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1 October 2020

Top five best blenders

Whip up soup, smoothies and more in seconds with our pick of five top-scoring blenders.
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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.

Only logged-in Which? members can find out which blenders we recommend in the table below. Join Which? to get instant access if you aren't already a member. To compare all the latest models from Nutribullet, Nutri Ninja, Sage and more, head to our blender reviews.

Best jug blenders

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Best Buy
£179.00
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This blender stormed through our tests, making perfect smoothies, soup, crushed ice, and pesto. If your budget extends this far, it is the best.

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£159.00
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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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Best personal blender

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Best Buy
£109.00
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This is the joint-best blender we've ever tested. It whizzed through all our tests with ease, making super-smooth smoothies, whatever the ingredients. It's brilliant at blending, crushes ice beautifully, and is a breeze to use and clean. It's a bit noisy, but it’s worth it for the flawless results.

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Best value jug blender

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Best Buy
£29.99
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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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86%
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£47.28
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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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Three blenders to avoid

Our 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.

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£25.00
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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.

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£89.00
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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.

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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.

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