The 9 Best Blenders for Busy Families

The 9 Best Blenders for Busy Families Editor's picks

Finding the best blender for your family can be as tough as kale stems. To make things smoother, we’ve organized Walmart Canada’s best blenders into nine easy categories. Whether you’re searching for the ultimate smoothie-making machine to sneak nutritious ingredients into your kids’ food, or seeking a multi-functional blender that can also cook up hot soups, baby food, oat milk, dips, nut butters and even craft cocktails, read on to find the perfect blender for your family.

Our editor’s picks

Height: 17 in.

Wattage: 900 watts

Warranty: 1 year

Features: BPA free, dishwasher safe, 72 oz. pitcher with spout lid

  • Six blades for crushing and puréeing.

  • Some users report that this blender is loud to operate.

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Height: 15.7 in.

Wattage: 700 watts

Warranty: 2-year limited

Features: Glass pitcher with pouring spout, dishwasher safe, hinged ingredient slot

  • It has a generous six-cup capacity.

  • Some users report that the glass pitcher and handle make it heavy.

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Height: 12.9 in.

Wattage: 700 watts

Warranty: 1 year

Features: Glass pitcher, dishwasher safe, 8-speed control

  • The glass pitcher is thermal shock tested for swings in temperature.

  • Some users say you should pre-chop larger produce before blending.

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Height: 17 in.

Wattage: 1100 watts

Warranty: 1 year

Features: Dishwasher-safe, BPA free, 72 oz. blender jar, 2 x 16 oz. to-go cups

  • Pitcher lid opens into a spout for easy pouring.

  • Some users report the pitcher is awkward to hand wash for stuck-on foods.

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Height: 12.5 in.

Wattage: 300 watts

Warranty: 1 year with proof of purchase

Features: BPA free, dishwasher-safe, two travel-friendly 28-oz cup with lids, ice Crushing, pulse button, variable speed

  • The powerful 300-watt motor makes blending and grinding a breeze.

  • Some users report that it’s a bit loud.

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Height: 17 in.

Wattage: 1000 watts

Warranty: 1 year

Features: Dishwasher safe, BPA free, 72 oz. pitcher, touchscreen controls

  • Has sleek touchscreen controls.

  • Some users report the pre-set controls may need a second round to do the job.

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Best blender with glass pitcher
Instant Pot Cooking Blender

Height: 19.2 in.

Wattage: 600 watts blending, 700 watts cooking

Warranty: 1 year

Features: 60 oz. glass pitcher, easy-pour spout, heating element

  • There are different controls for blending hot or cold foods.

  • The glass pitcher is cloth-wash only.

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Best blender for soup and hot liquids
Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender

Height: 17.9 in.

Wattage: 1400 watts blending, 800 watts cooking

Warranty: 1 year

Features: Glass pitcher, 12 pre-set programs, BPA free

  • Has a heated Clean setting to get rid of stuck-on foods.

  • The pitcher is not dishwasher-safe, only the parts.

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Height: 16 in.

Wattage: 250 watts

Warranty: 1 year

Features: 2-speed blender, dishwasher safe, comes with BPA-free jar with lid

  • It blends hot food easily.

  • It’s not a kid-friendly device.

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In this guide
Features to consider when buying a blender
  • Style: The range of styles includes countertop (larger, traditional standup units), personal (smaller and storable), hand blenders (for immersing in liquids) and single-serve (easily fit in cupboards).
  • Capacity: Choices fall between 16-oz single serving to 72-oz “professional” size. Consider that most adult smoothie serving sizes are about 10 ounces, or 1 1/4 cups, depending on the ingredients.
  • Height: Will you be blending smoothies for the whole family, or would a more compact blender do the job? Consider dishwasher height (if the pitcher is dishwasher-friendly) and how much space is between your counter and upper cabinets.
  • Wattage: Lower wattage means less power, which means longer time to purée foods or frozen drinks into a smooth consistency. Standard yogurt-and-banana-type smoothies don’t need high wattage, but if you want to pulverize leafy greens, a powerful motor is key.
  • Material: Most pitchers are made from either BPA-free plastic or glass, with stainless steel blades for blending. Not all glass pitchers are dishwasher-friendly.
  • Pour spout: Will independent-minded kids want to pour out their own creations? Some models use one corner of the pitcher for pouring, while others engineer a well-designed pour spout for fewer spills.
  • Tamper: Made for pushing down ingredients to just above the blade, tampers are handy for making purées and multi-ingredient smoothies.
  • To-go cups: Meant for blend-and-go convenience, be sure the travel size isn’t too large or too small for your needs.
  • Speeds: The simplest models have one speed, while others have four or more. More advanced models have pre-set functions to help you use the right speed for the right foods.
Best overall blender
Ninja 72 Oz. Professional Blender Ninja 72 Oz. Professional Blender Ninja 72 Oz. Professional Blender Ninja 72 Oz. Professional Blender Ninja 72 Oz. Professional Blender
  • Height: 17 in.

  • Wattage: 900 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year

  • Features: BPA free, dishwasher safe, 72 oz. pitcher with spout lid

Because no one likes chewing a smoothie, this blender gets top marks for pulverizing fruits, veggies, frozen produce and ice cubes into velvety, nutritious drinks even the pickiest kids (or adults) will happily slurp down. Plus, the extra-large pitcher makes it easy to serve super smoothies to the whole family in seconds, then just toss everything (minus the base) into the dishwasher.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Six blades for crushing and puréeing.

  • Powerful motor for creamy smoothies, almond butter and crushed ice in seconds.

  • Dishwasher safe.

Cons
  • Some users report that this blender is loud to operate.

  • Some users report the sharp blades make it hard to clean by hand.

The draw
I bought this product years ago and it’s still going strong. I use it to make butter, salsa, guacamole, smoothies, and many other recipes. I use it a lot every week!
-Dairy Dame, originally posted on sharkninja.com
The downside
I call it my pep rally blender because it’s so loud and aggressive. Be warned you need to clean this immediately after blending any kind of greens. They tend to get trapped in the spindle under the blades and it’s tough to get out.
-Jay, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best budget blender
Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender Black + Decker Power Crush Multi-Function Blender
  • Height: 15.7 in.

  • Wattage: 700 watts

  • Warranty: 2-year limited

  • Features: Glass pitcher with pouring spout, dishwasher safe, hinged ingredient slot

This is one high-powered budget blender for puréeing, blending and even making bread crumbs. The designers also put a lot of thought into function with a spill-free pouring spout, slip-resistent rubber feet and Easy Clean function to loosen stuck-on foods, not to mention the glass pitcher’s classic look that’s completely dishwasher-safe.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • You can add foods while the motor is running through the hinged ingredient slot.

  • Lid has recloseable pouring spout for easier, kid-friendly pouring.

  • Generous six-cup capacity.

Cons
  • Some users report that the glass pitcher and handle make it heavy.

  • Some users report that food can get caught underneath blades.

The draw
This works great for making my daily fruit smoothies. It’s excellent at crushing ice and chopped up fruit. It’s pretty quiet while in use and it’s easy to clean.
-Quita, originally posted on blackanddeckerappliances.com
The downside
The blender works for almost every type of soft food, but it has troubles to crush ice and frozen fruit, even if you put a lot of water the blades get stuck. It also generates a burning smell and a lot of noise.
-Renato, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best compact blender
Oster 8 Speed Blender
  • Height: 12.9 in.

  • Wattage: 700 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year

  • Features: Glass pitcher, dishwasher safe, 8-speed control

Don’t want to haul out a massive blender every morning? This compact unit can easily (and tidily) stay on the kitchen countertop, either tucked away in a corner or underneath upper cabinets. Its smaller size makes it easier to fit in the dishwasher, yet it still holds six cups of liquid and can pulse, crush and purée your favourite ingredients into smoothie goodness.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Easy to clean—just toss everything in the dishwasher (minus the base).

  • Glass pitcher is thermal shock tested for swings in temperature (e.g. hot dishwasher to frozen smoothies).

  • High wattage in a small blender.

Cons
  • Smaller size needs the right liquid-to-solid ratio to blend properly.

  • Some users say you should pre-chop larger produce before blending.

The draw
It’s hard to believe it costs so little considering the power, multifunction, and glass. I’ve successfully made vegan ice cream in it, and it works perfect for smoothies.
-whiskertoots, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
I bought this a few months ago and the children wanted it for smoothies but it doesn’t work well unless you have a lot of liquid. They like their smoothies thick.
-Twillie, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best blender with to-go cups
Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups Ninja Professional Blender & Nutri Ninja Cups
  • Height: 17 in.

  • Wattage: 1100 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year

  • Features: Dishwasher-safe, BPA free, 72 oz. blender jar, 2 x 16 oz. to-go cups

When blenders say “professional” they bring on the power, quickly turning anything from nuts to whole fruits to frozen produce into velvety-smooth purées. With this model you even get all that muscle in single-serve to-go cups with their own smaller blades, too. Bonus: everything is dishwasher-safe.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Variable speeds for both family-sized pitcher and single-serve cups.

  • Crushes ice in seconds.

  • Pitcher lid opens into a spout for easy pouring.

Cons
  • Some users report the pitcher is awkward to hand wash for stuck-on foods.

  • Not meant for hot foods; must cool soups before blending.

The draw
I use it every single day to make my morning protein shake. I use frozen fruit, protein powder, collagen, spinach and almond milk. Blends perfectly every time, takes under a minute and I’m out the door.
-Chrissy, originally posted on sharkninja.com
The downside
After trying so many ways to clean it, we can’t find a good solution. We spend like 30 minutes trying to clean all the corners after each use, so it’s not worth it. But it’s good, works well, just the cleaning after is horrible.
-AdyP, originally posted on sharkninja.com
Best single serve blender
Starfrit Electric Personal Blender Starfrit Electric Personal Blender Starfrit Electric Personal Blender Starfrit Electric Personal Blender Starfrit Electric Personal Blender Starfrit Electric Personal Blender
  • Height: 12.5 in.

  • Wattage: 300 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year with proof of purchase

  • Features: BPA free, dishwasher-safe, two travel-friendly 28-oz cup with lids, ice Crushing, pulse button, variable speed

Moms, if you just want your own dang personal blender to make smoothies for yourself, this is the one. Just toss in your ingredients, blend with a single button, pop on the travel lid and you’re good to go. Plus, all parts are dishwasher safe and BPA-free!

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Includes two ultra-convenient blend-and-go containers with drinking lids.

  • Small enough to stash in a drawer.

  • The powerful 300-watt motor makes blending and grinding a breeze.

Cons
  • Some users report that it’s a bit loud.

  • Some users say it has a rubber smell when it’s in blending mode.

The draw
Perfect for making smoothies for my family daily, small enough to keep on counter without it being in the way/cluttered, love the 2 cups & lids it comes with as it’s perfect for busy morning breakfasts to just pop the lid on and go.
-blondie02, originally posted on starfrit.com
The downside
I had a similar one before that broke right away and this one was pretty good. Its a little loud but it works.
-Amy Amy, originally posted on starfrit.com
Best blender for crushing ice
Ninja Professional Touchscreen Blender Ninja Professional Touchscreen Blender Ninja Professional Touchscreen Blender Ninja Professional Touchscreen Blender Ninja Professional Touchscreen Blender
  • Height: 17 in.

  • Wattage: 1000 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year

  • Features: Dishwasher safe, BPA free, 72 oz. pitcher, touchscreen controls

If Margaritaville is your summer destination while the kids lap up sno cones (with the blender washed in between, of course), look no further than this ice-crushing model with a special Frozen Drink setting. Just tap the touchscreen and watch ice and juice magically transform into cool, slushy drinks. Use the pre-set Purée function for perfect guacamole and you’ve got yourself a party.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Easily turns ice into snow for frosty drinks.

  • Timed, pre-set pulsing patterns for ideal smoothie, drink or dip consistency.

  • Has sleek touchscreen controls.

Cons
  • Some users sat the sharp blades can be hard to clean.

  • Some users report the pre-set controls may not do the job, needing a second round.

The draw
I mostly wanted it to make smoothies and it has far surpassed my expectations. It crushes ice easily and there are no crystals in my drinks. I would buy this one again.
-Needednewone, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
Beware when cleaning the blade inside the blender, it is very sharp. I got a few cuts the first few washes. I finally learned to be more careful when handling the blade.
-Shawna, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best blender with glass pitcher
Instant Pot Cooking Blender Instant Pot Cooking Blender Instant Pot Cooking Blender Instant Pot Cooking Blender Instant Pot Cooking Blender Instant Pot Cooking Blender Instant Pot Cooking Blender
  • Height: 19.2 in.

  • Wattage: 600 watts blending, 700 watts cooking

  • Warranty: 1 year

  • Features: 60 oz. glass pitcher, easy-pour spout, heating element

If plastic isn’t your thing, this sizeable glass pitcher does a great job of blending breakfast smoothies in the morning. Then, cook a hearty soup or velvety-smooth sauce right in the blender for lunch or dinner. Love soy milk? There’s even a pre-set Soy Milk button to gently cook soybeans at just the right temperature.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • You can cook food right inside the blender.

  • There are different controls for blending hot or cold foods.

  • Comes with accessories: cleaning brush, strainer bag, tamper.

Cons
  • Glass pitcher is cloth-wash only; only lid, tamper and strainer bag are dishwasher-safe.

  • Some users report that cooked-on foods can be hard to clean.

The draw
Excellent product, I was looking for a practical blender to make smoothies, soups, purée, celery juice, nut milk, etc. My expectations were met and I am very pleased!
-Corey, originally posted on Walmart.ca
The downside
First, it can get so hot that it will scorch some foods, which leads to the second issue, namely that it cannot be disassembled for cleaning.
-Robert, originally posted on Walmart.ca
Best blender for soup and hot liquids
Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender
  • Height: 17.9 in.

  • Wattage: 1400 watts blending, 800 watts cooking

  • Warranty: 1 year

  • Features: Glass pitcher, 12 pre-set programs, BPA free

Make smoothies in the summer, lattés in the winter, and craft cocktails year-round with this all-in-one blender. Not only does this kitchen appliance both cook and blend, there’s a pre-programmed Water/Tea Infusion button to make tonics and elixirs, while the Cocktail Infusion button gently adds fruits, herbs or spices to the alcohol of your choice.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • It has a powerful motor for super-smooth soups, dips and lattés.

  • Has a heated Clean setting to get rid of stuck-on foods.

  • Includes several handy accessories including a tamper, cleaning brush and recipe booklet.

Cons
  • The pitcher is not dishwasher-safe, only the parts.

  • 64 oz. pitcher (with a 56-oz. max cold capacity) is a little smaller than other professional-grade blenders.

The draw
I can set it to make delicious chunky (or creamy) soups, walk away and come back in 30 minutes to a delicious meal. Without this blender, I would have had to cook in a pot on the stove, cool, blend, and then cook some more.
-Teacup, originally posted on sharkninja.com
The downside
It is such a big tall jar with that 4-inch base attached that even getting it under the tap to rinse it out was a chore and annoying. Even emptying it is very heavy to carry (and I carry an 18-pound baby around).
-sammb, originally posted on sharkninja.com
Best hand blender
KitchenAid Hand Blender KitchenAid Hand Blender KitchenAid Hand Blender
  • Height: 16 in.

  • Wattage: 250 watts

  • Warranty: 1 year

  • Features: 2-speed blender, dishwasher safe, comes with BPA-free jar with lid

Sometimes called an immersion blender or stick blender, this hand-held device lets you bring the blades to wherever you want something puréed: a glass jar, a smoothie cup, or a bowl of baby food. This model has a comfortable grip to make puréeing easy, while the blending arm comes apart and can be tossed in the dishwasher when finished.

Pros
Cons
Pros
  • Easy to store and clean.

  • It blends hot food easily (be careful!).

  • No bulky pitcher.

Cons
  • Some users say there’s a bit of a learning curve to avoid splashing.

  • It’s not a kid-friendly device.

The draw
It’s not only pretty to look at, it is so easy to use! It’s light, but sturdy and so convenient. It’s also really easy to clean, which I love! I have made several different creamy soups, mashed potatoes and smoothies! LOVE it!
-Pammie59, originally posted on kitchenaid.com
The downside
Really enjoy the ease it is to blend my son’s morning shakes. However, it is a bit bulky and heavy.
-ricardo, originally posted on Walmart.ca
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Colleen Fisher Tully is a lifestyle writer and editor whose work has been featured in Clean Eating magazine, Today's Parent, Canadian Living, Food Network Canada and others. In her downtime you'll find her hiking with her two young kids, baking savoury pies or reading about ancient history, preferably with a slice of pie.
How we choose products

Simply put, we don’t recommend any products we wouldn’t buy ourselves. Our writers leverage a number of sources as a starting point, including reputable third-party reviews, Walmart.ca user reviews, and Walmart Canada’s category specialists. theHUB editorial staff has final say for all products included in this guide.

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