Top five best blenders
By Aaron West
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 great at whipping up a smoothie for one and taking it out with you.
We've rounded up a selection of the best blenders below. We've also flagged three popular models that failed to impress in our tests, so you know the models to avoid. Are you looking specifically for a personal blender, such as the Nutribullet? See our top five best personal blenders.
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Best jug blender
Best personal blender
This is the joint-best blender we've ever tested. It whizzed through all our tests with ease, beating many other great personal blenders for the top-spot. It's brilliant at blending, crushes ice beautifully, and is a breeze to use and clean. It's a bit noisy, but blending is never a quiet business.
Best value jug blender
Best value personal blender
Best premium power blender
This high-priced, hi-tech blender is one of the highest scoring Best Buys we've ever tested, and it's brilliant at much more than just blending. If you want to crush ice, heat soup, or make perfect pesto, this one fits the bill - and it makes great smoothies, too.
Three blenders to avoidOur tough tests have uncovered some great blenders and some not-so-great blenders. Here are three mediocre models that we don't recommend. To find the perfect blender for you, use our blender reviews to compare popular models for all budgets.
This is our lowest-scoring blender. It can mix together soft ingredients well enough, but it struggles with anything tougher, such as ginger, nuts and leafy greens. Its narrow blending bottle is a hassle to clean as well. But worst of all, the blending bottle can easily come undone from the blade unit as you’re trying to remove it – leading to smoothie spilling everywhere.
This blender struggles with tougher ingredients such as leafy greens, nuts and ice. It’s quieter than most rivals, but it’s also slow and ineffective, which is disappointing considering the price. Unless a low running-noise is absolutely the main thing you’re looking for, we’d recommend one of our Best Buy blenders instead.
Popular but average - this blender remains a best seller thanks to its low price and sports bottle for taking drinks on-the-go. But we found it a hassle to clean, due to its narrow opening, and slow – it also couldn’t handle tougher ingredients like nuts or ice. You can find much better personal blenders for around the same price; consider one of our fantastic Best Buys for just a little bit more too.
Not quite what you needed? See the full list of blenders we recommend by heading to our round-up of the best blenders.
Choosing the right blender
Blenders range from less than £20 right up to an eye-watering £650 - that's more than some large appliances such as ovens and fridges. There's no need to spend that much to get a decent model, but some have extra features, such as the ability to grind or mill dry ingredients, or have larger capacities, which might tempt you.
Some blenders are designed specifically for making smaller portions, allowing you to quickly blitz a smoothie and then take it on-the-go by converting the blending cup to a travel mug. Others can heat soup as well as blend, saving a step in the cooking process.
Before you buy, have a think about what features are most important to you. Then you can narrow down the best options within your budget. For more advice, see our blender buying guide.
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. Our tests include the following:
- Smoothies and soups - 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.
- Thicker blends - the combination of garlic, cheese, herbs, pine nuts and oil needed to make pesto forms a much drier mix than smoothies or soups, and helps separate good blenders from the bad ones.
- Ice crushing - 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.
- Ease of use - we reveal which blenders are noisy or slow, which are easy to use and clean - and so on.
To compare all the models we've tested, and find the right blender for your budget, head to our blender reviews.