We updated this article in April 2022 to ensure all pricing is accurate and all picks recommended by the by Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab Product Analyst Eva Bleyer and overseen by Kitchen Appliances Lab Deputy Director Nicole Papantoniou are in stock.
Whether you're whirling up kale and berries for smoothies, making homemade baby food or pureeing a velvety tomato soup, you need a blender that can process your ingredients into smooth, creamy perfection. In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, we’ve tested more than 100 blenders over the years to find the best high-performance models. Our top tested picks include blenders ranging from $25 to $650 from brands that we love; including picks from Vitamix and Ninja as well as classic brands like Cuisinart and KitchenAid. These are the best blenders you can buy in 2022, according to a combination of testing and in-home use.
Our top picks
- Perfectly smooth nut butter
- Ultra powerful motor
- Steep price tag
- Carafe is only six cups
It’s a cult fave for a reason: Short of cleaning your kitchen, there's nothing the showpiece Vitamix can't do. With pro-quality precision and control, it can make everything from perfectly smooth nut butters to creamy soups and more. The ultra-powerful motor has 10 variable speed settings, and its heavy-duty base won't easily shift on the counter when in use. The controls are intuitive and fuss-free, and this machine excelled in every one of our Kitchen Appliances Lab tests, easily grinding coffee beans and whirling up milkshakes and margs in seconds. It's an investment, but you won't find a better-performing, more durable pick — and it's a fraction of the cost of other Vitamix models. One note is that the carafe is on the small side at just six cups.
- Under $100
- Small capacity
The 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender was our top pick in the under-$100 price range. With its high-quality design, this blender looks and performs better than most blenders in its category. Its pitcher is on the smaller side with a six-cup capacity, but it still allows you to easily whirl up a soup or smoothie in one batch. In our testing, the smoothie still had a little bit of texture from strawberry seeds but was still very creamy and thick. The broccoli and leek soup also had a little texture but was just as silky as you would want from a pureed soup. Unlike most blenders on the market, this one has only three speeds and a pulse setting. With a minimal design, this blender is easy to clean, and the jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.
If you have a little more money to spend, consider the KitchenAid K400 Variable Speed Blender. It has a larger capacity, more blender settings and produced great results in our tests – all at a competitive price compared to other high-powered blenders.
- 64-ounce, 32-ounce and 24-ounce blender jars
- Easy-to-read control panel with large buttons
- Must use caution when removing the cups to avoid messes
This well-priced and high-powered blender comes with three jars: a 64-ounce pitcher for large batches, and two different personal-sized cups (32 ounces and 24 ounces with a handle.) Both cups have lids that make it easy to take your smoothie to-go. It features an “extract” button that blends smoothies in preprogrammed variable speeds. We blended kale smoothies in all three jars; all were uniformly smooth with no flecks! It also blasted through frozen strawberries effortlessly to make a delicious, evenly processed daiquiri. The base is not much larger than previous NutriBullet bases, and it has suction cups on the bottom that reliably prevent it from shifting around. Just remember to unscrew the personal blending cups from the base instead of the blade mounts — it’s easy to accidentally make a mess.
- Easily blend inside the sports bottle
- Not recommended for green smoothies
The Oster My Blend is our top recommendation for making smoothies or protein shakes to take on the go. Drinks can be blended directly in the sport bottle, meaning no extra dishes to do. Simply fill the jar with ingredients, twist on to blend, replace the blade with the lid, and you're off. Of note: This machine does well with fruit smoothies and protein shakes, but it doesn't perform well with tough leafy greens.
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- Green smoothie setting
- Carafe and lid are dishwasher safe
- 50-ounce capacity
We were very impressed with how well this blender performed for its great price point. The green smoothie setting yields a smooth and creamy texture with no sign of fibrous kale or spinach. This blender also has a regular smoothie button, which will provide you with a juice-bar-quality smoothie in one minute. In our tests, this blender pureed soup with a silky smooth texture and produced a mighty fine margarita as well.
The Fresh and Furious is easy to clean, and the jar and lid are dishwasher safe. In our tests, we found very few flaws, though the jar is just 50 ounces and stained a little from tomato sauce.
- Can cook and puree soup in the blender
- Glass pitcher
- Very heavy
The Deluxe Cooking Blender has a built-in heating element that powers the heated soup setting, allowing it to reach a temperature of 220˚F. So while you can blend soup prepared on the stovetop or in a slow cooker, you can also cook and puree right in the blender. The blender will not operate until the lid is locked into place, a nice safety measure when working with hot liquids.
In our tests, this model blended incredibly creamy smoothies and better-than-restaurant frozen margaritas. It has a thick glass jar, which ensures durability against discoloring or scratching (the downside being that it is very heavy, weighing over five pounds).
- Great appliance for small kitchen
- Only 500 watts
This highly popular Cuisinart blender/food processor combo has a low-profile 40-ounce glass jar and seven blending and processing options that are clearly marked and easy to use. We love that it comes with a compact food processor bowl for chopping, stirring, and even shredding. All parts, except for the blender base, are dishwasher safe. Of note: At 500 watts, this is not the most high-powered blender.
- Works with other Vitamix attachments (sold separately)
- Connects to an app
- Jar is not dishwasher-safe
The Vitamix brand has a strong following, and we were impressed too. This blender performed exceptionally well at grinding coffee beans and blending milkshakes and smoothies. It has a 64-ounce jar — one of the largest we evaluated — which means it's perfect for big batches. We found the touchscreen controls easy to use, the jar fits on the base nicely, the handle is comfortable to grip and the lid comes on and off effortlessly. The jar is not dishwasher safe, but the lid and tamper are.
You can purchase additional attachments like the food processor and personal blending cup. The attachments use Self-Detect technology, which allows the blender to know precisely which container is on the base and adjust blending settings accordingly. The Ascent can also connect to an app on your phone wirelessly — the app provides 17(!) programs to make smoothies, baby food, nut butters as well as to grind, chop, froth and clean. It comes with an impressive ten-year standard warranty.
- Sleek design
- Produces creamy shakes and smoothies
- Blender jar is not dishwasher safe
Wolf Gourmet Pro Performance Blender stood out to us in many ways with its sleek design, featuring its signature red knob and lightweight jar with a comfortable handle. There are 10 speed settings on the blender and four pre-programmed options: soup, puree, ice crush and smoothie. This blender produced a very smooth, thick milkshake and a smoothie that was creamy and homogenous.
In our tests, this super powerful blender also produced great frozen drinks. The unique emulsion cap allows you to add oil to the blender at an optimal pace to get a great emulsion in sauces and dressings. This pick is also sized to fit under most cabinets. The blender jar is hand-wash only.
- High carbon steel blade
- Only lid is dishwasher-safe
Zwilling Enfinigy Countertop Power Blender not only looks stylish on your countertop, but it also performs incredibly well. The high carbon steel blade is made using the same engineering as Zwilling J.A. Henckel’s high-quality German knives. This blender pureed broccoli-potato-leek soup with ease, resulting in a velvety soup without a fibrous texture and no visible specks of broccoli at all — it aced our sieve test. It also ground coffee to a perfectly even espresso-style grind and blended up a creamy green smoothie in 36 seconds flat. Take note that only the lid is dishwasher-safe, but the jar does clean easily because of its minimalist design.
- Dough blade
- Strong suction cups on base
- Very sharp detachable blade
Foodi Power Blender & Processor System can tackle a smoothie bowl with ease, but it also features a unique dough blade attachment that allows you to make cookie dough, brownie batter or pizza dough. This system reduces the amount of kitchen equipment you will need to be a great home baker. In our tests, the blender produced smooth and creamy soups and milkshakes. We loved that there are super strong suction cups on the base to ensure that it doesn’t move while blending.
The jars, blades and lids are dishwasher safe. One element of the blender's design did make us a little nervous: The blade does not lock into the base, which caused it to fall out when the jar was upside down. Use caution and remove the blade attachment before cleaning.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, we tested 25 new blenders: To see how well the blenders could handle hard ingredients, we ground more than 3 pounds of coffee beans, blended nearly 10 pounds of frozen strawberries and pulverized over 650 ice cubes. We also made strawberry green smoothies, vanilla milkshakes and frozen margaritas. When testing, we rated the helpfulness of the owner’s manual and evaluated how easy each model is to assemble, use and clean. We also considered how noisy each blender was while operating. Finally, we checked how well the blenders resisted staining from tomato sauce that was left on overnight, and we measured the wear after 14 cycles in the dishwasher.
✔️ Blades: While it might seem counterintuitive, better-performing blenders do not come with sharp blades (which tend to dull over time). Instead, they come with strong blades that stand the test of time and are able to pulverize just about anything. This also makes them much safer to clean.
✔️ Size: If you don't plan to keep your blender on your countertop, look for a lightweight model. They're more portable, but also more likely to move around on the countertop when in use. If you want to keep your blender on the counter, be sure to consider the height, as some models are too tall to fit neatly underneath kitchen cabinets. If a countertop blender is too big for your kitchen, consider an immersion blender that’s slim and can tackle most of the same tasks.
✔️ Glass vs. plastic carafe: Glass is heavier, but it won’t retain odors or stain as easily as plastic models. Most high-powered blenders do not use glass jars because they're not guaranteed to be completely shatterproof, but if you really want glass, look for one that’s been thermal-shock tested (which means you can blend ice in a canister that's come straight from the dishwasher). Many of our top-performing blenders have jars made of BPA-free Tritan plastic, which can withstand high-speed blades.
✔️ Wattage: Blenders with higher wattage tended to perform better. But note that this was not always the case: The overall design of the blender is more important in determining performance.
In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, Eva Bleyer has tested everything from ranges to juicers to kitchen scales. As a trained chef from the Natural Gourmet Institute with a background in health supportive cooking, she has a great deal of experience using blenders.
Nicole Papantoniou is the director of the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab where she oversees all of Good Housekeeping's content and testing related to kitchen appliances, tools, gadgets and gear. She's been testing kitchen appliances professionally since 2013 and has worked at kitchen appliance companies where she helped develop some popular air fryers as well as many recipes for them. She is trained in classic culinary arts and is a professional recipe developer.