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The Best Blenders For Making Smoothies, Soups, and So Much More

They'll purée your food to smooth, creamy perfection.
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News flash: blenders are useful for so much more than smoothies, but yes they ace that task. Beyond crushing ice and fruit, blenders are excellent for puréeing soup, making nut butters, and even making flour. Depending on what you're planning on using it for and how often you will use it will impact what kind of blender you need, and how much you pay. Because when it comes to blenders, you get what you pay for.

When shopping for a blender, Joshua Resnick, chef-instructor at the Institute of Culinary Education, checks to see the capacity of the pitcher. "As food blends, it gets aerated so you don't want to overfill your blender with raw product or it will overflow once it's blended," he says. For him, a larger pitcher (around 64 ounces) is ideal. "That way, I can blend larger products or smaller amounts."

Controls are another thing to pay attention to. Preset buttons can be convenient, but a good old fashioned speed dial lets you have more control over the blending process. "I don't need a blender to have unnecessary controls or fancy gadgets and attachments," Resnick says. "A clean, easy functionality makes a blender easier to use." At home, he uses his blender almost every day to make a meal replacement smoothie featuring frozen berries, fresh spinach, avocado, banana, peanut butter protein powder, turmeric, black pepper, almond milk, and ice. But when he's working in a professional kitchen, he uses blenders for everything from puréed soups and sauces, to emulsified sauces, and infused oils like basil oil. 

Best Blenders of 2022

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Best Splurge: Vitamix 5200 Blender

$407.66, amazon.com

If you're going to spend big bucks on a blender, it might as well be a Vitamix. The brand specializes in blenders and is a favorite of professional chefs and home cooks alike for the durability, versatility, and ease of use of its models. The Vitamix 5200 Blender has just two switches and a speed dial, allowing you to achieve a variety of textures without having to guess at what a preset button will do. The 64-ounce container is ideal for blending medium to large batches of food—you can even make hot soup in it—and it can handle everything from piña coladas to homemade nut butters.

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Best Budget: Black+Decker PowerCrush Multi-Function Blender

$39.59, amazon.com

If you're not ready to drop hundreds of dollars on a blender, the Black+Decker PowerCrush Multi-Function Blender should be able to fulfill your basic blending needs. It has four speed settings and employs a 4-tip stainless steel blending blade to, well, blend. It creates a vortex that brings ingredients to the bottom of the glass jar and into the blades. Dishwasher-safe removable parts (jar, blade, and lid) make cleaning a breeze.

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Best Multipurpose: Breville Fresh & Furious Blender

$199.95, williams-sonoma.com

As we noted, with blenders you generally get what you pay for; so if you're looking for something reliable that can handle a variety of tasks, this hardworking option is a solid choice. The Breville Fresh & Furious Blender is a master multitasker that crushes, chops, whips, and aerates thanks to a powerful motor, five variable speeds, and three pre-programmed buttons.

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Best Set: Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System

$159.99, amazon.com

The Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System is a blender and food processor all in one, with interchangeable attachments powered by the same base. The blender has a central column with blades protruding from it, which chop up ingredients without having to create a vortex. It also comes with two 16-ounce Nutri Ninja Cups and lids for taking smoothies and shakes to go. The food processor has a dough blade and chopping blade for added versatility.

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Best Quiet: WantJoin Professional Commercial Blender with Shield

$239.99, amazon.com

If you want to make smoothies without waking up the entire house, or cringe in anticipation of the ear-splitting sound of turning on a blender (every time!), the WantJoin Professional Commercial Blender with Shield might be the solution to all your problems. The soundproof shield helps to reduce blender noises and splatters, and it even has a feeding hole at the top so that you can add in ingredients as you blend. You can also insert the included tamper in the hole to push ingredients into the blades.

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Best Single Serving: Zwilling Enfinigy Personal Blender

$129.99, food52.com

For single serving smoothies and protein shakes, this tiny but mighty appliance is a convenient option. It even includes a lid for on-the-go sipping. There's just one dial, with a smoothie setting and a pulse setting. Beyond drinks, the Zwilling Enfinigy Personal Blender can also be used to make dips and sauces.