The 10 Best Blenders Under $50
This wiki has been updated 16 times since it was first published in May of 2016. As evidence that you don't have to spend a fortune in order to prepare healthy and delicious meals, snacks, and drinks for you and your family, we've compiled this selection of high-powered and reliable blenders that all retail for under $50. They will let you puree, whip, chop, dice, and crush just about any ingredient you can think of, all while barely making a dent in your bank balance. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best blender under $50 on Amazon.
December 05, 2019:
You really don't have to spend a fortune to get a good blender. We're particularly impressed with the Oster Designed For Life, which can actually reverse its blades to ensure a smooth consistency. The Oster Beehive is a close second in capability, and with only a single speed setting it's especially easy to use. Plus, it's made with a design and quality reminiscent of classic models frequently used by bartenders, and its 600-watt-rated motor is great at making drinks. The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher is a relatively simple and also quite reliable countertop model, while the Decen 126C may not be quite as long-lasting but offers an especially convenient control panel.
Another way to get good results without spending a fortune is with an immersion blender. The Braun MultiQuick 505 is generally considered the best for under $50, but the Epica 4-in-1 offers versatile chopping functionality and the Mueller Austria Ultra-Stick is one of the least expensive options.
We've also included some powerful personal blenders. The Magic Bullet Small is pretty tiny, but it's also quite strong, capable of chopping nuts without difficulty. The Oster My Blend is meant primarily for making shakes, and while it doesn't have the most rugged motor, it's priced just a bit over $10. The Nutri Ninja Pro BL456, on the other hand, is well-renowned for its power, reliability, and versatility. And if you feel like you've outgrown your budget-friendly blender, check out these quality options from Waring and VitaMix.
Blending Is The New Juicing
The other big benefit to a blender is that it’s a multi-tasker.
Nowadays, there are a lot of options for staying healthy that don’t taste anywhere near as bad as the stuff that was around just a few decades ago. When I was young there were two categories of food: tasty and healthy. All that’s changed recently, and we’re very grateful to hear it.
Part of that change started with the juice craze that swept the nation in the 1980s and 90s, though most of the healthy juices made popular in those days wouldn’t pass muster for flavor in today’s market. Some of the recipes were tasty, but those still weren’t the ones that were really good for you. For example, when I was about 10, my dad brought home a Juiceman juicer made popular by health and wellness expert Jack Lelanne.
First, we tried apple and lemon. Delicious, but filled with sugar. Then we tried carrot, apple, and lemon. A little less delicious, and still filled with sugar. Then we tried kale, celery, and beet. That one didn’t go over too well.
Apples and carrots are good for you though, as are a dozen other fruits that are just too sugary to juice. That’s why blending has largely taken the title belt away from juicing. When you blend, you retain all the fiber that comes with the fruits and veggies, and that fiber acts like a time-release mechanism for those natural sugars. Instead of them slamming into your bloodstream, giving you a big jolt of energy, crashing, and then converting leftover sugars to fats, the sugars in a blended smoothie trickle into your system. That gives you more controlled, sustained energy, and a better insulin balance.
The other big benefit to a blender is that it’s a multi-tasker. Juices make juice. A blender makes pretty much whatever you want it to. Use it in the morning to make a healthy smoothie, then whip up some margaritas for happy hour, and wash it all down with a malted milkshake for dessert, all in the same machine. You can stay healthy while drinking delicious concoctions, and also cut loose when the time comes.
Is A $50 Blender Really Worth It?
There’s no denying the fact that the blenders on this list are not the finest blending devices on the market. There are plenty of high-end blenders for professionals or dedicated home cooks that can blend better and make more things than the models on this list can. If you’ve had your fun with inexpensive blenders, and you’ve got the capital to invest in something more serious, we’ve taken a look at those machines, as well.
A blender under $50 is designed for a different kind of use, and a different kind of user.
You could go out and drop $400 on a high-end unit, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get enough use out of it to justify the purchase.
Let’s say you haven’t owned a blender since you left home. You’ve heard of the benefits of smoothies, and you’ve even enjoyed one or two at a local Jamba Juice. You could go out and drop $400 on a high-end unit, but there’s no guarantee that you’ll get enough use out of it to justify the purchase. It’d be smarter to invest in something inexpensive at first, and see how much you use it.
The other thing about those top-tier models that makes them a little annoying is their size. They’re all pretty enormous, which means they take up a lot of space on your countertop. If you have a smaller kitchen, that might make you store the fancy thing in a cabinet, and a blender in a cabinet does not get used. It’s got to be small enough to live on your counter, and many of the models under $50 are just that.
That size issue also makes expensive blenders much harder to take with you when you travel. If you’re on a regular smoothie kick, and you’re headed on vacation to a beach house or a cabin for a week, you’ll want to be able to take your blender with you. A big, professional unit would take up a whole suitcase, but a little sub-$50 blender can go almost anywhere.
The best part about a blender that costs under $50 is probably the fact that you can afford to be rough with it. Knock it around, load it up with too much ice, play an impromptu game of football with the container — if you bust it, it’s not the end of the world.
A Few Tasty Tips For Your New Blender
Blending up a nice tasty smoothie may seem like an easy task, but if you want to sneak some healthy ingredients in there, a few simple tips can help ensure that your drinks turn out drinkable and don't end up down the drain.
If you want to avoid any processed sugars, medjool dates are a great source of sweetness, as well, and they come packed with potassium and other nutrients.
For starters, you can often get the best consistency by building your smoothie with the softest ingredients first — like a peeled orange or grapefruit — then adding frozen fruit or ice toward the top of the container. That way, by the time the frozen stuff reaches the blades, it’s got a nice pool of natural fruit juices to help it along.
All that fiber that we said was so good at keeping the sugar from rushing into your bloodstream will also do a number on your drink’s flavor. Don’t be afraid to add a little healthy sugar source, like agave nectar, to kick up the sweetness. If you want to avoid any processed sugars, medjool dates are a great source of sweetness, as well, and they come packed with potassium and other nutrients.
If you find that your flavor is still falling a little flat, you may need to add what I call an accent ingredient to the mix. These are small ingredients that pack a powerful flavor punch and can take your smoothie game to the next level. A small slice of lemon or lime is always a good bet, but I’m partial to a bit of fresh ginger. Just make sure you peel it first!
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