We carefully reviewed this story in September 2022 and stand by our picks selected by the Good Housekeeping InstituteKitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab which remain the same. We are currently testing seven Vitamix blender models side-by-side and will share those testing results soon.
You need a blender that can easily process your ingredients into smooth, creamy perfection if you're whirring up an energizing healthy breakfast smoothie. But that's not all these kitchen staples are good for. Your blender should crush ice for silky smooth frozen cocktails and vegan protein shakes, puree velvety soup in minutes and grind oats for homemade oat milk.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab, we’ve tested everything from immersion blenders to food processors and more than 100 blenders over the years to find the best high-performance blender models. Our top tested picks include blenders ranging from $80 to $550 from brands that we love including picks from Vitamix and Ninja and models that have personal blending cups with lids for easy portability. These are the best blenders you can buy in 2022, according to extensive testing and in-home use by Good Housekeeping experts.
Our top picks:
You can read more about how we evaluate blenders in our Lab — plus everything you need to know to shop for your appliance — at the end of this guide. If you're looking to explore more options, we've also reviewed the viral Beast blender.
1) E310 Explorian Blender
There's nothing the showpiece Vitamix can't do when it comes to blending, pureeing and grinding ingredients. With pro-quality precision and control, it can make everything from silky smooth green smoothes to creamy soup and more. The ultra-powerful motor has 10 variable speed settings and its heavy-duty base won't easily shift on the counter when in use. The controls are intuitive and fuss-free, and this machine excelled in every one of our Kitchen Appliances Lab tests, easily grinding coffee beans and whirling up milkshakes and silky smooth margaritas in seconds. It's an investment, but you won't find a better-performing, more durable pick — it's a fraction of the cost of other Vitamix models. One note is that the carafe is on the small side at just 6 cups.
In need of a blender with a larger carafe? The Vitamix Ascent blender also performed exceptionally well at grinding nut butter and blending milkshakes and smoothies. It has a 64-ounce jar — one of the largest we evaluated — which means it's perfect for big batches. We found the touchscreen controls easy to use, the jar fits on the base nicely and the see-through plastic lid comes on and off effortlessly.
2) Blender Combo
This well-priced and high-powered blender comes with three (!) jars making it super versatile and our pick for the best value. It comes with a 64-ounce pitcher for large batches and two different personal-sized cups (32 ounces and 24 ounces with a handle). Both cups have lids that make it easy to take your smoothie to-go. It features an “extract” button that blends smoothies at preprogrammed variable speeds. We blended kale smoothies in all three jars, and all were uniformly smooth with no flecks. It also blasted through frozen strawberries effortlessly to make a delicious, evenly processed daiquiri.
The base is not much larger than other NutriBullet models, and it has suction cups on the bottom that reliably prevent it from shifting around. The blades screw onto the top of the personal cups and then get inverted to be blended, so be careful to unscrew the personal blending cups from the base of the blender when you're done blending. It’s easy to accidentally make a mess if unscrew the cup from the blade instead.
3) SmartPower Duet Blender/Food Processor
This highly popular Cuisinart blender/food processor combo has a low-profile 40-ounce glass jar and seven blending and processing options that are clearly marked and easy to use. We love that it comes with a compact food processor bowl for chopping, stirring and shredding. When blender testing, we found that this blender was very easy to clean and that it ground ingredients exceptionally well. And once the food processor attachment was on, we were even more impressed with how this model minced parsley, shredded carrots and sliced pepperoni.
All parts, except for the base, are dishwasher safe. Of note: At 500 watts, this is not the most high-powered blender, and if you do overwork the blender it will stop working temporarily until it cools down.
4) The Fresh and Furious Countertop Blender
We were very impressed with how well this blender performed for its great price point. The green smoothie setting yielded a smooth and creamy texture with no sign of fibrous kale or spinach. This blender also has a regular smoothie button which will provide you with a juice-bar-quality smoothie in one minute. In our tests, this blender pureed soup to a silky smooth texture and produced a mighty fine margarita as well. The Fresh and Furious is easy to clean, and the jar and lid are dishwasher safe. In our tests, we found very few flaws, though the jar is just 50 ounces and became stained a little from tomato sauce.
Another high-performing blender from Breville that we have tested is the Breville 3X Bluicer Pro. In our tests, this model produced creamy and smooth soup and a strawberry green smoothie that had no sign of kale. While this model is a little more pricey, it does offer the ability to juice with it as well — two appliances in one!
If you prefer to be able to choose between a personal smoothie and a smoothie bowl, then the Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker & Nutrient Extractor is a great pick. This personal blender's jar features a built-in tamper and doesn’t need as much liquid to blend ingredients to a smooth, very thick consistency — perfect for a smoothie bowl. In our tests, this model tackled both green and berry smoothies with ease with very few residual seeds and super smooth results.
This model also suctions firmly to your counter, which keeps it completely in place for its pulse-style auto-smoothie setting. In addition to the 14-ounce smoothie bowl jar, this model comes with two 24-ounce blender jars with travel lids, which are all dishwasher-safe.
If you want the option to switch between personal smoothies and blending up party-sized batches of frozen margaritas then the Foodi Power Blender & Processor System is another great pick from the Ninja Foodi line. In our tests, the blender produced smooth and creamy soups and milkshakes.
6) Pro Performance Blender
The Wolf Gourmet Pro Performance Blender stood out to us in many ways with its sleek design, featuring its signature red knob and lightweight jar with a comfortable handle. There are 10 speed settings on the blender and four pre-programmed options: soup, puree, ice crush and smoothie. This blender produced a very smooth, thick milkshake and a smoothie that was creamy and homogenous.
In our tests, this super powerful blender also produced great frozen drinks. It also has a unique emulsion cap that allows you to add oil to the blender at an optimal pace to get a great emulsion in sauces and dressings. This pick is also sized to fit under most cabinets. The blender jar is hand-wash only.
7) K400 Variable Speed Blender
This sleek blender claims to blend “even the toughest ingredients, from kale to almonds'' and it passed our test with flying colors. We couldn’t taste the kale in our smoothie, it crushed ice into snow-like consistency and it even blended chia seeds smoothly. It features easy-to-use presets for crushing ice, smoothies and icy drinks. Plus, a little soap and water added to the self-clean cycle makes sure no food bits are left behind in hard-to-reach spots. In our tests, we noticed that the “Start” button is a little small and sometimes needed to be pressed several times to activate. We love its sleek design and that you can pick from a variety of fun colors.
While this blender is at a lower price point compared to similar high-powered blenders, KitchenAid also has a smaller and lower-cost model that performed well in our tests. The K150 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender allows you to easily whirl up a soup or a smoothie in one batch even though its pitcher has a smaller 6-cup capacity.
In our most recent test, to see how well blenders could handle hard ingredients, we ground more than 3 pounds of coffee beans, blended nearly 10 pounds of frozen strawberries and pulverized over 650 ice cubes. This photo shows how seven different blenders blended the same strawberry green smoothie recipe very differently.
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To help mimic how a home consumer would use a blender, we also make vanilla milkshakes and frozen margaritas. During Lab testing, we weigh the final product and strain it through a mesh sieve to evaluate whether all ingredients are fully blended and whether each grind or puree is uniform.
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We also make a broccoli leek soup, if the blender is equipped to blend hot ingredients. A blender must have vents in order to safely blend hot ingredients and you should avoid blending hot liquids in a personal blending cup, which could potentially cause burns upon opening.
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If a blender comes with a food processor attachment, we also test that attachment to see how well it performs. We shred carrots and mozzarella, mince parsley, grind parmesan and slice pepperoni and tomatoes.
When testing, we rate the helpfulness of the owner’s manual and evaluate how easy each model is to assemble, use and clean. We also consider how noisy each blender is while operating. Finally, we check how well the blender cups resist staining from tomato sauce that is left overnight. We measure the wear after 14 cycles in the dishwasher.