Best Blender for Smoothies and Homemade Café Creations


Break out the best blender to buff your beverage-making skills and have a little fun with homemade smoothies, milkshakes and frozen coffee drinks.

If you’re in the market for a new blender, try the Blendtec Designer Series or the Vitamix 5200/6300 Series. Both brands are known for their horsepower and ability to blend even the toughest ingredients, including almonds or bricks of cheese.

Both of these blenders range from $400–$600 and come with standard 7-year warranties. Blendtec’s blenders achieve speeds up to 300 mph at 3 horsepower while Vitamix’s blend up to 240 mph at 2 horsepower. Despite the differences in speed and horsepower, Vitamix is not any less equipped to deal with the difficult ingredients. Regardless of which you choose, you know you’re getting a high-end blender that will pulverize everything from ice to grains—and will last a long time.

If you’re looking for a blender on a budget and simply want to mix your smoothies and other frozen drinks, try the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender for just $40. The Hamilton is a great blender for those who just want to make some drinks at home and avoid the heavy-duty stuff.

And for the home baristas just looking to mix up their favorite flavored latte, try a home milk frother. Even the handheld version will make your milk-based lattes creamier and more like the café treat you know and love.

Do you have a favorite blender or blended recipe? Share your ideas in the comments!

And now onto the part where you get to taste test:

Frozen Orange Mocha Julep Recipe
Now that you have the necessary tools, let’s get to the fun part. Try this recipe for a Frozen Orange Mocha Julep that’s both refreshing and energizing:

¾ oz. DaVinci Gourmet Vanilla Classic Syrup
¼ oz. DaVinci Gourment Orange Classic Syrup
2 oz. DaVinci Gourmet Chocolate Mint Classic Syrup
1 oz. espresso
1¼ cups ice
3 oz. half and half

Add ingredients to blender. Blend on high speed until smooth.

Watermelon Milkshake Recipe
To cool down fast, try our easy recipe for a Watermelon Milkshake:
2 oz. DaVinci Gourmet Watermelon Classic Syrup
2½ cups vanilla ice cream
2 oz. milk

Combine ingredients in a blender set on high speed and blend until smooth.


  • Agustina

    Best I have ever used is the blender by Karmin :)