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Top five best mini blenders

By Jane Darling

We've rounded up our pick of the best-scoring personal blenders, to help you find your ideal smoothie maker.

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A handy one-portion blending cup that converts into a travel mug, simple one-button operation, and a small worktop footprint - all these features make blenders like the Nutribullet a more attractive proposition than a traditional jug blender for those who want a quick, easy smoothie on the go. But which is best for you?

While the Nutribullet arguably started the craze for compact blenders, there are now lots of competing models to choose from, from brands including Nutri Ninja, Morphy Richards, Philips and Sage. Lucky for you, we've done the hard work of testing them all so we can bring you our verdict on which models are truly brilliant at blending.  

Below we've rounded up five blenders that impressed in our rigorous lab tests, blitzing their way through tricky blends of frozen fruit, ginger and leafy greens with ease. Four earned our Best Buy blender recommendation and one budget option, while not quite a Best Buy, will still make a great smoothie.

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Top personal blenders
  Our verdict Fruit, veg, nut smoothie Ease of cleaning Score

This is the best blender we've ever tested - it whizzed its way through all our tests, including ice-crushing, with ease. 

It's a breeze to use and straightforward to clean too. It's a bit noisy, but blending is never a quiet business.

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90%

An early rival of the Nutribullet, this 900-watt blender is really impressive. It breezed through all our tests, making great smoothies, soup, pesto and crushing ice evenly. Plus it's really easy to clean too.

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85%

We gave this blender top marks for blending all the fruit, veg, nuts and seeds we could throw at it - it made excellent smoothies, soups, pesto and more.

It does a better job than most at ice-crushing, and is easy to use and clean.

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82%

 We love this personal blender. It may be small, but it certainly packs a punch.

Whether you're blitzing fruit, vegetables or nuts, you'll be left with smooth results. The only area where it disappoints is crushing ice cubes.

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78%

This snazzy blender is a good option if you are on a budget. While it's not a Best Buy, it only misses out by a whisker.

It's a one-speed blender that makes great smoothies and soups and it copes well with drier, fibrous mixes too. It's on the noisy side, and isn't the easiest to clean, but for the price it's a great little blender

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74%

Not found the perfect model for you? Jump straight to our blender reviews for more on all the latest models, including jug blenders for blending larger quantities.

Why Which? blender reviews are better

When testing blenders, we challenge every model to complete a variety of blending tasks, from smoothie recipes with tricky-to-blend ingredients like ginger, frozen fruit and nuts, to soups and dips such as pesto. We also rate how well each blender can crush ice: many will leave you with a sloppy mixture of slush and cubes, while the best ones crush ice evenly to make uniform ice crystals. 

As well as judging blenders on their blending prowess, we also assess how easy they are to use and clean. If a blender is simple to use and clean up afterwards, it's less likely to be abandoned in a cupboard after a few weeks use.

If you're looking to buy a blender, make sure you look at our blender reviews first so you can see the best - and worst - models, and buy with confidence.

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