Good Housekeeping gives the best smoothie blender ratings to the Oster, Beehive and Blendtec models. Other smoothie-enthusiast websites give the best ratings to Blendtec and Vitamix blenders for smoothies. Both the Blendtec and Vitamix are generally more expensive than other types of smoothie blenders.
Cuisinart and KitchenAid blenders are also very popular for smoothies. The Margaritaville is highly recommended for frozen smoothies.The Ninja Professional blender is more affordable than many other comparable blenders for smoothies, and the Back to Basics Blender is recommended for travel. The Home Shopping Network recommends the Wolfgang Puck High Performance Blender or the Robert Irvine blender, which comes with three travel bottles.