What’s the best high-speed blender on the market right now?
It’s OK, we wouldn’t blame you for not knowing. The market’s so huge, and each new blender has a different power, different settings, different uses and attachments and funnels and – argh! Who can keep up with all that?
Automated Blending: Five pre-programmed settings ensure simple cleaning, walk-away convenience, and consistent results for smoothie, frozen dessert, soup, and purée recipes.
You're in Control: Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature let you manually fine-tune the texture of any recipe. Dimensions: 17.5 x 9.4 x 7.7 inches
Low-Profile 64-ounce Container: Perfect for family meals and entertaining, while fitting comfortably under most kitchen cabinets. Cord: 6 feet.Electrical Ratings: 120 V, 50-60 Hz, 12 Amps
Hardened Stainless-Steel Blades: Our aircraft-grade stainless steel blades are designed to handle the toughest ingredients, so from the first blend to the last, you get the same quality results.
Self-Cleaning: With a drop of dish soap and warm water, your Vitamix machine can clean itself in 30 to 60 seconds. What's in the Box: motor base, low-profile 64 oz. container, cookbook, getting started guide, DVD, low-profile tamper
If you’re looking for one machine to blend them all, that one should probably be the Vitamix Professional Series 750. With a commercial 2.2 horsepower motor, it’s phased by nothing. That means anything you ask it to do, the Vitamix Professional 750 can do.
Buying a blender can get pretty pricey.
That means when you do it, you need to look at it like an investment. Something from which you’ll get practical use in a variety of ways almost every day for many years to come.
That’s the mindset you need to take towards the Vitamix 750.
No, no, you’re absolutely right, it’s not the cheapest blender on the market.
But neither will you be replacing it before your mobile phone contract’s up for renewal, as you might with cheaper, less robustly built blenders. That’s the equation we’re dealing with here – the more years it blends for you, and meets all the blending needs you can possibly have, the more its value for money increases.
Besides durability, the performance of a Vitamix exceeds any cheap blender so you won’t have to deal with the frustration of constantly stopping the blender from overheating.
So what’s so great about the Vitamix 750?
First of all, it has five pre-programmed modes to choose from. Like a pentathlete, it’s a machine that changes the setting on its ‘muscles’ to tackle whatever you need it to do.
It can give you faultless fast smoothies – here, have one, it’ll make the rest of this page go faster.
Frozen desserts? Mmm – Vitamix and chill?
Purees of all sorts, so you can do everything from adding a healthy fruit kick to ice cream, to Michelin up a Thursday night meatloaf.
Want some hot soup? Why not? The Vitamix 750 does that too by turning cold raw ingredients into hot creamy soups. Yes, there are machines out there dedicated to making soup from scratch. Clear yourself come counterspace, get a blender that takes the place of your soup maker and lots else besides.
How does it do all this? A very powerful motor, stainless steel blades, sophisticated programming and a 64-ounce container.
The blades can deal with anything you can imagine to put in the blender, and lots of them.
If you’re going to look for a downside in the Vitamix 750, that’d be it – a 64-ounce container rewards a lot of content. If you’re just scrambling a couple of eggs, you’re going to be regularly scraping down the sides of the container to return yoke to the regions where the blades can get at it. Small quantities are less of a friend to the Vitamix 750, but blending all day for a big dinner party? Look no further.
Power is not always about making the biggest noise. Not only is the Vitamix 750 powerful enough to blend whatever you demand of it, but it’s quieter compared to previous Vitamix models, so you get wince-free blending all day long.
The Vitamix 750 is also a friend to the industrious blender-owner at the end of the night. Some blenders can be awkward to clean, demanding scrubbing and wrangling and reaching into crevices.
The Vitamix? A drop of your favorite dish soap, some warm water, the press of a button and in less than a minute, the action of the blades has driven warm soapy water into every crevice, for a self-cleaning effect.
Powerful, versatile, understated and self-cleaning, with a great potential for large volume blending. It’s the do-it-all readiness to take on all comers of the Vitamix 750 that makes it our pick for the best high-speed blender on the market.
Versatile – five program modes
Variable speeds for blending a range of items
Blends without screaming, which is always a plus
64-ounce capacity container means you can blend big jugs full of ingredients
Less effective when it tries to blend small batches
You hear the word ‘Ninja’ and you think of a secretive spy, trained in martial arts, sneaking about medieval Japan.
The Ninja blender has quite enough martial arts expertise of its own, and can cut anything that crosses its path down to size without a second glance.
You’re looking at a 1000-watt blender with six blades so relentless they can turn ice into snow cones in seconds. Blends, purees, you name it, the Ninja’s got you covered. The six blades are angled specifically to pull everything into a kind of liquidizing vortex. Once you’re in the Ninja – you’re getting blended.
The Ninja looks and feels more expensive than it is. It’s made mostly of plastic, but there’s nothing remotely cheap about its aesthetic.
It also gives a series of satisfyingly sturdy clunks and clicks when the pieces fit together. That means you’re never left thinking your blender’s cheap or nasty.
That in turn breeds confidence in the Ninja’s chopping and blending prowess – and the confidence is rewarded.
This is a blender that won’t actually engage and start blending till all the pieces are securely clunked or clicked into place. No comedy splurge all over your face and clothes here. It’s the 21st century, we’ve outgrown the fun of that gag.
You were happy with the 64-ounce container of the Vitamix, right?
Try 72 ounces. That’s big enough for full double batches of whatever you’re making, but still efficient if you’re going for just the single batch.
Of course, getting an uber-blender is all well and good if you have a head teeming with pre-existing ideas and recipes of what to do with it. Just in case you don’t, Ninja includes 30 favorite recipes, to get you started and get you thinking about all the things you can possibly blend.
For a hassle-free pour, there’s a lock-open spout in the lid of the container, and the whole thing is dishwasher safe. Simply rinse off, and let the dishwasher take the hard work out of your day.
All that said, there are reasons the Ninja’s only second on our list.
The container has a tendency to crack over time. And, to add insult to injury, the container’s not covered by the 1-year warranty, so you might have to replace containers over time.
You might also be wise to start a replacement blade fund. Yes, all blades lose some of their sharpness over time, but with the Ninja, it seems to happen sooner than you’d expect. While chunky smoothies are not the worst thing in the world, they can be an unexpected textural sensation if you’re expecting the same razor-sharp blending you started out with.
Overall though, replacement part funds included, the Ninja does a great deal of blending for a less heart-stopping price than most high-speed blenders out there. That’s why it’s our pick for the best value high-speed blender on the market.
Plastic but never feels cheap
Durable blender with plenty of heft about its clicks and clunks
Delivers a range of speeds Safety features – it won’t start working till it’s secure and sealed
Container cracks too easily
Blades lose sharpness, resulting in chunky smoothies
On the day when the best of high-speed blenders is not quite enough… that’s the day you click the ‘buy’ button on the Ninja Mega Kitchen. With 1500 watts of power, it’s not just a blender, but a complete food processing system.
One of the best features about the Mega Kitchen is that the blender and the food processor work off the same base. That’s a countertop space-saver from day #1.
The Mega Kitchen also brings some useful features to the market that others don’t have. It comes with handles on the bottom, which release the suction cups. That means you can pour out the container more easily from the base. There’s also a spout that locks open for no-mess, no-fuss pouring.
The Mega Kitchen system has lots of parts. The food processor has a huge central blade that clearly means business. The blender comes with a big pitcher, meaning bigger blending batches, as well as smaller cups for more individual portions. All the containers in the system are made of plastic, rather than glass – which means they’re mostly droppable without any threat of breaking.
While the Mega Kitchen is great at doing lots of things though, there are still a couple of issues with it.
Cleaning the Mega Kitchen can be a bit of a bear. Sometimes, it’s a good idea to use narrow scrubbing tools to get the build-up of particles out of the crevices of the processor.
No, you can’t leave it. That’s how you get mold, gentle gagging horror and a misfiring Mega Kitchen. That means the system leaves you between the devil and the deep blue sea – with no easy cleaning option, and no ability to leave it uncleaned. More hassle than you need in your kitchen – and more than you may be used to if you’re trading up from either of our first two high-speed blenders.
Also, while we’re listing negatives, there’s no hole in the top of the food processor. Some see that as a good thing – no hole means no food-spitting accidents. But it also means if you want to add ingredients at various stages of a mixing and processing, you can’t just pour or drop them in. You have to stop the machine, open the top, add your new ingredients, close everything up and start again.
Also, this is a system that brings power and versatility, but brings it at full volume. Using the system for a long time can give you headaches with its volume.
For all the niggling issues with the Mega Kitchen though, it levels you up from simple blending, and opens up the potential of your kitchen and your imagination.
The blender and the processor use the same base
Large sharp blades
Easy to use system
Variable speeds for various uses
Containers made of less breakable plastic
No hole in the lid of the processor, meaning no food spitting
Tedious to clean
Very loud, meaning long use can be grating
No hole in the lid of the food processor, meaning awkwardness in building up recipes
The NutriBullet NBR-1201 is a great, efficient mixer system that won’t break your bank if you want a compact blender. It brings a range of blades to the party – one flat, one emulsifying – along with the base, one tall cup and two short. It also includes a couple of re-sealable lids, a guide to nutrition and a handful of recipes to get your imagination working.
One of the best things about the NutriBullet is that it’s supremely easy to use.
Put your fruits, vegetables and other ingredients in the cup. Screw the blades into place. Put the plastic tabs in line with the openings on the base. Push down.
While it sounds less powerful than any other blender on our list, the 600 watt motor of the NutriBullet is more than enough to turn ingredients into energizing, life-improving smoothies.
If you’re using ingredients that aren’t high in liquid content, or you don’t add enough liquid to keep the ingredients moving, the blades can get stuck in a machine with just 600 watts of spinning power.
So don’t do that – make sure there’s always enough liquid in the container – but not too much, or you’ll water down your smoothies. Or, if you need to, stop the machine when the blades stop, give the container a shake, and carry on.
The NutriBullet is a system that will reward your care in following a few simple rules.
Don’t break the plastic tabs off the cups. If they’re missing, the motor will refuse to turn.
The way you screw the blades onto the cup is the opposite way to the direction in which the motor will spin them. That can loosen the seal between the cup and the blade and give you leaks. Be aware of this.
If and when you realize it’s taking longer than usual to blend yourself a smoothie, it’s blade-buying time. With a new blade, the motor will run quieter, because it won’t be working so hard to blend your smoothies, and the NutriBullet will regain the speed you’re used to.
Quick, easy blending
Easy clean system 600 watt motor
Leaks due to counter-rotation direction
The cup unscrews from the base
Food gets stuck sometimes, meaning you need to stop and shake it
When it’s new and the blades are sharp, it can handle most anything you throw at it, from smoothies and green smoothies to hot soups to nuts.
With a 64-ounce container and a six-pronged blade, Cuisinart means business with this blender, and it especially excels as a smoothie maker. For the less health-conscious – also, excellent at margaritas. Just saying.
In terms of speed, you have regular control between 1500 to 25,000 RPM, and then things get a bit crazy. You can really bring the Hurricane with a turbo mode that punches the speed up to 30,000 RPM for those tougher blending jobs like making nut butters.
There’s a pleasing level of tech involved in the Hurricane, too – it has automatic load-sensing, so it knows how much you’re cramming into its container. And the usefulness of the in-built memory function’s hard to undersell – pick a pre-set time and the machine will remember it until you change or cancel it.
Over time, it’s worth noting, severe regular use for those hard and hyper blending jobs will dull the blades a little – but you knew that, it’s a feature of all blenders.
Bottom line though, the Hurricane rocks your kitchen’s world, especially in turbo mode.
When you’re looking for a high-speed blender, keep a few things in mind. What are you likely to do with your blender? What do its fundamentals need to be able to give you? How powerful is it? How fast? And how fast do you want it to be? Does it come with variable blending speeds? How big is the container, and how big do you need it to be? How much space do you have on your counter for a blender? Is it easy to clean, or are you going to spend forever winkling tiny bits of apple out of its crevices with a pipe-cleaner? Get an idea of what you want your blender to do, what space you have for it on your countertop and in your life, and how much you’re prepared to pay for it. Then go hunting for the machine that most meets your needs.
If you’re just looking for a handy shake-maker and smoothie delivery device, go small, and find a blender with single-serving cups. If you want to make purees, soups or pretty much anything else along with your smoothies, you’re going to want a fully functioning blender. And of course if you’re looking for one machine to do it all, head to the kitchen system section of your blender-seller’s website.
Add ingredients in the order that the manufacturer specifies for their jar. Typically you have liquid and soft ingredients closes to the blade and hard ingredients on top so that you can create a proper blending vortex. Weak blenders will require more liquid.
There’s only so much space to fill. Don’t be tempted to overfill your blender – you’re just asking for more explosions in your day.
Lids are good. Lids are your friend. Always make sure the lid is securely on your container before you press any of the lovely buttons. Failing to observe this rule won’t result in a big bang.
If you wouldn’t leave anything else that had several high-powered rotating blades alone unsupervised while you went and did something else, don’t do it with your blender either. Only the most careless Bond villain leaves their rotating blades unsupervised. It never works out that well.
Heat is a consent issue. Your blender will tell you if it can handle hot liquids. There’ll be a label or a part of the manual that covers this question. If it doesn’t expressly say it can handle the hot stuff, that’s a no. And no means no. Only put hot ingredients in your blender if it can handle it.
Don’t overblend or you will burn out your blender motor. Most blenders have a built-in breaker that will shut off the blender if it is overheating.
Personal blender hygiene is important. Always rinse the container immediately after use, so leftover food particles and mush don’t harden like cereal in a bowl and start growing their own ecosystem.
Blenders are a strictly land-based species. Never, ever put the motor (or base) of your blender in the water. It will die, and you will feel bad. Plus, you’ll need to get another blender.
Hopefully, we will have helped you understand the similarities and differences between some of the leading high-speed blenders on the market. But now you know what you should be looking for, and have a handful of suggestions to get you started.
Have fun finding your perfect blender, and happy blending!