Yes, that is correct blenders can make juices as long as you use the right type of blender.
When you go to a restaurant and look at their menu often times they would call blended drinks juices, only in juice bars do they call them smoothies.
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So how do we define juices?
Technically juices are the “liquid part that can be squeezed out from fruits and vegetables” based on the definition from the Miriam and Webster dictionary.
If you drink it with pulp and add any form of liquid, you call it a smoothie.
Technicalities aside it does not really matter as long as it is not too thick. I’ll call that juice.
If you really want a pulp free juice and don’t want to spend on a juicer then read up on this article on how to make one.
Here are the 5 best blenders for making smooth juices.
2 – 20 ounce
1 – 40 ounce
1 – 45 oz.
1 – 30 oz.
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I could have just recommended a cheap blender and tell you that it will make a consistently smooth juice every time. But that would be a disservice to you because consistency isn’t their best trait.
While there are variants that have power, more often than not these do not have enough torque to blend up the tough to cut stuff such as leafy greens.
Most times you’ll end up with a chunky mess that has bits and pieces on un-chopped stuff that you can taste.
And even if you strain all the pulp out, you will not get as much juice because pulp isn’t as finely chopped as it should.
The first thing you’ll have to look at is the power of the motor. For me it should have at least 750 watts of power to decently blend greens and even frozen fruit.
I like to add greens as much as possible in my juice recipes and these are notoriously hard to blend if you use something that has 600 watts or less.
What normally happens is, you’ll stop the blender, open up the lid and manually move the ingredients around.
Now if you make green juice every day, this can be a time consuming scenario that can drive you crazy.
Another important feature to consider is the size of the pitcher.
Determining the size of the pitcher would depend on how many of you drink it.
If you’re consistently making juice for a family of four or five then you’ll need something bigger like a Vitamix or Clennblend
Single serve blenders like the Nutribullet are great for one or two cups of juice. But that’s about it.
What I like about these brands is they come with air tight, sip-and-go lids. This allows you to brink juice wherever you go.
Some higher-end blenders have what you called pre-programmed controls. This feature allows you to set and forget whatever function the pre-programmed setting has.
This feature gives you consistency day-in and day-out. There’s no guesswork here, just set the know to the juice setting and the blender does the rest.
Most high end blenders like the Vitamix and Blendtec come with this setting. But expect to pay a bit more to have this feature.
Look for this feature if you don’t want to fiddle and experiment.
One of the most important things to consider would be cost.
How much are you willing to spend for a blender? Is it $100, $200 or $400?
Doing so will help you narrow your choices down quickly. And eliminate options out of your price range.
After setting a range you’re willing to spend, you can now focus on what features in the priority list.
Lastly, if you don’t mind buying a second hand appliance then consider refurbished blenders.
The term refurbished simply means an item that was returned by the customer. And repaired by the dealer or manufacturer to meet their Quality Control standards.
These products are usually sold at cheaper price than retail. And yet it still comes with a warranty so there is very little risk in buying one.
Brands such as Vitamix, Blendtec, Kitchen Aid, Cuisinart, Ninja and Nutribullet have refurbished blenders available. Their warranties will vary so double check before purchasing.
Lastly, look at the warranty. A blender with a multi-year warranty will give you more peace of mind.
In case it breaks, you don’t need to spend a dime for repairs or even a replacement.
Some brands you’ll see here like the Nutribullet have short warranties. But don’t worry, Amazon offers extended warranties so this should offset this con.
Our Pick: Vitamix TurboBlend VS
If consistently smooth and chunk-free juice is your goal then the Vitamix TurboBlend VS should be on the top of your list.
This under-the-radar blender isn’t as popular as their flagship 5200 or their newer 700 series models. But this machine packs a lot of punch.
Cheaper than the 5200
It will give you the same consistent blend as the 5200. And the only difference between the two would be the pitcher.
The 5200’s pitcher has a rubber sleeve while the TurboBlend VS is all plastic.
John Kohler compares these two in this video…
In terms of performance, it will give you the same performance as the bestselling 5200 since it utilizes the same blade design, pitcher design and motor.
You’re essentially getting the same type of machine.
Always add water
Remember when making juices with a blender, you should always add water for a more liquid-like consistency.
If you don’t, you’ll end up with a puree or a sorbet (if it is frozen). And the Vitamix is very well capable of doing both.
But for a juice like consistency always add some water.
See it in action here making a simple recipe…
If quality and consistency is your top priority it is hard to beat the TurboBlend VS – essentially a discounted version of the 5200. It isn’t the cheapest but it can do a whole lot inside your kitchen.
Budget Option: Oster Versa 1400
The Oster Versa 1400 has a commercial grade 1,400 motor with variable speed and preset controls.
Cheaper than a Vitamix and Blendtec
If you’d buy something with these options from the top two brands – Vitamix and Blendtec, you’d pay at least $400!
But guess how much this blender costs.
If I’d say $300 I’m sure you’ll say it’s a good deal. But it is actually hundreds less than that and it comes with the same 7 year warranty as the Vitamix.
It also comes with a tamper to help you blend recipes with very little to no water content. It won’t be as good as the Vitamix but if you’re just making juice this is great value.
Speak of Vitamix, here’s the Versa 1400 going head to head against the Vitamix 750…
You will notice that both of these were filled to the brim. This is where the tamper comes in handy because it allows you to push ingredients down towards the blade without opening the lid.
Again, if you want a more juice-like consistency, add more water.
If you cannot afford a Vitamix or Blendtec or even the Ninja, the Oster Versa 1400 is a good fall back option that costs half what a Vitamix would. But still able to do around 85% of what the Vitamix does and still get a 7 year warranty.
Single Serve: Vitamix S30
Now if the blenders above are too big for you and you only need something that can serve one then have a long look at the S30.
This is Vitamix’s first foray into the single serve blender market.
This machine isn’t as powerful as the 5200 but it still packs quiet a punch with 790 watts on tap.
Not as powerful as a Nutri Ninja but as with all Vitamix blenders, it has enough torque to blend green veggies down to a juice-like consistency…
This recipe includes grapes, mint, spinach, pineapple and a few cubes of ice.
Notice that she placed the softest ingredients at the bottom and then ice on top, added a little bit of water which is enough to blend this mixture together.
Even though this machine is expensive, it brings a lot to the table.
From the box it comes with 2 containers. First would be a 40 ounce pitcher that’s capable of making hot soup. It also comes with a smaller 20 ounce double-walled cup for single serve juices or smoothies.
It has the same blade design as full sized Vitamix blenders only smaller. And it also comes with a tamper that allows you to make stuff like nut butter and frozen desserts like sorbets.
I don’t think you can find any other compact blender that has this type of versatility.
The Vitamix S30 may not be cheap but if you’re looking for something more versatile than the average single serve blender this is a great option. The warranty won’t be as long as a full sized Vitamix but it’s longer than most other brands at 5 years.
Vitamix Clone: Cleanblend
One of the very few that is however is the Cleanblend with 3hp and 1,800 watts on tap.
If you’re not familiar with blenders, you’d easily mistake this for a Vitamix because it has a similar style layout.
It has a slightly smaller pitcher at 62 ounces (vs 64 ounces) and a slightly shorter warranty at 5 years (vs 7 yrs).
But it comes with variable speed and something that the 5200 does not have – a pulse function! All this for around hundreds less!
And based on these YouTube clips, this product is more than capable of making smooth and chunk free juices…
Like the Vitamix, it also comes equipped with a tamper and with it you can make homemade healthy nut butter using almond…
For a machine that cost less than $200, this machine is a bargain.
Co-founders Alex Podell and Doug Hall started Cleanblend on 2013 inside their San Diego garage with a mission of providing a cheaper alternative to high-priced blenders like Blendtec and Vitamix.
And so far this blender has gotten pretty good reviews in Amazon. And right now they have a special offer when you purchase directly from their site.
Here’s another alternative to the Vitamix, it has a more powerful motor, variable speed, similar sized pitcher and a pulse function lacking in the 5200 and all this at under $200, one of the best bargains in my opinion.
A Nutribullet on Steroids: Nutribullet RX
Previous generation Nutribullet blenders are compact machines capable of only doing one thing – blend smoothies.
This new generation Nutribullet has a little bit more versatility than previous generation variants thanks to the 1,700 watt motor. And the SoupBlaster pitcher that comes along with it.
Make soup with a Nutribullet!
If you’re a soup person and a juice person like me, this is a great option to have thanks to the all-new “Soup Blaster” pitcher that allows you to make soups without having to fiddle with any controls.
In typical Nutribullet fashion, this product does not have multiple controls that other products have on the list here.
It only has one preset control for making hot soup.
In addition to the beefed up motor, the blade design is also upgraded.
Instead of using rounded tip blades, it now uses sharper and sturdier blades that resemble the Vitamix.
Also they’ve increased the capacity of the cups up to 30 ounces which is larger than previous variants.
Here’s how the RX does on making a green smoothie (or juice) using Swiss chard, turmeric, chia seeds, avocado, cucumber and coconut water…
That was impressive with the amount of Swiss chard in it the RX was able to blend it up really smooth.
Take note that this blender will automatically start when you drop in the cup or pitcher on the motor
If you like healthy juices and make your own gourmet soup, this is a great option because of the supped up motor, larger cups and the Soup Blaster pitcher. It’s cheaper than the Vitamix and Cleanblend but the downside is it only comes with a 1 year warranty.
A Note About Juice/Smoothies Extracted From Blenders
Unlike masticating juicers that rotate below 100 rpm, these blenders are like performance race cars where blades spin at excess of 20,000 rpm.
This velocity sucks in a lot of air inside the liquid thus causes oxidation. And you will need to consume immediately. If you’re bring these drinks with you to work or gym make sure to consume it no later than 3 to 4 hours.
Based on experience, depending on what you put inside your juices, it will go bad after that time period.
This is just a warning. You could add stuff like lemon or ginger to extend the shelf life but for maximum nutrition absorption drink as soon as you can.
To Wrap Up
These blenders are some of the best in my opinion at blending fruits and vegetables into a really fine consistency minus the chunks that plague under powered blenders.
If you add enough liquid, you will not need to strain it because it will almost have a juice like consistency with the benefit of the pulp.
You can of course run it through a strainer to remove excess pulp but that’s your call for me it’s either I use a juicer for a pulp free juice or add lots of liquid and enjoy the benefits of the pulp inside my drink.
Either way you’ll enjoy the benefits of a healthy meal in a glass minus the added sugars.