The Kitchenaid, Oster, Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart, and Waring are the manufacturers known to produce blenders with a glass or stainless steel jars. Most of these machines come with motor power below 450 watts. That is rather low for the demand of modern lifestyle consumer. Since the glass material is fragile and there is no proved technology to produce shatterproof glass jar able to endure high loads the high-end blenders deliver. It is a challenge to find a truly powerful and versatile blender with a glass container. The consumer must make a tough choice between the power of the blender and an ecology of the glass jar.
In the past, even such industry veteran as Vitamix produced all its machines with the metal pitcher. Now, most of the high power blenders come with Eastman Tritan copolyester (premium polycarbonate) pitchers. Whereas a few health conscious and allergic to plastic consumers are in search of a non-plastic jar blender with functionality comparable to top end blenders.
This article will try to solve this challenging task. And offer a list of the blenders that are able to deliver a heavy duty job and at the same time comply with the requirements of most health-conscious consumers. We keep in mind that the health-conscious consumers are looking not simply for the blender with a glass jar. But also for the all-metal blades mounting what will guarantee no food contact with the plastic during processing.
Table of Contents
- 1 How Research Was Done and the Ratings Were Attributed
- 2 #1 Oster Pro 1200 Blender – Number One Glass Jar Blender
- 3 #2 Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean Blender – Second Best Option for the Glass Jar Blender
- 4 #3 Magimix 11610 Blender- The Best Glass Jar Blender for Europe
- 5 #4 Decen Blender (Aicok brand) – The Best Budget Option for Glass Jar Blender
- 6 #5 Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender – The Best Glass Jar Blender for Crushing Ice
- 7 Summary
How Research Was Done and the Ratings Were Attributed
In our hunt for the right type of gadget, we selected a list of 14 blenders with glass or stainless steel (Waring) jar and power of 700 watts and over. Our list included Cuisinart, Kitchenaid, Electrolux, Oster, Black & Decker, Frigidaire, Omega and Waring machines.
To shortlist the best nominees, we applied a list of following criteria to the gadgets – blade assembly, motor power and rpm, functionality and performance, price, control panel and speeds, warranty and customer service, consumer, ratings, and a number of reviews. After thorough research of the manufacturer’s product manuals on selected machines, it became clear that only 5 blenders passed the all-metal blade assembly criteria – two Oster models, Tribest, Magimix (European brand that is not available in the USA), and Decen blender. This criterion is the most important one in our research as it ensures the food placed in the blender will not contact the plastic material while processing. Whilst majority of glass jar machines come with plastic blade couplings.
Assessing the rest of our criteria against our shortlist turned out to be an easy job, as we had a chance to test all of the blenders in our shortlist. It must be mentioned, two Waring models (Waring 700S and Waring Commercial BB900G) that come with the metal/glass jars and all-metal blade dropped out from our shortlist because they have such a low motor wattage that they do not have enough power to crush ice or pulverizing hard or leafy vegetables.
Here are the short reviews on the best powerful blenders with a glass jar, after the rest of our criteria were applied. And we believe, our selection below is the most comprehensive what exists on the market.
#1 Oster Pro 1200 Blender – Number One Glass Jar Blender
This popular glass jar blender is actually the most powerful with the best performance against most of the selected criteria/parameters. The machine comes with an impressive 1200 watt (1.6HP) at peak motor that delivers the effective power of 900 watts and 19,000 rpm. With an all-metal drive connection, this gadget is very durable and is likely to serve their customers for many years. It has a heavy and very stable base and quite a sleek, modern look.
Control panel: The blender control panel is equipped with 7 speeds – the low, medium, high speeds, pulsing mode and 3 pre-set programs for a smoothie, crushing ice and chopping – and this allows good control over the blending job.
Container, blades: It comes with a stress and temperature resistant silicate glass 6 cups (48 ounces) pitcher. The glass pitcher and the all-metal blade mounting ensures that the food has no contact with plastic when blending and thus will satisfy most of the strict requirements of health-conscious people who are looking for a non-plastic jar blender. This machine does not include a tamper to help with pushing the food down to the vortex, and this is probably the only downside of this blender.
Functionality: Oster Pro 1200 is quite versatile and performs many tasks very well. It makes an almost perfectly smooth drink from soft fruits, decent frozen and green smoothies, chops food and makes a number of different salsas, mixes and salad dressing recipes. It is also able to make decent frozen desserts. And, most importantly, although with a great effort but it is able to make nut butter. This machine does not have enough power to heat liquid or mill quality flour. But it will grind herbs, nuts, and other softer ingredients.
Warranty: The gadget comes with a good 3-year limited warranty for blender parts and a 10-year limited warranty for the all-metal motor and drive connections.
Summary: No doubt this machine came out to be number one as the best powerful blenders with a glass jar. It has very decent functionality and, most importantly, it comes at a very reasonable price.
Read the full Oster Pro 1200 review here.
Amazon rating – 3.9 with nearly 2300 consumer reviews.
#2 Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean Blender – Second Best Option for the Glass Jar Blender
This model is actually an upgrade to Tribest DB-850 the initial brand attempt to produce all non-plastic blender. The newer DB-950 model has the same as the DB-850 version, a fairly powerful 1.1HP (820 watts) motor and able to attain a 23000rpm.
Container, blades: The Tribest DB-850 gadget had the problem that the majority of glass jar blenders have – it is equipped with a glass jar, but has plastic blade mounting. This DB-950 Dynablend Clean model comes with a successfully resolved blade mounting issue and it has a total glass container with silicone sealing gasket and all-metal blade and coupling. It comes with (64 ounces) 1800ml thick heavy-duty glass pitcher and includes a metal scoop that has the role of tamper and can be used for pushing or stirring thick ingredients during blending or as a measuring scoop.
Motor: This machine has the same as the 850 version, a reasonably powerful 1.1HP (820 watts) motor and delivers at the highest speed a sizable 23000rpm.
Control panel: Its control panel has 5 variable speeds and two pre-set programs – 30 seconds pulsing mode and 60 seconds high-speed blending mode. That allows enough control to the user to perform many blending tasks.
Functionality: This gadget usually makes a very decent quality smoothie, although sometimes it is a little textured. It handles frozen ingredients well, or ice cubes, when using blending at the high-speed 60-second cycle. The machine will chop different vegetables well, and nuts using the pre-set pulse mode or variable speeds. It will do a decent herb grinding job, but milling grains is a bit challenging for this gadget. This machine does not deliver enough speed to heat soup from friction. With considerable effort, this machine is able to make nut butter, but you will have to run 8-10 high-speed cycles to achieve a smooth consistency. Overall, it is able to perform a wide range of blending tasks with good quality.
Warranty: Most importantly, this blender is backed by the highest 10-year warranty that means that the manufacturer stands by the product and its durability.
Summary: In general, this is a decent blender that is powerful enough to make decent smoothies, crush ice and produce other quality blending tasks. However, this machine has one drawback: It is still a bit pricey.
Amazon rating – 3.4 with over 30 customer reviews.
#3 Magimix 11610 Blender- The Best Glass Jar Blender for Europe
(Only available for European consumers)
This blender produced in France and currently available only to European consumers. It comes with powerful 1200 watt at peak motor and operational power of around 600 watts.
Control panel: This machine control panel has 4 variable speeds, 4 pre-set programs (ice, smoothie, soup, and desserts) and pulse mode. The variable speed delivers amplitude ranging from 600 rpm at lowest to 15000 rpm at highest speed.
Container, blades: Magimix 11610 comes with 1800ml (64 oz.) heat and cold resistant borosilicate glass jar. It includes a very convenient tamper that allows for stirring stubborn ingredients during blending for effortless processing. Most important, it has all-metal blade assembly that ensures no food contacting plastic during blending.
Functionality: This machine makes very good quality smoothies from soft fruits and leafy vegetables. It process well ice and frozen ingredients and its user manual include few recipes for frozen desserts. This machine comes with additional grinding ball and blade assembly, so it is able to grind herbs or chop nuts quite well. This Magimix blender will not heat liquid from friction but makes pancake batter. It is also possible to expand its versatility by buying additional food processing attachment compatible with this blender.
Warranty: Magimix 11610 Blender comes with a reasonable 3 years warranty. The producer has a good reputation as it well-known in Europe for the popular Food Processors product lines.
Summary: Overall, it is a very sturdy and versatile gadget with all metal and glass jar and blade assembly. It is priced and performs very similar to Tribest blender. So European health-aware consumers when choosing between those two blenders may base their decision on brand loyalty or design preferences.
Amazon UK rating – 4.6 with nearly 400 consumer reviews.
#4 Decen Blender (Aicok brand) – The Best Budget Option for Glass Jar Blender
The Decen BL-126C blender was release at the beginning of 2018. It is marketed by Aicok (trademark registered in 2016), which owned by Changchun Chengji Technology CO., LTD. The gadget equipped with powerful 1000 watts motor and a stainless steel housing and exterior similar to Oster 1200 Pro.
Control panel: The control panel is equipped with 5 speeds, Ice, Smoothies and Pulse pre-set programs and on/off buttons that give the user enough control over the blending process. It is very easy to use, after the jar installation and locking, the control panel blue line starts to flash with blue light and indicates that it ready to operate.
Container, blades: The machine comes with removable all-metal and titanium plated 6-prongs blades. The blades are very sharp and their design was copied from the Oster 1200 pro blender blades. Despite this fact, blade system is a good quality, blades are extremely sharp and remain sharp through its use. The 64 oz. (1800 ml) jar is made of durable heat-resistant borosilicate glass 64 OZ glass. The jar is graduated with ml, cups, pints, and ounces.
Functionality: It makes impressive smoothies, turns ice into perfect snow and able to blend ice cream and ice drinks like margaritas, daiquiris and other. The machine can blend dressing, puree, dip/salsa and chop vegetables.
Warranty: The Decen BL-126C comes with two-year warranty and lifetime technical consultation, the customer service is available only via email and must reply within 24hours.
Summary: Overall, it is good value for money blender. It produces good quality drink and performs a range of other functions. It has a strong motor that equipped with heat protection technology but barely warms up during use. Good bonus, it is not noisy. The only drawbacks, it is a newly released machine and thus hard to gauge its durability. It also manufactured by the unknown manufacture and nobody knows how long it will stay on the market and whether it will serve the promised warranty.
Amazon rating – 3.8 with 10 consumer reviews.
#5 Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender – The Best Glass Jar Blender for Crushing Ice
This machine very popular with the fans of frozen ingredients smoothies as it designed to crush ice well. It comes with powerful enough 1000 at peak watt motor that outputs effective 600 watts when working continuously or crushing ice.
Container, blades: Most important, this Oster model satisfies no plastic inside of pitcher requirement. It has all metal blade and mounting assembly and has very well built the durable motor. It comes with a solid and stable unit base that does not travel over the counter when working.
Control panel: This machine has low, medium, high speeds, low pulse, and high pulse modes and two pre-set programs for making frozen drinks and chopping ingredients that allow fairly decent control over blending.
Container, blades: It comes with a 6-Cup (48 oz.) Boroclass silicate Glass jar. The glass is stress and temperature resistant and shatters proof. This machine has no tamper and will require you to stop and to stir sometimes.
Functionality: Oster Reverse Crush blender has limited functionality and is designed to handle frozen ingredients. Still, it is possible to make a fairly smooth smoothie, with some effort. If you use hard ingredients, it will probably have to be run on more than one cycle on pre-sets, or 2-3 minutes on high speed. It will chop vegetables fairly well and can produce salsa or salad dressings. This machine has limited grinding abilities, and it will not make nut butter.
Warranty: As the majority of Oster blenders do, it comes with a 3-year machine limited warranty and a 10-year limited warranty for its motor parts.
Summary: Generally, this gadget performs very well for limited tasks such as smoothies and making and crushing ice. It will do other jobs to various degree of perfection. However, this machine has a very attractive price of around $60.
Amazon rating – 4.0 with over 2,000 consumer reviews.
According to our research based on criteria:
- All-metal blade system,
- Motor Power,
- durability and
The Oster Pro 1200 Blender is the best blender with a glass jar. The Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Blender show very similar performance. Both make good smoothies, handle frozen desserts well, though with efforts but are able to make nut butter but the Oster is almost 2.5 times less expensive than Tribest. Yet, Tribest DB-950 Dynablend has a nicer design and comes with the tamper/measuring spoon.
Although the Decen machine performs better then Oster Pro 1200 and Tribest DB-950 Dynablend, crushes ice better and processing nut butter requires fewer efforts than for the other two, but it manufactured by new to the market manufactures and its durability could not be assessed since it is less than 1 year on the sale.
Apart from another powerful and “healthy” Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms, there are a couple of other Oster models with at peak power of around 1000 watts, but they have only two or three speeds and thus the user has limited control over different blending recipes.
Therefore, people who are looking for the best blender with a non-plastic jar have to decide among the Oster Pro 1200, Decen, Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean and Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms blenders depending on their priority – better performance but not reputable manufacture and questionable durability, nicer appearance and tamper but more expensive. The European customers will decide between the very similar performing and identically priced Tribest DB-950 Dynablend and Magimix 11610 blenders.
It should be mentioned while selecting the best blender with the glass jar our main criteria was the all-metal blade system. The performance and functionality of the gadget had the second order priority. Hence the blenders in our list are not the high-end machines and have many issues with their performance but they meet our health safety criteria.
We still desire to unveil high-end blender with the non-plastic jar and all-metal blades. It surely must be a machine with the stainless steel container since the glass will not tolerate such high loads. And we even believed we disclosed the one – the Waring Commercial MX1000XTS/ MX1200XTS Xtreme Hi-Power. Unfortunately, the machine stainless steel canister leaks out the Teflon black specks and plastic flecks. We reported to manufacture about the problem and hope the Waring will resolve the problem in the future. Then the healthy conscious consumer will have their chance to obtain a perfect healthy non-plastic container high-end blender.
Even so there is a high-end blender Harrexco Mixer with stainless steel jar, with no Teflon in blades assembly and 3000rpms–32000rpms blade speed (thus able to process ice and heat liquid with frictions).Sadly, this perfectly healthy blender is available only from German Amazon and very expensive.
Check the Best Blender for Smoothies and More article for more options.