7 Affordable Blenders That Are Just as Good as the Vitamix
The easiest way to get your daily fruits and veggies? Drinking them. While a smoothie is arguably one of the easiest healthy breakfasts in the universe, making one can be a pain without a solid blender. The best of the best will set you back a few hundred dollars, but there are lots of less pricey alternatives to add to your shopping cart right this minute. Here are seven affordable blenders that are just as good as the expensive ones.
1. Ninja Professional Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups
A dishwasher-safe, three-speed gem that can handle anything. 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 than smoothies, look no further. Its six-blade design pulverizes ice into fluffy, slushy snow in seconds. Hello, strawberry daiquiris.
2. NutriBullet Blender
Easy 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 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 down to the blades super 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-to recipes.
3. Hamilton Beach Professional Quiet Shield 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 mph. 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.
4. The Original Nutrient Extractor NutriBullet
Finding space in the kitchen is already hard enough as it is; that's why we love the original sleek, barely-there-looking NutriBullet. Oh, and don't let its size fool you. It's still one of the fastest, easy-to-use smoothie blenders (AKA, once you load it up with your favorite foods like berries and spinach, you'll be pouring nutrient-packed smoothies like a pro).
5. Instant Ace Plus Blender
Made by the makers of Instant Pot, this ingenious number can do all the stuff your blender can, plus cook, boil and keep dinner warm. (Yep, you heard us.) You can make noodle soup in the blender, throw in raw chicken and the blender will boil it all until the meat is cooked while also keeping all the noodles and tiny bits intact. It’s just the multitasker for lazy weeknights, plus it only leaves you with one dirty dish. And considering its versatility, easy-to-read digital display and eight one-touch presets, it’s a total steal pricewise. The three-in-one tamper also features a measuring cup and cleaning brush.
6. KitchenAid K400 Blender with Tamper
OK, so it’s a little more expensive than the others on our list. But we’re willing to shell out a little more so our blender matches our stand mixer (hey there, blue velvet). The asymmetrical blade pulls all your 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 for more control. But you won’t have to do much at all on your own: The blender’s Soft Start feature and Intelli-Speed motor allow it to sense the best speed at all times and adjust accordingly while it blends. So smart.
7. Hamilton Beach Smoothie 10-Speed Blender
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 575-watt motor is ideal for crushing ice, so this is a solid pick if you make a lot of slushies, shakes or smoothies. The Wave-Action blending system consistently pulls all the ingredients into the blades for a smooth final product. See ya later, ice chunks.