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Best blenders for green smoothies (under $120)

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 6.13.2013 | COMMENTS: 246


cheap blenders

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

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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.
Click here to see this blender on Amazon

 

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.
Click here to see this blender on Amazon

 

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.
Click here to see this blender on Amazon

 

Favorite Stand Blenders

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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.
Click here to see this blender on Amazon

 

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.
Click here to see this blender on Amazon

 


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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.
Click here to see this blender on Amazon

 

 

Favorite Hand Blenders

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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.
Click here to see this blender on Amazon

 

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.
Click here to see this blender on Amazon

 


 

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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  1. Bethany Gillespie says:

    Is there anymore information on recommended immersion blenders? I have been making the delicious soups from the 21 day cleanse but it is difficult to pour into a blender. Thank you!

    • SGS Rawkstar Amanda says:

      Hi Bethany,

      When making soup an immersion blender is definitely a time-saver + makes making a creamy delicious soup so easy! I wish I had more blenders to share with you, but truly my favorites are the ones listed above! I’ve included their links here…

      http://amzn.to/2d128on

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  2. chad says:

    The Magic NutriBullet is really good! Thanks for sharing!

  3. Geanna Bell says:

    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.

  4. Xenia says:

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

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

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

  5. Robert says:

    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 says:

      Hi Robert,

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

  6. Kenneth says:

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

  7. glendar says:

    What is the 7 day reset.

    I don’t see any information on it.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Glendar,

      Learn more about Thrive: A 7-Day Reset here…

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/thrive

      Reach out with any questions!

  8. Lisa says:

    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 says:

      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!

  9. MICHAEL LANNING says:

    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.

  10. Adeline Hanna says:

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

  11. Stephanie says:

    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.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Stephanie!

      Thanks for reaching out! Mixing your leafy greens + liquid base first is definitely a game changer! But, if you’re looking for an ultra-smooth green smoothie, a high-speed blender such as Vitamix or Blendtec really makes a world of difference.

      Thanks for being a part of our community!

    • Geanna Bell says:

      Look into the Oster Pro 1200 blender as it has 1200 power watts and 900 blending watts for only $59.99 for the black or $69.99 for the chrome. Works just as good as the Vitamix or Blendtec but has a glass jar instead of plastic. http://www.oster.com/blenders-and-juicers/professional-blenders/oster-pro-1200-plus-blend-n-go-smoothie-cup—brushed-nickel—glass-jar/BLSTMB-CBG-000.html#start=7. Hope this helps.

  12. Marliss says:

    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 says:

      Hi Marliss!

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

      Cheers :).

  13. Ruth says:

    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.

  14. Bob says:

    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.

    Thanks,
    Bob

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      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!

      Cheers!

  15. Eva says:

    I use faberware and make smothie very good

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Eva,

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

      Cheers 🙂

  16. Donna Ross says:

    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 says:

      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! 🙂

  17. Lisl says:

    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 says:

      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!!

  18. Michael says:

    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 says:

      Hi Michael,

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

  19. Geanna says:

    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 says:

      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?

      https://simplegreensmoothies.com/product-reviews/cheap-blender

  20. Powerful Carmen says:

    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 says:

      Hi Carmen,

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

  21. Terry says:

    Hope this is allowed, but I just wanted to add for others. I use a bella rocket extract pro plus. It’s in the same price range as those mentioned (50-60 U.S. dollars), and has a 700 watt motor. Has a programmed smoothie button (as well as others) and works absolutely fantastic. New to this, but having fun. Thank you.

    • Terry says:

      Wanted to add, I use kale and spinach all the time and this blends them perfectly.

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Terry,

        Of course this is allowed! We love hearing what blenders are community are using!! Thanks for sharing!

        Cheers 🙂

  22. Anna says:

    Hi there,
    After reading your advice on the top eight blenders, and reading several other external reviews on the recommended blenders, I am still confused. Which blender would you recommend for making the creamiest smoothies??? I understand that the vitamix and blendtek are the top two blenders out there, but which cheaper alternative will create the smoothest smoothies? Thanks!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Anna,

      We hope we can help answer your question! All of the above blenders will create delicious + creamy smoothies on a budget. The stick blenders may leave pieces behind, but are a great choice if you travel often and need to blend on the go.

      Personally, I have a NutriBullet at home and it blends the creamiest smoothies I’ve ever had! I also love that it’s personal sized, perfect for blending just for me! 🙂

      Cheers 🙂

      • Barbara says:

        We have a Ninja and even with 1000 watts it will not puree spinach, but leaves little bits of leaf. These then sink to the bottom. What would stop this from happening? Thanks!

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Barbara,

        Our key to a creamy smoothie free of leafy chunks is blending your leafy greens + liquid base first. Once your leafy greens resemble a juice consistency add your remaining ingredients! Adding at least one frozen fruit will also help breakdown any remaining greens.

        Check out our blendin’ tips here…

        https://simplegreensmoothies.com/tips/blend-without-chunks

    • Geanna says:

      The Oster if you live in the USA!! Under $100 and has glass pitchers and different blades as well.

  23. Frederique says:

    Hi there,
    Thanks for this list!
    Which one would be the best for frozen fruits? Because I don’t really like to unfroze fruits all night long, first because I don’t know the day before what I’ll want the next morning, second because I think we’re loosing a lot of vitamins in the “all night long in the fridge” process, aren’t we?
    Anyway, thanks for your help!

    • Frederique says:

      Unfreaze, sorry, not unfroze! 🙂

      • Frederique says:

        UNFREEZE.

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Frederique,

        We love blendin’ with frozen fruit! It’s what makes our smoothies the perfect consistency + ensures that they are chilled to perfection, so we’ve made sure that all of the above options will be frozen fruit blendin’ rawkstars! The only blenders that may require some thawing is the hand blenders.

        Hope this helps!

  24. Lorac says:

    Am a Kenyan. Where can i get Ninja model.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Lorac,

      We suggest reaching out to the Ninja directly. Here is their customer service link…

      http://www.ninjakitchen.com/customerSupport/

  25. Dave says:

    Really starting to get into this….I have the Nutri Ninja and love it. Any reason it is not on the above list? Keep up the great work!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Dave,

      Ninja makes great blenders! And the Nutri Ninja is a great option in addition to the blenders listed above!

  26. pat says:

    jo you can return it

  27. pat says:

    I have used ninja for many yrs 1 2 3 blades love love love, latest model ninja ultra grinds the toughest stuff too smooth creamy consistency, economic , can make monthly payments

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Pat,

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience blendin’ with a Ninja! It’s a great option for blendin’ green smoothies!

      Cheers 🙂

  28. Jo says:

    Hiya!
    After reading all your comments I feel a bit of a dill ….. yesterday I proudly purchased an Optimum 9400 for $479. Did lots of research & decided that was the one. Seems I could’ve managed with spending far less ….. oh well. I’ll let you know how it goes!!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Jo,

      It’s all about finding the blender that works for you! And if you did all of that research, I bet it’s perfect! Cheers 🙂

  29. Julia says:

    Hey do you have any smoothies for authrist pain.?

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Julia.

      Thanks for reaching out. At this time we don’t, but here are some tips on arthritis. http://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/arthritis/in-depth/arthritis/art-20046440

  30. Valeria says:

    I look forward to purchasing a more powerful blender soon. I’m doing research today on an emulsifier endorsed by Dr. Ian Smith. Has anyone else reviewed or hear anything about this one?

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