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The Best Blenders for Any Budget

Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender with Travel Lid

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Best for: The Busy Bargain Hunter
This super-affordable device lets you stash your bulky blender in the cabinet and still enjoy a silky smoothie each morning. Toss in your fruits and other ingredients, pulse to combine, then unscrew the jar and hit the road: The 14-ounce container doubles as a portable travel cup with lid and will fit in most car holders. ($20;

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Nutri Ninja Pro Blender

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Best for: The On-the-Go Gal
This compact, budget-friendly blender is a great choice for those with limited kitchen space and who are more about function than fashion. Two different cup options add to its universal appeal: The 24-ounce container makes enough for a family of four, while the 18-ounce container is perfect for a personal-size drink. Plus, the pro extractor blades are powerful enough to break down whole fruits, vegetables, and ice in seconds without requiring extra liquid, so no worries that your smoothie ends up being more of a slushie. ($90;

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Cuisinart SmartPower Deluxe Duet Blender/Food Processor

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Best for: The Double-Hitter
This two-for-one device lets you blend, chop, slice, shred, mince, and mix depending on which attachment you use. Control the powerful blender with an electronic touch-pad with four power settings, or attach the three-cup food processor bowl to make any recipe in a snap. ($129;

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KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender

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Best for: The Fashionable Foodie
Liquefy, mix, stir, and chop foods like a pro with this stylish appliance’s powerful diamond blending system. Its exclusive “Soft Start” feature, which starts the motor at a slower speed to pull food toward the blade then quickly increases to the selected speed, ensures all ingredients are combined as smoothly as possible. And since you can choose from a wide selection of colors from fuchsia to bright green, your machine will look just as good as it performs. ($150;

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Blendtec Designer Series WildSide

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Best for: The Power-Hungry
With a whopping 1,560 watts, this appliance’s commercial-grade motor is the most powerful one available for home use. The sleek machine is strong enough to be a blender, grain mill, ice cream maker, bread mixer, and more all in one—and it’s still compact enough to easily fit under most cabinets. A touchscreen display features six preset blend cycles, plus one for self-cleaning. (from $450;

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Vitamix Professional Series 750

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Best for: The Master Multitasker
Commonly considered the “Cadillac” of blenders, this Vitamix comes with a hefty price tag, but fans of the brand say it’s worth the investment. It helps that the high-end machine is touch-and-go—in a fantastic way—making it great for cooking pros and novices alike. With five preprogrammed settings (smoothies, soups, purees, frozen desserts, and washing), all you have to do add your ingredients, hit a button, and walk away—it will automatically shut off when complete. Bonus: This blender even cleans itself. ($639;

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