Blenders can be purchased in several shapes and sizes; you might learn that you need to own more than just one to suit your personal needs. Below, you will find our list of the Best Specialty Blenders and a description as to what purpose each specialty blender serves.
Note: If you are not sure what you need, check out our Blender Buying Guide to learn more. That is the first step to getting one of the Best Blenders for your needs. If this is not the type that you need, you can opt to find one of the Best Immersion Blenders, one of the Best All in One Blenders, one of the Best Countertop Blenders, or one of the Best Personal Blenders as alternatives.
These 8- to 20-oz. personal blenders work great if you want a smoothie for breakfast every morning. Some models blend directly in a portable cup, making it easy to take your beverage on the road. Some models feature multiple cups, lids and blades for versatility.
Blenders with larger pitchers (usually 48- to 72-oz.) come in handy if you’re blending drinks for more than one person or making soups, salsas, puddings and other delights. A high-performance blender with an ultra-powerful motor can liquefy even hard foods, make ice cream in seconds, and even shred meat. Powerful motors can mean powerful noise, though. Be prepared to wake the household.
Hand or immersion blenders allow you to mix directly in a pan or bowl; you don’t have to dump hot ingredients (like soup) into a separate pitcher. Lightweight and easy-to-store, these flexible devices can replace your mixer or food processor when you want to combine smaller quantities of food or when you don’t want to transfer awkward ingredients to your traditional blender.
Frozen Drink Makers
These specialized, powerful machines will crush and incorporate ice evenly into your specialty drinks, smoothies, snow cones and more. Look for a machine with a large, insulated ice reservoir and a powerful motor. Some models even include multiple pitchers for versatility.
If you don’t have a lot of counter space or just want to consolidate your small appliances, find a blender with multiple attachments, including a standard pitcher, a food-processing bowl, chopper, or a to-go cup, so you can make the most out of just one machine.
What About Food Processors?
If you need to chop nuts, vegetables and other ingredients for recipes, consider a food processor. Blenders work best to liquefy ingredients while food processors are more suited for dry ingredients.