Making smoothies at home gives you control over what you’re consuming, allowing you to keep an eye on the sugar content, including healthy fats, and load up on greens or other vegetables.

You’ll find over 100 full-sized and personal blenders in Consumer Reports’ ratings. We put each through a battery of tests, including two that speak directly to a blender’s ability to make smooth smoothies.

Top 10 Smoothie Makers

Bestseller No. 1
Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and...
477 Reviews
Ninja Personal Blender for Shakes, Smoothies, Food Prep, and Frozen Blending with 700-Watt Base and...
  • 700-watt power pod with Pulse Technology
  • Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction extracts hidden nutrition from whole fruits and veggies
Bestseller No. 2
NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
8210 Reviews
NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System, Gray (600 Watts)
  • Effortlessly pulverizes fruits, vegetables, and superfoods for nutritious protein shakes and green smoothies
  • High-torque power base and 600-watt motor
Bestseller No. 3
Ninja Professional 72oz Countertop Blender with 1000-Watt Base and Total Crushing Technology for...
3271 Reviews
Ninja Professional 72oz Countertop Blender with 1000-Watt Base and Total Crushing Technology for...
  • The Ninja Professional Blender 1000 features a sleek design and outstanding performance with 1000 watts of...
  • Ninja Total Crushing blades gives you perfect ice crushing, blending, pureeing, and controlled processing...
Bestseller No. 4
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16oz...
4016 Reviews
Ninja Professional Countertop Blender with 1100-Watt Base, 72oz Total Crushing Pitcher and (2) 16oz...
  • Ninja Professional Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups has 1100 watts of professional performance power with 3...
  • 72 oz Total Crushing Pitcher pulverizes ice to snow in seconds for creamy frozen drinks and smoothies
Bestseller No. 5
Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
3350 Reviews
Magic Bullet Blender, Small, Silver, 11 Piece Set
  • The Magic Bullet chops, mixes, blends, whips, grinds and more. Cups are made out of high-impact plastic
  • Effortlessly create your favorite meals and snacks like smoothies, omelets, sauces and dips. 250 Watts...
Bestseller No. 6
SharkNinja BL456 Blenders-Countertop, 24 oz. Silver/Black
1843 Reviews
SharkNinja BL456 Blenders-Countertop, 24 oz. Silver/Black
  • 900 watts of professional power breaks down fruits and vegetables for nutritious juices and smoothies
  • The Nutri Ninja Pro provides you with powerful Nutrient & Vitamin Extraction performance to extract hidden...
Bestseller No. 7
Homgeek Blender Smoothie Maker, 30000 RPM High Speed Professional Countertop Blender for Shakes and...
68 Reviews
Homgeek Blender Smoothie Maker, 30000 RPM High Speed Professional Countertop Blender for Shakes and...
  • Professional Countertop Blender - 1450W power and hardened stainless-steel blade, rev up to 30,000 RPM and...
  • Easy to use - 8 variable speed control to achieve a variety of textures,and 4 pre-programmed settings will...
Bestseller No. 8
Personal Blender, Sboly Smoothie Blender Single Serve Small Blender for Juice Shakes and Smoothie...
173 Reviews
Personal Blender, Sboly Smoothie Blender Single Serve Small Blender for Juice Shakes and Smoothie...
  • ✅ THE ULTIMATE PERSONAL BLENDER - Have you been looking for a quick and effortless way to make your...
  • ✅ POWERFUL & COMPACT - This one of a kind blender has a robust 300W motor, yet features a compressed and...
Bestseller No. 9
Personal Blender, EPLIANS Smoothie Maker, Shake Blender, Electric Bottle Blender, Stainless Steel...
51 Reviews
Personal Blender, EPLIANS Smoothie Maker, Shake Blender, Electric Bottle Blender, Stainless Steel...
  • HEAVY DUTY BLENDER: The powerful 300 W, 22,000 rpm motor with durable quad blade assembly quickly and evenly...
  • CONVENIENT SPORT BOTTLE: The ergonomic bottle with its large 600 ml capacity is contoured for a superior grip...
Bestseller No. 10
Smoothie Blenders, 1500W Smoothie Maker,70 Oz Commercial Blender, High Speed Jug Blender Machine...
13 Reviews
Smoothie Blenders, 1500W Smoothie Maker,70 Oz Commercial Blender, High Speed Jug Blender Machine...
  • 🍹【Powerful 1500W Commercial-grade Kitchen Blender】Featuring high-speed motor and specially...
  • 🍹【Stepless Speed to Customize Taste】Rotate the dial of this multi-function blender to adjust...

Guide to Smoothie Maker

Focus on blade design

After testing, we went back to figure out what separated the best from the rest. All of our top performing blenders had two things in common: They had blades aimed horizontally and blades angled upward. The blades pointing upward form and shape the vortex, which pulls down the mixture sitting on top. This determines how effective the blender is at churning ingredients. The blades aimed horizontally cut through the mixture swirling around them. Having both sets of blades allowed these blenders to produce a finer texture.

It’s also important to look at how close the blades get to the inside edge of the pitcher. The blades of the best-performing blenders were all less than a centimeter away from the edge. The short gap meant that the blades could reach more of the ingredients and cut through larger amounts of smoothie at a time than those with large gaps.

Layer your ingredients

Placing ingredients in the right order will improve the performance of your blender. Liquids and powders go on the bottom, then fresh fruit and vegetables. Put the frozen fruit and ice on top, or add it later, so your blender has a chance to form a whirlpool before hitting the hardest ingredients.

Personal blenders flip upside-down to attach to the blade unit, so you’ll want to add layers in reverse order. Hard or frozen ingredients first, followed by fresh items, liquids, and powders.

Use your blender for soups

By creating that swirling vortex, blenders are able to puree soups better than food processors, pulling the last roughly chopped ingredients through the liquid to be pureed. Blenders work especially well with creamier soups like tomato soup, split pea soup, or a bisque.

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