To crush ice you need a blender with a powerful motor and blades to match.
Not all blenders are up for this task. If you put ice into a cheap underperforming blender, expect trouble: the motor will burn out, the blades will become dull or break, or both.
To make ice-cold smoothies and tasty margaritas without ruining your precious machine, take a look at these best personal blenders for crushing ice below.
Which Blender Is Best for Crushing Ice?
- Best for Smoothies: Nutri Ninja BL642
- Best Portable: NutriBullet Rx
- Best Budget: COSORI C700
- Best for Hot Liquids: Vitamix Professional Series 750
- Best for Bulletproof Coffee: Oster Pro 1200
- Best Travel: Ninja Nutri Pro Compact
- Best for Frozen Fruit: Blendtec Total Classic
- Best for Green Smoothies: JAWZ 83515
- Best for Ice Cream: KitchenAid KSB1575CB
The Best Personal Blenders for Ice
Nutri Ninja Personal and Countertop Blender
The Nutri Ninja BL642 is the ultimate answer when it comes to crushing ice.
Hulk With an Electric Cord
This blending monstrosity features a powerful 1,200 watt / 2 HP motor that spins the sharp blade assembly up to 20,000 RPMs.
This, combined with Total Crushing Technology, is more than enough to turn ice into snow and both fresh and frozen ingredients into consistent silky-smooth smoothies.
Unlike the original Hulk which comes in green, the Nutri Ninja comes in a combination of shiny silver and black.
High Capacity Pitcher
The 72 oz BPA free Tritan pitcher has a blending capacity of 64 oz.
You can make up to 8 cups of smoothies at once.
Drink at Home or on the Go
If you don’t have the time to enjoy your glass of your favorite smoothie, take it with you on the road with one of these 3 supplied travel cups:
- 18 oz
- 24 oz
- or 32 oz
Modern-Looking Control Panel With 5 Intelligent Preset Programs
The control panel comes with 5 intelligent preset blending programs (the Ninja’s very own patented Auto-iQ Technology):
- Frozen Drinks / Smoothies
- Ultra Blend
Other buttons include:
- On / off
- Low, medium, and high speed
The timer above the on/off switch shows in how much your smoothie will be ready. It’s a countdown timer for the specified program.
What to Consider
It doesn’t come as a surprise that this 1,200 watt blender is loud.
It’s very tall: 17.5 inches. This may present a problem for people with a small kitchen and storage.
The Creme de la Creme of Ice Crushers
When it comes to crushing ice, the Nutri Ninja wins the race by a longshot. It doesn’t excel only at this, though but at everything you throw at it (or in it, to be precise).
Not satisfied with this Ninja? Then take a look at its brother: the BL660.
NutriBullet Rx Blender
Eat well, lose weight, and live healthy with the NutriBullet Rx. It’s like the original NutriBullet but on steroids.
Ice Crushing 1,700 Watt Motor
There’s nothing the Rx can’t do, including crushing ice. With its 1,700-watt motor and sharp blades, this NutriBullet can turn ice into snow soup.
Instead of searching the control panel for the right button, this nutrition extractor turns on and off automatically.
Convenience at it’s heighest.
Make Soups With This Thing
It’s able to make hot soups in the blink of an eye.
This is a great feature for anyone with a busy lifestyle who can’t afford the time to make a hot soup on the stove.
The Cleaning Is a Breeze
Put some warm soapy water into the container and start the blender. That’s it.
If you’re still not satisfied, put everything (except the motor base, of course) into the dishwasher.
Wide Variety of Cups
Included with the blender are 3 different cups:
- 24 oz
- 30 oz
- 45 oz
With travel lids.
It’s quite loud. One reason is the powerful motor, and the other is the metal gears instead of plastic.
The Most Efficient Nutrition Extractor
Like other NutriBullets, the Rx is a thing of beauty. With its unique look, powerful motor, sharp blades, and many cups, you can make anything from icy margaritas to hot vegetable soups.
Read more about this blender in this in-depth review.
Vitamix Professional Series 750 Blender
The Vitamix professional series 750 (model 1957) is a powerful versatile Cadillac of a blender that not only looks great but delivers amazing results.
2.2 Hp of Unstoppable Raw Blending Power
This ice crusher has a powerful 2.2 Hp (= cca. 1640 watt) high-performance motor capable of turning rock-solid ice cubes and frozen fruit into consistent creamy ice cream.
It spins the blades so fast that it can cook hot soup in under 10 minutes.
Built to Last
The whole blending system: the blades, motor, and drive system are completely metallic.
Feed the Whole Bunch
The 64 oz pitcher can make up to 8 cups in one batch.
What makes this one stand out from the rest is that its low profile: instead of being thin and tall, it’s short and wide. This is great if your kitchen has low space between the overhead cabinets and the counter.
Razor Sharp and Durable Blades
The blade assembly is made from laser-cut stainless steel that’s resistant to dulling, bending, and breaking.
Besides making hot soup, smoothies, and crushing ice, this kitchen tool can grind nuts (including coffee beans), mix batter, knead dough, make dips, sauces, dressings, and baby food.
There’s nothing this blender can’t do.
Easy to Use Control Panel
The control panel has 5 preset programs. You can fine-tune the speed of each with the speed dial.
It doesn’t perform well with small batches. While making a smoothie for one cup, it tends to explode the ingredients all over the pitcher. I had to stop the machine, scrape the fruit down, and start over.
It’s quite expensive. Most decent blenders cost from $100 to $200 but this one costs even more. Whether it’s worth the price, it’s entirely up to you.
It’s loud. Now there’s a shock.
The Cadillac of Blenders
If you consider the price tag, it really is one. But you won’t have to replace it after a few years as this thing will last you a lifetime if you properly use it and care for it. In the end, you’ll decide whether it’s worth spending $100 every few years for a new blender or pay a little extra and be worry-free for the rest of your life.
COSORI 1500W High-Speed Professional Blender for Crushing Ice and Frozen Fruit
If it’s price you’re worried about, then this blender form COSORI has you covered.
Made for Pulverizing Ice
The high-performing 1,500 W motor can turn the razor-sharp 6-blade assembly at 30,000 RPMs, liquefying everything that crosses its path, including tough ingredients like ice, frozen fruit, and nuts.
Drink, Drink, Drink
Make up to 8 cups in its massive 70 oz jug. If you don’t have the time to drink your smoothie in the comfort of your own come, take it with you in the 24 oz travel bottle provided.
Besides the pulse and soup function, there’s only one setting: the speed knob.
Go full blast on it’s max setting, or go low & slow with the twist of the wrist.
Make Everything From Frozen Margaritas to Fondue
The soup program is able to make hot soup or melt cheese for your next fondue party.
Tamper with the Process
If you forgot an ingredient, add it during blending with ease without stopping the machine.
What I Didn’t Like About This Blender
The price reflects its construction. The base is made with light-duty components.
The pitcher is quite tall, a bit taller than I expected.
A Great Addition to the Kitchen That Won’t Break the Bank
It’s hard to justify spending a lot of money on a blender. This is especially true if your budget is tight. While there are many underperforming cheap blenders on the market, this one is an exception.
KitchenAid 5-Speed Diamond Blender (KSB1575CB)
This KitchenAid blender is a retro-looking blender available in a pallet of colors.
Durable High-Capacity Pitcher
The 60 oz pitcher is made from robust BPA-free plastic that’s resistant to scratches, shattering, and stains.
It’s also safe to clean in the dishwasher.
Simple and Elegant Controls
The control panel has 6 preset programs:
- Crush ice
and the pulse function.
Amazing Ice Crushing Power
Despite its 550 watt motor, it handles ice surprisingly well.
Bigger isn’t always better, you know.
It comes with a 5-year limited warranty.
Sturdy Metal Base
The base is made of die-cast metal, making it more sturdy and durable than plastic.
Poor Quality Control
When I tried it for the first time, it died after a few minutes. While I got another one immediately without any complications, it’s still quite an unpleasant experience.
Save the receipt and packaging, and make a few test smoothies to see if yours need a replacement, too.
A Great Looking Blender Worth Every Penny
A nice, retro-style looking blender that packs quite a punch. Even though it may look like it has an underperforming motor, don’t be fooled by the wattage as it can crush ice and pulverize frozen produce with little to no sweat.
Blendtec Total Classic Original Blender
The Blendtec total classic original blender is an American classic with a unique design and a powerful motor capable of turning any ingredient, no matter how solid, into mush.
Be There of Be Square
This one wasn’t there and maybe that’s why it’s foursided instead of round.
Pretty unconventional for a blender, but the unique look makes it stand out.
Unstoppable Blending Power
Ice is no match to the 1560 watt powerful motor which can turn it into snow in mere seconds.
The blades cannot become dull – they are already blunt. This is intentional as the motor spins the blades so much it appears they’re razor-sharp. They’re also thicker than usual blades for increased durability.
See how well it performs at crushing ice:
It Has Proven Itself on Many Occasions
This blender is so popular, reliable, and durable that it has found itself in many known restaurants like:
- Dunkin’ Donuts
- Panera Bread
- Jamba Juice
- Baskin Robbins
- Bahama Bucks
- Planet Smoothie
This is more than enough proof to show you that this blender is professional-grade material.
Ideal for 4 People
Make up to 4 cups or 32 oz in its BPA-free 75 oz jar.
This one is backed up by an amazing 8-year warranty.
Because it’s completely made in the US and not in China, you won’t be needing it.
One-Touch Buttons for Convenient Blending Experience
The Total Blender Classic features 6 preprogrammed cycles:
- Ice Crush
- Hot Soup
- Ice Cream
- Whole Juice
My Experience With This Blender
The first thing I’ve noticed is the size of the jar vs how much you can actually make in it. The jar is 75 oz but you can only make 32 oz. The difference is big.
It’s very loud. Louder than you’d expect. It’s even louder when grinding grains. Thank goodness this doesn’t happen when crushing ice.
The Muscle Car of Blenders
It’s an amazing blender that performed at all tasks which I’ve given it. The smoothies were silky smooth, ice cream had a consistent texture, and the ice turned to dust. I wish they would have done about the noise. Or maybe this was intentional…
Oster Pro 1200 Blender
The Oster Pro 1200 is a professional personal blender food processor combo with exceptional ice crushing power.
Made for Crushing Ice
The 1,200-watt motor is more than powerful to crush ice and other rock-solid ingredients.
The sharp blades spin in both directions. You will never have to worry about the machine jamming.
This particular blender comes with a 40 oz food processor attachment.
Easy to Use Control Panel With Many Settings
The buttons are large enough to find them in the dark and light up when you press them so you don’t push a different program by mistake.
These programs are:
- Green/frozen smoothies
- Food chop/salsa
Wide and Durable Jar
The main jar is 64 oz and made from BPA-free Tritan plastic that’s not only food safe but extremely durable. It’s also dishwasher safe.
The food processor attachment is made from cheap plastic materials and there’s a chance a piece might find its way into the food.
While processing, it tends to shake a lot and you have to place your hand on top to stabilize it.
A Decent Powerful Blender for the Price
While there are other blenders on this list that perform better than this one, the Oster is a darn great blender compared to others with similar specs and price tag. It does an amazing job crushing ice and making smoothies. Just don’t place too much trust into the food processor, though.
JAWZ High Performance Blender
With this much ice crushing power, the JAWS truly deserves its name.
Ultra High Performance
This blender features a commercial-grade motor capable of outputting 3.5 Hp or 2,600 watts of raw ice crushing and blending power.
Durable Tritan Jug
In the food-grade BPA-free jug you can make up to 64 oz of refreshing smoothies. It features a soft-grip handle and a 1.5 oz measuring cap.
It’s also foursided like the Blendtec above.
Variable Speed Control Dial
This particular model features a minimalistic control panel:
- 10-speed control dial
- Pulse button
How This Blender Performs Crushing Ice Against Other Blenders
It struggles blending thick spreads and dips.
Be careful when placing the pitcher into the base as there’s no locking mechanism. If you put it at an angle, it can prematurely wear out.
It’s quite noisy when crushing ice and other tough ingredients.
Nice Blend of Technology and Power
If you’ve seen the video above, you’d know why it’s called JAWZ with all caps. The powerful motor and high-performance blades make this one the perfect ice crusher.
Ninja Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender
The Ninja Nutri Pro Compact is small enough to accompany you on your journey yet big and strong enough to pulverize anything you throw into it.
Travelers Best Friend
Being only 6 x 6 x 14 inches and only weighing 4.80 pounds, you can take it with you on your next business venture, vacation, road trip, etc.
It comes with an 18 oz and 24 oz dishwasher-safe cup with sip and seal lids so you can drink as much or as little as you want.
There’s no buttons, no pulse function, not even a start button.
You just plug the machine in and push down on the cup.
At a glance, it reminds me of NutriBullet.
900 Watts of Raw Blending Power
You’d think a blender this size would be weak and feeble, but you’re mistaken. Even I was surprised at how well it crushed ice and frozen fruit.
See It in Action
Smoothie with ice:
Just the ice:
The first time I started it, I was startled by the noise it made as I haven’t expected it to make such a ruckus.
A Fantastic Travel Blender
This one is the most compact and portable blender on this list. Despite its size, it packs quite a punch and can blend frozen fruit and ice into tasty smoothies with a silky smooth texture.
Not Every Blender Is the Best Personal Blender for Crushing Ice
You just can’t pick the cheapest blender you can find and crush ice with it.
Well, you can technically but it will surely be a one-time thing as you’ll surely damage it beyond repair.
In this regard, I’ve gathered the most commonly asked questions people ask themselves when searching for a blender powerful enough to pulverize ice cubes.
Can You Use a Blender to Crush Ice?
If it’s designed for this, yes. By “designed”, I mean it has a strong enough motor and the right blades.
Cheaper models with underpowered motors have a tendency to overheat and/or even burn out the motor. You also risk dulling or breaking the blades.
But you can get around this: leave the ice (and other frozen ingredients) out of the freezer for about 10 – 15 minutes to soften it up.
How Do I Know if My Blender Can Crush Ice?
One way is to check the manufacturer’s website or the packaging. If it says it’s up to the job, then this is a good sign.
Although this is not always the case. Some specify that you need to add liquid to the mix, thaw the ice before throwing it in, or use a very small amount.
To be 100% sure if it can crush ice with ease, see what other people have to say about this particular model. Read as many reviews as you can find.
Can All Blenders Crush Ice?
By default no. As mentioned earlier, some aren’t designed for this and you can actually break them if you do this.
You can thaw it for about 10 minutes before putting it into the machine but not everyone has the time for this.
How Many Watts Do You Need in a Blender to Crush Ice?
At least 300 watts – this is the absolute minimum. The sweet spot is between 600 – 1,000 watts.
Note that the wattage itself isn’t the only factor you need to consider for blending ice. The blades play an important role, too: not only the sharpness but also the shape and thickness.
For example, the Blendtec above has dull blades by design but excels at crushing ice.
Can a 300 Watt Blender Crush Ice?
Possibly, but I don’t recommend using such a low-wattage blender even though the manufacturer says it can do it.
But if you’re really intent on crushing ice, thaw it on the counter for about 10 minutes so you don’t overheat the motor or damage the blades.
Can a 500w Blender Crush Ice?
Highly more likely than a 300-watt one. Just to be safe: see what the manufacturer and other people have to say about this model.
500 watts is something in between “there’s no way in hell I can do this” and “Ice, you mean this squishy thing over there?”.
Can a 700 Watt Blender Crush Ice?
Now we’re talking! 700 watts is a very high power when it comes to crushing ice.
The ideal wattage is 1,000 and above but some of us can’t afford one.
Will a NutriBullet crush ice?
This depends on the model.
Why? It’s not the wattage (Rx has 1,700w and the Pro 900w) but in the improved overall design.
Can You Crush Ice With a Ninja?
Just like with the NutriBullet, it depends on the model. Some perform this job remarkably well while others not so much.
The same goes for the BL660:
Crush Ice With a Push of a Button
Now that you’ve reached the bottom of this guide, you know exactly which blender crushes ice to the best of its ability and what to look for when searching for the best personal blender for crushing ice.