Every healthy kitchen needs a good blender. We’re sharing our list of top contenders in five price ranges to maybe help find the best blender for you. We use ours daily to make everything from healthy smoothies and fresh salad dressing to fun milk shakes and mixed drinks. So when it came time for a new one, I did some serious digging to find the right one.

We needed one that would be sturdy, powerful, and able to handle a variety of tasks, but wouldn’t break the bank. As always, we balanced price with performance to find the right value and the best blender for our family. Through various means, we actually managed to get our hands on each one and test it before making our decision and feel confident recommending them to you.

Healthy Kitchen – Best Blender List

KitchenAid KSB580NK

KitchenAid KSB580NK

KitchenAid KSB580NK $149.95 on Amazon

First up is our number one pick for best value, the KitchenAid KSB580NK. It’s the model we chose for our home and have had quite a bit of luck with it over the last year. I would’ve loved to get one of the higher dollar units below, but we already have separate appliances for a lot of the functions (juice, grinding, etc…) and just couldn’t justify the extra cost for a workhorse model.

It has a 0.9 horse motor which has no problem chopping up our fresh and frozen fruits and veggies to make some nice tasty smoothies and no problem crushing ice for a margarita night. The 56 oz pitcher is nice compared to our old 32 oz one, because I can make enough smoothie or milk shake for all of us in one batch.

This would make a great choice for the majority of people out there. Unless you need the additional power of the bigger models, this one will do most everything you need and at a pretty reasonable price. Definitely the most bang for the buck choice.

KitchenAid KSB580NK – $149.95

Vita-Mix 1363

Vita-Mix 1363

Vita-Mix 1363 $498.95 on Amazon

Here’s a blender that will make you drool even without anything in it. The Vita-Mix 1363 comes prefilled with so much awesome sauce that you’ll be looking around to find something that this thing can’t chew up, rocks, sticks, nails… well you get the idea. If you need to do some serious amounts of work with your blender and have the budget for it, this is the model to go with.

If you’re like me and simply like buying really high quality stuff, then you’ll love this blender. We got one of these on loan to test it out and let me tell you, they had to pry it out of my hands. The quality and power of the machine were amazing and the smoothness of the smoothies was awesome. This could be the best blender that suits you.

Vita-Mix is THE name in home blenders, and I would be seriously jealous of anyone who gets to take this one home. With a two horse power motor spinning the laser cut stainless steel blades at 240 MPH you’ll be fighting back the urge to let out a series of Tim Allen grunts while you make milk shakes!

Vita-Mix 1363 – $498.95

Waring MX1000

Waring MX1000

Waring MX1000 $324.99 on Amazon

The Waring MX1000 retails for more than the Vita-Mix, but actually runs a bit cheaper on Amazon. Waring is another top name brand that makes commercial quality blenders, and this one is top notch. The 3.0 horsepower motor spins so fast you’ll be expecting to see a vortex appear and suck you in. Fill the 64 oz pitcher clear to the top, and you’ll be cranking out margaritas faster than even Amy and Grandpa could take them down, LOL!

Seriously, though, this is a really impressive blender. The only drawback is that your neighbors will think you have an F-16 in you house. It makes a pretty serious amount of racket, but that’s to be expected with a motor that powerful. I wasn’t able to take this one home for a few days like the Vita-Mix, but I’ve had the chance to play with one several times at a friend’s house. They’ve had it for several months now and love it.

If the noise isn’t a problem and you need the extra power for some seriously awesome blending, then this might just be the best blender for you.

Waring MX1000 – $324.99

Breville 800BLXL

Breville 800BLXL

Breville 800BLXL $243.99 on Amazon

Got some pretty serious blending needs, but don’t have the budget for the big boys above? Then, the Breville 800BLXL might be just what your looking for. It’s a bit different that the other models, but Breville makes a damn good product, and it could be the best blender for your house.

The 1000 watt motor is really powerful and had no trouble with anything thing we threw at it. It comes with a huge 67 oz pitcher, and even when I filled it all the way up, it breezed through it and making a nice creamy smoothie. It’s much quieter than the bigger models, so, especially if you’re in an apartment, this might be the best blender model for you.

It only has two speed settings and is a little harder to clean than the others, but for a powerful quality device from a name like Breville at this price, I think it’s still well worth the money.

Breville 800BLXL – $243.99

Waring Pro WPB80BC

Waring Pro WPB80BC

Waring Pro WPB80BC $59.99 on Amazon

If you have a smaller budget, you don’t necessarily have to give up on quality, as long as you’re will to compromise a little on power and features. The Waring Pro WPB80BC is a great little blender that would be a really good pick if saving money is your top priority.

It only has a 500 watt motor, but that will still do a good job on all but the toughest of tasks. The 48 oz pitcher is a bit smaller, but for some people the bigger ones are cumbersome anyway. You’re, also, not going to get any adjustable speed settings, but at this price level the ones that do have a lot of features are pretty poorly made.

It’s not exactly the best blender in the world, but if you’re on a tight budget and would like to still get a quality machine with descent power, then this one should fit the bill.

Waring Pro WPB80BC – $59.99

One thing that was kind of a drag was trying to find the best blender that came with a glass jar. There just aren’t that many out there any more that come stock with one. Most come with a poly-carbonate pitcher and although they all claim to be BPA free, I would still rather have glass. You can get replacement glass and stainless steel jars, but they are not cheap ($50 to $150), so we just make sure to store things in a separate container instead of throwing the blender jar in the fridge.

Whenever we make a substantial purchase, I break things down the same way: TV, computer, refrigerator, etc… Products always seem to fit into certain price breaks so that’s just how I split them up. I check out a bunch at each price level and then decide what to spend based on how much I can justify spending for quality vs what compromises I’m willing to make to save money. Finding our best blender was no different. We tested a bunch in each category until we found the best and listed them here.

Each one of these would make a good choice for their price level. We went with the KitchenAid mainly because we already had a separate juicer, grinder, etc… So, a lot of the things that a blender normally gets used for, we offloaded onto other devices. Otherwise, I probably would’ve went with a bigger model.  We’re quite happy with ours though. I hope our list helps you decide which one is the best blender for you and your family.

Don’t really put rocks or sticks in your blender… just sayin,
Randy “Blender Bender” Lee