Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Which blender is the best?

I'm not looking for a new blender but every so often, a friend on Facebook will ask "What is the best blender to buy?".  I didn't go looking for blenders to compare but the opportunity surfaced and I decided to go for it.

I used a Blendtec blender while we were staying in Basye, VA. It worked well but really bugged me that there was no way to tap down the contents while making a smoothie. I had to stop the blender and use a spatula to push the contents down. Then it worked well and chopped things up making a mean smoothie - my grandkids loved it!

Now we are in Charlottesville, VA and have a Ninja. Our host left us Greek yogurt, OJ, and bananas in addition to other things including chocolate chunk cookies, croissants, and apples; it was too much of a challenge for me to pass on so I bought frozen fruit yesterday to check it out! It made good smoothies but I had to pulse a button to blend. I did not like the way the container poured but maybe there are other choices; I don't know. It did seem to do a good job of blending.

I own a Vitamix and I love it. I make smoothies but I also use it to make and heat soup, to make peanut butter, and to grind wheat berries into flour. Sometimes I mix muffins and I do lots of shredding with it. In any event, I'm NOT looking for a new blender. I just thought it would be fun to compare the ones that many of my friends talk about. Of course, I only compared the blenders by making smoothies so my test wasn't the best!

When I make smoothies, I usually use
  • plain Greek yogurt
  • a mixture of frozen fruit usually including a banana If there is no citrus fruit or mango, I'll add the juice of an orange.
  • milk
  • Optional: carrots or spinach (which will not affect the taste but will affect the color)
Do you suppose I could be a little biased? I have lots of Vitamix experience and really know nothing about Blendtec or Ninja blenders. What I do know is that we've enjoyed a few smoothies on this trip and there will be more tomorrow morning!


  1. I have the Ninja with the pour pitcher.......canNOT pour with that lid in place!!!!! Ugh! But I follow your "recipe" with the addition of 1/2 c (for 2 smoothies) of rolled oats....adds awesome texture and a nutty flavor that we love. We had purchased a Ninja before our trek to TX last January (when we bought our little place in Harlingen) and just knew we needed one there , so, when we returned in March, we brought the one from home......and then bought another for our Northern place!!! My friends who have a Vitamix "swear" by them and would have no other. Being I just make smoothies, the Ninja is perfect!!!! and a few $$$$ less!

    1. If I only used a blender for smoothies, I think I'd go for the Ninja. I will try the rolled oats in smoothies when we get home - never thought to do that! ~Jeanne



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