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Best Powerful Blenders under $50

The under $50 blenders do not come with all those fan­cy bells-and-whis­tles that are typ­i­cal for high-end machines. They will not cook soup or sim­i­lar but do a great job with blend­ing for those who only make fruit smooth­ies and need the blender for light-duty kitchen tasks. These bud­get gad­gets are also could be an attrac­tive gift, espe­cial­ly for blender begin­ner users. Although this cheap and sim­ple machine will not last for many years they are so cheap and if they die after the war­ran­ty it will not be big trouble.

How the Ratings were Assigned

We select­ed the most pop­u­lar blenders on Ama­zon, Wal­mart, Bed Bath, and Beyond from the Oster, Hamil­ton­Beach, Black and Deck­er, Bel­la, VonChef, Proc­tor-Silex, and FARBERWARE brands. Then we select­ed the brands that pro­duce the best selec­tion and vari­ety of blenders with a motor not low­er than 450 watts.

How­ev­er, select­ing the best blenders under $50 is not real­ly an easy task. The prob­lem is that most of them equipped with almost iden­ti­cal tech­ni­cal para­me­ters that influ­ence the per­for­mance of machines — the motor pow­er and con­struc­tion, design of jar, the design of blades, and motor to blade cou­pling. They are also designed to per­form a sim­i­lar range of light-duty tasks and only dif­fer only by col­ors, the shape of the base unit, and the design of the con­trol pan­el. So, we decid­ed to rate not the indi­vid­ual blenders but the best brands — Oster, Hamil­ton Beach, Black + Deck­er — with a good selec­tion of machines with­in the brands. And allow a con­sumer to choose the most attrac­tive to them inte­ri­or design among the sim­i­lar machine with­in the brand.

#1 Oster Blenders

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The Oster man­u­fac­tures a very large selec­tion of blenders under $50. This mul­ti­tude could eas­i­ly con­fuse any con­sumer. In fact, all these machines could be bro­ken down into two cat­e­gories — 1000 watts motor and 700 watts motor. How­ev­er, some machines indi­cate 450 watts pow­er but in fact, they are 700 watts pow­er at peak and 450 of effec­tive pow­er per­for­mance. It is all about how Oster presents this tech­ni­cal para­me­ter. If most man­u­fac­tur­ers indi­cate only at a peak pow­er of their blenders but Oster usu­al­ly spec­i­fy both at peak and effec­tive pow­er. So the 1000 watts mean the at peak per­for­mance and 600 watts of the effec­tive pow­er of the same motor, while those that have 700 watts at peak per­for­mance cor­re­spond to 450 effec­tive power.

So all basic Oster blenders under $50 come with 1000 at peak (600 effec­tive) watts and 700 at peak (450 effec­tive) watts pow­er motor and some include extra attach­ments such as the sin­gle-serve cup or food pro­cess­ing accessories.

Func­tion­al­i­ty and Con­trol Panel

The con­trol pan­els dif­fer between blenders huge­ly from the clas­sic Oster Bee­hive gad­get design with only 2 speeds to the 16 speed in some mod­el. In fact, for such a basic blender and rel­a­tive­ly low pow­er motor, there is no room for such vari­a­tions of speed and they are most­ly designed for mar­ket­ing pur­pos­es. The real func­tion­al­i­ty will nev­er exceed 2–4 speeds in total and the oth­er but­tons more or less just a fan­cy fea­ture that func­tions the same way as all oth­er but­tons and presents on the con­trol pan­el just for mar­ket­ing purposes.

So, all the Oster blender can out­put the fol­low­ing range of functions:

  • Make smooth­ies from soft, hard, and leafy ingre­di­ents. The drinks do not come out per­fect­ly smooth as with the high-end machines but if the user runs the process for at least 2 min­utes the qual­i­ty of out­put will be close to smooth. Anoth­er fact the user should remem­ber when using these basic blenders, that they will require to stop it a few times dur­ing pro­cess­ing for shak­ing the jar or mix­ing ingre­di­ents man­u­al­ly with the spat­u­la. Espe­cial­ly this valid for the pro­tein shake and the drinks made from large pieces of food.
  • Crush ice and frozen ingre­di­ents in the drinks fair­ly well if the user puls­es it ini­tial­ly to break the ice first, then use the con­stant high speed for 20–30 sec­onds to bring it to the homog­e­nized con­sis­ten­cy. The blenders are also capa­ble of shav­ing pure ice cubes into nice tex­tured snow but han­dle usu­al­ly not more than 5–6 cubes at once. How­ev­er, those machines with 1000 (600) watts pow­er han­dle more than 5–6 cubes at once and process them much eas­i­er than 700 (450) watts gadgets.
  • All Oster blenders with glass jars are per­fect for pro­cess­ing hot liq­uids and homog­e­nize them with­out pri­or cool­ing. They will puree hot ingre­di­ents for soup or process bul­let­proof cof­fee. While the Oster Sim­ple Blend 100 10-Speed Blender with plas­tic is not suit­able for this task.
  • Per­form light food prep tasks such as mak­ing sal­sa, sal­ad dress­ings, and mari­nades, chop­ping nuts, veg­gies for coleslaw, grat­ing cheese, or cooked meat. All blenders are equipped with a pulse and low-speed func­tions which are nec­es­sary for this kind of task.
  • Puree cooked veg­eta­bles for dips, spreads, and pesto but with enough liq­uid added and man­u­al mix­ing the ingredients.
  • Grind herbs, cof­fee beans, or mill soft grains like oats.

Con­tain­ers and blades

Oster blenders equipped with qual­i­ty shat­ter and tem­per­a­ture proofed 48 oz. boro glass con­tain­ers. Only the Oster Sim­ple Blend 100 10-Speed Blender comes in a plas­tic con­tain­er and thus it is the cheap­est blender in our selec­tion con­sid­er­ing that it also comes with a sin­gle-serve bul­let attachment.

The Oster machines come with remov­able high-qual­i­ty stain­less steel blades and all-met­al assem­bly includ­ing shaft, gear, and dri­ve sock­et. It has a plas­tic col­lar cup but good qual­i­ty and does not have con­tact with the food. Thus the Oster machines are tru­ly the very durable machine.

Since the blade assem­bly is not nec­es­sary to remove after each use and it is sup­posed to be dis­as­sem­bled com­plete­ly only for a thor­ough clean­ing, these machines are very easy to use and clean. More­over, all remov­able gad­get parts are dish­wash­er safe or may be cleaned by hands.

War­ran­ty and Cus­tomer Service

All Oster blenders come with a good 3 years lim­it­ed war­ran­ty for all part and 10 years war­ran­ty for an all-met­al dri­ve and motor. Oster Cus­tomers’ ser­vice has a very good rep­u­ta­tion. There is a 30-day return policy.

Weak points – the machines trav­el and vibrate dur­ing blend­ing; the 700(450) watts blenders have rather inse­cure lids which are made from very pli­able and thin rub­ber, while 1000(600) watts machines come with good qual­i­ty lids.

BlenderPow­er# of SpeedsCon­tain­erExtra Attach­ments
Oster BRLY07‑B 600-watt1000(600) watts748oz. (6 cups) GlassNo
Oster BPCT02-BA0-000 Bee­hive Blender1000(600) watts248oz. (6 cups) GlassNo
Oster Core 16-Speed Blender (6878)700(450) watts1648oz. (6 cups) GlassFood proces­sor
Oster 12-Speed Blender (6811/6812/6844)700(450) watts1248oz. (6 cups) GlassCom­pat­i­ble with mason jars
Oster Sim­ple Blend 100 10-Speed Blender (6640/6706)700(450) watts1048oz. (6 cups) PlasticSin­gle-serve cup option
Oster 6647 10-Speed Blender700(450) watts1048oz. (6 cups) Glassno
Oster Blend 8‑Speed Blender (BCCG08)700(450) watts848oz. (6 cups) GlassFood proces­sor option

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#2 Hamilton Beach Blenders

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Hamil­ton Beach is well known for man­u­fac­tur­ing bud­get qual­i­ty blenders with an aver­age price of $25-$33.The major­i­ty of our best selec­tion Hamil­ton Beach Blenders equipped with 700 watts and an HB 52400 mod­el with 650 watts at peak motors what is more than enough for a low-priced machine.

Func­tion­al­i­ty and Con­trol Panel

Hamil­ton Beach has no inten­tion to impress con­sumers with fan­cy con­trol pan­el and equip them with 1 to 6 speeds and pulse func­tion. This reflects the true speed capac­i­ty of this kind of 700 watts machines designed to per­form only light-duty tasks. So the typ­i­cal bud­get Hamil­ton Beach blender must be capa­ble of accom­plish­ing the fol­low­ing functions:

  • Make rea­son­able qual­i­ty smooth­ies from soft and hard ingre­di­ents includ­ing leafy greens. The out­put will be slight­ly grainy but per­fect­ly drink­able and decent for the bud­get blender. The green smooth­ies will be although a bit grit­ty but drink­able with the straw. How­ev­er, the hard ingre­di­ents will require man­u­al mix­ing and scrape walls to push them into a vor­tex. Pro­tein shakes may require more stir­ring but it mix­es them well at the end.
  • Process ice and frozen ingre­di­ents well enough but only with liq­uid added. Even with man­u­al stir­ring, these machines will leave some chunks of unprocessed ice or frozen fruits. They are not able to make snow cones, frozen desserts, or shave ice into slush.
  • Process hot liq­uids. It is per­fect­ly capa­ble of puree­ing any hot veg­gies for soup or pro­duc­ing bul­let­proof coffee.
  • Chop food for prepar­ing dif­fer­ent recipes like sal­sa, sal­ad dress­ings, sauces, and mari­nades. The machines are even able to pro­duce pesto, var­i­ous dips, and spreads. The units are very good at chop­ping veg­gies, nuts, and oth­er ingredients.
  • Grind cof­fee, herbs, and mill soft grains like oats, espe­cial­ly mod­els with food proces­sor attachment.

Con­tain­er and blades

The major­i­ty of Hamil­ton Beach gad­gets come with a qual­i­ty shat­ter and tem­per­a­ture resis­tance 40 oz. glass con­tain­ers. While the HB (52400) mod­el with high-qual­i­ty Tri­tan copoly­ester 32 oz. con­tain­er. The (58149), (58161), and (52400) Hamil­ton Beach mod­els come with sin­gle-serve bul­let cup or sim­ple food proces­sor attach­ments. Although these attach­ments are quite prim­i­tive they slight­ly expand the func­tion­al­i­ty of units.

All units are equipped with remov­able for easy clean­ing but designed not to be dis­as­sem­bled after each use. That makes the units very easy to use and requires min­i­mum efforts to set up them for running.

The blades are made of stain­less steel blades and the assem­bly includ­ing the blade shaft, the dri­ve gear, and dri­ve sock­et made of plas­tic or rub­ber. This makes machines not very sol­id and durable. 

War­ran­ty and Cus­tomer Service

All Hamil­ton Beach blenders come with 3 years lim­it­ed war­ran­ty that is quite good for such a cheap gad­get. The HB also is known for help­ful cus­tomer ser­vice. 

Weak points – the motor to blade con­nec­tion is plas­tic, short (2 feet), the blender is not designed to han­dle ice well.

BlenderPow­er# of SpeedsCon­tain­erExtra Attach­ments
Hamil­ton Beach Pow­er Elite Blender (58148A/58149)700 watts

4 speeds

2 pulse

40oz. GlassChop­per option
Hamil­ton Beach Wave Crush­er Blender (54221)700 watts6 speeds 2 pulses40oz. GlassCom­pat­i­ble with mason jars
Hamil­ton Beach Blender (56206)700 watts

3 pre­sets

1 pulse

40oz. GlassNo
Hamil­ton Beach Wave Crush­er Blender (58161)700 watts

4 speeds

2 pulse

40oz. Glass20 oz. sin­gle-serve cup
Hamil­ton Beach Blender (52400)650 watts

1 speed

1 pulse

32oz. Tri­tan16 oz. sin­gle cup/chopper

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#3 BLACK+DECKER Blenders

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The Black + Deck­er is also famous for pro­duc­ing inex­pen­sive blender for under $50. These machines are equipped with 450 watts, 550 watts, and 700 watts at peak motor pow­er and out­put less noise than oth­er com­pa­ra­ble blenders on the mar­ket. The prices for them are direct­ly cor­re­lat­ed with the pow­er of the motor. 

Func­tion­al­i­ty and Con­trol Panel

Black + Deck­er machine equipped with gen­er­ous 4 to 12 speeds and pulse func­tion options. How­ev­er, the same as with anoth­er bud­get blender these speeds are almost use­less and show lit­tle real RPMs dif­fer­ence. The pulse mode with low and high speeds are just enough to do most of the job. So, a typ­i­cal Black + Deck­er machine is designed to accom­plish the fol­low­ing functions:

  • Able to process soft, hard, and leafy ingre­di­ents into slight­ly tex­tured con­sis­ten­cy with some chunks. The food should be cut into small­er sizes of 1–1.5 inch­es for easy blend­ing. Oth­er­wise, the user needs to stop the machine a few times for shak­ing the jar or man­u­al mix­ing the ingre­di­ents with a spat­u­la. The large pieces are hard to push into a vor­tex. The whole flaxseed, sesame seeds, and nuts are also not ful­ly pul­ver­ized. There are will be some small unprocessed residues left in the drink.
  • Process frozen ingre­di­ents and ice cubes were only bro­ken into a size of 1–1.5 inch­es and with enough liq­uid added. The large pieces of frozen fruits and ice are nev­er involved in a vor­tex and tend to jam around the blades. They will need a lot of stir­ring effort to be blend­ed. Shav­ing ice is also beyond the capa­bil­i­ty of these machines.
  • Han­dle eas­i­ly hot liq­uids. Suit­able for pro­cess­ing build and baked veg­gies with­out cool­ing and for mak­ing bul­let­proof coffee.
  • Chop to pre­pare sal­sas, sauces, and dress­ings, whip and mix ingre­di­ents for baked goods grind hard cheese or cooked meat. They will also be able to pre­pare some spreads with enough liq­uid added.
  • Not good at grind­ing cof­fee beans, herbs, or grains but can pow­der them with some efforts. 

Con­tain­er and blades

All Black & Deck­er blenders come with 48 oz. or 42 oz. shat­ter and tem­per­a­ture proofed glass con­tain­ers. The BL1820/BL1821 Fusion­Blade mod­els come with an extra 20 oz. poly­car­bon­ate bul­let cup for blend­ing and tak­ing a drink out in the same container.

All Black & Deck­er gad­gets are equipped with a remov­able blade assem­bly. The blades are stain­less steel with a plas­tic base and screw­ing col­lar. The built-in gas­ket makes the assem­bly very easy to remove for thor­ough clean­ing. How­ev­er, the machines come with plas­tic and rub­ber blade to a motor cou­pling that makes the sys­tem togeth­er with plas­tic col­lar very frag­ile and not durable.

The machines are very easy to assem­ble for run­ning and cleaning.

War­ran­ty and Cus­tomer Service

All Black & Deck­er machine comes with 2 years Lim­it­ed war­ran­ty which reflects the dura­bil­i­ty of these gad­gets. Cus­tomer ser­vice is help­ful and has a good rep­u­ta­tion for solv­ing the issues with their products.

Weak point — a frag­ile blade assem­bly plas­tic col­lar; non-durable plas­tic blade to motor cou­pling sys­tem and plas­tic blade assem­bly base.

BlenderPow­er# of SpeedsCon­tain­erExtra Attach­ments
BLACK+DECKER BL1820/BL1821 Fusion­Blade Dig­i­tal Blender700 watts

4 speeds

2 pulse

48oz. Glass20 oz. Sin­gle-serve cup
BLACK+DECKER BL1110/BL1111 Fusion­Blade Blender550 watts

12speeds

1 pulse

48oz. GlassNo
BLACK+DECKER BL2010BG Blender550 watts

10 speeds

1 pulse

48oz. GlassNo
BLACK+DECKER BL1130 Fusion­Blade Blender550 watts

12 speeds

1 pulse

48oz. GlassNo

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Summary

The Oster machines are no doubt lead­ers among these inex­pen­sive blenders. They eas­i­ly han­dle all ice crush­ing tasks. While the Hamil­ton Beach and Black + Deck­er blenders are strug­gling when per­form­ing the ice-relat­ed job. The Oster machines are even able to shave ice to pro­duce a vari­ety of frozen treats. The Osters are also the best-con­struct­ed machines with all-met­al blade assem­bly and motor to blades cou­pling. Thus show the best dura­bil­i­ty com­pare to the Hamil­ton Beach and Black + Deck­er units. The Hamil­ton Beach is slight­ly bet­ter built and more durable than Black + Decker’s units.

How­ev­er, the Black + Deck­ers pro­duce less noise among the blenders in the price range of under $50. The Oster prob­a­bly the nois­i­est unit in our selection.

So, the cus­tomers who are look­ing for a well-built and durable bud­get blender but pre­fer the one with a sin­gle-serve attach­ment should select among the Hamil­ton Beach machines. And those who are look­ing for the qui­etest blender will be bet­ter off with the Black + Deck­er brand.

Check the Best Blender for Smooth­ies and More arti­cle for more options.

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