The Best Blenders, According to Our Test Kitchen
A good blender is an invaluable kitchen tool, allowing you to make lump-free smoothies, silky soups, fluffy hummus, salsa and even muffins. There are many types of blenders, including standard blenders, powerful high-speed blenders like the Vitamix, compact ones designed to make single-serve smoothies, and immersion blenders that allow you to puree soups and other foods right in their cooking vessel. To help you find the right blender for your needs, we've pulled together a list of the best blenders.
What to Look For in a Blender
No matter what type of blender you buy, EatingWell test kitchen manager Breana Killeen says to look for one that has a strong motor that can handle crushing ice, as well as multiple functions for low to high speed. Also seek out one that blends evenly (so there aren't big chunks left), with a leakproof lid and a blender jar that can go in the dishwasher (i.e., it isn't too tall).
Standard vs. High-Speed Blenders
Another consideration when buying a new blender is whether to go for a standard blender or a high-speed blender (aka a high-power blender). "If you don't use a blender that often—let's say once or twice a month—then a regular blender is your best bet," says Killeen. "Look for one that still has a good bit of power, isn't too loud and can still blend up a smoothie without chunks."
If you use your blender more often or task it with pureeing lots of tough vegetables or aromatics like ginger, you might want to invest in a high-speed blender like a Vitamix. When choosing a high-speed blender, Killeen says to look for a long warranty, variable settings and a motor powerful enough to make the smoothest sauces and smoothies possible. "I also think if it's something you use often and it's going to be on your counter, it needs to look good," she adds.