Do you want to keep yourself cool throughout the hot summer months with some homemade frozen drinks? A refreshing smoothie in the morning or a margarita in the evening can be easily made at home if you have the right blender. There are many blender options available for making frozen drinks, whether you prefer yours with alcohol or not!
Choosing the best blender can be a difficult task, but we've done the research for you. We chose the Professional Countertop Blender by Ninja as our top pick because it isn't loud, crushes ice easily, and even comes with a recipe book. We’ve also put together a top 10 list for you to consider and created a handy buying guide to help you make your choice!
We’ve searched the Internet to find the best blenders for frozen drinks available. We’ve picked a variety of blenders, so no matter what you’re looking for, we have a blender for frozen drinks for you!
|Capacity||48 oz. plus 24-oz. cup|
|Capacity||40 oz. plus 20-oz. cup and 24-oz. chopper|
Professional Countertop Blender
Professional Series 750 Blender
Bahamas Frozen Concoction Maker
Professional Plus Blender
Pro 1200 Blender
Chef Series Blender
Wave Crusher Blender
Professional Countertop Blender
Crushes Ice Well and Comes With a Recipe Book
Take It Easy With Pre-Programmed Settings
Quickly Make Professional Margaritas
A Blender With 6 Stacked Blades
Also Includes a Small Smoothie Cup
Powerful Blender With a Retro Design
A 3-in-1 Blender With a Food Processor Attachment
Take Your Blender on the Move With You
Comes With a 5-Year Warranty
Take Complete Control Of the Blender's Speed
|Capacity||72 oz.||64 oz.||36 oz.||72 oz.||48 oz. plus 24-oz. cup||64 oz.||40 oz. plus 20-oz. cup and 24-oz. chopper||14 oz.||64 oz.||68 oz.|
Before buying a blender for frozen drinks, there are a few points you should take into consideration, such as wattage, speed, and capacity. To help you with this, we’ve put together this handy buying guide!
When making a frozen drink, you need to make sure that your blender is strong enough to power through blending all of your ingredients.
One of the easiest signs of the strength of a blender is the wattage. Frozen drink blenders need to have a decent level of power because they’re regularly expected to blend ice or other frozen ingredients.
They can range from around 300 watts at the lower end to well over 1,000 watts at the upper, and we recommend looking at blenders that are at least 500 watts. These should be suitable to blend drinks from smaller ice cubes or fresh fruit.
If you usually make your frozen drinks with chunkier ice cubes and solidly frozen fruit, however, you may want to look at blenders closer to 1,000 watts.
It doesn’t matter how powerful your blender is if it doesn’t have decent blades. It’s the blades that do the actual cutting, and the number and shape of the blades will have a large influence on how effective the blender is.
Most blenders have two or four blades, and they’re often angled in different ways to make the most of their cutting surfaces and move ingredients around. You may even find some blenders that have six blades!
Blades that curve up instead of lying flat are often the most effective at blending ingredients. Stainless steel is the most durable material, and we advise looking for blenders with larger blades.
If you’re only going to be using the blender for frozen drinks, then blenders with blunt-edged blades are a good choice, as this style is very effective when crushing ice. If you’re looking for a frozen drink blender that can also be used in other circumstances, then sharp-edged blades are more versatile.
The pitcher of a blender is typically made of one of two materials: plastic, or glass. They both have their own advantages.
As long as you don’t drop your blender on the floor, glass is a very sturdy and durable material. It won’t get scratched easily and no matter what concoction you make inside, glass doesn’t hold onto any odors. Glass is a heavier material, however, so blenders with a glass pitcher will be heavier than plastic ones.
As just noted, blenders with plastic pitchers are lighter, and this may be worth considering as they can be heavy to lift when full of liquid and ice. Plastic can get scratched, however, and is more likely to hold onto odors than glass. In general, the plastic used in blenders is food-grade and safe.
There is a third material that we should mention, but it is far less common than glass and plastic, especially in modern blenders. Stainless steel is the most durable of the three materials but has the major flaw of not being see-through.
With glass and plastic, you can always easily see how your blending is progressing, but as stainless steel is opaque, you will need to either peer down the lid or stop the blender.
Blender pitchers come in several different capacities. You should consider how many drinks you want to make at once before you decide on the capacity. As a general rule, the average cocktail or margarita glass has a capacity of around nine ounces, and highball glasses are around 14 ounces.
If you only want to make a couple of drinks at a time, then a blender with a capacity of around 30 ounces would be sufficient. However, for larger households or parties, you can go higher. A blender with a 70-ounce pitcher would be able to make enough drinks to fill five average highball glasses or seven margarita glasses!
Most blenders have various options when it comes to how they blend. It’s very rare to see a frozen drink blender that simply has a stop-start button! That doesn’t mean that the blender has to be complicated if you don’t want it to be, however.
Many blenders allow you to switch between levels of power, such as low, medium, and high; and using the right speed is the key to getting the smoothest drinks. Other blenders have different presets depending on the type of drink you’re looking to make. For example, there will be one setting for smoothies and another for milkshakes.
How you intend to use the blender will dictate which settings you want to look for. One setting that you should look for is a pulse option. This will give you a short and sharp blast of intense blending and is ideal for chopping hard ice.
You will need to frequently clean your blender, and it can be tricky to get things like fruit chunks from around the blades. A blender with removable blades is easier to clean than one with fixed blades, and they’re also safer, as you don't need to put your hand in the blender to clean it.
We would advise looking for blenders that can be easily taken apart. Not just the blades, but also check that the pitcher can be easily removed from the base and that the lid is fully removable. All of this will make the blender easier to clean. The pitcher and lid may even be dishwasher-safe.
There are also some blenders that have a self-cleaning function! You fill the pitcher with soapy water and then switch the blender on. However the blender is cleaned, make sure that you read the instructions and follow them.
The motion of the blades as they spin can cause your blender to move around on your counter or even fall over. This can be avoided if the blender has a non-slip base. Look for rubber bottoms or grips to ensure that your blender doesn’t move as it blends.
You should also ensure that the blender has a secure seal at the top of the pitcher. We’ve all seen scenes in movies or TV shows where someone switches on a blender and all of the contents shoot out of the top. It may be funny when it happens to someone else, but it’s not as funny if it happens to you!
If you’re not entirely sure how the blender will perform from the product description, then check out the reviews. If the blender spills or slips, then previous purchasers will have commented on this.
Here are some boozy drinks to get you started on your frozen drink blending journey! While they're made for a more portable size, it should be easy enough to double or triple the recipes to accommodate a full-size blender.
It takes more than just a blender to make a great frozen drink. That's why we have some more products to recommend to you!
We found that the best blenders for frozen drinks have enough power to blend your ingredients and ice and have different speed settings. They should have a large enough capacity to make the right number of servings, and be easy to clean.
We hope that whatever blender you choose will help you make delicious frozen drinks all summer long!
Author: Kellie Lacey
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