The Best Blenders for Smoothies, Nut Butters, and Other Slushy Recipes

Not every kitchen needs a blender. Some people we know don’t care to make velvety smoothies, silky-smooth soups, or any kind of slushy treats at home. However, if you do enjoy making all those things, then a blender is definitely a kitchen upgrade your countertop will appreciate.

A powerful blender is one of the most versatile small appliances for any kitchen. Not only can it crush ice and turn it into a snowy consistency with relative ease, it can perform the same pulverizing magic with any ingredient you decide to throw into its jar, allowing you to make soups, purees, and sauces with a consistency you won’t be able to otherwise achieve using other kitchen tools.

There are compact, low-powered blenders out there that may be tempting to get for smaller kitchens. However, those will usually lead to more frustration than they’re worth, requiring a lot of attention and manual interference, all while frequently failing to mix your ingredients at the desired consistency. Not to mention, they’re prone to overheating before you even finish what you’re making.

If you want the best blenders, it’s best to go for a high-powered model. Not only can they make quick work of tough ingredients, they can handle the thickest, slushiest consistencies without ever getting stuck. Some have very simple controls with only basic settings available. Others have over a dozen settings to enable more precise function, allowing you to mix slowly, puree quickly, and crush ice with violent force. Most blenders come with one jar and one blade type. which is all that most people need, although some offers swappable jars and swappable blades, allowing them to be more versatile in the kitchen.

These are the best blenders for all your high-powered crushing, pureeing, and mixing needs.

Oster Pro 1200 with Food Processor Attachment

Pros

  • Affordably-priced
  • Blends everything well
  • Bi-directional blade with lots of power

Cons

  • No tamper tool
  • Limited settings
  • Cheaper build quality

The best blenders can get very expensive. However, there are lower-priced options that can do a good job for most people’s needs. This model from Oster, from instance, is equipped with a 1,200-watt motor that allows it to tear through ice and frozen food with ease, mixing your smoothies to an excellent consistency. Seriously, it makes an extremely smooth blend even at full capacity. It only comes with three speed settings, as well as three presets (smoothie, salsa, and milkshake), along with a pulse function for recipes that need that stop-and-start action. Despite the limited settings, it did everything well, including soups and nut butter, although it does get stuck occasionally doing the latter, requiring you to stop the blender and manually stir it to get everything moving again. It also tends to leave a few chunks here and there, which we don’t mind for something more affordable. This also comes with a food processor attachment that you can use alternatively for salsa, spreads, and dips, which we find extremely useful.

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Ninja Foodi Heat-iQ Blender

Pros

  • Blender with heating element for hot soups and sauces
  • 12 preset programs
  • Affordable price

Cons

  • Very noisy
  • Taller than your standard blender

While we thought the built-in heating element is a bit too gimmicky at first, we’ve really come to appreciate its inclusion into this blender. That’s right, it’s a blender with a built-in 800-watt heating element, allowing you to chop your soup ingredients and cook them right on the same jar. It definitely gives this appliance a unique function. Plus, you can use it to heat sauces, which is an amazing convenience to have.

Of course, it’s a good all-around blender, too, with its 1,400-watt motor allowing it to shred through ice, nuts, and frozen foods of all sorts. It makes smoothies that are thick and consistent, especially with the help of the included tamper, although the blending process can get violently loud, especially when it’s chopping through the ice. Yeah, this thing isn’t subtle. Like a few other blenders in the list, cleaning is done right on the machine (there’s a preset six-minute cleaning program), albeit with the heating element also activating to heat up the soapy water, which really does help a lot for cleaning it thoroughly.

Hurom Hexa Power High Speed Blender

Pros

  • Powerful motor with 20 speed settings
  • Preset programs work extremely well

Cons

  • Big and heavy

We know Hurom best for their slow juicers, but they also make one of our favorite high-powered blenders. Equipped with a 1,600-watt motor, this thing brings some serious crushing power, complete with a power dial that has 20 settings, allowing you to really dial in how fast or slow you want the blades to spin. There are three preset programs for smoothies, soups, and ice crushing, so you can simply press a button and walk away for the most common tasks. We love how the unusual blade shape is able to pull down the contents of the jar for the most part, although it does have a tamper you can use to help things along if it ever gets stuck in the middle of a blend (we’ve never had to use it for smoothies or soups, though). It’s huge and heavy, though, so best to have some decent open space in the countertop for it.

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Cuisinart Hurricane Pro

Pros

  • Powerful motor churns through everything
  • More settings than any other blender
  • Heats soup with friction

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Generous settings can overwhelm some people

Cuisinart’s most powerful blender, this model has a 1,500W motor that allows it to make consistently velvety smoothies, with no scraping necessary. It has different preset programs for juice and green smoothies, by the way, which we found confusing, although the manual does offer full instructions about which ones to use for particular drinks, so you should be able to figure out easily enough. There’s a lot more options here than your usual blender, complete with memory for changing the preset blending times for each recipe, while the power knob lets you adjust on the fly while it’s blending, allowing you to speed up or slow down the motor as needed. Beyond smoothies, it did everything we tried really well, even heating up the soup just from sheer friction. Do note, this thing is heavy, so you’re not going to have a good time if you have to stash it on a cabinet and take it out to the counter each time out.

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Vitamix 5200

Pros

  • Wide range of speeds, with 10 available settings
  • Quieter than other blenders of similar power

Cons

  • Blade isn’t removable, so you have to clean it on-spot
  • No preset programs, just speed settings

Many swear by Vitamix as the best blender brand around. There’s a reason many pro kitchens and home enthusiasts use them. This model is one of the best ones for home use with its combination of a 1,380-watt motor and 10-speed settings, allowing you to go hard and heavy when you need to pulverize frozen items, while slowing down to a lazy crawl if you need some gentle mixing. The range of speeds it offers is more versatile than anything we’ve seen, making it very handy for any recipe you can think of, all while blending everything smoothly, from smoothies and milkshakes to soups and cocktails to nut butters and mayo, especially with the included tamper. It also made less noise than we anticipated, even when we were blending at full power, with a solid build that feels like it can last you for the long haul.

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Blendtec Classic 575

Pros

  • Very powerful
  • Use blunt blades, making it safe to handle
  • Heats up soups using pure friction
  • Fits six smoothie servings in one go

Cons

  • Very noisy

You probably heard of Blendtec from those “Will it Blend?” series of videos that were popular a few years back. While this isn’t quite the professional-grade blender from those clips, their home kitchen model does borrow a good load of elements from their commercial counterpart.

For instance, you get a massive 90-ounce jar designed to pull everything towards the blade and a powerful 1,570-watt motor, allowing it to rip and shred through anything you throw its way. It makes smoothies, milkshakes, and nut butters with perfect consistency, with the friction from the blades even heating up soups you make right on the machine, so you can pour it out and eat it warm. There are five speed settings and four preset cycles, which should cover most anything you plan to do on a blender. We’re especially impressed that it does all that while using blunt blades, making it very safe to clean and handle. Do note, all that power and the thick blunt blade does make it noisier than your average blender, so this will make an absolute ruckus in the kitchen.

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Breville Super Q

Pros

  • Commercial-grade motor
  • A dozen speed settings with four preset programs
  • Solid build

Cons

  • Big and heavy
  • Lid seals in a little too tightly

The most powerful blender in the list, this one is equipped with an 1,800W motor that can send the tip of the blade spinning at a whopping 186 mph at full power. If that sounds like the kind of power reserved for commercial blenders, well that’s exactly what Breville was going for, since they are marketing this to home users who want the same performance you typically find on commercial options.

This thing churned through ice and fruits like it’s nobody’s business, producing velvety-soft smoothies faster than any other blender in the list, all while producing everything from nut butter and hummus to soups and purees with excellent consistency. The way it pulverized ingredients and funneled ingredients on top down to the bottom were downright impressive to watch, especially because of how fast it all happens. Heck, we didn’t even use the included tamper once. It has 12 speed settings and five preset programs, so you get plenty of options for whatever recipe you’re making, all while being intuitive enough that you won’t find it confusing, even if you do skip reading the manual. Despite having an even more powerful motor than the Blendtec above, this actually runs quieter, making just slightly more noise than the Cuisinart model above.

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