The Top High-Powered Blender Brands
Now that you have your list of potential options whittled down, it’s time for the real work to begin. Let’s start by taking a closer look at the leading manufacturers of high-powered blenders.
No discussion on this topic would be complete without featuring the two best-known brand in this space: Vitamix and BlendTec. Although high-powered blenders are not their main product line, Breville is another worthy contender you might want to consider, as well.
So, let’s take a closer look at each of these brands…
Vitamix is one of the most recognizable and highly respected names in the industry. In fact, Vitamix blenders are considered by many food professionals to be the “gold standard” by which all other blenders are measured.
Vitamix is a well-established, family-owned company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio. Vitamix blenders are manufactured in the USA and must pass a rigorous quality inspection process before shipment. For many, the Vitamix name is synonymous with quality. Their highly versatile, durable and powerful blenders can be used to create a wide range of delicious recipes, including perfect smoothies, hot soups, frozen treats, homemade flour, and creamy nut butters.
Their high-powered blenders are divided into 3 series:
- S-Series – Personal Blenders (5-Year Warranty)
- C-Series – Classic Blenders (7-Year Warranty)
- G-Series – Next Generation Blenders (7-Year Warranty)
(All warranties cover parts, performance, labor and two-way shipping)
The company’s home-use blenders all feature heavy-duty, hardened stainless steel blades, a high-performance motor and adjustable precision controls. They are also easy to clean compared to other blenders on the market. In terms of pricing, the S- and C-Series models start around $400, while the G-Series units start in the low to mid-$500 range.
The S-Series Personal Blender lineup features dishwasher-safe (top rack, only) containers and blades. These units also offer a dual-purpose container/to-go cup and easy-to-read illuminated controls. The attractive S-Series models fit under most overhead kitchen cabinets, so the base and jar can be stored together when not in use. One drawback to the space-saving S-Series Personal Blender lineup, however, is they only come with either 20 or 40-oz. containers, so they are not ideal for preparing larger recipes.
The C-Series Classic Blenders offer a variety of control options and container sizes, including the larger, more versatile 64-oz. size. With these models, you can choose from simple high/low controls, variable speed control, and convenient pre-programmed settings. However, these units are a little taller than the S- and G-Series models, so you will need to measure the height under your upper cabinets if you plan on storing your unit on the counter between uses.
The pricier G-Series Next Generation Blenders offer more powerful motors and more settings than the other two categories. Like the S-Series Personal Blenders, the G-Series Next Generation models also offers easy-to-see illuminated controls and a convenient compact design that can slide under most upper cabinets. In addition, they also offer a 64-oz. container perfect for making larger servings.
With so many great options to choose from, it can be tough to pick the best model for your needs. The good news is that it’s tough to go wrong with a brand like Vitamix, so look around their website or on Amazon.com to learn more about their different offerings. By the way, if you purchase from a licensed Vitamix dealer, whether on Amazon or elsewhere, you can take advantage of a 30-day “test drive” backed by a money-back guarantee if you aren’t completely satisfied.
TIP: To further narrow your search on Amazon.com, gradually tighten your budget until you are left with the most cost-effective solution that meets your criteria.
Here are a couple of popular and highly rated Vitamix models to help you get started:
The Vitamix 5200 Series Blender, which boasts an impressive 4.8 out of 5 possible stars, or the Vitamix Professional Series 300 Blender with 64-Oz. Container, with a 4.7 out of 5-star rating.
Blendtec was founded in 1975 by Tom Dickson. You may have seen the company’s viral “Will it blend?” marketing campaign that began back in 2006. In these popular spots, Dickson blends – or attempts to blend – all sorts of products you should never, ever stick in a blender, including iPhones, golf balls, iPods, television remote controls, and glass marbles. (Yikes!)
Obviously, if you use your Blendtec blender in this manner, you will definitely void your warranty! However, those over-the-top videos and commercials have been shared tens of millions of times on social media sites like YouTube and Facebook. All of that free viral advertising has made the tough-as-nails Blendtec machines a household name.
In 2013, Housewares Executive, a consumer housewares consultant and analyst, presented the Gold Innovation Award to Blendtec based on new and groundbreaking features found in the company’s Signature Series and Stealth blenders. In July 2014, Blendtec launched its own nutrition company, Blendfresh. The goal with this initiative is to market their blenders as an excellent way to help you live a healthy lifestyle.
Like Vitamix, Blendtec blenders are produced exclusively in the United States according to stringent production standards. The company’s tagline is “The Last Blender You’ll Ever Own,” and that bold statement is backed up with one of the best warranties in the blender/mixer marketplace. Without question, Blendtec makes durable, versatile, and high-quality machines that can create a wide range of foods, beverages and desserts with ease.
Blendtec’s product offerings are as follows:
- Classic Series (8 Year Warranty)
- Designer Series (8 Year Warranty)
- Professional Series (8 Year Warranty)
- Tom Dickson Extreme (10 year warranty)
The Blendtec Classic, Designer and Professional series are priced between $420 and $1,100, while the Extreme comes in at just over $1,000. Multiple models are available within these series with a varying list of options and features. To identify the Blendtec models best suited for your needs, perform a filtered search for your budget on Amazon.
By the way, the Tom Dickson Extreme blender is the model that company founder Tom Dickson gives to “celebrities and family members.” This model is designed to appeal to those who demand the best in quality and performance. It features state-of-the-art technology and capabilities, and comes with an autographed photograph of Mr. Dickson.
This “Extreme”-ly powerful unit delivers 2,400 watts of power and a peak 3.8 horsepower motor. It also boasts 10 manual speed settings, a pulse feature, and 4 pre-programmed cycles. Without a doubt, this is one impressive piece of equipment that is sure to please the most discerning home cook or chef.
Here are a couple of popular and highly rated Blendtec models you might want to consider:
Blendtec Classic 475 (4.7 out of 5.0-star rating)
Blendtec Designer Series Blender (4.5 out of 5 stars (nearly 370 reviews)
Breville deserves a seat at the table for this discussion because they offer such high-quality products. However, unlike Vitamix and Blendtec, Breville’s core business in not built around high-powerd blenders. Instead, Breville is an Australian-based company that produces and sells a wide range of electrical kitchen appliances in over 50 countries. Their product lines include toaster ovens, juice fountains, coffee makers, espresso machines, food processors, blenders and more.
Breville prides itself on delivering “thoughtful design and brilliant innovation” across their product lines. This pride is well-founded with respect to their highly rated high-powered blender, the Breville BBL910XL Boss Easy to Use Superblender. This unit has earned an impressive 4.7 (out of 5 possible stars) based on nearly 120 Amazon reviews. In fact, an amazing 87% of those who left a review felt this unit deserved a full 5-star rating.
This unit is currently priced just under $400, so it is comparably priced to entry-level Vitamix models, but a bit higher than the popular Blendtec’s Classic 475 model.
As you can see, there are a lot of options available to you if you are shopping for a quality high-powered blender.
All three brands mentioned in this guide – Vitamix, Blendtec, and Breville – product long-lasting, versatile blenders with stylish good looks. If you are looking for a quality blender that can perform a wide range of kitchen tasks, and can last 5, 10 or even 20 years, you can’t go wrong by focusing your search on these three brands. In each case, your purchase is backed by a long-term warranty lasting between 5 to 8 years.
Good luck with your search – and Happy Blending!