4: Oster BLSTVB-000-0Versa Powerful Performance Blender, Black
Finally… A blender to rival Vitamix for half the price. This can make nut butters, ice cream, soups and smoothies and has a number of different features.
Top Features of a Smoothie Maker
There are a number of very important features that best smoothie makers have that are very difficult to get in low quality type blenders. With these features, making smoothies is very easy.
Cheap Blenders Buying Guide
The two models that top our list are class stalwarts: the Hamilton Beach 581Power Elite (starting at $28) and the Oster 66Accurate Blend 2(starting at $22). Some contrary reports aside, both garner support among consumers for their ability to process silky frozen-fruit smoothies, ice cream shakes, and hearty soups and to pulverize semi-hard foods. Standing in second place for similar reasons but with slightly fewer enthusiastic reviews is the Oster 66Simple Blend 2(starting at $25).
The Black Decker BL1130SG FusionBlade (starting at $25) claims some fans but has been tarred by other reviewers for insufficient power and leakage.
Best Countertop Blenders
LAB TESTED Best of the Best Vitamix Professional Series 750Check PriceBottom Line A popular, high-performance machine with a steep price tag. Just edges out the Blendtec as the best blender on the market.