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Small Kitchen Appliances

Best Blender

A blender has been a staple of the kitchen for decades. Although they have been partially supplanted by modern food processors, a blender is still a kitchen essential.

Our best blender picks will appeal to you, whether you are looking for a luxury blender to blend drinks, a budget blender for basic kitchen tasks, or an immersion blender to use in the cooking pot. All of our chosen blenders were selected for performance, value and reliability.

Oster VERSA 1400-watt Professional Performance Blender

The Oster Versa features a big 1400 watt motor, so it will be ready for any blending task you can give it. Although the unit has a low profile shape, the BPA-free jar can still holds 64 ounces of foodstuffs and you can also pick up an optional tall jar. It comes with 3 programmed settings, soup, smoothie and dips/spreads for your convenience, a speed knob offers variable blending control, and it even has a separate pulse button. An included tamper allows you to effortlessly (and safely) feed veggies and fruits down into the stainless steel blades. Although not inexpensive, the Oster Versa delivers a powerful motor backed by an impressive seven year limited warranty.

Blendtec Designer 675 with WildSide Jar

Blendtec Designer Series Model 675 Blender is the star of the popular YouTube video series “Will It Blend, and there’s a good reason why. The Model 675 features a 3.8 peak horsepower motor, eight speeds, and five preprogrammed functions including ones for smoothie, frozen treats, juice, hot soup and a special cleaning automatic program. The blender also has a touchscreen display which keeps track of the remaining time left to blend which you can add onto in 10 second increments; it also tracks the total blend cycle count as well. This appliance will blend virtually anything thanks to its 88 ounce blending pitcher which has been engineered into a square configuration for maximum chopping power. This blender is protected by an eight year manufacturer’s warranty.

Hamilton Beach Blender Wave Maker 56 Oz. 10 Speed

Basic mixing and smoothie making will never be easier than with the Hamilton Beach Blender Wave Maker 56 Oz. 10 Speed. The wave action of the blades makes sure that everything on the top gets pulled down into the blades on the bottom. It has 450 watt peak power motor and ten manual push button speeds. The blender jar is dishwasher safe, the base is wide to remain stable on any counter, and the 56 ounce jar holds a generous amount of food items ready for blending. This unit even features hideaway cord storage so that when you take it off the counter and put it in a cabinet, you won't have to worry about a cord sticking out. The Hamilton Beach Wave Maker comes with a three year limited warranty.

Blendtec Professional 800 Blender

This is called the worlds quietest blender, and at about 50 decibels of noise (about the same sound level as the average human conversation) the Blendtech Professional 800 Blender reigns supreme.The Blendtech Pro 800 will cost you more than 10 times what a regular standard blender costs, but if you don't like loud noise when blending, this is the one to have. The 3.8 horsepower motor will make short work of grinding ice, it has six presets for making things like delicious smoothies, cake batters, nutricious juice, and it will even make hot soup. The digital touch speed slider gives you 11 speeds plus a pulse function, and the entire display panel is illuminated. The Blendtech Professional 800 can't be beat for quiet performance and features an eight year warranty. If quiet performance is what you're after (and you're willing to pay for it) then this blender must be first on anyones list.

Nutri NINJA BL455 Professional Personal Blender

For power when you need it, the Nutri NINJA BL455 Professional 1000 watts Personal Blender may be right for you. While actually rated at 900 watts, the 1000 watt figure is the peak rating as soon as you turn it on. No matter, this is one of the most powerful single serve blenders on the market. The Nutra Ninja is the only personal blender that has true ice crushing capability although you’ll be you’re be paying almost three times over other single serve blenders for this feature. The blade design is optimized for slicing, dicing, and for grinding up veggies and fruits.

This single-serving blender comes with an 18 and 24-ounce cups with sealable lids, and you can get a number of optional accessories like additional jars, cups, and specialized cutting blades. The Nutri NINJA BL455 gives you power to spare and the most additional accessories of any blender on this list. It might be overkill for a personal blender, but if you can afford it, you won't be disappointed by its performance.

Breville BSB530XL the All In One Processing Station

If you want the best of the best, the buck stops here with the Breville BSB530XL the All In One Processing Station. This hand blender is about as close to a food processor in a hand-held package. It mashes, slices, dices, chops, crushes ice, and virtually everything else a basic stand blender can do.

This unit has a genuine built-in trigger switch and it comes with a 15 speed adjustable dial on the top. Attachments included are ice crushing blades, a food processing bowl with gearbox for the power supply, a whisk, a masher and an eight inch immersion mixing shaft. Power comes in at 280 watts which rivals some stand alone blenders. While not an inexpensive unit, if you want fast and easy food prep, there’s no better choice to get the job done.

Oster BLSTET-C Ice Shaving Blender

If you want a completely dedicated ice crushing blender that turns ice cubes into shavings, then the Oster Ice Shaving Blender is what you need. This is the only blender on this list specifically made for crushing ice. This unit comes with an ice crushing jar and a blender jar. Attach the ice crushing jar, push the “auto shave” button, and it will crush ice down into ice shavings. The attached spout allows ice to fall into any drink, cup, bowl or whatever is placed beneath. You can even fill the included blender jar with fruit, put it beneath the spout to catch ice shavings, and then blend it on the blender to make a smoothie. This ice crushing blender comes with a three year limited warranty and a 10 year warranty on the drive train.

Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker

The most versatile margarita maker on this list is the Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker with Easy Pour Jar. It comes with 4 pre-set buttons, one for margaritas, slides, daiquiris and smoothies. This appliance gives you choices that none of the others can do. Add in the mix of your choice, drop in the ice, and you’re good to. Shave ice and blend at the same time, shave ice for snow cones, or you can just use the blend feature by itself to craft other beverages.

This unit comes with a convenient switch so you can select between one to three servings at a time. This margarita machine even looks the part with a retro-looking corner store dispenser under which you place your pitcher or glass for a fill-up. The star of any party in both style and function, it doesn't get better than the Margaritaville Fiji Frozen Concoction Maker.

Dale Y
Dale Y has been writing about home improvement and Do-It-Yourself projects for more than a decade, using his own hands-on maintenance, construction and facilities management experience as a guide. He has covered the gamut by writing about news and views, home and garden ideas, home and business maintenance, and property management. As an offshoot, he had his own sewing machine and small appliance repair business, and can tell an embroidery stitch from a stretch stitch, all the while cooking the best salmon fillet ever on a countertop grill, while making a smoothie in the latest bullet blender. In this capacity, he has used a wide variety of tools and equipment for every need, worked with products ranging from adhesives to solvents, sewed shirt sleeves with a #14 needle and finished leather appliqué with a #18 needle.
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