Breville Hemisphere Control BBL605XL
Breville Hemisphere Control BBL605XL

Best general-use blender

The Breville Hemisphere Control BBL605XL keeps up with restaurant-quality blenders -- at half the price. It handles super-tough blending tasks, such as crushing ice and making margaritas flawlessly. One caveat tough: Experts aren't yet sure whether the Breville will last for years like its more expensive counterparts.
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Ninja Master Prep Pro QB1004
Ninja Master Prep Pro QB1004

Best blender under $100

Despite its budget-friendly price and infomercial fame, the Ninja Master Prep Pro QB1004 holds its own. One top culinary test found it blends and chops as effectively as pricey blenders. It may not be as durable, though. Also, buyers beware: Not all Ninja blenders perform well. Pay attention to the model number-our pick is the Ninja Master Prep Pro QB1004, no others.
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Vitamix 5200
Vitamix 5200

Best heavy-duty blender

The Vitamix 5200 is considered the gold standard of blenders and its price reflects it. The Vitamix 5200 purées everything until it's silky-smooth -- it even grinds grain and blends hot soups. It's incredibly durable and equipped with a seven-year warranty.
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Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300
Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300

Best single-serve blender

The Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300 is a versatile single-serve blender that blends a drink right in the travel cup or the 1-quart pitcher for beverages to share and chop herbs or grate cheese with its 8 ounce chopping bowl. This small blending machine was even able to hang with its larger counterparts in a top test.
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Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51101B
Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51101B

Budget single-serve blender

For a cheap, convenient way to blend a single smoothie or shake, reviewers like the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender 51101B. It's nothing more than a travel cup on a blender base - but it has become the best-selling blender on Amazon.com, where it gets rave reviews from more than 300 satisfied owners.
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Best Blender Reviews: Runners Up

KitchenAid KSB560 *Est. $100

7 picks including: Amazon.com, Cook's Illustrated Magazine…

Vitamix Professional Series 500 *Est. $600

5 picks by top review sites.

Blendtec Total Blender Classic Four Side TB-621-20 *Est. $430

3 picks including: Amazon.com, Good Housekeeping…

Oster 7-Speed Reversing Motor Blender BVCB07-Z *Est. $55

3 picks including: Amazon.com, Cook's Illustrated Magazine…

Hamilton Beach 51103 *Est. $16

2 picks by top review sites.

Ninja Master Prep QB900 *Est. $40

2 picks including: About.com, Amazon.com…

Ninja Professional Blender NJ600 *Est. $90

2 picks including: About.com, Amazon.com…

Vitamix CIA Professional Series *Est. $500

2 picks by top review sites.

Waring Pro MBB518 *Est. $115

2 picks including: Amazon.com, Epinions.com…

Analyzing blender reviews

Considered a kitchen essential by experts, a blender is the most efficient way to blend a smoothie or milkshake. Unlike a flat-bottomed food processor, a blender's tall, tapered jar is perfectly designed for liquids. And if you plan to crush ice for frozen drinks (like margaritas and daiquiris), you need to invest in a good countertop blender.

How much will it cost? That depends on what you want to blend. If you need something to whip up your morning smoothie, we found a single-serve blender for $16 that churns out nicely creamy drinks -- and you can drink right from the blender cup, so there's less cleanup. For $70, you can get a deluxe single-serve blender that includes various-sized cups and a mini-chopper attachment.

At the other end of the price spectrum, are the $450 restaurant-quality blenders that pound anything to a pulp -- from ice cubes to stringy kale. Because that's overkill for most people, we also discovered a $200 model that blends almost as well. Every blender under $200 that blends well in expert tests suffers from real-life durability problems. We were able to find one $65 countertop blender that most owners are happy with.

Hand blenders -- also known as immersion or stick blenders -- are space-saving gadgets almost as effective as big countertop blenders for some tasks, although they're not as powerful (most can't crush ice). Food processors can also handle some blender jobs, like puréeing soups. See our separate reports on Hand Blenders and Food Processors.

We analyzed blender reviews from nearly two-dozen sources to find the toughest, most effective blenders. Experts at ConsumerReports.org and Cook's Illustrated magazine thoroughly test blenders, powering through everything from ice cubes to fibrous frozen pineapple to find the sturdiest blenders with the smoothest results. We also consulted comparison-test results from Good Housekeeping, The Wall Street Journal, Real Simple, Men's Journal and Popular Mechanics. To verify real-life durability, we consulted hundreds of owner reviews.

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