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6 October 2021

Top jug blenders and mini blenders for 2021

Whip up soup, smoothies and more in seconds with our pick of eight top-scoring blenders.
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Jake Massey
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On the hunt for a new blender? Whether you want to make a healthy smoothie, a creamy soup to warm you up, or a pesto sauce to improve your pasta, we've found the best across a range of recipes after testing them in our labs. 

Jug blenders have family-sized capacities that are handy for batch cooking, while mini blenders (sometimes called personal or compact blenders) are great at whipping up a smoothie for one and taking it on the go. 

To compare all the latest models from NutriBullet, Nutri Ninja, Sage and more, head to our blender reviews.

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Tables updated: September 2021

Best jug blenders

  • 90%
    £159.00

    It stormed through our tests and got five stars in all key areas. It can handle tough smoothies, is a breeze to use and clean, and is quieter than most blenders. All-in-all, it’s one of the best blenders we’ve ever tested.

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  • 90%
    £188.00

    This blender stormed through our tests, making perfect smoothies, soup, crushed ice, and pesto. If your budget extends this far, it's one of the best.

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  • 88%
    £137.00

    A big blender with an innovative little twist. It's a master of mixing, making easy work with most blended recipes that we fed it. Another high-cst, high-quality jug blender.

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  • 83%
    £34.00

    It doesn’t have many of the flashy extras more premium models do, like lots of speed settings or pre-set programs, but this bargain gets the basics right.

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Best mini blenders

  • 86%
    £25.00

    A real jack-of-all-trades - and a master of almost all of them, too. It’ll be the perfect smoothie companion, and can even crush ice and make a good dip or sauce. You really can’t get better for this price.

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  • 84%
    £34.99

    This mini blender held its own against newer and pricier rivals. It’s currently one of the cheapest Best Buys available and certainly suited to anyone looking to make and take smoothies on the go.

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  • 84%
    £149.99

    Whether you're blitzing fruit, vegetables, ice or nuts, you'll be left with smooth results. And with its smart nutrition tracking, you can keep an eye on how many calories, vitamins and minerals are in your creations.

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  • 82%
    £79.00

    An all-round success, blitzing everything you put into it to create tasty, well-mixed recipes, no matter the thickness or the complexity of the ingredients. It gets along quietly, though its cup needs the odd shake midway.

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What makes a good blender?

  • A good blender should make a great soup meal or smoothie. It shouldn't leave coagulated lumps or unblended bits in the mixture after a fair bit of blitzing - your food and drink will have a consistent texture and it'll be velvety smooth. 
  • It should also be able to handle tough ingredients such as herbs, seeds, nuts and raw vegetables - dry and fibrous ingredients which prove more of a challenge than soft fruit. Look out for our star ratings for making pesto to see if a blender is up to this task.
  • It should crush ice if it's been designed to do so. If it's ice-crushing compatible, it'll turn cubes into a fine snow. 
  • It shouldn't be too loud. Blender motors always kick up a bit of a fuss, but a good blender will create fewer decibels and the noise won't be as abrasive as other blenders.
  • It should blend your ingredients quickly without requiring lots of fussing and tampering. 
  • It will be easy to use with intelligent auto programs, a well-labelled control panel, and an ergonomic design that makes it a cinch to handle deftly. 
  • It should also be easy to clean and dishwasher-safe if possible. 

For more advice on shopping for a great blender, see how to buy the best blender.

What's the difference between cheap and expensive blenders?

Blenders can cost as little as £25 and as much as £500. We've found cheap blenders that are Best Buys, because they get the basics just right. The price you pay is often a matter of how many additional features you want.

Nice-to-have blender features include:

  • Automatic programs that do the work for you
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • Extra attachments for food preparation
  • Ice crushing
  • Smart controls
  • The ability to process hot liquids
  • Vacuum blending for deoxygenated drinks 

With a basic blender, it's important you only use it for the things it was designed for. Trying to crush ice with a non-compatible blender can damage the blades and the container. And hot liquids, such as soup, should never be put into a blender that's not made for that purpose - it's dangerous and could damage your appliance. 

If you want to keep your options open, start at around the £100 mark and go higher or lower depending on whether you need more features or fewer.  

We've surveyed blender owners to discover which brands are most prone to faults. Read top blender brands for 2021 to find out more. 

Are NutriBullets the best blenders for making smoothies?

Fruit in a blender

NutriBullet has become a household name since releasing its first mini blender. These machines specialise in blitzing fruit and veg quickly and letting you drink straight from the blending cup after you screw on a lid. 

We've tested a lot of NutriBullet blenders over the years - some are brilliant, and some have been a little disappointing. You can read our NutriBullet reviews to see how the models stack up against one another. 

Overall, the NutriBullet name isn't a guarantee of top quality, even though some of its models are among the best smoothie makers we've tested.

NutriBullet blenders compared will help you navigate the NutriBullet blenders on the market.