Every kitchen needs a blender. But not every kitchen has a great one. Luckily, Viewpoints has been thinking a lot about blenders lately. The Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards recognize the top blenders on the market, based solely on the product reviews we collect and publish daily on Viewpoints. Our reviews are written by ordinary consumers, not professional testers. These blenders all meet the Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award eligibility requirements and represent the top 6 percent of 292+ blenders reviewed on Viewpoints. Life is short. Make a smoothie.
Viewpoints recommends these two blenders as top choices:
Best Overall: Blenders
Vitamix Variable Speed Blender 5200 ($449)
Rated 95 | 543+ reviews
The Vitamix 5200 is the basic, least expensive blender in the top-shelf Vitamix line. It delivers blending power and much, much more. After struggling with cheaper blenders that “were virtually useless after heavy duty use,” one reviewer cautions against wasting your money on anything else. You also get a cookbook.
“…it came highly recommended from a close friend. We were very skeptical of the steep price tag, but after bringing it home we realized it was worth its weight in gold.” –sierrababy02, Reviewer since 2013
Best Value: Blenders
Bella 12-Piece Rocket Blender 13330 ($30)
Rated 88 | 23+ reviews
Reviewers use the Bella Rocket blender to whip up drinks on-the-go. The set includes a variety of cups and lids; it also chops veggies, grinds coffee, and is “perfect for making baby food,” say several reviewers. For the mere price of a few take-out smoothies, we say it’s a bona fide bargain.
“… excellent drink maker. I bought this to make smoothies and milkshakes with my kids. It served its purpose well. It blends chops and purees anything you want, even ice.” –mmmygirl24, Reviewer since 2009
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More Top Blenders
These 14 blenders are award-winners too! They meet the tough criteria for a Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice award and are also highly recommended:
This professional-grade Vitamix offers the same 2-peak HP motor that makes all Vitamix models coveted by cooks everywhere, plus three pre-programmed settings. Reviewers say “don’t let the price tag run you off.” Viewpoints-rated at 98 based on 52+ reviews, users promise it’s a blender “you’ll use daily.”
This user-friendly machine could replace other appliances in your kitchen with its ability to make anything from fresh juice to ice cream and even bread dough with some reviewers calling it “the god of all blenders.” This “commercial quality blender for the home user” is Viewpoints-rated at 95 based on 161+ reviews.
This versatile food and drink maker has an award-winning design with an interchangeable motor head that allows you to switch between making drinks and prepping food in an instant. Viewpoints-rated at 93 based on 294+ reviews that promise it delivers “a ton of power in a small package.”
This high-powered blender rivals more expensive brands and models as it is perfect for making frozen drinks. The “heavy duty” machine mixes, crushes and blends anything to a perfect consistency. Viewpoints-rated at 93 based on 127+ reviews, it is a “great blender for a healthier lifestyle.”
This “workhorse of a blender” does everything you would want, from blending smoothies to kneading dough. Viewpoints-rated at 93 based on 52+ reviews, the Ninja Kitchen System is considered “just as good” as its pricier counterparts and just may be a space and money-saving alternative to replace your other appliances.
Blend, whisk and process all with the touch of one button using this quick, compact, multitasking hand blender. Viewpoints-rated at 93 based on 50+ reviews reviewers are calling it a “small appliance with big results.”
This all-in-one is all you need in your kitchen. This machine has the ability to mince, chop, juice, blend, grate, knead, mix and more! The space saving machine is a “great solution for small spaces” and Viewpoints-rated at 92 based on 26+ reviews.
This ‘As Seen on TV’ product is the perfect tool for creating healthy drinks using its own juice extraction technology, which allows you to preserve all nutrients and flavor in the fruits and veggies. Viewpoints-rated at 91 based on 64+ reviews, this compact blender will make anything “smooth in seconds.”
Equipped with a 0.9 horsepower motor and KitchenAid’s Intelli-Speed Motor Control, this powerful but easy-to-use KitchenAid blender has five speeds and endless recipe potential. Viewpoints-rated at 89 based on 92+ reviews say it’s ”perfect for everyday use” and a “great choice for the money.”
This machine is both a blender and a food processor and comes with an affordable price tag for two appliances in one. Viewpoints-rated at 88 based on 42+ reviews is a “versatile” and “easy to use, 2-in-1 appliance.”
Oster 16-Speed Blender with Food Processor Attachment 6878 ($50)
This inexpensive blender boasts an amazing 16 speeds and comes with a food processor attachment which makes this machine not only very affordable, but versatile as well. Viewpoints-rated at 87 based on 43+ reviews, this is a “great blender for a good price.”
This blender comes with pre-programmed settings for mixing drinks and chopping food so you can be assured your drinks and dishes come out perfect every time. Viewpoints-rated at 87 based on 35+ reviews, it impresses the masses who claim that for the price, it performs “amazingly well.”
KitchenAid has long recognized this 5-speed machine as a “workhorse among blenders” and so do Viewpoints reviewers who say it is both strong and quick to blend with consistently good results. Viewpoints-rated at 87 based on 128+ reviews, this blender is considered a kitchen staple.
This blender is a super affordable machine that makes a “great first blender” for anyone looking for a basic kitchen appliance that does its job. Viewpoints-rated at 85 based on 53+ reviews saying this blender is “all the blender I need.” Reviewers say this affordable, but efficient, model “works great for the price.”
Editor’s Note: Viewpoints Reviewers’ Choice awards were given in October and November, 2013, and current product ratings may differ.