Best blenders in 2024 UK - tried and tested picks from NutriBullet, Magimix, Sage, and more

The 12 best blenders you can buy in 2024, complete with reviews of all the top bullet blenders, as well as blenders for smoothies and soups

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The best blender is the perfect kitchen appliance for adding more fruit and vegetables to your diet. Blenders come in a variety of sizes, from single-serve cups popularised by brands like NutriBullet, to classic jug blenders from Smeg or Ninja.

If you're not sure which blender is right for you just yet then worry not, as every one of the best blenders in our guide has been tried, tested and reviewed by the Ideal Home team to aid you on your journey. By reviewing how each blender fares when making smoothies, soup, sauces and even frozen treats, we've got the insights you need into which one to buy. 

And while our top-rated blender on this list is a single-cup model from Nutribullet, there are plenty of options for families to browse on this list too, as well as models that can double up as soup-makers and the best food processors. Keep reading to find your ideal blender and add more functionality than ever to your kitchen.

Quick list - the best blenders

Best blender overall

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1. NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender Set

Best blender overall

Specifications

Type: Bullet blender
Dimensions: 25.7 x 14.6 x 36 centimetres
Power: 900 watts

Reasons to buy

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Immense power
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Couldn't be easier to use
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Very smooth results

Reasons to avoid

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Only one setting

The NutriBullet Pro 900 Series blender is one of the best blenders our Head of Reviews Millie has ever tried - high praise from our appliance expert who has tested dozens in her time. Compact, affordable and with an array of accessories, this Nutribullet certainly lives up to the brand's reputation for convenience.

During testing when whizzing up morning smoothies and smaller portions, Millie found this blender to be practically faultless, with the power to cut through ice and take on stems in fruit and vegetables. 

Given the excellent price of this blender (the RRP is £89.00), Millie thinks you'll be hard-pressed to find a more effective choice, with the two blending cups included also adding to the excellent value for money.  

While ingredients like frozen berries and kale are easy work for this blender, it does struggle slightly more with large ingredients like whole fruits, which is where a bigger, capable blender might be needed. If it's guaranteed value and everyday blending you're looking for however, you won't do better than this. 

Best blender for everything

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Best blender for everything

Specifications

Type: Glass
Dimensions: 45 x 20 x 21.5 cm
Power: 1000 watts

Reasons to buy

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Hot and cold blending
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Makes tasty soups from scratch
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Auto-IQ modes make blending hands-free

Reasons to avoid

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Not dishwasher-safe

If you're on the hunt for a blender that can do more than just smoothies, then the Ninja Foodi HB150UK Blender and Soup Maker has the versatile edge you're looking for. It's a multipurpose blender that can make soups, sauces and more - even our hard-to-please expert reviewer was seriously impressed.

Though there are cheaper iterations of the best soup makers on the market, our reviewer Helen found that the Ninja Foodi could move from task to task with unparalleled ease, from crushing ice to making butters from scratch. If it's affordability you need, checking out Ninja Kitchen discount codes may also make the deal a little sweeter.

Helen's only downside with this blender was that the capacity makes just three portions of soup at a time. Dishwasher-lovers will also be disappointed, as the blades need to be washed by hand. 

Our Ninja Foodi Blender and Soup Maker review has the full details.

Best blender under £50

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3. Ninja Blast

Best blender under £50

Specifications

Type: Personal
Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 27.2 cm;
Power: 55 watts

Reasons to buy

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It's fantastically affordable
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Great for easy breakfasts 
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Leak proof
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We love the colour range

Reasons to avoid

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Can be tricky to clean by hand
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Doesn't have the power of other options on this list due to it size

The first thing to note about the Ninja Blast is that it's a total bargain. For under £50, it's an affordable buy that can switch up your morning or gym routine. You can blend on the go (if you please) or bag an appliance that doesn't take up much kitchen space at all. It's also great for speeding up recipes that require you to blitz things up if you're making single portions.

We were overall very impressed with the performance of this blender after testing it. Sure, it's not going to break up ice or veggies as quickly or deftly as some of the heavy duty options on this list, but for morning smoothies or small jobs, it's perfectly capable. 

The slim design of this blender does mean that sticking your hand in to clean it can feel a little treacherous, but it's also dishwasher safe if you'd prefer to wash up that way. Overall, we think it's a brilliant bargain buy. 

Best large blender

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4. Nutribullet 01930 Smart Touch 1.85L Blender

Best large Nutribullet

Specifications

Type: Plastic pitcher
Dimensions: 44.3 x 27.3 x 20.5cm
Power : 1500 watts

Reasons to buy

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Great capacity 
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Couldn't be easier to use
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Perfect for soup, purees, smoothies and frozen drinks

Reasons to avoid

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On the pricey side
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Can be pretty noisy 

Take the thinking out of blending with this wonderfully capable model from Nutribullet, which also has a great capacity for families. Our Ecommerce Editor Molly Cleary uses this blender every day thanks to how versatile it is. It's perfect for large smoothie batches and frozen drinks, but also gets wheeled out for sauces, dips, purees, and soups thanks to its capability with hot ingredients. 

When testing, Molly found that there was essentially zero complication with operating this blender. It has a touchscreen with four programs, as well as three blending speeds and a pulse mechanism. You can also crush ice in seconds. Molly also loves the 'Precision Nutrition Extractor' feature, which means that the blade and pitcher work in harmony to get the optimal amount of goodness from your fruit and veggies.

The large pitcher means that this is an ideal Nutribullet for family-sized portions, though it does mean you'll need a larger storage space and the blending process can also be a little noisy. With an RRP of £150.00, it's also admittedly pricier than personal models, but if it's both capability and size you need, you can't go wrong with this pick. 

Best for soup

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Best blender for soups

Specifications

Type: Glass
Dimensions: 26.8 x 20.8 x 46 cm
Power: 1300 watts

Reasons to buy

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Maximum power
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Glass jug
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Small design

Reasons to avoid

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An expensive option
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Not great at getting rid of tiny seeds

How much blending is too much? If you’re the sort of person who feels like you’re always second-guessing your appliance or over-processing, meet the Power Blender. 

It comes with five auto programmes (one of which is a time-saving self-cleaning setting) that help take the effort out of blitzing ice, smoothies, desserts and soups, alongside four speeds plus pulse for when you want more control.

During testing, our reviewer Helen thought that the Magimix Power Blender was a little pricey given that it didn't come equipped with any accessories like personal blending cups. 

On the whole during the review process she did find the blender to be of a high quality however, with a thick glass jug that felt like it might have a longer life in your home compared to other options on the market.

Helen did find that this blender struggled to perfectly liquidize on occasion and that tiny seeds may get caught in your final product. But on the whole, she was impressed with the calibre of blender on offer from Magimix here and thought it was adept at churning out soups of a good consistency as well as ice and unseeded frozen fruit with ease. All in all, it's a solid option if you need an all-rounder and you're picky about quality. 

Our Magimix Power Blender review has the full details.

Best quiet blender

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Best quiet blender

Specifications

Type: Plastic carafe and cup
Dimensions: 21 x 46 x 27cm
Power: 2400 watts

Reasons to buy

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Powerful motor
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Quieter average noise
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Simple controls

Reasons to avoid

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Bulky base
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Seriously pricey 

Putting off making your morning smoothie for fear of waking the whole household, or even the neighbours? The Super Q is here to save the day. While blending is never going to be a quiet activity we found that during testing this speedy, commercial-grade machine did its best to dampen the usual racket, and, importantly, the sound it does make is less of a jarring whine – because it’s often the pitch that’s a blender bugbear as much as the volume.

However, it’s not just noise suppression that made this blender an asset when we reviewed it– it’s also the breadth of programmes, versatility and efficiency. In the box you’ll find a good-sized two-litre jug with a lid that clips firmly into place, a 700ml cup with removable blades and a lid that you can use to blend shakes or smoothies, tamper, spatula, and a sleek silver base unit.

The controls are devilishly simple to get the hang of – there are five programmes at the push of a button, such as green smoothie, frozen dessert or soup (designed to heat up ingredients rather than blend already hot soup), plus a manual dial for ramping up through 12 speed settings and an LCD screen showing count up or count down times.

What’s especially clever though, is that the jug is compatible with the separate Vac Q pump, which enables you to suck the air out before blending. In our tests, this resulted in far less froth in a fruit and veg smoothie and noticeably velvety butternut squash soup, heated in less than six minutes (although this was noisy).

A final reason to love it is its frozen food and ice-crushing abilities – it transformed cubes into snow in about 30 seconds (the programme lasts a minute), which was easily scraped out. The only downside is the price – but if other blenders are leaving you disappointed or deafened, the Super Q is a superhero solution.

Our Sage the Super Q blender review has the full details.

Best personal blender

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The best personal blender

Specifications

Type: Personal
Dimensions: 14 x 14 x 32.5cm
Power : 300 watts

Reasons to buy

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Great retro style
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Two cups included 
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Space-saving
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Simple to operate

Reasons to avoid

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Won't blend for more than 60 seconds at a time
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Not great for super tough ingredients

Our reviewer Helen was skeptical that the Smeg Personal Blender might be all looks and no substance and was pleasantly surprised to find that it's a perfectly capable blender, with easy-to-use controls and a passable amount of power. It won't quite be tough enough to blitz up super tough ingredients, but for milkshakes or smoothies it will be just fine, and it is the prettiest blender on the market, after all. 

You can pick up this blender in an array of different colours, with the retro-style base matching in design to all of the other sought-after Smeg appliances out there. With an RRP of £109.95 there's no getting away from the fact that this blender is expensive, but if it's about to be pride of place on your countertop, then you might just find that it's worth it!

Our Smeg Personal Blender review has the full details. 

Best blender for smoothies

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8.  NutriBullet Rx

Best blender for smoothies

Specifications

Type: Plastic carafe/cups
Dimensions: 36.2 x 21.8 x 46 cm
Power: 1700 watts

Reasons to buy

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Great value
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Lots of accessories
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Make soup quickly

Reasons to avoid

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Blades aren't dishwasher safe

Fans of the original Nutribullet looking to upgrade to something with more oomph will love the Rx. While some bullet blenders can leave behind flecks (of leafy greens, for example), we found during testing that the Rx uses its 2.3hp/1700W motor to create a flawlessly smooth consistency. Inside its blade unit, you’ll find four angled blades that screw into an oversized or short cup for smoothies or its Souperblast pitcher.

Our Head of Reviews Millie also loved the vented lid that comes with this blender, so you can use a special programme to blitz veggies into hot soup in only seven minutes. There’s no on or off button or speed settings. The Rx adjusts automatically to the contents and for the right amount of time – just drop the cup onto the base. In tests, it effortlessly blitzed smoothies using seeds and nuts. It easily tackled black treacle and broccoli in our tests, all of which were thoroughly blended.

This super blender then made piping hot soup from vegetables and pre-made stock. It’s worth noting that it won’t brown ingredients, so some may need cooking beforehand. It was also used to blend creamy nut butter from almonds and oil.

One downside is that the blades aren’t dishwasher-safe, so you’ll need to clean out any residue by hand. Also, the cups are bulky to drink from directly and the kit it comes with doesn’t have an obvious way to stack it for storage.

Best powerful blender

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Best blender for sheer power

Specifications

Type: Plastic
Dimensions: 43.2 x 20.3 x 27.9cm
Power: 1440 watts

Reasons to buy

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Incredibly versatile
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Large 2L jug
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Smooth results

Reasons to avoid

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With a hefty price tag, you may want a cheaper alternative

The Ascent 2300i  can be used to make your own butter (no churning by hand, yet all of the wow factor at your next dinner party), dips, nut butters, mayonnaise, non-dairy milks, hot soup from scratch without a pan in sight, bread and pasta dough, wholegrain flours, baby food and frozen desserts – essentially, almost anything you could make in a food processor.

When our Head of Reviews Millie tried it out, she found that it was built with a more durable construction than you’d expect your average blender to have. There’s a large base to find space for in your kitchen, plus a two-litre plastic jug with a wide spout that manages to be both lightweight yet sturdy and a secure push-on lid that prevents leaks.

And while there aren’t any programmes, the Ascent 2300i doesn’t lack options – 10 speeds plus a pulse button mean you can scroll between gentle liquefying and pulverisation.

Other points of difference are a comprehensive recipe book, a tamper to nudge frozen ingredients towards its blades and an on-off switch so it’s not accidentally flicked into life. In testing, it made a smoothie that was completely lump and fleck-free in about a minute, staying steady on the worktop even at the highest speed. Its count-up timer on the front came in especially handy for keeping an eye on blending times.

Similarly, it took a minute to blend cooked ingredients into smooth soup and 6 mins 30 to blend and heat using the friction of its blades. A few pulses were all that was required to crush ice, and it cleaned easily after messy jobs by using water and washing-up liquid, with the mixture even reaching the lid for a thorough clean. Though the Vitamix Ascent scored a rare 5 stars during testing, it has been placed lower down on this list due to its astronomical RRP. 

Our Vitamix Ascent Series A3500i Blender review has the full details.

Best smart blender

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10. Smeg BLF01 50s blender

Best looking blender with smart features

Specifications

Type: Aluminium
Dimensions: 20 x 16.5 x 40cm
Power: 800 watts

Reasons to buy

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Awesome 50's retro style
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Incredibly sleek and easy to use
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Tritan jug is very sturdy

Reasons to avoid

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Only one pitcher
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Can't handle soup

With a die-cast aluminium body and six lovely colours to choose from, you won't want to remove the Smeg BLF01 50s blender from your kitchen counter. During testing were impressed with just how smooth it left our drinks, even when they had ice and frozen blocks of spinach; a notoriously tricky ingredient. 

The soup had an almost whipped consistency because of how well the blender broke through tomato skins and peppers to incorporate, but Smeg does recommend waiting until your soup has cooled before blending, which is a shame.

The jug doesn't need to be screwed in: just slot it into the base and select your setting. The Smeg BLF01 50s blender may have a retro style but the build is all modern. It features a pulse setting and numerous preset modes, including a button for blitzing ice.

You only get the 1.5 litre tritan jug with this one, so it's not the most versatile. For pairing with a toaster or kettle though, the look really does impress. All in all during the review process this blender felt incredibly powerful and not too loud, which given the 800 watt motor was a surprise.

Best small blender

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Best personal blender

Specifications

Type: Personal
Dimensions: 17 cm x 15.9 cm x 38.7 cm
Power: 1000 watts

Reasons to buy

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Smart Auto-IQ settings
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Easy to use and clean

Reasons to avoid

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A little noisy
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Not for larger drinks

If you're looking for the best blender for smoothies, it's a good idea to consider a personal blender. Personal blenders are designed for taking drinks on the go, and can blitz up ice, frozen fruit and protein powder into smooth and creamy drinks. 

The Ninja Blender with Auto-IQ BN495UK is a smart choice. During testing our Head of Reviews Millie loved how it has two smart settings that use Auto-IQ to tackle even the toughest ingredients, it can chop through chunks of frozen spinach, banana, and ice to make thick milkshakes and creamy smoothies.

Personal blenders are far from versatile. This option comes with two 700ml cups that have lids for taking on the go, but nothing larger for blending family-sized dishes. What they do offer though is some seriously high powered blending power and a smaller footprint for your kitchen counter. We loved this model when we put it to the test, so if you're after a personal blender, take a look. Plus, if you make use of Ninja Kitchen discount codes you should be able to pick this up for a song.

Our Ninja Auto-IQ BN495UK Blender review has the full details.

Best food processor and blender

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Best blender food processor combo

Specifications

Type: Plastic
Dimensions: 30.8 x 29.2 x 19.2 cm
Power: 250 watts

Reasons to buy

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Get a blender and food processor in one
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Budget-friendly

Reasons to avoid

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Single serve only

Affordably priced and multi-functional, the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is the perfect choice for students or small households who want something that can blend as well as chop and slice. It has two drink pitchers, one of who has a to-go lid that stays very securely in place, and despite only being 250 watts this blender is very powerful. It was particularly effective at making smoothie bowls out of frozen bananas and berries, with little intervention.

While we found it wasn't large enough during testing for family-sized portions, the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express is perfect for smoothies and shakes, and it makes a top iced drink. The controls are simple, with an On, Off, and Pulse, but it's by no means as multi-faceted as some of the options from Ninja and Vitamix, which offer a variety of blending modes for different drinks.

Our Magic Bullet Kitchen Express food processor review has the full details.

How we test blenders

As part of our commitment to how we test products at Ideal Home, we reviewed each and every one of these blenders by using them at home over the course of several weeks, or sometimes months. 

They were put to the test with smoothies, purees and soups in some cases – which are some of the most common uses for blenders like these. The use and ease of cleaning also played an important part in our overall rankings.

When scoring, we took into account each item’s look and size, as well as ease of use and how quick and effective we found it. Price was another consideration, as was the cleaning process. We’re not about the false economy either, so we were looking for blenders that looked and felt robust and like they’d last the distance. You can read more about exactly who tested these blenders below.

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Helen McCue

Helen McCue is a freelance contributor who trained as a Home Economist. 

From this list she's had hands-on experience with the Ninja Foodi HB150UK Blender and Soup Maker, the Magimix Powerblender, the Sage Super Q, the Smeg Personal Blender and the Ninja Blast.

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie Fender formerly managed all things reviews-related at Ideal Home. There’s nothing she loves more than testing out the latest and greatest cooking gadgets, for indoor and outdoor use, from toasters to air fryers.

She's tried - and loved - the Magic Bullet Kitchen Express and the Vitamix Ascent Series A3500i Blender from this roundup. 

Molly Cleary
Molly Cleary

Molly is the Ecommerce Editor for Ideal Home covering all things appliances, meaning that she's always reviewing the next coffee machine or air fryer on the market. 

She tried the Nutribullet 01930 Smart Touch 1.85L Blender and is a huge fan, thanks to just how versatile it is in her kitchen. She uses it regularly for soups, smoothies and sometimes even for frozen margaritas.

FAQs

How to buy the right blender for you

1. Check how powerful your blender is

The wattage can work as a guide but higher doesn’t always mean a better blender. Take into account additional features that it uses to process food thoroughly, such as jug and blade design. A blender’s power can sometimes be displayed in horsepower (746W = 1hp) instead of watts. While basic liquidisers sufficed with two blades, most modern jug blenders will have at least four, sometimes with mini blades nestled around the stack. They’re usually angled, which helps them to whisk up pieces from the bottom of the jug and create a vortex to drag blender contents down from the top.

2. Check blender settings and speeds

Basic models tend to have just a few speeds while more feature-packed models will have several. Both will usually feature a pulse option for quick bursts of speed. You can also find blenders with programmes for blitzing specific foods, such as soup, ice crushing, smoothie, pureé and frozen desserts. A cleaning programme is another handy option, allowing you to clean the jug in-situ by running it filled with water and washing-up liquid.

3. Check blender materials

The blender jug itself will be made from either glass or plastic. Glass tends to be sturdier and less likely to become scratched but a good quality BPA-free plastic, such as Tritan, is a smart choice. This is because it’s strong yet lighter than glass, which can make all the difference if you’re lifting a heavy jug of soup. Jugs vary in total capacity and working capacity (ie how much they can safely blend without the contents trying to escape). This is usually lower for hot liquids. A 1.6-litre jug should cover most everyday blending but to be able to get the most of out of your blender, look for around two litres.

5. Check for extras

The lids may include small measuring cups. Some blenders have additional milling and grinding blades (which can be used for seeds, nuts and sometimes coffee beans), mini containers for mincing smaller amounts of food, personal blender cups and even food processor bowls. Another useful blender accessory is a tamper. This fits through the lid of the blender so you can move solid chunks of food, such as frozen fruit, towards the blades.



Are blenders easy to clean?

You’ll get more use out of a blender that’s easy to clean, so look for those where all the removable parts are dishwasher safe. Some blender jugs will split apart so that the blades can be safely cleaned separately and more thoroughly. If the jug has fixed blades, it can be difficult to clean around them by hand, so always use a brush. Our how to clean a blender guide has more tips.

Are blenders noisy?

All blenders will be noisy, though some more than most. The pitch can differ from blender to blender, too, meaning that some noises, while not louder, are more annoying than others. If possible, try before you buy.

Will my small kitchen accommodate a blender?

Blender cables can be substantial, so look for machines with built-in storage to prevent the flex getting out of hand. Unless you’re buying a machine that you’re happy to have on display on the worktop, your blender will probably live in a cupboard. If so, choose one that can be easily dismantled, is light enough for you to lift in and out and won’t take up too much storage room.