As of 2015, highly rated blenders include the KitchenAid five-speed, the Oster 12-speed with food processor attachment, the Vitamix 5200 and the Ninja Ultima. Two single-serve blenders that receive high ratings are the Nutri Ninja and the Cuisinart compact portable blending/chopping system.
The Kitchen Aid five-speed blender is noted for its powerful, quiet motor and compact size. The Vitamix 5200 and the Ninja Ultima are powerful blenders; the Vitamix has a 1,380-watt motor, and the Ninja Ultima has a 1,500-watt motor. A highly rated budget blender for making smoothies, milkshakes, pesto or salsa is the Hamilton Beach Smoothie Smart Blender.