Can cheap Davina blender rival the Nutribullet?Personal blender from new Lakeland range reviewed

03 February 2016

Lakeland Davina blender in action making a green smoothie

Our researcher tries out Davina's Lakeland blender to see if it can make a decent smoothie on a budget

Davina McCall has launched a new blender in collaboration with Lakeland which claims to help you make quick and easy smoothies. At £29.99, it’s less than half the price of the popular Nutribullet blender, so we tried it out to see if this cheap Davina blender is a good buy.

The Davina personal blender looks to be pretty good value compared to rivals like the Nutribullet and Nutri Ninja, especially considering that it comes with blending cups made of hardy Tritan plastic - something usually only found on pricier blenders. 

But it also has a relatively modest 250W motor (the Nutribullet is 600W). While this isn't necessarily a reliable indicator of blending power, it does mean you can only blend for 30 second intervals before having to 'rest' the blender for one minute.

To see what our researcher thought of this blender, and whether it can blitz ingredients effectively in 30 seconds, head to the full Lakeland Davina personal blender first look review.

Should you buy a personal blender?

Personal blenders, also known as mini or sports blenders, are smaller than standard blenders so they’re ideal for making a quick smoothie. They tend to be straightforward to use too, with just one or two speed settings.

Some models, such as the Nutribullet, come with lots of different cups, lids and accessories. The Davina blender keeps things simple with one speed setting and two different-sized cups depending on how much you want to make, plus some sports lids for taking your smoothie on the go.

It recommends recipes that include soft fruit and veg such as peach, avocado, cucumber, grapes, pear and spinach, along with liquids and yoghurt. Unlike some more powerful mini blenders, you can’t blend very hard substances, such as coffee beans or ice.

If you're looking for a powerful blender that can tackle tough ingredients, take a look at our round-up of the best Nutribullet-style blenders to see the blenders that aced our rigorous tests.

Buying the best personal blender

The Nutribullet may be the best-known bullet-style blender, but there are plenty of alternatives available from brands such as Breville, Kenwood and Russell Hobbs. We've even found some good options for under £50 if you're on a budget.

Our top-scoring blender scored 85%, turning out perfectly blended smoothies, but others only managed 54%, struggling to produce a smooth drink. Our independent Nutribullet-style blender reviews can help you to avoid getting stuck with a blender that gives you disappointing, lumpy results.

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