The best blenders can purée or emulsify any fruits and veggies, making smoothies, soups, and sauces smooth and easy to make, rather than a process you dread. When your blender has a motor that never loses power and blades that stay sharp no matter how much ice you throw their way, it becomes an asset to your cooking, rather than a difficult-to-wrangle and hard-to-clean appliance taking up counter space. A great blender especially handy now that the weather is warming up, and adult libations like margaritas will be on the menu.
Before you invest in a blender, or reach for a Ninja or Vitamix, assess what you’ll be using it for most often. The best blenders aren’t cheap, and the level of your investment should depend on what you plan to use it for. You don’t need separate soup and smoothie blenders, but there are variations to consider. If you don’t have much storage or counter space, consider an immersion blender, which is basically a portable motor that gets stuck into a pot of soup or glass of fruit. Premium blenders cost the most, and do the most, while so-called conventional blenders are up for daily tasks like blending smoothies.
“If you’re mixing up frozen drinks in the summer, go cheap. If you’re making raw kale smoothies and nut butters, spend some money. You want food to stay close to the blades, so you don’t want anything with a wide jar,” recommends Lisa McManus, the executive editor of tastings and testing at America’s Test Kitchen.
You want a blender that comes with hardy plastic containers that won’t crack. Plus, opt for one that has easy-to-manage controls that actually make sense and don’t require an advanced culinary degree to figure out. Three-speed settings are usually enough for the casual home cook, but you can go nuts and get one with a half-dozen settings, if you prefer. Pre-programmed settings for popular things like smoothies, butters, and soups are a bonus. These blenders will make all of your soup, smoothie and margarita dreams come true.
A fantastic and powerful blender, this is the one to get if you're into smoothies. It has 1200 watts of power, powers through whole fruits and veggies, and lets you blend everything directly into Ninja cups, which have their own lids.
Leave it to Instant Pot to give us an affordable blender that cooks your food while blending it. Instant Pot's Ace blender has four cold blending programs and four hot blending programs. Which means you whip up soups, smoothies and, or sauces. And baby food. And margaritas. And nut butters. After you make your favorite tomato soup, it automatically warms for it up for two hours.
This brilliant blender allows you to toggle between pre-set programs to make whatever you want, without giving it much thought, making for one seamless blending experience. You can set it to make a smoothie, a cocktail, ice cream, or just to puree something. It's durable and for all these reasons, it's Amazon's top seller.
You need a blender, but you don't need anything turbo-powered or super-fancy. Then this is your blender. It has seven speeds, and three pre-programmed settings for the most common blender creations. Its blades are extra-wide, for extra blending power. It has 1200 power watts and 900 watts of ice-crushing power.
We love smart appliances, and that's why this blender makes the cut. It senses what you're blending, and automatically adjusts its power to main the correct blade speed. It has dual-direction blades and a 1,100-watt motor to pulverize whatever you're blending. Plus, it has 10 different blending speeds.
If you've always wanted a Vitamix, but didn't have an extra stack of cash lying around, check out this model. It's got a small footprint and fits into most kitchen cabinets. But best of all, it's enabled to work with your phone. You pair it with the app and get access to 17 blending programs and hundreds of recipes. It also has variable speed control and a pulse feature, so you can combine textures.
Meet the king of blenders, with the royal price tag to match. This is ideal for those who are going to use it religiously and really get their moneys' worth making all kinds of things like homemade nut flours and cake batters. You can make soup, yes hot soup, in this self-cleaning 64-ounce blender. The blades reach high enough speeds that they create friction heat, which results in steaming-hot broths. Sort of perfect on a chilly winter night. In an equally-impressive trick, it makes flawless ice cream, too.
With its 1800-watt motor, this is one powerhouse blender. It has four one-touch programs and five speed settings. Best of all, it gives you texture optimization, so you can choose how chunky or smooth you want something to be. The lid is designed to vent steam and prevent spatter, so this is a particularly good choice if you're guilty of dealing with blender fiascos.
A handy little blender, for a nice price. No, it won't make soup from scratch, but yes, it will get your happy hour going by crushing ice and getting your drinks sip-worthy. And it's just as great for making baby food.
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