If you love milkshakes then investing in a good quality blender that can whip up your shakes to creamy perfection might be the perfect Kitchen accessory for you. There are is an endless choice of blenders available, so you might be thinking, which one is the best blender for milkshakes?
There are probably a few factors you will want to consider when buying a blender for milkshakes such as; how many people you’ll be blending for, how often do you have milkshakes, and whether you will be using your blending for other things too.
The Best Blender For Milkshakes: The Top 6 Picks
I have tried, tested, and researched some of the most popular blenders around to find the machines that find work best for making milkshakes. For my shortlist below, I have included a range of blenders from budget buys to expensive and pro-grade machines. Here’s are my top 6 favorite blenders for milkshakes.
Want to learn a little more about my top picks? Read on!
Hamilton Beach Pro Milkshake Maker
If you are serious about your milkshakes, but on a budget, then this is the machine for you. This retro Hamilton Beach blender is specifically designed to whip up a mean milkshake, although it is also capable of making protein shakes and even pancake batter.
It features a large 28 oz stainless steel cup that will keep your milkshakes nice and cool for longer. It only has a 100-watt motor but is still powerful enough to blend up your milkshake to perfection.
It also has 2 speeds, a tilt-back head, and a detachable spindle, making it easier to add ingredients or clean.
- Budget friendly
- Hands free
- Not very powerful
Magic Bullet Blender
The Magic Bullet blender is great if you are an ‘on the go’ type of person. It might look like a small blender, but this little fella can chop, mix, blend, grind and whip up the creamiest milkshakes ever.
There are no ‘ON’ buttons or speed settings. All you need to do is fill your ingredients in the cup, twist it on the blade and place it on the power base. Easy as that!
The magic bullet includes blender cups, blades and even a recipe book. And if you find yourself to be in a rush but still want that delicious milkshake, use the cup with the handle and the flip-top lid. No time wasted here!
What’s great about the magic bullet blender is that it’s small enough to not look clumpy in your kitchen. It can easily be stored without taking up too much space and if you are going on holiday but still want your milkshake fix, it’s super easy to take with you.
- Not very powerful
- No settings to control
NutriBullet Rx N17-1001
This is one of the most popular blenders on the market. It’s like the magic bullet but stronger, at 1700 watts. It includes two 30oz cups, one for making cold drinks, like smoothies and milkshakes, and one that is more suited for blending tougher ingredients, perfect if you like nuts in your milkshake.
There is also a 1-litre pitcher that is ideal for blending soups as it is built to withstand hotter temperatures.
Just like the magic bullet, there are no ‘ON’ buttons or speed dials. All you do is twist the cup into place and it’ll start doing its thing. There is also a hands-free setting which makes it that much easier to make your creamy milkshakes.
Your Nutribullet is dishwasher-safe but only on the top rack. It is also very easy to clean by hand and there is also a brush to help you clean around blades.
The NutriBullet is an excellent choice if you are looking for an appliance that is affordable(ish) enough and powerful enough to break through even the toughest of ingredients.
- 1700 watt motor
- No settings to control
Ninja Professional Blender
This Ninja blender is a high-powered tool with an astonishing 1100 watt motor that can blend even the toughest of ingredients. It features 3 speeds, a pulse function and single service functions.
With a large 72 oz pitcher, you can make enough milkshakes to feed all the boys in the yard! You also get individual 16 oz Nutri Ninja cups so you can blend your own smoothie or milkshake and take it on the go!
This is a blender that has immense power and the 6 blades can pulverize ice to snow in just seconds for creamier smoothies, milkshakes and frozen margaritas… ‘cause why not, right?
With great power, sharp blades and large capacity, the Ninja blender isn’t just for making milkshakes. This is a multifunctional blender that can be a very useful tool in your kitchen.
- Family size
- 1100 watt motor
- 2 to go lids
- Crushes ice
- Prone to leaking
Blendtec 575 Blender
Blendtec is a trusted brand and a customer favorite in the blender world. The 575 model boasts a powerful 1575 watt motor and a unique stainless steel blade that is strong enough to pulverize ice and frozen fruit.
There are 4 pre-programmed cycles available, including a smooth program that is perfect for milkshakes. There is a 60-second button that is used for raw food and a 90-second cycle which is for hot soups.
And the great thing with this blender is that you don’t need to chop or slice before blending. With your Blendtec blender, you have full control over the texture and consistency of your milkshake as there is a stop button and a pulse button.
Unlike many blenders out there, you don’t have to keep hold of the button while it blends. This appliance is designed to be hands-free and the preset cycles and countdown timer means you can let it do its thing.
- 1575 watt motor
- ‘Smooth’ programme
- Slightly expensive
Vitamix 5200 Blender
Vitamix is the Rolls Royce of blenders! This bad boy can blend literally everything, from smoothies, to ice, to hot soups and of course, creamy milkshakes. Vitamix is super easy to use and the 10 speeds are easily adjustable with a dial that can be rotated even while your Vitamix is blending.
The self-cleaning 64oz container is large enough to make milkshakes for the whole family and the stainless steel blades are strong enough to grind even the toughest of nuts into the creamiest, nutty butter. Delicious!
Vitamix offers 3 different colors, red, black and white, so you are bound to find one that looks good in your kitchen. You can also upgrade and get the Vitamix blender with individual cups. Ideal for when you are in a hurry and want to take your milkshake on the go.
The only drawback with the Vitamix is the price. It is pretty expensive and you definitely need to save some pennies to get it. Any Vitamix model can cost anywhere between $300-$500, but if you are looking to invest in an appliance that will not need to be replaced any time soon then it might be worth the splurge.
- A massive 5200 watt motor
- The large motor can heat up fast
Features to look out for in a Milkshake blender
Blenders are a great tool that can do a number of things. From chopping to crushing, mixing and pureeing, a blender does it all.
Investing in a good blender is a big commitment so knowing what to look out for will help you decide which one is the best for you.
Blenders can range from 300 to 1000 watts and even more. When buying a blender, you want to consider what you will be blending. The smaller, one-serve blenders tend to have a motor power of less than 300 watts and are ideal if you plan to blend the occasional milkshake for yourself.
Smaller blenders definitely limit what you can blend, so if you are crushing ice or wanting to make nut butter as well as milkshakes, then you will need a more powerful machine.
The more powerful blenders can range between 500 to 1500 watts. Stronger blenders give you more freedom to blend and crush tougher ingredients.
You can also find milkshake makers that can be less than 100 watts. These blenders are specifically designed just to make milkshakes and do not require much power.
Container Material and Size
Blender containers can be found in three different materials: plastic, glass and stainless steel. Blenders with plastic containers tend to be cheaper, lighter and don’t chip really easily.
Glass containers are heavier but they don’t stain easily and are very durable (until you drop one!). They are also really easy to clean.
Stainless steel cups are the most durable but also the most expensive. They withhold the cold for longer which is ideal for milkshakes.
Blenders can range from 1 speed all the way up to 10. Having variable speed in a blender is really useful for a number of reasons. Variable speed puts less strain on the motor as you can start it off slow and gradually bring up the speed.
Variable speed also allows you to blend ingredients that you don’t want to completely puree and you can control how coarse or fine you are blending your ingredients.
What machines right for you?
So, there you have it! But which one is the best blender for milkshakes? Well, that comes down to you really. We absolutely love the Vitamix 5200 ‘cause it blends our milkshakes so well and they come out incredibly creamy. But not everyone might want to spend their hard earned cash on a blender like that, especially if you aren’t planning on using it too often.
If you want a nice blender that can blend some smoothies and milkshakes for you once in a while then Magic Bullet blender is for you. Very affordable, easy to use and very portable.