The Best Blender of 2019


Shopping for a blender can be difficult. There are a lot of different options at
varying price points, all of which promise to
blend the perfect smoothie. To help you out, we had a professional
chef blend pounds of produce, vegetables, nuts, ice, and more to determine which
blenders were the best at multiple price points. For practical testing,
we narrowed down the vast blender market to eight blender finalists by consulting
user reviews online. Ultimately, our best mid-range blender was
the Cuisinart CBT-2000. If blending is part of your daily life and
you’re looking for a high-quality, durable machine, the Vitamix A3500 is a
good choice for you. It is expensive, so we’ve labeled this our
high-end pick. On the other hand, the Cleanblend 2001 was
our lower-priced pick. While it isn’t the best at processing nut
butters, the Cleanblend provides good blending power and a five-year warranty
for around $250. This long of a warranty is unique among
low-end blenders. For more details on our test results,
check out our website yourbestdigs.com. Our posts are completely unsponsored and
100% free of any bias or brand preference. Before we go more in depth into our top
picks, here are some general features that we found important when
testing our finalists. You’ll notice a lot of brands highlight
their blender’s ability to reach between 2 and 3 horsepower or 3000+ RPM. These claims can be misleading as they
often don’t translate to practical power. A blender’s max power or high RPM count is
often only maintained for a couple of seconds
during the pulse function. Instead of relying on horsepower or RPM,
we recommend checking out a blender’s wattage. The higher the wattage,
the smoother your smoothie. Higher wattage also will extend your
blender’s motor life. Good blenders are usually between
1100 and 1800 watts. Also keep in mind the shape of your
blender’s jar. A tapered jar is better for a wider range
of blender tasks because it creates a tighter, more efficient vortex for
drawing up food that settles at the bottom of the blender. Finally, you want to consider where the
blender’s blades are located inside the jar. We found that blenders with the least
amount of space between the jar and the blades are the best because they prevent
food from getting stuck on the bottom or the sides. Those were our important
features to consider. Now, let’s get into how we tested. Our first test for our blenders was simply
crushing ice. We added two cups of ice to each blender
and timed how long it took for the ice to get to a snowy consistency. Next, we used our blenders
to make fruit smoothies. We chose raspberry smoothies,
so we could assess which blenders were best at pulverizing the
tiny raspberry seeds. We also used our blenders to make green
smoothies to check how well our finalists were able to handle the
notoriously tough kale. After that, we made Hollandaise sauce. ♪ [music] ♪ This test was particularly eye-opening
because it highlighted the importance of jar shape and blade position. Jars that had no tapering failed this test
miserably because the egg yolks got stuck at the bottom of the jar. All of our blenders did well at making
tomato-basil soup, but we thought the “hot soup” option offered by half of our
finalists was a nice plus. When using this feature,
the soup comes out hot, so you don’t have to heat it up. The most difficult test for our finalists
was making peanut butter. This test was difficult, not only because
it put our finalists’ motors to the test, but also because blade position and jar
shape were crucial to the ease of blending peanuts. Many of our finalists’ blades would trap
peanuts underneath or splatter them along the sides, so that we had to scrape
the sides of the jar constantly. For more details on these tests,
including which recipes we used, check out the full blender review at
yourbestdigs.com. After creating a wide array of blended
foods, we selected our best blenders for high, mid-range, and low price points. Our top luxury pick was the Vitamix A3500. The Vitamix lived up to its hype by
performing well on all our tests, with the exception of the Hollandaise
sauce test. Firstly, the Vitamix’s preset smoothie
function takes a quick 50 seconds and delivers the smoothie with the best
consistency. None of the other finalists could grind
raspberry seeds as well as this blender. This same smoothie preset works well for
green smoothies, too. We were able to throw in entire stalks of
kale and whole apples and still get a smoothie that had the consistency of a
super-refined juice. The Vitamix’s “hot soup” feature is a plus
because it allows you to make a creamy hot soup in less than six minutes. Our mid-range pick, the Cuisinart
CBT-2000, also had a “hot soup” option that worked well, but our low-priced pick
did not heat soup. It should be noted that if you use the
Vitamix to make peanut butter, you have to use a minimum
of four cups of nuts. If you use less than this amount,
the nuts get stuck under the blender’s blades. However, when you do use enough peanuts,
this blender can make a nice peanut butter in about two minutes. The only test the Vitamix failed was the
Hollandaise sauce. When trying to beat the eggs for the
sauce, we found the eggs just whizzed underneath the blades. When we cranked up the speed,
the vortex brought up the eggs to the blades, but still
failed to beat them. Another negative point about this blender,
although more nitpicky, is that there is no click to indicate when
the two plastic tabs which fasten the lid have been secured. It left us feeling a bit unsure if we had
fastened the lid adequately. The Vitamix 35-second auto-clean program
cleans the blender all the way up to its lid, which is a plus. This auto-clean program worked a bit
better than that of the Cuisinart’s. At almost $600, this blender
is truly an investment. However, if blending is a part of your
daily routine, we believe the Vitamix is worth the money because of its durable
construction, and the outstanding consistency of its smoothies and soups. This blender is also unique in that it
comes with a 10-year warranty. ♪ [music] ♪ If you don’t want to spend over $500,
you should know that the Cuisinart CBT-2000 performed nearly as well as the
Vitamix during testing, but it comes in at about half the price. The Cuisinart CBT-2000 is our best
mid-range blender because it could virtually do everything the Vitamix did. This blender’s preset options were handy
and cost about $300. This blender’s smoothie function last 45
seconds, 5 less than the Vitamix’s, and creates a smoothie that is almost as
perfect as the Vitamix’s. The Cuisinart smoothie just had
a few tiny seed bits. The Cuisinart had a separate function for
green smoothies that lasts one minute and 30 seconds. It can also blend kale and apples down to
a velvety consistency, matching the Vitamix’s performance. Also like the Vitamix,
the Cuisinart has a “hot soup” function that makes a nearly boiling hot soup in
six minutes. While the Cuisinart’s soup did not have
the same creamy emulsification as the Vitamix’s, it was still a perfectly
smooth soup. Peanut butter was a bit more of a chore
for all of our blenders. The Cuisinart did a good job finely
chopping peanuts on its lowest setting, but as we increased the speed to make
butter, peanuts kept splattering up on the sides and under the blade. This means that you have to pause to
scrape the sides of this blender every so often to make a good peanut butter. The Cuisinart also had problems making
Hollandaise sauce. Just like the Vitamix,
this barely tapered blender was not able to emulsify eggs and
butter in a tight vortex. This blender’s auto-clean function works
fine for cleaning up smoothie and soup residue. However, for tougher messes
such as peanut butter, you will have to run this
program at least twice. The Cuisinart has a 1677 watt
motor, 177 more watts than the Vitamix’s, and five handy, pre-programmed functions. It makes smoothies and soups nearly as
perfect as the Vitamix for half the price. ♪ [music] ♪ Finally, for those who want to spend less
on a blender, we recommend the Cleanblend 2001. The Cleanblend costs around $250 and
clearly beats out our other lower-cost finalists. Outwardly, compared to our other top
picks, the Cleanblend is very simple. It has no preset functions,
only an on/off switch, a pulse switch, and a center knob for controlling speed. To crush ice, we used the pulse switch. It pulverized ice much more slowly than
our other finalists, taking about a minute. This is odd for a blender that boasts an
incredible 1800 watt motor, the highest wattage of our top picks. The Cleanblend’s resulting ice was more
granular than snowy. Despite this, the Cleanblend
made a great smoothie. To begin, we gave this blender a couple of
pulses to get the ice crushed and then gently increased its speed
from low to high. If you enjoy a more interactive role with
your blender more than watching a pre-programmed function,
this blender’s for you. Our kale and apple smoothie was completely
smooth after 30 seconds in the Cleanblend, but our raspberry smoothie had some small
seed bits left. This blender also was exceptional at
making soup and Hollandaise sauce. However, the Cleanblend does not heat soup
while blending, so you will have to heat it up after. This blender’s only real downfall was
peanut butter. After several tedious minutes,
constantly scraping peanuts that splattered on the sides or lodged under
the blade, all we got was a finely chopped peanut paste. This blender is unique among lower-priced
blenders because it comes with a five-year warranty. It also easily outperformed other
similarly priced options such as the Ninja and KitchenAid. ♪ [music] ♪ If you want more details about our testing
process and the other blenders we tested, check out the full review on
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