3 best blenders and where to buy them

If you’re looking for a blender to make the best green shakes and smoothies at home, good for you! Investing in your health is important and a good blender will help you make the yummiest, smoothest shakes to enjoy for years and years!

All three of the blenders listed here are great quality blenders and available to buy in Singapore – but there is a big difference in price and none of them is less than USD200. Here’s the thing, it’s worth it if you want to invest in your kitchen with high quality machines.


For me, the biggest benefits of investing in a powerful blender have been:

  1. You can overload a high-quality blender with ingredients and the blades can handle it, whereas with other blenders you will need to feed it at intervals or it will get stuck.
  2. You can make nut-butters. Add about 3 cups of any nut and a great blender can grind it down to the consistency of store-bought peanut butter. I’ve even made coconut butter from desiccated coconut!
  3. You can make quick and smooth green shakes. The better the blender, the more the fibres get broken down. A good blender will make the smoothest green shakes, where even small bits of greens disappear.

I’ll walk you through some of the pros and cons of these 3 great blenders so that you can choose the best blender for you!

The Vitamix and Blendtec blenders are your powerful, professional blenders used in restaurants and cafes. They both produce absolutely smooth drinks and which ever one you choose, you’re going to love it!

The Breville blender is more of your domestic, affordable blender – but voted by many as the best in its class. Let’s take a closer look:

Vitamix 500 Professional Blender

Vitamix

A heavy duty blender, the Vitamix is tall, heavy and powerful! It’s so powerful in fact that after about 1 minute of blending, your food begins to heat up. You can actually make a warm soup in it!

It has two functions: fast and faster. It’s incredibly straightforward – with no fancy features or fuss – with this machine you switch it on, pulverize your food and switch off. Done.

you can blend all fruit and vegetables, it can even handle larger, roughly cut pieces. It also grinds hard grains or seeds into flour.

about 52 cm tall – make sure it fits under your cabinets! 

price: varies depending on the model. Around $400-500 USD / Singapore SGD1,200+

pros: 

  • powerful
  • fast
  • long lasting
  • will easily blend up large pieces of fruit or veg

cons:

  • narrow, tapered carafe which makes it hard to reach in and scoop out all the bits at the bottom
  • it’s loud
  • great blender, but the most expensive option

buy it:

Blendtec Home Blender HP3a

Blendtec

A smart blender, it’s computer controlled. It has 10 speeds and offers 4 pre-programmed buttons for easy, one-touch blending. You can make everything from ice-cream shakes, to granita’s, smoothies, soups and chunky salsas. Like the Vitamix you can blend all fruit and vegetables, even throw in larger, roughly cut pieces. It also grinds hard grains or seeds into flour.

Incredibly powerful and fast, its performance is comparable to the Vitamix and it’s also used in professional kitchens. The Blendtec stops blending automatically at 50 seconds, so you can never accidentally overheat your green shake (which does sometimes happen to me with the Vitamix!)

about 38 cm tall – make sure it fits under your kitchen cabinets

price: around $300-400 USD / Singapore SGD1,150

pros:

  • just as powerful yet more affordable than the Vitamix
  • smart blender – you can turn it on, walk away and the blender will turn off by itself after the cycle.
  • more compact, great for smaller kitchen
  • wide, short carafe – makes it easier to scoop out every last bit from the bottom (*big benefit!)
  • will easily blend up large pieces of fruit or veg
  • fast!

cons: 

  • if you like programmable machines, you’ll love the Blendtec, if you don’t – you may find the extra buttons fussy.
  • it’s loud

buy it:

  • internationally, on Amazon
  • in Singapore: from LINS Smoodees – for a special surprise, tell her Little Green Dot sent you ;)

Breville Hemisphere Control Blender

Breville

This little guy packs a big punch. It was voted in a consumer report as the best affordable blender after the Blendtec and Vitamix. This is a domestic blender with a patented tamper device which forces larger ingredients towards the bottom, producing really smooth drinks.

It has 5 speed settings and 3 pre-set settings, though many people report the extra settings to be unnecessary and simply use the one high-speed mode.

I personally love my professional blender – I love watching whole fruits and veg instantly blend up. But if price is an issue  (when is it not?!) the Breville Hemisphere is a good alternative – so that you can still make your healthy green shakes!

pros: 

  • affordable
  • great quality
  • very compact
  • more quiet than the high power machines

cons: 

  • you’ll need to chop more – it can’t handle the larger hard pieces, like carrots, as easily as the Blendec or Vitamix can.
  • your shakes won’t be as smooth as with the Blendtec or Vitamix
  • can’t pulverize nuts and grains like the Blendtec or Vitamix can

price: 

  • $200 USD

buy it: 

  • internationally, on Amazon
  • Singapore: major department stores

Remember, you can make a healthy green shake with any blender. Do the best you can with what you have – and feel good!

Do you have a blender that you love? Let us know! Share your experience in the comments below! Happy blending :)

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Comments (33)

  • militza

    Vitamix Is Absolutely What You NEED In Your Kitchen. For health enthusiasts, busy folks and those who enjoy cooking, it is definitely worth every cent you paid for. They are durable and engineered to last for a long time. They sell them here: http://www.BlenderSingapore.com

  • militza

    Thanks for the informative post. For some people budget is the issue. Dont you think these 3 are a bit expensive.

  • militza
    Linda Reply

    My Favorite is the blender by Karmin :)
    http://karminpro.com/product/karmin-professional-series-8500-blender/

  • militza
    toni Reply

    Thanks

  • militza
    toni Reply

    Thanks, very helpful.

  • militza
    Linda Reply

    I prefer the blender by Karmin, is amazing ♥

    militza
    Carmen Reply

    Hi, can you kindly advice where can I buy blender by Karmin in Singapore? Appreciate thanks

  • militza
    Rachel Reply

    Hi Militza! Have you heard about Optimum High Speed blenders? They’re touted to be a more affordable substitute for Vitamix and Blendtec – able to pulverize fruits/veg, make nut butters and hot soups but only at half the price. Best of all, they’re easily available in SG (http://www.froothie.sg/store/froothie-blenders). Not sure if you have any views on this? I’ve been lusting after a professional blender for the longest time, so was quite excited to come across this blender. Still debating whether to take the plunge though!

  • militza
    Anne Reply

    Breville blender at Takashimaya and Metro Centrepoint, where I saw it at $485

    militza
    Jaclyn Reply

    Thanks Anne! I’m contemplating a housewarming or wedding gift from some good friends.

    militza
    Elaine Reply

    Thanks Anne!! That’s really an useful information for me. Still have not give up on this Breville blender. Will plan a trip to Taka these two days. :)

  • militza
    Michelle Reply

    I have read your helpful review of blenders and am trying to find the Breville Hemisphere but the Breville website does not list locations where it is sold in Singapore — it only says that this feature is coming soon for Singapore. I am new to Singapore and still unfamiliar with the shops and cannot seem to locate who is selling it. Can you tell me which stores are selling the Breville unit here in Singapore?

    militza
    Elaine Reply

    Hi Michelle,

    I am interested at the Breville Hemisphere model as well. I did some research on the internet & Breville’s website. I have found out that this model does not support Singapore residential voltage, i.e. 220~230V 50Hz. You may need to get a converter for that to operate in Singapore
    I doubt that Militza did has try this blender in Singapore coz it definitely would not work at all.

  • militza
    Leelin Reply

    Hi I was inspired by your blog to finally invest in a vitamix. I’ve had mine for less than a month and already I’ve noticed scratches inside the container. I’m wondering if you have also had the same experience? Should I be worried about consuming any scratched off plastics?

    Thanks!
    Btw I only followed vitamix recipes.

    militza

    Hi Leelin! I’ve not encountered that before… I would go back to the shop and see about getting a replacement container. It’s probably not a big problem – but for such a big investment, you shouldn’t have to feel worried! :)

    let me know what happens!

  • militza

    Thanks for this review. I’m hoping to buy one of them. I’m wondering your thoughts on the heat produced by the high power (by Vitamix) and whether it would destroy the nutrients? Thanks.

    militza

    Hi Jonathan –

    It does warm up the food, but not to high temperatures at all – the nutrients would definitely still be intact!

  • militza
    Blender Singapore Reply

    Between juicing and blending some prefer blending, it has quick preparation time and clean up only the jar. We use our Blendtec everyday. In today’s fast pace society, this luxury I can say is hard to come by and a good machine does this in a few minutes to make a super rich photo-nutrient drink!

  • militza
    Claire Reply

    Hi Militza, thank you so much for your reply! I think Vitamix Professional 750 series is the latest model that Vitamix has come out with. It has preset buttons unlike the older model which only has the variable speed. The container is shorter but wider so that it can fit under kitchen counters. Unfortunately, the distributors in Singapore doesn’t carry it but I have decided on getting Vitamix 5200 instead which is the next best option. Thanks for your help, I really appreciate it. :)

    militza

    Hi Claire,

    I hadn’t come across it yet… hope you enjoy the Vitamix 5200 – I’m sure you will. I use mine several times a day! :) Let me know if you come up with any fun recipes using it :)

  • militza
    Claire Reply

    Hi! I am going nuts trying to get my hands on Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender but can’t seem to find any retailers that bring in this model series. I wonder if you have any idea where I can purchase this? Thank you :)

    militza

    Hi Claire!

    I’m not sure about the exact model you’re after, but I know that Crate & Barrel (in ION) and Balanced Living (http://www.balancedlivingasia.com/living-cafe-and-deli/) sell Vitamix blenders. Recently I saw them as well at Sia Huat (http://www.siahuat.com/)

    Hope you find it! :)
    Militza

  • militza
    Jasmine Tham Reply

    Thanks for the detailed comparison! Been lusting after the Vitamix for so long but i really can’t afford it. Wait till i get my bonus maybe hehe. Anyway, i’m a regular smoothie drinker and ‘im using a 600W Philips blender which does the job quite efficiently. The blender works well on baby spinach, frozen mangoes and bananas which is good enough for me. Recently i have also made cashew nut milk with the blender, the milk is abit grainy though but still taste good. So for those who wants to make smoothie but can’t afford a Vitamix, just get a Philips blender and you are good to go.

    militza

    Hi Jasmine! Thanks a million for sharing your experience! That’s super helpful!:)

    militza
    E C Png Reply

    My Philip blender 800watt used less than 6 months the blade parts worn out and juice leaks down to the motor base. cost $22 for replacement, no warranty for parts.

    militza

    Hi E C Png – how frustrating! Sorry that happened to you!!

  • militza
    Chloe Reply

    Hi there, thank you for your informative post. Do you know anything about the voltages? Can I use them in SG if I were to buy the machines from amazon? Cheers, Chloe

    militza

    Hi Chloe,

    Yes, voltage will be an issue with shipping electronics from the US… hope that you still manage to find what you’re looking for! :)

  • militza
    lynn Reply

    help! where can i get the breville blender in singapore? i’ve been to most department stores but can’t find it anywhere.

    militza

    Hi Lynn,

    Check out Brevill’e site – they have the Singapore distributor listed:
    http://www.breville.com/

    hope that helps! :)

    militza
    Elaine

    I could not find the Singapore distributor list from Breville site. Does anyone know where can I find this blender in Singapore?

  • militza
    Best Blender Reply

    Thanks for share a informative blog about three blenders specially Vitamix 500.

  • militza
    Deanna Martin Reply

    Interesting and informative site. Thank you

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