The 3 New Power Blenders on the Block
The F&W Test Kitchen put new superblender models from Breville, Blendtec and Vitamix to the test crushing ice and pureeing whole vegetables.
The Vitamix blender, launched in the 1930s, has a cult following of chefs and serious home cooks. Much more powerful than a standard blender, it can turn whole vegetables into juice and even grind grain into flour. Now Vitamix’s rivals are introducing their own superblenders. We compared new models from Breville, Blendtec and Vitamix to one another, as well as to a basic blender, in the F&W Test Kitchen. With only minor variations among them, the power blenders all amazed us with their ability to crush ice into powdery snow and puree whole vegetables into ultrasmooth soups with just a few flecks of skin left behind.
Designed so the cord fits neatly inside the base, the Breville Boss has easy-to-use settings and a useful recipe booklet. The pre-set smoothie setting produced silky-smooth results even with tough ingredients like kale. $450; brevilleusa.com.
Vitamix Professional Series 750
Quieter than earlier versions, new Vitamix models still have the same power that made chefs fall in love with them. We like the models with straight sided jars and rubber lids. $639; vitamix.com.
Blendtec Designer 725
It has unique touchpad controls, pre-programmed recipes and talks to you when you turn it on. Our soup had a slightly smoother, creamier consistency in the Blendtec. $650; blendtec.com.