Jen Hansard | Simple Green Smoothies

Shop + Blend + Thrive!

I LOOOOVE helping friends blender shop… and I’m excited to help you right now! This is where you can take your favorite smoothie recipe from chunky to smooth and creamy. There are TONS of options out there, yet only the best blenders for smoothies are listed here.

But before we dive in,  I have a little secret to share with you: Any blender will work for making green smoothies. Start with what you have!

I started with a basic blender (that was collecting dust in my cupboard) and it got the job done. My family made our first 100+ green smoothies with this blender. Eventually it died… I literally burnt the blender (sparks, smoke and all) and I knew it was time to up our game. Since then, I’ve gone through and tested TONS of blenders and wanted to share my favorites with you below. When you’re ready to upgrade, I’ve shared my top blenders for smoothies below.

peace, love & leafy greens,
Jen Hansard

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Lesson #1: You don’t need an expensive blender to make a green smoothie.

Any blender will blend up spinach and fruit… yet the results won’t all be the same. If you’re looking for affordable blenders for smoothies, I recommend the ones I’ve highlighted below that I’ve tested and stand out from the rest. I also suggest blending your leafy greens and liquid first. Then add in the fruit and blend again. This will help you get a creamy, dreamy green smoothie every time at a fraction of the cost.


Lesson #2: You do get what you pay for with smoothie blenders

Typically the more horsepower, the creamier the smoothie. Yet when you step into higher horsepower models, the price goes waaaaaay up. Yet just like my dad always says… you also get what you pay for. 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. Typically, the higher end blenders come with rawesome warranties and truly make the whole blending experience a joy.


Lesson #3: You can score some great deals on nice blenders for smoothies!

Once my $25 blender died, I went online and saved hundreds of dollars on my first Vitamix because I bought a refurbished model right through their website. I’ve never regretted that decision— it’s been a true work horse and my top smoothie blender. Here’s the two companies + special links to their special offers:



Lesson #4: The smoothie blender has to work for you and your lifestyle right now

My first year of green smoothie blending, I rawked out with the standard blender that I had.

This blender did what I needed it too— and for a really good price! Finding an affordable blender for smoothies that works great and has a long life is possible! And this list is just a sampling of them. The best advice I can give when choosing a blender is to find one that lines up with your lifestyle and budget. 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?


High speed blenders for smoothies | Simple Green Smoothies

Vitamix 300 Series :: $440

This commercial grade blender is a workhorse and my go-to for smoothies! I know there are newer Vitamix models out there (and I’ve used them) yet this is still my favorite. I also prefer the refurbished model since you can save over $150 on it. Either way you go, this blender is packed with power to turn nuts into creamy butters, liquify leafy greens for smoothies, and create silky soups.

PROS: 7-year warranty, long-lasting, built solid, simple controls, adjustable power levels

CONS: Expensive, jar isn’t dishwasher safe, jar can leave crack lines when blending hot liquids + oil



Kitchenaid ProLine Series :: $435

This high-performing blender is super stable, simple to use, and blends creamy green smoothies in a matter of seconds. Did I mention how stinkin’ cute it is? It’ def gets the most style points in my book!

PROS: 3.5 Peak HP Motor, strong and stable base, container is super easy to clean, 10-year warranty.

CONS: This is one of the loudest blenders out there (like a jet engine), but that’s because it’s so powerful.


Blendtec Designer 725 :: $549

Blendtec’s reconditioned blenders are great for saving $$$. The revolutionary powerful blunt, cold-forged steel blade spins at speeds over 300 mph. Wowza! The unique 5-sided jar uses inertia to draw food back down to the spinning blade. This model is practically a hands-free blending experience.

PROS: 8-year warranty, safe blade, wide jar, pre-programmed, jar is dishwasher safe

CONS: Expensive, big, the base is a little unstable when it blends frozen ingredients



Standard speed blenders for smoothies | Simple Green Smoothies

Oster Counterforms :: $65

Pre-Programmed Smart Settings make this affordable blender a gem. The reverse action of the super sharp 6-point blade spins one way, then reverses during the blend cycle for ultrasmooth blends almost on par with higher end blenders.

PROS: Affordable, 7 speeds, glass jar, dishwasher safe, 1000 power watts/ 600 blending watts, all metal drive.

CONS: Loud, not as versatile as high-speed blenders.




Nutribullet Pro : $75

This lightweight, single-serving blender boasts a 900W motor and uses cyclonic action to puree even the toughest seeds, nuts, stems, and stalks. Its compact size means it doesn’t take up valuable counter real estate, but also means it’s easy to travel with. 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, cup and lids are dishwasher safe.

CONS: May leak if overfilled, 1-year full warranty, no speed choices (only on or off), can’t use for hot liquids.

RAWKSTAR TIP: Avoid blending super tough ingredients. Consumer Reports states the blade may break off. Also, avoid blending hot liquids as blender can explode. (no joke)


Ninja Pro Blender : $90

This affordable blender has 1000 watts of professional power. Its technology crushes ice and frozen fruit in seconds, and does make the creamiest smoothie for under $100. The 72 oz. jar is perfect for making creamy, frozen drinks and smoothies for the entire family.

PROS: BPA and dishwasher safe. Affordable for the amount of horsepower.

CONS: Clunky mechanisms, the blade is super sharp (I cut myself first time cleaning it)




Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender :: $15

For literally $15… you can have a travel-size blender to bring on trips or keep in the college dorm. This blender doesn’t have the horsepower of the others, making it tough to blend up leafy greens into a creamy smoothie. Yet for convenience and price— it can’t be beat.

PROS: Compact, super affordable, cute colors.

CONS: Low horsepower, only single serving container



Share your thoughts…

After learning about all these blenders for smoothies, I’d love to know what you are using, how it works and also what blender you’d love to get next. If you have any questions, feel free to ask below as well!


Carla 3.6.2019 - 9:48 am

Almost 2.5 years now of daily blending with an Oster Versa Pro, which I got on Black Friday sale for $150, down from $200-ish. I see now that it appears to have been discontinued, but it’s a great 1400-watt blender with program buttons (I mainly use Smoothie and Soup buttons). It has a 7-year warranty so I don’t know what will happen if it ever needs repairs though!

A friend has the top-of-the-line $600 Vitamix and it’s much quieter than my Oster. Makes me jealous.

SGS Rawkstar Carissa 3.6.2019 - 11:15 am

Hey Carla,

That sounds like a really great deal for your Oster Versa Pro! If you ever need any repairs I would still reach out to them and see what they can do. They are a great company so I am sure they will be able to help you 🙂

Eleni Foulidis 3.5.2019 - 11:47 pm

Try TJ Maxx and Marshall’s or Homegoods for your Vitamix. Two days ago, I found a brand new S50 model that is currently priced at $399 at every other online retailer, for $199.

I even called Vitamix with the serial number on the outside of the box to make sure it was not a refurbished product, as they would be aware. They confirmed it was brand new, and that it had never been registered, and never been in service, and manufactured just a few months ago.

I also found, last night, an S55 model at a different location, priced at $249 and currently selling at all other stores for $449.

I’ve been using a Vitamix 750 for the last 5 years and absolutely love it. That’s why I bought the S50 from T.J. Maxx at $200 off. I’ll be keeping it at my office to make smoothies every day, I’m so excited.

SGS Rawkstar Carissa 3.6.2019 - 11:13 am

Hey Eleni,

That is so awesome you found your Vitamix for such a great deal! It pays to shop around 🙂

Karen 3.1.2019 - 8:18 am

I use an immersion blender for my green smoothies and it works great . I have a counter model but this is mmucjveasier for clean up It’s easy to take in the road too.

Patricia Hinshaw 1.17.2019 - 11:33 am

I use a Ninja Chef. I love it.

SGS Rawkstar Carissa 3.6.2019 - 11:10 am


Hernan Bermudez 1.8.2019 - 8:52 pm

I have a Hamilton Beach Easy Clean Big Mouth 2-Speed Juice Extractor, would this worK?

SGS Rawkstar Carissa 3.6.2019 - 11:10 am

Hey Hernan,

Feel free to try whatever you have on hand and if that does the job, stick with it! We just wanted to give feedback on the blenders we have tried.

Happy blending!

Marce 1.4.2019 - 12:01 am

You’ve inspired me to do this 30 day smoothie challenge and after reading this article i am also now inspired to source for a new blender – so thank you for this summary, it is often so difficult to understand what’s what with so many options. I have to say, I have been using my trustee Magic Bullet for years and while it now feels like it is on the tail end, it really does blend my smoothies almost perfectly (though I do worry about waking up the neighbours sometimes)! Cannot wait to compare it to one of these wonderful high speed ones!

SGS Rawkstar Carissa 3.6.2019 - 11:09 am

Hey Marce,

Glad we inspired you to up your smoothie game. Hey, if your Magic Bullet works great for you then that is all that matters. Maybe your neighbors need to wake up earlier =P

Elizabeth 1.1.2019 - 11:27 pm

Tried the Ninja wasn’t quite sold on it. Then got the nutrabullet 900. Have been using it for 5 years and love it! It’s starting to make a funny noise and sometimes has a motor smell. Hope to have more use from it but if it dies I will definitely buy another one. Thanks for the info on the others. Just in case. Ha

SGS Rawkstar Carissa 3.6.2019 - 11:07 am

Hey Elizabeth,

So glad you found one that works perfectly for you!

tom zellers 12.25.2018 - 7:51 pm

When I was a high school senior in Pennsylvania , I was serious about FOOTBALL and the University of Miami offered me a full NCAA FOOTBALL SCHOLARSHIP WHEN I WAS A US NAVY PILOT DURING THE VIETNAM WAR, MY AIRCRAFT CARRIED A NUCLEAR BOMB that was serious.. I trained in PENSACOLA FLORIDA in 1969 that was serious.….that is serious ! Right? Ok, my next jobs were running ( PRESIDENT) of 5 hospitals. that is serious ! THEN A DRUNK DRIVER CRASHED INTO MY HOTEL ROOM AND ALMOST KILLED ME ……that was SERIOUS , right ?
GREEN SMOOTHIES HEALED ME . that health is very serious right ?
Now, we have a serious proposal for you.
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All you do is let us interview you about eating healthy and vegan for 20 minutes on Zoom. you probably know these experts who are all speaking …..Fuhrman, Barnard ,Campbell, Esseltyne, Mc Dougal, Tuttle, and YOU if you want the exposure. Are you interested in working together? Our ORGANIC SUPERFOODS are sold in 8 stores and Coops in Washington State and Idaho but in all 50 states !
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Shirley 12.16.2018 - 9:20 pm

I bought a Harley Pasternak at Canadian Tire. On sale file $150 and I had a $50 coupon. Used it for the last smoothie challenge and I love it

Patrice 12.11.2018 - 8:53 am

Wait! Vitamix is NOT dishwasher safe? Don’t tell mine, he has been dishwashed for over 5 years-giggling-I wouldnt trade my Vitamix for anything.. Smoothies come out nice and creamy every time. I have the dry container too and LOVE making my own flour.

SGS Rawkstar Carissa 12.11.2018 - 12:19 pm

Hey Patrice,

They say it’ not safe because the heat and cause the container to crack from the heat. However, if you have been using it in your dishwasher then I wouldn’t sweat it. 🙂

Shai 10.7.2018 - 2:18 am

Thanks for the artical!

I’m intrested to know what you have to say about the vacuum blenders theory, and the reducing of oxidation.
Is this relly significant?

Thanks, Shai

Amy 8.10.2018 - 6:20 pm

I use my Veggie Bullet with a smoothie attachment that is no longer available. I can meal prep and make basic smoothies while saving counter space.

SGS Rawkstar Amanda 8.13.2018 - 11:59 am

Hey Amy,

There is nothing better than saving counter space in my book!!

Sheila Henne 7.9.2018 - 10:42 pm

I just bought a Cleanblend blender. It is a commercial grade Vitamix 5200 knockoff for less than half the price of a Vitamix 5200. Currently $200 on Amazon. Cleanblend backs up their blender with a 5 year warranty, and has a real company with real customer service that people are ravng about. So far am very happy with it. The blender jar design is such that it even works well for 1 person’s worth of smoothie. Yes, it’s tall but easy to store top and bottom separately under the counter. Lightweight but good quality.

SGS Rawkstar Amanda 8.13.2018 - 11:58 am

Hey Sheila,

That is so awesome, thank you for sharing! I am so happy that you are enjoying your blender and all the delicious smoothies you can make with it 🙂

andrew hartness 7.1.2018 - 2:39 am

I prefer Blender/Smoothie Maker to make fruits Drink, it’s very good for making smoothie/juice.! here I saw some very good product, people like the best product, your article is very useful to select best one from many more group.!
Thank you for your blog

SGS Rawkstar Amanda 7.9.2018 - 9:43 pm

Thanks for blendin’ with us, Andrew!

Judith Hartman 6.22.2018 - 4:22 pm

I have a Vitamix and thinking I should dig it out and use it. Right now I’ve been blending with Ninja and working good. I want to get gutsy and do a double batch and see how it tastes after sitting for a few hours (sealed tight and in the fridge). I was reading about freezing and wondered if a food sealer would be a good investment to make sure all the air is out – any thoughts?

SGS Rawkstar Amanda 7.9.2018 - 9:42 pm

Hi Judith,

Hmmm…I’ve never tried a food sealer, but it may be worth a try! We’ve had many community members freeze their pre-blended smoothies, but personally I always like how a smoothie tastes when blended at that time or within a day or two – rather than freezing it.

Sabrina B 12.24.2018 - 9:09 pm

I use a jar attachment for the vacuum sealer and it works great to make smoothies ahead of time!

Ton 6.15.2018 - 5:22 am

I struggle with getting my smoothies Slush-like. Trying to duplicate the consistency similar to the “Chain-Smootie” places. Which will blend frozen fruit better?

SGS Rawkstar Amanda 7.9.2018 - 9:40 pm

Hi Ton,

Those smoothie chains are definitely using high-powered smoothies, that blend everything perfectly. If you’re looking for a similar consistency I’d reach for a Vitamix or Blendtec. Those two brands are usually what you’ll find in commercial use.

Lisa 6.10.2018 - 11:58 pm

Not sure why the short wide pitcher is the trend in the high performance blenders. I’ve been a vitamix loyal fan for years and just got a new one. The short wide pitcher splatters out when you open to add ice cubes or other ingredients. With the tall narrow pitcher of prior model, I could get it started blending and then easily open to add ingredients with out risking splatter everywhere.

Jen | Simple Green Smoothies 6.13.2018 - 6:18 pm

Hey Lisa— The wide pitcher is shorter and fits under countertops easier. It also blends better too. I use to have the tall Vitamix pitcher and I will not go back now that I’ve had the shorter ones!


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