What every best Blenders has:
- A tight-fitting lid.
- A pour spout
- A stable base.
For those who need a sturdy blender for frequent use, but don't need to blend a lot of heavy duty ingredients, the Oster Versa Pro Performance Blender will be a good fit. In testing, it performs well in blending nut butters, making silky purees, and pulverizing ice and fruit for smoothies. Its control panel is straightforward, just a couple of push-buttons and a dial, and it's easy to clean, although not dishwasher-safe. The black and red chassis is attractive, and the rubberized handle feels sturdy and secure. A tamper is included. See our full review »Buy for $157.78
KitchenAid is a respected name in small appliances, and the KitchenAid KSB1570ER is one in the company's line of blenders that's a good choice if you just need a blender for lighter use. Although, "light" is relative when it comes to this model. In tests, this blender does pretty well in crushing ice and frozen fruit for smoothies, and performs particularly well in making purees. At 15.2 inches high, it's a bit shorter than most full-size blenders, with a 56 ounce capacity. Operation is very straightforward and the jar is dishwasher-safe. The KitchenAid also comes in three colors.Buy for $78.16
The Vitamix 5200 is considered the gold standard of blenders and it's the one you'll want to choose if you're a serious cook or just happen to be a person who uses your blender on a daily basis or for a lot of challenging tasks. The Vitamix 5200 creates silky smooth purées and can even grind grains and blend hot soups. It's so versatile it's one of the only blenders that can replace your food processor, grain mill, coffee grinder and juicier. The Vitamix is incredibly durable and comes with a seven-year warranty. See our full review »Buy for $437.59
Want more than just a blender stand with a jar on top? The Cuisinart SmartPower CPB-300 is a versatile choice both for everyday blending tasks and for smoothies-on-the-go. For the price, it's a pretty powerful performer that includes a large, 32 ounce blender cup for standard blending and four, 16-ounce to-go cups. That means you can make a smoothie right in the cup, put the lid on, and go -- and each family members can customize their own. The smaller, 8-ounce chopping cup chops herbs and grates cheese, making it an all-in-one kitchen appliance. See our full review »Buy for $49.99
Forget about pouring coffee into that travel mug, the Hamilton Beach Single Serve Blender can make a breakfast-to-go that will fit into your cup holder. Fast and efficient, the Hamilton Beach is one of the best-reviewed single-serve blenders by both experts and owners -- even outperforming pricier models. This little blender is great for commuters or just for those who are the only smoothie fans in the house. And, if you like rocking the coordinated look, this little blender comes in a variety of colors -- so you can buy one to match every outfit.Buy for $18.02