The venerable kitchen blender has been mixing up smoothies, shakes, and iced drinks since 1922, and because nothing else can truly prepare these items like a blender can, you’d be hard-pressed to find a kitchen that can function at its best without one. Some models push a retro, industrial esthetic that makes for a great countertop conversation piece, and others lean into packing power into a sleek and compact form. No matter the person and situation, there’s a blender out there that’ll make a great gift for anyone.
Here’s a list of our favorite blenders currently available.
Connects To Your Smartphone
If you’re tossing in tougher ingredients, use the tamper to push them down. Amazon
The Vitamix A3500 Ascent series smart blender is our top pick. This advanced blender can be controlled via the Vitamix Perfect Blend App. The app gives you access to over 500 recipes and 17 blending programs. Five of the most common program settings are accessible via the touch screen, so you don’t have to use your phone if you don’t want to. Use the 64-ounce container to whip up large batches of margaritas or soup. You can also set a timer on your blends and tend to other matters while the Ascent Series does its job.
Does What It Needs To
So powerful, the friction alone can heat up cold ingredients in six minutes. Amazon
Vitamix’s stylish E310 Explorian blender is a kitchen staple that’s meant to perform at the top of its class and last for years. This model uses a 48-ounce container and operates at ten user-variable speeds for blending foods across the texture spectrum. Like most traditional blenders, it offers pulse control for precise blending and uses hardened stainless steel blades for durability and long life, but this one even cleans itself—just blend a drop of soap with warm water for 30 to 60 seconds.
Dishwasher safe and BPA-free. Amazon
This 72-ounce blender from Ninja packs 1000 watts of power in its base and has an easy-to-operate three-speed control panel plus a pulse button, making it great for streamlined kitchens and users who don’t want to fuss with a whole host of options, knobs, and switches. That easy-to-use interface coupled with its powerful six blade assembly makes it a good choice for entertaining since it can churn out crushed ice like there’s no tomorrow.
Less Noise When You Blend
Thick, poke-free blades with winged edges. Amazon
Most people who use a blender aren’t expecting it to be quiet, but the Blendtec is designed to be just that—at least relative to other blenders—thanks to an internal baffling in the base. This model offers eight speeds, a touch-operated control panel, an LED display, and a 90-ounce container.
Lower Price With Competitive Power
Shock-resistant container included. Amazon
Here’s a blender from Oster that ticks all the boxes with its retro look, easy user interface, and budget-friendly price. Its classic design includes a six-cup glass jar, 600-watt motor, and a simple two-speed toggle. The stylish stainless steel beehive base is easy to clean with a simple wipe, too.