Like your homemade smoothie on the go or want to whip up your lunchtime soup before you leave in the mornings? If this appeals, a Nutribullet-style blender might be the ideal addition to your kitchen.
Blenders with a cup have seen sales rise by 272%, with 70% of us choosing them over more traditional blenders, according to figures released by market research firm GfK.
Don’t miss our reviews of all the latest Nutribullet and other bullet blenders.
Jug blenders vs personal blenders vs smoothie makers
Milkshakes, soup, smoothies… you can make all of these drinks in a jug blender. Most will crush ice and some will even heat your soup for you. Jug blenders are usually easy to clean and come with a range of power speeds and jug sizes, depending on the quantities you want to make in one go. On the downside, they’re not great at juicing and they’re bulky to store.
Personal blenders or Nutribullet-style blenders blend straight into a cup you can drink from, so are convenient if you want to blend and go. However, their smaller size means they’re not ideal for families and they can lack the features of jug blenders.
Smoothie makers are gradually being phased out by other kinds blenders. The only real difference between the two blender types is that a smoothie maker has a dispensing tap to save you having to lift a heavy jug. While this tap might save you from arm ache it blocks easily and can be tricky to clean.
Juicers extract the juice from the fruit and veg and leave the pulp behind, meaning no mush gets into your drink. But they’re not designed for smoothie making and can struggle to juice soft fruits, such as bananas and berries.
Latest blender reviews
Nutribullet Pro 900, £127.50
The eagerly-awaited big brother of the original Nutribullet has a more powerful motor and a larger cup. Its makers claim it creates less aeration to give a smoother texture to its blends. It’s not the cheapest blender out there so it it worth the money?
Read the full review to see whether the Nutribullet Pro 900 lives up to the hype.
Nutri Ninja BL450UK, £70
This blender looks a lot like the original Nutribullet 600 but costs around £15 less. It’s a simple machine with just one speed setting and no buttons (you press the jug down to start blending), but it’s billed as being able to blend whole fruits and veg – including cores, stems and seeds – in seconds.
See how the Nutri Ninja BL450UK fared in our tough tests.
Kenwood Smoothie 2 Go Sport, £30
This is the new version of the popular Kenwood Smoothie 2 Go; it has a narrower sports-drink-style cup, allowing you to drink smoothies and shakes on the move. It’s not as powerful as the Nutri Ninja or Nutribullet, but it costs a fraction of the price.
Kenwood Smoothie 2 Go Sport review – see how this cheap blender compares to pricier rivals.
Prices correct as of 5 August 2015.
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