ninja Prep blender. Does anyone else use this blender? In the past, I found my smoothies to be very “chunky”. I’m definitely going to try the “leafy green and liquid mix beforehand” tip.

  2. Marliss 6.30.2016 at 8:40 am #

    I bought the My Oster (I think that’s the right name) at Kroger for 19.99. It’s a small blender base with a bottle. You put your ingredients in, attach the lid with blender blades, press down to blend, remove blender lid and put the flip top lid on. Done and ready to take on the road.

    • SGS Rawkstar 7.1.2016 at 12:39 am #

      Hi Marliss!

      Thanks so much for reaching out + for sharing! We always love hearing what blenders our community members blend with!

      Cheers :).

  3. Ruth 6.26.2016 at 8:05 pm #

    Just bought the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ-1000 watts. Wonderful blender so far. Regular price $175, but was on sale at Macy’s. They had a promotion with additional 30% off for the weekend which lowered the cost to $95. It has 3 cups 18, 24 and 32 oz. It was actually cheaper than the larger Nutribullet that I was about to purchase. I know those are good also because I have the smaller Magic Bullet.

    • SGS Rawkstar 6.27.2016 at 11:34 am #

      Thanks for sharing, Ruth! Happy Blendin’!

  4. Bob 5.21.2016 at 12:40 am #

    Repost from another page. I think it fits here better. 🙂

    Hello, I just bought a Nutri Ninja Pro Blender and am wondering if your recipes are designed for single drink blends or larger pitchers. I’m currently looking at your “Simple Green Smoothies” book on Amazon and would appreciate knowing if a 24oz blending cup will be enough.


    • SGS Rawkstar 5.23.2016 at 7:30 am #

      Hi Bob,

      Great question! All of our recipes make two (16oz) servings, for a total of 32 oz.

      When blending with a personal sized blender like Nuri Ninja Pro we suggest halving our recipes and adding a little additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly.

      Worried about blending in a smaller container? Don’t! I blend with a personal sized blender every day!

      Hope this helps!


  5. Eva 4.13.2016 at 2:56 pm #

    I use faberware and make smothie very good

    • SGS Rawkstar 4.14.2016 at 8:47 am #

      Hi Eva,

      Thanks for sharing! We love learning about the different blenders our community is using!

      Cheers 🙂

  6. Donna Ross 3.22.2016 at 2:05 pm #

    I use the NutriBullet. It’s the second one I’ve purchased and it works great for me! I cannot WAIT to start the green smoothie a day plan!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.23.2016 at 8:16 am #

      Hi Donna,

      We love the NutriBullet too! It’s a great personal blender! New to our recipes? If so, just a quick FYI…we suggest halving our recipes when using a personal sized blender + adding a little additional liquid base will ensure everything blends smoothly.

      So excited to have you join us for our April 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge! 🙂

  7. Lisl 3.18.2016 at 2:28 pm #

    I love my green smoothie every morning. I’ve done your 10 day beginner’s challenge about 2 weeks ago and for the last week or so I’m craving a second smoothie around lunchtime. I use a Ninja Master Prep. It doesn’t blend as well as I would like but it’s good for now. Hoping for a better blender for Mother’s Day! Probably not a Vitamix just yet though 😉
    I love your book and even bought my mother in law a book of her own.
    Looking forward to the 30 day challenge!

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.21.2016 at 10:59 am #

      Hi Lisl,

      Thanks for reaching out! We’re so excited to have you blendin’ with us and thank you for all of your support. We hope you love our April 30-Day Green Smoothie Challenge. We’re so excited it’s only 10 days away!!

  8. Michael 3.9.2016 at 4:45 pm #

    Thanks for this write up, im looking to get a new blender soon, I was thinking about the Oster My Blend, but I think I changed my mind based on some of the cool information you presented.

    • SGS Rawkstar 3.9.2016 at 6:19 pm #

      Hi Michael,

      Happy we could help point you in the right direction! We hope you love your new blender! 🙂

  9. Geanna 2.6.2016 at 1:46 pm #

    For those of you that don’t want to spend the $$$$ on a Vitamix or Blendtec, look into an Oster blender. They have glass pitchers and replaceable parts as well as being below $100 for the blenders!!

    • SGS Rawkstar 2.7.2016 at 6:16 pm #

      Hi Geanna,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + sharing your love for Oster blenders. We love hearing about the different blenders our community loves + uses. Did you see we include Oster’s Counterforms 7- Speed Blender in our suggested blenders?

  10. Powerful Carmen 1.27.2016 at 7:52 pm #

    I use the magic bullet blender. I make a power smoothie when I think I need a energy boost for school (which is every day). Awesome substitute for breakfast like cereal. AND I can drink it in class because it’s like “water” except better. I love smoothies!

    • SGS Rawkstar 1.28.2016 at 8:32 am #

      Hi Carmen,

      YAY! We love hearing how our recipes help fuel you through class! Thanks for blendin’ with us! 🙂

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