So what does it take to be the best blender for smoothies – or best blender for green smoothies for that matter?
Although there are several, the most important factors as we see them are power, blade design and mixing jar construction.
Power is clearly the most obvious requisite of the best smoothie blenders, since it translates into greater torque and faster blade rotational speed, which in turn facilitates fine crushing of ice and more complete pulverization of hard, dense and/or fibrous foodstuffs, which is particularly important when making the ever so popular green smoothie.
Blade design is also critical, since even fine adjustments to shearing angles and cutting edges can make the difference between a super smooth and slightly grainy smoothie consistency.
Jar shape/dimensions is likewise another huge area always ripe for tinkering, with some saying that a square-type jar is better for creating vortexes that pull food downward and therefore obviating the need for a tamper; whereas others insist that round jars – or versions in between – are better for blending speed, etc.
Having said all that, the truth is that there are many models that have optimized characteristics (including reliability, which is paramount) to blend the perfect smoothie – the much bigger issue is cost!
The Most Obvious “Best” Blenders Are Very Expensive
If you’ve done even casual research on this subject, you probably have already been bombarded with opinions voicing the superiority of the Vitamix and Blendtec models. And the truth is that these are both outstanding blenders, and pretty much any Vitamix or Blendetc blender will indeed make a smoothie that your family and friends will love and your enemies will be forced to admire. For example, the Vitamix 5028 BarBoss is designed specifically for making all manner of blended drinks, and the Blendtec Designer Series combines power and advanced controls that are truly modern-age. However, they are both very pricey, and when on sale still generally go for between $450-$550 on average.
The real challenge as we see it is identifying a blender that can produce an equally silky-smooth smoothie, but costs a lot less. Keep in mind, however, that we don’t want to sacrifice consistency. There is only so low you can go before consistency starts to deteriorate. As a result, if you want truly first-rate smoothies (high-end juice store quality), no “cheap” blender is going to cut it. Period.
In fact, based on our market research and thorough examination of top rated blender reports and user reviews, there definitely “seems” to be a big gap in quality between the Vitamix/Blendtecs and nearly all other more affordable blenders. Try finding a $200 high-performance blender that really matches their performance and you’ll see how difficult it is. Even the popular high-end Ninja and Breville blenders, which come in around this price point, still can’t deliver the same professional-grade, ultra-smooth quality to their smoothies in our view – and discriminating reviewers agree with us.
Finally, The Best Blender for Smoothies Under $300!
Despite the heavy marketing fog generated by the “top” names, and after lots and lots of searching and pouring through actual user reviews, we’ve identified two options currently just under the $300 mark that in our opinion perform just as well as the the Vitamix and Blendtec mixers, with no loss of smoothie quality whatsoever. And while these models are not nearly as aggressively promoted as the Vitamix and Blendtecs, don’t be fooled, they are just as powerful and will make the smoothie of your life! Without further ado, here they are:
This is not your grandma’s Oster! The Oster Versa blender is not only as powerful (or more powerful) than a Vitamix, but it looks like a Vitamix, has similar controls (including variable speed) and features compared to the Vitamix, and even carries a 7-year warranty like the Vitamix.
And most importantly, it makes smoothies just as silky-smooth as the Vitamix – yet currently can be had for just under $300. Sound too good to be true? We thought so too – at first.
For much more information on this model and to hear what many happy Versa owners think about it’s outstanding performance and extraordinary value relative to the Vitamix, read our detailed review here!
We are big fans of the Waring Commercial line, and the Waring Commercial MX1000XTX is a true beast. With an industry-leading 3.5 horsepower motor, this machine could possibly blend up a whole Vitamix, and can go toe-to-toe with any Blendtec. Moreover, this model comes with an innovative “Raptor” mixing jar and a high-efficiency wet blade that makes extremely short work of any job. This focus on speed and efficiency is not surprising, given that this commercial model is built to withstand commercial abuse in the trenches of coffee shops and smoothie bars. Specifically, Waring estimates it can prepare over 75 drinks per day! As a result, no matter how exotic your green smoothies may be, they won’t make this machine even break a sweat.
And on top of all that, this blender is also available new for just under $300!
For much more information about the MX1000XTX Xtreme, please read our detailed review here!
Need More Choices!?
We’ve gathered specs and prices on the top-blenders on amazon.com so you can easily chose the best model for your budget and needs: Go to the Comparison Guide!