Best Blender For Acai Bowl 2018
The other day, a casual mid-morning conversation in a juice bar about the best blender for acai bowls quickly turned into a heated argument with one of the guys claiming that it was impossible to fix a decent acai bowl at home without professional grade equipment.
The other guy, who happens to be a close friend, refuted, vehemently trying to prove his case that he was a regular acai bowl user who’d never stepped into a juice bar for breakfast.
Either way, we figured that with Acai Bowls becoming synonymous with breakfast for a large part of the population, this was a great time to put an end to the perpetual conundrum.
Short answer, yes!
It is completely possible to fix a juice-bar styled acai bowl at home and you do not need commercial-grade equipment to make it.
We have been doing it for the past six years, ever since the Brazillian superfood made its way to this side of the world.
But it’s not that we had it sorted from day one. We have had hits and misses with blenders.
Some worked better than the others. Some were gimcracks.
Some conked off after a few weeks of usage and some left large lumps of acai puree and fruit untouched. Gross!
But a few gave us the perfect consistency, runniness and texture that the acai bowl is so famous for.
These are our personal favorites among the many blenders that we have tried.
Blender Classic, with FourSide Jar
Our first pick and the one that proudly rests on our kitchen counter is the Total Blender Classic from Blendtec.
This one is as close as you can get to professional grade equipment for home use. It is an amazing machine capable of producing perfect smoothies and a lot more.
More importantly, it is consistent, durable and not too expensive.
Let’s take a closer look.
The total blender classic is built like a rock. The 3-quart jar is BPA-free Tritan co-polyester while the casing for the motor is industrial-grade plastic. It weighs about 7.5 pounds. So, it stays where you place it. Doesn’t try to run to the edge of the counter when its powered on. Standing 15.5 inches tall and about 8 inches wide, it is reasonably sized and will easily fit under the kitchen cabinet.
There are six soft touch buttons on the control panel that gives you one-touch access to typically used blends. You have smoothie, ice crush, whole juice, batters, Ice cream and hot soup pre-programmed into it making it effortless to get the right consistency and runniness every single time. That’s how we make our acai bowl. Just add the fruits, the acai puree and press the smoothie button. Works like a charm.
Powering the Blendtec Total Blender Classic is a beast of a motor. Its 1560 watts and cranks out up to 3 Horse Power at its peak. That’s comparable to most commercial-grade blenders. Club that with the four sided jar and the cold-forged wingtip blades, anything that goes into it gets shredded to perfection.
Having said that, we personally find it completely worth every buck that we have spent on it! It has worked flawlessly for the past two years. No complaints!
Jamba Appliances 2.4 hp Blender with 64 oz Jar
If you are not too keen on spending close to $300 on a blender, then our #2 pick will be right up your alley. This is the 2.4 HP blender from Jamba appliances that is priced under $200. Don’t let the price tag fool you into believing that this is an entry-level model or something.
At the price point, it has features that rival much higher priced units.
For starters, the 2.4 HP output gives it a max speed of 210mph. That suffices to blend most household food ingredients including frozen fruits, nuts and large chunks of ice. But that’s not all.
Jamba throws in four pre-programmed settings that allow you to sleepwalk into your kitchen and make a smoothie. The consistency and runniness is immaculate. That’s a no-brainer for empty nesters, students or just about anybody that hates greasing their elbows in the morning. Other than the smoothie, there’s whole juice, ice crush and soup.
One of the best features of the Jamba 2.4 HP blender is the infinite speed dial that allows you to adjust the speed of the blades in 10 increments. So, you can choose from bare minimum to blinding fast depending on how thick or how fine you want the blend to be. Sometimes, when blending protein shakes, we prefer a few chunks of fruit rather than them getting shredded fine. All that we have to do is keep the speed dial at the third or fourth setting.
The 2 quart (64 oz.) jar is sufficient to blend enough smoothies for the whole family. It is shatterproof and dishwasher safe. The manufacturers do not advice this mind you. But we have used it in the dishwasher multiple times without any problem whatsoever. The measurement numbers on the jar have not faded away.
The bottom line is that if you are looking for an inexpensive blender to make smoothies, this will work just fine. If you need a powerful blender for specialized tasks, nothing beats our #1 pick, the Blendtec.
Blender By Cleanblend: 3HP 1800-Watt Commercial Blender, Mixer with a 64 ounce BPA Free Container, Stainless steel 8 blade assembly, includes Tamper, smoothie maker, home blender
At first glance, the 3HP blender from Cleanblend seems uncanny. It has a rugged and minimalistic appearance with its rotary dial-styled knob and large buttons. Quite a far cry from the sophisticated bells and whistles loaded blenders of today with digital touchpads and the works.
But once you power it on, the 1800 watt motor kicks in and decimates anything that goes into that jar. If you are looking for a barebones workhorse that can blend, grind and crush, this one is one of your best bets.
Most people shopping for the best blender for acai bowls rarely look beyond the horsepower output and the pre-programmed settings. The ball bearings under the jar, which happen to be one of the most critical components, are rarely mentioned. Cleanblend is one of the few brands in the business that uses stainless steel ball bearings instead of plastic ones. That translates into durability and a longer lifespan for the blender.
The blender has a six blade system configuration that reduces the time needed to absolutely liquefy the ingredients. You’ll be spending a lot less time removing the lid and rechecking the consistency.
Cleanblend throws in a tamper for those specialized tasks like making nut butter that demand a bit of extra HP. Not that the commercial-grade 1800 watt motor doesn’t suffice. But sometimes, while blending really stubborn ingredients, the tamper proves to be a lifesaver. All in all, this is a well-rounded package with some neat features.
The Cleanblend 3HP blender is a decent option with a mid-level price tag and some good features. It doesn’t look half as swanky as the next one in this list of best blenders for acai bowls though.
Blendtec Designer Series Blender, WildSide Jar
Our next pick is the one that we couldn’t afford, the Blendtec Designer Series Blender. This is hands down the best blender for acai bowls in this list.
If you have a large family that can use the extra sized jar and the multiple programmed settings that it has to offer, then there’s no better choice. It does cost a pretty penny, but it completely justifies the price with a laundry list of features and liquefying performance.
The first time that we came across the Designer series from Blendtec was in one of their ‘Will it blend’ videos. One of their sales reps threw in an iPad into the blender and powered it on. It turned into white powdery ash in seconds. That’s what the 1,560-watt direct-drive motor can do. There’s no food item that it won’t be able to liquefy or powder. Period. Apart from blending, it can juice, mix, grind and surprise surprise, make lattes.
Like most of Blendtec’s models, the designer series is a stunner. It has a clean and streamlined design with the large four-sided jar occupying the bulk of it. It fits easily on to the base and makes pouring the contents effortless. The buttons on the touchpad have been replaced with icons that take some getting used to when you are new to it. A quick peep at the user guide should help you get going. The citrus icon stands for whole juice for example. It does weigh 8 pounds, but at 15 inches tall, it is reasonably sized and will fit in under the cabinet pretty easily unlike some of the other models in this price bracket, like the Ninja.
The Blendtec Designer Series is crammed to the brim with features. The most notable one is the illuminated sensor pad for speed control. Just slide your finger over the sensor pad to adjust the blend speed which is indicated in the number of illuminated circles. Talk about getting hands-off access to your smoothies. Not to mention that it looks insanely cool. An in-built heat control mechanism automatically shuts off the blender if it overheats. Also, there’s a self-adjusting speed setting where the blender automatically detects the contents and adjusts the speed according to it. (You can manually override this)
Vitamix 5300 Blender
Last but not the least, we have the Vitamix 5300, which needs no introduction. This widely popular blender from Vitamix is part of their legacy C-Series range that has been around for more than a decade now.
Despite that, it can easily hold its ground when pitted against the new generation models like the Vitamix 7500. We know, that might raise a few eyebrows. But apart from the acoustics, (the new generation models are approximately 40% queiter), there’s nothing much to differentiate between the two.
At the current price point, the Vitamix 5300 is an absolute steal.
The new 5300 or the refurbished one, as Vitamix prefers to call it, features an upgraded classic C-series motor that can crank out up to 2.2 HP peak horse power. That falls short of the 3 HP that some of the models in this list can produce. But club that with the laser-cut, stainless steel hammermill and cutting blades and it can easily tackle most of the things you throw at it. The motor does not overheat even when run at peak speed continually. Smoothies are consistently good. So are nut butters. No chunks or lumps of unblended food.
The 5300 retains the classic design with the largish base and the old-school rotary control dials. While this may lack the sophistication that most new generation models offer, it still works best for people who hate fiddling with sensors and soft touch pads. Just adjust the dial to get the right consistency for your food.
Personally, we’d prefer the Blendtec Designer Series or the Blendtec classic any day over the Vitamix due to the upgraded design (we are suckers for flashy lights and soft touch pads) and the ease of use (pre-programmed smoothies).
Do you have your personal favorite blender for acai bowls? We’d love to hear from you. Do write in to us or give us a holler in the comments.