Choosing the Best Smoothie Blender
- Do you want to improve your health with incredible tasting, nutrient-packed smoothies that are truly smooth and not full of unblended chunks and fiber?
- Do you also want to easily make delicious, healthy soups, nut butters, healthy frozen deserts or even grind your own whole grain flours?
- Do you want an easy way to increase the amount of fresh, raw vegetables in your diet — a sure-fire way to healthy consistent weight loss?
If so, a high speed blender like a Vitamix 5200 or a Blendtec is for you. Ordinary household blenders just won’t deliver the power or versatility of these essential kitchen appliances, and will not deliver a smoothie that is actually smooth!
Whether you’re looking to buy Vitamix or buy Blendtec (or other high speed blenders), there are a few things that can help you make a decision on which is the right blender for making the best green smoothies, fruit smoothies and other healthy treats.
A high speed blender could also be called a high power blender, because it’s not just about how fast the blades spin, but how much work those blades can actually do.
Horsepower (HP) is one way professional blender makers indicate the power of their machines. Horsepower is a measure of the amount of work done, and without getting too technical, it is torque x rpm (or twisting force multiplied by speed).
You will typically find them in the range of 2 to 3 HP, which is plenty of power for home applications. If you’re buying for a commercial kitchen and will be using the blender constantly throughout the day for thick, heavy mixtures, you may want to consider buying a 3 HP model.
Blender manufacturers also report power by the wattage of their motors. A Vitamix 5200’s motor, for example is 1380 watts and a Blendtec Classic Series Wildside has a 1560 watt motor — both very powerful motors.
Power is not everything though, and there are a few other questions to ask when buying a professional blender.
Ease of Use and Control
- Do you prefer manual controls or a series of pre-programmed buttons?
The Vitamix 5200 has three controls: On/Off, High Speed/Variable Speed, and a control knob that let’s you ramp up the power from a slow stir to full power when variable speed is selected.
Blendtec blenders use buttons instead of a continuous control knob, and some models have preset programs to choose from.
Which one is better for you is up to your personal preference.
- How easy is it to clean?
Basic cleaning for most high speed blenders is simple — just add soap and water and blend! Some scrubbing might be necessary now and then, but cleaning one of these powerful blenders is no more complicated than cleaning an “ordinary” blender.
- What comes with the blender and what can you buy separately?
A blender will typically come with the motor base and a jar. This may be enough for your purposes, but you may also want more options like a larger (or smaller) capacity jar.
Other options might include a tamper, specialty jars for dry blending (like making flour), recipes books, etc. For example, the Vitamix 5200 comes with a handy tamper, while Blendtec offers this as a separate purchase.
- How long is the warranty and what does it cover?
A quality high speed blender will have a good warranty that reflects the maker’s confidence in the quality of their product. Both Vitamix and Blendtec offer 7-year full warranties on their blenders, and Vitamix offers customers an optional 10-year warranty for an additional charge at the time of purchase.
Such extensive warranties are a good indication of the durability of your blender. A company can afford to offer long warranties when they’re confident in their products.
Support and Customer Service
- Once you have the blender, is the company still there to help?
Check out the companies website. Do they offer extra instruction, recipes, and other support materials? Is the company easy to contact?
Also look to see if there is an online community available to you. Vitamix, for instance, has their Vita-Village, which has over 10,000 members where you can share recipes and tips for using your high speed blender.
Both of our examples–Vitamix and Blendtec–in this buying guide offer excellent customer service and support.
- Will the blender fit in with my kitchen’s design?
It’s an aesthetic choice that may or may not be important to you, but if the blender is to be left out on the counter, you may be be concerned with how it looks and fits in with your kitchen’s design.
Both Vitamix and Blendtec offer different color choices for the blender base, and Blendtec now has a Designer Series of blenders that offer the same performance with designer looks.
A high speed blender is an investment, and you want to get the most for your money. We hope the questions and answers provided here are useful in helping you find the best smoothie blender you can get.
Enjoy the blender you choose to buy and enjoy the health benefits it brings.