The blender was invented in 1922—and now, nearly 100 years later, more than 85 percent of American households own at least one of the many whirring, pulsing magicians of the kitchen, with much of the growth in the last five years accredited to the ubiquitous smoothie invasion. The blenders of today feature details like backlit LED displays, heated soup elements, timers, “snow” functions and dry ingredient-blending capabilities for grains and flours. But do you own the best blender for your culinary and nutritional needs?
It’s worth the money to invest in a powerhouse blender that will give back its value many times over, and the list we’ve assembled includes a variety of models and price points, from practical to princely. Think about how often you blend (pulverize, chop, juice, extract), what you blend and how much space you have, then let our handy guide assist you. We’ve included classic countertop, bullet and immersion blenders for all types of food-prep tasks. Time to toss that old clunker for a sleeker, chicer model.
Glossary: For each blender, we offer information about the following so it’s easier for you to compare:
- Horsepower (hp): the actual speed/power of the blender, which determines how fast it blends. This is key when considering blending more concentrated foods like dough, gelato, batter and nut butters—you may want higher hp and watts.
- Jar Capacity: the volume of glass or plastic vessel with the handle on the blender. Are you blending gazpacho for a crowd or making a green super juice for one? The jar size will help you decide.
- Height: so you can choose a blender that fits nicely on your countertop and under your cabinets or on a shelf.
- Wattage: the power coming into the motor of the blender, based on American standards for everyday items like lightbulbs.
Our Blender Deal-Breakers: Blenders with pieces of rubber gasket breaking off, oil leakage from the under base of the power element, a burning smell or engines that run too hot and loud didn’t make our cut. We also omitted machines that require shaking and wobbling in order to incorporate ingredients. If we couldn’t trust the blender enough to walk away from it for a minute or two without fearing an explosion, then it didn’t make the list. Also, jars that aren’t BPA-free were definitely off limits.
- New to blending? Use your blender to create vegetable-heavy juices or smoothies, as those that rely too much on fruits may spike blood sugar levels and defeat the purpose of getting healthy.