Blenders have long been recognized as an important tool in a healthy diet. They essentially allow you to consume fruits, vegetables, and supplements in a quick and convenient form—making them perfect for maintaining a healthy diet in today’s busy world.
They were also extremely expensive tools, though, thankfully that is changing. At present, there is very little difference between the best budget blenders on the market and the most expensive, premium branded versions.
However, of all the options out there, which is the best one that you should invest your money in? We’ve identified three of the best, and we’ve run the numbers, delved into the stats and most importantly blended the berries to bring you the information you need to choose the right product for you.
Best Budget Blenders: Our Top Picks
For each model we have included on the list, we have discussed their key features and listed their pros and cons.
BESTEK Personal Blender
This highly versatile product would make an excellent purchase if you were looking to add simplicity to your life. It is remarkably small, making it easy to tuck away into a cupboard or corner in even the smallest kitchen.
Don’t make a mistake though of thinking that this is not going to provide the power you need for all of your blending requirements just because it is a compact model.
Firstly, the four-leaf stainless steel blade attachment is sharp enough to slice and dice its way through just about any smoothie ingredient you can throw at it.
Add to that a powerful 300 watts motor and this product can even be used to blend ice, making it perfect for summer smoothies.
The flip-top lid makes it easy to blend and carry it away for drinking on the go, and the bottle is constructed of BPA-free plastic, so you don’t have to fear any chemical nasties leaching into your smoothie.
It can be hard to attach the blending cup onto the base, and of course, without a solid closing action, the motor will not activate. You do have to apply quite a bit of force to twist it on and close, making us worry that in the long term, that continued pressure could wear away the base and cup connectors—potentially shortening the lifespan of the product itself.
All in all, however, this is a great product that brings a lot of features you would expect of a more expensive, premium branded product and packages them into a small and very affordable device.
- Safe and easy to use
- High-capacity (600ml) bottle
- Powerful motor
- Easy-to-open lid
- Dishwasher Safe
- Blender cup can be hard to attach
- Potential short product lifespan
Hamilton Beach Personal Single Serve Blender
If you want to know what this product is all about, just take a look up there at its name, and it’ll tell you everything you need to know! This is a great little single-serve model that is very easy to use and clean.
The base is equipped with a very handy little recess where the cord can be wrapped up and stored inside the machine. The cup itself is quite squat and compact compared to other models, again making it easy to store. In fact, you can tuck it into a cupboard or even a drawer.
So, storage is easy, and operation is straightforward. The cup also comes with a travel lid for easy drinking on the go. So, are there any downsides? Unfortunately, yes—the pretty weak 175 watts motor.
Somewhat inevitably with a motor of that power capacity, the blender feels a little underpowered. In operation, this means that blending ice is pretty tough for this product.
It also means you have to chop up your ingredients extra small or otherwise run the blender for a very long period to avoid a lumpy smoothie—and no one wants a lumpy smoothie!
On the other hand, it is the cheapest item on this list, so it really is the budget option—and for your money overall, it will do a pretty good job.
- Cord storage
- Easy to use
- Very small
- Comes with a travel lid
- 14 ounces capacity
- Very weak motor
Epica Personal Blender with Take-Along Bottle
In addition to blending healthy smoothies, you also want a high degree of convenience with these products. This blender from Epica has a number of features that make it feel extremely convenient, and which will help it to fit into any kitchen.
First, you are getting a lovely, powerful 300-watt motor. When combined with the heavy duty, stainless steel blades in this model, you have a product that can take on anything.
Ice doesn’t need to be crushed, and ingredients don’t need to be chopped with any kind of precision. Instead, throw them all in, turn it on and let it do its job—that is a level of convenience that can’t be overstated!
On the go, the cup itself comes equipped with an excellent lid, and it is constructed of BPA-free plastic—again allowing you to drink your smoothie without having to worry about any chemicals leaching in from the plastic cup.
If any complaint could be made against this product, that is the blending cup could be, for some people, a little on the large side. A 20-ounce capacity seems generous, but in reality that is a pretty big smoothie bottle, and the chances are, you may be left with some in the cup when you start to feel full.
The cup itself is, however, nice and slim, which means it can fit easily into most car cup holders, which is a nice feature to have, and really makes the cup itself truly portable and convenient to use.
It is the most expensive item on this list; however, you are getting an awful lot of top quality blender for your dollar.
- Safe and easy to use
- Heavy-duty stainless steel blades
- Powerful motor
- Dishwasher safe
- Cup is tall and large
Any one of these products really could stake a claim as being the best budget blender on the market right now.
What you really need to look at and consider, is just how many features you would expect to find in a more costly model have been included in the budget version. The one product here that seems to bring the most of them is the Epica Personal Blender.
A strong motor, good blades, well-designed cup and BPA -free plastic means that you are getting a lot of the things you would expect on a premium priced model for a far, far lower price.