Because they loved the fruit-based drinks you made them, you start telling your friends about your new kitchen appliance. You tell them about its efficiency in pulverizing ingredients for juices, about how you use it often to crush blocks of ice, and about how you use it to chop substances.

Additionally, you tell them that they should “get a smoothie maker, too”.

However, that kitchen appliance is NOT a smoothie maker. It’s actually a blender.

Here, you can learn about the differences between a smoothie maker and a blender.


The primary difference between smoothie makers and blenders addresses each kitchen appliance’s design. Smoothie makers are usually designed for the sole purpose of producing beverages. Blenders, on the other hand, are designed for multi-functionality.

Furthermore, smoothie makers can hold relatively fewer volumes of liquid. And while they may handle the pulverization of thick ingredients, they are designed only for fruits and vegetables. Unlike blenders, they are not meant for crushing blocks of ice and foods (thick pieces), soup-making, and chopping substances.


Smoothie makers also differ from blenders regarding their ability to crush ice. While they are not created for crushing blocks of ice, smoothie makers can also handle ice. In fact, they can crush ice relatively smoothly.

Here are other benefits of smoothie makers:


    • Smoothie makers feature a spigot — a gear meant for dispensing products.


    • Smoothie makers tend to be relatively light.


    • Smoothie makers feature a stirring stick — a gear meant for blending smoothly.


    • Smoothie makers can produce relatively consistent (i.e. smoother and silkier) drinks — texture-wise.


    • Smoothie makers can be relatively challenging to clean (and maintain) due to featuring more components (e.g. pitcher, base, spigot, stirring stick).


    • Some smoothie makers — those with a fancy design — tend to come with a juicing element for processing whole pieces of foods.


    • Rather than merely breaking them down into small pieces, smoothie makers can liquefy fruits and vegetables. They can completely liquefy ingredients with grainy seeds (e.g. blackberries, strawberries).




The costs of smoothie makers and blender are also a factor that adds to their difference. Smoothie makers, due to their specialized design, tend to be relatively costly. Unlike blenders, you may have to save up for a couple of hundred bucks to get a good one.

Freezing Capacity

According to different smoothie maker reviews, another outstanding factor of smoothie makers over blenders is the former’s ability to make (and then keep) frozen drinks. Some smoothie makers are designed to take the form of a drinking container, so you can create ready-to-drink products.

Furthermore, smoothie makers are constructed to include a freezing capacity in their base. Unlike blenders, they will not cause cold products to melt (with the possibility of separating some of their ingredients).

Conclusion: Making the Right Choice

Overall, you can see why smoothie makers and blenders can be mistaken as the same equipment. You can also use blenders to make smoothies!

As to which of the two kitchen appliances is worth buying, the decision is yours. If you plan to make loads of smooth beverages, smoothie makers are the right choice. However, if you prefer multipurpose kitchen appliances, blenders are the better option.