Best Countertop Blender Reviews 2017

Looking to purchase the best countertop blender? When it comes to blenders, there are a lot of really good ones out there (and some not so good). There are brands that are well known for making several different high quality models. For this review, we chose to feature one of the best blenders from 5 of the top brands in order to give you a good idea of what is available on the market.
Overview
PROS
CONS
Our Top Choice
Ninja® Mega Kitchen System®
Top of the line, fully loaded blender with many attachments to make cooking and blending easy.
Easy Clean up. Sturdy construction. Sharp blades. Safety mechanism.
Expensive model. A little bulky.
Best Value
KitchenAid 5-Speed Classic Blender
A stylish and good quality blender that can create smooth drinks.
Study base. Multiple color options. Dishwasher safe. Smooth drinks and sauces.
Too tall to fit into cabinets. Has reports of leakage from the blades.
Vitamix 5200 Standard Blender
A large countertop blender that can create hot foot in minutes or crush ice in seconds to create varying products in your kitchen.
Powerful 2HP motor. Large capacity container. Heat up frozen foods in 6 minutes.
Not dishwasher safe. Very large blender. Noisy.
Oster VERSA 1400 Watt Professional Blender
Perfect for making smoothies, juicing or creating and heating soups. It takes Oster blenders to another level.
Easy to store. Strong motor.
Tamper can hit the blades. Hard to read the controls.
Waring Pro XTREME™ Hi-Power Blender
This Hi-Power blender is perfect for creating many food masterpieces in your home kitchen.
Makes butters, soups, smoothies. Unbreakable jar.
No cord organization. Only 2 controls (but adds to simplicity of use).

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How Do I Choose the Best Countertop Blender?

When it comes to choosing a blender, the first thing that you need to decide upon is what kind you want because there are three main styles:
  • Countertop Blender – This is the standard blending appliance that most think of when it comes to blenders. The ones that sit on your counter (or tucked in a cabinet if you don’t use it very often) just waiting for you to fill the container with the foods that you want to blend. But today’s blenders can do a lot more than the one that grandma had in her kitchen but we’ll talk more about that in a bit.
  • Bullet Blender – A bullet style blender works very similar to a traditional blender with a few exceptions. First of all, they are designed to prepare “single servings” of foods – the actual size of the serving will vary but you won’t be doing any major blending. As such, they are much smaller with the base able to fit in the grip of your hand. The other difference is that in most cases, you put your food items into the blending container before it is attached to the actual machine (for many models this will double as a drinking cup). Next you attach the base to the top of the container, inserting the blades inside, tighten and then flip everything over so that the base is sitting on the counter and the cup is upside down. While there are a lot of things that you can do with bullet blenders, one of the most common uses is making smoothie type drinks. There are also some that have grinding blades for things like coffee beans and spices.
  • Hand Blender – Also called an Immersion Blender, this is a hand-held blender that is used to blend or puree foods in the container in which you are cooking or preparing them such as a pot, jar or bowl rather than in an attached blending container. You won’t be chopping ice with them but they are great for pureeing soups and mixing sauces right on the stove. You can also make salad dressings, mayonnaise and whip cream – as well as many other things. Some are even good for making fruit smoothies.
If you are trying to decide between a blender that can handle whole food juicing, and a machine that will extract the juices and nutrients from foods, we recommend checking out our top 5 juicers review for lots of great information.

For the purpose of this review we will only be looking at counter top models, but we do have reviews for the other styles.
Price
Depending upon your needs, you can get a decent quality blender for about $50 (yes, we know you can get a cheap blender for less, but that doesn’t mean you are going to get quality). Or you can pay as much as $500 for a professional grade blender. What you pay will be greatly impacted by the features, the power of the motor as well as whether or not the blender can serve other purposes such as chopping and food processing.

For the purpose of this review, we are looking at blenders that we consider a good fit for the home cook. This meant eliminating the very lower end models that aren’t necessarily going to stand up frequent usage. We also eliminated a lot of excellent commercial grade counter top blenders because not only are they quite expensive, they are more than what most people need in a kitchen appliance.
Features
The main purpose of a blender is quite simple – to blend foods. Needless to say, all of the blenders we have chosen to recommend have this covered well, but there are some models that add some extra features that help to add even more convenience to your life. This could be as simple as containers that are dishwasher safe (and that can handle hot foods) or a nice storage spot built in for the cord when it’s not in use. And then there are blenders that add versatility, providing you with a multi-functional appliance that can double as a food grinder and/or a food processor. To ensure that you make the best decision when shopping for blenders, assess your cooking habits and find out what exactly you need when preparing foods. Afterwards, keep an eye on the features section of each of our blenders to identify the best one for you!
Construction and Design
In terms of the construction and design of a blender, there are a few standards factors that you will want to consider: Design and overall size, capacity, power and blade type. Before you pick a blender ask yourself these questions.

Do I want to keep my blender on the counter so it’s readily accessible? If the answer is yes, then what it looks like and how much space it takes up may be very important to you. There are models available today that come in all kinds of stylish colors and designs that can be chosen to fit your décor. There are also compact models if your counters are small or already crowded with other appliances.

Do I want to keep my blender in a cabinet? And if so, how frequently do you plan on using it? Size again plays an important role here, as does weight. There are a lot of great blenders out there that are on the heavy side and might not be very convenient to keep taking out from under the counter and the putting back later.

What quantities of food do I want to be able to prepare in my new blender? For this, you need to look at the capacity of the blender container. This can vary from “single serve” containers around 20 oz in size to about 64 oz for a non-commercial size blender. While we are on the subject of the container, you will also need to decide whether you want glass or plastic (and if you want it to be BPA free). Glass is easier to keep clean and resists scratches, but it is also heavier and can break. The decision will be a matter of preference.

What kinds of foods do I want to prepare with my blender? This is where power and blade type play a role. If your goal is to be able to whip up a few milkshakes, strawberry daiquiris and margaritas, then you may be fine with a lower intensity conventional blender. On the other hand, if you want to be able to blend hot vegetables into soup, make ice cream and nut butters and some perfectly blended fruit smoothies, then you’d be better off with a high performance blender with fast spinning blades and super powerful motor. If you want to be able to work with ingredients such as grinding grains and coffee beans, you will need to make sure that your blender has both wet blades and dry blades.
Performance and Ease of Use
Determining how well a blender works is pretty simple--how long does it take to get the job done, and is the job done right. For example, just because you can technically make a fruit smoothie in any blender, doesn’t mean that every blender will give you a velvety smooth drink free from chunks. A great blender will also be easy to use and clean up.

The power, number of speed settings and types of blades will have a great impact on how well a blender performs. For example, lower end blenders can typically handle the task of pureeing soft fruits and vegetables, but not more difficult blending tasks such as completely crushing ice, frozen fruits or mixing meats.

For each of the products we review, we will make sure to let you know the types of foods that you can prepare with it so that you are sure to get one that meets your expectations.

What is the Best Countertop Blender?

The features that make one blender the best may be different from one person to another, but one thing that we know for sure is that whatever kind you choose is right for you, we know that you want it to be one that is reliable and durable. Let’s take a look at five manufactures that are known for making great blenders.
Our Top Choice
We chose the Ninja® Mega Kitchen System® as our top choice because it offers a great combination of quality, versatility and a moderate price range. The system comes with blender, food processer and individual serving cups. Don’t need all this? The Ninja Professional Blender is another great option.
Ninja® Mega Kitchen System - Total Crushing® Series – 1500 W Multifunctional Kitchen Appliance

Ninja Blender BL770 - Black


Features
Part of Ninja’s Total Crushing® Series, the Ninja BL770 is like having several kitchen appliances in one. Not only do you get different containers, but different blades too!

This Ninja is so much more than just a blender; it features many products in just one appliance.
  • Comes with two Nutri Ninja cups for smoothies on the go!
  • Food processor attachment is included
  • Attachments and blades are dishwasher safe.
  • BPA free
For even more versatility, there are additional attachments that you can purchase separately to complete your blending experience. Because this blender is multiple appliances in one purchase, it is the perfect blender to buy for any use.
Construction and Design
The Ninja Mega Kitchen system is a professional, all-in-one blender. It has a powerful 2 horsepower, 1500 Watt motor that is great for pulverizing and crushing any fresh or frozen fruits to create your desired consistency. Its modern look and everyday use creates a desire to store it on your countertop.

This is not only a blender made to create the perfect milk shake or smoothie, but with its multiple attachments, it can perform many other kitchen tasks. The blender comes with two blending jars--one is a classic blender pitcher, the other is more like a food processor bowl. It also comes with two single serve 16 oz. cups.

Because of the sturdy construction and the sharp blades, this machine can crush and slice through anything. With its multiple attachments and uses, you are going to be using this blender every day multiple times a day.
Performance and Ease of Use
The most unique thing about the Ninja Mega Kitchen is that it is literally three appliances in one. It can mix dough, it can slice and prep food like a food processor, and it can be used as a classic blender.

The total crushing blender is specifically used for crushing ice and frozen fruit within seconds, without any ice chunks left over. Although this blender is mighty, it is incredibly easy to use. The 8 cup food processor food processor attachment can mix through 2 pounds of dough in just thirty seconds and chop any food quickly.

You might be happy to find out that this product already has a great rating on Amazon: 4.7 out of 5 stars from almost 1,500 reviews! That is truly astonishing and the rating definitely speaks for itself. There were, however, a few unsatisfied customers who complained about the warranty, but don’t let that stop you from buying one of the best kitchen appliances ever made!
Best Value
KitchenAid’s Classic Blender gives you 5 powerful speed settings so you can liquefy, puree, mix, chop, stir and even crush ice. Want even more blending power? Check out the 5-Speed Diamond Blender, available in 14 different colors.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Classic Blender with 56-Ounce BPA-Free Pitcher

KitchenAid Blender KSB1570ER - Empire Red


Features
The 5 Speed Classic Blender by KitchenAid is a wonderful blender packed with multiple useful features. For example, this product comes with Intelli-Speed® Motor Control that can “sense” the type of contents and adjust accordingly to maintain optimal power and speed.

With a sale price just of around $90 on Amazon at the moment of this writing, depending upon the color you pick, the KitchenAid Classic Blender has many features and technologies to handle the blending jobs that most home cooks need done.
  • Soft Start Feature
  • “Intelli-Speed” Motor Control
  • Dishwasher safe
  • BPA Free
  • Steel-Reinforced Coupler
Construction and Design
This KitchenAid Blender is a little tall for most kitchen cabinets, standing at 16.3 inches high, but with its modern design features it will look stylish sitting on your counter. In addition to the bold empire red model, the KitchenAid 5-Speed blender is available in 3 other stylish colors to match any décor.
  • KitchenAid KSB1570OB - Onyx Black
  • KitchenAid KSB1570SL - Silver
  • KitchenAid KSB1570WH - White
In addition to the stylish design, this mixer also features a steel-reinforced coupler that provides direct and efficient power from the motor straight to the blades. The coupler is also designed for quieter operation. With this coupler and the three pronged stainless steel blades, this 5-speed blender can stir, chop, mix, puree, or liquefy many ingredients.

This blender comes with a 56 ounce, stain-resistant pitcher with an easy pour spout and measuring lines in both ounces and cups. While KitchenAid parts are incredibly easy to find and replace this 5-Speed blender also has a one year limited warranty.
Performance and Ease of Use
The 5-Speed KitchenAid blender packs a punch, but is pretty easy to use in the kitchen. With an “Intelli-Speed Motor” control, this classic styled blender has the ability to sense its contents and control its speed to be able to crush through all the ingredients. This blender also comes with a “soft start” feature that pushes all the ingredients into the blades before increasing to the selected speed.

When we looked, this product had a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars on Amazon. Most reviews for this blender by Kitchen Aid are positive, however, it is impossible to please everyone and several customers complained that their blender had defective components when it arrived. You might be pleased to find out that the KitchenAid blender comes with warranty, so the product was replaced with a brand new one in no time!
Vitamix is known for great professional quality, high powered blenders and to be honest, we had a tough time choosing which one to feature. We chose to go with the 10 speed 5200 Series but you couldn’t go wrong with any of Vitamix’s blenders.
Vitamix Standard Blender - C-Series 10 Speed Blender w/ 64 oz container. Hot and Cold

Vitamix Blender 5200 Blender - Black


Features
The Vitamix 5200 countertop blender is one of the most sophisticated kitchen appliances out there. The powerful motor and the blades of this product create friction heat to give you steaming hot foods in about 6 minutes.

When we looked on Amazon for this product, it had a price around $400. Granted, you cannot consider this as a "budget-blender", but for cooks who need a countertop blender for more than making smoothies and frozen cocktails, this is a fantastic professional quality, high end blender. In addition to what comes standard with this Vitamix Blender, Amazon offers packages with even more great features such as:
  • Vitamix 5200 Deluxe Complete Kitchen with Wet and Dry Containers
  • Vitamix 5200 Complete Kitchen with Wet and Dry containers, plus Cook book, 2 Motors, 7 year warranty, and Let’s Get Started DVD
Construction and Design
The Vitamix 5200 Blender is not a compact blender. Coming in at 17.4 x 8.75 x 7.25 in. and weighing 10 pounds and 9 ounces, you can tell right away by looking at it that this blender is designed for people who want to do some serious blending. The 64 ounce blending container is fantastic for blending medium to large batches of foods – and it can handle both hot and cold ingredients. The solid base has four non-slip feet to keep it secure, even at the highest speeds. Other than traditional black, this blender also comes in four other colors to match your décor -brushed stainless, platinum, red, and white

This blender by Vitamix can pulverize ice and frozen fruit within minutes. While the bulky and large design makes it hard to store in a cabinet, the many abilities this blender has may make you want to make space for it on your counter for every day use. While it’s not the most stylish appliance we have ever seen, it makes up for that in what it does.

Besides traditional blending tasks, this mixer’s 2 horsepower motor can handle tough dry ingredient tasks like grinding coffee beans. The blender speed is so fast that the friction can turn cold ingredients into hot soups in as little as 6 minutes. The blender is designed with a radial cooling fan and thermal protection system to avoid overheating the motor.

This high-end blender also has multiple warranty packages available. On Vitamix.com, the standard 7 year warranty is free with the purchase. When purchased on Amazon you have the options of purchasing either a 2 year or 3 year protection plan for additional costs as well.
Performance and Ease of Use
This blender is one of the fastest and top rated blenders on the market now, it has 10 speeds that can be easily adjusted via a turn knob during operation. The power from this blender is able to crush and pulverize any ingredient, including incredibly tiny seeds. It comes with a safe tamper so you can easily push ingredients down towards the blades without the possibility of hurting yourself.

The blades on this blender are three inches in diameter making it a consistent blend to reach every ingredient during the blending process. While this blender works like professional graded blenders it has easy to use buttons and knobs for you to create the best and smoothest products within the comfort of your own home.

Despite the price, this blender has the highest rating on Amazon of all the blenders we reviewed – and rightly so since it does so much. 84% of the reviews felt strongly enough about the Vitamix 5200 to rate it 5 stars, giving it an overall rating of 4.8. Among the critical reviews were some complaints that thicker foods like hummus and nut butters don’t come out easily from the container – interestingly, one woman with this complaint traded the model 5200 in for Vitamix’s higher level professional blender. At the end of the day, this professional kitchen appliance is worth every penny and you will be able to use it for years to come to enrich and spice up your dishes, so we honestly think that you should make this investment.
The Versa® Professional Performance Blender by Oster® features pre-programmed settings with convenient one touch operation – and of course you can select your own speed manually. Looking for something powerful but at a more budget friendly price? Try the Oster Reverse Crush Blender which was on sale for about $60 when we looked.
Oster® Versa® Professional Performance Blender with Low Profile Jar and Cookbooks

Oster® Blender Versa® BLSTVB-RV0-000


Features
We would consider the Versa by Oster a “moderate” range blender, but for this price it comes with a lot of great features. For example, the 250 mph blades and the 1400w motor give you enough power for great smoothies and crushing ice – or use slower settings for foods that need a more gentle touch. Here is a recap of the main features of this powerful blender:

  • Powerful 1400 Watt motor that can crush ice and frozen foods quickly, and without chunks
  • One touch operation and pre-programmed settings for variety of foods
  • Durable, all metal drive system
  • Short, low profile, BPA free 8 cup container (larger one available)
  • 6 pointed, stainless steel blades that spin at 250 MPH
  • Comes with tamper for pushing down foods and 2 recipe books
  • Oster provides a 7 year warranty on the Versa® BLSTVB-RV0-000
At the moment of this writing, the Oster Versa countertop blender is available on Amazon for under $200 and we seriously think that this is actually a bargain you should take advantage of!
Construction and Design
If you are looking for a blender that can handle the task of both making incredible smoothies AND juicing, as well as other traditional blending jobs, Oster has a fantastic solution. The Versa® blender has the power of a big blender but can easily be stored, since it comes with a short 64 ounce pitcher, described as a “low profile.” With a jar shorter than other brands, it is less likely to tip over and remains more stable on the counter.

With this blender’s powerful 1400 Watt motor and 250 MPH blade, literally reaching speeds as high as 28,000 RPM, you can quickly blend foods to your desired consistency. It’s strong enough to pulverize through many different types of tougher foods like kale and carrots.
Performance and Ease of Use
Not only is this small but powerful blender easy to store, but it is also easy to use. There are preprogrammed buttons specific for things such as “Dip/Salsa” or “Smoothie/Frozen Drink.” These preprogrammed modes automatically go through varying speeds to get the blend to the correct consistency. When you use a preprogrammed mode, the blender will stop automatically when the machine believes that it has blended your food to the correct smoothness.

Other than the preprogrammed modes this blender has three speeds on a dial: low, medium, and high. A unique feature to this blender is there is a reverse button for when food gets stuck onto the blades and then it also has the “pulse” option button.

When it comes to high powered blenders, the Oster Versa is a bit more budget friendly than many other models. But just because it is lower priced doesn’t mean that it can’t handle the majority of your home kitchen blending tasks. When we took a look at the reviews on Amazon, 83% of customers gave it either a 4 or 5 star review, giving this blender an overall 4.3 rating.

Among the critical reviews are some reports of what appears to be isolated defects such as leaking grease from the bottom or overheating, but things like this were covered under the warranty and replacements can be made. Despite the few complaints, the positives outweigh the negatives and you should totally go for this product if you are looking for a high-quality appliance to prepare delicious smoothies, drinks and sauces!
Waring is a name that is known in many kitchens because of their quality, and their commercial grade Xtreme Hi-Power Blenders definitely fit that bill. To save you a bit of money, we are reviewing an “older model” that still has a lot of great features. If you want a newer one, we recommend checking out the Waring WPB05 Professional Kitchen Blender.
Waring XTREME™ Specialty Blender with The Raptor® Jar – Tops out at 3.5 HP & 30,000 RPM.

Waring Blender Xtreme MX1000RXT - Black


Features
The Xtreme Hi-Power Blender by Waring is one of the most powerful countertop blenders on the market as it has a heavy duty motor that peaks at 3.5 HP and over 30,000 rpm, giving you the power you need to make all kinds of foods – from soups, to smoothies, to sauces, to crushed ice and more!

We think that one of feature that makes the Waring Xtreme blender stand out is its simplicity. This is a professional quality, high powered blender that makes it possible for the home cook to make smoothies, blend dips, crush ice and frozen foods, create soups, and a whole lot more with efficiency and ease.
Construction and Design
Although Waring Pro XTREME™ is a little on the bulky side, it is perfect for making many different things in the kitchen. The blades are driven by a 3.5 horsepower motor, allowing them to reach speeds as high as 30,000 RPM. Needless to say, this is all the power you need to crush ice and to pulverize even the toughest whole and frozen foods. It’s for creating smoothies, dips, dressing, or butters, and you can also let the friction of the blades heat up foods and turn them into fantastic soups while you are blending.

The solid base on this blender features non-slip feet that make it stays sturdy when operating. Because this blender is a little on the bulky side, it is difficult to store in cabinets, but without something to wrap the cord around it can look cluttered on the counter top.
Performance and Ease of Use
With only two control settings, and a simple on-off control, the Xtreme Blender is easy to use. It features three different speeds - pulse, low, and high – just what you need to blend, pulverize or puree just about every possible food combination there is. Because the blades move so fast there is no need to use a tamper because food is less likely to get stuck in the blades.

The 64-oz. unbreakable BPA-free container is not only great for making large batches of foods, but it’s also made from a durable material that is shatter and scratch resistant which is really nice. Many plastic blenders scratch easily and glass breaks – but here you have the best of both worlds. The jar and all of its parts are dishwasher safe making for an easy clean up.

By the way, if you were thinking that because this blender only has a few control settings, that it was less powerful than ones with lots of buttons and options, we can assure you that’s not the case. The 3.5 peak HP high-performance motor is commercially rated – which means there’s a whole lot of power in this baby! Waring offers a limited 5 year motor warranty.

When we did our research, there weren’t a lot of reviews on Amazon yet for specifically for the Waring Pro Xtreme MX1000RXT, but it does have a 4.5 star rating out of 5. When we took a look at reviews for models in the Waring Xtreme line of commercial blenders, there too we saw predominantly positive feedback, so don’t hesitate to give this product a try!

Get the Best Countertop Blender of 2017!

If you are looking for a great blender, we can recommend any one of these as a great choice.

Our Top Choice
Ninja® Mega Kitchen System®
Best Value
KitchenAid 5-Speed Classic Blender
Vitamix 5200 Standard Blender
Oster VERSA 1400 Watt Professional Blender
Waring Pro XTREME™ Hi-Power Blender