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Four blenders smooth with smoothies, pesto, and almond butter

The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender performs as well as models that cost twice as much, but it looks bulky and comes equipped with several accessories.
The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender performs as well as models that cost twice as much, but it looks bulky and comes equipped with several accessories. MCT

Whether you’re a casual home cook, a smoothie fanatic, or the next Gordon Ramsay, we’ve got the perfect blender for you.

BLENDTEC DESIGNER SERIES WILDSIDE BLENDER

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Blendtec Designer Series WildSide Blender can juice, grind, mix, and blend with the best of ‘em. It is, in fact, among the best of ‘em.

The bad: The thing costs $454 at time of review and it really works best with larger portions. In other words, you better be prepared to make a ton of food to justify this purchase.

The cost: $386.74 to $454.95

The bottom line: Do you really need a 9-in-1 kitchen appliance? Unless you’re planning to make massive quantities of nut butter (or other relatively obscure things) regularly, you might actually prefer something less intense.

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/blendtec-designer-series-wildside-blender/?partnewspapers

NINJA ULTIMA BLENDER BL810

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Ninja Ultima BL810 blender performs as well as models that cost twice as much.

The bad: The Ninja Ultima looks bulky and you may not like having to keep track of the various accessories.

The cost: $199.99 to $259.99

The bottom line: If you’re looking for a blender that can replace a lot of your small appliances without emptying your wallet, you can’t go wrong with the reasonably priced Ninja Ultima.

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/ninja-ultima-blender-bl810/?partnewspapers

VITAMIX 7500

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Vitamix 7500 was one of the most consistently powerful blenders that we tested. It’s also one of the simplest to use.

The bad: With no presets and no timer, it might be a bit too simple. Also, it doesn’t dominate the cheaper models as much as you’d think.

The cost: $582 to $529

The bottom line: As tempting as that freakishly powerful motor is, it’s difficult to justify the $529 Vitamix over some of the more affordable competitors available.

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/vitamix-7500/?partnewspapers

BREVILLE HEMISPHERE CONTROL BLENDER

CNET rating: 4 stars out of 5 (Excellent)

The good: The Breville Hemisphere Control Blender boasts strong performance, multitasks, and could, for certain tasks, replace your mixer or food processor.

The bad: There are models that, while not as versatile, still complete basic blender functions and that cost far less money.

The cost: $187.88 to $199.99

The bottom line: If you want a high-end blender that can multitask for you, the Breville may be worth the cost. If you’re looking for a basic blender, there are solid options out there for less money.

Product Review: www.cnet.com/products/breville-hemisphere-control-blender/?partnewspapers

CNET staff members Andrew Gebhart, Ry Crist, Megan Wollerton, Katie Pilkington and Laura K. Cucullu contributed to this story.

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