Raw Food Blender: Low End Blender Recommendations

One of the questions I get asked all the time is what type of blender do you recommend for new raw food folks?

Raw Food Blender

The truth is that the majority of us can’t afford a Vitamix, or at least not yet.

When I first went raw I certainly didn’t spring for a Vitamix or a Blendtec, and I don’t expect you to either. So what are you supposed to use in the meantime?

My Recommended Low-End Raw Food Blender

From my point of view, you can get by with most types of blenders when you’re first going raw.

You might not be getting the smoothest smoothies, but if you’re willing to let the machine rest between blending you can still make some great green smoothies!

Here is the equivalent of the first blender I used when I first went raw. It’s called the Hamilton Beach WavePower Plus 14-Speed Blender, and is a very basic low end raw food blender.

I used this blender for about 3 years before moving on to another blender. It stayed true, and I kept it clean so it barely rusted.

All blenders have the possibility of defects, so if it doesn’t last you as long you’ve been warned!

raw-food-blender-spout

You might also consider getting a blender with a glass container, since these tend to be a bit more durable.

Just make sure you DON’T get a blender with a spout like this one. I’ve had one of these, and smoothies and sauces can get stuck and they are a pain to wash out!

What to Look for in a Blender

If you want something between the very low-end type blenders and the very high end blenders, here are some points to keep in mind.

  • Look for a glass container or a BPA-free container: it will last longer and is less prone to stains and scratches.
  • For true blending power, go for 350 watts of power. Note that this isn’t the most important thing (it’s not a racecar!) but you want at least a minimum of power.
  • If you want something that’s truly easy to clean you’ll want a blender with removable blades, so you can wipe them clean and they won’t rust. (This isn’t the case for high end blenders, but they tend to be easier to clean overall.)
  • You’ll want to look for different blending speeds, and a pulse mode so you can control how smooth or chunky your food becomes.
  • Make sure the blender has a secured lid, possibly with one of those optional opening covers that you can use to add ingredients mid-blend.
  • One of the most overlooked parts of the blender is a skid-proof base. When you’re blending on a high speed, the base is likely to start sliding across your counter unless you’re holding on tight or you got a blender with a solid foundation.
  • Lastly, be willing to give your new blender a fair try and if it’s not right to return it. You don’t need to spend a lot on a blender to get a good one, but keep in mind that it may not last as long!

High End Raw Food Blender Reviews

If you’ve read any raw food web sites or books, you know that two of the most highly recommended blenders for raw food are the Vitamix and the Blendtec.

Blendtec Raw Food Blender

I often get asked which is better, and whether my decision is influenced by the fact that I’m an affiliate for Vitamix.

Well, are you ready for my shocking answer? It’s a bit anti-climactic, but here goes.

The no-holds-barred honest-to-goodness truth is that they are essentially interchangeable! If you can get your hands on a Blendtec, trust me when I say you will be satisfied with what you make in it.

If you can buy yourself a Vitamix, you will also be equally satisfied since it makes a super smooth mix.

I know everyone has a preference, and I encourage you to just stop the “analysis paralysis,” and if you can afford one of these two high end raw food blenders – just pick one and go for it!

I’m not going to over-analyze these two blenders, since you can get all the information you need from their web sites.

Reader’s Poll…

I want to know! What kind of blender do you use?

Leave a comment below and let us know what brand of blender you use, and whether you’d recommend it or not.

Love, Nathalie