I’m sure you’ve walked into a Costco and stumbled upon someone giving a demo about a high-powered blender followed by delicious samples of smoothies or even gazpacho. Everything sounded fantastic and you were even ready to put it into your cart until you looked up and discovered that it cost $499.99 or more. Yes, the device would cost you a half a grand.
No one can deny the initial sticker shock, but if you could afford it, it’s not a bad deal because the product is stellar and does almost everything. You can make smoothies, juice, milk, soup, nut butters, dips, ice cream and the list goes on and on. You could probably ditch a lot of your other smaller appliances and just use this one mean machine. But even if it’s a great deal, most people still can’t afford to drop $500 on a new kitchen tool.
If you’ve been eyeing a high-performance blender like Vitamix or Blendtec for awhile and can’t justify the expense, there are some alternate, affordable blenders that can get the job done: Nutribullet, Tribest PB-250 and Hamilton Beach 58148A Power-Elite might be more in line with your budget. Here is an overview of each option:
The Nutribullet is $119.94, plus $19.95 for shipping and handling. If you purchase one soon, you get another one for free. Yes, for free. You just pay $19.95 for shipping and handling on the second one. It brings the price down to $59.97 for each one plus $19.95 for shipping and handling, which isn’t bad for such a great machine.
Most people want to see what the performance is like because ultimately that’s what going to be the deciding factor in making that purchase. I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome. The Nutribullet can output 600 watts of power which is very powerful for such a compact item and it weighs less than four pounds. It created smoothies that were as smooth as its higher-end competitors and the milling blade was equally impressive with grounding nuts and herbs. Using the Nutribullet was pretty easy, too, and it comes with a one-year limited warranty.
I personally liked the single serving size of the Nutribullet. When I used the tall cup, it made more than enough food for my daughter and me. Plus, it’s easy to travel with and lets us stay healthy while vacationing and doesn’t take up too much space in the kitchen when we’re home.
The Tribest PB-250 has a list price of $75, but you can find it online for less than $70. At 200 watts, it can crush ice, make smoothies, grind seeds and grind nuts. While the Nutribullet has only one mode, The Tribest PB-250 has two modes, a one-touch pulse mode and a press down mode for continuous pulsing. Like the Nutribullet, it takes less than a minute to create your recipe. Even though it is less powerful than the Nutribullet in terms of output of wattage, it still does the job. It also comes with a one-year limited warranty.
Similar to the Nutribullet, it weighs less than four pounds, and you can travel with it easily because it’s a personal blender size. The size is so compact that you could pop it into your gym bag and take it with you to work or to the gym with you. It comes with two sizes of containers, eight ounce and 16 ounce.
Hamilton Beach 58148A Power-Elite
This blender is the cheapest of the bunch coming it at $34.99. You can purchase it on Amazon for less than the list price and you get free shipping on any purchase over $35.
Unlike the Nutribullet and Tribest PB-250, this is a blender with 12 blending functions, four blending buttons and up to 700 watts in blending power. Just like any high-end blender, it can create just about anything including smoothies, soup, salsas, purees and much more. It comes with a three-year limited warranty, which makes this blender the best bang for your buck.
Since it’s a standard blender, it’s larger in size than the other two. It weighs closer to eight pounds and comes with a 40 ounce glass jar, which is more than double the size of the other two personal blenders. While it’s as convenient for travel, it’s perfect for those large parties you’re going to have this summer.