When it comes to finding the best blender for smoothies, the options can be overwhelming. This is your chance to take your favorite smoothie recipe from chunky to creamy in seconds. There are TONS of blenders out there, yet only the best blenders for smoothies are listed here.
Before we dive in, I have a little secret to share with you: Any blender will work for making smoothies. You'll just have to blend a little differently to get a creamy smoothie. Here's some quick advice you can try right now:
- Add leafy greens and liquid to blender first. Blend on high until completely liquified and no leafy chunks remain.
- Add fruit, protein powder, etc and blend on high again until smooth and creamy.
I started with a $50 blender (that was collecting dust in my cupboard) and it got the job done. My family made our first 100+ smoothies with this blender. Eventually, I burnt the motor out (sparks, smoke and all) and I knew it was time to up our game. I’ve bought, received and tested 45+ blenders for smoothies and will share my favorites below.
Best Smoothie Blenders in 2022
I've spent years trying out all the blenders and below are my top picks based on their versatility, design and efficiency for blending a smoothie. The price on these few blenders might be a shocker. I know it was for me when I was blender shopping. Yet when you consider warranty, quality and longevity, they are priced accurately for what you get.
Vitamix Ascent Series A3500 Blender
I've currently use this awesome blender in my kitchen. I love that there are tons of attachments you can use with it (food processor, small container blending for hummus and single-serving container too). It'll do everything you want (and more). Has a one-touch programmed setting to automate your daily smoothie habit and will grow with your healthy lifestyle.
- PROS: 1380 watts, 64-ounce container, low profile for easy storage, 7-year warranty, no chunks
- CONS: Loud when blending (sounds like a plane taking off)
- RETAIL PRICE: $649.95
- BEST DEALS: Check out our Vitamix Sales and Deals page.
Check out my review of this series below:
Since I use it every day, it's gotta work for me and my family... and it does!
Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
This blender will definitely stand the test of daily smoothie blending. It's super durable, great for blending leafy greens, frozen avocado and more for the whole family. If you like to be in control of your smoothie blending experience and not into fancy bells and whistles, this is the Vitamix for you.
- PROS: 1656 watts, 64 ounce container, low profile to fit under most cabinets, 7-year warranty, adjustable speed, can make hot soup in minutes, easily blends frozen ingredients, easy to use with just two flips and a knob.
- CONS: Loud when blending, not the easiest for making one serving smoothies (better for two or more servings at a time)
- RETAIL PRICE: $600
- BEST DEALS: Check out our Vitamix Sales and Deals page.
Breville Super Q Blender
I was impressed with how quiet the Breville was compared to other high-powered blenders. Yes, it's still a high-speed blender so it won't be soundproof, yet it does take the ambiance down a notch when blending. I also love the design and that it comes with a personal blender attachment at no extra charge.
- PROS: Quieter, 1800 watts, includes personal blender attachment, dishwasher safe, 64 ounce container, one-touch settings, 7-year warranty, can add on the Vac Q (removes oxygen to preserve smoothie color, taste and nutrients)
- CONS: Doesn't have many attachments
- RETAIL PRICE: $499.95
Ninja Smart Screen DUO Blender
I gotta be honest. I cut my finger real bad on a Ninja blender once while cleaning it and vowed to never include it in a blender review. Yet aside from its deathly sharp blade, the Ninja does a remarkable job blending up a green smoothie without the hefty price tag. While the smoothest of smoothies come from Vitamix, the Ninja doesn't back down to nicely pureeing a variety of fruits and leafy greens. What sells me on the Ninja is its price. If you aren't sure you're gonna be a smoothie rawkstar for life, this might be for you.
- PROS: 1100 watts, comes with different sized containers for more customized portions, 72 ounce large container, dishwasher safe, $170.00 for a high-powered appliance, includes Fresh Vac (removes oxygen while blending— they got this idea from Breville) quieter than Vitamix
- CONS: 1-year warranty, not as easy to puree with all frozen fruit, plastic is hard and feels cheap
- RETAIL PRICE: $149.99
Cuisinart Hurricane Pro 3.5 Peak Blender
Cuisinart is stepping up its game with this smoothie blender. It actually has functions specifically for smoothies or soups as well as a 'clean' button too. Easy to clean with the smart design.
- PROS: 3-year warranty, 64 ounces, 13 speeds, dishwasher safe
- CONS: noisy, not as long-lasting (has been known to die based on reviews)
- RETAIL PRICE: $399.95
Best Smoothie Blenders Under $100
We're not even halfway through my blender guide. I hope you've found this helpful and are narrowing in your choice. Any blender can profess to blend up spinach and fruit, yet the results won't all be the same. If you're looking for a new blender for smoothies, I recommend the ones I've highlighted below that I've tested and truly stand out above the rest.
If you're getting a lower-priced blender, I suggest blending your leafy greens and liquid first. This will help you get a creamy, dreamy green smoothie with every blend.
If you're new to smoothies and need a blender to get you started then the options below are great! The Oster and Nutribullet are community favorites, yet I think you'll be happy to start your blending journey with any of them.
Instant Ace Blender
If you think the Instant Pot was a genius invention, meet its little sister: the Instant Ace Blender. This blender has a similar design as the Instant Pot and is able to blend leafy greens, make nut milk and even heat soup. Don't think you're getting a Vitamix at a thrift store price, this is not long-lasting and doesn't do a great job of blending frozen fruit.
- PROS: smaller container for single serving smoothies, self-cleaning feature, heat-resistant glass container
- CONS: Not long-lasting, better at blending fresh produce vs frozen
- RETAIL PRICE: $69.99
Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto IQ
This blender has 1000 watts of professional power to crush ice and frozen fruit in seconds. The 72 oz jar is helpful when making smoothies for the entire family. Consider it the effective version of the Ninja Smart Blender above, with fewer features but still able to blend a smoothie.
- PROS: BPA and dishwasher safe, 1400 watts
- CONS: Clunky mechanisms, the blade is super sharp (I cut myself first time cleaning it)
- RETAIL PRICE: $109.99
Nutribullet Pro 1000
This lightweight, single-serving blender boasts a 900W motor and can puree seeds, nuts, stems, and stalks. This is a great little blender if you’re rawkin’ it solo or on the road a lot and want to keep on blending.
- PROS: Easy to use and clean, compact size, made with BPA-free plastic, dishwasher safe
- CONS: Can leak if lid is loose, no speed choices (only on or off), can’t use with hot liquids (no bulletproof coffee here)
Best Reconditioned Blenders for Smoothies
If you're looking for a high-powered blender but still don't want to pay that high price tag then check out these great models. I used a reconditioned Vitamix for years without regret and it's the best, most reliable blender I've ever owned.
Certified Reconditioned Vitamix Blenders
When my first blender died, I bought a refurbished Vitamix and saved $250 just like that. I’ve never regretted that decision. It’s been a true workhorse and my top smoothie blender to this day. You can get a commercial-grade blender at a steep discount. There are quite a few Vitamix models to choose from in their Certified Reconditioned Blender section.
- PROS: 7-year warranty, long-lasting, built solid, simple controls, adjustable power levels
- CONS: Expensive, jar isn’t dishwasher safe
- RETAIL PRICE: $289.95-749.95
Blender Shopping FAQs
Blending with ice can be harsh on your blades and cause them to go dull. I don't recommend adding ice to your blender. Use frozen fruit to chill your smoothie, or pour the blended smoothie over ice to chill.
If you really want to make an icy smoothie or margarita, I would use a Vitamix and have a certain container be your ice container. You can buy extra containers directly from Vitamix. My favorite is their stainless steel container.
Any blender will blend up spinach and fruit, but the results won't all be the same. Typically the more horsepower, the creamier the smoothie. Yet when you step into higher horsepower models, the price goes way up. My dad always says you get what you pay for (and it's true with blenders!).
These high-powered blenders make green smoothies in half the time, are easier to clean, quieter and make a creamy smoothie in one simple step. The higher-end blenders usually include a rawesome warranty and truly make the whole blending experience a breeze. If you're looking for a new blender for smoothies, I recommend getting a Vitamix 750, Breville Super Q or Ninja Smart Screen Duo.
Black Friday is always a good time to score a blender deal. This year, I found the best deals to be 2-4 weeks before Black Friday. With Vitamix, they have a new sale each month and you can really score some amazing deals on my favorite high-speed blender. Sign up for my newsletter to get notified when the best deals are. I like to shout it out to all my rawkstars since I know a good deal could be just what you need!
What Smoothie Blender is your #1?
Now that you're equipped with all the knowledge about the best blenders for smoothies, which blender will you choose? I'd love to know which one is your trusted companion, and I can't wait for you to start blending smoothies soon.