February 25, 2024

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Vitamix vs. Ninja vs. Breville (and more)

Blenders aren’t just for crushing ice and fruit. Find out how brands like Ninja, Breville, and Hamilton Beach rank against the god-tier Vitamix.

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Today’s lesson in Cooking as a Grown-Ass adult: Blenders are used for more than frozen margs in summer and collecting dust in winter.

Hot soup without a stove, coffee without a coffee maker, and whipped cream without a hand mixer are just a few of the tasks these multitasking appliances can tackle. Similar to the way the mystical Instant Pot replaces a sauté pan or slow cooker, blenders can expand your meal possibilities tenfold without the clutter of multiple machines.

Why buy a new blender?

In short: Healthy habits made easier.

Sticking with smart eating habits ain’t easy, especially when making a tofu and quinoa casserole with a kale salad on the side takes so much longer than ordering Uber Eats. Blenders simplify meeting that nutrient goal by squeezing them into a 30-second meal replacement. With thousands of recipes online, you’re bound to find a balanced combo of greens and fruits that — surprise — you actually look forward to drinking. Smoothies are also an easy wake to imbibe CBD oil.

If you’re in the habit of buying those drinks from a chain smoothie or juice bar, a blender could save you some serious pocket change. Say you’re buying a green juice from Pressed Juicery every day (skipping the weekends) — at $6.50 each, you’re spending around $33 per week and $130 per month. Even a $500 blender would end up paying for itself in a few months.

Plus, being completely in charge of the contents lets you closely monitor portion size, avoid dietary restrictions like dairy or gluten, and track macronutrients to stay on track with diet goals. Smoothies always seem like a healthy option, but running on fruits or veggies alone isn’t the move. Drinks that are truly healthy are ones that have a balance of vegetables, fruit, protein, and fat, and dietitians suggest adding things like nut butter, chia, flax, or sesame to help fill you up so you’re not going back for a second breakfast later.

What separates a Vitamix from a $30 personal blender?

The Vitamix Professional Series 750 is our top choice for the best blender — but how do more basic options compare?

Nailing the perfect consistency isn’t just pressing a button and walking away. Making something other than smoothies requires a blender with more than two blending speeds to separate thick butters from thin liquids. Built-in programs made for specific recipes also help to hone in on texture and prevent chunks where there shouldn’t be chunks.

Most machines can handle fruits, ice, and leafy greens, but you’ll probably want a motor over 500 watts to power through tough ingredients like nuts, whip creamy dips, and create frozen desserts. (Some listings mention peak horsepower, which is essentially the initial torque that gets the blades moving. That max power only hits for a short spurt when the blender is turned on, and wattage is a better measurement of the strength the blender keeps over the duration of blending.)

Blenders are definitely one of the pricier appliances you’ll buy in your adult life, but the top-tier ones are durable and should last at least 10 years.

So, what are the best blenders to buy for 2020?

We’re so glad you asked. Keep reading to discover our picks for the best blenders you can buy right now. (And if you’re in the market for a Black Friday, Cyber Monday, or Prime Day deal, make sure to keep your eye on these models.) Remember to hit the grey arrow to expand each card and read our in-depth take on each of the listed products. We’re off to make a smoothie.

Five pre-programmed settings • Clout from the Vitamix name alone • Veggie-crushing motor

If you’re tired of shopping, the Vitamix 750 has the power and automation that won’t steer you wrong.

Vitamix Professional Series 750

This classic Vitamix annihilates fruits and nuts and has presets to make just about anything.

  • Power:
    1,560 watts
  • Container size:
  • Automated settings:
    smoothies, hot soups, frozen desserts, purées, self-cleaning
  • App-connected:
Of course a Vitamix is kicking off the list. A 2016 study by Consumer Reports found that they are indeed worth the splurge: According to data from 30,000 respondents, Vitamix blenders have the lowest problem rate (6{2073c8c43516c2345af85108b8ebbdebe9ebc66c54499a524ff940f002e78ebd}) compared to big names like Breville and Blendtec (15{2073c8c43516c2345af85108b8ebbdebe9ebc66c54499a524ff940f002e78ebd} and 16{2073c8c43516c2345af85108b8ebbdebe9ebc66c54499a524ff940f002e78ebd}). Vitamix also placed the highest in overall satisfaction with reliability, rolling in at a near-perfect 96{2073c8c43516c2345af85108b8ebbdebe9ebc66c54499a524ff940f002e78ebd}. So yeah, they’re good.
Now, to figure out which of the 10+ Vitamix models best suits your needs. The Vitamix Professional Series 750 shows up in nearly every “best blenders” list, and it’s not hard to see why: With a heavy-duty 1,560 watt-motor and five pre-programmed settings, it’s one of the most powerful, straightforward machines out there. Tough veggies and nuts are no match for this machine — the 750 annihilates them.
While cheaper blenders offer two blending speeds and send you off on your own, the Vitamix 750’s automated settings (smoothies, hot soups, frozen desserts, purées, self-cleaning) will decrease bouts of trial and error — and ensure that your peanut butter doesn’t turn into a peanut butter milkshake. The price is steep, sure, but it’s worth every cent.

Doubles as a food processor • Extremely reasonable price • Extra large pitcher

This Ninja blender doubles as a powerful food processor for doughs and tough textures, but you’ll hear it working.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System (BL770)

Expand to pizza or cookie dough with this food processing bowl — just ignore the noise.

  • Power:
    1,500 watts
  • Pitcher size:
  • Automated settings:
    dough, blend, crush, single serve
  • App-connected:
We love an appliance that doubles as something else. (It’s why we’re so obsessed with the Instant Pot.) The Ninja Mega Kitchen System is officially a blender and a really powerful one at that, but comes with a separate food processing bowl for more labor-intensive steps like mixing cookie or pizza dough. (Two pounds of dough in 30 seconds, to be exact.)
While most premium blenders max out at a 64-ounce blending container, this Ninja uses an XL 72-ounce pitcher. Even with that filled to the brim, Ninja’s 1550 watts and Total Crushing Technology has no problem pulverizing ice, frozen fruit, or stubborn greens. The 8-cup food processing bowl is also clutch for making creamy dips, chopping salsas, and more unique textures.
Getting two appliances in one is a great way to save space in your kitchen or expand recipe possibilities, making it an ideal option for families. Oh, except those with newborns or light sleepers — reviews report that it’s loud as shit, regardless of the setting. 
As for the other Ninja Mega Kitchen System models, the only difference is added accessories. This one (the BL770) doesn’t come with anything extra. The BL771 comes with some spare bowls, and the BL772 has an extra single serve cup with lid.

Senses thickness and auto-adjusts speed • Digital interface • 10-year warranty • Included Blend-N-Go cup

Calphalon exceeds mid-range expectations with self-adjusting speeds and an on-screen timer.

Calphalon Auto-Speed Blender

Novices and experts alike will appreciate the auto-adjusting speeds, screen, and long warranty.

  • Power:
    1,100 watts
  • Container size:
  • Automated settings:
    smoothie, dip, milkshake, frozen drink
  • App-connected:

Good looking and smart? This is the blender you want to bring home to your parents. Calphalon wins at kitchen items across the board, but the Auto-Speed blender is one of its most beloved creations. Its powerful 1,100-watt motor will attract experienced foodies who want to make more than smoothies, while the self-adjusting speed and screen interface downs the intimidation factor for newbies.
Instead of guessing the best setting for your recipe, this blender senses the mixture’s thickness and automatically applies the appropriate amount of power. (Why don’t they all do that?) For even less work on your part, the pulse feature can take care of food prep and chopping — and the reverse pulse feature pulls down ingredients to prevent jams. If you’d prefer more control, four presets let you adjust the speed yourself.
We know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, but Calphalon found a way to make a stainless steel blender stick out in a sea of stainless steel blenders. A slick, digital screen graces the interface and shows a countdown timer — something most Vitamix blenders don’t even have. This blender should be way more expensive than it is, but we’re not complaining.

Weighs and logs nutrients • Super powerful for its size • Hundreds of recipes on the app

App could be more intuitive • Smoothies only

Achieve a healthy balance of carbs, fat, protein, and more with this smart scale and app.

NutriBullet Balance

Track fitness goals and nutrition facts with the Bluetooth smart scale and Balance app.

  • Power:
    1,200 Watts
  • Container size:
  • Automated settings:
  • App-connected:
Just because fruit smoothies technically have fruit doesn’t mean they’re healthy. A lot of chain smoothie places add artificial fruit syrups to their drinks, and most of their customers probably don’t realize they just consumed a McDonald’s meal worth of shitty ingredients. (Smoothie King’s “The Hulk” strawberry smoothie reportedly has almost 2,000 calories.) 
NutriBullet’s smart scale and Balance app measure and log exactly what’s going into your blend, helping you make healthier decisions and steer clear of the imposters. Whether it’s a concoction you bring in or one of the hundreds of recipes from the app, the built-in scale and nutrition sensor spits back the calories, fat, carbs, sugar, protein, and more.
That data is logged to help you reach diet or fitness goals, and it can even be synced with your phone’s health app. It’s the closest thing to having a personal nutritionist.
NutriBullets are known for being skinny and easily storable (you know, bullet-shaped), but the Balance cranks out 1200 watts. With more power than some blenders double its size, it’s able to give that perf pureé every time without random floaters. Just hit the blend button, replace the blade with a to-go lid, and you’re on your way with an Instagram-worthy smoothie.

Touch screen • Walk-away convenience • Motor adjusts to container size

It’s not for basic drinks, but going totally digital is ace for busy schedules and gourmet recipes.

Vitamix A3500

Walk-away convenience and the touchscreen are life-changing, but iPads can be bought for cheaper.

  • Power:
    1,500 watts
  • Container size:
  • Automated settings:
    smoothies, hot soups, dips and spreads, frozen desserts, self-cleaning
  • App-connected:
Sure, a blender with an app is probably overkill if you’re only looking to make drinks. But anyone who considers cooking an art rather than a chore will appreciate the craftsmanship of a smart Vitamix, especially if it’s something you see yourself using on a daily basis.
Besides the whole “not having to stand at your counter” thing, the true  beauty of a high-tech blender is how customizable food prep becomes. The Ascent series’ Blade Base detects the container size, adjusts blend settings accordingly, and stops when it’s done. If you want to add your own expertise, variable speed control and a pulsing feature let you fine-tune texture by hand. The machine has five settings built in, but downloading the Perfect Blend app lets you experiment with 17 more programs and over 500 recipes.
The 3500 makes such silky blends, it’d be painful to not take them wherever you go. Luckily, both extra containers come with travel lids — the 8-ounce blending cup can be used for on-the-go baby food or salad dressing, and the 20-ounce blending cup is ace for smoothies in the car cupholder. 
Vitamix actually has an entire line of smart blenders. The Ascent series features four models, two of which don’t have a touchscreen — and we assumed that if you were down to splurge $500 on an app-connected blender, you’ll damn well want the fanciest one there is.

15 speeds • Powerful blades can crush ice • Handle is comfy and easily controlled • Comes with a whisk and chopper bowl

Breville’s immersion blender is the best you can get, and it works as a whisk and food processor.

Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender

Dressing, soup, merengue, and whipped cream can achieve the perfect texture with 15 trigger speeds and an ergonomic handle.

  • Power:
    280 watts
  • Pitcher size:
  • Automated settings:
  • App-connected:
Why would you blend something by hand when a machine can do it for you? It’s a “If you want something done right, you have to do it yourself” kind of thing. Foods where texture matters — like vinaigrette or dressing, chunky salsa, and whipped cream or butter — require extra attention to detail to get the perfect consistency. Pre-programmed settings can do it, but foodies who notice that stuff may prefer to do it by hand with an immersion blender’s finer blades.
The Breville Control Grip is the internet’s absolute favorite immersion blender. Despite it not being cordless, the ergonomic handle and reduced suction offer seamless directional control, plus a trigger with 15 speeds for you to adjust on your terms. The 280-watt motor pales in comparison to stand blenders, but reviewers claim that the Breville’s blades are a beast at crushing ice. It doesn’t splatter its pureés, either, so you won’t have to worry about flying droplets even with no lid.
Hand blenders on their own have a pretty specific use, but the included attachments up this purchase’s versatility. The whisk allows for extra precision for cream, egg whites, or batters, plus there’s also a 25-ounce mini food processor. 
If you want a cordless one for max freedom, try the KitchenAid 5-speed hand blender.

No transferring from pitcher to bottle • Adorable color selection • Super affordable

You’ll save time by making smoothies directly in the to-go cup, but drinks are about all it makes.

Oster Blend-N-Go

A pre-gym smoothie always feels rushed, but this blending pitcher doubles as a sport bottle.

  • Power:
    400 watts
  • Pitcher size:
  • Automated settings:
  • App-connected:

Getting to work every day is rushed as it is — the only thing that’s worse is squeezing in the gym before work. Instead of skipping your pre-workout smoothie all together (or waiting in a drive-thru line), the Oster Blend-N-Go makes your individual servings in the same cup you’ll drink out of. Just swap the blade for a lid, and you’re on your way without a dirty pitcher.
All you have to do is add your fruit, milk, ice, or whatever else, and a twist of the bottle starts the blending. No buttons also means no fancy presets, but that’s almost overkill for a blender that’s just used for single servings. A more premium blender may still be on your list to actually make foods like soup or dip, but when you just need a quick single serving, this is easily your most convenient option.
Bonus: The Blend-N-Go does offer personalization with your choice from four bright colors.

Lightweight • Comes with a to-go cup and food processing cup • Decent power for the price

Unreliable lids • Has trouble with big, solid chunks

This user-friendly blender is great for beginners and has attachments for personal servings and food processing.

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher (58163)

This classic blender is great for newbies and triples as a personal blender and food processor — but you get what you pay for.

  • Power:
    700 watts
  • Container size:
  • Automated settings:
    milkshake/easy clean, purée/smoothie, dice/salsa, crush ice/grate
  • App-connected:

There aren’t many blenders for less than $50 or $60 that actually do their job. While you can get away with a cheap coffee maker or hand mixer, the majority of low-budget blenders push ingredients around instead of crushing them, and the shitty three-star reviews prove it. However, Hamilton Beach’s Wave Crusher Blending System offers decent power and a nice array of automated blending settings, plus doubles as a food processor and personal blender.
Smooth without stirring (according to the product description) using the Wave-Action system, which offers a one-button start for smoothies, milkshakes, and other drinks in the 40-ounce jar or grab-and-go personal cup. The 700-watt motor struggles with bigger chunks and solid ingredients, but it tackles ice like a boss — and if you’re a newbie, that’s probably all you’re asking for. Plus, a smaller motor means it’s noticeably quieter.
Dips, salsas, and similar chunky mixes are also on the menu when you switch to the included food processor cup. Most vegetables, cheese, nuts, and spices are safe to be chopped, but don’t expect to make dough. It’s a $60 blender, guys.

USB rechargeable • Adorable, super portable design • Carabiner-style lid

Leaks on occasion • Ice has to be small

This rechargeable blender lets you make smoothies when you’re not at home, and it’s super cute.

PopBabies Personal Blender

USB charging makes this great for going off the grid or for work.

  • Power:
    175 watts
  • Container size:
  • Automated settings:
  • App-connected:

Nutribullet and Oster’s personal blenders are great, but there’s not always a power outlet conveniently nearby. This mini blender by PopBabies takes portability a step further than to-go cups with a base that’s USB rechargeable. This means that all of your camping and road trips can be accompanied by fresh blends (and you can skip small talk in the break room by making smoothies at your desk).
This is hands-down the most no-frills blender in the list, but that’s the beauty of it. Just press the button, give it a shake, and you’re out the door in 20 seconds. The 175 watt motor isn’t for intensive recipes, but ice, fruit, and milk are in the clear. Measurements on the side of the jar also make measuring things like protein powder extra easy.
And don’t stress over buying from an obscure brand name — an overwhelming majority of five-star reviews confirm that it’s a reliable buy. There are a few look a-like products, but this one has hundreds more customer reviews.

Looking for more personal blender options? We’ve outlined all our top picks here but we’ll give you a sneak peek if you keep reading below:

Includes three cups and lids • Tears through seeds, fibrous stalks, and fruit and vegetable skin

Only one speed • Some reviewers stated issues with the rubber seal causing leaks

This blender provides you with the tools you need to make healthy smoothies, juices, and shakes.


Though it only has one speed, you’ll get two different blade options included with the set.

  • Power:
    600 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    Two 18-ounce, one 24-ounce
The NutriBullet has a lower wattage than Ninja personal blenders, but its powerful blades are still able to shred fibrous stalks, tough seeds, pulp, and skin from fruits and vegetables into silky smooth liquids. The blender effortlessly extracts nutrients to make smoothies, juice, and shakes.
There’s room for variation when making your concoction as this set comes with two blade types and two different sizes of cups (which include travel lids for on-the-go consumption). You also receive a nutrition guide and recipe book with the NutriBullet, to get the most out of the blender. 
This compact blender only has one speed, but it should be powerful enough to handle whatever you throw at it.

Preserves vitamins, flavors, and colors • Includes two cups and lids • Preset smart programs

This powerful blender goes an extra step with FreshVac technology to remove oxygen from ingredients.

Emulsifying fresh ingredients should yield fresh juice or smoothies, but did you know that the quality of your blended drinks can change depending on how you treat your produce during preparation? The Nutri Ninja blender with FreshVac technology includes a FreshVac pump that is designed to preserve vitamins, flavors, and colors by removing oxygen from your foods before blending.
To get the most out your fruits and veggies, use the pump before adding liquids or blending. The idea is that your beverage should have a smoother texture and richer taste, plus less foam and separation than if you don’t remove oxygen from the produce.
Similar to the standard Nutri Ninja with Auto-iQ technology, this blender features a digital timer display and smart programs that combine timed pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns.

Includes multiple cups and lids

This is not the best personal blender out there, but it is a good choice for the price point.

Magic Bullet

A cheap, reliable blender that isn’t too feature-heavy.

  • Power:
    250 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 12-ounce, two 18-ounce
Not every personal blender is super fancy, nor do they all need to be. If you’re looking for something simple and inexpensive that still gets the  job done, the Magic Bullet is a solid choice. It’s designed to chop, mix, blend, whip, and grind. Designed to handle more than just drinks, this little blender can also be used for omelettes, sauces, and dips.
This 11-piece set includes three different blending cups with travel lids for drinking on the go, one of which has a handle for even easier transportation. Also included is a recipe book for guidance on quick, easy creations.
The Magic Bullet is not as powerful as some of the other personal blenders on the market, but it’s also not as expensive. Expect to compromise on some of the more advanced features in exchange for a lower price. The most common buyer-reported drawback of this blender is its inability to chop through large ice or frozen fruits.

Includes two sports bottles • Suction feet • Safety shutoff feature

Some reviewers had issues removing the cup from the base

This blender is safe and efficient.

Similar to the Oster MyBlend Pro, this Homegeek personal blender utilizes sports bottles for its mixing containers. Just attach one of the two included bottles to the blender’s blade, mix up your ingredients, pop the travel lid on, and you’re ready to go. Its slim profile makes it ideal for fitting in the cupholder in your car.
This blender is built for safety with a feature that prevents the motor from running unless one of the blending jars is attached to the base. It also has suction feet to secure it to surfaces.
While some reviewers mentioned trouble removing their blending cups from the blender’s base, the overall response to the Homgeek blender is positive. It received four stars and an Amazon’s Choice badge.

High rating on Amazon • Portable • Includes ice tray

Blending cup has no bottom — have to keep base attached while drinking

This blender is ideal for taking on the go, plus it’s great for making baby food.

Cozibot Travel Blender

Just because you’re far from an outlet doesn’t mean you need to skip your smoothie.

  • Power:
    65 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 13-ounce
A personal blender is great for small batches, but most are still only functional if you’re near a power outlet. Cozibot is a personal blender that’s also super portable.
Similar to the option by PopBabies, this bad boy charges via USB and the base stays attached to the cup, so you can just blend and immediately enjoy your beverage. Bonus: the Cozibot also comes with a lid that doubles as a little cup for when you don’t want to drink directly from the bottle.
The small blender isn’t the most powerful piece of machinery, but it can handle small bits of ice and frozen produce. Fear not if you don’t have access to crushed ice; the Cozibot includes a tray to make smaller ice cubes.