Is there any research to back the latest smoothie craze? According to Matt Ruscigno, MPH, RD co-author of No Meat Athlete: Run on Plants and Discover Your Fittest, Fastest, Happiest Self, there is plenty of evidence that adding smoothies to your diet can boost your energy and reduce your recovery time.  In the documentary below ten athletes diets and training remained exactly the same, except with the addition of a quart of a green smoothie each day. The results are incredible each athletes recovery times were much shorter and they were less sore after each workout. After watching those videos I’m sure you’re asking yourself now, what is the best blender for smoothies?

Comparison Chart

ProductProduct PagePower# of SpeedsPriceStar Rating
Nutribullet ProCheck Price9001$3.9
Magic BulletCheck Price2001$4.1
Shark Ninja BL610Check Price10003$4.3
Vitamix 5300Check Price160010$$$$4.3
Hamilton Beach 58149Check Price7004$3.6
Vitamix E310Check Price150010$$$$4.5
Ninja Kitchen SystemCheck Price15003$$4.4
Hamilton Beach Wave CrusherCheck Price7006$3.8
Ninja Auto-iQCheck Price10002$4
Blendtec Total BlenderCheck Price15606$$$$$4.3
Vitamix 5200Check Price140010$$$$4.6
Hamilton Beach Personal BlenderCheck Price1751$3.7

Why Are Smoothies Good For You?

First, lets discuss why smoothies are so good for you. With less than twenty five percent of Americans getting the fruit and vegetable intake they need smoothies are a tasty way to do just that.

A smoothie is also a way to ensure you are receiving all the fiber and antioxidants your body needs to help you keep going, a little known fact is that juices remove the much needed fiber you receive from a smoothie.

All of these benefits will ensure you find yourself with more energy, additionally if you have a family you will find no easier and fun way to make sure your kids eat healthy vegetables such as kale and spinach.

What To Look For In A Blender?

In order to make the perfect smoothie you will need the right blender.

To make a great smoothie ideally you want a blender with a minimum of 500 watts of power and a blade that can crush ice. The main two types of blenders are jar blenders and jug blenders with jar blenders being the most popular.

Jug Blenders have many different spouts, if the main use for your blender will be making smoothies you will want to choose one with a large curved spout. While dispensing blenders seem useful they require much more cleaning so may be a lot more trouble.

Blenders typically cost more for the more features they have however are typically worth the price tag since they will also have better commercial-grade construction.

Recommendations

Nutribullet Pro

nutribullet pro blenderThe Nutribullet Pro includes a larger cup than the standard Nutribullet and has a flip top lid. The Nutribullet Pro is fantastic for portability and includes a powerful 900 watt motor.

Cleanup with the Nutribullet system is a breeze since you are blending right in the drinking up. If you have limited counter space this might be a great solution for your blender since it has such a small footprint.

The convenience of this unit will ensure you make healthy smoothies regularly, since you make it right in the cup a handful of ice, fruit and green leafy vegetables and you are 30 seconds from a delicious and nutritious smoothie.

This blender is fantastic for the price point and by keeping the gaskets cleaned with soap and water this unit will last you a long time and be leak free.

Magic Bullet

magic bullet blenderIf you find yourself looking for an entry level blender at a very reasonable price look no further than the Magic Bullet. The Magic Bullet has a 200 watt motor which while not strong can get the job done.

The weaker motor will sometimes make it necessary to cut up any large pieces of fruit (especially frozen) before blending. This unit costs a fraction of other comparable higher end units but is able to take care of the basics with a little more effort.

The magic bullet is a good option if you don’t have a lot of space. Cleanup is also simple with the magic bullet since you blend in the cup you can drink from or use for dip.

While this isn’t a top rated blender if you are on a budget and want something functional it is an acceptable option.

Ninja Professional

ninja professional blenderThe Ninja Professional is the strongest blender we have covered so far in this article. This blender has a 1000 watt motor and does some serious blending.

Just like this blender advertises it truly “blasts ice to snow in seconds”. This blender holds a maximum of 64 ounces of liquid which is fantastic for making smoothies with the family.

This blender is plastic not glass but it feels like a quality piece. The angled blades help create a blend vortex that makes this blender work quickly and effectively.

After filling the container there are audible clicks you will hear as you place the lid on and the blender onto its base to let you know everything is placed correctly.

This blender for the price truly is a professional grade blender. In addition to being a quality piece of equipment the Ninja customer service is legendary, Ninja stands behind all of their products.

Vitamix 5300

vitamix 5300 blenderThe Vitamix 5300 Low profile blender is a professional grade high quality blender. This thing is powerful at a 2.2 horsepower, that comes out to over 1600 watts.

At any point while blending you can turn the dial to adjust the blending which is a pretty excellent feature and gives you full control. If you don’t mind spending up for quality and are looking for a blender that will last you many many years this is a fantastic blender.

This blenders power allows it to not only make fantastic smoothies, but also nut butter and soup, yes you can heat up soup in 10 minutes to serving temp.

Another huge pro of the Vitamix is it is a low profile design for a full sized blender, this means if you have low cabinets or a smaller storage area this unit is more likely to fit. This is a really good investment that will last for years to come.

Hamilton Beach 58149

hamilton beach 58149 blenderIf you are on an extreme budget and want a large blender with mid range power that doesn’t break the bank then the Hamilton Beach 58149 might be for you.

This blender has a reasonable 700 watts of power that slices through ice and frozen fruit just fine. This blender brings a glass jar and at this price range is probably the best bang for your buck if you are not ready to invest yet in a more serious blender.

The base of this blender has a handy place to store the cord so you don’t have to worry about it getting tangled on your counter or wherever you store it.

The main drawbacks of this blender is the base and lid are both made of a more flimsy plastic and you wont get the longevity from this budget blender as you would the others in this list, especially with continued use.

Vitamix E310

vitamix e310 blenderIf you are looking for a jug/pitcher style blender but with something smaller than 64oz then maybe the Vitamix E310 is for you.

This unit has a 48 ounce container so it isn’t quite as roomy as the others and therefore better for personal use or for a small family.

This unit comes with a two horsepower motor which works out to slightly under 1500 watts, this blender has plenty of power to shred ice, frozen fruit or just about anything else you throw at it.

With a blender this powerful you can make nut butter, soups, smoothies and just about anything else a commercial blender would be used for.

This blender is a professional quality unit and has the price tag that comes with it but much like the other blenders Vitamix carries in this range it will last you and your family a decade and beyond.

Ninja Mega Kitchen System

Ninja kitchen system blenderIf you know you want a quality blender and are willing to pay up to the mid price range but aren’t sure yet about the high end units than maybe the Ninja Mega Kitchen System is for you.

This unit comes in at a very reasonable middle tier pricing and has the power ( 1500 watts ) and  many of the features of the top tier units and comes from a brand you can trust.

In this complete package the Ninja Mega kitchen system also gives you the option to use the 72 oz jug or one of the included two 16oz cups, you get the best of both worlds.

With so many pros on this complete system and everything it includes the only negatives I could find are how loud this blender is in comparison to some others and also the build quality is not quite as nice as the higher end units covered in this article.

Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher

hamilton beach wave crusher blenderAt another entry level price point we have the Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher. This is another budget or entry level blender that gets the job done with its 700 watt motor but will require a little more work on your part to get your smoothie smooth and consistent.

This blender advertises a wave action system to help force down mixtures while blending. The wave system works somewhat but just doesn’t have the same drive as a higher end blender will have.

This Hamilton Beach unit also includes a nicer glass jar, but again as with units in this price range the base and buttons are not quite at the quality you would get aiming for at least a mid range priced blender.

This blender is best suited if you are looking to just try out smoothie making before investing in something better or if you are looking for a blender on a real tight budget.

Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

Ninja auto-iq blenderRight at the entry price point of middle range blenders sits the 1000 watt Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ. This unit has the power and blade angles to accomplish everything those other low end units can’t for a modest price increase.

This blender has an extra set of blades that aid so much more in blending your smoothie that much quicker. This blender is the ‘blend in your drinking cup’ variety so there is basically no cleanup whatsoever.

Since this blender is part of the iQ serious it is great for if you find yourself like me and are unsure what buttons to push on a blender.

With the iQ series you also get a countdown timer to display until your delicious smoothie is ready to go. If this blender is in line with your budget and you are looking for a quick one serving unit this is a fantastic blender.

Blendtec Total Blender

blendtec total blenderNext up we have another high end blender the Blendtec Total Blender with a 1,560 watt motor. This blender includes a standard sized 64oz jar.

Much like the other blenders in this price range this unit is multi featured and can make nut butter, smoothies and also hot soup.

Instead of using many sharp blades Blendtec has gone with a more simple looking, thicker, dull wing tipped safety blade which does not seem to impede performance to any degree that I could notice at all.

If you have kids that you like to have sit on the counter with you while adding the ingredients to the blender this could be a better option since there are no sharp blades.

This blender has fantastic build quality and will last you a very long time additionally this blender has a modern commercial look that looks great on any counter.

Vitamix 5200

vitamix 5200 blenderRounding out the high end units in this article we have the Vitamix 5200. This unit lives up to the vitamix name and is a very quality blender.

This unit has a 64oz jug and is capable of everything else the other vitamix blenders also are. While this blender has the raw power and fantastic variable speed control it is lacking a pulse option.

This blender will last you for years to come however it lacks the options of the other two blenders in this article the 5300 and the E310 and I would strongly suggest those over this blender for the price.

Hamilton Beach Personal

hamilton beach personal blenderFinally at the end of our list we have the Hamilton Beach Personal blender. As the name describes this blender is of the ‘blend in your cup’ variety and therefore requires no cleanup.

This blender is by far the cheapest on our list and I would strongly suggest one of the other entry-level blenders on our list if you are on a tight budget.

You get what you pay for with this blender and that is a 175 watt motor, however the price of this unit is unbeatable and it does complete the job with some shaking.

In hand this blender feels like a cheaper unit as expected and will clearly not have the longevity of other blenders covered in this list however, again at this price point replacement does not really break the bank.

The Hamilton beach personal blender includes a one year warranty.

Conclusion

Making smoothies clearly has many health upsides and there are plenty of options for find the perfect blender to fit your needs.

If you are looking for a low end blender to try out first to explore the Hamilton Beach blenders are a great option.

If you are looking for a mid-tier priced blender the Nutribullet pro and the Ninja Mega Kitchen System are great options.

If you are looking to invest in a blender that will last you a long time and is the ferrari of blenders I would strongly suggest the Vitamix 5300.

Do you use one of these blenders? Let us know how you like it in the comments below!

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