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Top five best blenders

By Jane Darling

Whip up soup, smoothies and more in seconds with our pick of five top-scoring jug blenders.

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On the hunt for a new blender? Whether you're looking for a professional-grade blender that will blitz anything you throw at it, or the best cheap blender for the occasional smoothie, we've got a blender recommendation to suit you.

Blenders are ideal for quickly whizzing up soups or a smoothie to help you get your five-a-day. Jug blenders have family-sized capacities that are handy for batch cooking, while compact personal blenders are handy for whipping up a smoothie for one and taking it on-the-go.

We've rounded up a selection of our best jug blenders below. All scored more than 70% in our rigorous lab tests, so you can be confident that they won't let you down. If you're after a personal blender, head to our round up of the top five personal blenders.

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Our top Best Buy blender

This blender is a smart and impressive all-rounder. Unlike many rivals, it does a great job of ice-crushing, and it also has no problem whizzing up smooth soups and lump-free smoothies.

It's easy to use, and is quieter than the average blender. On the downside, it could be faster and only the jug is dishwasher safe, so you'll need to wash the blades by hand.

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80%

Impressive power blender

Its massive two-litre jug makes this Best Buy blender the ideal model if you're making smoothies and soups in large batches.

It's powerful, too – the 2,200W motor quickly reduces ingredients to a brilliantly smooth liquid. This blender also has handy features including a back-lit LCD screen and auto-clean function. 

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77%

Excellent at ice crushing

This brand makes a range of blenders, and this is an especially good one. From soup to smoothies, it makes a lovely smooth blend. And it crushes ice cubes well too.

It's easy to use, and all parts are dishwasher safe - so no need to wash by hand unless you're in a hurry. It's not the speediest blender in the world, but that shouldn't be a deal breaker.

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77%
Good value Best Buy

A very reasonable price for a very good blender. This cheaper model excels at making smoothies, even those with tougher ingredients such as leafy greens, frozen fruit, and nuts. If you stick to small numbers, it does a good job of crushing ice cubes, too.

This blender isn't dishwasher safe, so you'll need to clean it by hand. It's a little slow too, but overall, the great blending results overcome these drawbacks.

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77%

Cheapest Best Buy jug blender

This Best Buy jug blender powered through our blending tasks, making excellent fruit and dairy smoothies as well as soup, all for the affordable price of around £30.

We found it quick at all tasks and, although it doesn't allow you to crush ice, it's a great jug blender for the price.

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76%

Not quite what you needed? Get the full list of blenders that we recommend at Best Buy blenders.

How we uncover the best blenders

We seek out the latest blender releases and put them to the test in our independent labs to find you the very best models. We challenge each blender to make popular recipes, looking for the ones that will churn out tasty, lump-free smoothies (whatever challenging ingredients you add in), as well as a silky-smooth soup. We look for consistency in blending, making sure no chunks of food are left unblended.

We also make pesto. The combination of garlic, cheese, herbs, pine nuts and oil forms a much drier mix than smoothies or soups, and helps to separate the good blenders from the bad. 

If you're keen to crush ice in your blender, our reviews tell you which blenders produce perfect chunks, and which make a watery mess. 

Finally, we look at the convenience factor: which blenders are noisy or slow, which ones are easy to use and clean - and so on. We put all this research together to give each blender an overall score and separate the best and worst models.

To compare all the models we've tested, and find the right blender for your budget, head to our blender reviews.

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