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Best blenders for green smoothies

By: Jen Hansard | last Updated: 12.5.2013 | COMMENTS: 77

So, you’re walking through the store, and you come to the blender section…

“Oh, boy,” you think to yourself. There are blenders with square pitchers, round pitchers, glass pitchers, plastic pitchers. Some have 12 speeds, while others go at the speed of a bullet. There are even blenders that almost cost as much as it does to pay monthly rent for an apartment! “I’m just trying to be healthy by drinking green smoothies, but I don’t know what blender to use!”

We’re here to help you blender shop! But first, we have a little secret: Any blender works for making green smoothies. We both started with a normal, everyday blender to make green smoothies. Sure, they didn’t blend all of the ingredients to a creamy consistency in 30 seconds or less, but still blended delicious tasting drinks that were healthy for our bodies.

Top Blenders under $120

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Nobody wants to buy a blender that’s not going to do a decent job. That’s why we created a list of our favorite affordable blenders. All of these blenders are under $120 and have been endorsed by our rawkstar community. They also have some of the best reviews out there.

CLICK HERE for top affordable blenders

Top High-Speed Blenders

Blendtec vs vitamixCheck out the Vitamix and Blendtec blenders! These professional-grade blenders that not only blend your green smoothies with ease, but can help you cook soups, make veggie dips, ice cream and more.

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So, which blender’s it gonna be?

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  1. Charlene says:

    Definitely the blender by Karmin is the best! 😉

  2. Shari N. says:

    Best I have ever used is the blender by Karmin 🙂

  3. Joe says:

    I just purchased a NutriBullet, and have been using it for my smoothies the last couple weeks. I have been using their recipes since they are obviously built around the size of their cups. But I would really like to also try your recipes…do you know if your recipes will fit in their “tall” cup? Or is there a way I should modify them while I am adding ingredients to fit?
    Thank you!!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Joe,

      I LOVE my NutriBullet and love blending our recipes with it!! We simply suggest halving our recipes and adding a little additional liquid base to ensure everything blends smoothly!

      Cheers 🙂

  4. Gwynn says:

    I just wanted to pop in and say that after purchasing your book I have a NEW found LOVE LOVE of green smoothies. I have been trying to make this a habit for years now and can say your recipes have definitely made that easier! Not to mention that your recipes are helping me to sell my other half on a green smoothie every day as well! Okay so that point – I would like to recommend the New Oster Pro 1200. I have had AMAZING results at well blended smoothies with this little bad boy, and it has a GREAT price point. Thanks for being awesome!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Gwynn,

      Thank you so much for reaching out + sharing your love! We are so excited to hear you’re enjoying blending with our new book! And thank you for taking the time to share your experience with the New Oster Pro 1200. We love hearing our community’s tips, tricks + favorite tools!

      Cheers 🙂

  5. sara says:

    I have both the NutriBullet and Cuisinart Smart Stick and both are great for making smoothies. I especially like the Smart Stick for traveling and being able to whip up a smoothie in my hotel room!

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Sara,

      You’re right! Stick blenders are perfect for blendin’ on the go. Thank you so much for sharing!

      Cheers 🙂

  6. RJ says:

    I had an Oster forever and just moved up to a Blendtec and I love it!! I tried my friend’s Vitamix first but didn’t like the tamper or the sharp blades.
    My Blendtec makes a perfect smoothie every time. Great soup too!

  7. Kristen says:

    I’m new to this…and I’m excited to get myself and my family healthy.
    Have you used coconut water in your smoothie recipes? Also…I’m buying a Nutri Bullet RX to get my smoothie on…hope it does the job. 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kristen,

      We love blendin’ with coconut water! Coconut water is filled with electrolytes and potassium, which are two nutrients your body craves when expending lots of energy. It’s low in calories, fat, and sugar meaning that this is the liquid-base you want when working out.

      And we love the Nutri Bullet RX, great choice!

  8. kausi says:

    how many time one should take smoothie in a day.
    once only for break fast rest of the meals can be normal.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Kausi,

      Our goal for your is to drink at least one 2-cup serving green smoothie a day in addition to your regular diet. If you would like, you can replace 1 or 2 meals with green smoothies. If you drink green smoothies as meal replacements, make sure to add a protein boost (plant-based protein powder, nut milk, nut butter), or snack on some nuts or a hard-boiled egg 30-60 minutes after you drink your green smoothie.


  9. cathy says:

    I forgot to mention, I add a protein powder and flax seed to the smoothie too.

    • SGS Rawkstar says:

      Hi Cathy,

      Here are a few of our favorite ways to add protein to our smoothies:


  10. Dianna says:

    I use the Ninja. It seems to work really well. And I like verstillity of the food processor with it.

  11. Kelly says:

    I use the bamix stick blender (I believe they have a 10 year warranty), mine is 13 years old, but is blending well.

  12. Matt says:

    Just ordered an Oster Versa 1400 watt blender. (Amazon had the best price @ ~ $180) After reading more reviews than I care to think about I concluded the Oster was a great deal (at least for me) and does everything the other brands do — soup, smoothies, beverages, grind seeds, etc. The Oster I now own is ~25 yrs. old and beginning to get a long in the tooth, hence the new acquisition.

    • SGS Rawkstar Shauna says:

      Awesome! I had an Oster and loved it!! It was one of the best blenders I had (until my sis broke the jar!) 🙂

  13. Allison says:

    I have bought this Nutri Bullet 15 Piece Blender for making smoothies. It’s working like a horse. haha Just love it.

  14. Melissa says:

    We just bought a Nutribullet last week , as justL says, we love that its powerful but very easy to clean. It even engaged my husband on preparing the green smoothies himself ! I live oversees and its difficult to find options here. Cheers !

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Great choice! Happy blendin’!

    • Lady E says:

      What’s the noise level like with the Nutri Bullet? I have a small child and work outside of the home, so will have to do my blending first thing in the AM hours or late PM hours–when baby is sleeping. The last thing I want to do is wake a sleeping baby with a blender!

      • SGS Rawkstar says:

        Hi Lady E,

        Great question! I find the NutriBullet to be quieter than previous blenders that I’ve used, but it still creates a good amount of noise. It might depend on your child’s sensitivity. My kitchen is right below my 1 year old’s room and blending in the morning doesn’t wake him, but I’m pretty sure an earthquake wouldn’t either, he’s a pretty sound sleeper.

        Hope this helps! 🙂

  15. Bob says:

    I bought a Omni Blend blender about a year ago. About half the price of a Vitamix, and has a bigger motor. Works great. 7 year warranty too.

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Happy to hear you are enjoying your Omni. 🙂 Keep blending those leafy greens! 🙂

    • Krista @ MakingLemonade.ca says:

      I’m also a big fan of the OMNI Blender. I owned a commercial smoothie bar and had 2 units running all day long – they blended like bosses!

      Cheers ~ Krista Goncalves, Registered Nutritionist

  16. Sarah says:

    Just purchased the Ninja Professional blender…def. packs a punch so far I’m in love. I would love a vitamix but I can’t spend 500+ on just a blender…but my Ninja was under a 100 on sale, and it’s the best blender I’ve ever purchased. Maybe when I get more into using my blender more then once a day, I’ll consider purchasing A Vitamix or Blendtec. Heard their awesome!

  17. Tony says:

    Thanks for the share! I have always been a vitamix guy and getting close to needing an upgrade had the 5200 for awhile now. The 7500 sounds and looking very promising.

  18. Jo says:

    The Optimum 9400 from Froothie is as good if not better than the Vitamix with many reviews
    Simply google comparisons
    Only recently being delivered my Optimum 9400 have not had chance personally to try all it can do out but very happy so far 🙂

    • SGS Rawkstar Jessie says:

      Hey Jo! I am so glad you are happy with your Optimum 9400. That is what is so great about blenders, that there is a great one for everyone. 🙂

  19. Ewa says:

    Thermomix is ALWAYS the best option

  20. Sonia says:

    I have magic bullet, nutribullet , juicer, blendtec and vitamix. With all of this I love Vitamix the most.

  21. Juliet says:

    Hi, I’m looking at one of these blenders and wondering who else uses the for things other than smoothies? Can you use the Blendtec, Ninja etc for food processing for cooking or baking? Thanks.

  22. Dalone says:

    Hmm, all this talk of blenders. I make smoothies pretty much every morning. If your using your blender to primarily makes smoothies like I do, then here’s some advice: I buy my Osterizer blenders from Salvation Army. Pay $7.00 and have bought two in the last 15 years and a third was given to me by a friend. (it’s a spare) I might have to stir smoothie around with a spoon to make sure it blends well. No big deal. Use frozen fruit, half bananas frozen, etc., never a problem and I’ve never had to chew a green smoothie. I also do a citrus one on the weekends with crushed ice, its still goin’ strong.

  23. katline says:

    Just found this awesome blender for my brother at a deep discount on Amazon: http://amzn.to/1lR7oqT – Couldn’t believe my luck, check it out before they take the promotion down.

  24. ruth winstead says:

    i have an osterizer my ex husband gave me in 1995. i started using it about 2 years ago. i love it!! with the right balance of liquid and solids, i always have a great smoothie.

  25. ruth winstead says:

    i have a osterizer my ex husband gave me in 1995. i love it! i didnt start appreciating it until

  26. Mary Kay says:

    I am new at this, but I know I will enjoy it so much. My blender is the Montel Williams (Living Well) blender. It is real strong, so I think it will work well. I killed my last blender trying to make hummus!

  27. Vigdis Alice Angell says:

    I use a blender called RAW 6000, it is totally super, and cost just a fraction of a Vitamix, but works the same way. Blends everything perfectly in just 30 seconds, and I just love it 🙂

  28. Elizabeth says:

    I have had my Blendtec since 1989 when it was known as Ktec. It is part of my mixer. I love it. I am excited to try green smoothies!

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      That’s incredible, Elizabeth! Jadah has a Blendtec and loves it!! So excited for you to try green smoothies. Post back to tell us what you think! 😉

  29. Gisselle says:

    I am going to buy the Vitamix, which model do you recomend? I want the best since i plan to drink a smoothie everyday.

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Gisselle!
      We think they’re all great. If you want the best, then go with the highest price model 🙂 Their price reflects their quality.

  30. lauren says:

    im using a bullet and have a vitamix on loan from family friend who is over seas for several months thinking of getting my own either vitamix or blendtec or dash? also want to look into a juicer but not sure which

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Vitamix and Blendtec are our all-time favorite blenders! Just in case you wanted our opinion 🙂

      • lauren says:

        of course i want your opinion im leaning towards either of those two i heard the bendtec is one button and go 🙂

  31. Elena says:

    I decided on the blendtec because the vitamix has this plunger thing you need to use, which looks messy and if you are spendign that much on a blender WHY should you have to sit there and plunge something? I set my blendtec and walk away! And results are beautiful. I am so very happy with the Blendtec

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Elena!
      Congrats on the Blendtec!!! We sure hope you love it 🙂 The tamper with the Vitamix is never needed when making green smoothies, though. It’s there for making things like homemade nut butter—it helps push the contents down into the blades. Just wanted to clear that up for anyone else who was trying to decide between the two!

      They are both fantastic blenders 🙂

  32. Bob says:

    Had a Nutribullet and after 3 blade failures I dumped it and got a Omni Blender from www.3blenders.com Has more power than a Vitamix, only needs 1 jar to do everything, and costs about half the price.

    • Faith says:

      I love my nutribullet. It has been running strong for a year (no blade or any other problems.) My only complaint is the small carafe.

  33. Penny Whithorn says:

    I got a Vitamix for Christmas and it is the best. I use it for everything. Love it. I ordered the dry container and Tamper too. Looking forward to that so I can make black bean flour to make pasta. it is amazing.

  34. Charle says:

    Hi, just starting the challenge. I’m up too early and off to the gym and was wondering…if I could make enough smoothies for a few days….what would be the frig life? Just want to grab and go.

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Charle!
      You can blend ahead of time and grab in the morning, but we suggest not waiting more than two days to drink it. Here are some prep tips that may be of help to you:


  35. Laura says:

    I just got a NutriBullet for Christmas. Can’t wait to start using it! I am the only one in my home who will be doing the Green Smoothie challenge, so I think the size of the NutriBullet will be perfect for me! I may upgrade to something bigger for my birthday in a few months if I get hooked on this new healthy habit! Thanks for leading the way!

  36. Christine says:

    I have owned my Vitamix for 10 years and it still works perfectly! Since purchasing it in 2003 I have made all of our peanut butter, and occasionally almond butter too. I have the dry canister as well and have used that to grind wheat into flour for homemade bread. Other than smoothies, we use our Vitamix for soups, salsas, and frozen fruit sorbet. If I could have looked into the future back in 2003 I would not have hesitated in purchasing this amazing blender, thinking that it might be too expensive. It has been worth every penny!

  37. Debi says:

    I bought a Ninja last month, it’s powerful enough to pulverize small chunks of carrot in it and I like the convenience of the individual blender/to go cup. It also has a bigger pitcher so I can make smoothies for 2 on the weekends.

    I got this to replace my old bad habit of coffee with milk and sugar. I’ve been enjoying green smoothies every day and don’t miss the old coffee routine at all. I like to throw in a few frozen coffee cubes.
    A friend linked me your challenge – and I’m looking forward to making some new and different smoothies!

    • Jadah and Jen says:

      Hi Debi!
      Thanks for sharing 🙂 You throw coffee cubes in from time to time?? We’ve always wondered how that tasted…

      • Debi says:

        The coffee cubes don’t seem to change the taste of my green smoothies at all. I use 4-5 per smoothie. I occasionally make almond butter, banana, cocoa powder, cinnamon, turmeric and almond milk smoothies on the weekends and you can taste a nice coffee flavor in that blend.

      • Jadah and Jen says:

        Very interesting! Thanks for sharing 🙂

  38. justL says:

    I have used a NutriBullet for the past 8 months…absolutely love it. The fast motor ensures a smooth, creamy, healthy drink. The only downside is the size. I have to readjust quantities in recipes, but other than that, I love it so much I bought a second one for traveling!
    Another feature (probably most important for me) is EASY cleanup! And, it’s affordable! Cheap blender price with expensive blender performance.

    • Jadah S says:

      Thanks for sharing! I agree the Nutribullet is a great option. Actually using one over the holidays for my green smoothies because that’s what my in-laws have. 🙂

  39. wajansen says:

    I like the Ninja to make crude smoothies but I ordered a 7500 Vita Mix short jar thanks to you two enthusiastic raw fooders. SMILE

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