Best Blender Models – Breaking It Down

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We use a blender almost daily so we thought we’d do a little throw down to figure out the best blender models. All of these listed below are great options depending on your budget and blending needs. Have a blender you’re obsessed with? Let us know in the comments!

Vitamix = the queen of blenders. Bow down. It’s the priciest blender on this round-up but ask anyone that has a Vitamix and they’ll tell you it was worth the investment.

BlendTec is the only blender out there that can really compare to the Vitamix. With full disclosure though, no one on the Prescribe Nutrition team owns one. We’ve read amazing reviews from food bloggers, nutritionists, restaurants and the many people on Prescribe 20 and Prescribe Connection. People rave about it – but also it’s a considerable investment.

Ninja blenders are giving Vitamix blenders a run for their money…at a fraction of the cost. While no one on the PN team owns a Ninja, we’ve heard (and read) a lot of great things. The main thing that caught our eye is the double blade – there’s a blade at the bottom of the blender and half way up. Whaaat?! Game changer, right?

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The Kitchen Aid blender is another amazing one. ‘Thermal control jar’ ring a bell? The feature everyone’s obsessed with – basically you can blend hot or cold ingredients and they will stay the same temp without affecting the temp of the outer jar. Maybe not a game changer but pretty cool!

The Magic Bullet might seem like the black sheep of this round up but it’s a mighty little bugger. For $40 it gets the job done…most of the time. If there is limited liquid in your mixture, the blender does have a hard time combining everything. We find it can sometimes have trouble with bigger/harder items like dates, garlic, nuts, etc. Having said that, it still works to make really great smoothies and sauces, so if you’re on a budget and don’t have a blender yet this guy is worth trying.

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  • by Dominique on

    I have the Auto IQ Nutri Ninja that totally rocks my world. It has the blade you mentioned above for the large blender container, an then another blade that you use for the smoothie containers (3 different sizes which is so nice – each with its own lid for taking with you). It’s a smart machine. I make almond milk in it every week – the whole process takes 10 minutes including cleanup! Smoothies, juice, etc. It’s great.

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Awesome to hear! We love first hand accounts of these bad boys!! 😉 Nutri Ninja for a win.

  • by Anne on

    Love Vita-Mix, but DOUBLE BLADE? That is persuasive….

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Right!?!

  • by Ryan Hoffman on

    I’ve used both the Vitamix and the KitchenAid (thermal). My vote goes to the Kitchen Aid for two reasons. The stronger motor makes it easier to blend higher viscosity things like soups and hummus without product getting hung up. Secondly, I found the KitchenAid to be a lot easier to scrape down the sides so we’re not leaving anything behind. 🙂 However, I think the thermal feature is a little hokey. That’s my two cents.

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Ryan – this is SUPER valuable. Love this first hand experience!!

  • by Sarah Jane Crossen on

    For anyone with a small amount of counter space or a limited budget…I got the Nutribullet 900 (by magic bullet) and am happy with it. It works well and I find I use it more since it is small enough to leave out on my counter. Full disclosure, I have a food processor too for chopping nuts etc and mainly use the blender for smoothies or dressings. I also like that I can throw the leftovers in the fridge in the blender cup since it is tall and narrow. Does just fine with kale or nut butters etc (a bit better than my old magic bullet)

    • by Katie Jasper on

      So great to know. We love all the first hand experiences!

    • by Katie Jasper on

      Love us some budget friendly options, Sarah! We have a magic bullet and still use it all the time. And, we’re the same – food processor works so great for the chop!

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