The easiest way to get your daily fruits and veggies? Drinking them. While a smoothie is arguably the easiest nutrient-packed breakfast in the universe, making one can be a pain without a powerful blender. The best of the best will set you back a few hundred dollars, but luckily, there are plenty of less pricey alternatives to add to your shopping cart. Read on for eight affordable blenders that we think are just as good as the expensive ones.
10 Affordable Blenders That Are Just as Good as the Vitamix
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The Best Affordable Blenders at a Glance
- Best Overall: Ninja BL660 Blender
- Easiest to Clean: Nutribullet Blender
- Most Powerful Affordable Blender: Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield Blender
- Most Compact Affordable Blender: Nutribullet Personal Blender
- Best for Cocktails: Dash Quest Blender
- Prettiest Affordable Blender: KitchenAid K400 Blender
- Best Value: Oster Party Blender
- Most Portable Affordable Blender: BlendJet 2 Portable Blender
- Best for Smoothies: Ninja BN701 Professional Plus Bender
- Most Stylish Blender: Beast Blender
This is a dishwasher-safe, three-speed gem that can handle anything you throw at it. With a 72-ounce pitcher and single-serve personal cups, you can make milkshakes for the whole family or a post-workout smoothie for one. The nutrient extractor, which breaks down whole fruits and veggies into juice with a powerful 1100-watt motor, is a game-changer, too. If you use the blender more for blended cocktails and smoothies, know that its six-blade design pulverizes ice into fluffy, slushy snow in seconds. Hello, strawberry daiquiris.
Easiest to Clean
Whip up everything from soup to sauce to nut butter with this 1200-watt workhorse. Its stainless-steel blade is prime for pulverizing leafy greens, frozen fruit, whole veggies and beyond. It’s great for blending warm foods too, thanks to the durable, vented pitcher. There are three speeds, a pulse function and a tamper, which helps with thick mixtures and makes pushing ingredients that get stuck to the blades easy and mess-free (that means no more digging around with a spoon to make sure everything is blended). Its design makes it easy to clean by hand, but it’s also dishwasher-safe. Use the recipe book for inspiration once you’re tired of your go-tos.
Most Powerful Affordable Blender
Crush, chop, emulsify, blend and puree away, minus the ear-piecing noise. This 1500-watt powerhouse has a removable quiet shield, which keeps the sound contained while it blends. It’s complete with a tamper, a shatterproof 32-ounce pitcher and stainless-steel blades that can rotate as fast as 105 miles per hour. Explore four program settings, a pulse function and a wide range of speeds that will get the job done every single time. To wash, just add warm water and dish soap and blend on the pre-programmed clean setting.
Most Compact Affordable Blender
Finding space in the kitchen is already hard enough as it is. That's why we love the O.G. sleek, barely-there Nutribullet. But don't let its compact size fool you. It's still one of the fastest, easy-to-use smoothie blenders on the market. Once you load it up with your favorite foods, like berries and spinach, you'll be pouring nutrient-packed smoothies like a pro in mere seconds.
Best for Cocktails
Frozen coffees for Sunday brunch? Post-workout protein shakes? Margaritas for a crowd? Yup—this aqua-colored cutie does it all. While you can prepare everything from soup to dessert in this easy-to-use machine, we think it's best for ice-based bevs (and even snow cones!). Its stainless-steel blades, pulse capability and two powerful blending settings make pulverizing ice a cinch. We also love its non-slip feet, splatter-proof lid and the fact that it's dishwasher safe.
Prettiest Affordable Blender
OK, so it’s a little more expensive than the others on our list. But we’re willing to splurge a bit if it means our blender matches our stand mixer. The asymmetrical blade pulls all the ingredients right into the center and blends them at four different angles. Use the ice crush, icy drinks and smoothie presets or adjust the five-speed dial manually for more control. Either way, you won’t need to do much at all: The blender’s soft start feature and intelli-speed motor allow it to sense the ideal speed at all times and adjust accordingly while it blends.
If all you need is a way to get from freezer to smoothie every morning, this is an easy and ridiculously affordable solution. It has tons of positive reviews and one of the lowest price tags you’ll find. Its 700-watt motor is ideal for crushing ice, so this is a solid pick if you make a lot of slushies, shakes or smoothies. The eight-speed blending system consistently pulls all the ingredients into the blades for a smooth final product. See ya later, ice chunks.
Most Portable Affordable Blender
Whether you're camping, at the beach or on the road, this portable blender has you covered. Whip up smoothies, shakes, baby food or cocktails with its six stainless-steel blades that are strong enough to crush ice. Even better, it's powered by a rechargeable battery that's USB compatible. Did we mention it's available in a whopping 25 colors, patterns and designs?
Best for Smoothies
If you're on a health kick or just want to incorporate more smoothies into your life, this Ninja blender might be the perfect pick. It's powerful 1400-watt motor will give you perfectly crushed ice for your smoothies and the pitcher is big enough to make some for later (or to share with the family). This baby is also equipped with three intelligent presets that will allow you to switch from ice cream to frozen drinks to smoothies with the appropriate pulses and pausing patterns for that oh-so-drinkable consistency you're looking for. Not to mention, it's dishwasher-safe.
10. Beast Blender
If you're looking for a blender that's not an eyesore, look no further. After all, tot everyone wants to look at a big, bulky machine every day, are we right? This machine is not only super sleek looking, it functions well, too, with ice-crushing efficiency and one-minute blend programs. You can also take this stunner wherever your day takes you, because it's also portable.
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Taryn Pire is PureWow's associate food editor and has been writing about all things delicious since 2016. She's developed recipes, reviewed restaurants and investigated food trends at Food52, New Jersey Family Magazine and Taste Talks. When she's not trying the latest TikTok food hack (looking at you, Kool-Aid pickles), she's having popcorn for dinner and posting about it on Instagram.