‘The future of blending has arrived’, according to Nutri Ninja, in the form of its new FreshVac Personal Blender BL580UKV. By sucking the air out of the container before blending, it’s claimed the FreshVac can make more vibrant smoothies, with less foam and more nutrients.
It’s not the first vacuum blender – both Beko and Philips launched vacuum blenders in the summer. But it is the first version to use a smaller personal blending cup, which converts into a travel bottle, instead of a full-sized blending jug. At £129, it’s also the cheapest vacuum blender we’ve seen (the Philips Avance vacuum blender costs £220).
There are also two larger versions with FreshVac technology, which include vacuum jug attachments for blending larger quantities.
We’ve tested the Nutri Ninja FreshVac Personal Blender, along with seven other popular blenders. Our tests have uncovered not only a fantastic new cheap Best Buy blender, but a blender so brilliant it’s now our joint-best on test.
Head to our blender reviews to compare the latest models and discover our top picks, or head straight to the Nutri Ninja FreshVac Personal Blender BL580UKV review to get our official verdict.
The new Nutri Ninja FreshVac range
There are three models in the FreshVac range, starting with the personal blender and ending with a 3-in-1 blender and food processor. Here’s what you get with each:
Nutri Ninja FreshVac Personal Blender BL580UKV (above centre), £129. Has a 1,000W motor, two pre-set ‘Auto-IQ’ blending programs and a pulse button. Includes two 600ml personal blending cups and a vacuum blending pump.
Nutri Ninja Smart Screen FreshVac Duo Blender (above right), £180. Includes the vacuum function and blending cup, but has a larger base, seven pre-set programs and an extra blending jug with more capacity. The vacuum works with both the jug and cup.
Nutri Ninja Smart Screen FreshVac Kitchen System Food Processor (above left), £230. If you want to go all the way, this all-singing, all-dancing version includes everything already mentioned as well as a food processing bowl for chopping, slicing, shredding and even kneading dough. The food prep bowl doesn’t work with the pump, though.
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What makes Nutri Ninja’s FreshVac technology different?
Unlike other vacuum blenders we’ve seen, with the Nutri Ninja the vacuum pump is completely separate from the body of the blender.
Once you’ve prepped your ingredients and attached the blending cup to the base, you pop the vacuum pump on the top of the cup and power it up to suck out the air.
It’s also the first vacuum blender with a travel cup design. The blending cup comes with a drinking lid, so you can take your vacuum smoothies on the go, without having to decant them into a different container, saving time and washing up.
There’s a snag, though. The vacuum pump needs six AA batteries to work. You get a set included in the box, but they will need replacing. Other vacuum blenders use mains power to work, as the vacuum part is connected to the base, but the blending cup design (where you unscrew the base, not the lid), means this isn’t possible.
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Do you really need a vacuum blender?
Vacuum blenders come with all sorts of claims about smoothies lasting longer, looking better and retaining more nutrients. In theory, removing the oxygen from the container before blending should help to prevent the ingredients oxidizing.
When we made a smoothie in the Philips vacuum blender and an ordinary blender, and compared the results over time, the smoothies showed no visible signs of longer-lasting freshness. But they were undeniably bubble-free, giving a more pleasant velvety-smooth texture.
While vacuum blenders may help to preserve more nutrients, bear in mind that nothing will offer the same benefits as eating the fruit and vegetables whole.
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If you’re looking to start the new year with a concerted health kick, make sure you pick one of the best.
In our latest tests, one blender earned a high score of 90%. Regardless of whether you want to make smoothies, soups, crushed ice, sauces, dips or frozen drinks, this new Best Buy will be able to handle it all.
To get a score this good, a blender needs to get full marks in our key blending tests, including a tough frozen berry, leafy green and nut smoothie. We also test thicker mixes, such as pesto, to see whether a blender is versatile enough to be able to make dips and sauces.
But part of the attraction of owning a blender isn’t just the recipes it can make, but the prospect of making said tasks effortless. This is why we also assess how easy each blender is to use and clean.
For more on how we separate the best from the rest, see our guide on how we test blenders.
Best cheap blenders
There’s no need to spend big on a blender unless you’ve got your heart set on fancy features – our recent tests uncovered a fantastic blender for less than £40.
To compare all models side-by-side and find the best for your budget, head to our blender reviews. Alternatively, you can get straight to the latest models using the links below:
- Beko Sense Table Blender TBN6602 – £39
- Breville Blend Active Pro Food Prep Blender VBL212 – £50
- John Lewis Blender, black/stainless steel – £60
- Russell Hobbs Retro Blender – £129
- Sage The Fresh & Furious – £195
- Tefal Blendforce Blender BL420840 – £35
- Tefal Perfect Mix+ BL811D40 – £89
Prices correct as of 5 December 2018.