Which home blenders create great frozen concoctions?

Consumer Reports tested nearly 70 full-sized home-type blenders and found not all of them are up to the task of making perfect frosty beverages.
Consumer Reports tested nearly 70 full-sized home-type blenders and found not all of them are up to the task of making perfect frosty beverages.

SAN ANTONIO – If summertime means party time at your house, it's time to break out the blender.

A good blender is one that can handle crushing a lot of ice for margaritas and other frozen concoctions.

Consumer Reports tested nearly 70 full-sized home-type blenders and found not all of them are up to the task of making perfect frosty beverages.   

"Only a handful actually aced the tests for the icy drinks," said Perry Santanachote, of Consumer Reports.

Consumer Reports tested each blender with a batch of nonalcoholic pina coladas, checking for smooth consistency.

"We're also testing how well a blender crushes ice without the help of water or using the pulse button," Santanachote said.

Vitamix's Professional Series 750 has held top ratings for a long time, but it's pricey at $650.

For $100, Consumer Reports said to consider the Ninja Professional, which blended a nice icy drink and crushed the ice test.


About the Author:

As a consumer reporter, Marilyn is all about helping people stay safe and save a buck. Since coming to KSAT in 1985, she’s covered everything from crime to politics, winning awards for her coverage of the Mexican Mafia, Oklahoma tornadoes, children’s transplants, an investigation into voting irregularities and even a hit-and-run Santa Claus.