One simply cannot enjoy the summers vibe without having a refreshing cold drink everyday and so when it comes to drinks, there comes ice.
Such things may look small but are major aspects in a person’s life, without having some finely crushed ice by a “next level” blender out there in your foodie life, a lot of things could not be achieved since ice is the backbone to many uses.
Plus it is a win-win situation if you’re looking for a blender that can handle foods as well apart from having a blender solely for crushing ice. Worth the investment considering the fact that it can serve you well for atleast 5-10+ years of your short life if used properly. 🤗
Personally, my mom’s blender is almost 25 years old and still works perfectly fine as my mom kept it really well (she even still have the box so imagine).
The blender was a cheap one so I don’t want to name it since it wasn’t made for crushing ice either (readers will complain if they buy it and it breaks when crushing ice) so anyways what I mean to say is; investing in an expensive blender once and for all is definitely worth it.
Best Blenders For Crushing Ice You Should Buy In 2018
There are a lot of factors to consider before buying a blender, some of them which include:
For a blender to handle your great masterchef-looking food porn, it has to have a powerful motor of horsepower (torque) greater than 500. Also a blender should have the ability to cool the motor consistently to prevent it from overheating and burning out, especially when it comes to crushing ice since ice produces a lot of friction.
Blades are the main thing to consider when blending food/ice. Blades come either sharp or dull, where each has its own measures to handle things in its own ways. The type of blades and the way they are designed also matters for crushing ice since some blades come twin-winged in shape, some in four-winged shape and some are shaped uniquely like two blades on top of two more blades etc.
Either blending food or wanting a blender solely for crushing ice, you would need a large jar to make your blending sessions short and blend all the food/ice at once. Pitcher should be made of high quality material and it should also be durable enough to easily handle strong impacts, either from within the jar or from outside.
The design of the pitcher also matters a lot as the circular flow of the food when blending should have enough space for the food to flow freely, and be pushed down towards the blades automatically instead of pushing the food down manually.
High Price Range
The Vitamix 7500 is currently one of the best blender out there – where almost every aspect that you require in a blender can be found in this one.
The company itself has a great history in providing their customers with high quality products so when it comes from Vitamix, have no doubts.
Features: The 7500 is durable enough to handle great amounts of food and/or ice at once because of its 64 ounce low-profile container as well as its 2.2 HP motor that can not only maintain torque, but cool the motor consistently as it rotates with 1500 watts of power.
The blades are made of stainless steel and are hardened enough to be specified as “aircraft-grade” blades, so unlike those other blenders which consist of them cheap quality blades that easily break off with only a couple of ice cubes, you may definitely relax and not expect that kind of a chaos to happen with this one, unless you misuse or do not use the blender for blending, that is. 😉
Positives: With many great positive reviews and ratings, this blender is by far the choice of every user. The blender ofcourse can not only be used for crushing ice but can be used for other stuff such as grinding coffee beans and nuts as well as mixing batters and dough. The versatility in this one is really amazing and perhaps the reason of this blender’s success.
The part where I was amazed the most about this blender while researching for it is that, this blender can make hot soup (at a serving temperature) without the need of a stove, so it is a great news for the soup lovers! ❤
You would probably be wondering how is that even possible for a blender to do that, I too was confused at first until I got to know the answer of it. Basically, it uses the simple law of physics which is friction – the great speed of its blades can produce enough friction to serve you with that blessing.
Like all Vitamix models, the 7500 comes with a 7-years warranty which can be extended to 10-years for a small amount of fee. It also comes with a great recipe book and DVD instructions as well as a lifetime advantage of its amazing customer support.
Negatives: The 7500 although is a really powerful blender but sometimes it does not perfectly puree food, like for example if I am blending apples only, pieces of them can be stuck under or at the sides of the blades, but this usually happens if you’re blending low amount of food like a single apple only. This won’t be much of an issue if you’re blending a lot of stuff together or crushing ice only, though I believe that this is a problem for 90% of the blenders in the market.
Moreover, the 7500 being a low profile blender limits the users to making only large batches. Though, it does have the capability for small and medium sized batches but this still is a great concern for many people since you would have to buy it separately at an additional cost, which leads us to another con and that is – an already expensive blender being more expensive.
Overall Opinion: The Vitamix 7500 to be honest is dominating the market because of its many great features, especially its tamper. The negatives can confuse you into thinking to buy it or not so to clear that up, if you need a blender for larger batches only, powerful enough to finely crush ice and not need a blender separately for crushing ice but for basically everything else as well, then these small problems should not be an issue and so the Vitamix 7500 is definitely recommended.
If you don’t believe in love at first sight then you should, ’cause I started to when I had first seen this blender at one of the branch of the famous coffee makers – Coffee Planet.
Features: The Blendtec Designer Series features 1560 watts of 3 peak horsepower (direct-drive) motor especially built for commercial use. The control surface is simply neat and if I put it in my words I’d say; pure luxury quality right there.
The digital timer is what is every users’ favorite feature; it keeps track of your usage, shows a countdown as the blender does its work while you can multi-task and do other stuff, monitors and adjusts the motor’s speed as it also features self-adjusting ability, as well as you can manually adjust the speed with just a slide of your finger on its capacitive touch control.
The bearings used in the motor are made of carbon-steel, custom designed by the company itself to extend the life of the motor and reduce friction. The blender’s housing also features an effective airflow to cool the motor efficiently, this plays a great positive role when it comes to the motor’s life.
Positives: The direct-drive motor enables reliability to the blender, reduces noise and vibration as well as increases the processing power. Cleaning up the blender is surprisingly easy, including the fact that the wingtip blades are dull (but thick) and not so sharp so you won’t cut your fingers that easily while cleaning it.
Also includes 7-years manufacturer warranty and a really amazing recipe book that features almost 230 great recipes, definitely not your typical recipe book.
Negatives: Although the company took many measures to reduce noise and vibration of the blender, but still many users complain that the vibration of the blender is too much and makes it move, so be sure to put a mat or any kind of cloth under the blender to prevent this issue.
Continuing with the positives and negatives, if you know well about the 101s of the blenders in the market then you may also know the constant war in a customers’ mind when it comes to “Blendtec vs Vitamix”.
There are quite a lot of differences between the both and with the Blendtec, things aren’t that simple…so here is how it goes:
- You do not get assistance from a tamper like you do in Vitamix so the user has to judge the measurements themselves.
Example: The user would have to put either more liquid or other foods from the recipe in order to push on the ingredients towards the blades because of not having enough liquid in the container.
- Higher learning curve in Blendtec as compared to Vitamix.
Example: If you follow the recipes from their book exactly as described then you won’t be having an issue but if you want to do stuff on your own then you’ll find yourself in a difficult situation in the start, until you get the hang of it. Though the same results as Vitamix can be achieved in Blendtec as well, that is if you know what you’re doing.
Though Blendtec takes the lead over Vitamix in many other ways too, some of which are:
- The Blendtec is a bit smaller in size as compared to Vitamix and so it can easily fit under the cabinets with the jar intact with the motor base, while the Vitamix cannot fit under the cabinets with the jar intact with the motor base.
The Blendtec weighs at around 8 pounds, 7 inches wide, 9 inches deep and with the jar in place it measures 15 inches tall, while the Vitamix weighs at around 12.5 pounds, 7.7 inches wide, 9.2 inches deep and with the jar in place it measures 15.5 inches tall.
- The Blendtec features a really great digital timer; you won’t have to wait along with the blender as it blends so you are free to do any other work during that time.
For the long-term, as you use the Blendtec series more and more you will eventually start to “understand” the ins and outs of your foodie life and so everything becomes much easier and better as you master the exact measurements and blending time.
The Vitamix 5200 was in top of the line a couple of years ago until the 7500 came out, which basically is just an upgrade version of 5200.
Features: The upgrades between the two is that the 7500 has a little more powerful motor as compared to the 5200, as well as the container of the 7500 is although the same as 5200 but the base is wider making it easier for the users to get the blended food out from the container and under the blades.
The price of the 7500 is more than the 5200 obviously, but the differences are low so if you are looking for a blender like the 7500 but the price is your main issue, you can go for the 5200.
Positives: As with all Vitamix blenders, Vitamix 5200 also comes with a 7-years warranty which can be extended to 10-years warranty for a small amount of fee.
The blender like 7500 also comes with a great recipes book, a lifetime customer support and a DVD on how to start with the blender which you definitely do not want to skip watching because it explains about speed variation; if you do not vary the speed of the motor, you will eventually burn it out.
Negatives: When making thick concoctions in this blender, it is hard to clean it since a lot of food gets stuck under the blades. Motor seems imbalanced since the blender moves a little on the platform it is on, felt noisy to most of the users as well.
Overall Opinion: Recommended if you want a little reduction on price and features when compared to Vitamix 7500.
Mid Price Range
If I was in your place with a mid-price range budget, I would have straightforwardly chosen the Blendtec Classic without having a second thought.
This blender is an absolute tank and for its price which is almost half of the expensive blenders but as equal in power and features as them, I would simply say ‘freaking amazing’.
Features: The blender is designed for commercial quality use which means it is going to last real long even if you use it all day every day for personal use only.
With a 3-peak horsepower motor, 1560 watts power, digital touchpad, pre-programmed blending cycles and an auto-blender shutting off ability, Blendtec Classic won’t let you down that easily.
Positives: Pre-programmed sets include 6 features which are smoothie, hot soup, ice cream, ice crush, batter and whole juice. Measures 15.5 inches tall so it can fit under most of the cabinets. The blades are dull but stronger and thicker than most of the blenders out there, so the Blendtec Classic can not only blend food really well but crush ice real finely, also comes with 8-years warranty.
Negatives: The noise, it is felt as loud for some users while for others it is felt as way too loud. Sometimes, the blender also doesn’t perfectly puree food so chunks of them may be seen in your smoothies which can be irritating.
Overall Opinion: Although the blender serves well for its price and doesn’t cause much issues nor go against with what the company claims it to be, but with all honesty many users confessed that if they had a chance of buying a blender again then they would had definitely topped up a couple more bucks in their budget and had gotten the expensive ones like Vitamix 7500 and Blendtec Designer Series… so it is all about the budget that you have.
Everything about this blender without a doubt, simply speaks quality.
Features: The CleanBlend tops up as the most powerful blender compared to others in this list, with 1800 watts 3 horsepower motor I am pretty sure it would be a rest in belly situation for your food. 😛
Soup, ice cream, smoothies, hummus and what not – you name it this makes it. The tamper plays a great role in giving extra processing to this blender and it even includes a tamper wand, taking the processing to the extreme.
Positives: Not only are the blades made of stainless steel but even the bearings (and housing) on top of the housing are made of stainless steel unlike other blenders in the market which are made of plastic. Includes 5 years warranty as well.
Overall Opinion: This blender when it came new to the market was although appreciated by many, but the ones who appreciated also confessed some flaws in it. The company tried their best to fix those flaws and so today the latest CleanBlend blenders’ batch is upgraded for good and different than their years old batch.
This is the reason you would see different reviews and opinions regarding this blender but with all honesty, the latest version is one of the best among power, blending, crushing ice as well as the price.
Breville Boss is like the person who comes at third position in a sprint race; underestimated a lot before the race and don’t get much attention after the race because of people hooting for the winners who came first and second.
Pretty sure you got my point but even if this blender may just be a runner up, it works like Usain Bolt giving you the taste of life, and to describe it in my words again I would say this one too is another absolute tank.
Just by reading the reviews section once can make you straightforwardly pick this blender and not regret it.
Features: When compared to higher priced blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec, Breville should definitely not be underestimated because it is although not equal or greater, but also not that less in terms of power (2-peak horsepower motor) and features than them, pretty great for the price too in my opinion.
The Breville has 5 preset functions which includes soup, smoothies, green smoothies, frozen deserts and the one which you’re mainly looking for; the pulse/ice crush option, which along with the timer function eases your work to a great extent.
It has 3 powerful stainless steel blades that pulverizes virtually almost any kind of combination of ingredients greatly for a smoother feel and also features variable speed dial, self-cleaning option, an LCD display as well as 7-years warranty.
The bowl as stated by most of the users is of good quality and not only bigger but deeper than the Vitamix 5200’s bowl, and so the best thing in regard to this is that the blender has “overload protection” which basically means that it is durable enough to handle great amounts of food at once.
It also has this cool feature where an automatic sensor makes everything turn off when the pitcher is removed from the base and on when the pitcher is put back to the base.
Positives: As stated by many users their smoothies feel better blended and smoother in Breville Boss than other blenders including the fact that they don’t have to peel off the skin of their fruits like apples, so if they can get that feel for half of the price of expensive blenders, it is surely a great blessing.
Negatives: Users claimed that the blender’s noise is too loud. It feels like revving a 125cc motorbike inside the house and if you have a pet dog or a cat, I bet they will run away scared when the blender turns on.
Another negative side of this blender is its rubber ring that broke off for many users and they claimed that it is made up of cheap plastic, so be careful while removing the lid by the ring.
Overall Opinion: Definitely recommended if you want to save a lot of money and get the job done as perfectly as the expensive blenders like Vitamix and Blendtec.
Low Price Range
The best blender in the low price range is the Oster Reverse Crush which is recommended by many users.
Features: Although the blender is not as powerful as almost all of the blenders listed in this list since its motor only holds 600 watts of blending power while 1000 watts of electrical power, but it can still hustle enough to give you some amazing finely crushed ice.
Plus there is a unique feature in this blender and that is its dual-blades – which prevents the food from getting jammed, and so it basically just automatically invites them towards the blades consistently as the food gets crushed.
Includes pre-programmed features with one-touch controls, 7 programmed speed options going from low to high pulse, 6 point blades that prevents the jar from getting jammed and 10-years warranty.
Positives: Really does the work for its price; pulverizes and crushes food with ease when it comes to basic tasks, it is dishwasher safe, the frozen drink mode works good for blending smoothies and the dual blades that rotate in opposite directions are really efficient when it comes to crushing ice.
Negatives: Loud when the speed of the motor is low-medium, and louder when it is on high. A lot of pressure is put on the blender when trying to blend hard or sticky foods as well as might go kaboom if you’re expecting it to go for a long run. 👻
Overall Opinion: Really great blender for its price, but for those who are expecting heavy duty performance like the expensive blenders listed in this article then they will definitely get disappointed.
In my opinion, if you need a blender for basic and intermediate tasks and/or solely/mainly for crushing ice then only you should think of buying this, though it can also be chosen as a sidekick to your main blender – just like Batman & Robin.
Also, this is the only blender that shall be listed as the best low price range blender for crushing ice, since it is in our opinion the only blender that can handle any sizes of unbiased ice cubes for the cheapest price in the blending technology. The other cheap blenders would not work for long-term and may cause issues to the users, so we do not want to take risk in mentioning them and find complains from our readers.
Going from high to low, the Vitamix 7500 is recommended if you’re looking for a blender with a tamper while Blendtec Designer Series is recommended if you want to take blending to the next level. The CleanBlend is recommended in the mid price range as it features great power, quality and because of its simplicity, but if I was in your place I would have given the Blendtec Classic a try.
So let us know which of the blenders you liked the most, plan to buy or had experiences with in the comments below.
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