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Want to make tasty drinks at home but can't decide whether you need a blender, juicer or smoothie maker? We'll help you figure out what's best for you, including whether the popular Nutribullet is the ultimate solution.
Should you get a jug blender, personal blender or smoothie maker? Is juicing better than blending? Is a Nutribullet your best bet? And how much do you need to spend to get good results? We answer the questions retailers don't to help you find the right product for you - and save money.
On this page you'll find a breakdown of the pros and cons of blenders and juicers, plus our guide to alternatives such as smoothie makers and mini blenders. But first, take our quick quiz below to find out if a juicer or blender suits you best.
The classic blender has long been a kitchen staple, and it’s no wonder why. They can whip up smoothies and shakes in seconds, and can be used for a variety of things from soups and sauces to homemade mayo. A good one will also be able to crush ice and blend together tough ingredients such as nuts, seeds and leafy greens.
Juicing can be a simple way to include more varied fruit and veg in your diet. A good juicer will speedily extract all the juice from your fruit and veg, making a delicious fresh drink, and be easy to clean up afterwards.
Smoothie makers are essentially jug blenders with taps that you can dispense your blended drinks from, so you can in theory blend your drink and dispense it straight into your glass.
They aren’t very common anymore, partly because the small tap opening tended to be prone to clogging and tricky to clean. If you want a speedy and convenient smoothie-making experience, a personal or mini blender is a better option.
Nutribullet blenders claim to offer the best of both worlds – not just juicing or blending, but instead 'extracting' the nutrients from food. Don't believe the marketing hype though - Nutribullets work just like standard blenders, blitzing food into a smooth liquid blend.
Their design, in which you blend using a smaller cup that converts into a travel mug for your smoothie, is clever and convenient and has become very popular. The Nutribullet also has a separate 'dry food' blade for grinding nuts, beans and coffee beans, so it can take on some of the jobs of a food processor. The simplicity will also appeal to some people as the Nutribullets have few buttons or settings, you just hold the cup down to blend, and twist to lock it on.
Mini, or personal blenders - such as the Nutribullet - are a popular option for those who want to make one or two portions in a hurry. Most come with a travel lid so you can easily convert the blending cup into a travel mug and have your smoothie on the go.
Wanting to start a health kick and not sure which type of drink is better for you? If you just want more veg in your diet, a juicer is likely to be a better option, as you can easily juice hard root vegetables such as carrots, beetroot and more. However, juicers dispense with the fibre and pulp, which are also good for you.
Whichever product you choose, try to mix up your fruit and veg for a less sugary drink, and bear in mind drinking too many juices or smoothies isn't great for your teeth.