The Best Blenders at Three Different Price Points

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A good blender is a worthy investment, one that’ll come in handy for a variety of drinks and dishes, from smoothies to baby food to margaritas. We tested the most highly rated blenders — judging them on horsepower, blade design, presets, accessories, user-friendliness, and cleanup — to find the ones that totally crushed it. Whatever your blending needs, we’ve got just the machine for you and your budget.

Vitamix E310 Explorian

Starting from $306.97

The Details

Size: 11″ x 8” x 18” inches

Weighs 11.5 pounds

Aircraft-grade stainless steel blades

48 oz. Max liquid capacity

1440 Wattage

1.92 Horsepower

1-10 Speed Dial, Pulse Switch

BPA-free

Dishwasher-safe

Five-Year Warranty for Full Machine


Why We Love It

If you’re looking for a blender to whip up great smoothies and purees only, then we’ll stop you now: You probably don’t need a Vitamix. But if you want to use a variety of ingredients to make a bunch of different foods from scratch, then no other machine does it better.

When you drop a small fortune on an appliance, you expect it to wow you — and that’s exactly what the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender does. It blends rice into flour in a matter of seconds, no joke. It turns raw almonds into a smooth and spreadable paste. It’s not just the result of a strong motor and hardened stainless steel blades put to work — the blender jar is specifically designed to create a vortex, which folds ingredients back to the blades for faster, smoother blends. This is what helped push the Vitamix way ahead of the Blendtec, another popular high-end blender we tested. When blending almonds, the Blendtec, with its rectangular jar and flat blades, flung the almond bits to the walls, where they remained stuck. (Note: We found the Blendtec to be better at pureeing; in fact, it made the best puree of all the machines we tested). A blade scraper is also included with the Vitamix, which came in handy for cleaning off sticky nut butter.

There’s no doubt that the Vitamix Explorian can make a great smoothie, but it can also make hot soups from scratch. Almost any blender can puree ingredients into a soup if you pre-cook the ingredients, but powerful machines like a Vitamix or Blendtec can turn cold or room-temperature ingredients into a steaming hot soup (within 10 minutes) using the friction of the blades (for example, the blades in a Blendtec spin over 300 miles per hour). But don’t worry about the motor overheating in this process — there’s built-in overload protection, and the motor is also designed to operate as efficiently and cooly as possible. The control panel is simple but allows for nuanced control over blending speed, which comes in handy for making things like mayonnaise. Because it’s so versatile and durable, it’s a great choice for those with special dietary needs (like dairy- or gluten-free diets) and those who need to make special recipes at home on a daily basis.

We chose the Explorian because it’s the most accessible Vitamix model, meaning it has all the perks of a Vitamix machine at a more palatable price point (you’d be hard-pressed to find another model under $400, though the 5200 can sometimes dip to slightly under that on sale). The Explorian comes with a fairly compact 48-ounce container, so it’s great for a single person, a couple, or a small family to use. It’s also shorter, which means it can fit under most cabinets. However, if you do at some point want to switch to a larger (or smaller) container, you can always purchase an add-on container from Amazon, because all Vitamix containers and bases are compatible with each other.

One major perk of buying a Vitamix machine is its five-year, full machine warranty that covers all parts of the blender (base, container, lid, and tamper). Vitamix will not only repair or replace any malfunctioning parts that resulted from defects in material or workmanship, they also cover problems that result from normal wear and tear with ordinary household use! Additionally, the machine comes with a one-year accessory warranty that covers small things like the blade scraper and tamper holder — plus, you won’t have to pay for shipping.

Reviewers have noted that this machine doubles as a food processor and can make things like salsa, pesto, sorbet, cashew cream, and dips. Some even use it to grind coffee beans and mix batter and dough. It’s truly a do-it-all powerhouse that performs the duties of several different appliances, and for that reason, it’s our top pick for a high-end blender.

User Reviews

«The holy grail blender, y’all. I grew up with a Vitamix (big, tall, classic model) and since being on my own, I have really missed it. I tried food processors (because they’re cheaper), less expensive blenders, immersion blenders, etc. Nothing came close to what a Vitamix can do. If you’re wondering if it’s worth the price, I would give a resounding YES. It’s so supportive of a healthy diet (smoothies, soups, scratch-made dips and salsas, nut milks and butters, etc.), and it’s stupid easy to use AND clean. What sold me ultimately was 1) the smaller size (the classic ones are larger), and 2) I thought about how much I spend (or would like to spend) at my local smoothie/juice bar. A 16 oz. smoothie costs a ridiculous $8-9, and a juice at least that much, if not more. If I could afford it, I would have gotten one daily. So, this Vitamix pays for itself in about a month.»

— lovespuppies
From Amazon

«Bought this about a month ago. Love it so far! A big reason I bought this model was because it was a little cheaper and I read quite a few reviews that said it fit under the kitchen cabinets (which it does). Yes, it’s a little loud when you crank it up to 10, but I think that’s to be expected with a powerful motor. So far, I’ve used it for grinding coffee beans, making bulletproof coffee every morning, a smoothie every afternoon, and yesterday I riced some cauliflower in it for a recipe. It comes with a tamper to push things down if needed and that has worked great. I’m looking forward to shredding chicken, doing pancake batter, and making two-ingredient bagels and pizza dough from Weight Watchers in it to see how those work. I’m also looking forward to donating my previous cheap blender, my coffee grinder, and hand blender. I’ve already gotten rid of my food processor. This appliance may cost more, but it can do SO many things, I believe it’s totally worth it.»

— Kathy
From Amazon

«Could not be more in love with a blender. This absolutely pulverizes everything I throw in! Perfect for smoothies, hot soups, homemade cashew cream, sorbet, etc. It really makes eating dairy-free a breeze. The pitcher size is also perfect; with a larger size, I’d have to make larger batches of whatever I’m making for it to blend properly. So glad I made the purchase.»

— THX1138
From Amazon






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