Welcome to the Blender Guide!
Are you looking to buy a countertop blender? Finding the best blender can be hard, because there are so many to choose from, all with their own strengths and weaknesses. That’s why we have created this guide, where have taken a closer look at the top ranking blenders from the most popular brands, complete with full reviews and actual user feedback.
Hopefully you’ll find what you’re looking for here, but if not you’re always welcome to contact us with suggestions. We’re always looking for new brands and products to write about, and our aim is to become the #1 site about blenders on the web!
Blender Reviews & Guides
To help you in your decision we have created in-depth guides to the most popular blender brands, where we take a look at the models they offer and how they differ from each other. We have also conducted thorough investigations into how these blenders are rated by actual users, and tried to summarize that information for you. Please note that since we’re a small operation we can’t write actual hands-on reviews for these products, but we actually think looking at what a whole range of users say about a product is a lot better than a subjective review from a single person anyway.
The brands below are those we have written in-depth guides to so far. We hope to eventually cover every major blender brand on the market, but for now we have chosen to focus only on the most popular brands.
Ninja Kitchen Systems
You might recognize the Ninja name from the infomercials they’ve been running heavily on TV. Their blenders are reasonably priced, but seem targeted more towards casual users than people who have extreme demands on their blender. The two main products they offer are the Ninja Kitchen System 1100 and the Ninja Professional Blender. They’re both quite similar, but there are enough differences between them to make it worth doing some reading before you buy. For example, if you’re going to use your blender for kneading dough, then the 1100 is the only one of those two that can help you. All in all, if you’re looking for a good blender at a reasonable price, don’t rule out the Ninja brand.
The Vitamix brand is, along with Blendtec, located in the high-end range of countertop blenders for home use. This isn’t the brand you’re getting if the price is one of your main concerns – you’re getting a Vitamix because you want a high-end blender that can handle almost any kind of task you put it up against. They really only have one type of blender, the Vitamix 5200, although it’s available under a number of different names, all with their unique perks and features. It can be quite difficult to sort out which Vitamix blender that suits you best, which is why we’ve focused on doing just that in your in-depth guide. Hopefully we can help you to make an informed decision before you buy.
Blendtec is another high-end brand, and they compete directly with Vitamix. Among blender fanatics choosing between them has almost become an issue as controversial as religion or politics, and everyone has their own reasons for going with their favorite brand. From an objective view though, they’re both great brands, and they both make blenders that are vastly superior to cheaper models. Like Vitamix their lineup can be quite confusing at a first glance, and we really had to do some digging to find out the differences between their models (turns out there actually aren’t that many differences though). Hopefully our in-depth guide can help you choose the model that best suits your needs.
The best blender for your needs
Finding the right blender model can be very difficult, since it depends on what you’re going to use it for. Everyone uses their blender differently, and a model that is a perfect match for one person might be a horrible choice for you. Are you going to be making smoothies, and if so, with which ingredients? Are you more interested in making soup, or using your blender to make dressings and sauces? Those are just a few examples of what you can use a blender for, but you will have to think about things like that before you make a decision.
How much power do you need?
Once you’ve decided what you’re primarily going to use your blender for, you need to figure out if you need a lot of power to do that. Of course high-end blenders are very powerful, but also costly, whereas low-end blenders might be reasonably priced but perhaps also underpowered for your needs. The best way to figure out if a blender will work for your needs is to look online for user reviews that mention those specific things. Amazon is a great place to start your search, providing the blender you’re thinking about buying is available there. A lot of times there are reviews left by actual customers, detailing exactly how the blender worked for their needs.
Easy to use or flexible?
Most blenders are really easy to use, after all there’s not a whole lot to the process. Just put the ingredients in, turn it on and choose a speed. That said, some blenders are more advanced than others. For example, the Blendtec HP3A comes with 25 different preset cycles, all tailored towards specific situations. To get the most out of a blender like that you really need to do some reading before you start using it. Some other blenders are easier to use, but not as flexible. There’s always a trade-off between ease of use and flexibility, and you have to decide for yourself where you draw that line. That said, there are few, if any, blenders for home use that are truly difficult to use.
Durability and warranty
There are big differences between the brands when it comes to quality and durability, although these things are also subjective in many cases. A low-end blender might not last for long if you’re using it for jobs it’s not intended for, but it might work flawlessly for years if you stick to the intended usage. Of course there is an objective way to look at quality too, for instance if the parts seem flimsy/cheap or if they have a solid feel to them. Again, the best way to figure out how good the quality is, is by reading up on customer reviews online. We’ve also tried to cover it in our in-depth guides, as we feel that it is a very important part of the buying decision.
There’s also the question of warranty, and again, you get what you pay for in most cases. Some of the high-end brands offer lifetime warranty on some parts (often the blades), and they often also offer a generous warranty for the base unit (up to 7 years in some cases). Cheaper brands generally aren’t that generous with their warranty programs, and in many cases you only get 1 year. However, keep in mind that by buying a cheaper brand you have already saved quite a bit of money, meaning that a long warranty might not be that important to you. You can just use some of the money you’ve saved to buy a new blender in case it breaks down.
Where to buy a blender
You can buy blenders almost anywhere, but we always recommend that you check Amazon first, because they generally have the lowest prices. Some brands (like Ninja and Vitamix) can be bought directly from the manufacturer, although in many cases you won’t be getting the best prices that way. However, with those high-end blenders you often get better warranty by buying directly from the manufacturer, so there’s a trade-off there between low price/good warranty. Our recommendation is that you do some thorough research before buying, as you can literally save 25% or more on your new blender in some cases.