Top 5 Best Blenders: The Heavy Value List

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Blenders are one of the most versatile appliances in a home kitchen. They can be used to chop ingredients for a meal, blend a frozen cocktail, or create healthy smoothies and juices. Whether you’re shopping for yourself or looking for the perfect gift for a health-conscious friend, these blenders offer great value for money. Whether you’re looking for a budget-friendly blender or a blender that will last for decades, these top-rated blenders are the best of the best.


1. Ninja Master Prep (QB900B)

Check out a video of the Ninja Master Prep in action in the player above. It gives you a good sense of how quickly this blender breaks down fruits and veggies, and it also gives you a good idea of how loud the blender is when in operation.

The Ninja Master Prep blender system comes with a single power pod, along with a 16 ounce chopper bowl and a 48 ounce pitcher. The power pod has a single blend speed, and operates on a one-touch pulse control, giving you a lot of control over how quickly ingredients are combined.

Price: $33.99 (32 percent off MSRP)

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Pros:

  • Interchangeable power pod powers any Ninja blender or food processor
  • One-touch controls
  • Chops ice better than a traditional blender
  • Great multi-tasker
  • Wide, no-slip bases

  • Cons:

  • Power pod can sometimes collect debris from where it connects to pitcher
  • Only has 400 watt motor
  • One-year warranty is not as good as a three-year or lifetime warranty
  • Other Ninja models come with additional jar sizes
  • May not get juices smooth enough for your taste (see a comparison video here)

  • Find more Ninja Master Prep (QB900B) reviews and product information here.


    2. Magic Bullet NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender/Mixer System

    Learn more about the NutriBullet Pro 900 in the video above.

    The NutriBullet Pro 900 is a great blender for people who prize easy clean-up, multiple cup sizes, and the ability to make extremely creamy juices and smoothies. It has a powerful motor, and it is simple to operate. The somewhat small size of the blender cups makes this ideal for single people or small families, but it may not have the capacity that larger families crave.

    Looking for a cheaper version of the NutriBullet? Check out our guide to the best juicers, which features the regular NutriBullet, not the NutriBullet Pro 900.

    Price: $116.99 (10 percent off MSRP)

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    Pros:

  • 900 watt motor
  • Comes with recipe book
  • Parts are dishwasher safe
  • Easy to use
  • Comes with multiple cups

  • Cons:

  • Made in China
  • Only has a one-year warranty
  • Only has a single speed
  • Hard to make large batches
  • Some users have had gasket ring fall off

  • Find more Magic Bullet NutriBullet Pro 900 Series reviews and product information here.


    3. Blendtec Designer Series Blender

    Blendtec is arguably best known for their online series “Will It Blend?” In this web series, the Blentec team puts their blenders to the test with crazy objects that were never designed to go in a home blender, like smartphones and tablets. You can see a Blendtec Blender attempting to blend an iPhone 6 Plus in the video above.

    The Blendtec Designer Series blender is commercial-quality, with a 1,560-watt motor. One of its best features is the ability to automatically detect the optimum blend speed for what is inside the blend cup. If the blades come to a stop due to too much resistance, the unit automatically shuts down.

    Price: $449.95 (32 percent of MSRP)

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    Pros:

  • Seven-year manufacturer warranty
  • Illuminated control icons
  • BPA-free blend jar
  • Custom designed carbon-steel sealed ball bearings are designed to minimize noise
  • Self-adjusting speed

  • Cons:

  • Takes up more counter space than some smaller blenders
  • Some blending projects may require additional Blendtec accessories
  • Some users find customer service to be lacking
  • So powerful, it might travel on your counter when in use
  • Some users have reported shavings or a spongy material coming out of the bottom of the jar

  • Find more Blendtec Designer Series Blender reviews and product information here.


    4. Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker

    Wondering how easy it is to break down and clean this blender?

    South Park parodies aside, this is a pretty great blender if you’re primarily looking for something to make cocktails with. The Margaritaville blender is one of the top-rated blenders on Amazon. If icy, slushy drinks are the only thing you plan to use a blender for, this is probably the best blender for your needs.

    Price: $180.55 (21 percent off MSRP)

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    Pros:

  • Manual shave/blend option
  • Blends up to 36 ounces
  • Dishwasher safe parts
  • Shatterproof blend jar
  • Melting ice is channeled away, ensuring a slushy drink

  • Cons:

  • Takes up a lot of room
  • Has a relative low-power motor (450 watts)
  • May not appeal to Jimmy Buffett haters
  • Expensive
  • Ice reservoir only holds enough ice to make one full pitcher of margaritas

  • Find more Margaritaville DM0500 Bahamas 36-Ounce Frozen-Concoction Maker reviews and product information here.


    5. Vitamix 1709 CIA Professional Series

    Check out an unboxing video of this blender in the video above.

    The Vitamix is widely considered to the the best blender on the market. People love how versatile this blender can be, using it for making soups, salsa, nut butters, smoothies, and desserts. This is a variable speed blender, and its a great model for anyone who spends way too much time watching Top Chef and wants to have professional-grade equipment.

    Price: $498.95 (17 percent off MSRP)

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    Pros:

  • 64-ounce BPA-free container
  • Endorsed by the Culinary Institute of America
  • Seven year warranty
  • Huge, passionate community of users
  • Comes with tons of recipe ideas

  • Cons:

  • Expensive
  • Customer service can be slow to respond
  • Safety feature can make the blender smell funny when you try to blend too much stuff at once
  • Some users think the older Vitamix blenders were more rugged
  • Manufacturer suggests you don’t blend for more than 60 seconds at a time

  • Find more Vitamix 1709 CIA Professional Series blender reviews and product information here.