How to Select the Best Smoothie Maker – A Buyer’s Guide

Why Are Homemade Smoothies Good For You?

A large downside of our modern society is that we try to cram too much into a 24 hour period. We rarely find time to eat nutritious and healthy meals, which are often substituted by fattening fast food. There are many benefits to making your own smoothies. Most important of all is the ability to control the ingredients that go into your drink.

Not all smoothies are made the same. That “healthy” smoothie you may be purchasing at fast food location could be packed with sugar, artificial flavors, dyes, and more. When making your own smoothies you can create a refreshing beverage, or a full meal replacement just by adding certain ingredients. Smoothies take minutes to make, and even less to clean up after. So what is your excuse for substituting a healthy drink with loads of vitamins for a fatty fast food burger? Buy your very own smoothie maker and get to making some delicious and healthy smoothies!

Our Recommendations

The market is full of low quality, junk appliances which makes can make it difficult for the consumer to find one that fits their needs and budget. Not only will I show you the best blender on the market right now in 2013, but I will also review best ones in each price range. When making a purchase you are making an investment in your health and future, so we only list highest quality, best positive feedback smoothie machines.

Vitamix CIA BlenderVitamix Culinary Institute of America Professional Series 97/100

Vitamix blenders have earned a very large following by creating what some may argue the best smoothie maker available on the market at this very moment. This particular Vitamix blender is classified as their CIA Professional Series blender. Manufactured to be used by professional kitchens and chefs world-wide.

You may have heard of the popular Vitamix 5200, here’s a little tip. They are identical. So why purchase the CIA model vs the regular 5200? With your purchase of the CIA Professional series Vitamix blender you will receive a cook book featuring recipes developed by the Culinary Institute of America Chefs, to help you get comfortable and up to speed in using your new appliance. Come in and read our full Vitamix blender review.

Read My Full Review Of Vitamix CIA Professional Series


Blendtec FourSide Blender 94/100

Blendtec blenders have been in fierce competition with Vitamix for the position of the best blender manufacturer. Both are great blenders forcing its consumers to do their research to pick the right one for them. Both blenders are made in the United States, and come with exceptional warranties.

Blendtec does a YouTube show called “Will It Blend” in which they blend almost anything that can fit into a blender bowl. Everything from the newest iPhone, to marbles, diamonds and more. It can be amusing so check it out when you get a chance. Blendtec vs Vitamix, who would win? You’ll have to read my Blendtec blender review to find out.

Read My Full Review Of Blendtec FourSide Blender


Waring MX1000R Professional Blender 91/100

This blender is one serious machine. Very heavy duty base that has just two switches on it. One for pulse and other for low and high motor speed. One warning though, this blender is merciless when it comes to blending ice cubes into snow consistency but it is extremely loud. Frozen fruits get pulverized in seconds to the point where if you put some strawberries in it, you will have problems trying to find the seeds.

Read My Full Review Of Waring MX1000R 


Cuisinart CBT-1000 Blender 89/100

The beauty of this Cuisinart blender is a pre-programmed smoothie button. If you are a rookie, this blender will mix the perfect smoothie for you, just put in your ingredients and let the Cuisinart CBT – 1000 get to making delicious smoothies.

This blender is one of the quickest to clean, out of the ones we’ve rated. Extremely powerful blender, it will crush ice easily. Comes with a recipe booklet to help you start making delicious drinks to impress your friends and family.  Comes with a 3 year warranty. Cuisinart has missed the target with some of their other larger blenders, but finally redeemed themselves with the CBT-1000. 

Read My Full Review Of Cuisinart CBT-1000


Ninja NJ600 Blender Review 85/100

Ninja NJ600 blender really surprised me when I first saw it on a shelf. It looks way more expensive than it really is. At first I really thought I was looking at a blender that was in the $200 range. After seeing the price it actually was I really had to try it out. Is it too good to be true? 1000-watt motor, a hard to find 72 ounce jar that looks like something off a Blendtec product. Surely for under $100 this blender has some faults I could not see right away. Find out my findings by reading my full review, you’ll be surprised at what I found.

Read My Full Review Of Ninja NJ600 Blender


Personal Smoothie Blenders

Cuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower 15-Piece 95/100


If you looking for a portable, easy to use personal blender Cuisinart has you covered as well! Some of us are not looking for a large bulky blenders, we just want to throw some fruit and quickly enjoy our smoothie by ourselves.

Cuisinart CPB-300 is a  true slim powerhouse. According to Consumer Reports, this one is their best smoothie blender under $100 for small blender category. We have received tons of e-mails complimenting this smoothie maker. Find out why so many people really enjoy this particular blender. Come read a complete Cuisinart CPB 300 blender review.

Read My Full Review Of Cuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower


Back to Basics SE3000 84/100

Do you enjoy smoothies so much that personal blenders do not produce enough to satisfy you? But you’re not quiet there to purchase a larger 64oz full sized blender?

The Back to Basics SE3000 provides a solution just for you! Unlike most personal smoothie maker that provide 14-18 ounces of smoothie, the SE3000 creates 26 ounces without compromising on size! Come inside and read what else the SE3000 offers its customers.


Tribest PB-250 Personal Blender Product Review 90/100

The Tribest PB-250 is a very simple to use machine. Consists of primarily two components, the base and the cup. Making a smoothie is quick and painless. Put your favorite ingredients into the mixer cup and by locking it into the cup you can press down to activate pulse blending.  By pressing down and turning you can lock it in for continuous blending. The 250 watt motor is a champ when it comes to dealing with most common ingredients including ice, nuts, frozen fruit and more.

Tribest PB-250 reminds me of the Boss personal blender, but with a company that is much more customer oriented. Hop inside and read more about this amazing little smoothie machine.


Features To Look For

Size: Selecting a size is essential prior to making your purchase. If you want to make smoothies for yourself in the morning, or one you can take to work or school, a personal smoothie machine is a good choice. But if you have a family, look into the larger blenders, preferably with polycarbonate jar which is light weight, reducing weight of jar and mixture when compared to glass.

Noise Level: Blenders are loud appliances, but some more so than others. By going through my product reviews I will mention if a particular blender is louder than the norm.

Storage: Majority of smoothie machines are designed to be shorter than the average distance between a counter and the shelves above it, there are only a few that will exceed it. Plan a good counter area for your new smoothie blender. Avoid storing it in the upper shelves as the appliance is heavy and does not usually do well when dropped.

Easy to Clean: Cleaning up after a smoothie should not be a chore. Is the jug dishwasher safe? Can it be cleaned well under a faucet? Does it have removable parts for thorough cleaning? Blenders that can’t be thoroughly cleaned will trap ingredients that can cause odor and bacteria growth.

Matching: Your new smoothie maker will be an integral part of your kitchen, and as mentioned earlier will spend most of its time on the counter. For this reason many people while shopping while keep in mind a color to match the counter itself or the appliances on it. Avoid buying a light green colored smoothie machine when rest of your appliances are red.

Safety:  For larger blenders, select ones with non slip feet to avoid movement on counter when in use. Most smoothie makers will have a feature that disables motor if lid is not on, a must have feature if you have kids. Some larger blenders will have a way to store its power cable in its base.

Construction: Your appliance should not feel cheap and plastic. The jug should be a high quality material. The lid should be leak proof. High quality blades are necessary, they should be strong to chop, blend, and grind without any hassle. When it comes to blenders what you pay is what you get. If you are under money constraints, don’t make the common mistake of buying the cheapest $20 blender. Sometimes spending just a little bit more will leave you with a more dependable and better appliance.

Warranty: Very important prior to purchasing any product, is to look into its warranty. Does it offer 1 year? 3 years? 5 years? 10 years? Does it even offer any warranty at all? Its hard for a consumer to purchase an expensive piece of machinery without having a comfort of knowing that if something breaks it would be taken care of.

Customer Service: How does company handle customer service? If you call in, will they give you the run around to replace a failed component? Will they stand behind their warranties? Do they make owner related information available? Its important for the company to stand behind their product, and assist the customer if issues arise. Nobody wants to sit on the phone for over 30 minutes listening to elevator music.

Life Span: I have spent a good amount of time going through many different smoothie machines. Many times when I’m just opening a new blender out of the box I instantly say to myself “well, this probably won’t last long”. And most of the time I’m pretty spot on on my estimates. A high output electric motor in a blender attached to the blades by a plastic clutch usually doesn’t have a long life span. That’s why its important to really look into the product and the complaints by other people regarding it. I rather spend $40 extra to purchase a blender that will last me 4 years over one that most likely will fail within 6 months.

Extras: Often as a thank you for the purchase, the manufacturer will include a smoothie recipe guide with your appliance. They understand just because you now are an owner of your very own blender, does not mean you know how to properly mix correct combinations of ingredients.

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