Blending up smoothies and frozen drinks is a great way to get your daily serving of fruits, vegetables and healthy wholesome ingredients. However, not all blenders are created equal.
Finding the right blender for making smoothies and crushing ice can be a daunting task. With the wide array of options available on the market, it can be hard to know which one is best suited for your needs.
To help you out, this article will review the top blenders that are specifically designed to make smoothies and crush ice.
Each blender will be evaluated based on its features, performance, and price point so that you can make an informed decision when purchasing one.
Things to Consider Before Getting The Best Blender For Smoothies And Ice:
Variable speed control: Being able to control the blender’s speed to match the thickness of the ingredients you’re blending is incredibly important.
Ice crushing: All blenders can make smoothies, and all but the most affordable can make crushed ice (but only higher-end models can make crushed ice without turning into a slushy).
Blend quality: If your blender is unable to crush ice, it won’t be able to pulverize frozen fruit.
Blend speed: A good blender will blend the contents smoothly while avoiding visible chunks.
Price: While a $20 blender can certainly get you by, those with higher price tags generally deliver better overall results.
How We Pick And Test?
At Consumer Search, we test and review hundreds of blenders each year, including blenders specifically tailored for smoothies and ice.
We test their ease of use, durability and performance, which includes how well each blender blends and mixes. Our top pick is the Oster Versa Performance Blender.
Our picks are based on our years of experience cooking, testing, eating and tasting thousands of products.
The blenders we select for testing are widely available, have solid reputations, and have been used by our own experts.
And every year, we update our blender reviews based on new blenders and innovations.
1: Ninja BL610 Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender
Ninja’s Professional Blender is well-suited to home use and in moderate-sized kitchens.
It’s a powerful machine, with the ability to crush ice and whole produce to a smooth, drinkable consistency.
The pitcher is very large, so it provides a lot of blending capability, and it’s dishwasher safe.
The pitcher also has two speeds instead of one, and unlike the Vitamix 5200, the Professional Blender doesn’t have variable pulse modes.
If you’re looking for a powerful blender for rigorous professional duties, the Vitamix 5200 is definitely a better choice.
But if you’re just looking for a mid-range blender for smoothies, milkshakes, ice, and frozen fruit, the Ninja BL610 Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender is worth a look.
Features We Like:
- Stylish Design with LED Indicators
- Built in Smart Programs
- Thermal Control
- Glass Jar
- One Touch Pulse
- Large Pitcher with Lid
- 24 Hour Timer
- Blends Frozen Fruits and Vegetables – Makes Smoothies and Frozen Drinks
2: Ninja BL660 Professional Compact Smoothie & Food Processing Blender
The Ninja BL660 is a super-powerful and versatile blender that can turn out everything from frozen drinks to smoothies to homemade pizza dough, with cool-touch handles and a sealed-in carafe.
The extra-large crushing pitcher holds 64 fluid ounces, enough to smoothly mix two large drinks and two tall glasses of smoothie.
The extra-large 64-ounce container also means fewer refills, and the motor, which is powerful enough to process ice, pulverizes everything with ease, including frozen ingredients.
The Ninja BL660 comes with two single-serve cups, a spout lid, and a Pro Extractor blade assembly, which you can use to make frozen drinks, smoothies, and smoothies.
The blades are especially helpful when using frozen ingredients.
Each starter recipe book has more than 28 recipes to get you started, and the BL660 also comes with a recipe book that includes 28 recipes that are easy to make at home.
The Ninja BL660 is durable, mess-free, and easy to clean (all parts are dishwasher safe), and it’s a bargain, especially considering that it comes with a free recipe book.
Features We Like:
- Professional Performance for Delicious Smoothies & Frozen Drinks
- Pro Extractor Blades Assembly for Maximum Versatility & Easy Cleaning
- Unique XL Capacity Pitcher & 16-oz. Single-Serve Cups for Blended & To-Go Meals
- Stacked Blade Assembly for Easy Storage & Cleaning
- Easy to Clean & Dishwasher Safe Parts
- 28 Recipe Inspiration Guide & Recipe Book Included
3: Hamilton Beach Power Elite Wave Action Blender-for Shakes and Smoothies
The Hamilton Beach Power Elite Wave Action Blender has a simple and easy-to-use design.
The output is very strong and the thing breaks down quickly so you can slice and dice anything.
Its stainless steel blades look like they can take a good beating. The lid and blades are all dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy.
The Ice Sabre blades are handy for chopping ice, but we found that they can also cause some damage to the blade itself.
This is a not a great blender for ice crushing or slow-churning, but if you plan to add fruit, ice, and milk for frozen drinks and smoothies, or if you want to quickly give things a whirl, this blender does the job.
Features We Like:
- Ultra-Smooth Results With Patented Wave Action System
- Serve With Ease: The Spout Lets You Pour Contents Into Your Glass Without Spills Or Drips, So Serving Is Easy And Mess-Free
- 12 Blending Functions For Maximum Versatility
- Powerful 700 Watts Of Peak Blending Power
- Easy-To-Clean With Dishwasher Safe Glass Jar, Lid And Blades
- Steel Ice Sabre-Blades
- Easy To Use, 5 Simple Buttons On An Easy-To-Read Control Panel
- Durable, Stainless Steel Blades
- Blends Multiple Servings With The Jar That Holds 40 Ounces
- Durable, Dishwasher Safe Jar, Lid And Blades
- 3 Speed Settings, Pulse Function
4: Ninja QB3001SS Ninja Fit Compact Personal Blender
The Ninja QB3001SS Ninja Fit Compact Personal Blender is the best blender for smoothies, frozen drinks, and protein shakes.
It’s more powerful than our other top pick, the Nutri Ninja Pro 1200, but it’s smaller and lighter than the more expensive Ninja Pro 1000.
The QB3001SS also has better features and a smaller price tag, and we love its loud, powerful motor, which delivers excellent blending performance.
The Ninja Fit has a metal blade assembly that spins at up to 24,000 rpm, and it uses pulse technology, which spins the blade up and down in 20-second bursts, to help crush ice quickly and evenly.
The pitcher measures 12 inches by 5 inches by 6 inches, and it’s capable of blending up to 24 ounces of smoothies, frozen drinks, and other blended beverages.
The blender comes with two cups, a 24-ounce and a 16-ounce, and both have spill-proof lids
5: Ninja BN401 Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender
The Ninja BN-401 Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender is a top pick because it has both a powerful motor and an intuitive design.
Its 1100-watt motor is powerful enough to handle whole fruits and vegetables, along with frozen ingredients, and its auto-IQ program does most of the guesswork for you.
It also doesn’t hurt that it blends better than any of the other portable blenders we tested.
The Ninja comes with a dedicated 24-oz. to-go cup with a spout lid, so you can blend fresh smoothies or frozen drinks on the go.
The cup we ran our tests with was dishwasher-safe, but Ninja also includes two 24-oz. to-go cups with a cap, and a 48-oz. to-go cup with a straw lid.
Most portable blenders come with just one cup, since most of them have a small masticating (grinding) blade, which should not be used for to-go use.
The Nutri Pro’s 48-oz. cup would work better for that purpose, but its single cup is convenient for blending drink ingredients directly in the to-go cup.
The Ninja is 12 inches tall and only 6 inches wide, so it takes up very little counter space.
The Nutri Pro’s Auto-IQ program is very easy to use, and the three preset programs cover everything from smoothies to crushed ice.
If you struggle to make smoothies, the auto-IQ does most of the work for you, and lets you choose from three preset blending times.
The setup is simple and straightforward. Ninja includes a 20-recipe inspiration guide, but most users would probably find inspiration online.
You can actually find the recipes on the Ninja website, and many are easy to make. The Nutri Pro blender was easy to use, and it delivered delicious results.
Features We Like:
- 1100-Peak-Watts Motor
- Two Auto-iQ Preset Programs
- Nutri-Blend Technology
- Blends Fresh Fruit & Veggies
- 2 24-oz. To-Go Cups Included
- Not Just for Kids
6: Bullet Blender for Shakes and Smoothies
The Airpher 19-piece single serve blender has a 700-ml cup that is perfect for smoothies, shakes, and milk shakes.
The 10-oz. cup is great if you want to make smoothies ahead of time and take them with you to work or the gym.
The lid seals tight and is large enough to add ice to the blender without spilling. The machine comes with 6 different blades that include a blade that can crush ice.
There is a grind blade, a blending blade, a chopping blade, a whisk and a straw. The whisk is large and works great for making egg muffins, pancakes, and meringue.
The food-grade stainless steel blades are durable and easy to clean. The machine has 6 speeds: low, high, pulse and ice crush.
There are three buttons for pulse, ice crush and on/off. The machine comes with a recipe card, a to-go cup lid with a straw and a cleaning brush.
The twist-on jar is durable and has a good seal. The motor is powerful and the blades are sharp.
The machine is great for making smoothies, milkshakes, protein shakes, baby food, sauces, juices, nut butter, pasta, and baby food. The cups are dishwasher safe.
Features We Like:
- With 850W power, 20000RPM high speed stainless steel blade, it’s powerful enough to crush ice, beans and fruit easily.
- With 24 oz (700ml) large drinking cup with to-go lid and 10 oz (300ml) grinding cup, meet your different needs, such as travel, gym, office, school etc.
- With Ice cube tray, 6-edge blade, grinding blade, straw, spoon, recipe, provide more creativity for you.
- With pulse technology, just press down the cup and make smoothies, juices, protein shakes,baby food and more within seconds!
- Food Grade, Healthy & Environmental Friendly All blades are made of food grade 304 stainless steel, wear-resistant and low-temperature resistant. All cups are BPA-free.
- Easy Operation & Safe Airpher bullet blender with pulse technology, just press down the cup and make smoothies, juices, protein shakes,baby food and more within seconds!
- With 2*24 Oz & 10 Oz To-Go
Features We Like:
- High Power 850W, No Noise, No Leakage, Durable & Safe
- 24 oz & 10 oz BPA Free Cups With To-Go Lids
- Airpher 19 Pieces Personal Blenders Set
- Stainless Steel Blades
- 4 Grinding Cups & Ice Tray
- Stainless Steel Ice Crusher
- Easy Operation & Clean
- Easy to Put Away
- Perfect For Travelling
- Great for Any Party
- Limited Lifetime Warranty
7: Ninja Blenders-Countertop, 48 oz, Gray
This Ninja blender is a little too noisy for casual use, and it’s not quite as versatile as our top pick for smoothies.
But if you like a thicker smoothie (like a pina colada), this blender does it well. We like the streamlined design of the pitcher, too.
It’s also a very good choice for chopping and slicing.
The 19-ounce chopper bowl is a little smaller and less deep than our top pick, which makes chopping a little less straightforward, but you can fit up to 2 cups full of ingredients into the pitcher.
The Ninja blender also has a few more specialized settings than our top pick, which is a nice bonus.
Features We Like:
- The Ninja Blender will change the way you think about blending! -The Ninja Blender is so powerful, you’ll think you re using a professional-grade machine. -The Ninja Blender is also so compact, you’ll think it’s personal!
- Features a 400-Watt motor that can pulverize ice into snow in seconds
- Combines the blending power of a food processor with the chopping ability of a high performance blender
- Ninja Blender Pitcher has a 48-ounce capacity
- Ninja Blender Pitcher has a pour spout that flips open, so pouring is quick and simple
8: Ninja AMZ493BRN Compact Kitchen System
- Fast mixing; able to make your favorite smoothies in less than 30 seconds
- Powerful motor; able to grind meat, make frozen drinks, mix dough and crush ice
- 3-in-1 system; allows you to make smoothies, dough & frozen drinks
- 2-Speed control
- Large 72-oz. pitcher
- 40-oz. processor bowl
- Single serve cup
The Ninja AMZ493BNL is the most popular model in the Ninja AMZ series. It’s a fairly powerful system, with a powerful 1200-watt motor and 3-Blade Assembly and Pro Extractor Blades Assembly.
The blade assembly provides enough power to handle frozen ingredients, but its smaller footprint means less space is required to chop or shred.
The AMZ493BNL cuts through frozen fruit and vegetables with ease, and can handle ice, ice chips, and frozen margaritas with ease.
The blenders and food processors all come with a plastic handle, but the blades are metal, so you wouldn’t want to run ingredients through the food processor with the blades attached.
The AMZ493BNL can be used to make smoothies, frozen drinks, soups, frozen treats, salsa, and salsa dips, but it won’t cut frozen meats or whole vegetables, and it can’t grind nuts or coffee beans.
The 5-Cup Processor Bowl, Dough Blade, and Chopping Blade are all dishwasher safe.
The 7-Cup Total Crushing Pitcher comes with a lid, but the lid and pitcher are only rated for 64-oz. of liquid, so you can’t blend a large batch of frozen ingredients.
The single-serve cup that comes with the AMZ493BNL is BPA-free and has a nonslip base.
The three-cup single-serve cup lid that comes with the AMZ493BNL has a spout lid and comes with a travel lid, so you can blend and drink directly in the compact cup.
Finally, the AMZ493BNL comes with several recipe cards to help get you started, and you can also download additional recipes from Ninja’s website.
Features We Like:
- Ninja offers over 20 years of experience in professional kitchen equipment.
- Ninja Blender and Frozen Drink Maker. Auto-iQ Technology.
- Ninja’s Auto-IQ Technology combines 3 unique timed pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns that do the work for you.
- Ninja’s 3-in-1 Kitchen System powers through frozen ingredients and ice with ease.
- Ninja’s 3-in-1 Kitchen System Includes a 5-cup Precision Processor Bowl, Chopping and Dough Blade Assembly for added versatility and functionality.
- Ninja’s 3-in-1 Kitchen System Includes a 72-oz. Total Crushing Pitcher with Lid (64-oz. max liquid capacity), 18-oz. Single-Serve Cup, and Spout Lid.
- Ninja’s 3-in-1 Kitchen System Includes a 40-oz. Total Crushing Processor Bowl with Lid.
- Ninja’s 3-in-1 Kitchen Systems Includes a 5-cup Precision Processor Bowl, Chopping and
9: Bear Blender, 700W Smoothie Countertop Blender
- Large jar capacity; enough for 3 people at a time
- 700 watts of power; ideal for ice crushing; pureeing, and frozen fruit
- 3-speed settings
- 20 oz insulated blender cup with lid; great for smoothies, shakes, and frozen drinks
- Not ideal for chopping large vegetables
- Short cord; requires extension cord
After looking for a long time at high-end blenders, we found this Bear blender to be great for the price.
It has a powerful 700W motor, three speeds, and a 40-ounce BPA-free smoothie jar.
The motor has enough power to crush ice, even frozen fruit, and crush ice in short bursts.
The stainless steel blade rotates at a smooth 16,000 rpm, and the jug is tall enough to accommodate tall ingredients.
The only thing keeping it from a perfect score are the switches, which are on the handle rather than the front, so it’s hard to reach with a finger while wearing gloves.
And the float switch locks the motor at low speed, which is useful for smoothies but not ideal for making soups or grinding spices.
But other than that, we found that the Bear blender was easy to use, easy to clean, and durable.
Features We Like:
- 4 Stainless Steel Blades for High-Powered and Fast Work
- 40 Oz Large Capacity Blender Jar
- 3 Speed Settings for Different Purposes
- Adjustable Anti-Spill Lid
- Auto-Clean Function for Ease of Use
- Designed to Last a Lifetime
- Safe to Use
- Simple to Use
- Easy to Clean
- Upgraded Design
10: Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender
We love Vitamix and Oster blenders, so it was no surprise that Hamilton Beach’s Wave Crusher was the best-performing and most popular of our picks.
The motor is the most powerful we tested, with a motor-speed sensor that slowly ramps up to speed to maintain it, and it cleanly crushed ice without overheating, even with the biggest chunks.
The Wave Crusher’s blending action (as opposed to the circular motion of Oster and Vitamix models) was much quicker, too, and blended our frozen coffee concentrate almost completely smooth.
The Wave Crusher’s 40-ounce glass jar has plenty of room to make a big batch of drinks for the whole house, and it’s specially designed to eliminate drips during pouring.
The lack of an interlock on the jar lid makes it a little harder to clean, however, and it’s a bit louder than the Vitamix Professional Series.
Overall, Hamilton Beach’s Wave Crusher is the best basic blender for most people.
Features We Like:
- 14 Blending Functions: MIX, Puree, Ice Crush, and More
- 3 Year Warranty: Backed by a 3-Year Warranty, the durable motor Is life-tested to blend 8,000 frozen drinks
- 40-Pound Thermal Shock Resistant Jar: The 40 Ounce Glass Jar Is Thermal Shock Tested to Withstand Extreme Temperature Changes. It Is Perfect for Parties or Making a Pitcher of Shakes and Smoothies That the Whole Family Can Enjoy
- Patented Ice Sabre Blades Combined With a Powerful 700 Watt Peak Power Motor Crushes Contents Quickly for Smooth, Icy Drinks
- Smooth Results: Ordinary Blenders Spin Contents Around the Walls of the Jar, Which Can Leave Whole Chunks Untouched by the Blades, but Our Patented Wave action System Is Designed to Continually Force the Mixture Down Into the Blades for Consistently Smooth Results Without Stirring
- Easy to Clean: The lid, blades and glass jar are dishwasher safe
What To Look For When Purchasing A Blender For Smoothies And Ice?
If you are in the market for a new blender, you may be wondering what to look for when purchasing a blender for smoothies and ice.
When shopping for a blender, it is important to consider the power, speed, and capacity of the blender.
The power of a blender is measured in watts and the higher the wattage, the more powerful the blender will be.
The speed of a blender is measured in revolutions per minute (rpm) and the higher the number of rpm, the faster the blender will be.
The capacity of the blender is measured in ounces and the larger the number, the more the blender will be able to hold.
When shopping for a blender, it is important to consider how the blender will be used.
If smoothies and ice are the main use of the blender, then it is important to find a blender that has enough power, speed, and capacity to accomplish these tasks.
What Are Some Of The Advantages And Disadvantages Of Blenders For Smoothies And Ice?
Blenders are the perfect way to whip up a smoothie or crush ice. But before you make your purchase, it’s important to know the advantages and disadvantages.
Blenders can make quick work of blending fruits and vegetables, as well as crushing ice.
Blenders make quick work of blending fruits and vegetables, as well as crushing ice. They are also easy to clean up, but they tend to be more expensive than other kitchen appliances like food processors.
Blenders come with a few different attachments: they’re sometimes called “silver” or “chop,” depending on what function you want them to perform.
Some blenders come with whisks, while others come with dough hooks.
Blenders typically come with either permanent or removable blades. Permanent blades are often made of stainless steel, while removable blades are usually made of plastic.
What Are The Features You Should Look For In Blenders For Smoothies And Ice?
When it comes to blenders for smoothies and ice, there are a few things to keep in mind.
First, you’ll want to make sure the blender can blend a variety of ingredients. Some blenders can only handle dry ingredients, while others can handle both wet and dry ingredients.
You’ll also want to consider the motor power and speed options of the blender.
The higher the motor power, the more powerful the blender will be. And the higher the speed options, the more control you’ll have over the consistency of your smoothie or ice.
Finally, you’ll want to make sure the blender comes with a warranty and is easy to clean.
Different types of blenders have different features. Some blenders are good for smoothies, and some are better for making ice. So, what features should you be looking for in a smoothie blender or ice blender?
Smoothie blenders usually have lower power motors (less than 200 watts) and come with at least 4 speed settings.
Ice blenders usually have higher power motors and come with at least 8 speed settings.
Conclusion: Best Blender For Smoothies And Ice:
Best Blender For Smoothies And Ice: In conclusion, the best blender for smoothies and ice depends on individual needs and preferences. The factors to consider are speed, size, power, blades, noise level, and price.
If you want a quality blender that will last a long time then you should opt for a higher powered model with quality components.
However, if you are just looking for an occasional use blender then there are more cost effective options available. Ultimately it is up to the individual to decide which blender will work best for them.
What are the best types of blenders for smoothies and ice?
Immersion blenders and high-powered blenders are the best types of blenders for making smoothies and crushing ice.
How much should I expect to pay for a good blender?
You can expect to pay anywhere from $50 to $400 for a good blender, depending on the features and power of the blender.
What features should I look for in a blender for making smoothies and ice?
Look for a blender with multiple speed settings, a powerful motor, and a strong blade or blade set that can crush ice and blend smoothies quickly and evenly.
Is a blender with multiple blades better for making smoothies and crushing ice?
Yes, a blender with multiple blades will help you get a smoother and evenly blended smoothie, as well as crush ice faster and more evenly.
Do blenders with a glass or plastic container make better smoothies?
Blenders with a glass container usually make better smoothies than those with a plastic container, as glass is less likely to absorb odors and flavors, and it’s also easier to clean.