Best Blenders Under $100 of 2019 – Reviews & Buyer’s Guide
If you’re in the market for a blender and you need a cheap one, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve assembled these reviews of the best blenders under $100 of 2019 in order to help you navigate the online shopping world. When looking at blenders, it’s not always easy to know what’s important and what’s just marketing fluff.
So, we’ve done the hard work for you. These reviews are designed to show you what features matter on each unit, and which ones you can safely ignore. We’ve also assembled a buyer’s guide which includes a lot of good information on blenders in general so that you can gain a full understanding of what makes a great blender a great blender.
Using these reviews and the buyer’s guide, you should be able to figure out which blender will work the best for you. It’s not always the most expensive or cheapest model that fits you the best, so keep an eye out for those features that will make your life easier.
Our 5 Favorite Choices of 2019:
|Ninja Professional BL610|
|KitchenAid KSB1575MC||11 lbs||4.6/5
|Nutri Ninja Pro BL456|
(Best for the Money)
|NutriBullet NBR-1201||8 lbs||4.3/5|
|Oster Core 006878||10 lbs||4.0/5|
5 Best Blenders Under $100 – Our Reviews
1. Ninja Professional BL610 – Top Pick
The Ninja Professional BL610 has almost unfathomable power for a blender priced under $100. It’s hard to fathom a blender that comes with 1000 watts of power at this price, so right off the bat, you’re getting a fantastic deal. Not only does it have great power, but it also comes with one of the biggest containers on the market, period. 72-ounces is more than enough to make smoothies for a family of four in a single blend.
The Total Crush Blade is well-designed and does an excellent job of reducing difficult materials down to liquid. That means you shouldn’t have any trouble with ice or have chunky instead of smooth blends. The one downside to this model is that it only has three blend settings: low, medium, and high. Typically, you’d like to see more.
Overall, you’re getting incredible power for an incredible price. If you’re in the market for a blender, you should check this one out.
2. KitchenAid KSB1575MC – The Runner-Up
While the KitchenAid KSB1575MC doesn’t have as much power as the previous model, it makes up for it by giving you more control. It comes with five different blending speeds, five levels of pulse, and also an ice-crushing mode. These speeds are enhanced by the inclusion of an Intelli-speed motor, which helps maintain a constant, optimal speed while blending.
This model also comes with a diamond pitcher, which helps funnel food down to the blades, and remains relatively easy to clean.
What keeps it out of first place are its two significant flaws. While it has a 60-ounce pitcher, it’s taller than it is wide, making it hard to store it under the counter. Second, it has a habit of leaking down into the base when there’s a lot of liquid in the mix. There’s no danger here, but it does take extra time to clean up, which can be a pain.
3. Nutri Ninja Pro BL456 – Best for the Money
The Nutri Ninja Pro BL456 is a great personal blender for the price. If you’re just making smoothies for yourself, you can’t go wrong with a personal blender, and this is one of the best ones on the market. The 900-watt motor is one of the strongest on the market, which means that you’ll be able to handle just about anything in this blender.
It also comes with two portable cups that double as the blending container. Just screw on the included lids, and you’re ready to go. One up is 18 ounces, and the other is 24 ounces, which gives you options when it comes to size.
The one downside to this machine is that it is quite loud, even for a blender. While it’s an excellent choice for a home, it might be too loud for an apartment or situations in which you need something effective but not overly loud.
4. NutriBullet NBR-1201
The NutriBullet NBR-1201 is an okay personal blender. It comes with 600 watts of power, which should be able to cut through most foods and ice, without being ridiculously overpowered. This model comes with a lot of extras including three different blades, 3 cups, 2 lids and a recipe book. It’s also small, which makes it easy to store.
However, this model has a reputation for being leaky. Sometimes it starts that way right out of the box, but even if it doesn’t, it often wears down and becomes leaky over time. This is likely due to the low-quality nature of its parts. In many cases, they aren’t up to the task.
While it is possible to get good quality blenders for less than $100, there are some models that just don’t hold together well. If you’re looking for something cheap and don’t have a lot of expectations of it working long-term, maybe this is the model for you. Otherwise, look elsewhere.
5. Oster Core 006878
The Oster Core 006979 has 16 different speeds, which is the most on of any blender on this list. In theory, this should give you a lot of control over the blending process. It also features an attractive frame which could live permanently on your counter. There’s certainly no need to put it in storage between uses based on looks alone.
However, the looks are deceiving. The interior of the container is textured, which makes it harder to clean after use. It’s also made of low-quality parts which are prone to breaking and greatly reducing the life of the machine. The low-quality parts also interfere with the power of the machine. While you have a choice of 16 speeds, this blender lacks the power to cut up ice and frozen fruit.
Overall, you should probably avoid this unit. It provides poor value for the money and is likely to provide a frustrating experience.
Hopefully, our reviews have helped guide you understand what features on a blender are important. If you have more questions about what makes a blender a great buy, read this buyer’s guide. It’s full of great information about blenders in general and should help you think about features in a way that reviews don’t. Ultimately, finding the right blender is about finding the model that is best for you, and this guide is designed to help you do just that.
You can have a great blender base with more than enough power, but a subpar blade can ruin the blending experience. One of the first steps in getting a good blender is to make sure that you’re getting one with a quality blade. Poor blades can offset increases in power, which means that you can spend more money on a higher-wattage machine, but not get a better blending experience. What a waste of money!
Some models come with interchangeable blades that are good for different tasks. The best models come with a single blade that is expected to last a long time and perform all tasks.
Stainless-steel blades tend to be the strongest and also hold their sharpness the longest. In some cases, the blades are Teflon-coated, which adds to their endurance, and helps them keep a point for longer. It also makes them more scratch-resistant, which can be important if you’re planning to use your blender as a display piece.
It’s also important to note how the mount that the blade uses on the machine is designed. In some cases, the blender is built in a way that makes it hard for the blade to get to food on the bottom of the container. If the gap is significant, you’ll have chunks in almost any blending situation.
There are two reasons this can happen. The first is that the container is poorly-designed and doesn’t properly funnel food towards the blade. The second is that the mount or blade are poorly-designed or don’t work together well. The end result is that you get a lower-quality blend, or have to expend a lot of effort to make sure that food is always in contact with the blades.
There’s also the chance that poor design in this area makes the blender hard to clean. In some instances, food will get stuck under the blade, and you will have to clean it out manually. Sometimes this is difficult, especially if the blade isn’t removable. Other times, especially if it has a removable blade, it’s not that big of a deal.
It might seem weird that we’re talking about containers here. However, containers can make or break a blender. If they are well-designed, then you won’t even think about them while you blend, and if they’re poorly-designed, then you’re going to think about them all the time, and probably with some regret.
Some blenders come with diamond-shaped or rounded-square containers. The shape of these containers generally does a better job of moving food towards the blade. However, these tend to be harder to clean, especially with thicker blends.
Round containers aren’t as great at getting the food to make contact with the blades but are easier to clean.
Containers tend to be made of either plastic or glass. Counterintuitively, plastic is generally thought to be the superior material, which is why expensive high-performance blenders come with plastic containers.
Counterintuitively, plastic containers tend to last longer than glass. That has something to do with the fact that plastic holds up to the specific stresses of blending better than glass does. It’s also far more durable if dropped, which is a risk for most of us. It’s also easier to shape plastic in general, which means you’re going to find far more plastic containers that are shaped into a diamond or rounded-square than you will from glass.
Glass containers never take on a smell if not properly cleaned, which is a risk with plastic containers.
Occasionally, plastic models have poorly-labeled measurements, which is almost never a problem with glass containers. While it’s generally better to measure out your ingredients in a measuring cup for more accurate readings, it is nice to be able to use the included measuring scale. If this matters to you, make sure you get a model with easy-to-read markings.
Power can be a bit misleading when it comes to blender. Sure, generally having more power is a good thing, but as we mentioned in other sections, there can be mitigating factors. Having a ton of power doesn’t matter if you have a blade that doesn’t cut well. Likewise, flaws in the blade mount or container can negate the unit’s power. While power is certainly something that you shouldn’t ignore, it’s not the most important aspect of a blender, which is why it’s listed last here.
That doesn’t mean that you can’t figure out in general what a blender will be used for based on its power. If the wattage falls under s certain threshold, then you’re going to lack the power you need to do certain tasks. If it is under 350 watts, you’re going to get a chunkier blend, and it probably won’t be able to deal with ice at all. 500 watts is generally regarded as the threshold at which crushing ice becomes easy. Many models also come with ice-crushing blades for this purpose, so if that something you’re going to do a lot you may want to look into a model that comes with those.
Past 500 watts, you have diminishing returns, though higher power will typically mean that you finish the blend faster. It also means that the blend isn’t as dependent on the sharpness of the blade, instead, using the higher power and speed of the blade to crush food and ice.
Which blender is right for you?
What do you want to blend?
That’s the question you should be asking yourself if you’re in the market for a blender. Even if you’re looking for great deals instead of a luxury experience, you have options at every price point that can make for a great blender or a terrible blender.
But, once you figure out what it is that you want to do with the blender, such as what foods, how much ice, and what final texture you’re looking to have, then you can start looking at blenders in terms of what they can do for you. It’s often better to try and find the blender that has the features you need, and no more than it is to try and set a dollar amount and pick the blender closest to that. Both cheap and expensive blenders can be poor value, whether it’s due to too many features that you never use, or not enough.
The Ninja Professional BL610 is our top pick due to its incredible power and total crushing blade. The KitchenAid KSB1575MC’s diamond pitcher and multiple speed settings give you the control you need and give it the second place on our list. The Nutri Ninja Pro BL456 is a great personal blender, and its good power and included portable cups make it the best value on the list. The NutriBullet NBR-1201 comes with a lot of features but suffers from problems with build quality and leakiness. Finally, the Oster Core 006979 has a lot of speeds but lacks the power and quality you need in a blender you want to last a long time.
It’s not always easy to figure out which model is best for you while shopping online, but we hope that these reviews and this buyer’s guide have helped you understand which model is right for you.
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Table of Contents
- Our 5 Favorite Choices of 2019:
- 5 Best Blenders Under $100 – Our Reviews
- Buyer’s Guide