Green smoothies are smoothies made with raw, green, leafy vegetables like spinach, kale, or even collard greens, usually with some fruits added. They’re a great way for you get the vitamins and minerals that you need, especially if you’re a bit of a picky eater and don’t really like eating your vegetables. An added bonus is that if they’re pureed in a way that leaves the fiber intact, they’ll leave you feeling full which can be helpful if you’re trying to lose weight. Their only drawback is for people who are prone to kidney stones. If you are, be careful not to add too many veggies that are high in oxalates like spinach.
Not only are green smoothies good for you, but they’re easy to make. All you need are fruits and vegetables and a good blender. That is where this article comes in. Not all blenders are made equally, and some of them certainly make smoothies better or faster. You also have to consider which blender will give you the best bang for your buck. It might be nice to only spend $20 dollars for a blender, but maybe spending a bit more on one will make you much more satisfied. So, what is the best blender for green green smoothies? Take a look at the list of blenders we’ve compiled below and we’re sure you’ll find one you like.
1. Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
While the Vitamix 750 blender definitely has a hefty price tag, it is one of the very best blenders that money can buy. It comes with a 7 year warranty, so in the off chance that it does break after you buy it (unlikely in a blender of this quality), they will replace it for 7 years. You can also purchase an extra three years of warranty from the manufacturer. It has a 2 horsepower motor (washing machines generally have a 0.5-1 hp motor) so it’s needless to say it can chop up pretty much anything you can throw in it. Add the fact that it’s very easy to clean, and has adjustable speeds for anything that you might need to blend, and you’ve got a top-notch blender. Truly one of, if not the best, on the market.
2. Blendtec Designer Series Wildside
In the computing world, the two main competitors are PC and Mac. In the world of blenders, it is Vitamix and Blendtec. This isn’t to say there aren’t other first-class blenders out there, but these two are the best. Which is better? That seems to be matter of preference. However the Blendtec is a couple hundred dollars cheaper than the Vitamix which makes it more attractive to some people, but there are still those who prefer the more expensive Vitamix. The Blendtec does offer a 3 horsepower motor (1 horsepower more than the Vitamix), touch screen controls, and a square walled pitcher that makes it easy to clean. Like the Vitamix, it also comes with a 7 year manufacturer warranty.
3. Omni Blend V Professional Blender
While the OmniBlend isn’t exactly on the same level as the Vitamix and the Blendtec, it is marketed as being a professional grade blender that rivals the Vitamix and Blendtec while costing about half as much. It still boasts a 3 horsepower motor, a 64 oz polycarbonate pitcher, and a seven year limited warranty. An Amazon reviewer makes a great point about this blender: “So you have to blend a few extra seconds to get the exact same results as you would with a Vitamix or Blendtec–it’s worth the difference in price!” It’s perfectly reasonable that not everyone can shell out $650 for a single kitchen appliance, but still want a high quality blender. This is one blender of many on this list that fits that niche.
4. Oster VERSA 1400-watt Professional Performance Blender
The Oster VERSA is similar to the OmniBlend in its purpose: rival the quality of the top two blenders for about half the price. It accomplishes this goal. The 1400 watt motor is certainly powerful enough to liquefy any greens that you throw in it. It too comes with a 7 year warranty from the manufacturer. This blender also comes with a tamper so you can move difficult to process ingredients down into the blades without destroying your fingers. While purchasing a tamper is not all that expensive, this is a nice add on that the rest of do not come with. This blender also comes with a cookbook that will give you plenty of ideas about different ways you can use a blender.
5. Ninja Ultima Blender Plus
Here is another professional grade blender in a similar price range to the previous two. This one has a powerful 1500 watt, 2.5 horsepower motor to liquefy any fruits and vegetables even if they’re frozen. It also comes with 10 different speed settings so you’ll be able to use it for a multitude of thing like soups, drinks, or even falafel. Numerous Amazon reviewers have great things to say about it such as: “Does the job of a Vitamix at half the cost” and “Get this blender if you want smoothies”. While it should be noted that this blender only has a two year warranty compared to the seven year warranty of many other blenders, it is still a well built machine that should last far beyond two years.
6. Waring Commercial MX1000XTX
This blender is one of the more expensive blenders on this list, but it is also one of the best blenders on this list. It has a 3.5 horsepower motor which is the most powerful out of all of these. It has an unbreakable pitcher which is also dishwasher safe. It’s warranty isn’t as great as those of the most expensive two on this list, as it is a limited 3 year motor and 2 year parts and labor warranty. However it boasts a heavy build which means it will most likely outlast the warranty. The only complaints about this blender might be its simplistic controls. It only has HI, LO, OFF, and PULSE settings.
7. Chef Series Digital Blender
This blender features a 1400 watt 2.25 horsepower motor that can process ice, frozen fruits and vegetables, soups, and just about anything you can think of. It has an auto-shutoff feature which shuts the blender off whenever it is done. It even has a rinse setting that makes cleanup fast and easy. Out of all ten blenders on this list, this is the only one with this feature. It also has 6 different settings and includes a timer. Surprisingly for a motor as powerful as this one, it is rather quiet, at least compared to other blenders of its size and strength.
8. Omega BL630 3-HP Variable Speed Blender
The motor inside of this blender has the same amount of power as the higher priced Blendtec blender. It also has 10 different power settings so you can blend anything you want. It has a timer so you can start it and walk away. According to reviews on Amazon, it’s lid is designed to be tight fitting so that it never comes off during use and splatters the contents all over your kitchen. While this is certainly a high quality blender, it would seem that perhaps one of the cheaper options on this list would give you a better bang for your buck. However, if you’re looking for one of the most powerful blenders on the market, this one probably suits you better.
9. Ninja Professional Blender (NJ600)
Ninja is the only brand to land two blenders on this list, but that is because they make a variety of high quality blenders that fit a variety of budgets. This is also the cheapest blender on this list, but it still has a 1000 watt motor that can chew up most anything that gets near its steel blades. While some Amazon reviewers claimed that this blender did not puree their smoothies to the consistency that they preferred, other reviewers had absolutely no problems with it at all. Pamela Washington said of it: ” It makes smoothies with no clumps of ice, and blends veggies and fruits to a creamy consistency.” For only $100, you can’t beat that.