The Best Blender

The Best Blender

Our pick

Vitamix 5200

Vitamix 5200

The best blender

This high-performance machine blends more gracefully than any of the others we’ve tested. Its motor powers through thick mixtures, and it comes with a seven-year warranty backed by excellent customer service.

Buying Options

$438* from Amazon
$450 from Vitamix

*At the time of publishing, the price was $440.

In our tests, from 2012 to now, Vitamix blenders have always performed the best overall. The classic Vitamix 5200 is the only one we’ve tried that can make creamy peanut butter and puree soup without spewing molten liquid up the sides of the jar. It doesn’t have any preset buttons, but it does offer the widest range of speeds (far wider than on the comparably priced Blendtec Designer 675) of any brand we’ve tested. It’s a favorite in many (if not most) professional kitchens and juice bars. We’ve also found the Vitamix 5200 to be one of the most reliable and durable blenders we’ve tested, and if the motor burns out within the seven-year warranty period, Vitamix will promptly replace the machine.

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Runner-up

Oster Versa Pro Series Blender

Oster Versa Pro Series Blender

A more affordable but less durable blender

This Oster Versa model offers the best balance of performance and price that we’ve found. It’s not as powerful or durable as the Vitamix 5200, but it holds its own against many blenders that are twice the price.

Buying Options

$148* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $155.

The Oster Versa Pro Series Blender is the best of a new breed of more budget-friendly high-powered blenders. Compared with equally priced blenders, this 1,400-watt model offers more speed variations and runs more quietly; it’s also one of the few models that come with a tamper for bursting air pockets in thick mixtures. At 17½ inches tall, it will fit better on a counter under a cabinet than most other high-performance models. We don’t think this is the absolute best blender out there. It doesn’t compare to Vitamix blenders in terms of power and longevity (we burned out our Oster after two and a half years), but it does have serious blending skills, a user-friendly design, and a solid, seven-year warranty. If you don’t want to throw down almost half a grand on a powerful blender, the Oster is your best bet.

Also great

Cleanblend Blender

Cleanblend Blender

Powerful blender motor, shorter warranty

A relative newcomer, this blender makes some of the silkiest smoothies, but its speeds aren’t as nuanced as those on our top pick.

Buying Options

$180 from Amazon

If you’re not ready to spring for the Vitamix, and you don’t mind trading the Oster’s longer warranty to get a little more power, go for the 1,800-watt Cleanblend Blender. The Cleanblend’s strong motor helps pulverize berry seeds and ice, creating creamier smoothies and piña coladas than even the Vitamix. This model’s jar is made of thick, durable Tritan plastic and has a comfortable, grippy handle. Unlike the Oster model, the Cleanblend doesn’t have any preset buttons and doesn’t offer much variance between the low and high speeds. In our testing, the Cleanblend’s motor has held up better than the Oster’s and is still going strong after four years of regular use. But this blender comes with only a five-year warranty, in contrast to the seven years of coverage from both Vitamix and Oster. And since Cleanblend has been around only since 2013, we’re still a little uncertain of the company’s staying power and the reliability of its customer service.

Budget pick

KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender

KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender

For occasional blending

Although this blender isn’t as powerful as more expensive models, it can produce a great emulsification and decent (but chunkier) smoothies.

Buying Options

$90 from Bed Bath & Beyond
$130 from Home Depot
Buy from Amazon

Not everyone wants to spend $200, let alone over $400, on a blender. If you want a blender for the occasional sauce or smoothie, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender is the best model we’ve seen for under $100. In our tests, we found that the Diamond model blended thick smoothies better and faster than its predecessor, the KitchenAid 5-Speed Classic Blender (our former budget pick). It produced coarser textures than any of our other picks did, and its motor isn’t nearly as powerful (and so is more likely to burn out if overtaxed). But it’s a good, all-purpose blender that’s small enough to fit on the counter under most kitchen cabinets.

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Our pick

Vitamix 5200

Vitamix 5200

The best blender

This high-performance machine blends more gracefully than any of the others we’ve tested. Its motor powers through thick mixtures, and it comes with a seven-year warranty backed by excellent customer service.

Buying Options

$438* from Amazon
$450 from Vitamix

*At the time of publishing, the price was $440.

Runner-up

Oster Versa Pro Series Blender

Oster Versa Pro Series Blender

A more affordable but less durable blender

This Oster Versa model offers the best balance of performance and price that we’ve found. It’s not as powerful or durable as the Vitamix 5200, but it holds its own against many blenders that are twice the price.

Buying Options

$148* from Amazon

*At the time of publishing, the price was $155.

Also great

Cleanblend Blender

Cleanblend Blender

Powerful blender motor, shorter warranty

A relative newcomer, this blender makes some of the silkiest smoothies, but its speeds aren’t as nuanced as those on our top pick.

Buying Options

$180 from Amazon

Budget pick

KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender

KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender

For occasional blending

Although this blender isn’t as powerful as more expensive models, it can produce a great emulsification and decent (but chunkier) smoothies.

Buying Options

$90 from Bed Bath & Beyond
$130 from Home Depot
Buy from Amazon

Source: NY Times – Wirecutter

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