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Countertop Blenders

Updated: Jul. 18, 2018

Not every blender is made the same. If you're making smoothies, blending roasted veg into creamy soups, or plying party guests with frothy margaritas—a countertop blender will suit your needs. But if you're more interested in quick prep time and easy clean up, or have limited storage space, then visit our immersion blender page.

Countertop Blenders

Not every blender is made the same. If you're making smoothies, blending roasted veg into creamy soups, or plying party guests with frothy margaritas—a countertop blender will suit your needs. But if you're more interested in quick prep time and easy clean up, or have limited storage space, then visit our immersion blender page.

The Quid Pick

Jamba Appliances Professional Blender

After assessing insights from every perspective that matters, from consumers and experts to brands and retailers, the results are in. This powerful multi-purpose blender is a no-brainer for casual cooks and gourmet chefs alike. The 6-blade chopping system quickly and effectively blends hard ingredients like ice and frozen veggies and the easy-to-pour pitcher serves up large batches of soups, smoothies, margaritas, dips, sauces, and more. The best part? Its unbeatable price.

Quid Score

92

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Lowest Price

$183

Top Ten Countertop Blenders

The Quid Pick might not be ideal for everyone. Different people have different needs. Here are the Quiddity-approved Top 10 Blenders.

Our methodology

Frequently Asked Questions

What are the various types of blenders?

It may seem basic at first—I'm just blending frozen bananas!—but will help decide which type of blender best suits your individual needs. Check out the table below for the nuts-and-bolts of what each blender type offers.

Hand Blenders

A.K.A. immersion or stick blenders): handheld, compact and easy to store.

  • Long shaft ideal for deep pots
  • Compact and easy to store
  • Most are electric, some cordless
  • Some come with attachments to accommodate a range of recipes (e.g., interchangeable blades, pan guard, shaft)

Single-Serve Blenders

Jug capacity serves one user, takes up minimal counter space.

  • Optimized for quick prep of small servings, like smoothies
  • Similar power of a full-size blender in a more compact size
  • Often come with lids, optimal for to-go smoothies or shakes

Full-Size Standard Blenders

Large jug capacity for multiple servings, countertop staple.

  • Different designs offer different capabilities based on their features (e.g., speeds, motor size, pre-programmed settings, construction, et cetera)
  • Container shape, size, and material will vary—consider the maximum capacity and durability you need
  • Versatile and wide range of functions

Speciality Blenders

Offer supreme power and professional performance.

  • Provide a wide spectrum of possibilities: chopping, blending, pureeing, grinding, and crushing—all evenly and consistently
  • Strong and durable for long-term professional use
  • Some come equipped with self-cleaning technology
  • Smart advancements ensure thorough, consistent blending

What’s the difference between a countertop blender and an immersion blender?

Immersion blenders are built mainly for pureeing soups in the pot and liquids. It’s typically a motor on top connected by a shaft to the blade at the bottom. Countertop blenders are engineered for utility and performance—everything from crushing ice and homemade nut butter to smoothies and big batches of soup.

Which is better: a plastic or glass jar?

There is no difference in blender performance between the two types of jars, with one exception: if a plastic jar’s interior gets scratched, it might not blend as thoroughly or smoothly. The key differences come down to durability, weight, clarity, and look/style:

PLASTIC JAR

Pros: More durable, Lighter, Pouring spouts are often more efficient, Measurement markings are often clearer to read

Cons: Can become scratched over time, reducing clarity, Not all models are BPA-free, May absorb food odors over time

GLASS JAR

Pros: Looks nicer, Does not discolor, Retains clarity/does not scratch, Does not absorb food odors

Cons: Heavier,Prone to breakage if dropped

Which blenders are best for smoothies?

If all you really need a blender for is to whip up smoothies, the Nutribullet Pro 900 fits the bill. Though not the most versatile blender—it only has 1 speed—the Nutribullet Pro 900 is a quick and effective single-serve option. For larger portions, the Oster Versa Pro has a large jug and excels at blending fruits and veggies.

Oster Versa Pro

Are food processors and blenders the same?

Food processors are specifically designed to chop, slice and shred solid food, whereas blenders are better for crushing ice, whipping up frozen drinks, and pureeing soups. Some professional grade, higher-end blenders, like the Vitamix 5200, can function in place of a food processor for most recipes. Watch John M.'s My Take on his Vitamix 5200.

Watch: My Take on the Vitamix 5200 by John M

What’s the best blender for making nut butters?

Motor-taxing mixtures like nut butters require a hefty amount of blending power. Professional chef Kat Creech but the blenders to the nut-butter test and found the Vitamix 750 Pro offer the highest horsepower.

Watch: Chef Kat Searches for the Smoothest Blend

What’s best: manual speed controls or pre-set functions?

Pre-set programs are great if you’re multitasking in the kitchen, but sometimes don’t blend as smoothly as manual controls. For a standard blender, expect a simple interface including a power switch, a pulse button, and a variable speed dial. Higher-end models usually boast more elaborate interfaces with pre-programmed settings for making specific dishes and for chopping, dicing, crushing, and pureeing.

How important is a long warranty?

Both expert and customer reviews frequently complain about the long-term durability of immersion blender motors. These blenders are typically protected under 1-year warranties, but some have warranties up to 5 years, like the Hamilton Beach Variable Speed Hand Blender. Don't settle for less than a 1-year warranty.

Hamilton Beach Variable Speed Hand Blender

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