10 Best Blenders for Smoothies to Suit any Budget

10 Best Blenders for Smoothies to Suit any Budget

My most frequently asked question is of course, “what are the best blenders for smoothie making?”

As most of my recipes for Green Thickies involve blending up harder ingredients such as oats, nuts and dates it is essential that I have a decent blender as I like my smoothies SMOOTH.

10 Best Blenders for smoothies to suit any budgetI have owned loads of blenders in the past, and although cheaper blenders will do the job you have to be more careful to add more liquid, add food in certain orders and blend for longer.  And still the smoothies are often a little bit rough in texture.

Some of these blenders aren’t the cheapest, but they are the best.  You definitely get what you pay for with blenders and although high speed blenders are much more expensive than some of the cheaper options in this list, you will definitely notice the difference in the quality of your smoothie.

Of course you can use high powered blenders for much more than just smoothie making such as making peanut butter and coconut butter which you would never be able to do with a cheap blender.

Here are the most popular blenders on the market today to suit every budget, with some advantages of each brand.

Vitamix Professional Series 300 Blender1: Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender

This is pretty much the industry standard for being the best blender ever.  I own this blender and it is honestly the best purchase I ever made.  I use it multiple times every day and cheap blenders just do not compare.  If you make a lot of blended food, you absolutely won’t regret buying this blender.

  • High speed, can pulverise pretty much anything in hardly any time at all.
  • The use of a tamper can push ingredients down towards the blade allowing all ingredients to be blended quickly.
  • Adjustable speed for blending many different types of foods.
  • Very easy and quickly to clean.

I use a Vitamix to make all my Green Thickies.  If you want to read why others use this blender too or want to buy one click here.

BlendTec Designer Series WildSide2: BlendTec Designer Series WildSide

This is the only other blender that truly compares favourably to the Vitamix.  Most people are extremely happy with their BlendTecs and they will do just as good a job of blending the most difficult ingredients as a Vitamix.

  • High speed, makes the hardest of ingredients extremely smooth.
  • Smaller in height than a Vitamix so it’s easier to fit under counters.
  • The unique design means that a tamper isn’t essential
  • The wider base makes it easier to get the ingredients out of the blender

Want to take a walk on the Wildside?  You can read more about the Blendtec and buy one here.

Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker3: Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker

This is a frozen smoothie maker.  It shaves ice to make frozen cocktails and smoothies

  • Shaves ice perfectly
  • Avoids ice chunks and watered down drinks
  • Dishwasher safe

If you fancy frozen cocktails you can buy the Margaritaville and read more reviews here.

Oster BLSTVB-000-000 Versa Powerful Performance Blender, Black4: Oster BLSTVB-000-000 Versa Powerful Performance Blender, Black

Finally… A blender to rival Vitamix for half the price.  This can make nut butters, ice cream, soups and smoothies and has a number of different features.

  • Includes a tamper to push food towards the blades
  • Has pre-programmed settings including pulse to grind nuts
  • Variable speed dial
  • Full colour recipe book

To read why others think the Oster really does rival the Vitamix or to buy one to find out for yourself click here.

Ninja BL660 Professional Blender with Single Serve5. Ninja BL660 Professional Blender with Single Serve

More affordable blender that will blend most smoothie ingredients and crush ice.

  • 6 blade technology to draw food downwards which makes blending easier

Need a Ninja? You can buy one here.

Breville Hemisphere Control Blender6: Breville Hemisphere Control Blender

Medium priced blender with blade technology to push food around the blender which creates an even blend.

  • Makes light work of blending frozen fruit
  • Less stopping and starting as ingredients are less likely to get stuck in the blender

Looking to buy a Breville?  You can get your hands on one here.

Waring Pro MX1000R Professional 3.5-Horsepower Blender, Black7: Waring Pro MX1000R Professional 3.5-Horsepower Blender, Black

Professional pulse action blender good for making smoothies, soups and crushing ice.

  • Blades are integrated into the jug which makes it more robust
  • Produces smooth professional liquids

Want a Waring?  Read more reviews and buy one here.

Hamilton Beach 58148 Power Elite Multi-Function Blender, Black8: Hamilton Beach 58148 Power Elite Multi-Function Blender, Black

Cheap and cheerful basic smoothie maker.  If you need a blender that won’t break the bank, this one is a great product if you are just experimenting with smoothies.

  • 12 Blending funtions
  • Dishwasher safe jar
  • Crushes ice
  • Blends frozen fruit, protein powders and liquids

Just starting with smoothies?  The Hamilton is ideal.  You can buy one here.

Omega BL630 3-HP Variable Speed Blender, 64-Ounce9: Omega BL630 3-HP Variable Speed Blender, 64-Ounce

A commercial quality blender with a powerful motor, variable speed and timer functions, and automatic shut off for overload protection.

  • 10 year warranty
  • Great for liquid based smoothies and soups

Want to read what others think of the Omega?  Read more reviews and buy one here.

Back To Basics Blender Express10: Back To Basics Blender Express

The name says it all.  A basic blender which is perfect for travelling.

  • Drink your smoothie from the small blender cup, saving on washing up.
  • Crushes ice

If you basically need a blender you can travel with you can buy one here.  And, while we’re on the subject of travelling, I have also reviewed the 12 Best Smoothie Cups for Travelling here.

Which is your favourite blender?

If you really want to get your hands on a Vitamix but your budget can’t quite stretch to it at the moment, why not try and win one.  Check out this fabulous Vitamix giveaway over at Coconut Mama.


  1. I’ve always wanted a Vitamix, but thank you for sharing this list of best blenders for smoothies!

  2. My Oster with a reversing blade is quite nice, it does what I need it to do. I believe it is called the Oster Fusion blender. It is closer to the $100 range.

  3. I’ve seen a couple of blenders that are advertised as rivaling the vitamix but without the price tag. Not on this list are the Omniblend and the Spectablend. I haven’t tried them personally.

  4. I have the cheapest model of the Ninja blender…got it at Target last year online on the Black Friday sale for $29.99 – and it’s perfect for smoothies! I put raw almonds, kale, ice, frozen bananas, etc, in my smoothies and it works great! The only thing it has a hard time with are the Medjool dates…I slice them, but still end up with pieces. Not that I mind, I just chew them up :-)

  5. One of the reasons I chose BlendTec is that their newer blender is short enough to fit under the typical U.S. cabinet (18″ height). It’s a simply wonderful blender. And you can get a smaller container for nut butters/seed grinding, and the like when only making a small quantity. The deal I got included that smaller container. Customer service is terrific too. Before that I had the Breville and it’s very good; I found the glass container a little too heavy (one of my hands has mild problems) and gave it away.

  6. In Australia, the most popular blender at the moment is one called Optimum blender, seen it everywhere on various review websites, got a 5 star review compared to Vitamix so I am leading towards it. All other brands you mentioned not existing in Australia, only Vitamix and Optimum and I’m tossing up between the 2, Blendtec seems good but not a strong presence in Australia, Ninja has a bad reputation, all others, never heard of them. How would you compare the Optimum vs Vitamix (not sure if you heard of the Optimum)?

    • Yes I’ve heard really good things about the Optimum. Let me know how you get on with it if you decide to get it.

    • Di Nimmervoll says:

      I have an Optimum blender. I bought it in around November 2013 and have used it every day since receiving it for my breakfast smoothie. I just love it. Great for soup making too. :)

    • Hey the Breville is available in Austrlia but under a different name, it’s called ‘kinetix control’ rather than ‘hemisphere control’. It’s a great blender, I bought one 2 months ago and used twice a day every day without any problems. Note that it has 1200 watt power, the same as the vitamix at a fifth of the cost, so I reckon it’s a great deal.

      Thanks to this website for all the great thickie/ smoothie recipes! I’ve made lots of them and bought the books :)

  7. hi.. awesome info there ! :) Do read other blender reviews at BestBlenderReviewsHQ.com too :)

  8. im so surprised you dont have the omniblender on here! i consider it just one small step down from the vitamix. VERY very powerful!!

  9. intactavist says:

    Hi, can you recommend a blender with a Glass container rather than a plastic one?? I have an Oster from Walmart that costed like $30, very cheap and doesnt make the best smoothies, but it is GLASS, I just do not use plastic at all unless I have absoltely no choice. To me, glass= quality, and I’m shocked there is not a glass option?? Thanks

  10. I bought a new high powered blender about 2 weeks ago. I is kind of a new kid on the block; only being around for just over a years. I has as much power as a Vitamix and has a 7 years warranty for about 1/4 the price and I LOVE it. It is called a the Dash Premium Chef Series blender. I think in some other countries other than the US it is call Blendotherm and in Europe it goes by Blanco. I find it was a great investment if you are on a budget. ☺

  11. I have to agree with the other comment. Surprised the oster beehive is not on here! But awesome list and great information. I keep a post on smoothie blenders as well http://www.nichepage.com/n/kitchenware/best-blender-for-smoothies/

  12. I want a blender that isn’t plastic. I know Vitamix and the other high power models think glass is a safety hazard. I wish they’d go back to stainless then. I will only use glass or stainless.

  13. nonofo ramooki says:

    mmmmmmmmhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I like all of them…..

  14. Hi I’m new to nutribullet. I’m confused by the amount of sodium in the smoothies. I was told to check labels and never have more than 3g but some of these recipes have 70+ grams. Am I looking into it too much?

    • Hi Evie, this is odd, 70g of sodium is dangerous, which recipes are they please I need to double check this. Thank you for highlighting.

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