A good kitchen blender will provide you with amazing results. Most people do not know what a high end blender is capable of producing. A high performance machine can save you time, money and enrich your cooking experience.
If you don’t have a blender at home yet, or even if you do and are thinking of getting another, the following models are very popular and recommended by numerous positive reviews. Compare them and find out what is the best option for your needs.
5 Top Rated Blenders
Ninja Mega Kitchen System
KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond
Cuisinart Velocity Ultra Trio
Farberware Heavy-Duty 10-Speed
Ninja BL770 Mega Kitchen System
One of the most powerful high end blenders on the market. It’s the best thing since sliced bread.
I have raved about this blender since I got it! Why did I wait so long to buy this? My wife is tired of hearing me say, “Best blender ever” but I don’t care.
There are so many functions to the Ninja Mega Kitchen System, including frozen blending, food processing, complete juicing and dough mixing – all in one unit!
Let me walk you through what’s included with your Ninja Mega Kitchen System.
It has a 1500 watt or two horsepower motor!
The extra large, 72 ounce pitcher is a multi tasking jar specially designed with a superior blade system that creates powerful vortex, providing the smoothest blended ingredients and nutritious complete juices in seconds. There is a six blade assembly for the pitcher.
Two single serve blending cups offer the professional high power performance of the full-sized blender, now in single-serve blending cups. They hold 16 ounces each and there are two lids for the cups. Create personal health drinks to go!
64 ounce bowl with the generous 8 cup capacity features unbeatable food processing with the four stacked blade system and equips home bakers with a range of high-performance features for fast, efficient dough mixing by just inserting the dough blade.
You also get an instruction booklet, a quick start guide and inspiration guide that features quick tips and delicious recipes for soups, sides, entrees and smoothies.
There’s so much power and so much versatility in this unit it’s a true asset to any kitchen!
There’s a suction lever lock that secures the suction feet to the counter. This keeps the base from jumping around on the counter when you’re using it.
To use the pitcher, place it on the base with the handle just to the right of the lock. Turn clockwise, when you hear a click you know the pitcher is locked into the base. Place the six blade assembly in the center, place the cover on top matching the arrow on the cover to the arrow on the handle. Push the handle down. A click means the lid is locked. To remove the lid, press the release button and pull the lid straight up.
There are three different speeds: one for dough, two for blending and three for crushing. There’s also the single serve button when you’re using the single serve cup. There’s a power button and a pulse button.
Be very careful as the blades are really sharp!
The Ninja Mega Kitchen System is aptly named. It comes with lots of different items: you get a blender, food processor and the single serve cups. Since the food processor does not come with any attachments for slicing and shredding, you can use it just for chopping vegetables and making dough, not for slicing and shredding vegetables.
I like the speed and efficiency of this machine. It’s also very easy to clean. You can clean all the parts with warm soapy water or on the top rack of your dishwasher. Both the pitcher and the food processor bowl are square bottoms so it’s very easy to clean.
The system will take care of pretty much all your blending and food processing needs. It’s 2 horsepower so it’s very powerful! It annihilates ice and does a great job of making everything really smooth.
Ninja BL660 Professional Blender with Nutri Ninja Cups
This is 1100 watts blender and weighs about 10 pounds. It’s about 17 inches tall and it might not fit under some lower kitchen cabinets. The pitcher holds 72 ounces and is made out of plastic. The two single serve containers are also made out of plastic and all the plastic is BPA-free.
The single serve container has one blade and the 72 ounce container has six stacked blades. The unit has three different speeds (1 is low, 2 is medium and 3 is high) for the pitcher, a single serve button and a pulse button. The lid has a pour spout for easy pouring.
These six stacked blades on the spindle are very sharp so be careful. The removable blade just slides down in there and slides out, which makes it really easy to clean. The stacked blades in the jar means that you don’t need to constantly stop to push the ingredients down to the bottom. They also get the blended items out of the jar easily.
All the parts are dishwasher safe.
On the back there is a place where you can actually stick the cord in just to hide it if you’re not using it. It’s a nice feature.
On the bottom you have rubber feet that are actually like suctions and they suction very well to most countertops and to glass.
This unit is really high performance. It can handle ice like it’s nothing at all – it literally turns ice into snow in a matter of seconds!
It has no problem blending frozen fruits and ice into delicious smoothies.
If you have used cheap blenders for most of your life, you will immediately understand the difference that high quality blender can make!
KitchenAid KSB1575 5-Speed Diamond Blender
This is a really good blender and there are a lot of nice features. It was America’s Test Kitchen number 1 pick.
The reason it’s called a diamond is that the diamond shape is used in the bottom part of the blender in order to enhance the actual mixing and blending capacity.
The other thing that is worth mentioning is that the coupler is made of metal (it is typically plastic on a lot of blenders and they break easily) and then it is coated with nylon, so that would dampen the noise a little bit. The top of the base has flat plate pattern to keep that rocking at a minimum.
It has 60 ounce pitcher which is really generous and the interface is really easy to use, they don’t overcomplicate things with this blender. It’s easy to figure out exactly what setting you need to use depending on what you’re putting into the blender.
People are really impressed and honestly quite surprised that the KitchenAid performs on par with some of the more expensive blenders like the Vitamix.
The base is die cast metal with 550 watts motor. The pitcher has ounces and cup measurements on one side and milliliters on the other side. The lid has an ingredient cup with markings 1ounce, 2 ounce and the milliliters.
The touchpad is neatly laid out. When you press the power button, the light will flash, then you can choose one of the five speeds: 1-stir, 2-chop, 3-mix, 4-puree and 5-liquify. When you’re using the first three speeds you can remove the ingredient cup and add other ingredients. There’s also a crush ice and pulse mode.
This isn’t an especially large blender in terms of the width that it will take up on your countertop but it is taller, about 16.5 inches (it’s not going to fit under most cabinets) and this has a lot to do with the shape of the BPA-free pitcher, which is shatter-, scratch- and stain-resistant.
The way the shape of this blender works is that it’s very narrow at the bottom which gives the blades full coverage, preventing things from getting stuck. Blades create a really powerful vortex that is very fast and thorough, producing great blending results.
Because there are squared corners you will get some food particles that are wedged under the blades and may not get blended but it is far less than expected.
The exclusive KitchenAid diamond blending system with patented stainless steel blades and patented diamond pitcher design creates a powerful vortex while the Intelli-Speed motor control automatically adjusts for optimal speed and power.
It’s exactly what one can expect from KitchenAid….QUALITY! It’s top of the line and worth every penny.
It comes in 15 colors to match other KitchenAid appliances.
Cuisinart BFP-650GM Velocity Ultra Trio 1 HP Blender/Food Processor with Travel Cups
Here are all the things that come with this unit.
The lid is easily removable and has a really nice seal, so when you’re mixing anything it stays right inside your jar. It also has a removable two ounces measuring cap on the lid. That’s really great if you’re gonna measure any ingredients in it and you can just pour it right into the blender jar while it is operating.
The jar is made out of Tritan material, it’s BPA-free and it also has measure markings on the sides. The other thing that’s great about this blender is it’s one horsepower so it’s very powerful.
In the front, there is the control panel and it’s all smooth and it’s touchpad. There are on/off button and when it’s blinking, it’s in standby mode. It has pre-programmed ice crush and also smoothie features. It has low, high and pulse. It also has really great integrated blades. Inside the handle there is a really nice soft grip, it’s really economic, it’s easy to lift and move around your kitchen.
You also get a food processor attachment. It’s three cups and you just mount it on the base. You twist the lid to remove it and back to snap and lock it into place. It comes with a chopping blade that is great for chopping nuts, herbs, onions, making small batches of food. You can even make baby food using this food processor attachment.
It also has the feed tube and you’ll notice in the bottom it also has a little hole there and that’s really good if you’re gonna be making vinaigrettes or you’re gonna be adding any type of liquid directly into the food processor while it’s operating. It also comes with a reversible slicing and shredding disc.
Something that’s really cool are travel cups. You’re gonna remove the blade assembly from your main blender jar and you gonna screw it in the cup. Obviously you already put your ingredients in and then you’re just going to mount it on the base. Then you just blend right into your to-go cup and then what you’re gonna do is you’re gonna reverse it, take out the blade assembly and then you’re gonna screw on your little lid that has a nice large opening.
Farberware Heavy-Duty 10-Speed Blender with Preprogrammed Settings
This is an easy to clean blender, it’s 600 watts of power, allowing you to crush ice to snow in seconds. One of the cool features I really like about this is that it’s got a six-point stainless steel blade system. Most blenders only have like two or four points but by adding the two extra points, more blades hit the ingredients at more angles which gives more consistent powerful blending faster.
The 56 ounce jar fits all the ingredients needed for seven glasses.
Another really cool useful feature is five pre-programmed settings which allow you to easily make your favorites. This is the kind of appliance many people look for in a home kitchen where space is a premium.
The pre-programmed settings are with optimized speeds that offer consistent results at the touch of a button and stop automatically. The settings include soups, shakes, smoothies and frozen drinks.
One of the coolest things about it is its easy clean setting. All you do is add water and a drop of dish soap then press the pre-program button. Rinse the jar and you’re ready to make another recipe.
This blender is perfect for all your blending needs. The low, medium and high speed control buttons are perfect for salsas, dips and spreads with a pulse option at every speed.
Tips For Choosing a Blender
No mater what you are making, smoothies or salad dressing, a good blender is the right tool for the job. But how do you find the one that’s right for you? Keep in mind the following tips.
You should start by determining these three factors:
- how much power in watts
- how often you will use your blender
- what you will be blending
If you only going to use it from time to time, get a model with less than 600 watts. On the other hand, if you will be using it every day to make smoothies with vegetables, frozen fruit and ice, you’ll need more power with a thousand watts.
If you want to enjoy a silky smooth consistency, get a machine with 1300 watts or higher. These high-performance units quickly and effortlessly pulverize food. Keep in mind that more power equals more noise.
Blenders are available in several sizes.
Single serve blenders are great if you will be making smoothies for just one or two people. Top blenders with jars come in different sizes but are usually used for bigger blending jobs.
Use a medium jar to make icy drinks for a group of people. But in order to make a full batch of soup, you’ll need a larger jar. Some models have both options: jars and single serve travel cups.
If you make a lot of soups, an immersion or handheld blender might be a good choice but they won’t replace a countertop model since they’re not as versatile. They have a long shaft with blades at the end so you can blend right in the pot or bowl you’re using to cook.
Blenders usually come with either a glass or a plastic container. Glass is heavier and it’s breakable. Plastic, which tends to be more popular, is lightweight but can absorb odors and can stain. Both usually have helpful measurements right on the container.
Blender controls differ from model to model. Some have buttons and knobs or touch pads which are the easiest to keep clean. A flip switch is simple but limits your options to one or two speeds. Most blenders offer three to sixteen speeds. Three speeds is plenty. When you have a dozen or more it can be hard to distinguish one from another. Slower speeds are for grinding things more slowly while faster speeds mix ingredients and liquids quickly.
Choose a model that offers more specialized blending functions and different speed settings. Pulse or ice crush functions are good if you want to make slushy drinks or blend frozen fruit. A pulse setting allows you to blend in short bursts to prevent over processing.
If you plan to keep your blender out on the counter look for one that’s no more than 17 inches tall. That should fit under most cabinets.
You should always check a blender’s warranty to determine what’s covered. Some higher-end models may come with a seven or eight year warranty. Some lower-priced just one year.
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