Blenders, Blenders Everywhere

When we decided to add smoothie making to our regular routine, Clayton insisted that we needed a new blender first. We have been limping along with our $30 Hamilton Beach Blender for years, but it took about 20 minutes to get anything smooth enough to drink.

Our selection criteria was based on blending power, a container larger enough for 2 smoothies, and personal recommendations.

Vitamix

  • 7 amp motor
  • Various container sizes
  • 3 recommendations
  • S30 – $399

BlendTech

  • 3.0 peak horsepower motor
  • Various container sizes
  • 1 recommendation
  • Classic 560 – $319

Nutribullet

  • 2.3 peak horsepower motor
  • Various container sizes
  • 1 recommendation
  • $89.97
Kale, pineapple, and raspberry pre-smoothie in our Vitamix S30 blender.
Kale, pineapple, and raspberry pre-smoothie in our Vitamix S30 blender.

After looking into these blenders specifically, I also read through this consumer report. Vitamix blenders popped up on the list multiple times. I also saw that some of the Nutribullet blenders were on their “Do Not Buy” list for some safety concerns with the blades.

We ultimately decided on the Vitamix S30 Blender. It was the cheaper of the Vitamix options and the container was just large enough for our purposes. It also fits neatly under our cabinets. We have been using it for over a week and I have been very pleased with the performance. It also came with a fun cook book, so I am excited to try some of the recipes. The best part is that it is dishwasher safe!

Are there any other tools that are imperative for smoothie making? Please share your tips in the comments.

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