Best Affordable Smoothie Blenders

So you want to know what are the best affordable smoothie blenders?

Maybe you’re just starting out making smoothies on your own, and you don’t want to break the bank on an expensive high-powered blender until you’re sure this whole smoothie thing will work?

You may be on a limited budget, or just not sure if you’re going to actually use it.

If you’re just starting out making smoothies on your own, congratulations! Moving from store-bought smoothies to homemade smoothies is an important step in the right direction to improve your health (and save money).


Starter Blenders

There’s nothing wrong with beginning your smoothie journey with a simple starter blender. Why dish out a ton of cash when you’re just getting started?

I started out making smoothies with a basic blender when I was about 10 years old. I bought my very first blender of my own my freshman year in college.

Do you think I was using a fancy high-powered professional blender? No way!

But I was still able to make incredibly delicious smoothies, and you can too, without spending a fortune.

So what are the best blenders for those just starting out or with limited means?

Choosing Your First Blender

You can find simple, low-tech blenders at stores like Target, Wal-Mart, Costco, etc. (if you live in the US).

If you live in a different country, just go to whichever store sells basic kitchen appliances, and they’re likely to have a blender section.

Smoothie Maker Machines?

You’re likely to see special smoothie maker machines, advertised specifically for the purpose of making smoothies, that come with a built in spout for dispensing the drink.

I’m not a big fan of those smoothie machines as I think they are less powerful, less functional and harder to clean.

In my opinion, the best blenders are regular blenders that you can also use for other purposes besides smoothies, such as making salsa.

Which Blender to Choose?

So you’re in the store, and you see a bunch of different brands, styles, sizes and prices of smoothie blenders. Which one to choose?

I recommend that you don’t buy the absolute cheapest blender in the store, as it probably won’t work very well, and you’ll end up disappointed.

Aim for something in the middle of the range, or at least slightly above the absolute cheapest in the store.

oster blender for smoothies

Oster Blender

I have had great luck with the Oster blender brand and have owned both the glass and plastic versions.

In fact, I still own one and sometimes still use this blender now, even though we also have a Ninja blender (one of the mid-range blenders, discussed next).

The Oster smoothie blenders are affordable but not the absolute cheapest in the store.

Oster blenders can make great smoothies as long as you use proper technique for blending with a low-tech blender.

I like the fact that it has multiple speed levels, as it helps me get the texture just right.

Glass Versus Plastic?

Deciding between glass versus plastic for your smoothie blenders?

Glass is generally safer than plastic as there are less potentially harmless chemicals, but plastic is more transportable and less likely to break.

Glass is also usually slightly more expensive.

You decide which one works best for your needs and personal preferences. :)


Ready to Buy?

You can take a trip to your local Target store (or equivalent), or keep things simple and order with the click of the button from your own home.

Some people like to see things in person, touch and feel it, and compare all options before buying. Others just want to get it over with and move on with their lives ;)

If you are interested in buying the Oster brand of smoothie blenders mentioned above, here are the links to buy on Amazon:

Oster 10-Speed Blender with Plastic Jar

Oster 12-Speed Blender with Glass Jar


Moving Forward

This page covers affordable, budget-friendly for basic starter smoothie blenders. But maybe you’re looking for something a bit more heavy duty?

Once you get the hang of making simple fruit smoothies, you will probably want to “graduate” to making more intense green smoothies and superfood smoothies.

These advanced blended drinks often require more ingredients, and while it’s definitely possible to make these shakes with your starter blender, you may find yourself wanting to “graduate” to a stronger blender as well.

Click here to continue reading about Mid-Range smoothie blenders, or high-range blenders.

Do you own an Oster blender? Or an equivalent type of basic, affordable blender in a different brand? Click here to write a review of your blender to help out other readers of this site.


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