One of the best kitchen tools to have around, especially during the summer, is a smoothie maker. It does not matter if you have kids or not, everyone loves a creamy, frozen concoction whenever the temperature climbs above a certain level. There is a wide diversity in the types of machines out there and their available features; some produce a great frozen beverage, some can provide the healthy benefits of juicing while others help you make soup from scratch. To help you compare what is available with your personal preferences, here are the top 10 best smoothie makers:
10. Cuisinart/paksh Novelty Smart Stick Immersion Hand Blender
For those of you who like to make just one drink and if you prefer not having to deal with using and cleaning up an entire machine, this handheld blender is the way to go. It has two speed options, high or low, so it’s really easy to use when you just have to have that smoothie now. It works with either hot or cold ingredients. The removable head is easy to pop on or off and it is dishwasher safe, so clean up is a breeze. The slim, compact ergonomic design makes it easy to handle and even easier to store. It comes with its own two cup mixing beaker, which is also dishwasher safe.
9. Margaritaville Tahiti Frozen Concoction Maker with 3 Fully Automatic Blending Stations
If you are planning a party or just have a large family, this is the machine to have for making a slew of smoothies and frozen drinks. It has three dishwasher-safe 24-ounce blending jars that can be set to simultaneously make a total of 72-ounces of your favorite frozen libations. It has heavy-duty die-cast metal components and is accented with premium bamboo wood and brushed aluminum and stainless steel finishes.
8. Ninja Master Prep (QB900B)
Ninja’s quad blade technology ensures uniform cutting and ice crushing. It comes with a forty-eight ounce pitcher that has an easy pour flip spout, anti-spill splashguard and a non-slip base. It also has a two-cup processor and bowl that enables you to mince, chop, dice, blend and puree whatever you need to. Whatever you prepare, you can also store in the fridge or freezer or pop into the microwave. It comes with two additional storage jars.
7. Ninja Professional Blender (BL660)
Another great product from Ninja, this is their professional quality blender that has 1100 watts of pure power. It uses their Total Crushing Technology to easily crush ice, whole fruits and vegetables. It comes with an extra-large 72-ounce dishwasher-safe pitcher, so it’s the perfect size to make creamy fruit smoothies for an entire family or a party. It comes with two dishwasher-safe professional Nutri Ninja cups with lids for easy nutrient and vitamin extraction.
6. Magic Bullet Blender (Small: Silver)
Renowned for its speed and efficiency, the Magic Bullet Blender is one great little workhorse for your kitchen. It easily chops, mixes, blends, whips, grinds and so much more. It comes with three blending cups and lids so you can either make a quick smoothie and take it with you or whip something up for later. The cups and lids are dishwasher-safe and it comes with its own 10 Second Recipe book.
5. Oster VERSA 1400-watt Professional Performance Blender
This next product form Oster features an incredibly powerful 1400-watt motor that spins the stainless steel blades at over 250mph, so it makes easy work of any recipe you have. There are three programmed settings: Smoothies, Dips/Spreads and Soups; there is a variable speed dial which allows you to adjust the speed whenever necessary and this machine makes short work of making smoothies. It comes with a large 64-ounce BPA-free Tritan jar that is dishwasher-safe. It also comes with two cookbooks.
4. Hurom Premium Masticating Slow Juicer and Smoothie Maker (HH Series)
Hurom has a patented Slow Squeezing Technology TM (SST) that gently squeezes and preserves the natural taste and nutrients of your ingredients, rather than the usual grind and crush process other machines utilize. It has a Pulp Control Lever and a Juice Cap that let you decide how much pulp you want while enabling you to make smoothie drinks quickly and easily. It is very efficient and quiet: it operates on only 150-watts. The cold-press juicer has a heavy-duty Ultem® metal strainer and auger for added strength and durability.
3. Vitamix S30 Personal Blender (Black)
This is not your usual juicer: this Vitamix blender has a powerful 790-watt motor to easily make smoothies, soups or blend your own custom juice drinks. It has a 40-ounce container that allows you to make and store full meals and the 20-ounce container has a flip-top lid that allows you to “make it and take it” with you. It has an easy-to-use Variable Speed Control and Pulse feature to handle any task you throw at it. Both containers and the interchangeable blade bases are dishwasher-safe. It comes with a Personal Blending cookbook.
2. Hamilton Beach 54615 Wavestation Express Dispensing Blender with 48-Ounce Jar (Black)
Hamilton Beach’s 500-watts Wave-Action system forces the ingredients down and into the blades for extra smooth results. It has a 48-ounce dishwasher-safe DuraBlend jar and comes with their patented stainless steel Ice Sabre blades that operate on four speeds plus a pulse option. It also has its own dispenser, so you can slide your glass right under the tap for easy individual servings.
1. Hamilton Beach 51102 Single-Serve Blender (White)
If you are looking for a compact machine that will make single-serve fruit smoothies, shakes and more, then this is a great product to consider. It has two jars with travel lids so you can use the one-touch blending to easily make your drink “on-the-fly” and take it with you; the jars were designed to fit in most car drink holders. The jars, travel lids and the stainless steel blades are also dishwasher-safe.