The Best For Blenders 2018
How to pick a blender that is best for you
The main question to ask yourself is what do you want it for? How much will you be using the blender? If you plan on using the blender to make milkshakes and mix drinks, then an immersion blender is all you need. There are several inexpensive options to choose from.
However, if your aim is to make smoothies then you will want a countertop model. I really like to suggest for a countertop model that you think about the height if saving counter space is a concern. Choose one that is not over 17″ high if that is the case.
For a counter top blender, there are cheap models, medium price, and high priced models. There are personal blenders and blenders with large containers. Then there are the Mac Daddy Fancy Pants blenders like the Vitamix and Blendtec.
Losing weight is easy if you have one of these blenders. You can make a really healthy protein shake or green drink like I do every day and keep slim and trim. It really is the best all-around tool to help with weight loss.
Before choosing your blender, ask yourself a few questions:
- What is my budget?
- How much space do I have?
- Will I be blending for personal or more than one person?
- What will I be blending?
Immersion blenders are hand-held and either cordless or corded. You may be surprised to find that with an immersion blender you can not only make milkshakes but also puree hot soup. It can also be used to mix
Try making some mayonnaise with an immersion blender, or maybe just whip up some whipped cream. You can also do mashed potatoes and baby food. It is very versatile.
I like immersion blenders because they do not take up counter space and they store easily.
Top Pick for Best Inexpensive Immersion Blender
Bella Immersion Blender
- 250-watt motor
- One-touch operation
- Auto shut off
- Dishwasher safe
- 2-year warranty
The reviews for the Bella Immersion blender are pretty good for such an inexpensive kitchen item. The customer rating is 4/5. Some of the negatives were that when using the mixer attachment, it slings ingredients out of the bowl. It also can overheat if left on too long. Someone else said it was too heavy. However, most people liked this immersion blender and for the price it was wonderful.
You can make your own mayonnaise, whipped cream and salsa just to mention a few.
Top Pick For Low Priced Immersion Blenders
KitchenAid KHB2351CU 3-Speed Hand Blender – Contour Silver
- 85 Watts
- 1-year hassle-free replacement warranty
- 3 speeds
- Dishwasher safe
- Nonslip soft grip handle
- Removable 8 inch blending arm
- chopper attachment
This immersion blender crushes ice cubes with ease. The 3 speeds let you blend, chop, whisk, puree and blend with ease.
The reviews for the Kitchenaid KHB2351CU 3-speed immersion blender are good at 4.1/5. Some of the negatives were that the blades scratched stainless steel bowls and that the storage bag is too small to be useful. Most loved this unit.
You can make all sorts of dishes with this immersion blender, baby food, whipped cream, graham cracker crust, chopped nuts, puree soup and much more.
Top Pick for Best Professional Immersion Blender
Bamix Pro-3 GL200 Professional Series
- 3-year warranty
- 11.4-inch chromated brass shaft
- 3 stainless steel interchangeable blades
- Clean under running water
The professional Bamix can replace a countertop blender because you can blend, chop, and puree with ease. It comes with a chopping blade, areating blade, and a blending blade. You can purchase the grinder, power disc, and food processor attachments for it also.
The customer ratings show 3.8/5. Some of the negatives were that the shaft is not detachable and that it overheated sometimes. Another complaint was that the blades were not labeled and it was too big. There were others who raved about this immersion blender. It lasted for 25 years and longer. Most loved it.
Best Counter Top Blenders
Traditional countertop blenders come in all shapes and sizes. Some have plastic containers, and some have glass containers. You can get a personal countertop blender or a large container blender. One thing to look for is one that will fit easily on the countertop and tuck well under the cabinets.
Best Budget Single Serve Personal Countertop Blender
Magic Bullet Blender
- 11 Pieces
- Chop, mix and blend
- 10-second recipe book
- Cups and lids are dishwasher safe
This is one personal blender that comes in handy for me. I make a green drink almost every day with the Magic Bullet. It blends it creamy smooth. For the price, you cannot beat this blender. Plug it in, place your ingredients in a cup, screw the lid on and press it on the base to start. It is very easy to clean up too.
The bullet shape and the shape of the blades help it blend in a cyclonic motion.
The customer review rating is 4.1/5. Some of the negatives were that it broke after 3 months, and it was not powerful enough, and that you must cut pieces of fruit in small pieces for effectiveness. However, most loved this little unit and enjoyed using it for salsa, smoothies, bean dip, and much more.
I love mine and use it almost every day. It’s a snap to clean up too. I rinse out the cup and base and leave it ready on the counter.
This video is a little hyped but fun to watch.
Best Single Serve Higher Priced Personal Countertop Blender
Nutri Ninja Pro
- 900 Watts
- Crush ice, seeds, stems and seeds
- 1 – year warranty
- 75 recipe guide
- Patented blade design
The Nutri Ninja Pro personal blender is very powerful. You can use the pulse to really chop the hardest of vegetables or seeds for the best nutrient extraction. It gives you a smooth consistency. I like the twist on and go cap. That’s so convenient! The cups and lids are BPA free.
The customer ratings are a 4.4/5. Some of the negatives were that it is plastic except for the motor and blade and the warranty only covers the motor and if you wanted to replace the blade, there is a charge. Also that if you didn’t set the blade assembly just perfectly in the motor, then it could strip and break.
Traditional Countertop Blenders
If you want to go with a blender that sets out on your counter and blends larger amounts, there are several you can pick from. Some hold more than others and some have more power than others. I have always used an inexpensive countertop blender that fits underneath the counter. The price range for traditional countertop blenders is from $20 – $650.
Top Pick for Best Budget Countertop Blender
Budget countertop blenders are inexpensive and are great if you want to blend shakes and smoothies plus other frozen drinks. This one has chopper attachment.
Hamilton Beach (58149) Blender with Glass Jar For Shakes & Smoothies
- 700 Watt
- 2 speed plus chop
- Mess-free spout
- Blades are stainless steel
- 3 year limited warranty
- Dishwasher safe, BPA free glass jar
I have had my Hamilton Beach for several years. It’s a budget model and still works perfectly. I keep it handy when I want to blend larger amounts.
This Hamilton Beach Blender has a 40 oz glass jar and 12 blending functions. You’ll love the budget price. I like the fact that it has the chopper attachment. It has the wave action that pulls contents down to the blade.
This Hamilton Beach Blender has a customer rating of 3.6/5. Some of the negatives were that the lid has issues and it doesn’t seat well. Another complaint was that the chopper attachment wasn’t really great. However, most loved this blender and thought you could not beat it because of the price.
Top Pick For Medium Priced Countertop Blender
Ninja Professional Blender
- 1000 Watts
- 72 oz blender jar
- BPA free and dishwasher safe
- Ninja “total crushing blades”
- 1 year warranty
The Ninja Professional blender is powerful and the blades are very sharp. This blender will blend ice in seconds and you can make frozen drinks, puree fruits and vegetables make sauces and dips in seconds.
The 72 oz jar is plastic and it has a locking lid. The blades come out for easy cleaning.
The customer rating on the Ninja Professional blender is 4.3/5. Some of the negatives were that the blade is scary and sharp. One person said after 18 months of use the jar exploded. Someone did not like the squareness of the container jar. Over 70% of customers gave it a 5 star and loved it for making smoothies and icy drinks. One person said it rivaled the Vitamix.
Top Pick For Best Higher Priced Countertop Blender
There are some really good higher priced countertop blenders out there. I am not talking about the premium priced blenders like Vitamix, but those that are impressive and higher than $100.
The Ninja CT682SP Intellisense Kitchen System
I really like this blender because you will not only get an excellent blender but also several other kitchen helpers like the spiralizer and food processor. If want to really be healthy or if you are trying to make meals to lose weight, you can’t go wrong with this blender.
- 1200 Watts
- 4 high-performance attachments
- Touch screen that recognizes which attachment is on the base
- 12 programs
- Automatic spiralizer
- Food processor
- 72 oz blender jar
- Single serve blender jar
- 1-year warranty
- 35 recipe guide
This is a great blender plus system. You can make smoothies, frozen drinks, ice cream and snow cones and more with the pitcher. You also can process foods in the food processor and make spiral veggies. It is really 4 appliances in one.
The customer rating is 4/5/5. Some of the negatives were that it is hard to clean and the pulse has a slight drag to it. It is apparently very loud! Some said they did not like that it had plastic containers and it was too complicated. However, most loved this blender and enjoyed all that it does.
Top Pick for premium-priced blender
The premium-priced blenders for home use is what I am looking at here. You can purchase a commercial blender but they are very expensive and bulky.
Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Blender
Vitamix is a well-known brand of high-end blenders. The Ascent series Vitamix blenders all have wireless connectivity and self-detect containers. There are 4 Vitamix blenders in the Ascent series. I think all of them would be a smart choice. There are minor differences in features.
- Variable speed control
- 3 program settings
- 64 oz
- Self Cleaning
- Self-detect containers
- Vitamix App
- 10-year warranty
The Vitamix A2500 is powerful and can make hot soup without a stove. The Vitamix App adds more features like 17 programs and 500+ recipes. It is compatible with Android and Iphone. A full 10-year warranty covering all parts, performance, and labor with free shipping to and from.
If you are looking for years of use out of a blender and the ability to make hot soups, frozen treats in seconds, make dough, grind nuts, coffee, spices plus more. There is so much you can do with a Vitamix.
The customer rating is 4.6/5 for this particular blender. Some of the negatives were that it is loud and the container is too wide at the bottom and has a hard time blending small amounts. However, most loved this blender and raved about it.
Final Thoughts – Which One To Buy
The best blender to buy is the one that will perform the function effectively, easy to clean, and durable. The one that you choose should reflect what you want to make in the blender and your budget.
If you only want to make milkshakes or mixed drinks, then one of the Immersion Blenderwill do just fine.
Want to make smoothies? Then a Countertop Blender will be best.
For larger quantities of smoothies and more, you will need one of the larger countertop blenders.
I recommend the Hamilton Beach blender or the Ninja Professional. If you are wanting to do much more like process food and make spiral veggies, then you can’t beat the Ninja CT682SP Intellisense Kitchen System.
These are top picks of the best kitchen blenders for 2018. I hope you try one if you are in the market for a blender. I would love to hear from you to know if I have helped you so leave me a comment or if you have a question. Happy blending!