If you want to make smoothies or frozen cocktails, a countertop blender is your best bet. This is the most common type of blender. It has a plastic or glass vessel that sits on a motorized base. Countertop blenders are strong enough to crush ice and puree frozen fruits. They can also be used to whip up dressings, soups, and sauces. If you mostly want to make smoothly pureed soups and sauces, consider an immersion or hand blender. These stick-style blenders can be submerged into liquid, such as a pot of soup, to blend it without transferring to a new container.