When it's smoothie time, no dairy, no problem. In fact, we've got good news. Making a smoothie without yogurt isn't as hard as you think thanks to a wide variety of creative substitutes. 

When you are livin' the dairy-free life, it helps to equip yourself with as many alternatives as possible. After all, things can get boring quite quickly as you rotate through the same old, same old. 

We've highlighted the best yogurt alternatives to help keep your smoothies interesting and your belly completely satisfied. So go ahead, break out that blender and let's begin!

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Top Yogurt Substitute for Smoothies

If you are new to the world of smoothies, we would like to first say, welcome. We think you'll like it here over on the good side of the kitchen. Now, with introductions out of the way, let's move on to some tips and tricks when it comes to keeping your smoothies silky smooth and creatively creamy. 

Smoothies often get their creamy consistency due to added milk or yogurt. In our kitchen, we've come up with these delicious alternatives that will satisfy even the toughest dairy critic. 

coconut cream inside raw coconut shell with gold spoon

Coconut Cream

Take your smoothies for a tropical experience with this luxurious yogurt alternative. This delicious cream is packed with flavor courtesy of the coconut fruit. When shopping, be sure to buy full fat, coconut cream rather than coconut milk if you want the full flavor experience. 

Because it tastes a bit sweeter than standard yogurt, we recommend adding in a little bit of coconut cream at a time to your smoothie until you reach your desired consistency. Additionally, too much cream, flavor wise, will likely send you to colada land which is awesome if that's what you're going for, but maybe not so awesome in a carrot kale smoothie. 

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We like to think of bananas as the smoothie all-stars. They are cheap, easy to manage, and provide flavor packed goodness to almost any smoothie. In fact, we use them as a base in pretty much every smoothie we make. 

If you prefer a frosty flavor, try peeling and freezing your bananas overnight. Alternatively, fresh bananas add a just-in-time creaminess to any recipe and provide a great solution to any smoothie without yogurt. 

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Nut Butter

Almost any nut butter, whether peanut, cashew, or almond, will taste great in a smoothie. Additionally, nut butters ramp up the flavor and give you the benefit of adding some healthy fats to your diet. They even make for awesome 'nice cream milkshakes' when coupled with frozen bananas. 

If you're in a bad way for a creamy smoothie, try adding a few spoonfuls to your next blend. 

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Sweet Potato

A slightly unconventional substitute, but still fully worthy, pureed sweet potatoes can add both sweetness and creaminess to any smoothie. Cube and freeze ahead of time in small chunks or toss freshly baked potato into a ready blender. 

Admittedly, we feel that sweet potato pairs best with cinnamon or apple inspired drinks in order to keep that warm, friendly feel. However, sweet potato puree also pairs well with vanilla and almond if you are looking to make a star out of creamy potato flavor. 

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Just when you thought that avocados were only good for guac, this creamy yogurt alternative is here to change your mind. We like it best paired with protein powder, greens, or vanilla in order to mask the flavor a bit. After all, drinking straight avocado through a straw still feels a bit weird. 

If you want to punch things up a bit, try it with cacao powder or a tangy fruit like watermelon or mango for a zesty result. 

fresh almond and cashew nuts with glass of nut milk

Nut Milk

Perhaps the easiest and most similar like-for-like yogurt swap is nut milk. Whether you favor oat, almond, cashew, or even soy (from the bean family), any of these handy milk alternatives can save just about any smoothie from being bland. 

For best results, check your recipe to see if exact milk alternative measurements have been listed. If you prefer to just wing it, start by adding in a little bit of milk at a time mid-blend until you are satisfied with your smoothie. 

small scoop of protein powder

Protein Powder

While this isn't exactly a creamy fruit or liquid, protein powder can serve many purposes in a smoothie. Namely, the flavor added by a concentrated powder can often make up for anything missing due to the lack of yogurt. 

Remember, though, that you will likely need to add a little bit more liquid than normal such as water or nut milk to help your blender smooth everything together effectively. 


Making a perfect smoothie without yogurt is as easy as subbing in one of our inventive alternatives. As always, don't forget to monitor your blend and add any necessary liquid like water or nut milk to help keep things moving along in the container. 

Dairy-free is now worry-free when it comes to preparing a great smoothie. Drop us comment with your favorite substitutions. We just might include them on our list! Happy blending! 

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Ninja is well known for its impressive line of blenders that empower home cooks to do their best work in the kitchen. Owning one is a true delight. Yet, with so many awesome options to choose from, finding the best Ninja blender can be a challenge.

Whether you are in the market for a complete system, smart blender, or the ever-popular, personal-size blender, Ninja has something for everyone, on every budget. 

In our guide, we've taken the guesswork out of purchasing one of these mighty machines. Let's get started! 

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Top Ninja Blender Quick List

Editor's Choice for the Best Ninja Blender

Emphatically, the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender is our top choice as one of the best Ninja blenders. It provides just enough versatility for customization without being overly complicated. Let's discuss. 

First, it's the perfect hybrid machine combining everything we love about countertop blenders with everything we love about personal blenders. To break it down, this machine comes equipped with a 72 ounce blending container as well as two 16 ounce to go cups. Both container types have been designed to work seamlessly with the blender base. 

Second, the versatility offered during meal prep is bar none. The large pitcher is perfect for whipping up enough for friends, family, or even weekly meal prep. It comes marked with easy to read measurement indicators as well as an easy pour lid. Additionally, a small vented hole simplifies any mid-blend ingredient additions. 

Every household has picky eaters, but this is where the to go cups really come in handy. They are perfect for blending up a just-right size portion to accommodate likes and dislikes. Additionally, they are also great for blending up breakfast smoothies or shakes. 

Next, all this blending is made possible thanks to the powerful 1100 watt motor base which powers the total crushing blades nested inside the blending containers. The base also includes three speed settings, a single serve setting, and a pulse feature. 

Finally, this blender allows you to easily make frozen drinks, smoothies, dips, and sauces either for one or an entire group. Careful though, as it's not suitable for hot liquids, which is one of our only complaints about this powerful machine. 

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Compact base
  • To go cups included
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Powerful 1100 watt motor

What We Don't Like:

  • Excessive plastic parts
  • Not suitable for hot liquids

Best Personal Ninja Blender

When you need just the right portion, the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480D stands at the ready. This small, yet powerful personal blender is optimized for travel, making it effortless to live a healthy lifestyle even when you’re on the go. Its petite profile also makes it ideal if you already have a lot of kitchen appliances taking up space on the counter. 

Notably, don't let its small size trick you. This machine is power packed by the forceful 1000 watt motor, which is a lot of power for a blender this size. The base itself features a special Auto-iQ technology that makes personal blending even easier. In short, this blender will do all the work for you. 

On the base, choose from one of two preset programs with a simple touch. The presets use pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns that are timed. The result? A sinfully smooth sauce or perfectly blended smoothie. 

This Ninja includes two different cup sizes, a regular 24 ounce cup, and a smaller 18 ounce cup. It also comes with two sip and seal lids. The larger cup is perfect for smoothies, juices, and frozen drinks while the smaller cup is an excellent choice when making dips, sauces, or purees. 

What We Like:

  • Compact
  • Affordable
  • Auto-iQ technology
  • Powerful 1000 watt motor

What We Don't Like:

  • Loud
  • Not suitable for large batches

Best Ninja Blender with Accessories

Looking for a blender that can replace multiple kitchen appliances? If so, the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System BN801 is just what you need. This complete system includes a large blending pitcher, personal size to-go cups with lids, and a big processing bowl. There are also a variety of blades that work with the 1400 watt base. 

The 72 ounce pitcher is excellent for making large batches of frozen drinks for a party or smoothies for your entire family. Its no-spill lid allows you to pour directly from the pitcher with no drips or spills. After all, not a single drop of smoothie should ever be wasted.

If you need a drink for one, opt for one of the two 24 ounce single-serve cups. Load up your ingredients, attach the nutrient extractor blades and blend directly in the cup. Twist on the spout lid and take your drink on the road. 

Even more, the 64 ounce precision food processor bowl can handle fresh ingredients, doughs, and more. You can chop, grate, blitz, or knead thanks to two types of included blades: the chopping blade and the dough blade. 

The entire system works interchangeably with the powerful base which offers a selection of three speeds, a pulse mode, and 5 Auto-iQ presets. Making delicious recipes has never been easier, and neither has cleanup because everything is dishwasher safe.

What We Like:

  • Complete system
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 5 Auto-iQ presets
  • Powerful 1400 watt motor
  • Lightweight at 4 pounds

What We Don't Like:

  • Difficult to store
  • Food processor not suitable for slicing

Best Ninja Blender for Smoothies

If you’re a smoothie lover you will enjoy the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo SS101. This two-in-one system makes delicious drinks, like smoothies and green juice, as well as thick and creamy smoothie bowls. It does all this with single-serving cups and a compact base that can fit anywhere. 

For smoothies, two, 24 ounce cups attach directly to the extractor blade base. You can blend in the cup, twist on the flip and sip lid, and then get on with your busy day. The blades are efficient at crushing ice as well as powering through fibrous fruits and vegetables thus leaving you with a healthy smoothie of the perfect consistency. 

The 14 ounce Nutri bowl includes a power paddle that churns out creamy and sinfully smooth smoothie bowls. It is designed to achieve a great consistency with less liquid. This makes it ideal for not only smoothie bowls but also nut butters and ice creams.

The powerful 1200 watt base with SmartTORQUE lessens the need for stirring or shaking. Four Auto-iQ presets enable you to press one button and walk away. The timed blend cycles free up your hands for other tasks and make creating delicious smoothie bowls, spreads, and drinks amazingly easy.

What We Like:

  • Compact base
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Powerful 1200 watt motor
  • SmartTORQUE ideal for thick blends

What We Don't Like:

  • Low versatility 
  • Not suitable for large batches

Best Ninja Blender for Large Families

When you are meal prepping for a large family, you need your blender to hold its own, making large capacity batches independently. In this regard, the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ is absolutely the machine of choice for busy family kitchens.

The 72 ounce pitcher can effortlessly crank out large batches thanks to the total crushing blades effectively pulverizing whatever you place in the blending bowl. The unique, six-blade assembly can turn ice into snow faster than other blenders. Furthermore, the vortex they create moves everything downwards, reducing the need for stirring. 

1400 watts of peak power is certainly enough to blast through ice or break down fresh ingredients. The motor is tucked away nicely in a sleek and compact base while won't take up much room on your countertop.

All of that motor power is harnessed by three manual speed controls and three Auto-iQ presets. The presets provide just enough customization so you have some precision control while the blender is still user-friendly. A pulse button also gives you further control over your blend. 

Our only gripe about this machine is that it is quite similar to its sister models, the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender and the Ninja BN801 Professional Plus Kitchen System. If you are able to find a good sale on one of the other models, then the feature offerings of the Professional Plus are quite comparable. 

All in all, this blender has a modern design, a powerful motor, and some great convenience features all at an affordable price point.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Pulse button
  • Easy pour spout
  • 3 Auto-iQ presets
  • Total crushing blade assembly
  • Large capacity blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • Heavy at 11.03 pounds
  • Not suitable for single serving

Best Ninja Blender for Meal Prepping

Another great kitchen system made by Ninja is the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770. A precursor to the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System, this machine has everything you need to be successful in the kitchen. The only difference is that it comes with slightly less bells and whistles in the form of Auto-iQ presets. 

A massive pitcher, single serve to go cups, and a food processing bowl allow you to prepare a variety of recipes in the kitchen. Better yet, all blending components attach to the powerful 1500 watt base. The narrow design of the base looks great on your counter and comes equipped with heavy-duty suction cups so it won't move even on the highest speed. 

Speaking of speeds, this blender has four different speed settings. The straightforward buttons put you in total control over the texture and consistency of your blends. This is the main difference between the Ninja Mega Kitchen System and its newer counterpart: there are no Auto-iQ functions. 

Making frozen drinks for friends and family is a breeze in the 72 ounce pitcher. The single-serving cups with to-go lids are ideal for nutritious juices and shakes. Both work with the total crushing blades to pulverize whatever you place in the blending bowl. 

Additionally, the eight cup food processing bowl is perfect for slicing, dicing, and chopping; making food prep effortless. It can even handle up to two pounds of dough, incorporating everything in just thirty seconds.

To sum it up, a few missing presets don't bother us at all thanks to the mega motor power and versatile blending containers.  

What We Like:

  • Versatile
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Total kitchen system
  • Powerful 1500 watt motor
  • Total crushing blade assembly

What We Don't Like:

  • Not suitable for hot liquids
  • Excessive plastic parts

Best All Around Ninja Blender 

The Ninja Foodi Power Pitcher SS201 is an impressive machine which boasts the ability to be four different kitchen appliances in one. It can perform multiple functions all within the same blending pitcher namely smoothie bowl maker, dough mixer, food processor, and crushing blender. 

Notably, the 72 ounce power pitcher is excellent for drinks, doughs, acai bowls, and general food prep. Its square sides are easy to scrape down and clearly marked measurements help you add just the right portions. When finished, the easy pour handle makes it easy to transfer your blend to serving or storage containers. 

For speed, the 1400 watt base with SmartTORQUE excels at managing thick and heavy loads so you won’t have to pause and stir your mixture. Anyone who has every had a watery smoothie bowl will appreciate the power found in this machine. 

For control, the variable speed dial gives you ultimate precision. If you don’t want to manually use your blender you can choose from one of the six Auto-iQ programs that include spreads, dough, smoothie bowls, chopping, and more. This system even includes a brush for easy cleaning, though you can just toss everything in the dishwasher if you would like.

In summary, when you just want use 'one and done', this machine ticks all the boxes. 

What We Like:

  • 4 in 1 function
  • 6 Auto-iQ presets
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Variable speed dial
  • Powerful 1400 watt motor

What We Don't Like:

  • Heavy at 11.38 pounds
  • Difficult to make single servings

Buying the Best Ninja Blender

Ninja has a large array of blenders that can fulfill various tasks in your kitchen, priced to suit nearly any budget. Whether you are new to Ninja or looking to upgrade an older machine, the amount of blender options available to you will make your head spin. 

When it comes to choosing your next Ninja blender, it helps to take a step back and consider a few important buying factors before making your purchase. Armed with a holistic approach to your unique blender needs, your changes of choosing a machine that you love increase dramatically.  

Ninja Blender Size

Ninja makes a variety of blenders; everything from standard countertop models to small to-go size models. When you are shopping for a Ninja blender consider the size of the blender including the base, and the capacity of the pitcher.

For example, do you want a compact blender like the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480D that is great for travel or keeping at the office? Or, do you prefer a larger blender like the Ninja Professional Plus Blender with Auto-iQ for your home that can handle a variety of kitchen tasks?

If you find yourself planning to use both large and small capacity containers, then go for a model like the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender that provides both. It's truly the best of both worlds. 

Ninja Blender Functions

Some Ninja blenders are traditional in function and are primarily used for making smoothies and frozen drinks. Think manual programs and variable speed dials, which require you to monitor the blender during the entire blending process. A good example of this would be the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender because blending consistency must be controlled manually. 

Other Ninja blenders, or systems, can quickly become your sous chef as they are multifunctional. Think automatic programs like the Auto-iQ presets, which only require loading up your ingredients and pressing a button. Also think kitchen systems with multi-purpose containers and blade assemblies like the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System BN801.

Blenders with multi-functional abilities can also help you level up your meal prep game, enabling you to prep and store smoothies overnight. 

Take some time to think broadly about what you primarily use your blender for such as smoothies, doughs, dips, spreads, etc. From here, then you can decide what type of blender suits you best. 

Ninja Blender Power

In general, you want your blender to have at least 1000 watts of power. This is enough wattage to break down fibrous, fresh ingredients and blast through ice. However, if you are planning to consistently blend thick smoothie bowls or dough, then we recommend a higher wattage to ensure a thorough blend. 

Ninja Blender Blade Assemblies

Ninja is quite unique in that it manufactures blenders with the ability to work with different types of blades. Better yet, some blending systems include a variety of blade assemblies to give you maximum use-ability. 

When choosing your blender, take a moment to explore all of the different blade assemblies available with the machine that you are eyeing. Most notably, total kitchen systems, the Ninja Mega Kitchen System BL770 and the Ninja Professional Plus Kitchen System BN801 include almost every blade that Ninja makes.

Ninja Blender Budget

Of course, don't forget about your budget! Thankfully, most Ninja blenders tend to be mid-priced so you can hopefully find something that satisfies your blending needs and your pocketbook.

Another cost saving option to help expand the versatility of your machine is to purchase add on accessories at a later date. Most personal models like the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480D can easily be supplemented by adding on replacement cups.

Not only does this help save up front costs, but it also allows you to get a little more out of your machine. Additional cups also come in handy if you need to accommodate specific household allergies. 


Ninja blenders are fantastic machines and a welcome addition to any kitchen. Our top pick is the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender BL660. Its combination of the extra large pitcher and two single serving cups make it perfect for making small portions or large batches for the entire family. The 1100 watt base and easy to operate controls further boost our affection for the Ninja. 

An easy runner up would be the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo SS101 since making smoothies is kinda our thing. 

Ultimately, the best Ninja blender is the one that best suits your unique kitchen needs and we think all of the blenders on our list are great. If you've decided that Ninja isn't for you, we keep a running list of the best blenders on the market for your enjoyment. We'd love to hear in the comments which blender is joining your kitchen line-up. Happy blending!

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Vitamix blenders are top of the line, high-performance machines. Boasting top quality and durability, they truly stand out as the superstar blender among all blenders. However, even all-stars have off days so when it's time to utilize a Vitamix warranty, it helps to know all the details.

Whether you are a long time Vitamix owner experiencing an issue or perhaps just thinking of purchasing a new Vitamix, our guide has got you covered. 

We've taken the busy work out of warranty coverage and are proud to present everything you need to know!

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Vitamix Warranty Review

Blenders are awesome, powerful kitchen appliances with the ability to save you meal prep time while simultaneously enabling a healthier lifestyle. Often, one's blender becomes a daily kitchen staple, helping to prepare smoothies, salsas, soups, and more.

If you own a Vitamix blender or are thinking about owning one, the obsession with using it can be next level. Additionally, Vitamix owners consistently report loving their machines so much that they use them multiple times per day for prepping various blender creations. Sound familiar? 

Therefore, when a Vitamix fails, the result can be not only inconvenient and maddening, but also a bit emotional. The good news is, the warranty is one of the best in the business. Let's take a moment to discuss why. 

What We Love

  • Registration not required
  • Free shipping both ways
  • Long, multi-year warranties
  • Extended warranty available
  • Warranty can pass to new         owner

What We Don't Love

  • All models not treated equally
  • Commercial warranties shorter than home warranties

Blender Registration

First, Vitamix does not require a blender to be registered in order to take advantage of the warranty. If you need to utilize a warranty claim, you can still call in to the Customer Service team and provide your serial number, date of purchase, and proof of purchase. Even better, if you purchased your machine at vitamix.com, a Vitamix Outlet Store or via the call center, then your blender is already registered for you! 

Like us, you may be asking why you should register your blender at all. Well, the benefits of registering your machine come down to the Vitamix Customer Service team being able to better serve you should you ever run into an issue. It also makes things easier for Vitamix to contact you about product updates or any voluntary recalls. 

Additionally, if you plan on passing your machine on to a friend or family member, the warranty will transfer and be honored according to the purchase date. Without a registered machine, this makes things a little more difficult on the new Vitamix recipient should they ever need to take advantage of the warranty. 

If you need to register your machine, Vitamix makes it easy to do online using a product registration form

Two Way Shipping

Next, if you've ever had to use a warranty for any household product, you can attest that the process is normally a huge pain. Furthermore, the company at fault often requires you to foot the bill for shipping back a broken product. It feels like adding insult to injury, right? 

With Vitamix, if you've got an issue that needs to be repaired or serviced, they will cover the shipping both ways within the USA and Canada via a pre-paid shipping label. Honestly, it's expected, but so few companies provide service like this that it speaks volumes about the integrity of the Vitamix brand. 

Warranty Periods

Vitamix offers extremely generous warranty periods when it comes to covering their products. Most items have a minimum three year warranty duration with other items boast ten full years of coverage. 

In a world where so few products come backed by a strong guarantee, we welcome the added security. 

Warranty Coverage

Finally, the coverage itself is thorough and complete. All parts including the machine blender base and any container sold with it are covered for the entire length of the warranty.

This coverage includes all parts, performance, labor, and shipping. In short, if you've got an issue caused by poor workmanship, material defect, or normal household wear and tear, then you're covered for free for the length of the warranty.

Vitamix Warranty Length

Vitamix has a few standard warranty lengths that vary between products. Their website is clear on which warranty length is associated with each product. However, it can be a bit confused to sort through the details since you will need to click on each unique product to find the warranty information.

For this reason, we've laid out helpful charts that quickly summarize which blender models are associated with their respective warranty time periods. It is also worth noting that although the time length differs between products, the coverage and benefits are still exactly the same.

3 Year Warranty

The three year warranty, while still generous is the shortest length of all warranties offered by Vitamix. It applies to external containers, including SELF-DETECT© models, some reconditioned models, and special attachments. It also covers the immersion blender and FoodCycler©. The most popular three year warranty products are as follows: 

5 Year Warranty

The five year warranty has you covered when you need just a little bit more out of your warranty time period. However, the coverage regarding any service or repairs remains exactly the same. 

If you own or are eyeing the Explorian Series E310, the TurboBlend Series, or most certified reconditioned models, then the five year warranty applies to you. We've called out a few of the hottest five year applicable warranty products below: 

7 Year Warranty

This is where things start to get serious. A seven year warranty is nearly unheard of in the blender world, but Vitamix comes through strong providing it for many of their legacy model machines. 

While legacy models sometimes move in and out of availability, the three consistently available models include the Vitamix 5200, the Professional Series 750, and the Vitamix 7500


10 Year Warranty

A standout warranty topping all other blender brands is the Vitamix ten year warranty. It's applicable primarily to the Ascent Series, which is one of the most impressive blender series that Vitamix has produced to date. 

Just like the shorter warranty time periods, the ten year warranty covers all parts, performance, labor, and two way shipping at no cost to you. Vitamix does, however, call out in the terms and conditions that any premature blade aging caused by excessive spice grinding may not be covered. 

Extended Warranty

Generally, Vitamix does offer the option to purchase an extended warranty for a price point of around $75. It adds three years to whatever warranty already comes with your machine. Additionally, Vitamix gives you up to thirty days from the date of your blender purchase to decide if you want to add on an extended warranty. 

Having an extended warranty can be useful if you are someone who enjoys having a little extra security along with your purchase. However, if you are considering purchasing a reconditioned machine with an extended warranty, it sometimes makes more sense to just purchase a brand new model instead. 

In some cases, that extra $75 for the extended warranty can bump up the price of a reconditioned machine to within a very close price range of a newer, non-reconditioned model. In other words, be sure to do some price comparisons before you jump into an extended warranty. 

Vitamix Commercial Warranty

Many business owners trust the Vitamix brand to get the job done and help generate revenue. Emphatically, making hundreds of smoothies or frappuccinos each day is no easy feat and requires a top of the line commercial blender. 

Vitamix offers a three year warranty period for all machine components on a commercial blender. All other parts like the blade assembly or container are covered by a short, one year warranty including labor.

To take advantage of this warranty, it's best to contact your local Vitamix dealer or a Vitamix service representative at 1.440.782.2450 to get things worked out efficiently. 

How to Use the Vitamix Warranty

If you run into an issue with your Vitamix, contact the Customer Service team for next steps. They are very friendly and can help you get things sorted out.

Before you call or email, it helps to make sure that you have the serial number of your blender on hand to save you from juggling both the phone and your blender base at the same time. You can find the serial number on the bottom or back of the blender base near the barcode sticker. 

What Is Not Covered

Although the Vitamix warranty is generous and thorough, there are a few exclusions. Notably, the blender in question must have been used for its intended purpose. In other words, a household blender must have been used to blend things at home and not for commercial blending. 

Additionally, the warranty does not cover normal wear and tear that does not impact the performance of the machine such as discoloration, chipping, or other cosmetic issues. Your Vitamix may look a little ugly on the outside, but as long as the guts are functioning properly, then it's likely not possible to file a warranty claim.

What Voids the Warranty

Vitamix is not responsible for unauthorized repairs done to the machine whether by you or the local mechanic down the road. In short, this is a good time to keep your screwdrivers in the toolbox and leave things to the professionals. 

Disrespect, misuse, or negligence are also all actions that will immediately void the warranty. To make it plain, don't try to blend your phone, nails, or anything else other than what it outlined in the blender operating manual. 


You need a blender that you can count on. For us, the Vitamix is it. The warranty is long lasting and full of consumer friendly provisions that make purchasing a Vitamix more than worth it. Better yet, if you ever need to take advantage of the warranty, the Customer Service team is friendly and efficient. Happy blending! 

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When that ice cream craving hits, there is absolutely nothing else that can satisfy. Anyone who has ever made a midnight grocery store run for a pint of chunky monkey can testify. The good news is, it's incredibly easy to learn how to make ice cream in a blender

Whether you go crazy for chocolate or just keep things classic with vanilla, using your blender to whip up a tasty treat is a fast way to satisfy even the sweetest tooth. Even better, it's fun and affordable.

Without delay, gather your supplies, ready your freezer, and let's get started!

strawberry ice cream in bowl on counter

Making Blender Ice Cream

Ice cream is a delicious, frozen dessert. There are many types of ingredients that can be combined to make ice cream, but standard ingredients typically include heavy cream or milk, fruit or flavoring, ice, and sweetener. 

To illustrate our blender ice cream method, we will be preparing a basic vanilla ice cream inspired by The Roasted Root. From here, you can add any toppings, mix-ins, or fruit that you like. The possibilities are endless! If you are craving something other than vanilla, feel free to branch out with a new recipe. We've got a full list of the best blender ice cream recipes for you to try!

To get started, take a few moments to gather your ice cream making supplies:

1. Prepare your blender

Ensure that your blender is clean and ready to go. It would be a real shame for the residue from your last garlic hummus to still be lingering around the blending jar. Additionally, ensure that there is no leftover water or soap hanging around the blades. 

2. Prepare your workspace

Pause for a moment to clear some space on your countertop and sink. Simultaneously, measure and arrange the ice cream ingredients. This step is important as it's a real bummer to search for ingredients once you are mid-blend. 

Don't forget to also ready the freezer safe storage container. Remove the lid and set it nearby so that it's ready to receive the ice cream mixture. Lastly, make sure that you've got some space in your freezer to store the prepared ice cream mixture. 

3. Blend the ingredients

Toss all of the ice cream ingredients into the blender and blend until well combined. Be careful not to over blend as the friction from the blender blades can cause the ice cream mixture to become warm. 

If you have chosen another recipe other than basic vanilla, take note of any other specific blending instructions that you may need to follow. 

4. Transfer the ice cream

Pour the ice cream mixture into the freezer safe storage container. Using a spatula, smooth the ice cream until it is level in the container.

Alternatively, gently wiggle the storage container until the ice cream mixture levels out. You may need to repeat this step a few times to ensure that any air bubbles have surfaced from the mixture. 

Finally, secure the lid tightly and place in the freezer. 

5. Chill out

Freeze the mixture for at least four hours or until completely frozen solid. If you prefer a soft serve mixture, remove the ice cream after a few hours. 


Making homemade ice cream in a blender is quick, simple, and tons of fun. The variety of possible flavor and topping combinations is nearly endless. Better yet, it makes for an impressive dessert at a birthday or dinner party - no churn required!

If you've tried your hand at blender ice cream, we would love to hear about it. Drop us comment and let us know about the occasion, flavor, and blender that you used to make your decadent dessert. Happy blending! 

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Making nut milk at home is easier than you think. All you need is a few simple supplies and one awesome blender. However, not all blenders are created equal and the best blender for nut milk is one that has grit, guts, and glory. 

Whether you are a seasoned nut milk maker or just beginning your journey in homemade, milky goodness, you have one thing in common: you need a great blender. 

In our guide, we aim to uncover the top nut milk makers on the market. Let's go!

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Top Nut Milk Blender

Editor's Choice as the Best Blender for Nut Milk

Our top choice and clear favorite is the Instant Ace Nova. It's made by the same brand that produces the popular Instant Pot and absolutely doesn't disappoint. Although it can handle many tasks, this blender is practically designed with milk makers in mind. Let's discuss. 

First, you need good crushing power for blending nuts. The Instant Ace boasts 1000 watts of power to seamlessly crush nuts in seconds. The steel blades work together with the motor, spinning at up to 25,000 rotations per minute. In short, your nuts don't stand a chance. 

Second, for controls, the Instant Ace comes programed with ten customizable settings, three of which are dedicated to milk alternatives: nut/oat milk, rice milk, and soy milk. All you need to do is load up your ingredients and select the program you want. Additionally, a pulse button and three speeds give you precise control. 

Third, the Instant Ace comes with an all glass blending jar. Using glass to blend has many benefits, but namely it doesn't hold odors like plastic parts. This means that your next almond milk won't taste like your last garlic pesto. For capacity, the glass container can blend up to seven cups at once, which rivals many standard milk carton sizes. 

Finally, it comes with a strainer bag for making nut milk, tamper for nut butters, cleaning brush, and measuring cup. Clean up isn't the easiest because the blending container isn't dishwasher safe. However, it does feature a self cleaning program so this is a plus. All in all, if making nut milk is on your weekly task list, then this machine is the one for you. 

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Glass jar
  • Pulse button
  • 10 program settings
  • Powerful 1000 watt motor

What We Don't Like:

  • Not dishwasher safe
  • No variable speed dial

Best Nut Milk Blender for Large Families

The Vitamix 5200 Blender is a high-end powerhouse suitable for making large batches of nut milk for the entire family. The Vitamix brand is known for the ability to blend almost anything and crushing nuts into milk is no exception. 

For power, the Vitamix 5200 boasts 2 peak horsepower, which translates into around 1380 watts of power. The motor is designed with a self cooling feature which helps prevent overheating or burnout. Anyone who has ever been interrupted mid-blend by the smell of melting plastic will appreciate this feature. 

Control wise, the 5200 comes equipped with a variable speed dial and a hi/low button for when you really want to add some extra power to your blend. We find the variable speed dial particularly useful for making nut milk due to the fact that starting at a low speed and gradually increasing blade speed helps prevent any liquid from being tossed up the sides of the jar.  

The large capacity blending container can hold 64 ounces of liquid, which is the same size as a half gallon. However, we don't recommend making a massive batch like this due to fact that it can sometimes be hard to decant all of the ingredients from around the blades without a long spatula. 

All in all, the Vitamix 5200 is a great machine when you are looking for power and durability. It comes at a hefty price tag, but is worth the investment thanks to that consistent Vitamix brand quality and long, seven year warranty. 

What We Like:

  • Variable speed dial
  • Self cleaning
  • Powerful motor
  • Long 7 year warranty
  • Large capacity blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • Less affordable
  • Heavy at 10.56 pounds

Best Value Nut Milk Blender

If you are looking for an all-around, great sous chef and nut milk blender, then the Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender is the machine for you. Engineered and assembled in the USA, the Blendtec is known for durability, quality, and uniqueness. 

The Blendtec's hallmark is the dull blade assembly. Now, you may be wondering how a machine with a dull blade can chop nuts effectively. We were too and were surprised by what we found. Notably, the wing shaped, dull blade is designed, along with the 1560 watt motor, to work as a team with the blending container to create a suction-like vortex in the jar. 

This vortex acts like a tornado and pulls all ingredients down towards the rotating blade instead of flinging ingredients out to the sides of the jar like other competitor models. This also means that you won't have to use a tamper to push any stubborn nuts towards the blades. 

Admittedly, the blending container, although shaped at 75 ounces of volume can really only handle about 32 ounces of liquid. It's a bit on the smaller side compared to some other models on our list, but still effective for small nut milk batches. 

For fun, it's sold in three different colors (red, white, and black), any of which would look super stylish on your kitchen countertop. However, it's also lightweight if you decide that you want to store it in a cabinet instead. 

What We Like:

  • USA made
  • Moderate price
  • Unique dull blade
  • Stylish blending base
  • Powerful 1560 watt motor

What We Don't Like:

  • Plastic parts
  • Small blending container capacity

Best Personal Blender for Nut Milk

If you are making a glass or two of nut milk at a time, then the NutriBullet Pro may be just the ticket. This personal blender is ideal for small families, solo drinkers, or occasional small batch making. 

It comes equipped with tons of accessories, including to go cups and lids, for making drinking on the go a breeze. Additionally, the extra cups are great for sipping a morning smoothie while a separate cup gets to work crushing up nuts. 

This mini machine, although small, packs a powerful punch. It boasts 900 watts of motor power, which is impressive considering the size of the blending base. The base itself is also sold in eleven different colors, although we are fond of the champagne hue. 

Furthermore, it's also easy to operate. All you have to do is load up your ingredients, twist on the extractor blade lid assembly, and pop it in the blending base. From here, use your muscles to press down on the top of blending cup until you are satisfied with your blend. 

All of the parts are crafted from BPA-free plastic and are dishwasher safe. This blender is likely not suitable if you are making nut milk on the regular, but it's perfect for when you just need to satisfy a craving or accommodate a dietary preference.

What We Like:

  • BPA-free
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Suitable for small batches
  • Powerful 900 watt motor
  • To go cups and lids included

What We Don't Like:

  • Excessive plastic
  • Short 1 year warranty
  • Not suitable for large batches

Best Smart Nut Milk Blender

When it comes to hi-tech nut milk making, the Vitamix A2500 has all you need and more. This blender has enough bells and whistles to impress and convert even the most skeptic dairy lover. Even more, it has built in wireless connectivity and can be synced up with your favorite smart phone or tablet. 

The sleek blender base features an on/off switch, a digital timer, three program settings (smoothie, soup, or frozen desserts) and a pulse button. If using a program isn't your thing, you can also control things manually using a variable speed dial with speeds ranging from one to ten. 

However, this machine really shines thanks to a unique technology called SELF-DETECT©. In short, the blending base knows which container you’ve chosen and adjusts the blending time and force accordingly. This means you can make nut milk batches using any SELF-DETECT© bowl, cup, or blending container

The entire blender package comes with the blender base, a plastic pitcher, tamper, and cookbook. To our disappointment, none of the small SELF-DETECT© blending accessories come with the main package, which makes the price point of the blender hurt even more. 

To sum it up, the Vitamix A2500 is great for making nut milk. However, the extravagant price point means that you will likely want to use it for much more than just nut milks. The good news is, whatever you want to blend, the Vitamix is powerful and durable enough to handle it. 

What We Like:

  • Digital timer
  • Pulse button
  • Powerful motor
  • 10 year warranty
  • Variable speed dial
  • SELF-DETECT© technology

What We Don't Like:

  • Less affordable
  • No additional SELF-DETECT© accessories included

Buying the Best Blender for Nut Milk

Pulverizing nuts into milk is a tough task for the average kitchen appliance. Emphatically, the home appliance best suited to make creamy nut milk is a powerful blender. That being said, blenders are sold with a wide variety of strengths, durability, and power. 

When it comes time to make your nut milk blender purchase, it helps to keep a few important factors in mind. After all, buying a blender is an investment and it would be a shame to choose one that doesn't meet your needs. Therefore, let's cover the most important buying criteria that you should keep in mind while shopping.  

Blender Power for Making Nut Milk

Nut milk should be smooth and creamy. After all, if it isn't, then you basically just have watery nut butter. In order to achieve that creamy goodness, the nuts need to be crushed into a near liquid blend. Furthermore, the nuts will also need to be crushed small enough to be easily strainable. 

When it comes to crushing nuts, you need serious blender power as a weak blender just won't cut it. Not only will you be standing in the kitchen for ages waiting on crushed nuts, but you may also be subject to a burned out motor. For best results, look for a machine that has at least 900 watts of power.

Notably, blenders are one of those things where you actually do get what you pay for, so if you've got the budget to get a higher powered machine like the Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender then we definitely recommend it. 

Nut Milk Blender Accessories

Making nut milk requires some important accessories like storage containers, strainer bags, tampers, and cleaning brushes. Some blenders are sold with these additional accessories, while others only come with the bare minimum. 

For example, the Instant Ace Nova comes with almost everything including a strainer bag, brush, and tamper. This convenience helps saves money since all of the accessories are included in the price of the blender. 

Alternatively, if you are eyeing a blender without accessories, it's also possible to just pick a few cheap things on amazon like these cheesecloth bags for about the same price as a half gallon of nut milk. 

Nut Milk Blender Size

One frequently overlooked factor during blender shopping is the size of the actual machine, including all accessories. If you are working in a small kitchen with limited counter space, then a gargantuan blender will not be very pleasant due to the fact that you will always have to move it around to free up prep space. 

Take some time to think about where you will store your future blender. Will you keep it out on the countertop 24/7 or will you be storing it away in a nearby cabinet? For example, a blender like the Vitamix 5200 Blender weighs almost eleven pounds. This can be a back breaker when lifting out of a lower cabinet. 

On the flip side, if you've got tons of space and typically use your blender everyday, then a large model won't be so much of a hassle. Either way, consider all of your storage options and day to day routine before your making your choice. 

Blending Container Capacity for Making Nut Milk

If you find yourself making large nut milk batches, then a blender with a large capacity container will likely be best. Both the Instant Ace Nova and the Vitamix 5200 Blender are great large capacity choices since they can hold almost half a gallon of liquid in their respective containers. 

On the other hand, if you aren't sure how frequently you will be making nut milk or if you need to make several different types of small batch nut milk, then a small capacity blending container would be a great fit. A good example of this would be the NutriBullet Pro due to the fact that it comes with two, 32 ounce cups. 

Yet, if you find yourself somewhere in the middle, a blender that works with interchangeable containers like the Vitamix A2500 would also be a great choice. This is truly the best of both worlds because of the multi-purpose blending base.

For example, if you want to make a big batch of nut milk, use the main blending container. If you want to keep things personal, then try a smaller blending bowl. It's the ultimate blender flexibility. 

Nut Milk Blender Versatility

Investing in a blender is a big decision, especially because some models are very expensive. That being said, you will likely want to use your blender for more than just nut milk. Before exploring all the things that your desired blender can do, it helps to first make a list of recipes that you consistently prepare. 

Equipped with recipe knowledge, it's now time to explore the various features and abilities of the blender that you have in mind. For example, if you frequently make smoothies and nothing else, then a small, affordable blender will likely meet your needs. 

However, if you want to use your blender for hot soup, pestos, salsas, and more, then look for a model that can do as many things as possible. 


When it's time to make nut milk, we think that the Instant Ace Nova is best for the task due to its nut milk programs and the fact that it's sold with special accessories. Its affordable price point doesn't hurt either! 

If you're ready to splurge, we also love the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series because of its high tech abilities and customizable containers. It's also great for making traditional blender treats beyond nut milk. 

In summary, the best blender for nut milk is the one that suits your unique needs. We can't wait to hear which model works best for you as well as some of your favorite ways to enjoy nut milk. Drop us a comment and let us know! Happy blending! 

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We all strive to live healthier and cleaner lifestyles, but it can be hard to keep up with when competing with the onslaught of work and the many facets of life. If you are looking for an easier way, blenders are the answer. 

Preparing meals that are nutrient dense can be difficult when you have a million other things to do in a given day. By using a blender, you can save time, get healthy, and do it all from the comfort of your own kitchen. 

In this guide, we cover all you need to know when it comes these fantastic mini machines. Let's get started. 

the ultimate guide to blenders

What is a Blender?

Blenders give you the ability to puree, mix, crush, smooth, and chop. Nearly anything in your kitchen is made into your favorite desserts, meals, and toppings with just the press of a button. It is for this reason that we put together this article. We want to show you everything you need to know about blenders and why you should add one to your list of kitchen favorites.

In this guide, we will discuss the basics of the blender in terms of history, what it is, and how it works. We will also cover popular features, followed by what sets the blender apart from other kitchen appliances. We will even touch on how to keep your blender clean and some maintenance tips as well. Without further ado, let's learn about blenders! 

Definition of a Blender

For those of you that are just curious about what the textbook definition of a blender is, here it is. It's "an electric culinary grinding and mixing appliance, consisting of a container with propeller-like blades at the bottom that are whirled by a high-speed motor to purée, chop, or mix foods." So exciting!

With this new knowledge, it's important to note that blenders have been used for decades within homes, laboratories, offices and commercial kitchens. They have done everything from blending ingredients to extracting bacteria from samples. 

Blender Uses

Blenders have many functions in the kitchen and perform more tasks that you may think. We all know them to make incredible smoothies and shakes, but they are also capable of whipping up actual dishes. You can make soups, nut butter, nut milk, sauces, pesto, hummus, and more. Blenders are designed to make multitasking in the kitchen possible by performing the heavy lifting work for you. 

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How Do Blenders Work?

To fully understand how a blender works, let us first get acquainted with its parts. In a basic blender, you will find the housing, blade, jar, the jar base, lid, and lid cap.  You will also find an electrical cable and plug, and seal ring. All together these components work together to make whatever you need for your meals. 

Blender Motor

The way that blenders work is through the motor that is equipped within the housing. The motor gives the blender the power and speed needed to blend. The blender housing, sometimes called 'blender base' is also where you will find the speed controls and power switch. The speed controls give you the ability to change the blade speed for the type of blend consistency you are looking for. 

The blender base is usually made from durable plastic or stainless steel to ensure that none of the parts come apart during the blending process. If you love mechanics, the housing also contains the drive clutch. This is the part that connects the motor and the blades to create the motion needed to blend. 

Blender Blades

The most important part of the blender are the blades, as this is what gives the blender the ability to chop, shred, dice, and pulverize your ingredients. The blades are located inside a blending container or jar along with a sealing ring. The sealing ring ensures that the contents inside the blending jar do not leak onto the counter.

Blender blades come in all shapes and sizes, from single point to multi point assemblies. Some brands, like Blendtec, even boast a dull blade. Blendtec makes up for this using a unique blade shape and specially shaped blending containers. 

In addition, blender blades are also responsible for doing the strong work of breaking down ingredients into a smooth, even consistency. Usually, the stronger the blade, the better the blend especially when it comes to crushing through tough ingredients like ice or frozen fruit. 

Blender Container

Lastly, the blender container is where you get to watch the magic happen. Along with the lid, the blender container keeps the contents of the blender off the walls, floor, and counter. Most lids also include special caps so that you can add additional ingredients to the mix. 

Blender containers range in size from small, personal cups to large, family sized jars. Containers are also made in a variety of materials including glass and Tritan grade plastic. 

Blender Science

The blender parts are not the only thing that give blenders the ability to blend food. The blades work to break down the ingredients on contact. After that, a bit of science comes into play to make the job more effective. The circular motion of the blades creates a vortex within the container. The vortex then causes the contents to be pulled down and flung out to the sides of the jar. 

This flinging motion creates an occurrence called cavitation. Through cavitation, small bubbles are formed that are created from rips in the liquid that the blades are blending. When the bubbles collide with the pressure of the vortex, it creates shock waves that help to liquefy whatever is within the blender. Who knew that smoothies could be so exciting!

History of Blenders

The idea of the blender started with a man named Stephen Poplawski. He wanted to create a machine that made it easier to make milkshakes and malts. The device he came up with ended up being a container connected to a motor with a spinning blade at its base, and he later filed for a patent for it in 1922. 

Not too long after, Fred Osius came up with his own idea of this machine got a patent for it in 1938. He needed funding for his project, so he partnered with Fred Waring, and together they worked to improve Osius's model. Eventually, the partnership fizzled, and the two went separate ways, with Waring coming up with his own design. 

With this, the Miracle Mixer blender was created in 1937 by Waring, and in 1938 he changed the name to the Waring Blendor. The new and perfected machine was a success and paved the way for the blenders that we all love today. 

Blender Designs

Since its invention, there have been many special designs and new ideas that have become popular outside of the standard blender. Most of these designs have been created to make blends smoother, faster, and quieter.

Bullet Blenders 

The most impressive special design is perhaps the bullet blender models. Bullet blenders are blenders that replace the traditional blending base and container with more compact parts. A small blending base and cup are typically included in these unique blender bundles. 

What makes bullet models different is that there is no need for a power switch or speed controls as they are operated manually. All you have to do is load the cup onto the base, press down on the container, and it starts blending on its own. Some popular brands in this category are NinjaMagic Bullet, and NutriBullet

However, don't let the small stature fool you. Some bullet models are surprisingly powerful even though they are so small and can easily handle ice, frozen fruit, nuts, and seeds. 

Personal Blenders

Personal blenders are also unique in that their use is entirely based on single serving drinks. In fact, most bullet blenders also qualify as personal blenders! Personal blenders are easily portable and usually very affordable. While they do not typically have as much motor power capacity, these mini machines help to keep you healthy while on the go. 

Quiet Blenders

We all know how loud blenders can be, with some blenders more deafening than others, and many of us assume that we simply have to put up with the noise. Although there is no way to get rid of the sound completely, there is a way that you can lessen the noise, and that is by finding a quiet blender that is specifically designed to make the noise level as quiet as possible.

Quiet blenders are made with sound enclosures for noise control. The main way that this works is by attempting to limit the sound through insulation, either in the housing of the blender or on top of the jar. In the housing, rubber is used to absorb the sound from the motor. On the jar, a durable plastic shield is used to cover the jar and dampen the sound. 

These methods and more are still being tested and improved. Because of this, domestic quiet blenders are still quite rare, and usually pretty expensive. 

Blender Bottles

Blender bottles are unique in that they operate with no motor. Usually, blender bottles are made from durable plastic and contain a small wire whisk ball. When shaken, the wire whisk acts as a mixer and blends ingredients together. 

Admittedly, blender bottles are better for protein shakes where the only things being blended are liquid and a small amount of powder. However, blender bottles are also beginning to evolve into even more unique shapes and sizes and can handle more advanced ingredients like nut butters and soft fruits. 

Special Features of Blenders

Blenders are becoming increasingly advanced. Features that used to be reserved for high end models are now widely available in the market for a fraction of the cost. It's now possible to purchase one blender bundle and be able to do everything from breakfast smoothies, to baby food to hot soups. 

Pre Programmed Controls

In a fast paced world, automation is the way to achieve efficiency in the kitchen. In other words, set it and forget it. Many blenders come with pre programmed buttons and give you the ability to chop, dice, grind, puree, and more. Pre programmed controls also mean that you will achieve the same, consistent blend, every time. 

Smart Blenders

Leveling up from pre programmed controls, a smart blender is a machine with special technology designed to aid in meal prep. This technology manifests itself in different ways according to the blender manufacturer. 

For example, the Vitamix Ascent Series features a SELF-DETECT© technology which means that the blender base automatically knows which container has been placed on the base. Once this container has been recognized, the motor adjusts itself accordingly in order to achieve a perfect blend. 

Ninja also makes a blender with an Auto-iQ© technology feature. This technology enables the blender to combine blade timing, pulsing, and pause patterns to create the perfect blend. 

With smart technology taking over modern homes, it was only a matter of time before it made it into the kitchen as well. These modern features are sure to be a staple in blender design going forward.

Blender Attachments

Many blenders are now sold as a bundle with the option to add on special attachments and accessories. While brands offer different things, many provide as many options as possible in order be a one-stop-shop. In other words, increased productivity in the kitchen saves time and boosts positivity around healthy lifestyles.

To start, many blenders now come with at least one additional blending cup. The added container is typically a size smaller and gives the option to make a single serving blend rather than larger amounts. 

Next, some brands also include grinders and food processor attachments. Grinders are great for things like crushing pepper or coffee beans while food processors are great for hummus and nut butter. 

Finally, special blending jars round out the attachment offerings. These jars are often made as add ons to the main blender and specialize in things dry ingredients and dough. Both Vitamix and Blendtec are known for their custom jar offerings. 

Multi Purpose Blenders

Some blenders do not need any special attachments because they can do it all in a single jar. These types of blenders are perfect for busy families or for those who hate washing up multiple pots and pans. 

For example, the Instant Ace Plus Cooking Blender made by Instant Pot is a perfect multi use machine. This blender features ten one touch buttons and can even make hot soup. 

Multi use blenders are also ideal for those who do a wide variety of meal prep. Being able to use one machine for breakfast smoothies, baby food, guacamole, margaritas, and tomato soup is truly impressive. Saving time in the kitchen has never been easier thanks to multi purpose blenders. 

Blender Maintenance

With proper maintenance and regular cleaning, a blender can last for years. Whether it's by hand or in the dishwasher, keeping a blender free from food particles between use is essential. This helps to prevent rust and rapid aging, but also prevents your next smoothie from tasting like last nights garlic pesto. 

Washing by Hand

After use, the blender jar, blades, and lid are usually covered in ingredients. After all, cavitation is no subtle process. Washing by hand is a quick way to ensure that the blender gets thoroughly scrubbed from all remaining food particles. 

The best way to do this is by using a bottle brush or a scrubber with a long handle. It's important to be mindful of the sharp blades at the bottom of the jar which is why using a long handled brush is best. 

Even better, some blenders are easily disassembled and the blending jar can be washed separately while the blades sit safely nearby. A quick rinse or light scrub is usually all that is needed to clean most blender parts by hand. As always, be mindful of the sharp blades in order to prevent cuts and scrapes!

Dishwasher Safe

For ease of use, many blenders are now dishwasher safe. That is to say, the jar, blades, and lids are dishwasher safe, as anything with electronic parts such as the motor should never come in contact with water. 

Moreover, it's important to always read the owner's manual to properly ensure that a blender is actually dishwasher safe before placing it inside the dishwasher. It's also helpful to be mindful of the water temperature inside your dishwasher as some plastics will not perform well under high temperatures. If in doubt, hand washing is the way to go. 

Self Cleaning Feature

Most impressive of all when it comes to maintenance are blenders with a self cleaning feature. For blenders with this feature, all that is needed is a drop of soap and some hot water in the blending container. 

Once placed back on the blending base, the blades make quick work of swirling the water around in the jar using the same vortex concept as is used during normal food blending. The blender itself is now also a dishwasher! All that is left to do is a quick rinse with clean water. 


The best way to dry a freshly washed blender is by air drying. By completely drying all of the blender parts, this ensures that moisture will not build up anywhere in the blender between uses. Moisture can cause rust, buildup, and mold which destroy the blender over time. 

For best results, it's important to ensure that your blending container has proper air flow while drying. Utilizing a small drying rack or simply propping a wooden spoon underneath the edge of the container will allow the air to properly dry the container. 

If time is of essence, a towel can also be utilized to dry out most of the moisture before storing. Either way, storing the blending container upside down is more preferable because this also keeps dust and other debris away from the blades. 

Blender Storage

Depending on the size of the blender, most fit easily inside standard kitchen cabinets. Often times, however, blenders remain out on the countertop for quick use. This is common especially of small blenders which are more compact and take up less of a footprint on the countertop. 

Before storing, the blender should always be washed and dried properly. If working with a blender with special attachments, these attachments also need to be washed and dried properly. It helps to then store all attachments nearby the blender base so as to keep a clean and organized kitchen. 


Blenders are powerful kitchen companions used to level up and enable a healthy lifestyle. With a little practice, anyone can use a blender to supplement their personal health goals. Moreover, with proper care blenders can last for years and become a staple kitchen appliance. 

If you are in the market for a new blender, check out the latest best blenders in our thorough review and blender buying guide. 

We look forward to hearing about all of the exciting things that you make with your blender. Be sure to reach out and let us know about your blended creations. Happy blending!

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In our opinion, knowing how to grind coffee beans in a Vitamix is a skill that everyone should have. After all, finding yourself sans grinder with a bag of whole beans on a busy morning can be a total bummer.

If you are familiar with the Vitamix brand, then you will already know that these powerful machines can blend just about anything. Emphatically, you'll be pleased to know that grinding coffee beans is no exception. 

Accordingly, ramp up your coffee craving and let's get started! 

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Grinding Coffee Beans in a Vitamix

All Vitamix models are built to last with durable parts and a long warranty backing up this promise. Supercharged motors work effortlessly with razor sharp blades to get the blending job done when it comes to smoothies, shakes, sauces, and more. Therefore, it's time to put your machine to work serving double duty as a coffee grinder. 

Before we begin, take a moment to collect the necessary items for the task:

1. Measure the beans

Using a measuring spoon or cup, scoop the amount of whole beans into the portion size that satisfies you. For best results, we recommend only grinding enough for your daily coffee portion. 

For reference, if you are planning to brew your coffee using a one liter french press, we recommend about three heaping tablespoons of whole beans for a strong flavor. 

2. Prepare the Vitamix

Ensure that the Vitamix is clean and completely dry on the inside of the blending container. This step is critical as you do not want to your freshly ground coffee to stick to the blades. 

Notably, it helps to use a separate or dedicated dry grains grinding container if possible. The Vitamix Ascent series is awesome for this thanks to the additional attachment bowls that work using SELF-DETECT© technology. 

3. Pour the beans inside the Vitamix

Pour the measured whole beans into the Vitamix blending container. For best results, ensure that the beans are evenly distributed around the blades. A light shake of the blending container usually takes care of this. 

4. Grind the beans

Switch on the Vitamix to the lowest power setting. Gradually increase the speed using the variable dial up to variable eight. Maintain the blender speed for at least ten seconds or until all beans are ground to your liking. For a course grind, try utilizing the pulse button for a few seconds. 

5. Transfer ground beans into coffee maker 

Transfer the freshly ground coffee beans into your coffee maker of choice, such as pour over or french press. If you have decided to grind more than a daily portion, transfer the remaining coffee into a storage container

6. Brush or rinse the inside of the Vitamix

Thoroughly clean the inside of the Vitamix using a cleaning brush or hot soapy water. 

Some Vitamix models, like the Ascent A3500, come equipped with a self cleaning program that you can use to get your blender squeaky clean. All you have to do is fill the blending container with hot water and a few drops of soap. From here, just select the cleaning cycle program and let the blender do the rest!


Preparing and enjoying a perfect cup of joe is one of life's simple pleasures. Having a Vitamix by your side as a split shift barista makes things even more fun. In fact, you can even take things to the next level in your coffee game by whipping up a frozen frappuccino or coffee milkshake. 

By taking coffee bean grinding one step at a time, you are guaranteed to elevate your morning routine and, in turn, craft an amazing cup of coffee. We would love to hear from you. Drop us comment with your favorite coffee roast. As for us, medium roast house blend all the way. Happy blending! 

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Perhaps the most common thing blenders are used for is creating delicious and creamy smoothies. Whether you are preparing for a smoothie-filled healthy lifestyle or aiming to replace your old blender, we have created a list that aims to help you find the best blender for smoothies. 

Notably, all blenders aren’t created equal when it comes to churning out these tasty concoctions. 

Our list has something for everyone at every budget. Therefore, load up your grocery cart with smoothie ingredient goodness and let's dive in!

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Top Blender for Smoothies

Editor's Choice as the Best Blender for Smoothies

Our top choice, the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender, the ultimate in precision control. This powerful blender operates off a cool-running motor and a metal drive system which provide power and speed while being incredibly durable. If you need to churn out daily smoothies without a hitch, then this is the machine for you. 

The hardened stainless steel blades can chop through anything you place in the pitcher, even frozen fruits and ice cubes. They are controlled by a variable ten-speed control dial which gives you complete control over the texture of your blend. You can turn it up to blitz chia seeds or turn it down for a chunkier fruit smoothie. 

The pulse feature helps to thoroughly mix your blend without having to open the lid and stir the mixture. Or, you can use it to layer your blend, placing a coarse chop over a smooth puree. Smoothie bowls, anyone? 

Should you need to stir a stubborn blend the vented lid has an opening perfectly designed for the included tamper. It is also great for adding additional ingredients in case you decide to add a last minute shot of rum to a tropical afternoon smoothie. The 48 ounce container is just the right size to make a personal smoothie or a batch for the family. And the no-spill spout allows you to effortlessly serve them up.

What We Like:

  • Vented lid
  • Stainless steel blades
  • Variable speed dial
  • Powerful motor
  • Low profile 48 ounce container

What We Don't Like:

  • Loud
  • Heavy at 11.5 pounds

Best Runner Up Blender for Smoothies

If you are looking for a more hands-free option, consider the Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender. This blender has a timer feature with its pre-programmed settings. For example, when you select the smoothie program, the blender timer will begin counting down while mixing up your ingredients. This gives you the opportunity to complete other kitchen tasks during your busy morning without having to babysit your blender. 

The smoothie button isn’t its only preset cycle though, there are six, including a hot soup setting. It uses blade friction heating to warm your mixture while it blends it, resulting in a hot creamy soup. On the negative side, don't accidentally press the wrong button because a hot smoothie doesn't sound too appetizing.  

Whether you are making hot soup or icy smoothies, the powerful blades can effortlessly chop through ingredients. You don’t have to worry about pokes or ruined tampers because they are dull, yet efficient. Yes, you read that correctly. The Blendtec brand features a unique, wing shaped dull blade that is the hallmark of their brand. 

For capacity, the 75 ounce jar can handle larger batches so your entire family can have smoothies. Another large feature? The lengthy 3-foot cord that can stretch conveniently across your countertop.

In all, this blender is ideal for smoothies with its ability to crush anything that you can dream of blending. If you need a powerhouse blender that shows up for work each morning without fail, then this is the blender for you. 

What We Like:

  • Dull blade design
  • Built in timer
  • 6 program settings
  • Long 3 foot power cord
  • Large capacity blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • Less affordable
  • Excessive plastic parts

Best Personal Smoothie Blender

Are you livin' that solo life? Or maybe you are the only one in your household drinking smoothies on the daily? The Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480D is a personal-sized blender that is ideal for making smoothies on-the-go or that are ready to travel. Two included flip-top travel lids work with either the 24 ounce cup or the smaller 18 ounce cup. 

Since you can blend directly in the cup, there is little to no cleanup. Simply add your ingredients, screw on the pro extractor blades, and then pop the cup into the 1000 watt base. The stacked design of the blades means frozen items stand no chance of getting trapped on either side but instead are pulled into the base and efficiently broken down. 

For controls, you can use the pulse button or take advantage of one of the two Auto-iQ presets. These presets use timed patterns of pulsing, blending, and pausing to achieve the perfect texture effectively freeing you to take care of other kitchen tasks. This potent but petite little blender is an awesome way to liquefy greens, blitz seeds, and break down frozen ingredients to make delicious smoothies for one.

What We Like:

  • Compact
  • Affordable
  • Powerful 1000 watt motor
  • 2 Auto-iQ preset programs
  • To go cups with lids included

What We Don't Like:

  • Not suitable for hot liquids
  • Not suitable for large batches

Best Blender for Smoothies with Accessories

If you want the versatility of a full-sized blender and a personal sized one, consider the NutriBullet Blender Combo. This blender includes a large capacity 64 ounce pitcher and two smaller sized to-go cups, one at 32 and the other at 24 ounces respectively. This machine truly offers the best of both worlds. 

The large pitcher has easy to read measurements and a vented lid cap. This makes adding additional ingredients like flaxseed, chia seeds, or nut butters a cinch. When pouring out your creation, the easy-pour spout equals zero drips! The to-go cups and their travel lids are just as painless to use as you can blend directly in the cup with the easy-twist extractor blade. 

No matter what quantity of smoothie you're making, you control the consistency of the 1200 watt motor. The blender base has an extract button, a pulse button, and three different speeds. You can effortlessly achieve the perfect consistency smoothie whether it be thick and icy or smooth and creamy. Everything is dishwasher safe so when you’re done cleanup is a breeze!

What We Like:

  • Easy pour spout
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Easy to operate
  • Powerful 1200 watt motor
  • Includes to go cups with lids

What We Don't Like:

  • Heavy at 11.33 pounds
  • Blades aren’t removable for cleaning

Best Smart Blender for Smoothies

Searching for a smart blender? The Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Smart Blender has got you covered. It has a variety of features that offer walk-away convenience. Smoothie making doesn’t get any easier than this with this beauty by your side in the kitchen. Let's chat about it.

First, for capacity, the large 64 ounce container is perfect for big batches, and its low profile design makes it easy to store or use on your counter. The smart base uses clever sensor technology to sense the container load and then adjusts blend settings and speed. It even works with any SELF-DETECT© containers like bowls and cups

Next, the digital timer is another awesome offering as it can help you perfect your recipes. Once you find the best time for recipes that are manually processed, you can then set the timer for subsequent blends and arrive at the ideal consistency with ease. Additionally, the timer also counts down remaining blend time on any selected pre-set whether soup, frozen dessert, or smoothie. 

Finally, if pre-sets don't suit you, a ten-speed dial allows you to blend manually by rotating the dial to your desired speed. However, we do find the soup program setting especially useful for when you want to blend hot soup without monitoring your blender constantly.

To sum it up, this smart machine is impressive and can handle smoothies in a flash. It's got all the Vitamix glory with a price tag to match. If you're in the market and it's in your budget, then this machine ticks all the boxes. 

What We Like:

  • Three programs
  • Digital timer
  • Powerful motor
  • Variable speed dial
  • SELF-DETECT© technology

What We Don't Like:

  • Less affordable
  • Not sold with additional accessories

Best Glass Smoothie Blender

The Oster Blender Pro 1200 is a wonderful eco-friendly glass option for those who occasionally want a smoothie. Emphatically, it's also affordable. Yet despite its price point, it has a lot to offer in the way of settings and components. 

This blending system comes with large pitcher and a to-go cup. The 6 cup Boroclass jar is shock resistant and less likely to retain flavors and odors than plastic. In short, your morning strawberry smoothie will be free from last night's garlic hummus. The included 24 ounce smoothie cup equipped with a to-go lid fits right in the stylish brushed nickel base so you can blend directly in the cup. 

For force, 1200 watts of power are more than enough to blast through ice and tear through frozen fruits. Larger sized blades and dual blade direction technology ensure consistently smooth blends for smoothies, soups, sauces, and even baby food purees.

For controls, you have a choice of seven speeds or three pre-programmed settings: green/frozen smoothies, food chop/salsa, and milkshakes. With these controls, you can be hands-on with your blends, tailoring them to your liking or use one of the settings and let the blender do the work for you.

All in all, we love this glass option since it's so rare to find a quality glass blender these days. Our only gripe is the short power cord (it's 16 inches) and the lack of variable speed control. Other than this, the Oster Pro 1200 is a great smoothie making machine. 

What We Like:

  • Glass jar
  • Affordable
  • Stylish blender base
  • Powerful 1200 watt motor
  • To go cup with lid included

What We Don't Like:

  • Glass prone to chipping and cracking

Best Vitamix Alternative Smoothie Blender

It may not be as attractive as other blenders, but the Cleanblend Commercial Blender packs a professional grade punch. It has 1800 watts of power that are controlled by a variable speed dial, effectively rivaling the Vitamix brand.

With its colossally powered motor, you can easily make smoothies, chunky salsas, creamy nut butter, and even hot soups. Furthermore, this blender boasts that it replaces up to nine appliances thanks to its versatility and ability to dice, chop, liquefy, heat, and more. 

The lid to the 64 ounce container contains a vented space where you can easily insert a tamper to help process difficult blends, though you likely won’t have that problem. The 8 blade system effortlessly tears through whatever you place inside the pitcher. 

Despite being incredibly powerful, the strong base and sealed ball bearings make this blender slightly less noisy than other commercial-grade models. However, since it's a blender, it is still noisy. 

To sum it up, this machine is a great choice if you want the Vitamix power but not the Vitamix price tag. 

What We Like:

  • Pulse button
  • Variable speed dial
  • Tamper included
  • Powerful 1800 watt motor
  • Large capacity blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • No pre-set programs
  • Heavy at 12 pounds

Best Budget Blender for Smoothies

The Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender is a fast and functional model that is excellent for those with a small budget and a small kitchen. Its compact size, featuring a 40 ounce glass pitcher and a low profile base is easy to store or keep on your countertop.

Surprisingly sturdy considering its affordability, the 700 watt motor provides sufficient power to the durable blades for chopping, pureeing, grinding, and grating. Cyclonic wave action efficiently pulls everything down towards the blades, no stirring required.

For blending control, twelve different functions take the guesswork out of making perfect blends. The pulse button gives you an extra boost so you can achieve your ideal consistency. We find this button particularly useful when making acai bowls or topping off a smoothie with some crushed pecans. 

The unique pour spout lid doesn’t drip or spill when transferring your mixture. After all, you worked hard to make your smoothie and none of it should be wasted. When you're finished blending, everything is dishwasher safe, including the blades which remove for deeper cleaning.

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • Glass pitcher
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 12 blending functions
  • Compact and easy to store

What We Don't Like:

  • Short 1 year warranty
  • Needs a fair amount of liquid to crush ice

Best Smoothie Blender for Families

If you are feeding a large household, the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender is a large capacity, home-use model with commercial-grade power. The 1100 watt base is easy to operate and provides enough power for the blender to tear through whatever you put in the pitcher. 

The Ninja definitely lives up to its stealth and effective name thanks to the six blade total crushing assembly. It's strong and durable and turns ice into snow in just seconds. It does the same for frozen fruit, which results in deliciously smooth smoothies and shakes.

You can make enough for your entire workout group using the 72 ounce pitcher or just blend up a personal serving in one of the 16 ounce to-go cups. Both the pitcher and the to-go cups click safely and securely onto the base. It really doesn't get any easier than this! 

This blender makes it effortless to whip up dips, dressings, and more thanks to its user-friendly settings. There are only three-speeds and a pulse button so you don’t have to worry about choosing the right preset or setting a tricky timer. This blender can quickly pulverize your raw smoothie ingredients with just a press of a button so you can be on your way!

What We Like:

  • Compact base
  • To go cups included
  • Powerful 1100 watt motor
  • Large capacity blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • All plastic parts
  • No pre-set programs

Buying the Best Blender for Smoothies

Blenders are truly awesome kitchen appliances. Thanks to powerful motors, razor sharp blades, and durable blending containers, they turn difficult tasks into effortless experiences. In fact, for the experienced chef, using a blender is often a source of joy. 

When it comes to making smoothies, blenders are absolutely best qualified for the job. However, there are dozens if not hundreds of different types of blenders to choose from. It can be a downright challenge to know which one will be the best one for your needs. 

In our guide, we've taken the time to highlight the most important buying criteria when it comes to choosing a new blender. By keeping these factors in mind, you will be on your way to making the best choice for your new smoothie blender. 

Smoothie Blender Power

Any of the blenders on our list can whip up a great smoothie. Yet, certain blenders are more powerful than others. When it comes down to it, blender power can make or break your daily blender experience. Anyone who has ever stood shaking and rocking a weak blender can relate. 

Regarding blender power, it helps to to take a moment to think through the types of smoothies that you consistently like to enjoy. You may even want to make a list of common smoothie ingredients that you find yourself using often. 

If you are someone who likes to add frozen fruit, ice, or thick nut butters to your smoothies, then you will need some significant power in order to get a smooth consistency. Ideally, a blender with 1000 watts of power or more, like the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ BL480D is recommended to effectively blend ice into snow. 

Alternatively, if you enjoy mostly liquid or powder based smoothies and shakes, then a lower powered (and often more budget friendly) model like the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender will be more than enough.

In some cases, you may even be able to switch to a blender bottle to meet your needs. Bottles like this have no motor at all and use your muscle power, along with a special wire whisk ball to mix up your ingredients. 

Whatever your current power needs, be sure to also consider what your future needs may be in order to make the best choice and, in turn, avoid buying multiple blenders. 

Cleaning a Smoothie Blender

In order to keep your blender functioning at peak performance, we suggest implementing a cleaning routine after each smoothie. Now, before you despair about constant cleaning, it's important to know that some blenders make this task ridiculously easy. 

For example, any Vitamix blender can clean itself with a drop of soap and some warm water. The powerful motor found in the Vitamix creates a dishwasher vortex before your eyes. Admittedly, you can do this trick with any blender, but Vitamix does it best. 

Alternatively, some blenders like the Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender are able to be completely disassembled, including the blades and tossed in the dishwasher. Dishwasher safe models are ideal, especially if you hate washing up. 

Notably, some models have dishwasher safe parts or are only partially able to deep cleaned. The NutriBullet Blender Combo is one such machine in that everything is dishwasher safe, yet the blades aren't removable. If the concept of this creeps you out a little, then a machine without removable blades may not be the best choice.  

Smoothie Blender Accessories

When shopping for your blender, take note of any special accessories that are available for purchase. Using add on blender accessories is a great way to expand the functionality of your machine while often sparing you the cost of purchasing another appliance. 

For example, the Vitamix Ascent Series has many different accessories in various sizes that work seamlessly with the blender base. A few notable ones are the 20 ounce blending cups, the 8 ounce blending bowls, and the 12 cup food processor

Being able to add on accessories is definitely a perk when it comes to smoothie making. Additionally, accessories like separate blending cups are perfect for households that are managing allergies, food sensitivities, or picky eaters. 

Blender Blades for Smoothies

When you need a smoothie, you need it now. Blender blades are the star mechanism enabling all the smoothie goodness to happen. Without them, a blender would be rendered useless. 

When shopping for your new smoothie maker, consider what type of blade would suit you best. The market has many options, from dull to razor sharp, and from wing shaped to total crushing. Similar to blender power, the type of blender blade that suits you best really depends on the variety of ingredients that you intend to blend.  

For example, if you know that you are an ice loving smoothie fanatic, then a machine with total crushing blades like the Ninja Professional Countertop Blender would be a great choice. Additionally, hardened stainless steel blades like those found in any Vitamix can also crush ice and frozen fruit efficiently. 

Opposite, if you mostly want to enjoy protein shakes or smoothies with soft, fresh fruit then just about any blade will cut it, pun intended.  


Each blender on our list is capable of making an awesome smoothie. However, if you want it done quickly and efficiently every time, we recommend the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender. This blender might be a bit of an investment, but it is extremely versatile and you will find many uses for it in your kitchen from crushing ice to pulverizing frozen fruit.

If you want to try out a dull blender blade, we also recommend the Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender for its uniqueness, programmed settings, and all around high quality construction.

Drop a comment below with some of your favorite smoothie recipes as well as tips and tricks for getting just the right consistency. We also can't wait to hear which blender is right for you. Happy blending! 

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Vitamix blenders are known for their durability, power, and quality. In fact, no matter the model, it's hard to go wrong with a Vitamix. Nonetheless, we've set out to find the best Vitamix blender.

Whether it's smoothies, sauces, purees, or soups, this blender can handle it. However, not all models are suitable for all individuals. Yet, thanks to the awesome product creators at Vitamix, there's a model for everyone. 

In our guide, we'll highlight features, specs, pros, cons, and more for this mighty blending machine. 

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Top Vitamix Blenders

Best Vitamix Blender for Beginners

If you are new to the world of blenders, the Vitamix 5200 is a great place to start. This machine has been around for years, fulfilling smoothie dreams for even the most inexperienced chef. In fact, it's so classic that Vitamix considers it a part of their legacy series. 

For power, this machine boasts 2 peak horsepower, which is about the equivalent of 1380 watts. With power like that it can blend almost anything you desire including ice, frozen fruit, nuts, seeds, and leafy greens. 

But what is power without control? The 5200 comes with a variable speed dial ranging in power speeds from 1 to 10. A high/low switch located next to the dial gives you further control over the texture of your blends. 

Now, with understanding around speed and power, you can easily use your new knowledge whip up a large batch of soup or sauce for the entire family in the blending jar. Considered large capacity, the durable blending jar can safely hold 64 ounces of ingredients. If things get out of control, the motor base features a radial cooling fan and thermal protection system to avoid overheating. 

When it's time to clean up, the Vitamix can easily clean itself with some hot water and a drop of soap. In less than thirty seconds, your Vitamix is squeaky clean and ready for your next blend. 

What We Like:

  • Powerful motor
  • 7 year warranty
  • Pulse button
  • Variable speed dial
  • Large capacity blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • Tall at 20.5 inches

Best Priced Vitamix Blender

Dying to own a Vitamix, but don't love the hefty price tag? The Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender may be just the ticket for you. In short, it's a high performance machine with a lower price tag. However, a lower price point doesn't mean lower quality. Let's talk about it. 

First, for power, the Explorian operates and offers the same speed as its other Vitamix siblings. Total crushing power enables you to blend, crush, chop, and otherwise pulverize essentially any ingredient you can imagine. It can even make hot soup in under six minutes using friction created from the stainless steel blades. 

Second, for controls, the stylish blender base houses similar controls found on other Vitamix models including a variable speed dial, pulse button, and on/off switch. For fun, the base is sold in three bold colors: black, slate, and red. After all, no one ever said that budget blending had to be boring. 

Third, if you want to expand the functionality of the Explorian, it's easily done by adding additional accessories. You can purchase a blending cup adapter in order to create a single serve smoothie for yourself or a friend. 

Finally, its default, low profile, 48 ounce container allows you to make batches that are just-right sizes. Plus, it fits easily underneath most cabinets which is a plus since you will probably never want to put it away!

What We Like:

  • Powerful motor
  • Budget friendly
  • Works with accessories
  • Low profile blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • Heavy at 11.5 pounds
  • Shorter warranty than other models at 5 years

Best Vitamix Immersion Blender

The Vitamix Immersion Blender is something that Vitamix brand lovers have been anticipating for a long time. Now, the wait is over because Vitamix has produced one of the best hand blenders on the market. If you're dying to add a little puree consistency to a curry, stew, or soup but don't want to bother with lugging out a huge countertop blender, then this is the model for you. 

Hand blenders offer many benefits when it comes to boosting efficiency in the kitchen and the Vitamix hand blender does not disappoint. Forged from stainless steel and built to last in true Vitamix fashion, this hand blender can handle almost anything at any temperature. 

It comes equipped with a 625 watt motor, five speeds, an LED light display, and an ergonomic grip design. Additionally, it also comes fitted with a blade guard to prevent scratching up your pots and pans or shattering your mason jars.

Although this blender won't be a superstar when it comes to ice or hard frozen fruit, it can certainly whip up smoothies, shakes and baby food in a flash. When it's time to clean up, just run the blender for a few seconds in a cup of hot, soapy water. Rinse with clean water and you are done! 

What We Like:

  • Affordable
  • 5 speeds
  • Blade guard
  • Stainless steel finish
  • Extra long power cord

What We Don't Like:

  • Not suitable for ice

Editor's Choice for the Best Vitamix Blender

When you need a blender with brains, the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series is there to get the job done. This magical machine has built in wireless connectivity and also features a technology called SELF-DETECT© which automatically adjusts blending speeds according to the container that you are using. 

Notably, for power, the A2500 boasts 2.2 peak horsepower, which translates to about 1440 watts of power. All of that energy is made possible by a high performance motor built for durability. In short, that is some serious smoothie making power. 

On the blender base, you will find several controls including a pulse button, an LCD timer, an on/off switch, and a variable speed dial featuring three pre-set programs. Furthermore, the blender base is designed to accommodate a range of perfectly fitting cups and bowls. Although, one drawback is that the standalone blender package does not include any SELF-DETECT© accessories and only includes the 64 ounce low profile container.

Even better, this brainy machine is also beautiful by way of the stylish blending base. It comes in four colors (black, red, slate, or white), has a digital timer, and looks great on any countertop. 

What We Like:

  • Powerful motor
  • Variable speed dial
  • 10 year warranty
  • Accessories available
  • Transparent blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • Less affordable
  • Not sold with additional accessories

Best Vitamix Blender for Professionals

The Vitamix Pro Series 750 is a blender that means business. This machine shows up for work before everyone else and leaves after everyone else is gone. Bottom line, it's a professional. 

Vitamix has a mantra, "You don't need more horses; you need better trained ones." For instance, when compared with less expensive competitor models, you can actually find more power wattage out there on the market. In fact, the Cleanblend blender boasts 1800, while the Vitamix 750 is equipped with roughly 1440 watts.

And yet, the motor found in the Vitamix 750 is crafted from high performance materials and features a cool running motor to prevent burnout. In short, you can make smoothies and margaritas for the entire party without this machine ever showing any sign of slowing down. 

When it's time to cook, the Pro Series 750 features five unique presets alongside its variable speed dial. Using the dial, you can select from frozen desserts, soup, smoothies, purees, or the self cleaning mode. From here, just walk away and let the blender get to work while you move on to other kitchen tasks. Talk about the ultimate sous chef!

With classic features, consistent quality, and a price tag to match, the Vitamix Pro Series 750 is great for any experienced chef who is ready to take things to the next level. 

What We Like:

  • Five pre-sets
  • Variable speed dial
  • 7 year warranty
  • Powerful 2.2 HP motor
  • Low profile 64 ounce blending container

What We Don't Like:

  • Less affordable 
  • Newer, more affordable models have similar features

Best Smart Vitamix Blender

If the former A2500 was brainy like a college kid, then the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series is the professor. This model is a step up in the Ascent smart blender series and is truly impressive with all that it can do. In short, if you like bells and whistles, then this is the machine for you. 

It has all of the same features found in the Ascent series, including built in wireless connectivity and the ability to sense any size SELF-DETECT© container. However, where the A3500 really shines is with its sleek touch screen and programmable timer. Let's discuss. 

First, the entire face of the blending base is filled with various buttons that are controlled with a touch of your finger. This includes a touch start/stop, pulse, timer, and five program settings. The programs include hot soups, dips and spreads, smoothies, frozen desserts, and self cleaning, all of which adjust automatically to the container that you have chosen.

You can also take advantage of the variable speed dial if you still want to do things manually. The dial can be adjusted from low to high and will still retain its ability to self-detect your specific container. 

Next, the timer is programmable. It can easily be configured to lock in the settings and timing of your favorite recipes for a truly customizable blending experience. Additionally, the timer serves to count down the remaining time left on any preset as well as count up to show how long you have been blending. It also serves to stop the blender when the time you've entered is reached. 

Finally, the A3500 pairs perfectly the Vitamix Perfect Blend app installed on your smart phone or tablet. Coupled with the app and digital touch screen, the A3500 is the blender of the future. 

What We Like:

  • 10 year warranty
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 5 program settings
  • Touch screen display
  • Programmable timer

What We Don't Like:

  • Less affordable
  • Heavy at 14.92 pounds

Best Quiet Vitamix Blender

If you've been dreaming of opening up your own cafe or smoothie shop, then the Vitamix Quiet One is the machine for you. This gentle monster is the most powerful blender on our list, yet, likely the quietest. It's been designed to spare the ears of staff and customers alike. 

For specs, it's got everything but the kitchen sink, which is helpful because on busy days, you need all hands on deck! It features six program buttons, thirty four optimized programs, and ninety three variable speeds. With settings like this, you can standardize operations across multiple cafe locations and dominate the market. 

The blending container can hold 48 ounces of ingredients and is cleared marked with measurement markings to help improve blend accuracy. Once the blending container is loaded up, just pop it on the base and lower the plastic shield. The shield, partnered with a specially designed motor housing work together to keep things on the quieter side. 

To sum it up, whether you are scaling your operations or just want to invest in a commercial machine for home use, the Quiet One would make a great companion. The only drawback is its crazy price tag which may have you screaming louder than the blender itself. 

What We Like:

  • Variable speeds
  • Sound enclosure
  • Powerful motor
  • Optimized programs
  • Quieter than other commercial blenders

What We Don't Like:

  • Very expensive
  • Heavy at 23.64 pounds

Buying the Best Vitamix Blender

When it comes to improving your overall health, a good blender is essential. Furthermore, a great blender like the Vitamix can easily become your biggest enabler to help you achieve your dietary goals. 

Admittedly though, Vitamix blenders are quite the investment and you want to make sure that you are buying the best one to suit your unique needs. After all, it would be an absolute shame to let an awesome blender like the Vitamix go unused. 

Before you make your purchase, take some time to consider the following buying criteria in order to make the best blender choice. 

Vitamix Size

The size of the Vitamix, meaning how heavy, bulky, or tall big it is, can impact your life in a few ways. In general, Vitamix machines are typically heavier than most of their competitors. This is due, in part, to the fact that Vitamix uses better materials like stainless steel and other metals to craft their machines. 

When considering which Vitamix to buy, take some time to consider how and where you will store your blender. Also consider any mobility challenges that may be preset in your household as some models are extremely heavy and can be difficult to lift from cabinets. 

Notably, larger blenders like the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series are heavier and can be harder to store, either in a cupboard or on your counter. However, bigger blenders usually have higher capacities and can be great for those who typically use their blenders to make batches. 

Alternatively, if you only want to make smoothies or single-servings, you may prefer a more compact blender like the Vitamix Immersion Blender; making it easier to handle and to keep in your kitchen. 

Vitamix Blending Containers

When it comes to blending containers, Vitamix, for years, stuck to just a few standard sizes of 64 ounce and 32 ounce dry grains containers, respectively. However, with the release of the Explorian and Ascent Series, the availability and variety of container sizes more than doubled. 

When it comes time to purchase your machine, be sure to consider all the ways that you foresee using your blender in order to make the best decision. For example, if you are someone who loves small smoothie bowls, back porch single serve margaritas, and large batches of soup, then a model like the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series or the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Series would be great for you thanks to the SELF-DETECT© line of accessories. 

On the flip side, if you just need a classic, traditional blender then go for a legacy machine like the Vitamix 5200. It's straight-forward and easy to use. Furthermore, you don't have to worry about storing additional containers.

Whatever unique needs you have, we definitely encourage taking the time to explore your current catalogue of recipes before you make your decision.

Buying a new machine with new capabilities can be a great way to expand your palate thanks to new blending abilities. 

Additionally, if you already have a Vitamix, check to see if any containers have become compatible with your existing model. Purchasing a new add-on like the stainless steel blending container is a great way to save some money while reinventing your blending experience. 

Vitamix Blender Power

Vitamix blenders are some of the most powerful machines on the market. In fact, the pro series machines, like the Vitamix Pro Series 750 in addition to the commercial Vitamix Quiet One are widely used in restaurants and smoothie shops around the world. 

When it comes time to make your purchase, consider what type of power you may need in your machine. If you know that all you want to blend is the occasional milkshake or smoothie, then perhaps you can get by with the lower powered Vitamix Immersion Blender

However, if you know that power is the name of the game for you, then we definitely suggest going for a traditional countertop model. Every model on our list is powerful enough to blend pretty much anything you can imagine. 

Vitamix Accessories

Similar to the availability of new blending containers, Vitamix also makes several add on accessories that integrate with many of their models. A few notable ones are the Aer Disc Container, the Personal Cup Adapter, and the 12 Cup Food Processor.

If you know that you will be purchasing and using a certain accessory, then definitely take the time to ensure that the blender model you want is compatible with your desired accessory.

In the case of the food processor attachment, it is designed to work seamlessly with all SELF-DETECT© capable machines, which is the Ascent and Venturist series. 


Bottom line, the best Vitamix blender is the one that suits your needs. We favor the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series because it's just as powerful, yet more affordable than some other models. Additionally, it works with all SELF-DETECT© containers effectively leveling up its functionality.

An easy runner up is the Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender because it's great for beginners and slightly more budget friendly. 

Drop us a comment and let us know the first thing that you are going to make with your new Vitamix. If you already have a Vitamix, then let us know your latest blended creation. Happy blending! 

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