What Power & Performance Do You Need From A Kitchen Blender?

Whether you’re looking to pulverize pesto or whip up healthy hummus there’s a blender for all budgets.

From standard countertop blenders that do the basic pulsing, chopping, and pureeing to professional blenders that combine the functions of a blender with a food processor and ice crusher to immersion blenders that let you blend inside a mixing bowl or a stock pot, there’s a lot of options to search through to find the right fit for your kitchen. The market is nothing short of ripe with blender options.

Let’s look at some of the best blenders and the best blender brands to help you make the most informed buying decision.

green juice with kale and strawberries

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What blender power do you need?

When shopping for blenders, keep in mind that lower wattage blenders are usually for basic kitchen tasks that don’t need a lot of power.

Basic chopping and blending

Blenders with 300 watts of power are simple, basic machines that chop and blend. They suit cooks who don’t typically tackle tougher jobs.

Smoothies and frozen drinks

The best blender for smoothies and frozen drinks must be able to tackle crushing ice, and these machines have to have at least 500 or more watts of power.

Chopping nuts or grinding coffee

If you’re looking to chop nuts or turn coffee beans into finely ground coffee, look for a 700-watt or greater blender.

Recommendation – I would look for a product with minimum of 700 watts of power to give me more versatility in terms of what the product can do. I think a lot of us want to cut down on the number of appliances we have and buy products that give us more functionality.


Oster is a long-time favorite with home cooks, and as a brand it offers something that bigger names cannot, affordability. For cooks who are looking for just the basics, or who don’t want to spend a lot for an appliance they will use minimally, Oster has a lot of budget conscious options to consider. 

Oster versa best for dips and spreads

Simple blend

Oster’s cheapest blender, the Simple Blend, offers 700 watts of power with basic functions and 10 speeds that go from pulse to puree along with its Crush Pro 4 blade to chop and pulverize.

  • offers 700 watts of power with basic functions
  • 10 speeds that go from pulse to puree
  • Crush Pro 4 blade to chop and pulverize

This is a great starter blender for beginning cooks, since it does many basic tasks and has an easy-to-use and uncomplicated interface.

cheap blenders
Oster Versa 1400 watt of power


Oster’s Heritage, has a 1,000-watt motor, separate blades for milkshake making and ice crushing, and a three-cup food processor attachment that lets you get more out of your machine.


Oster’s Beehive blender has a 1,000-watt motor, separate blades for milkshake making and ice crushing, and a three-cup food processor attachment that lets you get more out of your machine.

Oster Versa 1400 watts of power is a performance blender with 3 programmed settings for smoothies, dips/spreads and soup as well as pulse and variable speed control and still priced under $200.

Vremi hand blender
cheap electric hand blender


Home cooks and professionals alike appreciate Vremi’s counter-top and immersion blenders.

The space saving 350 watt immersion hand blender from Vremi is a cheap blender option that beats, whisks, chops and pulverizes your smoothie. This stick blender comes with a travel bottle for creating on-the-go drinks.

The Vremi Super Power blender features all the bells and whistles you expect from the brand, including a powerful motor with up to 1,400 watts of power and little extras, such as a lid that doubles as a measuring cup and a jumbo-sized pitcher for making enough for the whole family.


This brand has been around for a long time, and many serious cooks already own classic KitchenAid stand mixers or hand mixers. Like the flagship KitchenAid stand mixers that are known to last decades, these blenders are built tough. You can count on them lasting for a long, long, time.

KitchenAid’s Diamond blender is a classic blender with all the upgrades you’d expect from the brand, including a diamond-shaped pitcher that creates a literal vortex for optimal blending and thorough integration of ingredients with every use.

KitchenAid’s innovative magnetic-drive Torrent blender is its highest tech model. Designed much like a coffee maker, it allows for hands-off blending with a MagnaLock system that holds the jar in position as it works its magic. Using its powerful 1.8-horsepower motor and Adapti-Blend recipe programs you can create soups, smoothies, juices and more with pre-programmed buttons.

KitchenAid Torrent blender
KitchenAid Torrent automatically shuts off when blending is completed.


Cuisinart is a name you know and trust, so it’s no big surprise that it is a big player in the blender game. Cuisinart offers several professional-grade blenders, including its Velocity Ultra, which offers a 1-horsepower motor that chops ice, whips smoothies and even minces herbs and the Hurricane Pro powerhouse.

Cuisinart CBT-2000 Hurricane Pro Blender

Power and versatility is the name of the game here with a commercial-grade motor.

When you’re wanting functionality Cuisinart CBT-2000 Hurricane Pro is the one to look at. It offers a 3.5-horsepower motor with BlendLogix technology for consistent blending and a memory function that keeps track of your most frequently used blending programs.

Check out the Hurricane Pro in this video

Create healthy, green juices in seconds, blend delicious smoothies and turbo boost your soups. This powerful blender is commercial grade and will get the job done quickly and thoroughly.

  • Variable speed control; low/high/pulse/and turbo power boost
  • Extra large capacity with smart technology memory feature
  • Automatic load-sensing technology and customizable programming
  • Easy clean
  • 10 year warranty

If you’re wanting just 1 product to do it all, blend smoothies, make juice, crush ice and make soup the Hurricane pro blender is one to look at.

Cuisinart Hurricane pro blender with commercial grade motor
Hurricane pro is a high performance blender


Ninja is a huge name in the blender niche, and for good reason. Ninja blenders are professional-quality with much more consumer-friendly price tags than big names like Breville and Vitamix, but perform equally as well in many consumer tests. Across the brand, Ninja blenders offer amazing Total Crushing technology that pulverizes ice for frozen drinks and crushes peanuts and almonds for homemade nut butters.

Ninja offers the Nutri Ninja, which is a nutrient extractor and blender in one that blends whole fruits and vegetables (including their seeds and other difficult to blend parts) to make creamy smoothies and other healthy drinks. Ninja’s To Go cups allow you to make individual-sized drinks and take them along, thanks to sip-style tops. In other words, take your smoothie along with you each morning instead of heading to the drive-through for an overpriced drink.

Ninja duo blender
1500 watt Ninja blender powerhouse

Nutri Bullet

Personal blenders are a big innovation for people who have limited counter space for a full-size machine or who want a blender that performs well for making shakes, smoothies, and green drinks.

Like the Nutri Ninja bullet blender, the Nutri Bullet offers a personal-size blender with tons of power – the original Nutri Bullet offers 600 watts, the Nutri Bullet Pro 900, and the Nutri Bullet Rx offers a mind-boggling 1,700 watts of power. Cup sizes with the Nutri Bullet range from 24 ounce to 45 ounce, with flip-top lids available on the Pro 900.

The Nutri Bullet Rx has heating functionality for blending and then heating hot sauces and soups. And Nutri Bullet offers cool accessories for its personal blenders, including a take-along bag for transporting the blender to the office for nutrient-extracted drinks at lunch.

NutriBullet Rx 1700 watt
Nutri Bullet RX with heating function

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