JTC OmniBlend V: #1 Best Blender for Smoothie Bowls (Hands Down)

smoothie bowl topped berries and coconut made by the JTC OmniBlend V aka best blender for smoothie bowls

Smoothie bowls are the breakfast bomb. Packed with nutrients and full of flavour, they’re the best way to start your day.

Sporty and I have been eating them for longer than I can remember. While super easy to make, you do need a good blender.

We’ve had our JTC OmniBlend V for almost six years and we’re still ridiculously happy with it.

What is the Best Blender for Smoothie Bowls?

A good blender has a number of key attributes. It needs a motor that’s powerful enough to blend the frozen ingredients to a smooth, creamy consistency. The jar should be a good size and made from material that can withstand heat. It needs multiple settings (slow, fast, pulse, etc.) and the blade must be removable to make cleaning easy.

Why Invest in a Good Quality High Speed Blender?

The notion of planned obsolescence has yet to infiltrate the high end blender market. These machines are built to last. Amortise your initial outlay over four or five years and you’ll quickly see how cost-effective it is to shell out for one of these babies.

They’re so much fun to use there’s no way you’ll stop at smoothie bowls. Before you know you’ll be grinding grains, whipping up salad dressings and pasta sauces, making nut butters, ice cream, plant-based milk and more. 

But even if you only ever use it to make your morning smoothie bowl, it’s still a good idea to invest in a good quality high speed blender. 

Unless you’re planning to move entirely off-grid or relocate to another country with a different voltage output, go for it. You won’t be sorry.

Do You Need a Special Blender to Make Smoothie Bowls?

What if you’re not a fan of the kitchen? Maybe all you want is a healthy breakfast and nothing else. Do you really need a special blender to make a smoothie bowl?

It depends on the ingredients you’re using and how fussy you are. A regular countertop blender won’t give you the signature smooth, creamy consistency that smoothie bowls are known for.

And depending on the blender you’re using, it probably won’t have the capacity to deal with chunks of frozen fruit. You’ll also have to blend in stages rather than dumping all the ingredients in the jug and hitting go, which you can do with ease in most high end blenders.

That being said, when Sporty and I first embarked on our blending journey we’d make our smoothies in a jug using a cheap immersion blender. What they lacked in texture, they (mostly) made up for in taste.

Read all about our blending journey in our Juicer vs. Blender post.

If you can’t afford a high speed blender or aren’t ready to make the commitment, I’d say a mid-range immersion blender is a better option than one of those cheap countertop blenders from Walmart.

We had one when we lived in Canada a gazillion years ago and it wasn’t very robust at all. If I remember correctly it could barely bring itself to blend milk and protein powder. I might just as well bought a shaker.

The Best Blender for Smoothie Bowls

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With so many good quality and powerful blenders on the market, choosing one can be tough. We’ve narrowed it down to the JTC Omniblend V. Read our review and watch our video to find out why.

The Vitamix is probably one of the most well known brands among them. Had we been able to afford one, Sporty and I would likely have gone that route.

We were taking our cues from Soaringfree Superfoods duo Beryn and Peter Daniel and they raved about theirs. Seeing it in action, it was easy to understand why. However the hefty price tag caused our bank account to whimper and we shelved the idea.

We decided to buy an Oscar juicer instead, thinking we’d drink our way back to good health. We soon doubted our decision. While extremely robust, slow masticating juicers are, well, slow. There’s also nothing exciting about drinking green juice for breakfast.

Healthy, yes. Fun, not so much.

We sold Oscar six months later and bought a high speed blender more in keeping with our price range. The JTC Omniblend V came with good reviews and it was marked down. We were sold.

To date, it’s still one of the best investments we’ve ever made. Not once have we ever regretted buying it. Neither have we ever considered selling it during one of our many downsizing and lifestyle experiments.

In our house, that says a lot.

Our JTC OmniBlend Review

Before I launch into why we’re so smitten with our JTC OmniBlend V, I should point out that we’re not getting paid to write this. This isn’t a sponsored post. This is our heartfelt and honest opinion.

Blendobi (yes, we named him) quickly became part of the family. He’s remained a constant through all our moves. We even too him with us when we untethered ourselves for a few months.

In fact, Blendobi is so much a part of our Mostly Mindful team is  that he made it into our new logo design. Our astute designer did this of her own accord after hearing us blather on about what an amazing blender he is.

We were delighted.

1. Well Made and Reliable

We’ve had Blendobi for almost six years now and in all that time we’ve had to replace his blade once. Other than that, he’s run like a workhorse without so much as a peep from his motor.

We put him through his paces, too. Aside from our month-long stint house-sitting an off-the-grid permaculture farm, we’ve used him pretty much on a daily basis. A lot of times we’ll use him more than once a day.

Being a blender in our house ain’t no picnic.

We had to replace the tamper a year after buying our Omniblend, but I’m embarrassed to admit that that was entirely my fault. I decided it would be easier to use it without the lid. ‘Nuff said. embarassed

The jug is showing obvious signs of use: it’s slightly stained and scratched, but I see that as a sign of something being well loved. (Kind of like the Velveteen Rabbit.)

JTC OmniBlend V - control panel

The black base is in surprisingly good nick. Not that we’re prone to tossing Blendobi around or anything, but like I said, he earns his keep.

With the exception of the power switch (the plastic cover has cracked down the one side), the sealed control buttons are all good as new.

2. Super Powerful Motor

Similar to the other OmniBlend models, the JTC OmniBlend V has a 3HP motor with 2238W peak performance. With this much power, crushing ice or whole frozen strawberries is a breeze.

Be sure to watch the video further down to see how the OmniBlend tears through a soda can. It’s quite something to behold, but definitely not an experiment we plan on replicating at home.

The motor features automatic overload protection with a built-in thermal shut-off. It’s also designed to be energy efficient, drawing only the amount of wattage required to blend the ingredients. 

Uniquely designed for many years of use with built in protection features, such as a state of the art cooling system to keep things cool during heavy use and an automatic overload protection mechanism and reset button. 

With all that under the hood it’s easy to see why the OmniBlend is billed as the ultimate commercial grade kitchen blender. We couldn’t agree more. Blendobi really is the consummate professional blender.

Biased? Maybe. Exaggerating. Not in the slightest.

3. Nice Big Jug & Kick-Ass Blades

Blendobi came with a 2 litre jug, but that was a number of years ago. It looks like The JTC OmniBlend V now comes standard with a 1.5 liter jug, which is still a really decent size. It also fits in the sound cover, which the 2 litre does not.

Made from BPA free plastic, the jug’s tapered design quickly creates a vortex and pulls ingredients into the blades for maximum blending. This is key!

Our friends also have an OmniBlend (not sure which model) and their jug is much wider at the bottom. I find it tiresome to make smoothies in it as you have to add the ingredients a bit at a time, rather than all at once like we can in Blendobi.

The jug is also heat resistant up to 120 Celsius (248 F). Just remember to open the tamper hole to let the hot air escape or things will go pear shaped fast. Fortunately, this wasn’t something I learnt the hard way. 

The JTC OmniBlend V is built to emulsify fruits and vegetables into delicious smoothies. The specially designed blades break down the cell walls of green leafy vegetables with ease, releasing the valuable nutrients in an easy to digest form.

The stainless steel blades feature sharp knife-like cutting edges rather than serrated edges which can crack. With six blades, blending grains, nuts, frozen fruit and vegetables, coffee beans and, as you’ll see in the video below, soda cans, is a breeze.

4. Warranty

OmniBlend South Africa offers a 3 year warranty on the The JTC OmniBlend V. However, the blade warranty is reduced to a year for commercial use. 

If you live in the United States you’ll be pleased to know that OmniBlend USA now offers a full 5-year domestic warranty, which covers the whole machine including the motor base and container.

5. Durability, Parts & Accessories

Like I said earlier, these high end blenders are built to last and we’ve definitely experienced that firsthand with Blendobi.

We’re talking stainless steel parts (socket and bearing), replaceable blade assembly, motor overload protection, alert to prevent overheating of the motor (burnout) and more.

You won’t be needing a new blender anytime soon, that’s for sure. It’s also good to know that replacement parts and accessories are freely available should the need arise. You know, like when you ‘accidently’ stick the tamper into the jug without the lid on. 

JTC OmniBlend vs. Vitamix

OmniBlend Australia decided to see how the OmniBlend compares to other blenders in the market. Along with the Vitamix, they also performed the lemon test with the Nutribullet, Blendtec, Ninja Blender and Thermomix

Sporty and I can’t weigh in on this debate because other than the Nutribullet, we haven’t had the pleasure of using any of the other blenders featured above.

We loved our Nutribullet, but I don’t think it’s fair to pit it against Blendobi. It’s not an apples to apples comparison in my opinion.

And if I’m honest, there’s a chance we’d have gone with the Vitamix if we’d had the money. Fortunately, budget steered us to the JTC OmniBlend V and we’ve never looked back.

Is the Vitamix all it’s cracked up to be? I found this Vitamix review from Minimalist Baker. Overall they rated it highly, but here’s something that really took me by surprise.

They said the motor overheats quite easily. While they do point out that they found a way to work around the issue, it seems crazy to have to deal with that when you’ve paid so much money.

For the record, Blendobi has never come close to overheating. 

Now that I’ve convinced you which blender to go with, it’s time to talk smoothie bowls. After all, that’s the main reason you’re looking for a good blender, right?

Smoothie Bowls (Breakfast of Champions)

Being able to make healthy smoothie bowls for breakfast was the number one reason Sporty and I decided to invest in a good quality high speed blender. Buying our JTC OmniBlend V was hands down the best decision we’ve made.

The smoothie bowls we make in Blendobi are EPIC! Starting your day with a big green juice is probably the best gift you can give yourself. But, juicing is a time-consuming pain in the butt and buying green juice is expensive.

The next best thing you can do is kick off the morning with a nutrient dense smoothie bowl. The way Sporty and I see it, if you eat a healthy breakfast and dinner, you’re free to be a little loosey goosey at lunch.

Within reason of course. We’re not talking McDonald’s or anything. Although, that said, most days you’ll find us tucking into a huge colourful salad at lunch anyway. 

That’s us. A couple of plant-based nerds. 

Are Smoothie Bowls Healthy?

smoothie bowl prep in stage in JTC OmniBlend V

In our house, smoothie bowls are 100% healthy. We pack them with leafy greens, avocado, frozen berries, superfoods and plant-based protein.

Like with most things, you can make them nutritious or you can make them fun. The ones we make are nutritious and tasty. We’re careful not to add anything too un-breakfast to the mix.

Celery in my morning smoothie? Um, no thanks.

Because I never follow a recipe (I’m all about eye balling everything, much to Sporty’s chagrin), our smoothie bowls can sometimes taste a little garden-ish. Meaning, I’ve been a tad heavy handed with the spinach or spirulina.

We don’t care (too much) though, because it means we’re getting in additional goodness. Honestly, I’d rather deal with that than eat a smoothie bowl that’s heavy on fun and light on nutrition.

Like I said, plant-based nerds.

Key Ingredients for Smoothie Bowls 

While I enjoy flying by the seat of my pants, most people prefer having a recipe to work from. I get that. When you’re first embarking on your smoothie bowl journey, guidelines are super useful.

I’ve included some recipes further down, but let’s look at the basic ingredients you need to make a delicious, nutritious, flavourful, creamy smoothie bowl.

Is that enough adjectives for you?

1. Leafy Greens

In our house, it’s not a smoothie bowl unless it contains at least a handful of spinach or chard. Provided you don’t add too much you won’t even taste it, so why not use the opportunity to get in some extra goodness?

2. Frozen Bananas

All hail the mighty frozen banana. Adding frozen bananas to your smoothie bowl pretty much guarantees it’s going to be a party in your mouth. 

It adds a creaminess and sweetness that’s just sublime. Seriously, you don’t even need to add milk. You can if you want, but most of the time Sporty and I just add water and it’s still crazy delicious.

3. Avocado

Avocado was never on our list of smoothie bowl ingredients. Don’t get me wrong. We LOVE avocados, but we always saved them for salad. It never occurred to me to add them to our breakfast.

At the beginning of the year our doctor suggested Sporty and I both go on an anti-inflammatory diet (for different reasons) and bananas are a big no-no on that diet.

Avocados, on the other hand, you can eat as many as you like. I was initially daunted by the prospect of making a smoothie bowl without frozen banana but quickly came around after trying one with avo.

While not as sweet, the smoothie bowl was still super creamy and tasty. Although, we do add vanilla protein powder which helps boost the flavour quite nicely. 

4. Gluten-Free Rolled Oats

One of my all time favourite smoothie bowl combos is oats, strawberries, frozen banana, vanilla protein powder and almond milk. This recipe had to be shelved because it won’t work without the banana. 

Maybe someday.

5. Frozen Berries

Frozen berries form an integral part of our smoothie bowls, as we’re all about getting in as many antioxidants as possible. Plus, the new diet has limited options when it comes to fruit.

We basically have to steer clear of everything that’s high in sugar i.e. almost all fruit except for berries, lemons and grapefruit. I don’t know about you, but I think lemon and grapefruit in a smoothie sounds horrible.

6. Protein Powder

Adding a couple of scoops of protein powder is another non-negotiable in our opinion. We absolutely love Phyto Pro. The brainchild of our functional medicine doctor, it’s 100% vegan, produced locally and full of goodness.

It comes in chocolate, strawberry and vanilla and while they’re all tasty we stick with vanilla because it plays nicely with other ingredients. The other two flavours tend to limit our options.

7. Superfoods

I’m also pretty free and easy about adding superfoods to our smoothie bowls. The more goodness I can pack in, the happier I am. Sporty and I prefer to supplement with food rather than tablets whenever possible and superfoods do that nicely.

We buy ours from Soaring Free Superfoods, because it’s a local company and Peter and Beryn are super (pun intended) mindful about sourcing and packaging their goods.

Our current superfood arsenal consists of spirulina, moringa, baobab, chaga mushroom, cacao and maca. Not all at the same time, obvs. Sometimes I’ll leave the cacao out. 

When superfoods became a thing everyone hopped on the bandwagon, but some were more above board than others. I only realised this (‘cos I’m naive) after listening to Rich Roll’s conversation with Darin Olien.

You can definitely find superfoods on Amazon, but make sure to do your due diligence before purchasing. Check out the company’s website to learn more about their sustainability practices. 

8. Water or Milk

I generally add a little water if I need additional liquid when blending. Most folks use milk and so do I when we have it. But since we’re focused on saving money and avoiding unnecessary packaging, it’s not something we often have on hand.

We don’t feel like water dilutes our smoothie bowls, but then, Sporty and I are definitely not chefy. For us, taste is secondary to goodness. You might feel like you absolutely have to have milk. Cool. You do you.

Very occasionally we’ll splurge on a tin of coconut milk (we’re wild like that) and use that in place of water. I don’t have to tell you how yummy that is. Especially when you add mango to the equation. 

Oh my word. Heaven in a bowl.

Smoothie Bowl Recipes You Should Definitely Try

YouTube and Google are awash with smoothie bowl recipes. With so much to choose from, it’s easy to get lost down the internetz rabbit hole. That’s not fun or helpful, because you’ll just end up with a bad case of choice overwhelm.

Olga from Fablunch has made it easy with these five must-try smoothie bowl recipes. She walks you through the basics in the video and she’s included a printable with the recipes on her website.

When you’re feeling more adventurous take a look at this roundup of 12 plant-based smoothies and smoothie bowls from Dana at Minimalist Baker. Her options include a creamy dragonfruit smoothie bowl, super green smoothie bowl and creamy zucchini blueberry smoothie.

Side note: Dragon fruit makes some people super queasy.

There’s also a smoothie recipe in our plant-based breakfast ideas post, so be sure to check that out as well.

Final Thoughts on Smoothie Bowls (Can You Tell I Love ‘Em?)

Smoothie bowls are fun. You might make one or two that don’t taste super great, but the more you practice the better you’ll get at it. Don’t be afraid to experiment. Try blending different ingredients and remember to add some toppings as well.

Granola, goji berries, coconut (dessicated or flakes), crushed nuts, hemp seeds and coconut yoghurt (our personal fave) all make great additions to your breakfast creation.

If you have your breakfast on the go just add more liquid to make it drinkable. These reusable smoothie cups come with a stainless straw and brush for cleaning. A cup with a flip top lid works fine too.

Consistency is a question that comes up a lot with newbie smoothie bowl connoisseurs. The rule of thumb here is less is more. Add the liquid in small increments, blending as you go. 

There you have it. You now know the best blender for smoothie bowls (hello JTC OmniBlend V!). You also have a good idea of what ingredients make for a good smoothie bowl and you’ve got some basic recipes to get you started.

Happy blending!

Photo by Julia Topp on Unsplash

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