What makes the best blender for juicing? Can you really get juice from a blender, instead of going through the hassle and cost of getting two separate machines? Is there merit to the Ninja juicer claims?
Not only is it possible to juice with a blender, it might just be easier than you think. We’re here with the benefits, the drawbacks, and the buying guides for the best blenders for juicing.
Can You Really Juice With A Blender?
Juicing is a popular method of getting your daily fruits and veggies in. Proponents of juicing assert (rightly) that juicing is also the best way to get the most nutrients out of your food as far as turning it into a beverage is concerned, as blenders can damage some of the more delicate enzymes and nutrients, either from the length of time needed to blend, or from the heat generated by most blenders.
Blending vs Juicing
Blending still gives you plenty of nutrients, though, so worry not! Blending is similar to the more common (and less expensive) kind of juicing, called centrifugal juicing. This method uses a fast-spinning blade that pulps food down and presses it against a fine mesh filter, and while it works faster than a blender, it runs the risk of overheating, too! Masticating juicers, also called cold press juicers, usually cost more, but they crush and press food to extract the juices, and, in the process, end up damages those delicate nutrients the least.
Juicing with a blender isn’t the best way to get your juice, but it’s pretty comparable to a less expensive juicer. While there might be a bit of extra cleanup involved, it’s a viable way to get the most out of your blender — and we’re all here for multi-purpose kitchen appliances!
Advantages Of Juicing With A Powerful Blender
There are a couple big advantages to juicing with a powerful blender. While it’s a bit messier and more labor-intensive than a separate juicer, you’re getting a lot of work from a single appliance. For those who either don’t have the budget to go buy a juicer, who are just getting into juicing, or who simply don’t want to go cluttering up their kitchen with extra stuff, getting a juicing blender is a good way to get the most out of your blender.
A powerful blender, especially when compared to a juicing attachment or juicer/blender combo, will be able to grind hulls, skins, and seeds down into a fine pulp, handle frozen veggies, and work through fibrous foods like ginger root with no problem. Not every blender can do this, and most blenders require a bit of liquid added in to help the process along.
Things To Look For When Buying
It should go without saying that when shopping for a juice blender, you want to look for a good blender.
Some blenders don’t require much liquid, and this will help with the concentration of your final product. Blenders that advertise as being able to crush and snow ice will usually have little problem with blending food without added water.
Wattage by itself doesn’t make for a powerful blender. A blender’s ability to blend well is also based on blade shape and strength, the shape of the blending pitcher, and the blender’s ability to perform at least two or three different speeds, as well as pulse. The more finely your food is pureed down, the more juice you’ll be able to extract — so the better the blender, the more nutrients you’ll be getting from your machine.
Juicing With A Blender Hacks
Once you have your fruits and veggies blended, the next step is to strain out all the pulp. This can be accomplished in a number of ways.
Perhaps the easiest method is to use cheesecloth. Cheesecloth’s fine mesh, especially when layered, will filter out all but the smallest of particles from your juice. More importantly, it’s easy to find and easy to clean. The only difficulty is keeping it in place while filtering, but a rubber band around the cloth and pitcher you’re filtering into should do the trick just fine.
Some people suggest using paint strainers instead, as they’re already set up to be held and don’t need the kind of layering and finagling cheesecloth does. The main drawback of a paint strainer, however, is that it’s not intended for contact with food, and may contain substances not safe for ingestion. It’s always best to stick with food-safe methods!
If you’re looking for something easier to use than a cheesecloth, nut milk straining bags are your best option. Much like paint strainers, the fine mesh will filter without hassle, and they’re just as easy to clean. The only drawback is that, since they’re a specialty item, they may be harder to find or a bit more expensive than cheesecloth.
Juicing With A Blender With Juicing Attachments
Juicing with blender attachments can either be a great idea, or a very poor idea. We’ve seen juicing attachments for both personal blenders and countertop blenders, both with varying results, but with the personal blender juicing attachments usually doing more poorly. The best juicing attachment we saw was one designed for a mixer, however (and we’ll let you guess which one).
Juicing attachments for blenders are almost always centrifugal juicers and have all the advantages and disadvantages of a centrifugal juicer, including the risk of overheating and breaking down the nutrients and enzymes you’re trying to extract.
Advantages Of Juicing With A Blender With Juicing Attachments
A good juicing attachment gives you the best of both worlds — in our opinion, even better than a combo juicer/blender. With juicing attachments, you’re getting what you already know is a good blender.
Juicing attachments for blenders usually have fewer parts than a juicer/blender combo, as well. They’re easier to store since the attachments are usually smaller. Plus, you get to save on counter space, without all the mess of cleanup that’s involved with juicing straight from a blender.
That’s the third advantage of juicing with a blender attachment — cleanup is far easier than juicing with a blender. The pulp is either collected in the juicing attachment or expelled separately; either way, it’s less mess, which means a more pleasant juicing experience.
Things To Look For When Buying
Blender attachments for juicing tend to work by placing a filter around the central area of the blender. Juicing attachments for smaller blenders, like the Magic Bullet, don’t do very well unless the fruits and vegetables used are cut up into very tiny bits and softened. Hard vegetables like carrots work best when they’re microwaved with water for a bit before being added.
There are universal blender attachments that have adapters for different blenders, and they’re inexpensive enough that they’re worth a try! But the main flaw of these centrifugal juicers is that they can’t circulate food down towards the blades because of the limited space, meaning that only a very small amount of food will be ground enough for juice extraction.
While these are a handy tool to keep things a bit cleaner, the necessarily smaller batch size means it might be easier to simply use your blender and strain.
Juicer/blender combos are workhorses in the kitchen. They’re specifically designed to perform multiple functions and usually have a larger amount of parts to attach than a blender with juicing attachments. However, these combos are rare in the market, meaning there’s a smaller selection to choose from.
The biggest risk of these combos is getting a machine that neither juices nor blends well. A blender that can handle its own with a decent lifespan will clock in at just under $100 at its absolute cheapest; a decent juicer will start at just as much. And since both juicers and blenders, while functioning on similar motors, work in very different ways, that means having to shell out even more for a combo that will be able to keep up with blending regularly as well as juicing.
You’re also likely to only get a centrifugal juicer with a juicer/blender combo, as they’re cheaper to make and work more quickly. Centrifugal juicers run the risk of overheating while working and ruining the more delicate enzymes and nutrients.
Advantages of Juicing with Juicer/Blender Combos
One of the biggest advantages to a juicer/blender combo is the benefit of getting a single machine to do the work of two (or sometimes three — the products we saw also had attachments for meat grinding!). If you’re looking to save countertop space, this is the way to go; you’ll still need some storage space for the different parts. The best juicer blenders are also much cheaper than buying separate blenders and juicers.
Things To Look For When Buying
To find the best juicer blender combo, make sure that it has plenty of room for pulp. This will keep you from having to constantly start and stop the juicing process to dump it out! Be sure to look for a machine with more than 400 watts, too; while wattage doesn’t have a direct impact on the functionality of a juicer or blender, anything below the 400 mark is going to be extremely disappointing in both blending and juicing.
Our Top 6 Picks
Breville Juice and Blend Dual-Purpose Juicer and Blender
The Breville Juice and Blend Juicer and Blender is a great option for those looking for a sturdy multipurpose machine. The juicer has a 1000-watt motor and the countertop blender attachment has a stout 1200-watt motor, and both boast five different speeds with which to chew through ice, fruit, and vegetables.
The blender attachment has a solid glass graduated pitcher able to hold up to 51 ounces, with settings for crushing ice, blending smoothies, and pulsing. When attached to the base, the blender stands at 18” – tall for a countertop blender – but has an otherwise small countertop footprint. The blender itself is quite powerful and seems to have little issue with most foods.
The juicing attachment is a centrifugal juicer with an attached waste collection bin. It has a 3”-wide chute, and comes with an ungraduated 40oz plastic jug for juice collection, along with a froth separator. The centrifugal juicing attachment stands at 17” high but has a much wider countertop footprint at 13 ½” long.
All of the attachments are dishwasher safe for easy and simple cleanup, so long as it is done soon after use. If the dishwasher isn’t an option, there’s an included brush for scrubbing everything down by hand.
While the product is discontinued, this Breville combination juicer blender is a strong contender for the best juicer blender we’ve seen. It’s powerful, sturdy, and well-built, but it does lack consistent customer support and a good warranty.
- Sturdy design of attachments and sturdy, die-cut base make for secure blending
- Powerful motor has no issues handling day-to-day tasks
- Both blender and centrifugal juicer are on par with good quality individual blenders and juicers, making it the sturdiest genuine combination juicer blender we’ve reviewed and stiff competition for the best blender for juicing
- More recent products seem to have a frequent manufacturing defect with the blender gasket seal which will fail in a year or two
- While both attachments are powerful, very little space is saved by using the same base with both blending and juicing attachments
- The model is discontinued, meaning spare parts are often unavailable for purchase
- Because it is discontinued, Breville does not seem to be honoring warranties with repairs and is either replacing with more recent models or making it difficult to get any service
- May be less expensive to simply purchase a good quality blender and separate juicer
COSORI 1500W Blender
This COSORI blender is a 1500-watt countertop model with a dial for fine speed control and a pulse switch for hassle-free blending. The pitcher, lid, and included travel bottle are all dishwasher safe for easy cleaning, and it includes a scrub brush, though the blade assembly itself cannot be removed for more detailed cleaning.
The blender, while not able to handle large amounts of ice or truly viscous mixtures, is able to break down tougher foods like skins and seeds with little problem. Its 70 oz BPA-free pitcher makes it great for making large batches of juice at once or for juicing for more than one person at a time, and its maximum speed of 30,000 RPM means you can get blending done faster with less time for the food you’re blending to oxidize.
The COSORI blender also has a self-cleaning function for easy cleanup immediately after blending and has a few other uses than just smoothie making. At lower speeds, though it doesn’t have any other blade attachments, you can make bread dough, and higher speeds allow for the option of milling and grinding spices, coffee, and even nuts, with some care. An opening in the lid allows for mid-blend additions and alterations as well as tamping.
- Pulverizes through hulls, skins, and seeds with little difficulty.
- Comes with a tamper that can be used while the blender is running, to more easily add and control the grinding of food.
- The entire unit is sturdy and made to last, solid, and heavy at the bottom for peace of mind.
- 1-year full, not limited, warranty and 30-day returns or refunds make for a rare manufacturer’s guarantee and a purchase you can make without worry.
- Cannot handle ice or frozen fruits/veggies very well.
- Blending for more than 1 minute straight runs the risk of damaging the appliance and overheating the food.
- High wattage for blenders in its price range means greater energy consumption without being able to handle tougher blending jobs.
- The blade assembly is not removable.
- Requires a decent amount of liquid; doesn’t manage thicker or more viscous fluids.
Nutri Ninja Blender/Food Processor
The Nutri Ninja is a 1500-watt countertop blender which gives plenty of bang for its small size and versatility alongside it. Multi-level blades that run along the height of the 72 oz, BPA-free plastic blending pitcher allow for better circulation of foods and the ability to crush ice without added liquid, quickly. This means that you won’t have to add much — if any — liquid to your fruits and vegetables, meaning you can get a more concentrated juice from your blender.
The fast speed at which the Nutri Ninja works also means that those vitamins and enzymes damaged by other blenders may still be intact in the end. And if you want the blending to go even faster, you can use the included food processor attachment to quickly chop up vegetables and fruits before adding them to the main blender for pureeing.
The Nutri Ninja Blender/Food Processor has a pulse button and three-speed buttons, along with a function for their single serve travel cup; while the speed buttons are labeled ‘dough’, ‘blend’, and ‘crush’, they correlate to the usual low-medium-high settings you see on most blenders. While hot liquids cannot be put in any Nutri Ninja products, the pitchers, blades, cups, and lids are all able to be taken apart for thorough cleaning, and all aforementioned parts are also dishwasher safe, though some only for the top rack.
- One of the best multi-purpose blenders we’ve seen at a very reasonable price point.
- Multiple levels of blades mean food can be circulated and processed without much liquid, meaning that you don’t have to add much extra water before blending.
- Blends very quickly, which means less time for nutrients to oxidize and break down.
- Full disassembly means thorough cleaning and the ability to replace individual parts, like blades, without having to pay for an entirely new pitcher or machine.
- This is not a quiet blender — most high-powered blenders are not. Use ear protection when blending.
- Lifespan tends to be shorter than higher-quality brands, with some machines starting to show problems around 1.5–2 years.
- Warranty does not cover normal wear and tear and only lasts for one year. The warranty also does not cover any shipping costs. Customer service is also a bit of a hassle.
Oster Reverse Crush Blender
The Oster Reverse Crush blender is a countertop blender that has a maximum 1000-watt power draw and a blending power draw of 600 watts. While this implies that it’s underpowered when compared to other competitors, it does have an ice crushing function, and it holds up well under more viscous foods and frozen foods.
This blender has a 6-cup, dishwasher safe glass jar, three basic speed settings (low-medium-high), two different pulse settings, and two pre-programmed settings, one for frozen drinks, and one for chopping food. The lid has a cap with a 2-ounce measuring cup, and the cup can be removed for easy additions while blending.
The Oster Reverse Crush blender has directions included for the best pulverizing of fruits and vegetables for juice making, and pureeing fruits and vegetables into a very fine pulp is quicker than most blenders and more consistent because of its automatic reverse spin, which pulls any food caught under the blades back up to be re-blended.
- Reverse spin on blades means a more thorough and quicker puree without having to babysit or use a spatula to coax food to the blades.
- Holds up very well under consistent daily use, and has little trouble blending through daily smoothies and ice-based items.
- Quick and efficient, with a maximum time for smoothies and juices at about 30 seconds to puree.
- 10-year limited warranty far exceeds the lifetime of usual blenders on the market.
- All recipes listed for the blender include added water or juice, meaning it works best when liquid is added.
- The pitcher has some trouble fitting onto the base and sometimes needs extra force to ensure a secure fit with no leaks.
- Normal operating power is 600 watts, which is low for countertop blenders, although it is stronger than that for personal blenders.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender
This KitchenAid blender is a classic countertop blender that looks and functions exactly as you’d expect a blender to function. Its 5-speed control and additional pulse function are complimented by a motor that can sense the kind of food it’s processing and adjust speed accordingly and can go from lower speeds that mix to a pulsed ice crushing mechanism.
The plastic, BPA-free pitcher is a comfortable 60 ounces and is safe to put in the dishwasher for easy cleanup. More importantly, it’s solidly built, with a sturdy, heavy base and solid plastic pitcher for comfortable pouring and easy blending.
It comes with a 5-year limited warranty to cover any errors in manufacturing, but it’s unlikely any other worry will be needed; this blender is a steady workhorse. The only downside to it, other than the fact that the blades cannot be disassembled for easier cleanup, is the fact that the blender needs a decent amount of liquid in it to blend properly. It can’t handle pulverizing straight vegetables and fruits, but the addition of water or juice should keep it working fine.
- Strong and consistent; it blends fruits, vegetables, and ice quickly by the instructions set out in the thorough user manual.
- 5-year limited warranty for genuine peace of mind from a reputable brand of kitchen utensils.
- Requires liquid in food to blend correctly, meaning a less concentrated juice as your final product.
- Recommends only using canned or cooked fruits and vegetables, not raw vegetables, to get the speeds listed in the user manual.
- The 550-watt motor clocks in at the lower end of the wattage spectrum.
- Tall for a countertop blender, reaching almost 18”. It’s recommended you measure from countertop to cabinets before buying to ensure a good fit.
This countertop blender reaches 28,000 RPM at maximum speed and features six-speed settings, along with pre-programmed blending settings, for ease of use and efficient, thorough blending. While it does not boast an ice crushing feature like most of the other blenders we have looked at, it clocks in at a maximum wattage of 1100, meaning that it can handle tougher foods with little problem.
The AIMORES blender’s truly unique feature is the very low speeds it’s able to achieve, which is excellent for same-pitcher chopping and processing and ensures a more even start to a smoothie blending. By chopping first, you get a lower processing time, and less damage to the nutrients you’re pureeing.
The pitcher of this blender is 75 oz and BPA-free, making it a great size for batch juicing or juicing for multiple people at once. It can handle tougher vegetables like carrots with little issue, though it does need liquid in it to aid the process of blending. The company actually recommends you blend tougher chunks in it with relative frequency to help keep the blades sharp.
- High-speed, tough blender with a truly wide range of speeds for optimal blending for each different juice blend you need to make.
- Pre-programmed settings mean you can press a button and walk away or do other things while blending.
- This workhorse of a blender can handle nut butters and other viscous foods with few to no problems.
- No-questions-asked replacement or refunds, for any damage that isn’t artificial — a huge step up from the more common limited warranties of most blenders at a similar price point.
- Great and responsive customer service to answer any questions and to troubleshoot problems.
- Requires liquid for optimal blending.
- Extremely tall, at just about 20”, so won’t fit under the average cabinets and may need special storage between uses.
What is the Best Blender for Juicing?
While it has its drawbacks in product quality and warranty, we think the Nutri Ninja Food Processor/Blender is the best juicer blender for its price. Not only can it easily handle frozen and semi-frozen fruits and vegetables, but its blade structure also means that it can even process large amounts of food into a smooth pulp very quickly and with next to no added liquid.
As we said in the beginning, the main drawback of juicing with a blender is the time it takes and the lower concentration due to liquids needing to be added, and we think the Nutri Ninja manages to address both of those issues the best of any other product we reviewed. However, for those who are looking for a product with an outstanding warranty and aren’t as worried about nutrient preservation, we strongly recommend the Oster reverse crush blender or the Aimores blender, both of which promise power and good customer service.