What are the best blenders for smoothies? Your choice of smoothie blender will depend on what ingredients you want to use and how smooth you want your smoothie recipes to be.
The highest quality blenders have between 2 to 3.5 horsepower. These smoothie blenders will blend almost anything into a creamy, smooth texture without a hitch. VitaMix and Blendtec are the brands most recommended by professionals. Users of these blenders all rave about their performance and durability.
Although they are pricey (close to $400 and up), they will give you much better results than conventional blenders. Besides giving your smoothies a better texture, they break down the fibers in the fruits and vegetables more thoroughly, which makes the nutrients more available to your system. Think of it as thoroughly chewing your food, as mother always told you to!
Most conventional blenders have motors rated at less than one horsepower. These may work fine if you stick to soft, easier-to-blend ingredients like bananas, blueberries, pineapple and the like. They may not give you a real smooth texture if you use ingredients such as ice cubes, fibrous vegetables or nuts in your smoothies. Reliability also seems to be an iffy proposition among these blenders.
The Oster Classic Beehive is consistently the highest-rated of these blenders, primarily due to it's superior reliability. Like all Oster blenders, it has an all-metal drive system from blade to motor. Another nice feature is that it uses a glass container that you can put in the dishwasher.
You can start out with the blender you already have, and see whether or not you want to drink smoothies regularly. If you find yourself developing a serious smoothie addiction, you may want to upgrade to more serious blenders for smoothies such as the VitaMix or Blendtec. These machines are built to last a lifetime, and their owners love them!
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