The High-Powered Blender Buying Guide
If you are in the market for a new blender, you may be overwhelmed by the huge amount of information available on this subject. For instance, if you do a quick search for the term “blenders” on Amazon, you’ll soon be sifting through more than 3,000 results. Even if you narrow your search down to just “countertop blenders,” you’ll still have more than 2,000 options to evaluate.
It doesn’t end there, however. Even though Amazon is huge, it is not the only game in town. There are countless other online and brick-and-mortar retailers out there who are also vying for your attention.
With so many choices available, how can you possibly decide which blender is right for you?
The purpose of this guide is to help simplify the process of buying a high-powered blender. Your time is valuable, so the goal is to help you pinpoint which features matter most to you as soon as possible. Once you have a clear picture of exactly what you want and need, you can narrow your search down quite a bit before you start conducting more in-depth research on specific models.
Before we go any further, let’s take a moment to answer this question. First and foremost, a high-powered blender is extremely… Powerful. No big surprise there. According to BlendTec, an industry leading manufacturer, high-powered blenders deliver anywhere between 1,000 to 1560 watts of power. By comparison, blenders on the low end of this range boast the same power as a microwave oven or a Shop Vac sweeper.
Power for its own sake is pretty useless, however. What really distinguishes a high-powered blender from its less robust competitors is the range of things it can do because of that extra power. Quite simply, a quality high-powered blender offers a lot more functionality than a regular blender. For example, you can convert raw vegetables into steaming hot soup in about 6 minutes with a high-powered blender just from the friction created by the high-speed blending action of the unit.
There are a lot of other things you can do with a high-powered blender, as well. They do an outstanding job of transforming leafy greens and tough vegetables into flawless, silky smooth beverages. They are wonderful for making bread dough and nut butters, plus they can break down hard items like coffee beans and large chunks of frozen fruit with ease. When needed, they can demonstrate a bit of finesse as they pulverize small seeds and grains into wonderful homemade flour.
You may decide during your research that a high-powered blender is not the right fit for you, after all. If you are just looking for a nice unit to occasionally whip up a batch of frozen margaritas, there are more cost-effective options on the market that will do the job just as well.
Of course, it’s better to realize this before you spend big bucks on a bunch of features you don’t actually want or need. If, however, you want to be able to perform a wide range of kitchen tasks with one sleek machine, you will find a high-powered blender to be a very worthwhile investment.
With so many options available, how do you know which blender is right for you?
Choosing the best high-powered blender for you will depend on several factors. Before you hand over your hard-earned money, ask yourself the following list of questions. Your answers to these questions can help narrow down the thousands of blender options on the market to a more manageable number.
10 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Blender
- What is my budget?
- Will I mostly make individual servings or larger recipes?
- How often will I use this blender?
- Will I mind replacing an inexpensive blender in a year or so?
- Am I willing to spend more money upfront to get a quality product that will last a long time?
- What features are most important to me?
- Do I want pre-programmed cycles, manual settings I can control – or a combination of both?
- Do I only want to blend drinks or do I want to be able to make hot soups, nut butters, bread dough, and other recipes?
- Am I loyal to a particular brand? If so, would I consider any other options?
- Do I want to make my purchase online or off?
Instead of breezing through and answering these questions in your head, write down your thoughts on paper. Then, review your notes over a few days to make sure you haven’t forgotten anything. You’re about to make a significant investment, so don’t rush yourself through this process.
When you’re ready, head on over to Amazon.com (even if you haven’t decided to make your purchase there) and type the word "blender" into the top search bar. Look on the left side of your screen, and click on the “Countertop Blender” results. Then, use that same left side menu to refine your search.
You can choose the following filters to narrow your results:
- Blender Motor Power
- Average Customer Review
- Condition (new, refurbished or used)
- Discount or special offers
- Product seller
By using this handy filtering system, you can easily narrow a large category like “Countertop Blenders” down from a couple thousand choices to just a few options.
To find the best high-powered blender options available, select these options:
- Amazon Prime (Optional)
- Blender Motor Power: 1,000 watts & above (leave this unchecked if too few results are returned. Not every model with this much power is marked accordingly).
- Average Customer Review: 4+
- Price (enter in your budget)
If you need to narrow your results down further, select the blender capacity that best suits your needs. For example, if you want to make medium-to-large sized batches, select the 60-69 oz. option. If you don’t get enough results, go back and widen some of your search criteria by eliminating Amazon Prime, expanding your budget one bracket up or down, or adding more capacity options.
After you’ve refined your search and find several attractive options that fit your needs, you can then conduct more in-depth research on those models before you decide which one to purchase.
Now that you have your list of potential options whittled down, it’s time for the real work to begin. Let’s start by taking a closer look at the leading manufacturers of high-powered blenders.
No discussion on this topic would be complete without featuring the two best-known brand in this space: Vitamix and BlendTec.
So, let’s take a closer look at each of these brands…
Vitamix is one of the most recognizable and highly respected names in the industry. In fact, Vitamix blenders are considered by many food professionals to be the “gold standard” by which all other blenders are measured.
Vitamix is a well-established, family-owned company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Vitamix blenders are manufactured in the USA and must pass a rigorous quality inspection process before shipment. For many, the Vitamix name is synonymous with quality. Their highly versatile, durable and powerful blenders can be used to create a wide range of delicious recipes, including perfect smoothies, hot soups, frozen treats, homemade flour, and creamy nut butters.
Their high-powered blenders are divided into 3 series:
S-Series – Personal Blenders (5-Year Warranty)
C-Series – Classic Blenders (7-Year Warranty)
G-Series – Next Generation Blenders (7-Year Warranty)
(All warranties cover parts, performance, labor and two-way shipping)
The company's home-use blenders all feature heavy-duty, hardened stainless steel blades, a high-performance motor and adjustable precision controls. They are also easy to clean compared to other blenders on the market.
The S-Series Personal Blender lineup features dishwasher-safe (top rack, only) containers and blades. These units also offer a dual-purpose container/to-go cup and easy-to-read illuminated controls. The attractive S-Series models fit under most overhead kitchen cabinets, so the base and jar can be stored together when not in use. One drawback to the space-saving S-Series Personal Blender lineup, however, is they only come with either 20 or 40-oz. containers, so they are not ideal for preparing larger recipes.
The C-Series Classic Blenders offer a variety of control options and container sizes, including the larger, more versatile 64-oz. size. With these models, you can choose from simple high/low controls, variable speed control, and convenient pre-programmed settings. However, these units are a little taller than the S- and G-Series models, so you will need to measure the height under your upper cabinets if you plan on storing your unit on the counter between uses.
The G-Series Next Generation Blenders offer more powerful motors and more settings than the other two categories. Like the S-Series Personal Blenders, the G-Series Next Generation models also offers easy-to-see illuminated controls and a convenient compact design that can slide under most upper cabinets. In addition, they also offer a 64-oz. container perfect for making larger servings.
With so many great options to choose from, it can be tough to pick the best model for your needs. The good news is that it’s tough to go wrong with a brand like Vitamix, so look around their website or on Amazon.com to learn more about their different offerings. By the way, if you purchase from a licensed Vitamix dealer, whether on Amazon or elsewhere, you can take advantage of a 30-day "test drive" backed by a money-back guarantee if you aren’t completely satisfied.
TIP: To further narrow your search on Amazon.com, gradually tighten your budget until you are left with the most cost-effective solution that meets your criteria.
Here are a couple of popular and highly rated Vitamix models to help you get started:
The Vitamix 5200 Series Blender, which boasts an impressive 4.8 out of 5 possible stars, or the Vitamix Professional Series 300 Blender with 64-Oz. Container, with a 4.7 out of 5-star rating.
Blendtec was founded in 1975 by Tom Dickson. You may have seen the company's viral "Will it blend?" marketing campaign that began back in 2006. In these popular spots, Dickson blends - or attempts to blend - all sorts of products you should never, ever stick in a blender, including iPhones, golf balls, iPods, television remote controls, and glass marbles. (Yikes!)
Obviously, if you use your Blendtec blender in this manner, you will definitely void your warranty! However, those over-the-top videos and commercials have been shared tens of millions of times on social media sites like YouTube and Facebook. All of that free viral advertising has made the tough-as-nails Blendtec machines a household name.
In 2013, Housewares Executive, a consumer housewares consultant and analyst, presented the Gold Innovation Award to Blendtec based on new and groundbreaking features found in the company’s Signature Series and Stealth blenders. In July 2014, Blendtec launched its own nutrition company, Blendfresh. The goal with this initiative is to market their blenders as an excellent way to help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Like Vitamix, Blendtec blenders are produced exclusively in the United States according to stringent production standards. The company's tagline is "The Last Blender You'll Ever Own," and that bold statement is backed up with one of the best warranties in the blender/mixer marketplace. Without question, Blendtec makes durable, versatile, and high-quality machines that can create a wide range of foods, beverages and desserts with ease
Blendtec’s product offerings are as follows:
- Classic Series (8 Year Warranty)
- Designer Series (8 Year Warranty)
- Professional Series (8 Year Warranty)
The Blendtec Classic, Designer and Professional series are priced between $420 and $1,100, while the Extreme comes in at just over $1,000. Multiple models are available within these series with a varying list of options and features. To identify the Blendtec models best suited for your needs, perform a filtered search for your budget on Amazon.
This “Extreme”-ly powerful unit delivers 2,400 watts of power and a peak 3.8 horsepower motor. It also boasts 10 manual speed settings, a pulse feature, and 4 pre-programmed cycles. Without a doubt, this is one impressive piece of equipment that is sure to please the most discerning home cook or chef.
Here are a couple of popular and highly rated Blendtec models you might want to consider:
- Blendtec Classic 475 (4.7 out of 5.0-star rating)
- Blendtec Designer Series Blender (4.5 out of 5 stars (nearly 370 reviews))
As you can see, there are a lot of options available to you if you are shopping for a quality high-powered blender.
Both brands mentioned in this guide – Vitamix and Blendtec, – product long-lasting, versatile blenders with stylish good looks. If you are looking for a quality blender that can perform a wide range of kitchen tasks, and can last 5, 10 or even 20 years, you can’t go wrong by focusing your search on these two brands. In each case, your purchase is backed by a long-term warranty lasting between 5 to 8 years.
Good luck with your search – and Happy Blending!
Product Mentioned in This Guide:
- Vitamix 5200 Series Blender
- Vitamix Professional Series 300 Blender with 64-Oz. Container
- Blendtec Classic 475
- Blendtec Designer Series Blender