Best Blenders For Smoothies: Ninja vs Vitamix vs Cleanblend

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Kickstart your day the healthy way! By combining a plethora of fruits, vegetables and superfood extras into a quality blender for a few minutes, you’ll have the energy you need to make it through your workday.

Caution: by using one of these high-end blenders, you’ll have a well-blended, delicious and nutritious smoothie that will leave you feeling amazingly energetic and ready to take on your day’s activities (even on a Monday). A quality blender can truly change your life. Read on to find our picks for the best smoothie blender.

Article Overview

What Are The Best Blenders For Smoothies?

A regular blender just won’t cut it if you want to make all kinds of smoothies. You’ll need a high-quality, powerful one that can tackle all kinds of fruits and veggies.We’ve handpicked these winners based on performance, durability, ease of use and cleaning, pricing and other factors.

Vitamix Review

Vitamix#1

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The Vitamix 5200 Series blender is masterful for making smoothies. Although expensive, these blenders are composed of quality, durable materials and come with a great warranty (5-7 years). And they get the job done in no time — you can make multiple smoothies in less than a minute.

It uses an aircraft-grade stainless steel blade like other high-quality blenders, but what really makes the Vitamix so effective is its metal drive system that connects right to the base of the motor. This makes for better blends and gives the blender a longer lifespan.

The blending containers of the Vitamix are engineered to efficiently rotate ingredients as the user changes the speed/power/torquing of the motor. Vitamix also allows you to make steaming-hot soup right in the blender, unlike others in our reviews.

Our Personal Review

Over the years, I have tried many different blenders, but for smoothies, soups and purees, there is no better choice than the Vitamix. It pulverizes everything, making a smooth consistency with no chunks of greens, nuts, etc. It’s expensive but if you use it as much as I do, it is definitely worth the investment!

Also, when I the motor stopped working in my first machine after 2 years of use, I shipped it back with their free shipping label and they sent me a new one (which is still working)! – Michelle S., Smoothie Lover

Pros

Cons

  • Customers say it can smoothly blend most anything, including coffee grinds, nuts, batter and more
  • Easy to clean (drop dish soap in the blender container, and it cleans itself when you run the blender)
  • Operates smoothly
  • Great for hot soups
  • Included tamper helps process thicker mixtures
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 7-year warranty
  • Great customer support
  • Expensive 
  • Some customers complain that it stopped working after several months of regular use

Pricing & Features

  • Price: $449.95
  • 64 oz. capacity
  • 2-peak horsepower motor, 120 volts, 60 Hz, 11.5 amps
  • High-efficiency radial cooling fan
  • Low-friction, ball-bearing motor
  • Hide-away safety cord extends 19″ to 6′ and has a grounded 3-prong plug
  • Accelerator tool that makes it easier to process thicker mixtures

There are several Vitamix models, colors and versions from which to choose. But here's an overview of each series, starting price and what they offer.
SeriesPriceFeaturesColor Options
Ascent$389.99Bluetooth connectivity, self-detect containers, auto-stopBlack, slate, white, graphite, red,
Explorian$289.99Multiple container options, high powerBlack
PersonalCheck on AmazonSingle and double serving containers, compact baseStainless steel, red, apple red, black
Legacy$574.00High performance, various control optionsBlack, white, stainless steel, red, onyx, platinum

Cleanblend Review

Cleanblend Professional Blender#2

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Cleanblend is another powerhouse of a blender that can easily blend all the fruits, veggies and seeds you’ll want in your smoothies. It can even tackle a large avocado seed! Like the Vitamix, it’s also a great choice if you want to make hot soups.

Although the motor is more powerful than the Vitamix, the Cleanblend blender has a few design issues, like the blender jar not anchoring well to the machine. This flaw keeps it out of our top spot. Still, Cleanblend is a much more affordable option than Vitamix and a great choice for smoothies, salsas, soups, ice cream, baby food and much more.

Pros

Cons

  • Extremely powerful motor makes blending hard foods easy
  • Designed for commercial use
  • Included tamper wand helps process thicker mixtures
  • Dishwasher safe
  • 5-year warranty
  • The blender jar doesn’t anchor well to the machine
  • Blades aren’t detachable, making it more difficult to clean

Price & Features

  • $178.97
  • 64 oz. blender container
  • 3 horsepower, 1800 watt motor
  • Stainless steel 8-blade system
  • Multi-speed range with pulse capability

Ninja Review

Ninja Blender#3

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The Ninja Professional is a warrior and definitely the best blender in its price range, but it doesn’t quite hold its own in the smoothie blending war with our top two picks. It’s just not as powerful.

However, there’s one major plus with the Ninja that you don’t get with the Vitamix and Cleanblend. We love that it comes with two to-go cups that you can attach right onto the machine (instead of the large blending container) and blend away right in the cup. It makes cleanup so much easier.

If you can’t afford the Vitamix or Cleanblend blenders, the Ninja Professional is a great budget-buy, and you’ll still be able to blend a variety of fruits and veggies.

Pros

Cons

  • Great for blending softer fruits and vegetables
  • Includes two to-go cups you can blend in rather than the large container (makes cleanup much easier)
  • Good safety features
  • Great for smoothies and shakes
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Blade is challenging to keep clean 
  • Blade dulls over time
  • Not the best for blending very hard foods like seeds
  • Warranty is only 1 year

Pricing & Features

  • Price: $99.99
  • 72 oz. blender container
  • 1100 watt motor
  • Total crushing technology to break down ice whole fruits, ice and vegetables
  • Multi-speed range with pulse capability
  • Comes with two 16 ounce to-go cups

Breakfast Smoothie Bowl Recipe

Are smoothies the breakfast meal you look forward to the most? Then you’ve got to try this smoothie recipe from Clean Food Dirty City.

Ingredients

  • ½ cup coconut water
  • 1 frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango (optional)
  • 2 handfuls of greens (kale, spinach, romaine, etc.)
  • 2 tablespoons hemp protein
  • 1 tablespoon soaked flax seeds (ground flax seeds don’t require soaking)
  • Small piece of ginger (grated if not using a high-speed blender)
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Dash turmeric

Optional Toppings

  • Fresh fruit
  • Unsweetened coconut flakes
  • Nuts and/or seeds

Method

  1. Pour coconut water (starting with ¼ cup) and lemon juice in the blender.
  2. Add flax seeds and hemp protein. Then add all other ingredients into a high-speed blender and blend until smooth. Note: if you aren’t using a high-speed blender start with more coconut water and grate the ginger.
  3. Pour into a bowl and top with any fresh fruit or superfoods that you have on hand.
  4. Enjoy!

Infographic: 3 Healthy And Easy Smoothie Recipes

Here’s a handy infographic with 3 more recipe ideas for your new blender.

Infographic: 3 Healthy and Easy Smoothie Recipes

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Ninja vs Vitamix Video

Watch this live-action video below to see how the Ninja and the Vitamix compare. Jaden, from Steamy Kitchen, crushes ice, blends a smoothie and even makes peanut butter in this video to help show you how the two match up.

Get Smoothie Ingredients Delivered At Home

No time for shopping and assembling your daily smoothies? Or do you want a better variety? You might want to consider these smoothie home delivery services. All you have to do is blend the pre-packed ingredients for a big time-saver.

And be sure to check out our low sugar protein smoothie recipe, which is a hit with our readers. It’s the perfect, delicious start to your day and a great way to test your new blender’s power. There are various flavor combinations that you’ll be able to tweak to create a unique and healthy smoothie.

What do you love to make with a blender?

About The Author:

Suzie Blackman was born and raised in Bethesda, MD and recently moved to Winston-Salem, NC. Suzie is a 200 Hour Registered Yoga Teacher and is a lover of all things health and wellness related. Growing up an athlete and dancer, Suzie has always been mind body oriented, but more recently she has seen the impact that a mindfulness practice has had on every aspect of her life. Suzie is especially passionate about food and nutrition because she views food as 'our most ancient form of medicine'. She hopes to evoke a sense of passion in you too, guiding you to think more about/question not only your food choices, but about how it is that you approach eating. What we put in, is what we get out. Let's treat ourselves compassionately, and with balance in mind.

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Blair
Karmin makes the best blender in my opinion 🙂
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Blair, thanks for sharing and happy blending!
Brittany
Give the blender by Karmin a try, you`ll love it!♥
Sabrina J.
I personally love my blender by Karmin 🙂
Sadie Cornelius (Admin)
Sabrina, that’s great to hear thanks for sharing and happy blending!