Green Smoothies only require three tools; a knife, a cutting board and of course a blender. Everyone has a kitchen full of knives and cutting boards, the question becomes, which blender should you buy? 

I’ve been blending smoothies since 2012 and have tried more than my fair share of blenders. The goal of this guide is to help you determine the best overall blender in 2016 and the top blender under $125.

Overview: Best Blender Under $125

Essentially, there are two general options: you either buy a high end blender, or save a lot of money and take a step down with a lower end blender.

Either of these options are completely valid. If I had a dollar for every time I saw “If only I had an extra $500 to buy a Vita-mix” I’d probably own a Vita-mix or a Blendtec (*I now do own a Blendtec) It’s hard to justify spending $300+ on a blender if you’re not using it several times a week. But if you’re like me and you’re blending every morning and often using it for cooking dinner it’s a no-brainer.

Pricing: $ < $50, $$ $50-$100, $$$ < $125

The reason people love their magic bullets and nutribullets so much is because they actually do make a pretty product. Yes they’ve done an exceptional job marketing their product but they really do make a durable product that can be used day after day for years.

Overview Best High End Blender

It’s a really common middle class problem, one which I completely sympathize with. My brother has a Blendtec, my parents have a Vita-mix, I on the other hand own a lowly Ninja (which actually isn’t that lowly but more on that later).

***Editor Update: I’ve Since Bought a Blendtec and it was the most worthwhile kitchen appliance I’ve ever purchased***

High End Blender Reviews: Blendtec Vs Vitamix

Vitamix Versus BlendTec

If you’re in the market for a high end blender your options basically boil down to a Vita-mix or a Blendtec. Yes, there are other options on the market; Hamilton Beach carries a number of high end blenders, as does Waring, and Omniblend has gained fan fare as a less expensive yet reliable high end blender. However, there’s a good reason these two blenders have gained the reputation as the gold standard, they are reliable and consistently produce a creamy green smoothie.

Vitamix or Blendtec? Overview

Every company carries an array of blenders, products and blender packages with incremental price increases. For example, the Vitamin starts at $579.00 $329.00 and gradually climbs to $819.00. Generally speaking the blender isn’t getting any better, it’s just coming with additional parts, DVD’s and containers. I love this quote from the Blendtec site.

The WildSide jar’s patented fifth side shifts the blending vortex for bigger, thicker, faster blends—eliminating the need for a messy plunger.

Whew, I’m glad I won’t have to deal with this problem. 😉

Avoid Messy Clean Ups

I’m not sure about you, but messy plunges aren’t a common issue in my kitchen, it’s for this reason, I chose to only review the base models.

Vitamix Review


The Vitamix is equipped with 1380 Watts, which translates to a lot of blending power. To give you an idea, one of the elements on your stove uses about 1500 Watts. It isn’t programmable like the Blendtec but it has a variable speed knob. Essentially, you can choose between two settings and then with the knob crank it up to the desired blending speed. This is one feature I really like, it basically gives you an unlimited amount of speed settings.


Until recently, Vitamix was offering factory refurbished machines for $329. This link used to take you to the landing page to buy a Vitamix for almost half the cost – now it just redirects you to the general products page. Of course, there are downsides to buying a refurbished machine, but at almost half the cost it was an option a number of potential buyers, (including this gal) would’ve loved.

What Others Are Saying

To be fair, it’s going to look like I hand picked these reviews to sell a Vitamix or Blendtec. I promise I haven’t, I’ve tried to include a few negative reviews but they’re really, really hard to find.

We use it about 2-3 times a week to help make smooth soups and fruit smoothies. You really can cut down on preparing the food because, for example, you can put in the entire apple. It is so powerful it simply cuts through the fibre and you don’t taste it!

…It takes less time to blend a green smoothie in a Vitamix than it does in a Blendtec.

This is the third time this has happened to me in the past few years with my VitaMix: while blending, for no good reason, the entire base and blade assembly comes apart from the container.

I have owned my Vitamix 5200 for 9 months now and can’t imagine my life without it. I make fruit and vegetable green smoothies. If you want to become healthy you must add fruits and vegetables to your diet. This is the easiest way to do it

The Best Vita-Mix Blender

When I originally wrote this article way back in 2013 and before I updated it in 2014, 2015 and finally 2016 both Vita-mix and Blendtec really only had one reasonable option. They had commercial blenders, $800 blenders and then one in the $400-$500 range.

In my opinion (and just about everyone else) the best blender that Vita-mix sells is still the Vita-mix 5200.

Vita-mix 5200 Blender Review

Blendtec Review


The Blendtec is slightly more powerful, it comes equipped with a 1560 Watt motor. From my personal experience, and all of the reviews I’ve read, I largely consider this to be negligible. The consistency of your green smoothie will be flawless in either machine, and both are powerful enough to grind grains, nuts and pretty well anything else you want to put into it (if you’ve never seen the WILL IT BLEND series – it’s worth a watch, although it mostly makes me wish he gave me that iPad instead of chewing it up)

The Blendtec comes pre-programmed with five blend cycles, it also allows you to program your own personal cycles. Unlike the Vitamix, you can start the blender, walk away from the machine and it’ll automatically turnoff once it’s done. However, it doesn’t offer the same level of speed control that the Vitamix does with it’s adjustable knob.


The Blendtec is still offering factory refurbished machines, which cost $384 and come with the standard seven year warranty. If pre-owned isn’t your thing, you can purchase one for $454.

What Others Are Saying

I use mine five times a day, for kefir shakes, salad dressings, puddings, sauces, soups, pancake batter, fresh raw applesauce, and dozens of other things. It’s a “must have” if you’re serious about your health…(Vitamix recently lost a $24 million lawsuit Blendtec brought for taking their jar design)

Maybe there is something to that five sided jar design

It’s not as versatile as the Vitamix. It’s “too fast and powerful to use for chopping,”

When it came to cleanup, the Vitamix container didn’t clean as easily as the Blendtec— it had a little leafy fiber residue after I “blended it clean”

The motor is so powerful that it made the entire blender rock back and forth.

The Best Blendtec Blender

Blendtec continues to release blenders at more and more affordable prices. They now have a blender on the market for $250! That’s a steal when you consider just a few years ago the cheapest option was a refurbished version that was $329. 

I haven’t personally used this blender, but it is less powerful than the classic versions than the Blendtec Total Blender. That being said it does have a rave reviews.

If you’re not interested in the smaller, less powerful unit I would stick to the Blendtec Total Blender.

Blendtec Classic 475 Cheap Blender

The Skinny,

The consistent theme of Blendtec supporters versus Vitamix supporters generally comes down to two points; variable speed versus programmable settings and personal preference. There are a few negative reviews that I read, which suggested the Vitamix motor has burnt out on them multiple times over the years. That said, they always honour their warranty. Blendtec critics, criticize the unstable base and the lack of speed control.

I personally have my eye on a refurbished Blendtec. As I mentioned above I’ve used both a Vitamix and a Blendtec extensively and I really don’t favour either. If Vitamix brought back their refurbished models I would give that a second look as well. They’re both really really awesome blenders.

The Ninja Versus The Magic Bullet Versus The Nutribullet Blender Reviews

If you’re like me, you’re not quite ready (or able!) to shell out $400 for a blender. To be honest, until I started drinking Green Smoothies I wasn’t ready to shell out $100 for a new blender. That all changed one afternoon while watching the HGTV (guilty pleasure :)) and I saw an add for the Nutribullet. Spoiler Alert: I didn’t end up buying a Nutribullet

Ninja Professional Blender

Ninja Professional Blender Reviewed

Magic Bullet Blender

Magic Bullet Reviews

Nutribullet Professional Blender

Nutribullet Professional Review Top Blender of 2016

The Ninja Review


Dollar for dollar, I don’t know that there is a better blender on the market. It’s often compared up against a Vitamix or a Blendtec, which isn’t terribly fair seeing as it is a fraction of the cost. It comes equipped with a powerful 1000 W motor and six blades. I didn’t find the six blades to be all that effective, they still occasionally leave behind bits of cacao or almonds.

Another really nice feature that you really won’t get with any of the other cheaper blenders is the 72 oz. jug. Blendtec and Vitamix offer similar lids, but again we’re trying to compare the Ninja to other comparably priced blenders.


The ninja retails for $99.99, which is relatively inexpensive when you break down the features it offers.

What Others Are Saying

In short, this blender is better than any blender in this pricing range. Maybe it won’t handle as much or last as long as the $400 blenders, but it does a heck of a job at a quarter of the cost.

I’ve made smoothies every day with it for a couple of months now and they are delicious to the last drop. Some other reviewers have said it doesn’t blend smoothly enough, but I disagree. I blend spinach, kale, and frozen fruit on level 3 and think it blends them up very well.

All that said, it’s not like the green smoothies were disgusting, they still tasted fine. And if you hadn’t experienced a power blender, or even a smaller blender that was able to blend things smooth, it might not bother you. But I’m pretty tactile, and don’t love all the chunks.

The Magic Bullet Review

I have a soft spot for the Magic Bullet, ours has lasted well over two years and to this day I still use it on occasion. It doesn’t handle chunks well but if you’re in a pinch it gets the job done. Plus I love the portable cups, truthfully the Magic Bullet is the only reason I considered the Nutribullet.


They downgraded the motor from 300 watts to 250 watts which is a bit disappointing. The travel mugs are still awesome, easy to clean and portable? That’s a win-win. As I mentioned above, it doesn’t handle large chunks well and you will burn out the motor if you try to blast through ice cubes or almonds.


The magic bullet has been around for what feels like forever, it retails at $44.99. Once mine finally burns out, I think I might replace it just for the convenience factor. I often will make shakes post workout, which don’t include tons of hard to blend items. Being able to put the cup in the dishwasher after I’m done is awesome!

What Others Are Saying

Bought this to make daily smoothies and its great! The parts go in the dishwasher and the blades are easy to clean by hand – beats having to clean a large mixer everyday. Very powerful and does exactly what its supposed to, recommend it to anyone!

…good luck blending things that aren’t already bite-sized. It does a horrible job blending ice.

great for making milkshakes, blizzards and smoothies for a yummy treat for any time of the year. also use it to make bread crumbs and diced items up for cooking

The NutriBullet Review

The Nutribullet is an upgraded version of the Magic Bullet. When the Magic Bullet was released Green Smoothies weren’t a thing. The team over Magic Bullet saw this as opportunity to create a new blender and brand it specifically for Green Smoothies.


Don’t let the ads fool you, there is no special vortex. They upgraded the motor from 250W to 600W which is a considerable amount considering the size of this blender. Like the original bullet, it’s designed to be on-the-go friendly. As I mentioned above, I do like that but lately I’ve slowly gotten away from using my magic bullet at all. I’ve since bought one of these to-go cups which has virtually the need to use my original bullet.


The NutriBullet sells for $119.34 on their website. This is a little steep for a single serve blender. For my morning Green Smoothie I tend to prefer making two full servings and sip on them throughout the morning. Spending a $120 on a blender I’m only going to use pre or post workout seems like a little much.

That said, if you’re only interested in single servings this could very well be the blender for you!

What Others Are Saying

For those that say this is just a blender – I would beg to differ – my fancy Cuisinart blender doesn’t pulverize seeds and coffee beans the way this thing does. Just try putting some small flax seeds in your blender with some fruit and tell me you get the smooth consistency

But, after following the guidelines and not overfilling the container, it still leaks

One consistent theme from the comments are “this blender is awesome it pulverizes everything” and “this thing blender is awful it leaks!”

This product is everything they said it would be. I’m very pleased with this purchase and would highly recommend it for obtaining a healthier lifestyle.

Ninja Professional Blender

Ninja Professional Blender Reviewed

Magic Bullet Blender

Magic Bullet Reviews

Nutribullet Professional Blender

Nutribullet Professional Review Top Blender of 2016

The Skinny

If you’re using your blender mainly for Green Smoothies skip the Magic Bullet. It doesn’t chew up greens very well. It’s great when you’re just making a single serving smoothie but for Green Smoothies it doesn’t cut it.

The Ninja and the NutriBullet perform as advertised. Although I’ve never used a NutriBullet, a close friend of mine confirmed that it really does “pulverize everything similar to a Vitamix”. The Ninja does leave the occasional chunkie but it’s not a single serve blender!

It really comes down to serving size. If you don’t mind making single serve smoothies (or even prefer!) than the NutriBullet would be the clear winner. Obviously if you’re going to be doing other things with your blender your NutriBullet probably won’t cut it. In which case you probably want a Ninja.


That was a mouthful :). I hope you found this blender review somewhat educational!

Happy Blending,