What are the best blenders according to ratings and experts?

Amy Cuevas Schroeder
3 min readNov 27, 2022

I’ve researched the most consistently top-rated blenders (less than $175) according to FoodNetwork, RealSimple, Good Housekeeping, and consumers so you don’t have to

KitchenAid and Ninja are among the top-rated blenders for less than $175

I’m in the market for a high-quality and affordable blender and figured I should put my many hours of research to good use by sharing the data with you. I’ve read 20 of the most-viewed articles about expert-tested blenders from Food Network, Good Housekeeping, New York Magazine, Real Simple, RTings, and more. From there I narrowed down the most consistently recommended blenders for quality and value. After that, I read user reviews to check for customer consistency.

Hands-down, the Vitamix Explorian is among the most highly rated and talked-about blenders in the culinary community. The Explorian is on my list but toward the bottom because I’m also tryina build my 401k and my kid’s college savings account. For this reason, I’m focusing primarily on the best blenders that cost less than $175.

At $290, Vitamix E310 Explorian is an investment blender and among the highest-rated.

Keep in mind, I’m a recreational maker of smoothies and frozen drinks. If you’re looking for a professional-grade blender, this list isn’t the one for you. (For that, you’d probably want a Cadillac like the Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender.) By the way, even Homes & Gardens says, “If you’re only an occasional user, a budget model ($100 to $150) makes sense. At this price, you’ll get decent controls but you may find that your results aren’t quite as smooth.”

Let’s dive into the best blenders for less than $175 as of publishing in November 2022. Note that I’m focusing on full-size blenders and not including immersion blenders here.

Best blenders for less than $175

KitchenAid K150 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender, 48 ounces is approximately $140.
KitchenAid K150 3 Speed Ice Crushing Blender, 48 ounces is approximately $140.

KitchenAid K150 Blender

• 48-ounce blender jar

• Intelli-Speed motor control automatically senses contents and maintains the optimal speed to power through all…

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Amy Cuevas Schroeder

Founder & CEO of The Midst: The gateway drug to the modern midlife experience. Bylines in Etsy, Minted, Pitchfork. https://the-midst.com/