The Best Blenders Of 2017-2018
What do you think makes a blender the “Best”? Do you have a list of functions and features that your “Best” blender has? How about design style, power, blade and container design, size, versatility, durability, or speed? Or is there something else that would convince you to put a certain blender on the list of The Best Blenders of 2017-2018? Read below to see which ones made my list and why.
CONTENTS What Is A Blender? 7 Features Of The Best Blenders Of 2017-2018 Types Of Blender Immersion Blenders Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender KitchenAid KHB2561 5-Speed Hand Blender Personal Blenders Epica Personal Blender Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender BL482 Countertop Blenders Ninja Professional Blender BL610 Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender Commercial Blenders Blendtec Total Blender TB-621-20 Waring Commercial MX1500XTX Multi-Function Blenders Ninja CT682SP Intelli-Sense Kitchen System OXA Powerful 300-watt, 4-in-1 Hand Blender
The Best Blenders of 2017-2018 – What Is A Blender?
Well, let’s start first with what a blender is and what it does. Wikipedia defines a blender as:
“A blender (sometimes called a liquidiser in British English) is a kitchen and laboratory appliance used to mix, purée, or emulsify food and other substances.”
If you are interested in the technical side of how blenders emulsify food, read this article, How Does A Blender Work?
7 Features of The Best Blenders of 2017-2018
There are a number of features that are important for the best blenders. Here is a list of what I consider the most important:
1 Design Style
No matter how well your blender works, one of the first things you and everyone else who visits your kitchen will notice is how it looks.
There are two ratings that blender makers will use, horsepower and wattage. Most often the rating quoted is the peak or starting power which is always bigger than the running power so don’t be fooled. If detailed specifications are available, look for the running horsepower or running wattage.
3 Blade and Container Design
The design of the blade and container is more important than power for how well a blender works. The blade must pulverize solids into liquids without trapping pieces underneath or splashing them up onto the sides of the container. The container should be funnel-shaped in order to create a vortex that draws the ingredients into the blade.
The size of your blender needs to suit your needs. Are you just going to make morning smoothies to take with you? A personal blender will suit you well. Do you have a large family or host parties with lots of guests? Then you will probably need a countertop blender. Do you own a restaurant, bar or commercial smoothie stand? Then go for a commercial blender designed for your daily needs.
Are you going to be using your blender primarily for one thing or would you like a blender that multi-tasks just like you? A multi-function blender with attachments that chop, process food, and even spiralize veggies may be what you are looking for.
Don’t let price be the deciding factor. Look at the materials of the blender. There are different types of plastic used for blender jars, containers, and pitchers. One that can take high temperatures will allow you to blend hot soups, purées, and beverages. Look for the type of plastic that will not discolor or scratch easily. Drive gears should be metal, not plastic, to provide long life. Look for motor overload and overtemperature protection. Cheaper models tend to sacrifice the plastic drive components to protect the more expensive motor. The best blenders protect the gears as well as the motors.
More speeds mean more precise control. Coarse textures are fine for some dishes like salsas but you want your smoothies smooth. 2-speeds plus pulse is probably fine for most of your needs but the best blenders have continuously variable speeds from high-speed to very slow.
The Best Blenders of 2017-2018 – Types of Blenders
There are four basic types of blenders, immersion or hand blender, personal blender, countertop or professional blender, and commercial blender. Multi-function blenders combine several attachments with a single powerful motor base for multi-in-one versatility.
The Best Blenders of 2017-2018 – Immersion or Hand Blenders
Immersion or hand blenders are small devices with a motor that is handheld, and a wand or stick with a blade at the bottom. Some come with attachments to make them more versatile, like longer blending sticks, whisks, specialized blades, choppers, food processors, and others.
Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender
Are you in the market for an immersion blender with power that won’t let you down, and prevents food from splattering all over your kitchen? The Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender has a soft, comfortable grip that makes it easy to hold so it won’t slip out of your hand. It also has a unique stainless steel blending shaft with specially designed “splash-proof” head that prevents messy accidents.
With a 350-watt motor and 2 speeds plus Turbo-boost, it has more than enough power for your most demanding blending tasks. The stainless steel blending shaft and blades are durable and will last a long time. The exclusive to Braun PowerBell head design yields faster and finer results.
It comes with a whisk and 20 fl. oz. (600 ml) beaker to easily whip cream, beat eggs, mix wet or dry ingredients, and make fluffy desserts. EasyClick allows you to easily insert and remove all detachments with one simple click. Optional attachments like a food chopper and food masher, sold separately, give you versatility and flexibility for more creative meals.
You will like the fact that the Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender can also blend and purée your favorite soups and sauces right in the pot. Blend them hot on the stovetop without worrying about the blender slipping out of your hand or having hot food splatter all over you or your kitchen.
The Braun brand is a global leader in hand blenders with a reputation for good customer service. Warranty on Braun immersion blenders is 2 years.
Want to learn more about the Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender? Click on the following link for more details, Braun MQ505 Multiquick Hand Blender Review. Or, if you are ready to buy, click the Amazon link below:
KitchenAid KHB2561 5-Speed Hand Blender
If you are looking for versatility and functionality in a hand blender, then you will love the KitchenAid KHB2561 5-Speed Hand Blender. This blender comes with 5 attachments including 3 distinctive blades that handle anything from soup to frozen drinks to baby food to dessert, and more.
In order to do so much, it uses innovative blade designs and a whisk. The three blades blend, purée, crush, froth, whip, and chop. You will find that it has been designed for quick and easy blade changes, and also so easy to clean.
The three included blades are:
- S-blade – for blending soups, making shakes, emulsifying salad dressings, puréeing sauces, dips, smoothies, baby food, yogurt, and more.
- Ice crusher – for making frozen drinks, cocktails, and fruit ice cream.
- Frother/Beater blade – to froth milk
The whisk attachment is great for whipping cream, whisking egg whites, beating eggs, and mixing batters.
In addition to the versatility of the blades and whisk, it has 5-speeds for greater flexibility and control. It also comes with a chopper attachment. Use it to chop nuts and veggies to make salsa and chutney.
You will enjoy the feel of the comfortable grip making it easy to use for longer periods and less likely to slip out of your hand.
A list of some of the things that it can make is included at my KitchenAid KHB2561 5-Speed Hand Blender Review page.
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The Best Blenders of 2017-2018 – Personal Blenders
Personal blenders have a base with a motor and controls and a personal-sized container or jar that fits on top. A blade assembly screws onto the open end of the container which is then inverted and placed on top of the motor base. The jars can often be fitted with lids so that they can be used as to-go cups.
Epica Personal Blender
Would you like an inexpensive personal-sized blender that works like an expensive, high-end brand blender? Then you will love the Epica Personal Blender.
For a small blender with a 250-watt motor, its fast 23,000 rpm spinning blades make smoothies out of almost any fruit or veggie you can put in it, including frozen. Blending and chopping are easy with simple one-touch pushbutton control.
The stainless steel base is strong and durable. Its suction feet grip tightly to prevent wandering around your counter or tabletop while running.
It is one of the very few personal blenders that can handle heat as well as extreme cold, from -40°F (-40°C) to 175°F (80°C). You can make smoothies, milkshakes, soups, sauces, dips, purées, hot and cold drinks, and much more. One drawback is that it does not chop or blend ice.
It comes with a 20 oz. take-along BPA-free bottle with a sealable lid. You can take it along without spilling its contents on you, your car seats, or your best friend.
Easy to clean, its detachable parts are dishwasher safe. To read a more detailed review, go to my Epica Personal Blender Review page.
It comes with a 100% risk-free, 2-year warranty. For the low current price, this is an amazing personal blender, click on the Amazon link below purchasing information about the Epica Personal Blender.
Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender BL482
In a hurry? Don’t want to stand around with your finger and eyes on a machine waiting for it to do its job, or worse having to help it out of a jam? Here comes the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender BL482 to the rescue.
Auto-iQ is a set of built-in intelligent programs that pulse, blend, and pause in preset timed sequences according to the blender contents. You can blend soft ingredients or “ultra-blend” hard, fibrous, or frozen fruits and veggies. Just push the button corresponding to your ingredients, walk away and do something else. When you come back, it’s done its job to perfection.
It is equipped with a powerful, 900-watt motor that can tackle anything thrown into its Pro Extractor blades. The motor is protected from overload damage by a thermal device that shuts it down. After 15 minutes of cooldown, the unit can be restarted, no need to push a reset button or replace any parts in order to get it running again.
On the other hand, if you are like more control, Start/Stop and Pulse buttons are available for manual operation. Make the texture of contents more or less as chunky or smooth as you like.
Included with the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender BL482 are two Ninja cups, a 24-oz. and an 18-oz., both with spout lids for make and take convenience.
If you would like to know more, read my Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ Blender BL482 Review.
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The Best Blenders of 2017-2018 – Countertop Blenders
Countertop blenders have more powerful motors, and much larger bases, and containers or pitchers. The container sits on top of the motor base which also houses the controls. Blades are either attached permanently to the container or may be screwed on like the personal blender blades.
Ninja Professional Blender BL610
If you are looking for a large, powerful, ice crushing blender that looks good on your countertop but won’t cost you an arm and a leg, then look no further than the Ninja Professional Blender BL610.
The pitcher is 72 oz. (2+ L), big enough for 6 to 9 thirsty guests. It is fast and strong enough to continuously make many batches, so you will easily be able to make a large quantity for a party.
Ninja calls its blade and container design “Total Crushing® Technology”. The combination of blade and container creates a powerful vortex that quickly pulverizes ice into snow and solid ingredients into liquid.
The powerful 1000 watt motor and very sharp stacked blade assembly crush ice to snow in seconds. Because of the stacked blade design, there are no “blind” spots in the container where ingredients can hide. You don’t need to stop the machine mid-blend to push food down to the bottom with a pusher or spatula.
The motor has a thermal overload protection device to prevent expensive repairs to the motor or drive gears. Some cheaper machines allow the gears to strip to protect the motor from overload. The Ninja Professional Blender 610 automatically shuts down for a 15 minute period while the motor cools. After 15 minutes you just start the machine back up again, after unloading the container a little bit.
3 speeds and pulse mode allow you to control the very sharp blades so that the final size and texture of the ingredients is exactly what you want. Use the Ninja Professional Blender BL610 for batters, gravies, chopped veggies, soups, smoothies, milkshakes, and loads of other blended and chopped goodies. It comes with a recipe book and there are lots of free recipes to enjoy online.
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Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender
Have you always wanted a Vitamix blender but were afraid of the high price? The Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender does all the things you expect of a Vitamix but in a slightly smaller container and without all the technological frills of other Vitamix models.
You get the full performance from the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender that you get from the other Vitamix models. It has a 2 HP motor and the speed of the blades is the same. You will still get the smoothest smoothies. You will enjoy the creamiest hummus. Making nut butter is a breeze. And, 6 minutes of continuous running will make hot soup from room temperature ingredients.
The Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender has variable speed control with the top speed being equal to that of other Vitamix blenders. Variable speed allows better control of final blending texture from chunky to very smooth.
So, what are the differences in the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender compared to the other more expensive models? The main differences are:
- Container size – the E310 Explorian comes with a smaller, shorter 48-oz. container. This is still a good size, it will suit a family of 4 to 6 persons.
- Technology – things like SELF-DETECT™ tECHNOLOGY, pre-programmed settings, digital timers, touch programmable timers and wireless connectivity are not available.
If you don’t need a larger, wider container and won’t miss having the high-tech gadgetry, then the low price will sell you on the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender.
Find out more about this great machine on my detailed Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender Review page.
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The Best Blenders of 2017-2018 – Commercial Blenders
Commercial blenders are the largest, most powerful blending appliances. They are similar to countertop units but are designed for continuous, heavy-duty, daily use in restaurants, bars, and commercial establishments.
Blendtec Total Blender TB-621-20
If you often need to make large quantities of blended drinks or dishes for a large family or for parties, then you will love the Blendtec Total Blender TB-621-20. The BPA-free, impact resistant, copolyester, WildSide blender jar with a capacity of 96 fl. oz. (2.8 L) is huge compared with other blenders. And it comes with vented gripper lid that holds tight during blending so that you don’t have to stand there holding it on.
It is equipped with a 3.0 peak-HP direct drive motor. Although the blade is blunt, it is 80% thicker and ten times stronger than other blades. Ingredients are crushed, pulverized and liquefied in seconds. There is nothing that you want to be blended that it cannot blend, and a few things that you would never put in your blender as well.
Another thing that you will love about the Blendtec Total Blender TB-621-20 is the 6 preprogrammed blending cycles, Batters, Ice Crush, Smoothie, Ice Cream, Whole Juice, and Hot Soup. Most less expensive blenders cannot handle hot liquids but that is not a problem for this one. Put in your ingredients, select the program, turn it on and forget it. For more control, it also has 10 manual speeds plus Pulse.
Although it is branded as a commercial blender, it is designed for home use. With the Blendtec Total Blender TB-621-20, you will experience commercial quality results in commercial quantity, day in and day out in your home for many years to come. It comes with an 8-year warranty.
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Waring Commercial MX1500XTX
The Waring Commercial MX1500XTX blender is more powerful than most other brands. It is popular and you will often see it in smoothie stands, restaurants, coffee shops, and bars. It will also look great sitting on your countertop.
The 3.5 peak-HP high-performance motor spins its blades at 30,000 RPM, faster than any other blender in the industry. However, it comes with a noise-reducing enclosure to that keeps its operation quieter than most commercial blenders.
You can use factory set programs for most popular beverages or four reprogrammable beverage settings with dual pulse mode and variable speeds and times. 2-speed control by an electronic membrane touchpad. The display is a very attractive, easy to read LCD blue backlit screen.
The design of the blade and jar is ultra-aggressive for faster, smoother results. Make everything from smoothies and frozen drinks to thick spreads, desserts, dressings, and all types of food preparation.
A feature that I’m sure you will love is its one-piece dishwasher-safe removable jar pad. It makes cleanup of the 64-oz. (2 L) jar ultra-easy.
It comes with a Limited 3-year motor and 2-year parts and labor warranty.
If you need a commercial quality blender then the Waring Commercial MX1500XTX blender is worth your consideration.
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The Best Blenders of 2017-2018 – Multi-Function Blenders
Don’t you just love small kitchen appliances that do a variety of jobs with just one base and multiple attachments? They are great for saving time, money, effort and space. Some of them blend, mix, whip, beat, chop, process food, and make personal-sized smoothies as well as smoothies for a crowd. And now they even spiralize veggies to dress up your salads. Wow!
Ninja CT682SP Intelli-Sense Kitchen System
Would you like a multi-function blender that replaces 4 other appliances in your kitchen? The Ninja CT682SP Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer takes the place of your blender, food processor, and personal smoothie maker as well as adds an auto-spiralizer.
If you multi-task while cooking in the kitchen, then you need a machine that will keep up with you. Here are the 4 functions that will take care of your meal preparing needs:
- Total Crushing Blender – with a 72-oz. (2.1 L) blender jar and blades that turn ice into snow in seconds, this will change large quantities of fruit and veggies into anything from smoothies to salsa in no time.
- Personal Smoothie Maker – use the 24-oz. (700 ml) single-serve cup to make your morning smoothie to go.
- Precision Food Processor – chops, purées, garnishes and makes bread or pizza dough in a 64-oz. (1.9 L) bowl.
- Auto-Spiralizer – makes fancy noodle shaped fruit and vegetables to add interest and fun to your salads. Your kids will love eating their daily serving of veggies.
The Ninja CT682SP Intelli-Sense Kitchen System with Auto-Spiralizer is powered by a 1200-watt base with Smart Vessel Recognition. It knows what attachment you have connected and adjusts its 12 pre-set smart programs to the correct settings.
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OXA Powerful 300-watt, 4-in-1 Hand Blender
You will love the OXA Powerful 300-watt, 4-in-1 Hand Blender. It takes the work out of the most common kitchen tasks, like blending, whisking, chopping, mixing, food processing and more.
This hand blender has a powerful 300-watt motor with variable 6-speed control. This is enough power to easily and quickly chop ice into snow.
Its sleek black design is attractive. The lightweight, ergonomic, rubberized handle is comfortable and easy to grip. The OXA powerful 300-watt, 4-in-1 hand blender chops, whisks, mixes, and blends with 4 different attachments:
- blending stick
- whisk with a splash guard to prevent food splatter
- 16 oz (500 ml) food chopper
- 20 oz (600 ml) beaker
All detachable parts are BPA-free and dishwasher-safe making clean up fast and easy.
The blending stick can be used in the 20 oz beaker to make smoothies, slushies or shakes, or use one of your own pots, saucepans or bowls to blend soups, purées, dressings, and more.
You can use its 5-speeds plus pulse mode to control chunk size for soups, sauces, pesto, hummus, and more. All kinds of foods, from wet to dry, hot or frozen, can be blended in the handy mini-processor bowl.
The whisk attachment is ideal for beating eggs, whipping cream, making salad dressing, mixing batters or dry ingredients. Save your arm, let the OXA powerful 300-watt, 4-in-1 hand blender do the work for you.
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