Green smoothies are absolutely one of the healthiest things you can drink, they pack an enormous punch of vitamins minerals and antioxidants guaranteed to have you feeling better.
But If your blender isn’t up to the task then you’re going to have to chew through most of it…
But get the right blender and your green smoothie can be perfectly smooth the way they’re supposed to be.
So what does it take to get there? Well I’ll tell you, I cover all the most important things in this article and then review my top choices. So just keep reading and you’ll find out everything you need to know. The best thing is And the best thing is that all my top choices are available on Amazon so you can orders yours today!
With that said let’s get stuck in shall we?
What Your Blender Needs For Green Smoothies
First let’s look at what a great green smoothie blender needs. Well it needs to make smooth smoothies of course but let’s delve a little deeper.
Power is one of the two most important things you need, because if there’s not enough power then the blades won’t turn fast enough and you won’t be able to get a really smooth finish.
Under 1000 Watts is guaranteed to leave you with lumps, 1200-1400 is ok and will only get caught in tough stalks like kale, so it’s upwards from there that you really want 1500+ watts or more than 2 hp.
Once you get above 1500 watts you’re into the territory where greens don’t stand a chance any more. Ideally, you want to get a blender that measures it’s power in Horse Power, hp, so that you know it’s got enough strength in it to make short work of anything you could put in it.
Here’s the secret second step, and the reason brands like Vitamix and Blendtec are so good…
Yup, the blades are already blunt (on purpose) and made from stainless steel so the blending power comes from a powerful and fast motor, it tears through whatever you put in there no problem at all. And this has the massive bonus that the blades don’t go blunt themselves and wear out.
This just gives it a lasting power that means you can keep on blending for years to come.
But if you don’t want to go with a Vitamix or a Blendtec then just make sure the blades are a strong stainless steel so you’ll know they last.
Not really essential but I thought it was worth mentioning, you might want to get a blender that comes with a travel cup or two so you can take your smoothie on the go. You can pour it into any travel cup you have but if you don’t have on already this can be a good thing to look out for.
Will A Personal Blender Work?
A personal Blender are the ones where you can blend right into the travel cup, like the Nutri Ninja, but the problem with them is they don’t normally have enough power.
However, I do have one below in my reviews that will work if you’re determined to have a personal blender, it won’t be as smooth as silk when you drink it and you might get the odd lump but it’ll do a reasonable job.
Tips For Making Green Smoothies
Just a couple of tips to help for when you get started!
Always Add Liquid
Always make sure you add a little liquid into the blender as well, that just helps make sure everything circulates and blends properly, water or coconut water are the healthiest but apple juice can be quite tasty mixed in and adds a bit of sweetness that you might not otherwise get in a green smoothie.
Leaves Make Less Than You Think
Spinach is the worst for it, once you add spinach you’ll realise there’s hardly anything in it, still super healthy but be aware a whole bag of spinach won’t take up as much room as you might think in your smoothie.
5 Best Blenders For Green Smoothies Reviewed
You made it to the main event! I’ve gathered together and reviewed my 5 top picks for the best blender for green smoothies, just click the Price & Reviews on Amazon button to go to Amazon so you can, you guessed it, see the price, read some other reviews and order yours today.
Professional Grade Blender
- 1,440 Watts
- Self Cleaning
- Aircraft Grade Steel Blades
Wait, but you said it needs to be at least 1500 watts???
I did but that’s what makes the Vitamix so good, as they say themselves, it’s not about the number of horses, it’s about how they’re trained, so basically, they manage to do more with less creating smooth green smoothies in no time at all.
But one feature I really loved is that it’s self-cleaning! You just put in some dish soap and warm water and turn it on to it’s cleaning setting and it takes care of itself from there. Cleaning a blender is probably the worst part about having one so being able to take that annoyance out really puts the Vitamix 750 out in front.
As I said before the blades are made of aircraft grade steel so just like the rest of the blender they are made to last, there’s no denying that Vitamix blenders cost more but it’s because they’re built to last, an investment in the health of you and your family.
Overall, a fabulous blender that will make you the best green smoothies around.
Classic Four Sided Jar Blender
- 1560 Watts
- Professional Standard Blades
- 75 oz Jar 32 oz Blending Capacity
The Blendtec blender is another really cool upmarket blender, this time it comes with a large four-sided jar that’s nice and easy to scrape out of while you’re using it and is nice and easy to clean after. Not quite self-cleaning level of easy but still pretty easy.
The blades are extra strong and thick making them built to last and they work in quite a clever way that means food gets pulled down towards them in a vortex while it blends so it’s constantly circulating the food making sure no lumps are spared from the blades and the whole thing comes out smooth.
Although the jar is a large 75 oz it seems strange that it only has an actual blending capacity of 32 oz which isn’t enormous, still plenty big enough for making a nice smoothie of course but it seems like a lot of wasted space. Presumably, it’s to allow space for whatever it’s blending to get pushed up the sides without coming flying out the top.
But the best part? The price, it’s less than half the price of the Vitamix (at the time of writing this) yet can handle green veggies no problem at all, it’s just missing the capacity size, the self-cleaning and it doesn’t have quite as much control over the speeds of the blender.
Personal Green Smoothie Maker
- 1000 Watts
- Includes 12,18 and 24 oz cups
- Dishwashert Safe
The Nutri Ninja BL455 is one of the most powerful personal blenders available to buy. It’s 1000 watts of power are just about enough to handle easy to make and take green smoothies. They won’t be completely smooth but definitely smooth enough, and especially smooth enough when you consider the drop in price tag compared to the two blenders above.
The reason this is better at tackling greens than most personal blenders is the type of blades that are in it, they’re Ninja’s own pro extractor blades. These are very sharp (please be careful…) blades that are positioned to have maximum blending power breaking down anything you put into them.
You also get three different cups with it so if there are a few of you in the house you can all make up your own smoothies the way you want them and take turns blending them up, good if there are a few fussy health enthusiasts involved.
Overall the best personal blender you’re going to get for green smoothies.
Versatile Greens Blender
- 1500 Watts
- Self Cleaning
- 72 oz Jar
Another Ninja has snuck into our ranks… This one with a bigger jar and an extra 500 Watts of power!
But seriously, the Ninja chef blender has more than enough power to take care of greens and has 10 presets and 10 speeds to chose from so you get a really customisable blending experience.
Plus one of those settings is the self-cleaning setting! So again you just fill it up with dish soap and water, turn on the setting and it will clean itself like a load in the dishwasher. But likewise if you don’t find that’s working for you the jar itself is dishwasher safe so you can clean it that way too.
A great little blender, coming in a little cheaper than the Blendtec with more customisability but without the extra strong blades.
High Speed Leafy Green Blender
- 2.4 hp
- 64 oz Jug
- Variable Speed Settings
Now I was stuck on this one for quite a while trying to figure out what on earth it meant by having an infinite speed dial. Because it seemed to me it had a 10-speed dial, but what they mean is that it doesn’t click into place between numbers, it moves more like a volume control so you have very precise control over the speed of the motor. Not entirely relevant or useful but it feels very slick when you use it.
What is good however is the fact it has a 2.4hp motor, that is a serious amount of blending power and makes it more than capable of coping with blending up leafy greens into a smoothie, not to mention any seeds nuts fruits or anything else you might want to put in there.
The blades on it are made of stainless steel but don’t use the same blunted power that the Vitamix or the Blendtec use. So while it’s very good I think you’re money is better spent going for the Blendtec as it’s not much more expensive or the Vitamix if you can afford it.
Green Smoothie Recipes
As an extra bonus here are a couple of recipes that can get you started!
- 2 handfuls spinach
- 1 ripe banana
- 1 cup soya milk
- 1 cup frozen pineapple chunks
- 1/2 tsp of ginger
- 1 tbsp chia seeds
Just put them all in a blender and get it blended! This recipe has some nice healthy fats from the chia seeds, some magnesium from the banana and a spicy finish with the ginger, I like fresh ginger but if you don’t have any powedered can be an alternative.
- 1 Cucumber
- 2 Celery stalks
- 6 Kale leaves
- ½ Lemon
- 1 Green apples
- 1 Inch ginger
A huge veggie kick with the added sweetness of an apple and some lemon, green apples have less sugar than their red alternatives so are always a good choiec.
And there you have it! If you’re a self-confessed health nut then you’re definitely going to want to go for the Vitamix, but if you can’t afford it the Blendtec is a solid second. And most importantly enjoy your green smoothies! I bet you start feeling like a healthier fitter you in no time.