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Good, better, best: Three of the best kitchen blenders you can actually afford

Blenders are one of those small appliances that you don’t think you need until you need one. Granted, they probably don’t get as much use as your air fryer or microwave, but blenders are required on occasion in the kitchen. The problem is that good blender models are usually pretty pricey — too pricey to justify buying if you don’t really need it. It is a happy day for everyone out there with blender envy because we’ve found three of the best kitchen blenders, and you won’t have to remortgage the house to get one. We’ll even help you know what to look for when shopping for your new blender.

Blender shopping

If you’ve never shopped for a blender before, you may not realize how many factors there are to consider. On the other hand, if you’ve ever had a crappy blender, you surely know exactly what you want out of your next blender. If you’re in the latter group, feel free to skip ahead. If you need to know what to look for in a blender, keep reading!

Size

When it comes to blenders, size matters, and since they can range in size from just 3 cups all the way up to 14 cups, it helps if you know what you’ll be using the blender for. If storage space is an issue for you or you live alone, consider a smaller model. If you make soups and smoothies for entire families regularly, go for the 14-cup model.

Speed and power

There are tons of options when it comes to speed and power, and again, you’ll need to think about what you intend to do with your new small appliance. Some blenders these days can grind meat and crush ice, but if all you want to do is make homemade dressings, you don’t need all of that power. As a general rule, look for a model with between three and 10 settings. Any less, and you won’t have enough options; any more, and it’s excessive. Also, look for a machine with at least 500 watts — this is enough power for basic blender tasks. Any of the tough stuff will require more wattage. 

Attachments

If you’re looking to get a blender that multitasks, look for models that come with attachments so you can save space rather than buy another appliance for the crowded countertop. Some come with personal cups so you can blend smoothies in a you-sized batch and take them on the go. Some models come with additional blades and bowls and act more like food processors than blenders. Some blenders even grind coffee beans or spices.

Good: NutriBullet 5-Speed Blender

This NutriBullet five-speed blender comes with a 24-ounce handled cup, a 32-ounce cup, and a 64-ounce pitcher, so you can make large or small batches of whatever you are blending. Switching from cup to pitcher is effortless, and the blender comes with multiple speeds, a pulse function, and extraction capabilities, so the possibilities are endless. You get a free recipe book with your blender, and with 1200 watts of power, the NutriBullet five-speed is up to the task.

Better: Oster Blender Pro 1200

The Blender Pro 1200 has a powerful 1200-watt motor and a 64-ounce, BPA-free jar, making it possible to blend whole fruits, vegetables, and more. The 250mph blade speed-blends foods to the perfect consistency and the multiple settings ensure the food has the texture you’re looking for. Choose between three programmed settings (soups, dips and spreads, or smoothies) and pulse. The sturdy base prevents the machine from moving while it is operating.

Best: Breville Super-Q Blender

The Super Q Blender from Breville features an insanely powerful 180-watt motor that spins its blades up to 186 miles per hour. The blender features several presets and a dial for turning the motor up or down incrementally. Its included attachment is ideal for preparing smoothies and frozen drinks in the same container you drink from. The pitcher is 68 ounces, BPA-free, and compliments the Super Q’s seven color options beautifully.

Our upgrade pick: Vitamix Pro 750

The Vitamix Pro 750 can handle whatever you toss at it — and then some. Boasting “aircraft grade” stainless steel blades with a 2.2 horsepower motor, we bet anything you toss in its 64-ounce container will blend into a smooth, silky pulp. Often found in professional kitchens, Vitamix blenders sport dials with incremental speed settings to give you ultimate control over the blending experience. If you’re more inclined to let the blender decide what’s best, The Vitamix Pro 750 has six presets for doing things like chopping ice or blending hot soups.

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