Putting blenders to the test so you don't waste your money

Posted at 1:42 PM, Mar 03, 2017
and last updated 2017-03-03 18:56:59-05

Why wait for summer to break out the blender? In addition to crushing ice, blending pina coladas and measuring durability, Consumer Reports’ testers also puree soups.

And considering the price tags on some blenders, you’ll want to use them year round, if not every day! Consumer Reports’ latest tests include blenders that cost as little as 40 dollars all the way up to more than 600-dollars. Not only are the price tags big but some of the blenders are quite large in size, too.

The 180-dollar Dash might not even fit under your kitchen cabinet. And this 500-dollar KitchenAid weighs 21-pounds and takes up precious counter space. While both can turn out an icy drink or puree up a nice soup, neither made Consumer Reports recommended list. Nor did the Vitamix TurboBlend 3-speed blender.

Consumer Reports has yet to see any of the blenders outperform the top-scoring Vitamix Professional which has been at the top for quite some time. but the Vitamix will set you back 650 dollars. For less money consider this Electrolux Expressionist for 170-dollars. It’s excellent for icy drinks, durable and whips up a nice warm soup, too.

Although it didn’t make Consumer Reports’ recommended list for its mediocre scores in pureeing soups, you may want to consider the 100-dollar Ninja Professional NJ600. It’s easy to use, safe and excellent for crushing ice and making frozen drinks.