The Best Blenders of 2017

Striving for silky-smooth smoothies or the perfect blended adult beverage? After researching over 60 different blenders, we bought the 8 best on the market today and put them through an exhaustive barrage of side-by-side tests to crown the winner. We made dozens of smoothies, crushed ice, ground flour, and pureed nut butter to see what each blender is capable of, as well as rating the amount of effort it took to clean and operate each appliance. Last, but certainly not least, plenty of blended margaritas and daiquiris were made with each product, all in the name of finding you the best possible product, of course. Check out the full review below to find out which blender crushed the competition and which one gives you the best value dollar for dollar.

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Test Results and Ratings

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Cuisinart Hurricane Pro
Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series
Vitamix Pro 750
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KitchenAid Diamond 5-Speed
Awards  Editors' Choice Award  Editors' Choice Award      Best Buy Award 
Price $400 List
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Pros Fantastic smoothies, great at crushing ice, silky-smooth pureesExcellent at crushing ice, perfect at pureeing, superb at smoothiesGreat at grinding, fantastic for smoothies, crushes ice with easeGood at making smoothies, great at crushing iceGreat price, excellent at crushing ice
Cons Blade showed signs of wear and tearPriceyNot the most convenient to use, expensiveLess convenient to use, no presetsNot terribly convenient to use, substandard green smoothie skills
Ratings by Category Cuisinart Hurricane Pro Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Vitamix Pro 750 Vitamix 5200 KitchenAid Diamond 5-Speed
Smoothies - 30%
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Specs Cuisinart Hurricane Pro Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series Vitamix Pro 750 Vitamix 5200 KitchenAid Diamond 5-Speed
Model Number CBT-2000 A2500 750 5200 KSB1575MC
Power Peak 3.5 HP Peak 2.2 HP Peak 2.2 HP Peak 2 HP Peak .7 HP
DImensions 10.05" x 8.50" x 17.55" 11" x 8" x 17" 17.5" x 9.4" x 7.7" 20.5" x 8.75" x 7.25" 8.5" x 16.5' x 9"

Analysis and Award Winners


Review by:
David Wise and Austin Palmer

Last Updated:
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October 16, 2017

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Best for Smoothies and Blended Drinks


Cuisinart Hurricane Pro


Editors' Choice Award

$308.23
at Amazon
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Silkiest smoothies
Excellent at pureeing
Crushes ice with ease
Blades showed signs of wear

Tying for the highest score out of the entire group, the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro 3.5 Peak Horsepower earned the Editors' Choice award for its phenomenal performance. This product does an exceptional job at mixing superb smoothie and perfectly blended drinks. It handles harder food with ease, grating parmesan cheese, and milling popcorn into cornmeal without a hint of a struggle. It made velvety-smooth tomato soup and even heated it up enough to serve right out of the pitcher. This top-of-the-line product is convenient to use and excels across the board and would make an excellent addition to your current lineup of kitchen appliances, even costing significantly less than our other Editors' Choice award winner. However, we did notice some minor signs of wear and tear on the blade after our admittedly intense testing process. This should only factor into your decision if you are planning on frequently doing tasks that are hard on the blade, like milling cornmeal, crushing ice without liquid, or making nut butter.

Read review: Cuisinart Hurricane Pro

Best for Heavy-Duty Blending Tasks


Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series


Editors' Choice Award

$449.95
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Dishwasher safe
No sign of wear
Makes excellent nut butter
Pricey

This hefty blender matched the performance of the Cuisinart and also earned an Editors' Choice award for its stellar performance. The Vitamix A2500 crushed it in the majority of our tests, including crushing ice with ease. It makes an excellent soup that is piping hot right out of the pitcher mixes smooth and creamy nut butter, and silky smooth smoothies. This burly product also showed absolutely no signs of wear and tear at the conclusion of our testing, making it a solid choice if you are going to be continually blending harder types of food. However, this product is definitely on the pricey side, costing about $200 more than the Hurricane Pro. However, if you want a top-notch model that can handle everything you throw at it, then the A2500 is a solid choice.

Read review: Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series

Best Bang for the Buck


KitchenAid Diamond 5-Speed


Best Buy Award

$102.95
at Amazon
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Fantastic frozen drinks
Great for grating hard cheese
Solid smoothie performance
Not terribly convenient to use
Shouldn't be used to make nut butter

Earning our Best Buy award, the KitchenAid Diamond 5-Speed distinguished itself by offering the best performance dollar for dollar out of any of the products that we looked at. This model gave a good performance across the majority of our tests, only completely failing in one assessment. This model actually broke, with the plastic drive gear melting when we attempted to make nut butter. However, this blender performed well across the board in the rest of our tests, delivering a particularly noteworthy performance when it came to grating parmesan cheese. This is the best blender to get if you want a premium product and don't want to slash your budget to shreds.

Read review: KitchenAid Diamond 5-Speed

Best for Personal Use


Nutri Ninja Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-iQ



$143.99
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Great at blended drinks
Convenient to grab drinks on the go
Poor at pureeing
Subpar at grinding hard food

While the Nutri Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-iQ did score close to the bottom of the pack, this model did distinguish itself by being a great option to conveniently make individual servings of blended drinks for multiple people or to easily grab a smoothie to go. This blender didn't do particularly well compared to the top-of-the-line models, though it did perform much better when we used the smaller smoother cups compared to the full-sized pitcher. If you are looking for a performance product, then we wouldn't recommend the Nutri Ninja, but it is a solid choice if you will make use of the personal sized smoothie cups.

Read review: Nutri Ninja Ninja Blender DUO with Auto-iQ

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Score Product Price Our Take
88
$400
Editors' Choice Award
Tying the highest score out of the whole group, the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro earned an Editors' Choice award and is one of the best blenders overall
88
$520
Editors' Choice Award
This product is one of the best blenders available, handling everything we threw at it
88
$600
While this blender did match our award winners in terms of performance, it does retail for a price that is significantly higher
79
$450
Finishing near the top of the pack, the Vitamix 5200 delivered a great, not amazing performance
66
$160
Best Buy Award
For those that want a top-of-the-line blender and don't want to pay a premium price, the KitchenAid Diamond is the best bet
61
$250
While the Versa Pro had a few standout performances, it overall scored quite low
49
$200
The main distinguishing feature of this product is its personal-sized blender cups but is otherwise quite unimpressive
37
$35
This inexpensive blender had an overall abysmal performance compared to the premium models.

We tested each blender with the same amount of food regardless of pitcher size.
We tested each blender with the same amount of food regardless of pitcher size.

Analysis and Test Results


To determine which blender is truly the best, we evaluated an enormous selection of products, the bought the best and most promising models available on the market today. We put these appliances through a rigorous series of side-by-side tests to find the winners, totaling over a dozen different evaluations. These tests were divided up among five rating metrics — Smoothies, Ice, Convenience, Pureeing, and Grinding — each metric's contribution to the overall score, weighted based on its importance. The final score for each product ranged from 0-100, with each metric ranging from 0-10. The following sections detail the results of our tests — which blenders did well and which ones got shredded by the competition.

Smoothies


Our most important rating metric — Smoothies — takes credit for the largest portion of the overall score at 30%. Many users only use their blenders for smoothies and should take particular note of this metric. To assess the performance of each product, we looked up several popular smoothie recipes, then picked four to make in each blender. These were a Green smoothie, fruit and oat, berry, and an Oreo malt. We followed the manufacturer's recommended instructions for blending a smoothie for each machine and had a panel of judges evaluate each smoothie for consistency and texture. The chart below shows the final score for each product in this metric.


Tying for the top score, the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro, Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series, Vitamix Pro 750, and the Vitamix 5200 all earned a 9 out of 10 for their top-notch performance.

All four of these blenders did an excellent job when it came to making a Green smoothie. All of the Vitamix blenders performed about the same, creating a velvety smooth concoction that had no discernible flakes or chunks and poured right through the sieve.

The green smoothie poured effortlessly through the sieve.
The green smoothie poured effortlessly through the sieve.

The Cuisinart Hurricane matched this performance using its "Green Smoothie" button, though it did take about 35 seconds longer than the Vitamix brand models. These blenders all carried their excellent performances into our berry smoothie test, though the Cuisinart did perform just a slight bit worse than the Vitamix models. The A2500 and the 5200 did the best, completely obliterating all of the fruit, as well as the seeds. The Vitamix Pro 750 destroyed all of the seeds, but it still had a few residual pieces of strawberry that remained unblended.

The Pro 750 makes easy work of all the berry seeds.
The Pro 750 makes easy work of all the berry seeds.

The Cuisinart Hurricane struggled a little when it came to blending up the berry seeds, leaving significantly more than the trio of Vitamix models. This was using the "Fruit Smoothie" setting, which runs for about 45 seconds.

Our next test was a fruit and oat smoothie — a surprisingly difficult task, as there wasn't really any liquid in the recipe, only strawberries, bananas, almonds, yogurt, oats, and maple syrup, per the recipe. The Vitamix 5200 did the best of the group, but it took a decent amount of time for the mixture to resemble a smoothie and a decent amount of tamper use to get it to blend. The final mixture was consistent, but it was a little on the grainy side. Following the 5200, the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro blended the next best smoothie. It was relatively smooth and gave us no major issue when blending it, but it was slightly grainier than the berry smoothie it produced and the fruit and oat smoothie made by the Vitamix 5200.

Our fruit  oat  and nut smoothie was difficult for some of the blenders to handle.
Our fruit, oat, and nut smoothie was difficult for some of the blenders to handle.

Surprisingly, the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series and the Pro 750 struggled a bit with this test, both producing smoothies that were only slightly above average. Both of these models created decently smooth drinks, but there were plenty of almond chunks interspersed throughout, dropping their scores.

For our final smoothie assessment, we evaluated each product on how well it made an Oreo malt. The Vitamix Pro 750, Vitamix A2500, and the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro all delivered a flawless performance, creating a perfect malt without any effort on our part. The Vitamix 5200 did well, but took a little bit of effort on our part to get it blending in the first place and left some small clumps of ice cream unblended. However, it was still an excellent malt.

Following this quartet of top scoring blenders, the KitchenAid Diamond 5-Speed earned a 6 out of 10 for its smoothie score. This model started off with a slightly subpar green smoothie. It was a little flaky from the kale and the mixture wasn't blended thoroughly enough, causing the taste to vary wildly as you drank the smoothie. In addition, we also had to stop and shake the blender a few times to get it to blend. Performance did improve when it came to the berry smoothie challenge, with a substantially better-blended product, but it could not crush up the seeds completely, leaving a moderate amount behind — enough to be noticeable detraction while drinking the smoothie.

Though the Diamond left behind seeds  it is nothing compared to the Nutri Ninja Duo which probably left every seed unblended.
Though the Diamond left behind seeds, it is nothing compared to the Nutri Ninja Duo which probably left every seed unblended.

The Diamond actually did surprisingly well with the fruit and oat smoothie, matching the performance of the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro. The Diamond's smoothie was relatively smooth, but there were plenty of small particles that gave it a somewhat grainy texture overall. For the final smoothie, the Diamond didn't impress, tying with the Oster VERSA Pro in our Oreo malt assessment. The final malt made by the Diamond felt very gritty and it took a fair bit of effort on our part to get the mixture to start blending.

Rounding out the back of the pack, the Oster Versa Pro, the Oster Simple Blend, and the Nutri Ninja all earned a 4 out of 10 for their mediocre showing in our smoothie showdown. Of this trio, the Oster Versa Pro did the best at the green smoothie, though it still wasn't very impressive. It was the most smoothie-like of this group, but it still was pretty chunky and hard to drink.

The Versa Pro did not do well at breaking down the cell walls of the kale.
The Versa Pro did not do well at breaking down the cell walls of the kale.

The Nutri Ninja was next, creating a watery concoction with plenty of flecks in it. The Oster Simple Blend 100 performed the worst, creating a green mixture that was very watery with intermittent chunks throughout. This lead to a pretty horrible tasting drink — one that we would even hesitate to call a smoothie. However, the Simple Blend 100 performed the best of this trio at making a berry smoothie. It didn't do a great job, leaving plenty of seeds intact and took a decent amount of shaking to get it to blend, but it was still better than the Nutri Ninja and the Oster VERSA Pro.

Like the Ninja Duo many seeds escaped the blades.
Like the Ninja Duo many seeds escaped the blades.

The Nutri Ninja also left a ton of seeds and berry skins behind, so there were plenty of chunks and small particles while you were drinking the smoothie.

Most of the seeds from the berries are still intact.
Most of the seeds from the berries are still intact.

The Oster VERSA did the worst, leaving whole strawberries throughout and could not even blend it enough to achieve a uniform color, with streaks of white from the yogurt throughout.

The Oster Simple Blend also did the best of this group with the fruit and oat recipe, creating a barely passable beverage. We had to intervene multiple times and scrape the mixture down and the final product was very chunky. We even ran it for an additional amount of time past its preset and it couldn't even come close to the Vitamixs or the Cuisinart. The Versa Pro did even worse, leaving plenty of unblended strawberries and nuts. The final mixture was excessively thick, even after we ran the smoothie cycle an additional two times to try and thin it down. The Nutri Ninja delivered an abysmal performance, creating a mixture that was hardly blended at all, with the blades just spraying things around.

However, it did quite well with the Oreo malt, matching the performance of the Vitamix 5200 and creating a smooth and creamy shake. The VERSA Pro did an alright job, only requiring minimal intervention on our part to scrape the pitcher and leaving a scoop of ice cream unblended. The Simple Blend did the worse, failing to adequately blend the cookies and taking a ton of effort on our part to get it to blend effectively.

The Hurricane Pro was a top performer for making frozen drinks.
The Hurricane Pro was a top performer for making frozen drinks.

Ice


Ranking next in importance behind our Smoothie metric, our Ice metric is responsible for 20% of the total score for each appliance. This metric consisted of two tests: crushing ice and blending a margarita. Needless to say, this was one of our favorite metrics of the whole review. The chart below shows which models excelled in this metric and which ones got iced.


Again the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro, Vitamix A2500, and the Vitamix Pro 750 came out ahead of the pack, with all three models tying for the top spot with a phenomenal score of 10 out of 10. All three of these products crushed a full pitcher of ice in about 15 seconds, showing absolutely no signs of a struggle.

The A2500 makes efficient work of ice and frozen drinks.
The A2500 makes efficient work of ice and frozen drinks.

This trio of top-notch products also performed exceptionally well at blending a margarita, creating essentially a perfect frosty beverage. All three of these created an ultra-smooth, perfectly blended concoction following the manufacturer's recommendations — usually less than two minutes of blending.

The Pro 750 does an excellent job blending up frozen drinks into a velvety smooth texture.
The Pro 750 does an excellent job blending up frozen drinks into a velvety smooth texture.

Finishing behind this group, the Vitamix 5200 and the KitchenAid Diamond both tied for the next position, each earning a 9 out of 10 for their performance. Both of these models crushed it when it came to crushing ice, pulverizing the entire pitcher in less than 15 seconds. This pair also did quite well at blending a margarita, though not quite as well as the top group. The KitchenAid produced a margarita that was great, rather than excellent, and wasn't quite as smooth as the Vitamix A2500 or the Cuisinart.

The 5200 produced a margarita that was about the same level of smoothness, but it had a little trouble blending it, requiring us to shake the pitcher a few times to get rid of air pockets.

Next, the Oster VERSA Pro and the Nutri Ninja both earned an 8 out of 10 for their good performance. The VERSA created a decent margarita, but there were still small chunks of ice dispersed throughout the beverage. It also successfully crushed ice, but it definitely struggles a bit.

Making quick work of ice needing to utilize the pulse button.
Making quick work of ice needing to utilize the pulse button.

The Ninja effortlessly crushed the ice, but didn't create a very consistent margarita. The texture of the beverage was fine, but there were a decent number of unblended chunks of ice randomly spread throughout the drink.

Rounding out the back of the pack, the Oster Simple Blend 100 earned a 2 out of 10 for its abysmal showing in our ice tests. It did alright at crushing ice, only leaving a single large cube whole. However, it was our margarita test where the Simple Blend performed exceptionally poorly, failing to fully blend the margarita and forcing us to stop the test early as the base started smoking.

Convenience


Tying with our Ice metric in terms of significance, our Convenience metric also takes credit for 20% of the total score. This metric evaluated how much work it was to actually use each product, with scores based on the difficulty of hand-washing each model, whether or not it was dishwasher safe, how easy it is to remove the lid, and whether or not the pitcher would dry when left on the base, as well as the quality of the presets on the machine and the labeling for them. The chart below shows which products are the most convenient to use and which ones are a huge hassle.


Tying for the top spot, the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro and the Vitamix A2500 Ascent Series both earned a 7 out of 10 for their exceptional performances. Both of these blenders are completely dishwasher-safe, with their lids, blades, and pitchers rated for automatic washing. The Vitamix A2500 is slightly easier to clean manually, as the design of the blades on the Cuisinart can provide a tiny bit of difficulty when cleaning by hand. The pitchers of both of these blenders do dry quite effectively when placed on the motor base, allowing you to forego placing the parts on a drying rack after washing.

The lid on the A2500 is exceptionally easy to remove, much better than the lid on the Hurricane Pro which gave us the occasional difficulty. However, the presets on the Cuisinart are far superior and better labeled than the A2500.

The A2500 has a nice digital display and what we feel is all the presets that you need.
The A2500 has a nice digital display and what we feel is all the presets that you need.

Tying for second place in this metric, the Vitamix Pro 750, Oster Simple Blend 100, and the Nutri Ninja all earned a 6 out of 10 for their performance. The Oster and the Nutri Ninja are both completely dishwasher safe, but the Vitamix Pro 750 is hand wash only. However, this isn't much of an issue, as the Pro 750 is one of the easiest models to wash by hand, with a large pitcher and plenty of room around the blades to adequately clean. The Simple Blend is a little more work to manually wash, forcing you to disassemble the product first or face an almost impossible task. It's a good thing the Nutri Ninja is dishwasher-safe, as it is a huge hassle to clean, with food getting stuck in the drive mechanism and the set of triple blades usually demanding a blood sacrifice from your hand during the cleaning process.

Hand washing this blade can be disastrous.
Hand washing this blade can be disastrous.

The Oster and the Ninja both need to be dried thoroughly with all of the pieces laid out to prevent it from becoming a moldy mess, but you can get away with putting the Pro 750 back on its base at an angle to suitably dry out.

The Simple Blend lacks a digital timer or any preset functions, hurting its score slightly. Both the Ninja and the Pro 750 have a decent set of presets that are clearly marked and have a digital timer as well.

Next, the Vitamix 5200, the KitchenAid Diamond, and the Oster VERSA Pro all earned a 5 out of 10 when it came to convenience, all delivering a relatively mediocre performance. The KitchenAid is dishwasher safe, but the 5200 and the Oster Versa Pro are limited to hand wash only. None of these models are too much work to clean manually, with the KitchenAid being slightly more work than the other two, but still significantly easier than the Nutri Ninja to clean by hand.

The Oster VERSA has plenty of room to dry out after washing on the base and you could get away with it for the other two, but it's cutting it close. It would be much better to dry the other two models spread out on a dish rack or mat.

The narrow pitcher of the Diamond makes it more difficult to clean by hand.
The narrow pitcher of the Diamond makes it more difficult to clean by hand.

The 5200 and the KitchenAid don't have any preset functions or a digital timer, but the VERSA Pro does have a set of presets, though it does lack a digital timer.

Gearing up to make some tomato soup.
Gearing up to make some tomato soup.

Pureeing


Next, in terms of significance, our Pureeing metric takes credit for 15% of the total score. To rank the performance of these appliances, we made a nut butter with almonds and peanuts and pureed tomato soup, as well as evaluating how well each product could actually heat up the soup. The chart below shows which models are the most proficient when it comes to pureeing and which ones got stumped by soup.


Receiving the best score possible, the Cuisinart Hurricane Pro, Vitamix A2500, and the Vitamix Pro 750 all earned a 10 out of 10 for their perfect performance when it came to pureeing. The Pro 750 and the A2500 both produced a nice and creamy spread after about 8 minutes of operation. The Hurricane Pro also took about 8 minutes to finish, but the final product produced by the Hurricane was slightly grainier than the nut butter produced by the Vitamix model. However, it was still excellent overall.

The powerful motor easily churned these nuts into butter.
The powerful motor easily churned these nuts into butter.

The A2500 and the Hurricane smashed our soup test, both earning perfect scores. These appliances produced a uniform soup that poured right through a sieve. The Pro 750 still did an excellent job, but left some residual debris in the sieve after it pureed the soup. For the final test, all three of these models received perfect marks, each heating the soup up to over 150°F.

Some blenders can actually heat up your soup (if blended for long enough  about 5-6 minutes) as you puree.
Some blenders can actually heat up your soup (if blended for long enough, about 5-6 minutes) as you puree.

Finishing behind this trio of top performers, the Vitamix 5200 earned an 8 out of 10 for its great performance. This model didn't do particularly well at creating nut butter, failing to achieve the creamy texture the other Vitamix models did and getting concerningly warm in the process. We took a break to give the motor a chance to cool and added some additional oil, but it still didn't produce as nice of a finished product as the top models. This model did do very well in the soup test, matching the performance of the Pro 750.

Next up, the Oster VERSA Pro merited a 7 out of 10 for its efforts. This appliance successfully made almond butter that was of comparable quality to the A2500, but it took substantially longer and the motor got quite hot in the process. We ended up giving it a rest, adding extra oil, and slowing the motor down towards the end, but the final product was quite smooth and creamy. The soup created by the VERSA was substantially thicker than the previous models, requiring us to force it through the sieve and leaving substantially more residue. It also didn't quite heat the soup up enough, only getting it to just over 80°F.

Right behind the VERSA, the KitchenAid Diamond earned a 6 out of 10. This model did well at pureeing the soup — though it did a substandard job at heating it — and essentially failed the almond butter assessment. The plastic gear actually melted off, rendering the product inoperable, and forced us to get a replacement model to continue testing. Needless to say, we would not recommend this product for making nut butter.

Finishing at the back of the pack, the Nutri Ninja and the Oster Simple Blend 100 earned a 3 out of 10 for their performance. The butter produced by the Nutri Ninja was very thick and incredibly grainy, but it at least resembled a spread, even though it had a long way to go. The Simple Blend failed completely, getting extremely hot and started to smell like burning rubber and plastic, forcing us to abort the test. This pair did an average job at pureeing the soup, though both failed to heat it above 85°F.

Quickly grate up your favorite cheeses.
Quickly grate up your favorite cheeses.

Grinding


Accounting for the final 15% of the score, our Grinding metric offered some of the most difficult tasks for these products. To determine the scores, we made powdered sugar and cornmeal, as well as shredded hard parmesan cheese to see what these products really could do. The following chart displays the scores for this metric.


In a bit of an upset, the Vitamix Pro 750 took home the top score, earning a 9 out of 10. This model made extremely fine powdered sugar and cornmeal, with 99% or so of the finished product making it through the sieve. It also did very well at grinding up the parmesan cheese, though it wasn't quite the best, being slightly coarser than the ground cheese produced by the Hurricane.

Worst (left) to best (right) in our corn flour test.
Worst (left) to best (right) in our corn flour test.

Next, the Hurricane Pro, Vitamix A2500, Vitamix 5200, and the VERSA Pro all tied for the runner-up position, earning an 8 out of 10 for their showing. The 5200 and the A2500 all produced very fine powdered sugar — equivalent to the Pro 750. The mixture made by the VERSA was just a little grainier, knocking down its score slightly. The powdered sugar made by the Hurricane Pro matched that of the Vitamix's but took much longer than the manufacturer's recommended time to achieve that consistency.

In the parmesan cheese challenge, the Hurricane Pro actually did the best of the entire group, creating the most finely ground and grated cheese, with the VERSA Pro tying with the Vitamix Pro 750 in performance. The 5200 and the A2500 created a product that was slightly coarser than the Pro 750 or the VERSA.

All four of these models performed about the same at grinding popcorn into cornmeal, with about 95% of the finished product passing through the sieve, compared to the 99% of the Vitamix Pro 750.

Performing slightly worse than that quartet of products, the KitchenAid Diamond earned a 7 out of 10 for its grinding performance. This appliance did about average at powdered sugar and milling cornmeal, with about 75% of the cornflour passing through the sieve without issue. However, this model did do an excellent job at grinding parmesan cheese, almost matching the performance of the Hurricane Pro.

The Diamond had above average performance in our grinding metric.
The Diamond had above average performance in our grinding metric.

Finishing last in this metric, both the Nutri Ninja and the Oster Simple Blend 100 earned a 3 out of 10 for their poor performance. These models left plenty of granulated sugar behind when we made powdered sugar and less than 15% of the corn flour they ground passed through the sieve. This pair did alright at grinding parmesan cheese, but the final mixture was very coarse, with plenty of unground chunks interspersed.

Conclusion


Hopefully, this review has helped you find the perfect product, whether you are looking for a premium, high-powered workhorse that can blend anything or a value option that won't puree budget. For more information on how we tested, take a glance at our detailed How We Test article for a detailed breakdown of our testing methodologies and procedures. Happy blending!
David Wise and Austin Palmer

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