Today everyone knows the health benefits of eating dark green leafy vegetables and using a blender to make kale and spinach, etc. into a smoothie just makes sense. This way you can start your day with a delicious smoothie, knowing that you have just had your portion of daily raw veggies.
Not every blender is made equal and you need a good blender if you want to make smoothies from leafy greens. Many greens have thicker leaves (like kale) and the stalks are even thicker. With a little research you can find the best blender for green smoothies. Here is a list of blenders for you to choose from:
This is a fantastic blender but it is pricey. The Vitamix 5200 is one of the most popular blenders around with two peak horsepower 11.5 amp motor. This means it is powerful enough to blend all those green leaves and other veggies and it will not leave any bits or parts of veggies in the smoothie. Whether it is tough kale leaves or frozen carrots, the Vitamix will pulverize everything into a lovely thick mass. These blenders are not only powerful but they have the famous Vitamix tamper tool that you can use to push down the leaves, etc. of vegetables while the motor is running.
This tool truly takes the frustration out of blending fruits and vegetables especially since leafy greens often get caught above the blades during the process of blending. It also shortens the time so you get your green smoothie faster and gives you more control over the blending process. While the blender is not silent it is pretty quiet for a blender. This Vitamix blender starts at around $450. The warranty is automatically for 7 years with an option for a 3 year extension which is an extra cost
This Blendtec Designer Series incorporates a powerful three peak horsepower 1560 watt motor. This motor is definitely powerful to deal with all those tough green leaves and other vegetables like carrots and peppers. The blender has a single wingtip blade which makes blending a smoothie fast work. It uses speed to pulverize anything put into the blender. It comes with a 7 year warranty and is available between $450 and $500.
JTC OmniBlend V3:
This blender has a three horsepower 950 watt motor. This blender has a six blade assembly and also comes with a tamper tool (see the Vitamix description above). It also has a 7 year warranty. This blender does a great job, giving you nice smoothies with a velvety texture and no bits of vegetables. The price of this blender is considerably less than the Vitamix or the Blendtec at a far more affordable $279. It is a great option if you dont want to fork out almost $500 and does a great job and you will not be disappointed.
This blender is a very affordable $80 and has a 700 watt motor. Most users have given it five stars on Amazon. This comes with other attachments such as a dough hook and paddle so you can use it to make pancake or cake mixtures or even pizza dough. It works on the principle of using short pulses until everything is blended. It comes with a one year warranty. This blender is not as powerful as the other blenders mentioned and while it will liquefy the young leaves of kale and spinach, it will not do a good job of the tougher leaves or blend a raw carrot successfully.
Oster 12 Speed Blender:
This blender is only $35 and some people swear by it. The motor is 450 watt and has an easy toggle control that will make blender easier with its 12 speeds. It comes with stainless steel blades which is why it can blend raw leaves. It also has a pulse feature. The warranty is for one year. For best results you should add extra liquid to the veggies. Some people are very happy with the results of green smoothies using this blender. It has a four star rating on Amazon.
If you are very serious about blending, then it is probably best to buy one of the higher end models. However, if you are just interested and dont want to spend so much, choose one of the two cheaper models and add some water to the mixture before you start blending.