I Tried the $185 Blender That’s Going Viral on TikTok


Photo credit: Oscar Wong - Getty Images

Photo credit: Oscar Wong – Getty Images

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The Beast Blender is all over the Internet right now – you might have seen an unboxing video on TikTok or watched your favorite influencer make their morning smoothie on Instagram. It’s everywhere! At first glance, this personal-size blender looks like it may be designed solely for aesthetics, but after I put it to the test, I can report that the Beast is more than just a beauty. Created by the founder of NutriBullet, The Beast Blender was developed with features that deliver high-performance function.

What is the Beast Blender?

The Beast Blender is a personal blender that lets you crush ice; blend small batches of dressings, sauces and soups; and create one to three servings (depending on vessel size) of drinks like smoothies, shakes and margaritas. It’s available in two variations: Beast Blender and Beast Blender + Hydration System, which come in carbon black, pebble grey and cloud white.

To help with blending efficiency, the Beast Blender’s ultra thick Tritan plastic vessels — the hydration system is glass — feature a 12-rib design (for comparison, most blenders have about four ribs within a blender jar). Unlike other personal blenders, it is nearly impossible to open the vessel of the Beast Blender when twisting it off the power base, which provides extra peace of mind and reduces spilling mishaps. There is a two-step process to operate the Beast Blender, which provides a layer of safety. To turn on the blender you must push the button on the back (which isn’t in the most convenient location, but it’s manageable) and then press the button on the front quickly for a short pulse or hold it for a few seconds to blend at full speed for one minute. While this blender is easy to hand wash (if you wash it immediately), you can also place all removable parts, except for blade assembly, in the top rack of your dishwasher. Take note that we did notice a little scratching on the vessels and some staining on the gray exterior after completing our testing.

The specs

How we test blenders

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, we have tested more than 100 blenders over the years, including numerous immersion blenders and personal blenders, to find the best high-performance models. We test each with the same standardized recipes to see how they stand out among the rest. When we test personal blenders, we adjust the recipes accordingly.

To help mimic how a home consumer would use a blender, we make green smoothies, vanilla milkshakes and frozen margaritas as well as broccoli-leek soup, if the blender is equipped to blend hot ingredients. (A blender must have vents in order to safely blend hot ingredients, and you should avoid blending hot liquids in a personal blending cup, which could potentially cause burns upon opening.) During lab testing, we weigh the final product and strain it through a mesh sieve to evaluate whether all ingredients are blended and that each grind or puree is uniform.

We also evaluate how well blenders can handle hard ingredients: We grind coffee beans, and we include frozen strawberries and ice cubes in our tests. We assess how helpful the owner’s manual is as well as how easy each model is to assemble, use and clean. We also consider how loud each blender is while operating and how well it fares in the dishwasher if it’s dishwasher safe.

How we tested the Beast Blender

After seeing all the buzz around the Beast Blender, I wanted to put it through our tests in the Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab. I made all of our standard blender testing recipes (except for our soup recipe, because the Beast is a personal blender without vents). I also tested the claims on the box such as durability and power blending.

I ground oats to make oat flour and then oat milk (I mean, who doesn’t want to be able to make oat milk whenever they feel like it?), crushed ice and made two recipes from the Beast Blender website. I also road tested the Beast Blender for a few weeks in my home kitchen, making everything from protein shakes to matcha lattes to sauces. I transported the blender from home to the lab and back so I could see how transportable the blender system is (spoiler alert: It’s 12 pounds and not easily transportable). Here our results from our recent Beast Blender lab testing:

✔️ Strawberry green smoothie: This was thick, smooth and creamy, but it still had some flecks of kale remaining. Flecks of kale in a smoothie aren’t ideal if you don’t like the texture or taste of kale, but it didn’t bother me too much while drinking this smoothie. Everything passed through the sieve cleanly, and there were no chunks or large pieces of any ingredients, which is critical if you drink your smoothie through a straw.

✔️ Morning Groove smoothie from the Beast Blender’s website: This had a very smooth consistency and was a vibrant shade of green. A few pieces of dates remained in the sieve, which means they would have been stuck at the bottom of your glass. The kale blended perfectly though — there wasn’t a fleck visible. The smoothie wasn’t super cold and icy and would benefit from a few additional ice cubes added at the end.

✔️ Unbeetable Immunity smoothie from the Beast Blender’s website: This was nicely smooth and thick and an appealing shade of red. A few raspberry seeds remained (which could get stuck in your teeth), but most were pulverized. It blended raw carrot (with skin), cauliflower and beets (with skin) easily, which is an impressive feat for a personal blender. Everything passed completely through the sieve. One caveat: During road testing, I had to add ice cubes a few times after blending smoothies because the blender had warmed them up too much. Overall, Beast did a good job developing the two recipes I tested for its blender.

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

✔️Margarita: I was happy with my happy hour, with a margarita that was super smooth with a silky texture and thick body, just like your favorite Mexican restaurant. There was no grit from sugar at all, and it poured through the sieve with ease. This stood out to me compared with other blenders I’ve tested, which often leave a few ice cubes at the bottom or produce a grainy consistency. I shut the blender off after 30 seconds, since one minute may have melted the ice.

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

✔️ Vanilla milkshake: This was thick, creamy and smooth with a great consistency that did not curdle. Milkshakes can quite often get over churned, end up icy or overheat and become watery, but this one turned out nicely.

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

✔️ Whole coffee beans: We do not recommend grinding your coffee in a blender because it can be hard on the blade, difficult to clean out and might create an inconsistent grind. But because Beast says in its user guide that you can grind coffee, we put it to the test. It ground coffee well and did not have big pieces or an uneven grind. With the smaller blending vessel, about 5% didn’t grind, but it still offered an even grind. That said, pesky coffee grounds did stick around underneath the blade set up after cleaning the blender a few times.

✔️Ice: You can grind ice in both the small and large vessel, but because the motor is so powerful, the ice turns into a powdery snow consistency with some small ice cubes still at the bottom. If you prefer a less-powdery, crushed-ice consistency, you have to do a few quick pulses, but it will be a little uneven.

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

✔️Oats: Oats blended up very easily in both vessel sizes, and there were very few small pieces of unground oats. Some finer oat powder did get caught around and underneath the blade. The Beast Blender produced a creamy rich homemade oat milk from the ground oat flour.

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

Photo credit: Eva Bleyer

The takeaway: Should you purchase the Beast Blender?

Whether you have a small kitchen or are cooking for one, the Beast Blender is a great personal blender option. In lab testing, I found the blender to be easy to use with powerful performance. I love that you can blend up a smoothie, frozen margarita, sauce or milkshake in a minute or less. Ideally, you could pulse the blender while blending, in case certain ingredients are stuck in one place, but this was easily remedied by pausing the blender to give the vessel a quick shake. Since there are only two functions that are both very powerful, monitor frozen beverages and delicate ingredients may need less than the preset minute of blending.

While some personal blenders on the market are designed for travel, the Beast Blender is better left in one place – conveniently, it looks great sitting on your countertop. The blender comes with numerous pieces that require storage, but they are all handy and completely interchangeable. The lids for the vessels are especially great if you make a sauce or dip that you want to store for later; no need to dirty another storage container.

At more than $150, the Beast Blender may be a pricey personal blender, but you do receive a two-year warranty and a stylish blender that is easy to use. Our associate editor of product and reviews, Jacqueline Saguin, is also a fan of the Beast: “I never thought I’d replace my tiny but mighty Ninja blender, but the Beast blender is the total package,” she says. “The pebble gray version sits pretty on my counter. It’s a bit louder than other blenders I’ve tried, but it does a speedy and impressive job.”


Why trust Good Housekeeping?

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab, Eva Bleyer has tested everything from ranges to juicers to kitchen scales. As a trained chef from the Natural Gourmet Institute with a background in health supportive cooking, she has a great deal of experience using blenders. Eva conducted the most recent side-by-side blender test, in addition to performing the lab and road testing for the Beast Blender.

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