Best Smoothie Makers & Blenders for 2017 Reviewed

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Not all smoothies are made the same. The smoothie you are purchasing at a fast food/restaurant is likely packed with added sugar and artificial flavors. Making your own smoothies from the comfort of your home with fresh fruits and vegetables is the best way to get maximum nutrition.

Best Smoothie Makers & Blenders for 2017 Reviewed

vitamix smoothie blenderVitamix Professional Series 97/100

Anyone who has ever purchased a Vitamix product understands the luxury and efficiency of their kitchen equipment. if you must have the best on the market, the Vitamix blender is still the undefeated champion. Vitamix is a brand created for professional kitchens that rely on consistency and durability of their equipment.

Vitamix constantly acts on feedback from top professional chefs to create a better product and improve on existing designs.

What’s Good About the Vitamix Professional Blender?

Here are some features that make this device a must buy:

Premium Build Quality – The blender is well designed and solidly built. Most of its body is made out of quality metal. The unit that we reviewed was black in color and upon closer inspection, one can tell that every part was expertly crafted with great attention to detail.

Unique Cooling System – A powerful cooling fan is placed right alongside the thermal protection system to maintain optimal internal temperature. Users can run the device for extended periods of time at full speed without overheating it. In the case of component failure, the blender is programmed to shut down automatically to avoid a burnout.

State Of The Art Motor – A 2.2-peak horsepower, 1380 watt motor is used in this blender. It was patented first by a group of Swedish engineers who were under contract with Vitamix. The motor comes with a 7-year warranty, meaning that you will never have to burn your pockets to get the motor replaced (if at all something goes wrong) in the product’s lifecycle.

Large Container – Vitamix has taken care to offer its customers a pretty large container. Technically, it can hold up to 64 ounces. In our tests, we loaded ingredients that totaled to about 50 ounces in weight and the blender was able to process them quietly without any hiccups. We expect the same performance under full capacity.

Easy Controls – A simple and clear interface is presented. No presets, no timers and no complicated settings. There’s a 10 level speed dial that you have to operate manually. Considering the fact that such an interface can be used out of the box without any research, Vitamix seems to have struck the right chords here.

What’s Bad About the Vitamix Professional Blender?

We didn’t really come across any major deal breaking flaws. However, the blender could have been designed to handle a few situations better.

Continuous High-Speed Usage Emits A Loud Noise – While the device does run quietly at lower speeds, operations at levels 9 and 10 can be pretty noisy.

Even though the blender makes for a good purchase, the price is a little steep.

Barring a few minor flaws, the Vitamix Professional Blender is a must have. Combining quality with ease of use, the blender manages to deliver a heartwarming performance. The performance was up to the mark in our tests and the device handled everywhere that we threw at it. For nominal daily usage, this product is more than enough. So if you’re planning on getting a new blender for your kitchen, your search stops with the Vitamix Professional Blender!

Complete Vitamix  Professional Series Blender Guide

blendtec smoothie makerBlendtec Total Blender 94/100

Blendtec has been in fierce competition with Vitamix over the best kitchen blender for a very long time. Unfortunately Blendtec always seems to be a step or two behind their big brother. The upside for you as the consumer is you can save about $100-150 by choosing to go with a Blendtec model over a Vitamix.

What’s Good About the Blendtec Total blender?

Here are some amazing features of this device:

Powerful Motor – The 3 horsepower, 1,560-watt motor is truly world class. Enough care has been taken by the manufacturer to make sure that every single ingredient inside gets finely broken down.

Great Jar Design – The blender comes with a jar that is BPA-free and perfect in design. It also has markings on it so that you can easily measure ingredients inside. A handle is intelligently built into a corner, so that you can directly pour your smoothies and shakes into your sipper.

Optimal Size – Nobody has a ton of space on their kitchen counter – a device that is not too small or large is of the essence. The Blendtec Total blender fits the bill perfectly. It’s just the right size, so you won’t have any problems placing it on the counter or storing it in the cabinets after use.

Easy To Clean – It literally takes you under 5 minutes to clean this blender. We aren’t joking – we managed to just that in our tests. Thanks to its flat panel design, all we had to do was apply a bit of cleaning liquid and wipe it off using a cloth. No hidden spots and no hassles!

Valuable Add-Ons – We were used to receiving customary user manuals during our reviews and this time around we were pleasantly surprised to receive an exhaustive 213-page recipe book with a DVD. For first-timers, these supplements can be really helpful!

What’s Bad About the Blendtec Total blender?

Like all electronic items and devices, the Blendtec Total blender has its set of flaws too. But none of these are deal breakers. Let’s go through them:

Loudness – Every blender on the planet emits sound at a certain volume during operation and Blendtec’s product is no exception. However, the sound isn’t disturbingly loud. Our only complaint is that isn’t quiet.

A Tad Heavier Compared to Its Counterparts – We found the base a tiny bit heavier than the other blenders we have tested. Since there’s no reason for people to carry the device around, it shouldn’t really be a problem.

Our Verdict

The Blendtec Total Blender is people’s favorite that has been around for years! It’s easy to use design combined with its valuable recipe book make it a must buy for first timers. Plus, its portability allows users to store the device in medium sized cabinets. Let’s not forget the world-class motor housed inside – if you’re looking for a blender that does its job perfectly, close your eyes and opt for this product!

Blendtec FourSide Total is a really capable smoothie machine. You still get a well built and high quality product and you get to save some money. Blendtec has a YouTube show called “Will it Blend” in which they put various objects into their blenders. Ever wanted to see what happens to items like phones, marbles, baseballs and other odd items blended? You should definitely go check out their YouTube channel and see the examples of the power and durability of Blendtec equipment.

Complete Blendtec Total Blender Guide

 

 

waring smoothie blenderWaring MX1000XTX Professional 90/100

Waring is a brand many have not previously heard about. Waring is actually known for introducing the very first blender to America. They are not as well known, but they manufacture professional quality appliances for both regular and commercial kitchens. Waring has a few different lines of kitchen blenders, but MX1000XTX Professional is a great value. You get a high powered 3.5 horsepower motor in a heavy duty base with simple switches and a 64 ounce carafe. That makes Waring MX1000XTX a perfect commercial grade appliance for home use.

Complete Waring MX1000XTX Guide 

 

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Cuisinart CBT-1000 89/100

Cuisinart is a well-known manufacturer of kitchen appliances. You can almost never go wrong with anything made by Cuisinart. They have great warranties and friendly customer support for when things go wrong with your appliances.

Over the years they have proven themselves by providing the market with affordable and reliable appliances. Cuisinart CBT-1000 is a great value. For under $200 you get a 1.3 horsepower motor with a 64 ounce BPA free jar.

The automatic smoothie and pulse modes are a great addition to this machine. Just throw your ingredients in, push the button and let the CBT-1000 do the rest. The consistency is very good with no chunks of fruit left after its run its cycle. Read my entire Cuisinart CBT-1000 review to to learn more about the features offered.

Complete Cuisinart CBT-1000 Guide

ninja smoothie blenderNinja NJ600 85/100

When I first tested the Ninja NJ600 it really surprised me. This smoothie machine costs less than $100 feels and performs like a $200-300 appliance.

Majority of smoothie makers under $100 usually have a hard time dealing with ice cubes, not the ninja NJ600, it quickly turns them into powdery snow very quickly.

Could this be the best blender for smoothies under $100? I’d say so. You get a powerful 1,000 watts motor. The pitcher is 72 ounces which is about as large as you can get them for non-commercial applications. You also get a recipe book to help you get started with the Ninja NJ600. Read my full review on why if $100 is all you have to spend why the Ninja NJ600 is a perfect choice.

Complete Ninja NJ600 Guide

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Ninja Master Prep (QB900B) 83/100

QB900B has an average 4.5 rating from over 5,400 reviews on Amazon.com – but how could a blender that only costs about $35 be so highly voted? What makes some people get rid of their higher end appliances for this one? I had to find out, and after 2 years of use I completely agree with the other reviewers on why the Ninja Master Prep can easily be the best for under $50 price range. Want to see my experiences and opinions while using the QB900B? Click though and read my entire review.

Complete Ninja Master Prep Guide

 

Single Serving Smoothie Makers

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Magic Bullet NutriBullet 89/100

This little powerhouse comes from a well known and reputable company. You have likely seen the commercials and should be fairly familiar with the NutriBullet brand. The NutriBullet offers all the features one looks for in a personal blender and delivers it at an exceptional price.

It costs about $30 more than the Cuisinart CPB-300 but it is a much better personal smoothie maker. Interested in why so many people are talking about the Magic Bullet NutriBullet? Read our entire review and see for yourself.

Complete Magic Bullet NutriBullet Guide

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Cuisinart CPB-300 SmartPower 87/100

I’ve always been a big fan of Cuisinart kitchen appliances. The CPB 300 was my first personal sized blender and has remained my favorite over the years. It’s portable and convenient whether you just want a single serving blender for your house or something to take on your trips.

We have also had really great feedback from customers who have purchased the CPB 300. Many ask Cuisinart CPB 300 vs Magic Bullet, well it’s really close but in my opinion the CPB 300 has a slight disadvantage.

Complete Cuisinart CPB-300 Guide

Immersion Smoothie Blenders

immersion blenderCuisinart CSB-79 Immersion Hand Blender 91/100

Immersion hand blenders are very convenient and inexpensive appliances that are often forgotten. The Cuisinart CSB-79 can take care of variety of tasks similar to the traditional table design, but with a much quicker clean up time. Comes with a variety of attachments to let it perform tasks of multiple kitchen food preparation appliances.

There’s a few things you need to know about immersion blenders if you’ve never used one. Read our full review to learn about all the features and information you need to know before even considering purchasing the CSB-79.

Complete Cuisinart CSB-79 Guide

Benefits Of Owning A Smoothie Maker

There are innumerable kitchen appliances out there and each of them comes with its unique advantages. Over the years, people have realized how smoothies can be beneficial to their health, and for that reason, food processors have become quite handy. Below are some of the benefits that you stand to gain if you buy a food processor to make drinks right from home:

Saves you money Buying a smoothie on a daily basis especially when you are on a diet can be expensive. If for example, you purchase a glass from a juice bar, you may end up spending around $5 or more on it. You can cut down that cost by using seasonal produce which is inexpensive, thereby making your homemade smoothie much cheaper.

Occupies small space A kitchen is a place that is supposed to contain several different types of appliances and having one that occupies a lot of space can be inconveniencing. A blender is a compact sized kitchen appliance that takes up less space of your room. Even if your kitchen is small, you don’t have to worry about space because the appliance only requires a few inches. And whenever you are not using it, you can effortlessly store it in a cupboard or shelf. The compact design of a blender also makes it portable allowing you to can carry it with you whenever you go for vacation or business trip without much hassle.

Saves you time Making a healthy smoothie is easy and takes only a few seconds. All you need is to ensure that your ingredients are ready and that they fit your diet plan. Preparing the ingredients could include cleaning and slicing them if you require to. By tossing the ingredients into the machine, you should have your delicious beverage full of essential nutrients in the blink of an eye. Cleaning the blender after making your drinks is easy, and, therefore, takes only a fraction of your time.

Gives you freedom to choose what you want In a homemade green smoothie, the ratio of fruits to greens is usually 60 to 40 percent respectively. However, you have complete control to alter the ratio of your ingredients in accordance to your taste. You can increase or reduce the calories as well as the minerals and vitamins in your beverage by choosing which ingredients to use. If you want it to be thinner or thicker, you have all the freedom to do as you please. This freedom to mix and match your ingredients is one of the best aspects of making drinks from home.

Gives you a chance to enjoy a fresh drink It is important to note that the smoothies you buy in a supermarket are made in advance, only that they are preserved appropriately. The downside of these premade drinks is that they lose their mineral, vitamin, and even nutrition value as time goes by. The advantage of owning a blender is that you can buy the freshest ingredients in the market and make yourself a healthy beverage within a short time.

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