There are health-conscious and allergic to plastic consumers who search for blenders with a non-plastic jar, like glass or stainless steel. Some people even go entirely free of plastic in their kitchens. Is there a reason behind this? I will not discuss this question here; however, I personally agree with them to the most extent. Otherwise, I would not conduct comprehensive research on this subject and test most of the available non-plastic blenders on the market. I am aware of an investigation made by health-aware enthusiasts who claim that plastic containers are not entirely BPA-free; even the producers claim this.
However, the consumers who look for a blender with a glass or stainless steel jar will face two significant challenges. First, most blender jugs are not genuinely non-plastic. The genuine blender with a glass or metal container must also have the all-metal blades mounting to guarantee no food contact with the plastic during blending tasks. However, most manufacturers who offer such blenders, like Kitchenaid, Oster, Hamilton Beach, Cuisinart, and Waring, do not care for the blade mounting when designing the containers. At the same time, these machines are advertised as glass jar blenders.
The second challenge is finding a truly powerful and versatile blender with a glass container is almost impossible. The glass material is fragile, and there is currently no proven technology to produce shatterproof glass that can endure the high-end blenders’ high loads. As a result, most of the blenders with glass containers are equipped with a motor power below 450 watts, which is rather low for modern lifestyle consumers. Thus, when choosing a glass blender, the consumer must make a tough choice between the gadget’s power and the glass jar’s ecology.
So, the only option for target customers is to go for stainless steel container machines. However, even such an industry veteran as a Vitamix, which used to produce all its devices with the metal pitcher in the past, has opted out of the practice. Nowadays, most high-power blenders have an Eastman Tritan copolyester pitcher, which is premium polycarbonate, since the copolyester material can withstand high-end blenders’ high loads and look transparent as glass.
As a result, I came out with this article, which aims to solve this challenging task and offer a list of the blenders that can deliver a relatively heavy-duty job and, at the same time, comply with the requirements of having all-metal blades mounting.
P.S. In July 2020, Vitamix released a new Stainless Steel Container compatible with all full-size Vitamix Models.
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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 Oster Glass Jar 2‑Speed Toggle Beehive Blender — The Best Budget Option for Glass Jar Blender
- 6 #5 Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender — The Best Glass Jar Blender for Crushing Ice
- 7 #6 Tribest Glass Personal Blender and Glass Vacuum Blender
- 8 Summary
How Research Was Done, and the Ratings Were Attributed
In our hunt for the correct type of gadget, we selected a list of 14 blenders with glass or stainless steel (Waring) jars and a 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 the following criteria to the gadgets — blade assembly, motor power and RPMs, functionality and performance, price, control panel and speeds, warranty and customer service, consumer ratings, and many 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. This list includes three Oster models, Tribest, Magimixa (a European brand that is not available in the USA), and Tribest Glass Personal Blender with Vacuum Jar. 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. At the same time, the majority of glass jar machines come with plastic blade couplings.
We also do not include in our list another two popular glass jar blenders with heating elements — Instant Ace Nova /Ace plus Cooking Blender and Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender (HB152). These blenders both do not comply with the no food–plastic contact requirement.
The Instant Ace Nova/Ace Plus Cooking Blender looks perfect at first sight; however, we found the plastic coating around the blade shaft after careful observation. And this plastic coating may even melt from the heat it is exposed to (according to the customer’s report).
While Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender (HB152) has plastic details inside the jar, they are even more apparent than the Instant Ace models.
Assessing the rest of our criteria against our shortlist turned out to be easy, as we had a chance to test all of the blenders in our shortlist. However, it must be also mentioned, that the Waring 700S and the Waring Commercial BB900G models with the metal/glass jars and all-metal blade assembly were excluded from our “Best Glass Blenders” shortlist because they have a very low motor wattage and such a low power does not allow them to crush ice or pulverizing hard or leafy vegetables properly.
Here are the short reviews on the best powerful blenders with a glass jar after applying the rest of our criteria. And we believe our selection below is the most comprehensive that exists on the market.
#1 Oster Pro 1200 Blender — Number One Glass Jar Blender
Motor: 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 durable and likely serves its customers for many years. It has a heavy and very stable base and a pretty sleek, modern look.
Control panel: The gadget control panel is equipped with seven (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 ensure that the food has no contact with plastic when blending and thus will satisfy most of the strict requirements of health-conscious people looking for a non-plastic jar blender. Unfortunately, this machine does not include a tamper to help push the food down to the vortex, which is probably the only downside of this blender.
Functionality: This device 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 many different salsas, mixes, and salad dressing recipes. It is also able to make decent frozen desserts. And most importantly, although with great effort, it can make nut butter. Unfortunately, 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 an excellent 3‑year limited warranty for blender parts and a 10-year limited warranty for the all-metal motor and drives connections.
Summary: No doubt, Oster Pro 1200, is the number one blender with a glass jar and powerful motor. It has very decent functionality and, most importantly, it comes at a very reasonable price.
Oster Pro 1200 Blender, via Amazon
#2 Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean Blender — Second Best Option for the Glass Jar Blender
This model is an upgraded version of Tribest DB-850, the initial brand attempt to produce all non-plastic blenders. The newer DB-950 model has the same as the DB-850 version, a reasonably powerful 1.1HP (820 watts) motor, and is able to attain a 23000rpm.
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.
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 full glass container with a silicone sealing gasket and all-metal blade and coupling. In addition, it comes with a (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 dense ingredients during blending or as a measuring scoop.
Control panel: Its control panel has five (5) variable speeds and two pre-set programs — 30 seconds pulsing mode and 60 seconds high-speed blending mode. That allows enough control for 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. This machine can make nut butter with considerable effort, but you will have to run 8–10 high-speed cycles to achieve a smooth consistency. Overall, it can perform a wide range of blending tasks with good quality.
Warranty: Most importantly, this blender is backed by the highest 10-year warranty, which 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.
Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean Blender, via Amazon
#3 Magimix 11610 Blender- The Best Glass Jar Blender for Europe
(Only available for European consumers)
This blender is produced in France and is currently available only to European consumers. It comes with a powerful 1200-watt at-peak motor and operational power of around 600 watts.
Control panel: This machine control panel has four (4) variable speeds, four (4) pre-set programs (ice, smoothie, soup, and desserts), and pulse mode. The variable speed delivers amplitude ranging from 600 RPMs at the lowest to 15000 RPMs at the highest speed.
Container, blades: Magimix 11610 comes with 1800ml (64 oz.) heat and a 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 an all-metal blade assembly that ensures no food contacts plastic during blending.
Functionality: This machine makes very good quality smoothies from soft fruits and leafy vegetables. It processes ice and frozen ingredients well, and its user manual includes a few recipes for frozen desserts. This machine comes with an additional grinding ball and blade assembly 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 attachments compatible with this blender.
Warranty: Magimix 11610 Blender comes with a reasonable three (3) years warranty. The producer has a good reputation as it is 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 similarly to the Tribest blender. When choosing between those two blenders, European health-aware consumers may base their decision on brand loyalty or design preferences.
Magimix 11610 Blender, via Amazon
#4 Oster Glass Jar 2‑Speed Toggle Beehive Blender — The Best Budget Option for Glass Jar Blender
The Oster Glass Jar 2‑Speed Toggle Beehive Blender model has a similar look and functionality to the gadget that was manufactured when Osterizer engineering Company acquired the Stevens Electric Co. and blender machine license in 1946 and started to produce electric blenders.
Motor: The gadget has a powerful 1000 watts at peak and 600 watts off-peak motor and a plastic motor housing. The base unit retro design copies the first Osterizer blender that the company manufactured over the 1940s and 1960s.
Control panel: The control panel features old fashion toggle, which runs at continuous speed in the top position runs, and the Pulse function in the down position. Yes, it has only one speed, but who needs more speeds? It does its job very well, though. You use pulsing to break hard staff in the jug and switch to continuous speed to create a smooth drink.
Container, blades: The machine comes with removable all-metal 4‑prongs blades. The blades are very sharp, and their design is similar to Oster 1200 pro blender blades. In addition, the blade system is of good quality; the blades are incredibly sharp, which you can sharpen with knife sharpeners when they become dull.
The 6 cups (1400 ml) jar is made of durable heat-resistant borosilicate glass and has graduations in cups. The good news is that Oster Beehive has a few compatible glasses and metal jug models that are sold separately by Oster Company and cost very little.
Functionality: It makes impressive smoothies, turns ice into perfect snow, and is able to blend ice cream and ice drinks like margaritas, daiquiris, and others. The machine can blend dressing, puree, dip/salsa, and chop vegetables.
Warranty: The Oster Beehive Blender comes with a one-year warranty. However, it is a durable blender and will likely last over ten (10) years.
Summary: Overall, it is a good value for money blenders. It produces a good quality drink and performs a range of other functions. It has a strong motor equipped with heat protection technology but barely warms up during use.
Oster Glass Jar Beehive Blender, via Amazon
#5 Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender — The Best Glass Jar Blender for Crushing Ice
Motor: It comes with a powerful enough 1000 at peak watt motor that outputs effective 600 watts when working continuously or crushing ice.
Container, blades: Most importantly, this Oster model satisfies no plastic inside pitcher requirements. It has an all-metal blade and mounting assembly and has a very well-built, durable motor. In addition, 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 sometimes require you to stop and stir.
Functionality: The Oster Reverse Crush blender has limited functionality and is mostly dedicated to processing frozen ingredients. Still, making a fairly smooth smoothie with some effort is possible. Using hard ingredients 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 reasonably well and can produce salsa or salad dressings. However, this machine has limited grinding abilities and 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 making or crushing ice. It will also do other jobs to various degrees of perfection. Besides, this machine has an attractive price that is very reasonable for such a quality blender.
Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms Blender, via Amazon
#6 Tribest Glass Personal Blender and Glass Vacuum Blender
Another South Korean Tribest Glass Jar Blender perfectly meets our criteria and has zero plastic parts in contact with food. This machine is available in two packages 1) PBG-5050, which includes a set of single-serve glass jars, and 2) PBG-5001‑A, which has single-serve glass jars and vacuum lid glass jars that allow blending the drinks with minimum food oxidizing.
Motor: The blender has a sleek design, a powerful enough 500 Watts/0.67 peak HP motor, a turbo cooling fan, and an automatic overheat protection system.
Control panel: The gadget is equipped with four (4) variable speeds dial knobs and the touch Pulse button, allowing enough control over the variety of blending taste addition; the control panel has a speed display that shows if the container is installed correctly.
Container, blades: The model with only personal blender cups includes three (3) mason style tempered glass eight (8) containers with the capacity of oz., 16 oz., and 24 oz.
The set with a vacuum jar includes one 16 oz. Mason-type glass jar and 42 oz tempered glass upright container with vacuum lid.
The blender comes with removable 6‑prongs of all stainless steel blades and a silicone sealing ring.
Functionality: The blender is very effective and capable of making good quality smoothies from wet and dry ingredients; it crushes ice fairly well, grinds coffee and herbs though not very fine, and can make even nut milk. And no doubt, it is more than capable of being used for bulletproof coffee.
Warranty: The Tribest Personal and Vacuum models are equipped with a good 5‑year warranty and polite and helpful customer service.
Summary: The Tribest Glass Personal Blender is a pricey machine and thus not for everyone.
Nevertheless, it perfectly satisfies all the no-leaching chemicals requirements and capable enough for the little 500 Watts machine. The blender is compact with a moderate footprint and profiles 5.7″ x 5.7″ x 15″ (147 mm x 143 mm x 384 mm), and weighs only 5.5 Ibs (2.5 kg).
Warning: The Tribest Glass Jar Blender PBG-5050 and PBG-5001‑A blender is designed to be used only with containers included in the set (replacements are available) and NOT with the standard Mason jars.
According to our research and testing based on the following criteria:
1. All-metal blade system,
2. Motor Power,
4. Durability, and
The Oster Pro 1200 Blender is the best blender with a glass jar. The Tribest DB-950 Dynablend machine performs similarly to the Oster Pro 1200. Both make good smoothies and handle frozen desserts well, though with effort but can 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 Oster Beehive machine performs similar to Oster Pro 1200 and Tribest DB-950 Dynablend, it has only one speed and pulsing function.
Apart from other robust and “healthy” Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms, there are a couple of other Oster models with a peak power of around 1000 watts. Still, they have only two or three speeds, and thus the user has limited control over the blending process.
The Tribest Personal and Vacuum Blender is not as powerful as all machines above and has the highest price tag compared to other blenders on our list. But it is an option for those who are looking for the Personal Glass or the Vacuum Glass Blender.
The customers who are looking for the best blender with a non-plastic jar have to decide among the Oster Pro 1200, Oster Beehive, Tribest DB-950 Dynablend Clean, Tribest Personal Glass, and Vacuum blender, and Oster Reverse Crush Counterforms blenders. The decision may depend on such parameters as better performance but not reputable manufacture and questionable durability, more excellent 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.
P.S. It should be mentioned while selecting the best blender with the glass jar, and 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 high-end machines and have many issues with their performance, but they meet the health safety criteria.
We still desire to unveil a high-end blender with a non-plastic jar and all-metal blades. It must be a stainless steel container machine 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, after our examination, we found that the machine’s stainless steel canister leaks out the Teflon black specks and plastic flecks. We reported the problem to the manufacturer and hope the Waring will resolve the future issue. Then the health-conscious consumer will have their chance to obtain a perfect healthy non-plastic container high-end blender.
In fact, you can find a perfectly healthy stainless steel container blender ‑Harrexco Mixer — 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.
Meanwhile, Vitamix made a great surprise to its customers and other health-aware consumers searching for a powerful high-end blender with a glass or stainless steel container. In July 2020, the long-waiting Vitamix Stainless Steel Container was introduced to the market; that complies with no-plastic safety requirements and has not only stainless steel jug but also all-metal blade mounting.
Check the Best Blender for Smoothies and More article for more options.