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Best blenders for smoothies 2023: personal, portable, or family-friendly

Our experts put the best blenders for smoothies to the test, including NutriBullet, KitchenAid and Vitamix

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The best blenders can elevate your morning routine, transforming fruit and veg into delicious smoothies. A good quality blender makes it simple to increase your vitamin and fiber intake without much time or effort.

After our roundup of the best blenders, our team of experts wanted to share their choice of blenders specifically for smoothies. We assessed how well NutriBullet, KitchenAid, Vitamix, and other market-leading brands could make smoothies and smoothie bowls. 

After lots of testing in the kitchen, we found that the below blenders produced smoothies that will get you out of bed in the morning. However, each one suits a different household. Whether you’re looking for an aesthetically pleasing appliance, a portable powerhouse, or finance-friendly blender, we have the thing for you.

Best blenders for smoothies 2023

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Best for big households

A vitamix blender on a white backgroundH&G gold badge

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Best for big households

Specifications

Colors: black and silver
Type: multi-serve blender
Weight: 18.74 pounds
Speed settings: 10+
Modes: 5
Material: plastic pitcher, stainless steel blades
Dimensions: 11 x 8 x 17 inches
Motor : 1,500 watts

Reasons to buy

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Incredible power
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Smoothie-specific preset
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Manual dial for variable control
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Large pitcher capacity

Reasons to avoid

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Very noisy
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Expensive
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More settings than you need for smoothies

Why you should buy it
This blender can tackle the toughest fruit and veg

Why we love it
It’s no secret that we love Vitamix. The A3500 Ascent came top in our roundup of the best blenders, so it’s only natural that we place it number one for smoothies. The 1,500 watt blender is powerful, even when filled to its 64 oz capacity. This combination of size and power makes it a great option for families, or if you’re looking to cater for four to six people.

The process for blending with the Vitamix is simple. Twist the dial to the preset smoothie mode and the blender crushes the contents into a light smooth drink. If you want something a little thicker, there is a manual dial which you can adjust too.

Good to know
As a powerful, large, high-spec blender, this is designed to do more than simple smoothies, so it comes with a price tag to match. Sitting towards the $600 dollar mark, it’s an investment appliance.

Our full Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series Smart Blender review has more detail.

Best personal smoothie maker

A NutriBullet 900 blender on a white backgroundH&G gold badge

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Best personal smoothie maker

Specifications

Colors: over ten, from black to pink
Type: bullet blender
Weight: 9.63 pounds
Speed settings: one
Material: plastic pitcher, stainless steel blades
Dimensions: 12.01 x 7.72 x 15.94 inches
Motor: 900 watts

Reasons to buy

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Made perfect smoothies
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Can tackle tough textures
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Easy to use
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Compact design
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Can take your drink on the go
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Reasonable price

Reasons to avoid

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Limited capacity
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Blades can't go in the dishwasher

 

Why you should buy it
Compact and effective, it makes perfect single-serve smoothies

Why we love it
When it comes to personal blenders, Nutribullet’s Pro 900 always comes out on top. After twisting and locking the pitcher in place, this smoothie maker will effortlessly whizz up frozen berries, tough kale stems, and fibrous ginger. 

With a removable handle and sealable lid, the blender quickly converts into a cup for taking with you on-the-go. The design is well-equipped for busy, small households.

Good to know
As a personal blender, the NutriBullet has limited capacity, so isn’t suited for large families. The blades aren’t dishwasher safe, so you’ll have to wash them by hand.

Our full NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender review has more detail.

Best value for money

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Best value for money

Specifications

Colors: black, white, red, silver
Type: family-sized blender
Weight: 8 pounds
Capacity: 48 oz
Programs : ice crush/pulse
Speed settings: 3
Material: plastic pitcher, stainless steel blades
Dimensions: 8.5 x 7.1 x 14.8
Motor: 150 watts

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Makes great smoothies and smoothie bowls
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Manual controls
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Three power modes, plus pulse

Reasons to avoid

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Requires pulsing for the perfect texture
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Lid is a bit stiff

Why you should buy it
Great quality results at a fair price

Why we love it
Of all the blenders, we think the KitchenAid K150 balances blend and budget perfectly. With a number of different settings, a considerable 650 watt motor, and 48 oz capacity, this is a safe option for first-time smoothie makers. We made a thick smoothie bowl and smoothie which satisfyingly blended tough spinach, strawberries and lemon without much complaint. 

Good to know
To get through everything thoroughly, the blender needed some pulsing. It’s not designed specifically for smoothies, so this didn’t come as much of a surprise to us. The lid is also a bit stiff too.

Our full KitchenAid K150 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender review has more detail.

Best portable blender

NutriBullet portable on white background

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Best portable blender

Specifications

Colors: silver, red, black, white
Type: portable blender
Weight: 1.5lb
Capacity: 13oz
Speed settings: 1
Material: plastic
Dimensions: 7.52 x 7.01 x 4.06 inches
Motor: 700 watts

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight
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Can fit into most bags
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Long-lasting battery
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Easy to use
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Not very loud

Reasons to avoid

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Lacking in power
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Can't handle large drinks
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Struggles with ice
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Bottle cannot go in the dishwasher
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Not the smoothest blend

Why you should buy it
Effortless blending, wherever you are

Why we love it
NutriBullet is a trusted brand when it comes to smoothie-making. All this handy bullet needs its rechargeable base and you can whizz, crush and blend wherever you are. For the price, it’s a great buy. We love that it’s lightweight and easy to carry around - it would fit in a regular handbag.

We found that it easily handled soft fruit and could just about manage frozen fruit (with a few seeds leftover). The fact that it is portable and about as loud as an electric toothbrush more than makes up for a few seeds.

Good to know
It’s handy to have if you’re on the go, but doesn’t stand-up to the power of a plug-in appliance. You pay the price with cordless convenience, as it struggles to blend ice. However, if you’re on the move, it’s unlikely that you’ll have still-solid ice with you anyway.

Our full NutriBullet GO Portable Blender review has more detail.

Best cordless blender

A black cuisinart blender on a white background

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Best cordless blender

Specifications

Colors: slate gray in the US, silver in the UK
Type: portable blender
Weight: 4.4lb
Capacity: 16oz
Speed settings: 1
Material: plastic
Dimensions: 16 x 10.5 x 11,13 inches
Motor: 150 watts

Reasons to buy

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Cordless
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Powerful
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Compact and lightweight
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Good battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Ingredients need to me prepped more beforehand
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Doesn't work plugged in

Why you should buy it
Powerful single-serve blends that stand up to corded blenders

Why we love it
Entertaining outdoors, or on the commute, this blender can make smoothies on the move. We tested ice, smoothie bowls, and smoothies and were impressed with the results. 

Rather than having to make allowances for the convenience of cordless, this Cuisinart  boasts 150 watts of power. That’s enough to rival plug-in kitchen appliances, transforming this from a handy handbag blender to a hefty kitchen appliance. It’s a great option for smaller kitchens, as it stores away easily too.

Good to know
To get a good blend, our expert Lindsey had to chop up her frozen fruit into manageable chunks, so you’ll need to prep before blending. We also found it has a short 20-minute runtime, and you can’t use the blender when charging, so make sure that you charge regularly.

Our Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Blender review has more detail.

Best for kitchen aesthetics

Beast Blender

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Best for kitchen aesthetics

Specifications

Colors: white, black, gray
Weight: 9.97 pounds
Type: corded blender
Capacity: 35.2 oz
Material: aluminum base, plastic blending vessel, glass drinking vessel,
Dimensions: 4.92 x 4.92 x 15.75 inches

Reasons to buy

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Beautiful design
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Effortlessly crushes ice and fruit
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Versatile

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Needs thorough cleaning

Why you should buy it
A stylish wellness blender that couldn’t miss the list

Why we love it
It’s not a roundup without a little vanity addition. From Oprah’s ‘Favorite Things’ list, this blender looks like how smoothies feel. It crushes ice, frozen fruit and the toughest textures in under a minute. With useful accessories and, let’s face it, a gorgeous look, this blender is an ornament for your kitchen.

Good to know
It’s lucky that this is beautiful, because it’s heavy too. Store it on your countertop rather than in high-up cupboards. You’ll need to be patient with cleaning, as the ridges can make it a little tricky to clean everything out in one go.

Our Beast Blender review has more detail.

Best for kitchen coordination

Smeg Blender review

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Best for kitchen coordination

Specifications

Colors: cream, black, red, pink, pastel green, pastel blue, white
Type: family-sized blender
Weight: 8lbs
Capacity: 48 oz
Speed settings: 4
Material: die-cast aluminum body, tritan lid
Motor: 800 watts
Dimensions: 13.65 x 7.75 x 6.4 inches

Reasons to buy

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Smoothie setting
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Looks lovely
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Easy to clean
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Pulse setting
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Can blend ice

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive

Why you should buy it
In a range of colors, it’s a complement to any kitchen

Why we love it
Smeg’s ergonomics never fail to please. This blender comes with all of the essentials for smoothies: a dedicated smoothie setting, manual controls, a large 48 oz jug, and a range of color options. It sliced through ice, tore up tough greens and effortlessly crushed frozen fruit. For a thorough blend and flawless style, you can’t go wrong with this blender.

Good to know
Quality comes with a price tag and this blender costs around $250. Our expert reviewer, Millie, was disappointed that it couldn’t blend hot ingredients. For the price and size, it would be useful to be a little more versatile.

Our Smeg Blender review has more detail.

Our final verdict - which is the best blender for smoothies?

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You can’t go wrong with any of the blenders in this roundup. My advice would be to think about what you are looking for when making your smoothies: single serve or batch blend; portable or fixed to a countertop; versatile or specialized. Once you know what you’re looking for, the answer is simple. 

FAQs

How to choose a blender for smoothies

If you’re looking for a new smoothie-maker in your life, we recommend that you think about size, speed, and settings. It doesn't hurt if it looks the part too. 

Size
NutriBullets are great for single servings. Their products come with 24 oz or 32 oz cups, the ideal size for 1-2 servings. The KitchenAid and Vitamix can make enough for 4-6 servings, so think carefully about how much you plan on making.

Speed
Some smoothie makers will have variable power, others will have one speed setting. Manually changing the speed means that you can control your texture a little more.

Settings
If your blender is one with different settings, you can tailor your blend even more. These appliances tend to be more versatile, where blenders like the NutriBullet Pro 900 specialize in smoothies.