According to Consumer Reports, there are two blenders that rate equally for being the best blender for crushing ice. The Ninja Master Prep Professional QB1004 and the Vitamix 5200 received a 91 consumer rating on a scale of 100. Both are full-sized blenders.
Blenders that do a good job of crushing ice rate high on the quality scale when it comes to overall durability and quality. Crushing ice successfully requires that the blender have strong blades that can withstand the pressure of ice. A powerful motor is also a plus. Consumer Reports tested many blenders to see how they stack up against one another. One of the features the organization focused on is a blender's ability to pass the ice-crushing test.
Vitamix blenders consistently appear at the top of the best blender list. The Vitamix 5200 model is at the top end of the pricing scale for home blenders. At a price of $450, it gets high marks all around from professionals and consumers.
The Ninja Master QB1004 is at the lower end of the pricing scale for blenders. At a price of $60, this blender crushes ice for frozen drinks and smoothies similar to its high-end counterpart. As for the remaining blenders in the top ten, Vitamix models dominate. There are two additional Ninja models that also made the best 10 list.