Which? first look verdict on the latest mini blendersBreville Blend-Active and Magic Bullet reviewed

23 December 2014

Breville Blend-Active

We've tried five mini blenders, including the Breville Blend-Active

We've given five mini  blenders a spin to see which ones make the ideal cheap option for drinkers of smoothies and protein shakes.

Whether you're looking for an affordable last minute Christmas present or planning ahead for a healthier 2015, we've tried out five compact blenders that aim to deliver great tasting fruit drinks with ease and convenience.

Don't miss our blender reviews for test lab ratings for all the latest models.

Mini blenders reviewed

From fresh and frozen fruit, to nuts, ice and protein powder, we challenged all the latest mini Nutribullet-style blenders to complete a series of tough blending tasks, to see which is best. Click the links below to read our reviews to see which was best.

Breville Blend-Active (£20)
Magic Bullet (£70)
Morphy Richards Easy Blend 48415 (£18)
Russell Hobbs Mix & Go 21350 (£25)
Tefal Fruit Sensation (£40)

Prices correct of 22 December 2014. Click the links above for up-to-date prices and our full reviews.

Which mini blender?

All five of the compact blenders we've tried out are intended for single-serve individual use. Read on to get a taste of each model and its key features.

Breville Blend-Active

A sports blender that's aimed at smoothie drinkers who love to stay active. It comes with slimline bottles that you can slip in to your kit bag, and there are different buying options so you can choose more bottles to keep the whole family on the move.

Magic Bullet

The little brother of the popular Nutribullet, the Magic Bullet comes with loads of attachments. As well as four cups in a variety of colours, you can choose between two blades - one for regular blending and a second flat blade for whipping and grinding. 

Morphy Richards Easy Blend

Available for only £18, this is the cheapest of the mini blenders we've tried. At 750ml, its cup is bigger than the rest, and it has two speed settings to give you greater control over your blending.

Russell Hobbs Mix & Go

This Russell Hobbs mini blender is operated by applying pressure down on the bottle and, like the Breville and Morphy Richards, it blends straight into the container that you can simply grab and go.

Tefal Fruit Sensation

The stylish Fruit Sensation is the only one of the mini blenders to have a glass jug, and it comes with a glossy recipe book that's thick with cocktails for you to create - which could be handy for entertaining friends or family.

Magic Bullet

The Magic Bullet is cheaper than the Nutribullet - but is it worth paying the extra?

Would I be better off with a Nutribullet blender?

The mini blenders we've taken a first look at tend to be less powerful - but cheaper - than a bigger conventional jug blender.

At £100, but with a 600w motor, the Nutribullet 600 seeks to strike a balance between the two. And it's popular too - the British Retail Consortium recently revealed that it was among the three most Googled home products in the third quarter of 2014.

But is the Nutribullet 600 actually any good? Read our full Nutribullet 600 review to see our test lab verdict.

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