The Best Blenders for Puréeing Like a Pro

Perfect for making smoothies, soups, and more, these appliances will earn their spot on your countertop

Boston Cooler (Ginger Ale and Vanilla Ice Cream Shake)
This ginger ale and ice cream shake doesn't come from Boston, but instead somewhere much more Midwestern: Detroit. Get the recipe for Boston Cooler (Ginger Ale and Vanilla Ice Cream Shake)Matt Taylor-Gross

A blender is a great investment for all kinds of kitchen tasks, from whipping up smoothies, milkshakes, and boozy frozen drinks to puréeing soups, dips, nut butters, and so much more. Key factors to consider include the amount of counter space the blender takes up, the power of the motor, and the ease of cleanup; here are three excellent options.


Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Smart Blender, Professional-Grade
While the Vitamix is definitely a splurge, it’s our pick for the best all-around blender.Amazon

While the Vitamix is the priciest blender on this list, it's also the most powerful, durable, and versatile. It makes quick work of chopping, grinding, emulsifying, you name it. It also comes with three special settings: smoothies, frozen desserts, and hot soups (unlike other blenders out there, it actually has the capability to heat up your soup). There's nothing you can't purée with this blender.

High-Speed Blender

NutriBullet NBR-1201 12-Piece High-Speed Blender
Pick the right jug for the right task: this blender comes with three different sizes.Amazon

This compact blender won't take up a lot of counter space but is surprisingly strong for its size. It even passes the ice test, crushing with ease without leaving behind any pesky chunks. The set includes three different jugs—one tall and two short—so you can pick the right size for the right task. They also conveniently function as cups, so there's no need to transfer your smoothie, milk shake, or frozen cocktail. Simply add a reusable straw and start sipping. Taking your drink on the go? This blender has got you covered, literally—each jug comes with a top.

Countertop Blender

Ninja Professional 72oz Countertop Blender
If you’re seeking a more affordable blender that still gets the job done, look no further than this model from Ninja.Amazon

The Ninja Professional Countertop Blender is ideal for home cooks looking for a more budget-friendly blender that still packs plenty of power. Although this one also passes the ice test, you might run into some trouble (read: lumps) with thicker foods like hummus or guacamole. But if you’re only planning on making smoothies and blending softer foods, the Ninja will take you far.