My Top Budget-Friendly Blenders

by The Smoothie Guy

There are so many blenders available on the market that selecting the best one might look impossible. To make the decision even more challenging, most of the blenders are almost equal if we're looking at the technical side.

However, some of them have more smoothie-friendly properties than others. That's why I have written this article to help you pick the blender that will be perfect for your needs as well as your budget.

My Top Blender Is Vitamix

Vitamix is my favorite.

Their blenders are very quiet compared to other ones in the high-performance category and can puree everything that I have tried.

The Vitamix that I have gives me lovely rich and smooth smoothies (no bits of frozen berries, leafy greens, or grainy seeds). Plus, some of the models come with a 10-year warranty! So, you can be sure that it will be blending for many years to come.

Vitamix blenders will probably perform better and last longer than all the other blenders that I have included in this article.

The following four Vitamix models are the ones that I suggest (but there are many others too).

Vitamix A3500

This is the model that I own.

The A3500 model has exceeded my expectations. It not only operates quietly but also flawlessly purees everything I've thrown at it. From frozen berries to leafy greens and grainy seeds, it delivers consistently smooth results. Moreover, it comes with an impressive 10-year warranty, ensuring years of reliable performance.

In my experience, the Vitamix A3500 stands as a testament to the best blenders in the world, outperforming and outlasting any other blender I've featured in this article. Starting at approximately $650

Vitamix E310

A more budget-friendly option without compromising quality. Starting at approximately $350, it includes a five-year warranty.

Vitamix Explorian Series E320

This model offers powerful performance at a competitive price, starting from about $450 with a seven-year warranty.

Vitamix 7500

Featuring a powerful 2.2 horsepower motor, this model offers exceptional blending performance. Priced at approximately $529, it includes a seven-year warranty.

Vitamix Ascent Series A2300

This versatile blender comes with a range of smart features and a sleek design. Starting at around $449, it includes a ten-year warranty.

The Second Prize Goes To Blendtec

Blendtec's blenders are similar to those made by Vitamix. They also boast high-performance models (usually 1500-watt or more), but their ones come with an eight-year warranty. Before I got my Vitamix blender, I relied on the Blendtec Total Blender for a few years to blend my silky smooth green smoothies. Their “Designer” series also has some great blenders, having put them to the test myself.

However, after using both Blendtec and Vitamix, I prefer Vitamix. Blendtec is not as versatile and quite louder. What I can say is that there is not much difference in the result as both create delicious smoothies.

Consider the following Blendtec options:

Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender

This classic model boasts a powerful 1560-watt motor and a large capacity jar. Priced at around $450, it's a solid mid-range choice.

Top Mid-Range Blenders ($250 And Less)

I can vouch that both Vitamix and Blendtec offer perks. These two brands are made in America and as they are first-class, they will last you for many, many years. If you are sold on getting a Vitamix or Blendtec but simply can't afford one, their factory-reconditioned blenders are significantly cheaper. I would not think twice about getting a reconditioned one myself.

Though, if you really can't fork out that much to buy these top-end models, I can recommend the following four:

Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher Blender

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher Blender is a modern and popular option. With a 1400-watt motor, it's powerful enough to handle various ingredients. Priced at around $180, it's a great mid-range choice.

Nutri Ninja BL642 Personal and Countertop Blender

This versatile blender combines personal and countertop blending capabilities. With a 1200-watt motor, it's suitable for smoothies and more. Priced at about $200, it's a well-regarded option.

JTC OmniBlend V 3HP Blender

Retailing for less than $260, this blender delivers silky smooth results with a seven-year warranty, making it a worthy alternative to higher-end models.

Top Blenders For Under $150

When you can only afford to pay $150 or less, you should note that you might not successfully liquify things such as raw carrots, kale, or frozen strawberries. Plus, you will get pieces of raspberry seeds and your chia seeds won't be completely crushed.

Although these models are not as high-quality as the Vitamix ones, they will still create tasty, wholesome green smoothies.

The following are a few of the best blenders that cost less than $150:

NutriBullet Pro 900

I take the 600-watt NutriBullet along whenever I travel. I just love how portable it is (though the 24-ounce container is perhaps a bit too small for preparing the green smoothie that you want to use as a meal replacement).

The NutriBullet Pro 900 is the newer model and boasts a 900-watt motor. However, it does not work just as great as my Vitamix model (then again no blender that costs less than $150 will).

You can get a Certified Reconditioned NutriBullet Pro 900 for about $75 (one-year warranty included). Although the standard NutriBullet 600-watt models sell for about the same price, I suggest you go for the 900-watt one as the standard model has a difficult time with carrots, frozen strawberries, and kale.

Oster Pro 1200 Blender

With a 1200-watt motor, glass pitcher, and a three-year satisfaction guarantee, it's a solid choice for blending ingredients like kale, priced between $55 to $70.

Ninja Professional BL610 Blender

This model boasts a powerful 1000-watt motor and is priced at around $100. It's a popular choice for its performance and affordability.

Top Blenders For Less Than $50

I'll be honest, I do not suggest that you pay $50 (or even less) when purchasing a blender to blend your green smoothies. If you can, rather save money and get a top-end or mid-range model. I say this because in the long run, you will pay less. You see a blender that costs only $50 will not last if you use it every day which means that you will end up having to replace it frequently. Not only do the high-quality blenders come with at least a five-year warranty, these models will also make your smoothies more nutritious, smoother, and tastier.

If your budget just can't afford to pay more or save for a more expensive blender, I suggest that you get one of the following three:

Ninja Personal Blender (QB3001SS)

With a powerful 700-watt motor and two 16-ounce Nutri Ninja cups, this blender is perfect for personal smoothies and on-the-go blending. It's compact, easy to use, and offers excellent value for its price.

Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender (58148A)

This blender boasts a 700-watt motor and offers versatile functionality, making it suitable for a range of blending tasks. It has 12 blending functions, including options for smoothies, purees, and more.

BLACK+DECKER Countertop Blender (BL2010BG)

Featuring a 550-watt motor and a 6-cup glass jar, this blender is ideal for blending larger quantities. It offers multiple speed settings, allowing for customization based on your blending needs.

At the end of the day, the blender that enables you to enjoy a green smoothie every single day is your best bet. If you can't afford a Vitamix (yet), rest assured the only thing that matters is trying out all the different tasty green smoothie recipes (something you can do with any blender).