Powerful blenders for nutrient-packed smoothies, soups, and sauces

See also: frozen margaritas.

smoothie ingredients on a table
Love is blend.Element5 Digital via Unsplash

Eating blended fruits and vegetables allows you to digest all the nutrients and fibers that can be difficult to eat or digest. This is why so many active and healthy people swear by drinking smoothies every day. Of course, buying smoothies at a juice bar is expensive, and you can’t guarantee you’re getting the freshest ingredients. So why leave the house for that blended treat? Invest in the right blender and bring your healthy routine home. Plus, blenders are handy on all sorts of food adventures. Make hummus, nut butter, salad dressing, salsa, or, of course, frozen cocktails. Get creative and have fun with these machines, and sneak spinach into a meal without it tasting like greens. Here are some of our favorite blenders on the market today.

Vitamix 5200 Blender

Vitamix 5200 Blender

Blend like a pro.Amazon

The Vitamix is a heavy-duty blender that can blend tiny fibers, unlocking nutrients so your gut doesn’t have to. It has a 64-ounce container, so you can blend in large batches. It also has a variable setting with a dial to adjust the texture of what you’re blending. If you want something blended roughly like a salsa, leave the dial on a lower setting, but this beast can blend just about anything to be velvety and drinkable. You can also adjust the speed/texture dial as you blend, so you’re not committed to one setting. The Vitamix is so powerful it can even heat soups via blade friction.

NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System

Perfect for smaller batches.Amazon

This small but strong blender has a 600-watt motor and comes with two blades and different sized sealable cups with handles. One blade is an extraction blade for breaking down seeds and pulp to create the smoothest blend possible, whereas the milling blade is for rougher blending and chopping. The cups are sized at 18-ounce and 24-ounce and are convenient for making yourself a cup of nourishment to go. The NutriBullet is also super easy to clean as all the cups are dishwasher safe, and the blades can be rinsed with soap and water.

Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender with FourSide Jar

Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender with FourSide Jar

Blend a whole lot of food.Amazon

This blender is incredibly user-friendly, with six buttons for pre-programmed blend cycles—ice cream, smoothie, soup, batter, cocktails, and juice. If using manual control, it has 10 speeds, and you can adjust the speed while blending to get a specific texture. With a 75-ounce capacity, you can work in large batches and blend a carrot ginger soup for the whole family. The fourth side of the jar allows ingredients at the top to slide to the bottom, so you won’t need a tamper for tougher ingredients. Most conveniently, the Blendtec can clean itself if turned on with soap and water in the jar.

Ninja Professional Countertop Blender

Ninja Professional Countertop Blender

Affordable, but powerful enough to do the job.Amazon

Crush, puree, and blend morning, noon, and night with this 1100-watt Ninja blender. It has three pulse settings—low, medium, and high—and features “total crushing technology” that obliterates ice in seconds. The 72-ounce pitcher is dishwasher safe and made of BPA-free plastic. It also comes with a recipe book, which means you’ll likely be inspired not just by frozen daiquiris and fiber-rich smoothies, but also soups, sauces, and vegan cheese sauce. The blender comes with two 16-ounce cups for frozen beverages.

Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender

Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender

Pairs with an app!Amazon

The Vitamix A3500 Ascent series smart blender can be controlled with the Vitamix Perfect Blend App, which comes with 17 blending programs and more than 500 recipes. Five of the blender’s program settings are accessible via the touch screen—smoothies, dips, soups, desserts, and cleaning. It also has a speed/pulse control for manual use. The 64-ounce container is great for blending large quantities of soup (or a party-size margarita), and it comes with a tamper for stodgier, stickier ingredients. You can also set a timer on your blends and tend to other matters while the Ascent Series does its job.

NutriBullet Blender Combo

NutriBullet Blender Combo

Single servings or large batches.Amazon

This NutriBullet Blender Combo comes with a 64-ounce pitcher, a 32-ounce cup, and a 24-ounce cup with a handle. It also provides to-go lids for the latter two, so you can blend directly into your drinking cup. This NutriBullet also has a tamper for tougher food items and a recipe book to help you develop your recipe repertoire. Five buttons grace the front of this machine—extract, low, medium, high, and pulse. Pulse will help you manually achieve the texture you seek. Otherwise, the speed buttons should provide all the versatility you need.