Kitchen Blenders & Food Blender Mixers

blendersWhen shopping for a blender, there are a lot of important considerations to keep in mind — even details that are seemingly small at first, like motor strength and materials. Small things tend to add up into big problems if a lot of them are overlooked. Fortunately, we’re here to help with that.

Types Of Blenders

First, decide on the type of blender you want. The most traditional kind is a countertop blender, staying true to the designs of decades past. Countertop blenders usually come with a large variety of speed settings, everything from “pulse” to “liquefy.” Some models also have an ice crusher option for making smoothies or daiquiris.

Another type is an immersion blender. This handheld stick-shaped appliance is like having a rotating blade on the end of your mixing spoon. It can whip up smoothies in the glass, puree cooked vegetables, or mix sauces for a smoother texture.

Some companies also sell “duet” sets including both blender and food processor. It’s a space-saving alternative to having two countertop appliances taking up space in your kitchen, since both the blender and food processor jars can use the same base.

Blender Options To Consider

Above all, one of the most important qualities in a blender is its motor strength. Even if you plan on using a blender once every few months, that won’t stop a weak blender from sputtering out when trying to tackle a heavy task. A stronger motor extends the life of your blender, saving you money in the long run. Look for one that’s 500 watts or more.

Blender jars are usually made out of one of two materials: plastic or glass. Glass jars are more durable and have the added advantage of being BPA-free, but plastic jars are more lightweight, easier to handle, and you don’t have to worry as much about it shattering if dropped. Both are typically dishwasher safe.

Immersion blenders come in corded or cordless models. The corded models have access to more power for a longer period of time, but a cordless immersion blender is much more versatile.

Favorite Blenders

For a workhorse that does it all, take a look at the Vita-Mix TurboBlend. It has a strong polycarbonate jar, stainless steel blades, and a motor over 2 horsepower that’s thermally protected to prevent overheating. Another option is the Blendtec Professional’s Choice blender, a digital machine that is powerful enough to work as both blender and juicer — especially for greens.

A less expensive option in the “mid-range” category is the KitchenAid 5 Speed Chrome Blender. It’s not equally strong as a Vita-Mix, but 700 watts still holds up to most blending tasks, including an option for crushing ice.

And for a quality budget blender, the Oster Beehive is the way to go. This one gets consistently high reviews for a surprisingly steady functionality for the price. The Beehive has a polycarbonate jar, ice crusher, and a heavy base — which you’d miss if it wasn’t there. Ever had to hold a blender together for fear of it rocking out of its base? Won’t happen here.

There are three immersion blenders that we like, all for varying yet equally significant reasons. First is the KitchenAid Immersion Blender, great for all its attachments (electric whisk, food processor, chopper blade, and mixing beaker cup). Next is the Dualit Immersion Blender with a handy “Turbo Pulse” button. And last but certainly not least is the Cuisinart SmartStick, packing a lot of power into a rechargeable cordless model.

Read all of our blender reviews below:


Hamilton Beach Milkshake Maker

Retro Blender, Soda Fountain & Malt Mixer

Hamilton Beach Milkshake Maker | Retro Blender, Soda Fountain & Malt Mixer

Hamilton Beach drink mixers have been around ever since 1911, and replica models these days reflect the nostalgic Americana of soda fountains, malt shoppes, and jukeboxes playing doo-wop late into the night. Coming across a classic replica Hamilton Beach Milkshake Maker like this one may seem like the real deal. ...





Oster BCCG08 Blender Review

Ice Crusher w/ Glass Jar, 6 Cup Dishwasher Safe

Oster BCCG08 Blender Review | Ice Crusher w/ Glass Jar, 6 Cup Dishwasher Safe

Although its price is hard to beat, the Oster BCCG08 is a blender I would only recommend as an "occasional use" purchase. You'll probably be able to find it for a steal of a deal -- then again, there's always a reason behind that.

What the BCCG08 does have going for ...





Vita-Mix Turbo Blend Blender

Smoothie Maker & Juicer 4500

Vita-Mix Turbo Blend Blender | Smoothie Maker & Juicer 4500

I am definitely into health food without the health food price. If you've walked through that specialty section in your local grocery recently, you know exactly what I mean. You'd think not adding preservatives and sugar was costly from a manufacturing standpoint.

That's why having an option like the Vita-Mix tips the scales ...





Black Oster Beehive Blender

Ice Crusher Machine for Smoothies, Milkshakes & Cocktail Drinks

Black Oster Beehive Blender | Ice Crusher Machine for Smoothies, Milkshakes & Cocktail Drinks

Though they call this the Beehive bar blender, this isn't just for making mixed drinks. Anyone who enjoys crushed ice drinks, or crushed ice alone, will be overwhelmed with the production of this unit. It crushes like nobody's business, using super sharp blades and an all-metal drive powered by a one-half ...





Breville Ikon Blender w/ Ice Crusher

Stainless Steel 750 Watt BBL600XL

Breville Ikon Blender w/ Ice Crusher | Stainless Steel 750 Watt BBL600XL

If you make smoothies, you want a blender that can handle the ingredients. The more often you make them, the more important it is that the functions perform as the company claims they will. No one wants to stand in the kitchen poking stubborn frozen bits of fruit into ...





Hamilton Beach Deluxe Blender

Black Glass 14 Speed 54245

Hamilton Beach Deluxe Blender | Black Glass 14 Speed 54245

This blender from Hamilton Beach packs some major power for the price. Add to that the heavy glass pitcher and the "Wave-action" technology for a solid appliance in the kitchen.

The "Deluxe" Blender -- it must be deluxe due to the 14 speeds -- is available in black now to coordinate with modern ...





Hamilton Beach DuraBlend Wave Action Blender Food Processor Combo Set

Hamilton Beach DuraBlend Wave Action Blender Food Processor Combo Set

This Wave Action 12 Speed Blender/Food Processor from Hamilton Beach has been designed around special features that somewhat limit its all around effectiveness. It can still be a good choice if you like what it does best--milk shakes and smoothies.

The 700 Watt motor is plenty powerful enough to handle the ...





Waring Pro Ice Crusher

Electric Stainless Steel Large Capacity IC70

Waring Pro Ice Crusher | Electric Stainless Steel Large Capacity IC70

I still remember my mom's old hand crank ice crusher. In fact, I think I still have the scars. It only took a few cubes at a time and made enough for maybe two people, if you could stand the cold and the danger that long. It took brute force to ...





Vita-Mix 1300 TurboBlend Commercial Blender 4500

Vita-Mix 1300 TurboBlend Commercial Blender 4500

The Vita-Mix TurboBlend is exceptional because of the commercial quality blade and motor design. The heavy duty motor provides 2+ peak horsepower operated by a two speed control. The motor is thermally protected. This machine actually pulls in ingredients for smooth, uniform blending. The unit comes with a five year warranty.

One of the ...





Margaritaville Bahamas Blender

Frozen Concoction Maker 36 Ounce DM0500

Margaritaville Bahamas Blender | Frozen Concoction Maker 36 Ounce DM0500

The Margaritaville Bahamas model offers manual controls which allow you to choose the consistency of drinks through adjustments of the shave or blend selections. Automatic settings will mix the right proportion of ice with your ingredients. Dual motors shave ice and blend the drinks. The unit comes in tropical colors with a ...





KitchenAid Chef Chopper

Electric Blender Food Processor

KitchenAid Chef Chopper | Electric Blender Food Processor

With 240 Watts of power and full sized features, this three cup blender offers food processing functions in a compact machine that's easy to clean and appropriate for small kitchens and small recipes. Chop everything from nuts to meat and cheese, as well as pureeing sauces and spreads.

The reverse spiral action ...





Back to Basics Signature Blender Smoothie Maker SALPHA500

Back to Basics Signature Blender Smoothie Maker SALPHA500

This smoothie maker not only blends, but the blades can crush ice. The forty-eight-ounce glass jar has room to make enough to serve up to four people per batch. The device is equipped with an integrated stir stick which helps you force any unruly pieces down into the blades, eliminate air pockets, ...





Cuisinart Stand Mixer Blender Attachment

White Glass SM-BL

Cuisinart Stand Mixer Blender Attachment | White Glass SM-BL

The Cuisinart Blender Attachment expands on the great functions and features of four Cuisinart stand mixers, connecting to the high speed power outlet provided on each. The attachment fits models SM-55, SM-55BC, SM-70, and SM-70BC. Not merely an attachment, it is a full size blender with a generous forty ounce glass jar. The ...





Breville Ikon Blender

Stainless Steel Kinetix Blade BBL550XL

Breville Ikon Blender | Stainless Steel Kinetix Blade BBL550XL

This five speed blender features a Kinetix blade and bowl system which eliminates trapped food so every piece comes out well blended. The ice crushing blades are extra wide and contoured to the base of the jar. The blender offers pulse control, illuminated buttons, and a sealed control panel.

The one and a ...





Margaritaville Premium Frozen Concoction Blender DM2000

Margaritaville Premium Frozen Concoction Blender DM2000

The Margaritaville automatically mixes ice with your ingredients in the proper proportion. At the touch of a button, the device shaves ice and blends single drinks up to thirty six ounces or a full pitcher. Four drink cycles are preprogrammed. Efficient features include front access controls and a drip free spout. The Frozen Concoction ...





Oster Fusion Blender

Electric Black BRLY07-Z00 600 Watt

Oster Fusion Blender | Electric Black BRLY07-Z00 600 Watt

The Oster Fusion Blender harnesses six hundred watts for any blending or chopping jobs. An all metal drive system works the blades. The three speed manual controls and two pulse choices offer more precise options in addition to the one touch preprogrammed settings. The device has an auto shut off function and ...





Oster Milkshake Drink Mixer

Beverage Blender Chrome 100 Watt 6627

Oster Milkshake Drink Mixer | Beverage Blender Chrome 100 Watt 6627

Oh, for the love of a really good milkshake. By really good I mean thick and chunky. And by chunky I mean Mint Chocolate Chip, Cookies and Cream, Coffee with chocolate covered espresso beans-- Oh my.

Oster's 6627 Drink Mixer is a solid milkshake-making machine. Its die cast chrome construction ...





Krups 5 Speed Blender

Black Chrome Glass Jar KB720 1000 Watt

Krups 5 Speed Blender | Black Chrome Glass Jar KB720 1000 Watt

The Krups KB720 five speed blender comes with an ice crushing function and a pulse option which can be used at any speed to enhance blending. Powerful, yet quiet, the blades are driven by a thousand-watt motor. The touch pad control is illuminated. The sixty ounce, heavy duty glass jar is ...





Oster Professional Series Blender

Glass Beehive Black BPST02-B

Oster Professional Series Blender | Glass Beehive Black BPST02-B

This beehive-style blender is a classic. It has style, it has horsepower. It's cool like an old clashow to win back your ex>sic car is cool.

It has two speeds: fast and faster. It crushes ice and pulverizes the frozen fruit in my smoothies. It's ...





Oster Classic Beehive Blender

Kitchen Glass Stainless Chrome 4093

Oster Classic Beehive Blender | Kitchen Glass Stainless Chrome 4093

For me a blender is judged by three criteria: power, simplicity and ease of cleaning. This model from Oster does pretty well on all three counts. This is a reproduction of a very popular blender style from long ago, no doubt to capitalize on the retro popularity of the look. It ...





KitchenAid Immersion Mixer, Chopper & Blender

Includes Electric Whisk & Storage Container, White 300

KitchenAid Immersion Mixer, Chopper & Blender | Includes Electric Whisk & Storage Container, White 300

Do the work of several appliances with this one small stick blender and attachment set.

The blending blade can be immersed to a depth of up to eight inches to blend hot or cold foods and won't stain when used with berries or tomatoes. The splash guard of the blending attachment is designed ...





Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Food Processor, Electric Blender Set

Cuisinart SmartPower Duet Food Processor, Electric Blender Set

The Cuisinart SmartPower Duet five hundred watt blender gives you all the power you'll need to shred, slice, mix, chop, and liquefy. It also doubles as a three cup food processor. Crush ice at the touch of a button. Pulse at any speed with one simple touch.

The chopping blade is made from stainless ...





KitchenAid Immersion Hand Blender Set w/ Chopper

KitchenAid Immersion Hand Blender Set w/ Chopper

Have you ever enjoyed a thick creamy soup at a restaurant, marveling at the texture and wondering what culinary magic could produce such a treat? Wonder no more. The cook simmered up a pot of ingredients in stock, seasoned it just so and blasted it into a puree with an immersion ...





Cuisinart Supreme Super 600 Blender

Stainless Glass Jar SB5600

Cuisinart Supreme Super 600 Blender | Stainless Glass Jar SB5600

With a six hundred watt high torque motor, this blender is ready for anything. Cyclonic mixing action gives greater consistency in your final product at any setting. The extra large heavy glass jar comes with a two ounce measure pour lid for items you need to add during the mixing ...





Cuisinart Cordless Immersion Blender

Hand Mixer Rechargeable Set CSB-78

Cuisinart Cordless Immersion Blender | Hand Mixer Rechargeable Set CSB-78

The Cuisinart CSB-78 Cordless runs for up to twenty minutes on a charge and recharges quickly. The set includes whisk, chopper, and sixteen ounce mixing and measuring beaker in addition to the blending shaft. The stylish matte finish to its brushed stainless steel shaft matches any decor.

A handy storage stand mounts ...





Cuisinart SmartPower Blender

Stainless 600 Watt CBT-500

Cuisinart SmartPower Blender | Stainless 600 Watt CBT-500

The Cuisinart SmartPower has six hundred watts of power ready to handle your blending needs. Its heavy die-cast metal base keeps the blender solidly in contact with the counter as you mix. The included fifty ounce glass jar has a strong plastic handle with a metal look.

The blades are sharp and precise ...





L’Equip Stick Immersion Blender

Stainless Steel Hand Mixer Blade Set

L’Equip Stick Immersion Blender | Stainless Steel Hand Mixer Blade Set

Don't be fooled by the slim design. With a five hundred and fifty watt motor and a wide variety of useful accessories including a mincing blade, chopping blade, aerator blade, french whisk, beater and chopper, this mixer is ready for work. The easy grip handle offers a firm hold while you ...





Breville Cordless Immersion Blender

Kitchen Mixer w/ Recharging Base BCS500XL

Breville Cordless Immersion Blender | Kitchen Mixer w/ Recharging Base BCS500XL

Take the mixer to your food with the convenience of cordless technology. Experience no more worries about cord length or outlet locations. This style saves hassle and extra dishes because you don't have to transfer your creations to and from a full size blender.

The Breville cordless mixer offers nine and three ...





KitchenAid Blender Onyx Black

5 Speed 56 Ounce KSB560OB

KitchenAid Blender Onyx Black | 5 Speed 56 Ounce KSB560OB

Sometimes you just have to take things from the top. And KitchenAid's new 5-speed blender is no exception.

The 56-ounce, commercial-grade, polycarbonate pitcher that sits atop the die-cast metal base has a drip-free pour spout and a textured lid with a 2-ounce cap for adding ingredients while blending. The pitcher ...





Dualit Immersion Blender

Kitchen Hand Mixer 500 Watt 88860

Dualit Immersion Blender | Kitchen Hand Mixer 500 Watt 88860

The Dualit comes in several styles; this model is in chrome. Its five hundred watt immersion blender offers variable speeds from nine thousand to sixteen thousand rpms and pulses at seventeen thousand rpms.

The stainless steel blades blend, chop, whisk, grind, and puree, then the stick detaches with a simple twist for ease ...





Blendtec Home Blender Professional’s Choice Total

Black 1500 Watt TB-621-BHM

Blendtec Home Blender Professional’s Choice Total | Black 1500 Watt TB-621-BHM

This is a serious blender for people who have serious blending needs. It's definitely professional-grade quality. It makes my old blender look like a child's toy. I once visited a website where you could view blenders blending things you would not believe. You name it, they would blend it. And this blender ...





KitchenAid Blender w/ Polycarbonate Jar

Stainless Steel Blade | Chrome 5 Speed

KitchenAid Blender w/ Polycarbonate Jar | Stainless Steel Blade | Chrome 5 Speed

This blender from KitchenAid is among the more heavy-duty blenders available for the price. It features a diecast metal base, meant to sit solidly on your counter. Also featuring a steel reinforced coupler, and one piece stainless steel blade for durability.

The motor on this blender is advertised as .9 horsepower. ...





KitchenAid Immersion Blender w/ Chopper

Hand Mixing Set KHB300OB

KitchenAid Immersion Blender w/ Chopper | Hand Mixing Set KHB300OB

A Hand Blender or Immersion Blender is a handy, time-saving tool. This KitchenAid Hand Blender can be used in any number of cooking projects from blending smoothies, to pureeing soups, to making your own, fresh baby food. You can use it directly in your soup pot, smoothie glass, ...





Magic Bullet Express Blender

High Speed 17-Piece Set

Magic Bullet Express Blender | High Speed 17-Piece Set

There's good reason to call this Blender Mixing System magic. It seems to do everything. Only as big as a coffee mug, this do-it-all wonder replaces the blender, food processor, and coffee grinder. Sounds like a dream come true, right?

The Magic Bullet Express is the ideal ...





Braun Hand Mixer, Electric Blender

M880 Multimix 4-in-1 White

Braun Hand Mixer,  Electric Blender | M880 Multimix 4-in-1 White

If you've done much mixing, the importance of having a 280 watt "exceptionally powerful" motor cannot be overstated. All of the convenience of having a hand blender is lost if it fails to perform the task. When it comes to performance, this model shines. Many customers ...





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