A good blender for frozen fruit and ice cubes: which one to buy?

Updated on 25 Jul 2023
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Anyone who owns a blender will agree: it is an indispensable kitchen tool. But did you know that not all blenders are suitable for frozen fruit and ice cubes? For grinding hard ingredients like these, you need a powerful blender. In this article, we explain what to look for and share with you our 3 favorite blenders with ice crush function.

Are you buying a blender for the first time? Then don’t forget to visit our beginner’s guide to blenders.

Frozen fruit, what do you use it for?

When you think of frozen fruit, you probably quickly think of a healthy smoothie. Not surprisingly, many people buy a blender just to make smoothies with it. But frozen fruit is also widely used in baking recipes and desserts. A good blender that is suitable for frozen fruit is therefore very handy.

  • Smoothies
  • Smoothie-bowl
  • Baking recipes
  • Desserts (especially vegan desserts often use frozen fruit).

Blender suitable for frozen fruit, what do you pay attention to?

As you can imagine, frozen fruits and vegetables require a lot of power to grind these hard ingredients. The less liquid there is, the harder the blender will have it. You can make a smoothie for drinking with most blenders. But with a smoothie bowl you use a lot less liquid ánd so you need a very powerful blender.

When buying a suitable blender for frozen fruit, pay attention to the following things:

  • ice crush function
  • powerful blender: here you look at the speed. Preferably above 20,000
  • Pulse function: this is useful when the blender has trouble grinding the ingredients.
  • To make a smoothie bowl, you need a power blender (see our recommendations below).

For ice cubes and frozen fruit, the smaller in size the less power is needed. So large pieces of ice need a power blender.

Find out which is the best blender for you in our test results.

How many watts of blender for frozen fruit?

The number of watts only says something about the amount of electricity a blender uses when it is on. So to find a suitable blender for frozen fruit, you don’t look at the power (watts). Instead, you look at the RPM.

How do you know which blenders are suitable for frozen fruit and ice cubes?

After reading this article, you will know better what to look for, but often it is also listed with the product. Still, it is good to check the RPM. After all, this is the most important factor in determining which blender is suitable for frozen fruit and ice cubes.

Our favorite power blender (for smoothie bowls)

The Vitamix Ascent A2500i has an impressive RPM of 37000 rounds per minute. With this, it truly crushes everything: from frozen fruit to ice cubes.

  • Pulse function
  • Material bowl: glass
  • Number of speeds: 3
  • Dishwasher safe
Pros & cons
  • Incredibly powerful blender
  • Additional features
  • Choice of 10 speeds
  • Large capacity of 2.0 liters
  • Excellent build quality
  • High acquisition cost
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Our favorite frozen fruit smoothie

Looking for an affordable powerful blender? The Philips Viva HR3571/90 was named the best buy blender in our blender test – and suitable for smoothies and grinding frozen fruit and ice cubes.

  • Pulse function
  • Material bowl: glass
  • Number of speeds: 3
  • Dishwasher safe
Pros & cons
  • Excellent value for money
  • Pulse function: suitable for smoothies
  • Choice of 3 speeds
  • Ample capacity of 1.5 liters
  • With ice crusher: suitable for ice cubes
  • No turbo function
  • Less suitable for smoothie bowls
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My conclusion: blender for frozen fruit

If you make an occasional smoothie and use mainly small pieces of frozen fruit, most blenders will suffice – even the cheaper ones. If you then make a smoothie with frozen banana, it is important that you cut the banana into pieces before putting it in the freezer. If you’re on a budget and can’t afford a powerful blender, you can always let the frozen fruit thaw for a while – but for a banana or ice cubes, of course, that’s less convenient.

If you make smoothies daily and also like a smoothie bowl then we recommend a power blender. These are a bit more expensive, but better suited for smoothies, frozen fruit, ice cubes and for daily use.

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