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Testing The Top Five Blenders

8 Comments 14 October 2010

Many people ask us if they can still enjoy green smoothies with a low powered blender. The answer is yes, but purchasing a high powered blender for daily green smoothie consumption is worth the investment, especially if you plan on drinking green smoothies for years to come.

Personally I think a green smoothie made with a Vitamix (or Blendtec) is more delicious than a green smoothie made with a regular blender due to the texture. Also, I noticed that when I was using a regular blender daily, the motor burned out quickly and eventually the blender stopped working. In the post Common Green Smoothie Questions, Victoria says “Those who use simple blenders have to put up with some chunks and pieces of un-blended greens and fruit skins. These green smoothies may be less smooth but still provide a great deal of greens in one’s diet, much more than if people didn’t drink them at all”.

Testing The Top Five Blenders:
To decide on which blender to purchase, please enjoy this video to see a comparison of the top five blender brands. If you are unable to afford a high speed blender such as a Vitamix or Blendtec, you may find this helpful.

Blending Tips:
The most important thing is to enjoy large amounts of greens each day. Here are some quick tips for using a simple blender..
1 – Put the fruit and water in first, blend to make a liquid. Next add any frozen fruit and then add the greens.

2 – Chop your fruits and greens very finely and remove the stalks of greens like kale, collards & chard. Add small amounts of greens as you blend.

3 – If you are using dates or seeds in your smoothie, soak them first.

To understand why blending is superior to juicing please read this article Blending v’s Juicing

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8 Comments so far

  1. Stan says:

    What was the model number of the Kitchen Aid
    blender used in this demonstration?
    Very surprised it was better than the Vitamix or Blendtec.

  2. Linda says:

    I’m still going to get a Vitamix when I save up enough. For now I’m using “the Ninja” blender / food processor which works very well for green smoothies but it’s not as durable as a vitamix. But the Ninja is $39 at Walmart or Bed Bath and Beyond.

  3. emilyb says:

    Hi Stan- The video was made in Sept 2009, I assume that the blenders were the recent models for that time.

  4. Noelle says:

    Informative post. I love my Vitamix and am glad I made that investment. :)

  5. I still think that vitamix blender is the best! It is really a good investment and worth it to buy. Thanks for the post!

  6. Leslie Feuerborn says:

    It appears they Failed to put sufficient Water/liquid in the VitaMix & Blendtech to get a proper flow. The Kitchen Aid likely spins slower, (probably a blade designed to work at lower volumes…. lower profile) and needs less water to get a usable flow…..not a worthwhile advantage. A poorly designed test.

  7. Rich g says:

    My Blendtec is the ICB7 model with a 4 inch blade and spins at 300mph with 3+ HP. What model did you choose, because mine completely blended an orange and apple very fast, and turns ice into snow? You should specify the model numbers. This test allowd manual pushing with the VitaMix, so really not a great designed test. Simply adding more water would help any blender.

  8. emilyb says:

    Rich – We did not conduct this test so I can’t tell you what models are used.

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