The Blender Buying Guide
The number one question I get is “What kind of blender should I get?” My answer is always the same, “Go online and get a Vitamix. Usually they have special on their website. Because, if you wanted an ipad, you’d never get a $100 knockoff, right?”
Then, I hear, “But what if I only want a blender for smoothies? I don’t need the best blender and only want to spend fifty bucks for a smoothie maker. To that, I say, “Terrific! That’s a step in the right direction. Get something from Amazon.com or find a deal on craigslist. As you get the hang of blending, you might find yourself wanting something more than just a smoothie maker.”
Bottom line: Get the Best Blender for You
My Experience Before Creating the Blender Buying Guide
“I read a million blender reviews and bought three very different blenders in the journey to find the best.”
The first blender was a Breville I bought using hotel points. I did a lot of research and found it to have the best blender for the money. It worked pretty well until the glass jar broke. I tried to replace the jar, but couldn’t because it wasn’t under warranty and the Breville people were hard to contact.
The second blender I owned was a thirty dollar Osterizer I got from Amazon.com. I chose the cheapest blender to experience what it was like to struggle making smoothies. It struggled to blend ice and emitted smells of burnt rubber.
The third and last blender I’ve will ever own is a Vitamix. I use it every day and it brings me an unhealthy amount of joy. I found it to save me time because blend faster. Plus, my Vitamix chops onions for me, so I cry a lot less.
Our Pick: Vitamix 5200 (formally 5000)
[slideshow_deploy id=’6668′] Order now from Vitamix.com Good: Vitamix blenders are the complete culinary system. They come with industry-leading 7-year warranties, and clean themselves automatically. They also come with the patented Vitamix tamper to making blending any food a breeze.
Bad: You’ll use it so much that you’ll need to use the warranty to get the blades sharpened; zero cost to you, though.
Bottom line: Vitamix blenders are the Cadillac of blenders because of their simplicity in design and advanced engineering. They are an investment, certainly, but an investment in your health.
Where to buy Find the Vitamix 5200 online and get free shipping with our Vitamix Promotion Code.
Reader Thoughts on High-End Blenders
“We use our Vitamix like crazy, one of the best wedding gifts we received. Sue got it for us and it’s like she’s telling us congrats every day.” -Tony K.
“My Vitamix the only kitchen appliance I keep on our kitchen counter cause I use it so much.” -Olivia Z.
“This site is awesome and you’ve inspired me to get a Vitamix. Congrats on the new venture, it’s great and sounds way better than a finance job.” -Kim L.
Breville 605 XLBBL
Order now from Amazon.com Good: Breville blenders are the best non-Vitamix blenders available. While they don’t come with the damper, Breville uses a system with central blades which draw down what’s on top. There are five speeds and a lcd timer with pre-programmed settings.
Bad: This blender struggles a bit with frozen fruit and ice.
Bottom line: With some good features and solid design, this blender is pretty solid.
Where to buy The Breville BBL 605XL is available and comes with free shipping from free shipping from Amazon.com.
Order now from Amazon.com Good: Oster has been making blenders for a while. The Oster Beehive is one of the best in the Oster line.
Bad: The Oster Beehive may only crush ice the first few blending cycles.
Bottom line: Oster is a diversified company that makes a lot more than blenders. This blender brand continues to be successful because of its reputation from old products. However, The Beehive is the best available blender from the trusted Oster name.
Where to buy The Oster Beehive is available and comes with free shipping from Amazon.com.
Order now from Amazon.com Good: For someone who want to blend a couple times per week, this is a great little blender. Can make small smoothies and other blended drinks. You can use the lid to store your creations.
Bad: It’s a little blender. One cannot expect to be making massive smoothies or crushing tons of ice.
Bottom line: Probably the best place to start for someone just beginning their blending adventure.
Where to buy The Magic Bullet is cheapest at Amazon.com.
The number one question I get is about what kind of blender to get. My answer is always the same, “Get a Vitamix. If you wanted an ipad, you’d never get a $100 knockoff, right?”
Reader Thoughts on Best-of-the-Rest Blenders
Not sure I ever see myself buying such an expensive blender. My Magic Bullet is just fine for me.” -Chris T., Ohio.
“My cheap one works, but every morning I have to start it, stop it, mix it. How come the smoothies you make for me at your apartment are 100x better? Like, the chunky stuff still stays a little chunky but everything else is amazingly smooth, even the ice. How come yours are not complete mushy froth like mine? I’m about to just say f@ck it. I’ve had two cheap blenders and I should just get a good one because this one makes me nuts.” -Arlene, Minneapolis.
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