Whether you enjoy clean living, or have just joined the gym, it's essential to have a good Blender to make Protein Shakes.
But how do you know which blender is the best for your needs?
That's why I've created a list of the 5 Best Blenders 2018. After hours making some delicious shakes and a lot of mess, I have a shortlist of the 7 best blender for protein shakes on the market today.
- Best Blender for Protein Shakes in 2019
- 1. The Editor's Pick - COSORI 1500W Blender
- 2. Runner up -Jamba Blender 58910
- 3. The Best Blender with Limited Budget - Ninja Professional Blender (BL610)
- 4. The Highest Quality Blender - Vitamix 5300 Blender
- 5. Almost Like Vitamix but Lower Budget – MengK Smoothies Blender
- 6. The Best Personal Blender- Magic Bullet Blender
- 7. The Best Hand Blender - XProject 800W Hand Blender
- Things to Consider When Buying a Blender
Best Blender for Protein Shakes in 2019
1500 W- 2000 W
two 18 oz and 12 oz
17 oz and 21 oz
If you are looking for an easy way to make protein shakes, the Cosori blender might be the best value for money on the market today. It is continually compared to the Vitamix but is much more affordable; when you compare them both the Corsori holds its own in this competitive market. With a speedy 1500 watt motor and 6 pieces premium stainless steel blade, it took only 30 seconds for me to crush ice, frozen strawberry and even leaves.
Whilst it has some difficulty with thicker items like seeds, I found that doing these in smaller batches can solves this issue. Apart from that, the shakes all came out smooth and creamy. The pitcher isn't glass, but with the BFA free plastic, I didn't notice and difference in quality. One of the best things about the Corsori for me was the cleaning setting – you don't need to dismantle it and it took me no time to fill and clean it.
Jamba Blender 58910
If for any reason you decide against the Corsori, then the Jamba Blender might be the next best thing. This product has an infinite speed dial which allowed me to control the speed minutely, pulse control and 4 program settings. It is more expensive than the Corsori, but if you are looking a slightly smaller pitcher, the Jamba's 64oz could do the job.
It's also backed with an 8 year warranty, which I really liked as it reassured me that this is a product that's been built to last.
Like the Vitamix, the motor parts on the Jamba are all metal and the container is heavy plastic, so there is a lot of weight behind this blender. It does make it heavy to lift, but it's also never going to be knocked over! Similarly, it also has the loud motor that these high end blenders are known for.
I liked that it can also be cleaned without having to take the blades out. During testing, I found that it struggled with larger frozen fruit such as strawberries, but when I added more liquid and blended them a few at a time the shake came out smoothly.
For those on a budget, the Ninja Professional Blender is the one I found to be the best. While it doesn't have the specs of the Corsori or Jamba, the price might makes up for that. I had no difficulty with blending frozen fruit and while it's 1000 watt motor is very loud it has a lot of power.
You do have to remove the blades to clean it, but I found this to be only a slight inconvenience as they pop out very easily. This might not be a blender for heavy use – the blades aren't designed for high-level wear and tear but if you are in the market for a cheaper blender that still gives you any type of shake you want, then the Ninja is a strong contender.
The Vitamix is a high quality product with a high quality price tag. If you want to splash out and treat yourself to a blender that's in the designer category, then the Vitamix 5300 is probably the one that you should go for. It does come with a seven year warranty which I would require for something of this price.
With the money however comes a powerhouse of a blender. It has an infinite dial, pulse and varies settings which means that you can choose the type of blending that best suits your needs. It's 64oz pitcher it is designed to be low profile and so it should still fit under your kitchen cabinets.
If you've fallen for the Vitamix but just can't justify/ afford the price tag, the MengK might be the blender you've been looking for. It looks identical to the Vitamix, but is far cheaper. Like the Vitamix, it has an infinite dial for complete control as well as a pulse setting to quickly mix your shakes. It also has completely metal gears.
It only comes with a 1 Year Warranty, which isn't something that I approve of, and the manufacturers warn not to leave it on for more than a minute at a time due to the potential for it to overheat. However with 1500watts of power, it's unlikely to need to run for that long to make your shake. If you're looking for a low-budget blender that looks and feels like a Vitamix, perhaps you should consider the MengK.
If you're in the market for something a little bit more niche, and are looking to make shakes solely for personal use, you might consider the Magic Bullet Blender. While only 300watts, I liked it due to how neat and compact it was – even though I could only make one shake at a time, it was an easy way for me to measure ingredients.
It doesn't come with an ice crushing option – and might not work very well with frozen fruit – but it did blend all of my shakes evenly and it was really easy to use.
I liked the fact that it was so small; it seemed to make everything much faster and I could easily wash it as it's not a bulky pitcher. Perhaps the best part of this blender for me was the cups that it came with, the lids sealed tight and felt very secure.
If a hand blender is more what you're looking for, the XProject could be the right one to buy. It has a small price-tag but still has everything that you need to make a good protein shake.
For a hand blender it is quite powerful at 800watts and it also has 6 different speed settings which is more than some of the counter-tops can boast, although 60seconds is it's limit at one time on turbo mode.
It comes with both a 600ml beaker and a 500ml food processor – which I found to be very useful –both of which can be used when making shakes and it can be easily cleaned either in the dishwasher or by hand. There is only 1 Year Warranty on it, but this isn't unexpected due to its size and price tag.
Things to Consider When Buying a Blender
When buying a blender for your protein shakes, there's a lot to consider. Here are some of the top things that I believe it's good to look out for. For a handy guide to what type of blender might best suit your needs, counter-top or hand-held, take a look here.
The wattage is very important in a blender. For example, a 300watt personal blender isn't going to crush ice. It's important to carefully consider and look at the other specifications however, as wattage doesn't always mean more power. Depending on the settings and design of the blades, some lower wattage blenders can out blend ones with a higher wattage.
Glass vs Plastic
Glass is heavy and there's always the chance that it can break, however many consumers may prefer it. Whilst plastic is unquestionably lighter in weight, it can get scratched and stain after a while, as well as absorb odors which my not be ideal if you are making a lot of green smoothies.
There are a number of different types of blade available in blenders. Some have multiple all the way up the blender, while some only have a main one at the bottom. Depending on the style, your shakes will be blended differently. Some blade create a vortex that pushes the food down into it so that it is constantly mixing. Others are the more traditional type that force food upwards while the blending takes place.
It is important to consider what you will be using your blender for the most and what type of blade suits your needs. Ice-crushing blades are important to some people, and without one, even a high-level blender may have trouble.
Blenders can come with all sorts of different settings. From a button just for soup, to a simple on/off switich, it's hard to know what you need. This really all comes down to what you are going to be using the blender for. It's improtant to remember that more settings doesn't always equal better. They can be confusing at times and if you're only using your blender to make shakes you'll probably never use them.
One of the settings that I like the most however is the infinity dial. This dial gives you complete control over the speed so you can adapt it to suit the ingredients that you're blending. Another setting that many people feel is a must is the pulse button. This allows you to make your shake in short bursts without the risk of overheating the motor which may be a concern, particularly if you are blending harder hings like nuts.
I love a good cleaning setting on a blender, but this won't be important for everyone. It means that you can add water and dish soap to your blender directly and switch it on to clean. Otherwise, removable blades may be something to consider for ease of clean-up. Checking if the blender components are dishwasher safe is also a must, blades mostly need to be hand-washed. The surface of the pedestal is another thing to look at. Flat buttons makes them easier to wipe, whereas large metal buttons can be difficult to clean around.
I believe that this is one of the most important things to consider when blender buying. Particularly if you are purchasing a model with a higher price tag it is important to have a multiple year warranty that covers the full product. This won't be as much of an issue with lower-end items, but it's vital to have at least 1 year even on these.
For me there is only one clear winner here. For both quality and value for money the Corsori meets every need. It blended smoothly and was larger than the Jambo. Coming in at 1500 watts it had a lot of power behind it and blended everything in record time. It was more heavy duty than the Ninja or Magic Bullet, without being too hefty. It also doesn't have the price-tag of the Vitamix, which is something that really recommended it to me. The warranty on the MengX meant that it didn't appeal to me as much, despite it's obvious similarities to Vitamix, and the hand blender ProjectX, while good, just wasn't big or powerful enough to replace a counter-top.