Before we can answer the above question about frozen smoothie blenders, let us give you a few more questions to consider.
- What will you use your blender for?
- What other appliances do you have at home?
- What’s your budget?
- Do you mind cleaning up, or is the blender being dishwasher safe a must?
These questions are all things you should consider when looking for a blender.
Some other parameters to look at include cost, warranty, size of the container, power, how much flexibility the product has (speed, temperature etc), user ratings and reviews and any other special features or uses.
Will you be using it exclusively for frozen healthy smoothies?
If so, most blenders will do.
Only you can decide what is best for you and your unique situation, but we hope this article can make the decision of buying a blender a little easier for you.
Let’s compare a few of the more well-known blenders for you now.
Some smoothie blender options for you
Here we will run through some of the top blenders we have encountered over the years and we realise there are many, many more you can choose from if you go to your local electrical appliance store or look online.
We have included a few of the prices for you below too.
These are just prices we saw online and you may be able to get them cheaper, depending on where you shop and how hard you haggle or barter.
Nutribullet 900W Pro 5 Piece
You’ve probably seen ads everywhere for the Nutribullet blender for a number of years now.
There are a number of different Nutribullet models and these all have different ranging in price, attachments and, of course, power.
The Nutribullet is a very easy machine to use (having only one speed), it’s dishwasher safe and also very easy to clean by hand.
The 900W Pro Piece is one of the cheaper blenders, costing just $69 and coming with a 1-year warranty too.
You can also purchase different blade attachments depending on what you want to blend or make.
As with all these blenders, it’ll do fine with your frozen smoothie ingredients (yes, even adding in your Super Cubes!)
A downside of this is the small container size (700ml).
This is more than enough for a single person, though you’ll have to blend multiple times if you’re having a post gym frozen smoothie party and preparing healthy smoothies for more people.
Similar to the Nutribullet, the Ninja blender comes in a variety of options for attachments and power.
The entry level product costs about $130 with a 900W motor, while the BL682 costs $350, has many more attachments and a comes with a much more powerful 1500W motor.
This frozen smoothie blender also has a 1-year warranty.
The Ninja has few more bells and whistles than the Nutribullet, there are 3 speed settings to choose from and also some pre-programmed settings.
The attachments allow you to use this blender as a food processor too!
It comes with a 2.1L jug, meaning you can blend for many people at the one time, or even batch prepare a few of your own smoothies at once if you want.
Like the Nutribullet, it is dishwasher safe and also easy to clean by hand and this makes the Ninja is a very powerful and sought after blender.
Vitamix Total Nutrition Center
Anybody serious about their blenders will have come across the Vitamix blender some time in their lives.
Whether you overheard someone chatting about them at the water cooler in the office or on the treadmill at the gym, or it may have been someone mentioning Vitamix at the last Tupperware party you held, they certainly are popular and get talked about!
These machines are heavy duty too and they are made to last.
They also have a 7-year warranty with the option of extending this warranty to a crazy 10 years.
Many users of these blenders have also reported that the customer service at Vitamix is fantastic.
It’s not as powerful as the Ninja motor, having a 1200W motor, but still manages to get the job done, creating smoothies with a great consistency.
The Vitamix has a similar jug size to the Ninja, which is extremely adequate for making a frozen smoothie for one or making frozen smoothies for many.
This blender not only blends and it does more than just smoothies, being able to create hot soups as well is an added bonus through the winter months.
A couple of downsides here though.
It is unfortunately not dishwasher safe and also isn’t the easiest to clean as the jug and blade are all attached.
Never fear though, putting some soap and hot water then blending (lid on of course) can speed up cleaning time for this bad boy.
Thermomix is the most expensive blender of the lot here, about $2089 in Australia and only coming with a 2-year warranty.
While I can’t tell you what to do, if you’ll only be making your healthy smoothies, this is probably NOT the machine you are looking for.
The Thermomix blender has the option to control temperature, time and speed of mixing as well as having built in scales.
This, combined with the different attachments, gives it a huge array of uses, such as;
- Milling and grinding
- Cooking whole chickens (yes, seriously)
- Babysits the children (ok, maybe not, would be nice though!)
- The list goes on and on
In terms of blending power, the motor is only 500W but the jug is the biggest of the lot on our list.
It is also dishwasher safe and the Thermomix is very easy to clean by hand as everything detaches.
Immersion blender or stick blender
Finally, let’s consider the humble, high speed stick blender.
These are usually quite inexpensive, very light, easy to store and you probably already have one.
It’ll be less powerful than the aforementioned blenders but you get what you pay for right?
Be mindful of where you blend with this, it can get messy sometimes if you don’t keep the stainless steel blades close to the base of the jug, cup or vessel your blending in.
So make sure you wear an apron.
The final spin on frozen smoothie blenders
Here you can see all of the blender information from above all in one place, so a blender buying guide for you in essence.
|Nutribullet 900W Pro||$69||
|Vitamix Total Nutrition||$895||1||
1-10 & High
($ = Price in Aus Dollars, W = Warranty in Years, Sp = Speed, DW = Dishwasher Safe, S = Jug Size, P = Power in Watts)
This is by no means an exhaustive list, all prices above are subject to change too, depending where you shop too.
So make sure to do your own homework when purchasing one of these or any other brand of blender.
You can look at the many appliance websites to see the ratings and reviews just by typing in “Buy Smoothie Blender” into your favourite search engine.
Make sure you look at the bad reviews just as much as the good reviews and look for any common issues that users report.
As always, ensure you’re operating these blenders safely according to their instructions because we absolutely, in no way, want you to lose a digit and get the nickname “Stumpy”.
Blending up a smoothie storm
To end this frozen smoothie blender round up, we thought we'ed ask you a few questions too, so here we go.
What blender do you use currently (if you have one already) and how do you think it compares to these above?
Has this article inspired you to recycle your current blender and upgrade to a brand new one?