TOP 5 BEST BLENDERS UNDER $50 – REVIEWS & BUYING GUIDE 2021
Blenders are essential for making healthy and delicious recipes without spending a lot of time in the kitchen. The only thing you want for breakfast is a smoothie, but they cost the same as a coffee if they are good. It’s time for you to make your own at home, but a cursory internet search has you worried you’re going to need a bank loan to afford a blender. Don’t worry. Although you can spend several hundred dollars on a blender, it’s unlikely the smoothie that comes out of it will taste much better. That’s why we’re giving you reviews of best blenders under $50.
In the event that the smoothie craze fades, you’ll still have money left over to turn your inexpensive blender into a lamp. (Yes, it’s possible!)
Below you will find the Best Blenders Under $ 50 that will give you the best value.
- THE 5 BEST BLENDERS UNDER $50:
- 1. Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender – Best Overall
- 2. Magic Bullet MBR-1101 Blender
- 3. Hamilton Beach 51103 Blender – Best Value
- 4. Oster 6831 Blender Machines
- 5. BELLA BLA13330 Personal Blender
- HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BLENDERS UNDER $50 – BUYER’S GUIDE
- It’s cold outside
- Durability and life expectancy
- The pulse button
- Parts and warranties
- Sounds good
- Plastic or glass
- Cold or hot liquids
THE 5 BEST BLENDERS UNDER $50:
1. Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher Blender – Best Overall
The Hamilton Beach Wave Crusher 58163 is one of the few appliances that tries to do multiple jobs and succeeds. This 3-in-1 appliance is a large blender with a 40-ounce jar, plus a personal blender with its own cup, plus a mini food processor. The blender handles smoothies well with both size jars, and the processor is surprisingly effective and useful for chopping, shredding, and slicing. Everything is dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
It struggles to turn your regular sized ice cubes into a neat and orderly pile of snow, but otherwise, when properly loaded, it blends a wide array of foods with no problem. Users love having all three options in one small footprint of a device, making this our favorite for the best blender under $50.
- 3-in-1 big blender, personal blender, and two-bladed mini food processor
- It is easy to clean
- Small footprint
- Struggles with ice
2. Magic Bullet MBR-1101 Blender
The Magic Bullet MBR-1101 is a helpful little kitchen assistant. For a reasonable price and with three to-go cups and covers, you get a small footprint blender capable of making a customized morning smoothie for a couple of people every day. This blender blends fast and is easy to clean. Leafy greens and ice are not the Magic Bullet’s strong points, but if loaded with care, it can process small amounts of them. It also bills itself as a mini food processor, although some have complained that it doesn’t perform these tasks as well as our Top Pick.
- Blending quickly
- Easy cleanup
- Includes three to-go cups and lids
- Food processor only marginally effective
3. Hamilton Beach 51103 Blender – Best Value
If you would like to make fruit smoothies for one person, the Hamilton Beach 51103 is an excellent choice. At a fraction of the cost of our Top Pick, it will provide well-blended daily smoothies for many months. In the dishwasher or with dish soap and water, it’s easy to clean despite its small footprint, making it perfect for smaller kitchens or offices. Does it have any limitations? Sure. You are recommended to pulse your drink, not just turn it on and leave it running, and you cannot store hot liquids in here, so don’t buy this for your bulletproof coffee. When used as described in the instruction manual, however, it can handle frozen fruit, nut butters, and even some ice.
There is no excuse for college students who are starving or poor not to have their daily serving of fruit.
- A good blend at a bargain price
- Use at home or at work – small footprint
- Handles nut butters
- Cleans easily with a blender or dishwasher
- For use with cold ingredients only
- Improper use will lead to motor burnout
4. Oster 6831 Blender Machines
The Oster 6831 is our only glass jar blender under $50, so if you have your heart set on glass, this could be a good choice. In addition, it comes in a usable size for the price, as a 40-ounce jar. But its 450-watt motor isn’t very powerful, so it can’t get the job done independently and often struggles to blend ingredients and provide a smooth finish. In addition, many people have noticed a burning smell when the blend is exerting more than moderate effort, which makes them think the motor is about to die. On top of all that, it’s loud, even for a blender. There is nothing alarmingly wrong with this blender, but it didn’t impress us either.
- 5-cup/40-ounce capacity
- Glass jar
- Weak blending
- Burning smell
5. BELLA BLA13330 Personal Blender
Bella Personal’s BLA13330 blender is a clever gimmick that doesn’t quite live up to its potential. The blender comes with three cups, so you can make smoothies for one or for a few people. There are several types of lids that can be swapped, as well as a second blade designed for grinding. In addition to smoothies, you can also grind spices, nuts, and coffee beans. All of this comes at a very reasonable price. However, Bella spent all its time and money on the pieces that came with it, not on the blender itself. As a result, it struggles on day one to process frozen fruit, one of the primary items people put in their personal blenders.
In very limited use, the motor is prone to burning out and the base might leak black gunk into your smoothie. We can’t recommend this device as is, but if Bella could redesign this model and give it some TLC, it might be a great device.
- 3 personal cups
- Various lid configurations/pieces
- An extra grinding blade for spices, nuts, and coffee
- Makes your smoothie black
- Motor burns out easily
- Problems with frozen fruit
HOW TO CHOOSE THE BEST BLENDERS UNDER $50 – BUYER’S GUIDE
If you’re looking for blenders under $50, you may need to modify your expectations.
Many blenders at this price point are personal or one-serving models and can’t compete with the more expensive jar models you hear about. Comparing appliances that are hundreds of dollars apart in price is just as unfair as comparing a Rolls Royce to an electric bike.
But that doesn’t mean you have to use a whisk and a lot of elbow grease to make your smoothies. It is possible to find a model that does most of the heavy lifting for you if your primary objective is to make smoothies. What should you look for in a blender under $50?
Blenders under $50 will not have motors with 1,000+ watts. Still, you can get a respectable 700 watts that can do a fair amount of blending work. Ice might not turn into snow well, and you might need to use a wooden spoon to get it going again if you’ve overloaded it with frozen fruit straight from the freezer. However, you can avoid the hefty price tag that comes with higher watt, more powerful motors if you trade in a little bit of time, flexibility, and patience and find a blender that ensures you get your daily serving of fruit.
Before you shop for any tool or appliance, consider what you hope to accomplish with it. For smoothies that include a lot of kale, for example, you will have to pay a little more. Kale and other leafy greens are difficult for a blender to process, and at the lower end of the price range, you’ll have trouble finding a machine that can handle them. Nevertheless, if you want a morning fruit smoothie, with a blend of fresh and frozen fruit, some liquid, and ice, our favorite personal blenders will deliver without a hitch.
Considering there are so many blenders that are easy to clean, there’s no reason to buy one that isn’t, regardless of price. Put the pieces in the dishwasher or at the very least clean them with soap and warm water. Blending a mix of water and dish soap and then rinsing it under the kitchen faucet should clean any blender. Include any lids and other accessories in the dishwasher as well.
It’s cold outside
Would you like to make daiquiris and margaritas? You’ll need a blender that can crush ice into snow if this is the case. If you don’t intend to fill single take-out cups with them, you’ll need a jar blender, not a personal one, to incorporate ice. A personal blender is unlikely to produce more than a negligible quantity of snowy ice – blenders require a lot of power to make ice. If you’re planning a margarita party for your 10 closest friends, you’ll need to step up to the next price bracket to get a blender that can handle ice.
Durability and life expectancy
There are hidden gems out there that offer a decent lifespan without a significant price tag – you just have to look for them. Some of our reviewed models won’t be handed down to your grandkids, but at least a few of them will make your smoothie every day, for months or years at a time, making them more cost-effective than you might have originally imagined.
Most of these smaller blenders have a motor that is more efficient and lasts longer if you pulse it instead of holding it for minutes at a time. It is better to use the pulse button and the motor intermittently.
If you run them too long, you can easily burn out the motor. Many user complaints about burned out motors can be traced to human error.
Parts and warranties
In the case of larger, more expensive appliances, you should look into the warranty – what is covered, how are claims handled, and is the service honest. For smaller, less expensive appliances, warranties are less important. For a warranty claim, you usually have to mail the item back to the manufacturer at your own expense. It may actually be more economical to simply purchase a new blender (with apologies to your local landfill) when these smaller blenders cost so little.
Part replacements are more likely on sturdier machines, but unlikely at this price point – by the time you purchase and ship a replacement part, you will have met or exceeded the cost of a brand-new machine.
Blenders are generally loud, but a smaller blender and motor will have a smaller sound “footprint.” You won’t be able to make a smoothie in the same room as your partner, spouse, or child, but you won’t need earplugs either. One of these might even be suitable for use in a cubicle at work.
There are some blenders under $50 that do just one thing – blend. Some – like our Top Pick with a food processor – wear additional hats as well. Various pieces are offered by other models, including travel cups, a variety of lids, and even extra blades. Other blenders are available in a variety of colors. Don’t get caught up in the frills. Please do not let the variety of lids or the inclusion of colored straws distract you from evaluating the blender. Appliances that attempt to do multiple jobs often do none of them well. You should first evaluate the blender and then get excited about what else it can do.
Plastic or glass
You can at least expect to see BPA-free plastic in the personal blenders. If you absolutely must have glass, you can also have it – in general, plastic and glass blenders aren’t that much more expensive.
Cold or hot liquids
The personal blenders are pretty much designed for fruit smoothies and of course, those will be cold. If you have any ideas about making something hot Be forewarned that may not end well in your blender. People expect their little blenders to make bulletproof coffee – and are dismayed when that doesn’t work. To process hot liquids, you need a glass jar, not plastic, and so not a personal-size one.
Hamilton Beach’s Wave Crusher 58163 is our Top Pick blender, made even better with the addition of a food processor. If you are blending for a small crowd or just for yourself, this model won’t let you down. Plus, it can chop garlic, slice carrots, and shred cheese. Multi-appliances are often a disappointment, but this HB model delivers on its promise.
Hamilton Beach won the Best Blender for the Money award with model 51103. It will provide you with a daily smoothie for months for the same cost as one or two at the local juice bar if you treat it well.
When you’re on a budget, you don’t have to settle for sub-par appliances. Shop carefully, read our reviews, and you’ll be able to use all the money you saved on a blender to buy the ingredients for it.