Best Blender 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

Blenders are a common and highly versatile small kitchen appliance. They offer a range of different uses, such as making soups, smoothies and shakes, chopping vegetables, crushing ice and pureeing baby food.

Blenders were invented in 1922 and have since become convenient kitchen staples that saves a lot of time and effort. With the renewed focus in recent years on healthy eating and getting our five a day of fruit and veg, smoothie-making in particular has taken off in a big way.

Before buying, it is a good idea to consider your eating habits and think about what your machine will mostly be used for. There are lots of different types of blender, and each is suited to a different kind of lifestyle. The price can vary considerably depending on the model and its features.

The Best Blenders – Our Top Picks

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KitchenAid Diamond Blender 5KSB1585
  • Power: 615W
  • Capacity: 1.75L
  • Settings: 5, pulse, ice crush
  • Dimensions: H41.9 x W22.9 x D21.6 cm
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Vitamix® A3500 Ascent Series Blender
  • Power: 1200W
  • Capacity: 2L
  • Dishwasher safe beaker
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NutriBullet 600 Series Starter Kit
  • Power: 600 Watt
  • Capacity: 600 ml
  • Extra bottle included
  • Dishwasher safe
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Best Blenders

Tefal Ultrablend Cook Hi-Speed Blender

This is a blender equipped with all of the latest technology and settings in order to get your meal to perfection levels.

You have temperature control, so can create both hot and cold recipes. This makes it a fabulous soup maker if you also want something which can create other dishes. The 1300W motor and six stainless steel blades are what gives the smooth results, and you also have full control over just how smooth the mixtures are blended.

You also get eight automatic programmes: soup, coulis, hot sauce, compote, multigrain almond or soy milk, ice crush, green smoothie and milkshake. Each comes with its own cleaning programme which is great, as it will really concentrate on the issues which can come up from the particular mix you’ve made, such as things stuck under the blades or on the side of the jar.

To finish it off, the digital display is very intuitive and easy to manage, and the glass jar is thermo-resistant so you can whizz up a freezing cold smoothie and a hot soup straight after with no worries about either damaging the surface.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: H49.5cm x W22cm x D23.5cm
  • Power: 1300W
  • Weight: 6.1kg

We like

  • Great quality jug
  • Good choice of pre-sets
  • Can make hot and cold foods

We dislike

  • Lack of recipe book and instructions are poor

Final Verdict

The lack of instructions/recipes may mean it takes a while to get used to for any newbies, but overall it is one of the best blenders currently on the market by miles

Ninja BL682UK2

A 3-in-1 product, great if you want to be preparing food or whipping up healthy smoothies.

It is a blender, food processor and personal integrated blender as well, so you can pretty much make anything with it. There are eight different speeds and settings, including five Auto-iQ programmes which can give you a helping hand. Pulse, pause and blend patterns can keep you in control, too.

If you’re not quite sure just of how much you really can do with it, there is a nice little recipe book included which should mean it remains firmly on your kitchen work surface at all times. From making cookie batter and breaking down meat for meatballs, to whizzing up ice cream or the base for cocktails, it is a powerful bit of kit.

Specifications

  • Dimensions: 19 x 24.99 x 45.01 cm
  • Power: 1,500 watts
  • Weight: 7.59 kg

We like

  • Dough function for baking assistance
  • Can chop onion/other veg for salsas or sauces
  • Doesn't take up too much space when on benches

We dislike

  • Feed chute is a bit too thin for some veg

Final Verdict

One of the handiest kitchen gadgets ever - you'll never have to manually chop or blend again

KitchenAid Diamond Blender 5KSB1585

A huge improvement on older models, it is safe to say that this KitchenAid is just as effective, aesthetically pleasing and versatile as their other products.

The diamond design of the jug may seem like it is all for show, but it has actually been done with power in mind. When the blades are rotating, they work with the shape of the jug to create a vortex. Not only does this mean more power, but also that every little ingredient is captured and mixed if need be.

The motor features Intelli-speed control, so can adapt to the contents of the jug in order to work at its most effective and create less mess. Soft fruits need slightly different treatment than ice cubes or hard vegetables, for instance. A ‘hot food’ button lets you whizz up any warm items. It starts the process off slowly to reduce the risk of splashes.

The lid has to be locked into place for the appliance to work, but there is a little ingredient addition cup in the centre. This is tight fitting so can be a pain to fit and remove, but essentially doesn’t let any mix out. There is also a non-slip base, so it stays put when working.

We love how it isn’t a big bulky body as is commonly found on jug blenders. It feels built to last thanks to the diecast metallic material, so should be with you for ages. So while it may seem expensive, see it as a true investment.

We will say that it works best with large quantities of food though. It’s not one if you’ll be doing single batches of baby food or chopping up a carrot. These tend to get trapped under the blades.

Specifications

  • Power: 615W
  • Capacity: 1.75L
  • Settings: 5, pulse, ice crush
  • Dimensions: H41.9 x W22.9 x D21.6 cm

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We like

  • Available in four colours
  • Hot food function for build-up of speed
  • Price for what you get

We dislike

  • Doesn’t cope with small amounts

Final Verdict

One for those who love their mixes as smooth as can be, whether making a soup or some nut butter. Simple to control, and there is a guide on how to get the best out of it in the instructions

Vitamix® A3500 Ascent Series Blender

The King of blenders. Incredibly powerful, it can tackle blending several batches of whatever you are making without a struggle.

It comes with five different containers for adaptability, whether you want to make a personal smoothie for on-the-go or need to blend a massive batch of dips ready for the barbecue or soup for winter.

Simply adjust the timings and speed for the container you have selected, and it will stop automatically when it is finished, so you don’t have to keep a constant watch over it when you’re busy doing other things. The timer displays how long the cycle has been going, so you know when it will be done and how long is remaining.

The tamper pushes all the ingredients towards the blades, so you don’t have to pause the machine to scrape the sides of the container or free any stuck frozen items. When it is all done, simply give the jug a rinse and pop it in the dishwasher for ease.

The base is heavy to lift and move, but there is a reasoning behind this – even with the toughest of mixing, it won’t start travelling across your countertop.

It is on the (very) expensive side, but if you are one to use a blender almost every day for making your own soups, smoothies, hummus, butters and even ice cream, it will soon have you wondering what you ever did without it.

Specifications

  • Power: 1200W
  • Capacity: 2L
  • Dishwasher safe beaker

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We like

  • Incredibly powerful
  • Modern design and look
  • Auto switch-off

We dislike

  • The power means it can be very loud
  • Expensive

Final Verdict

Incredibly pricey, but there is a reason for that - the performance it offers is pretty unrivaled.

Ninja CT610UK

Whether you want to stick to pre-set programmes or need something a bit more personalised, you can select the settings you need clearly and quickly thanks to the BL642UK’s touchscreen controls.

Auto-iQ technology lets you choose from smoothie, frozen drink or puree modes, or there are three speed settings (high, low and pulse). As it is touch screen, it is really easy to clean if there are any spills and you don’t have any difficult to reach areas, meaning it is very hygienic.

The pitcher is a generous 2.1L, so whether you want to make a personal drink or need to cater for a family, you have the space. An easy pour spout allows you to serve up without any mess, and it can be popped in the dishwasher for cleaning. The blades are also removable for more delicate hand washing.

The stacked stainless steel blades grab everything that needs to be blended, from ice to seeds and nuts. If you are ever stuck for inspiration, there is a recipe book included for you to try out some well-loved basics and something new.

Despite its relatively low price, it is very powerful and can tackle any contents quickly and smoothly. A real rival to a lot of the blenders which retail at £500+.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 2.1L
  • Power: 1000W
  • Easy pour blending jug

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We like

  • Really durable and robust
  • Dishwasher safe container and blades
  • Total crushing technology to blend ice into snow

We dislike

  • Powerful so therefore loud

Final Verdict

The power doesn't look like much on paper, but the effectiveness and performance of this blender is amazing for under £100

KITCHENAID Artisan Power Plus 5KSB8270 Blender

Top of the list for capacity, power and price, the KitchenAid Artisan packs a lot into its relatively compact frame.

The power is huge, almost five times most personal smoothie blenders and double many other jug blenders. It will tackle the toughest of ingredients, so if you regularly whip up kale smoothies or add a bunch of spinach, the fibrous texture won’t defeat the blades.

Pre-set programmes can adapt the settings to suit whatever you’re blending, so you get the right texture and treatment. Whether it be blitzing ice cubes into snow for a slushie, combining several items for a salad dressing or juicing fruit, you don’t have to finely tweak everything. And it takes the guesswork out of it all. There is also a cleaning programme, to save you getting your hands wet or loading up the dishwasher.

With a double layered jug, it can heat up your soups, sauces and gravies without risking it getting too hot to touch, or becoming damaged. It drops into the rubber pad, nestling into place as opposed to needing to be twisted and locked.

The price is not something we can get away without mentioning. Most KitchenAid items do sell for a lot of money as the quality is high. This item boasts that it is the “most powerful home blender on the market”, which is something we agree with.

The smoothness of liquids, accuracy of the dips and overall ease of use mean the price is justified. It is noisy when it gets going so beware, but this is genuinely the only flaw we could find so we’d say it is perfectly okay to live with.

Specifications

  • Power: 1800W
  • Capacity: 2.6L
  • Settings: 11
  • Dimensions: 44.9 x 26.7 x 23.1 cm

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We like

  • User-friendly
  • Very powerful
  • Creates some of the smoothest mixes we could have imagined

We dislike

  • Noisy

Final Verdict

If you want a blender which can do it all and is the definition of quality then look no further. See the price tag as investing in a long-lasting piece of kitchen equipment. Justified if you’ll use it regularly

Morphy Richards 403053 Glass Table Blender

Don’t look at this blender and think it is far too basic for your needs. Looks can indeed be deceiving.

The basic yet modern and stylish design houses a quality piece of kit. It is robust and a great option to tackle most of the common blending jobs. We’d say it is a good happy medium between a smoothie maker and a powerful jug blender if you want something which can tackle a few more recipes but isn’t as scary to use as the high-end models.

Stainless steel blades offer power, performance and endurance. The capacity is generous enough to whip up treats or drinks for the family, and there is an easy pour spout so you can transfer the contents to another glass or server with no spills or mess.

There is also a plastic jug option available which is cheaper, and which you prefer will depend on your budget and lifestyle. Glass won’t be great for busy households or accident-prone cooks but great for anyone who wants their blender to last for years.

In the instruction booklet, it does say you shouldn’t crush ice. It is okay if added to fruit to make a smoothie but not by itself, so if you want a blender which can tackle making snow, then you’ll have to look elsewhere. Try to stick to liquid mixes with this one.

On the brighter side, it does the more usual blending with ease and is compact so perfect if you’re short on storage. There are only two speeds, but this is enough, and it tackles smaller amounts of food well.

Specifications

  • Power: 400W
  • Capacity: 1.5L
  • Settings: 2 speeds, pulse
  • Dimensions: 20 x 15.5 x 38 cm

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We like

  • Price
  • Simple control
  • Small size
  • Choice of plastic or glass jug

We dislike

  • Needs liquid-based mixtures

Final Verdict

A blender which will prepare smoothies and sauces without any extra fuss or over-complicated extras

Philips HR3652/01 Blender

Working at up to 35,000 RPM to blend effectively and keep in nutrients, this blender has a lot of other features and specifications which may catch your eye.

First of all, the jug is glass. If you have previous experience with plastic containers and they broke/cracked over time, you may be on the lookout for a glass option. If you’re wary of the impact of plastic on the environment or health, then you may want a glass option. Maybe you just want the strongest materials possible. Whatever your reasoning, the glass is strong and sturdy, and easy to clean.

ProBlend 3D Technology works to completely break down your ingredients into your desired consistency, even if you want a completely smooth soup. In fact, it is up to 50% more effective than some of its rivals. This fine blending not only makes it smooth but releases more nutrients from the food cells so they can be absorbed by your body.

Philips say that if you get perfect results like this time and time again, you are 80% more likely to continue consuming fruit and veg in this way – perfect for anyone on a health kick.

A choice of four blending speeds is generous enough to tackle ingredients without you spending hours fine-tuning everything. From pulsing harder vegetables, to gently mixing soft fruits and crushing ice, all you need to do is monitor the timing.

Regarding the size, it is compact enough to be compatible with the majority of kitchens out there. It feels well-made and like it will certainly last long enough to get your money’s worth. We loved the added touch of the spatula which sits in the opening in the lid, so if your mix needs stirring when blending, you don’t have to remove everything or stop mixing.

Specifications

  • Power: 1400W
  • Capacity: 2L
  • Settings: 4
  • Dimensions: 43.2 x 31.4 x 21.6 cm

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We like

  • Easy controls
  • Glass jug
  • Addition of stirrer spoon

We dislike

  • Jug is heavy to lift when done

Final Verdict

Blending enthusiasts will love this model. It is advanced enough to cope with a great amount you’ll throw at it, without being unnecessarily complicated

Smeg BLF01 50s Retro Style Food Blender

If you’re a lover of having colourful small appliances and accents which stand out amongst the black/white/stainless steel large appliances, then this Smeg blender is going to make you very happy.

There are pastel colours, pops of red and the usual black, cream and white available. The perfect combination of retro design and modern 21st Century styling. It may be aesthetically pleasing, but it doesn’t just stop there.

The powerful motor and choice of four speeds and extra pulse setting will get through so many mixtures. From salsas and dips to smoothies and soups, the 1.5L jug will accommodate anything you want to whip up. Plus, you’ll be able to cater the exact consistency and blend.

Thanks to a dial on the side of the appliance, the speeds are easy to flick through without you having to bend down at an awkward angle. It is also smooth to turn, and the change in speed is also noticeable yet smooth, so your mixture doesn’t start spinning everywhere.

Anti-slip feet and a safety lock make it safe both when it is working and when you’re removing the jug. The base is also pretty weighty which should keep it in place. A start/stop button on the dial will let you quickly halt proceedings if need be.

It is compact enough to leave out on the bench when not in use (and it looks so great that we don’t know why you wouldn’t want to), but if you don’t have the space, it should easily slot into a small cupboard space. Not the most powerful or highest capacity, but the looks do appeal, and it’ll still tackle most jobs.

Specifications

  • Power: 800W
  • Capacity: 1.5L
  • Settings: 4 speeds, pulse
  • Dimensions: H19.7 x W16.3 x D38.7cm

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We like

  • Dishwasher safe jug
  • Cord tidy under base
  • Easily cleaned

We dislike

  • Faint motor smell after a minute or so of whizzing

Final Verdict

Whether you pair it up with other Smeg items or it is standalone, it looks fabulous, and the price isn’t bad. It certainly feels built to survive

Magimix 11630 Power Blender

This blending powerhouse is a lot of blender for your money and can now be bought for less than £200!

This is the alternative to the extravagant Vitamix blenders- it offers lots of power, various settings and is currently priced for as little as £180, depending on what colour you opt for.

This five-setting blender is the real deal, it has a big glass jug with a volume of 1.8L, it comes with various accessories and you can stir your shake whilst in the process of crushing. It has an incredible 1300-watt output and will have your smoothie with you before you know it.

Merge all of your vegetable and fruit goodness with the help of their recipe book, when you purchase this blender you get a breakdown of what you need and what flavour drinks you can enjoy.

This is our favourite of the lot because it’s a reliable, powerful and great value for money blender that can do it all. It’s not a make-shift product, it is one with an engine that has been made to last you for years to come.

It has four-speed setting and you can also use the settings to crush ice, set it to smoothie, soup, desserts and more.

Specifications

  • Power: 1300W
  • Capacity: 1.8 Litres
  • Dishwasher safe

We like

  • It comes in silver, cream, black or red
  • A simple yet sleek design
  • Has multiple settings
  • It is powerful at 1300W
  • Great price!

We dislike

  • There’s no option for a smaller jug to take with you in a hurry.

Final Verdict

A sleek, formidable and great value blender. It’s everything you want for your kitchen and is up there with some of the most premium kitchen brands.

KENWOOD BLP302WH Blend-X Compact Blender

Compact by name, compact by nature. This particular blender is perfect for anyone who wants the luxury of this product but doesn’t have the space to give up. Designed to chop, grind, blend and mill ingredients, the Multi Mill function and small pot with the Kenwood BLP302WH will chop your herbs and create pastes and dips just as well as the large jug will prepare smoothies.

There are two speed settings and a generous enough capacity to make enough to share. All parts are removable, including the blades, so are easy to clean and keep in top shape. Most parts are also dishwasher safe, so cleaning it all is not hard work.

The motor isn’t the most powerful, so it won’t be able to handle tons of ice or hard ingredients at once. The working capacity is 1.2L, but we would say to try and stay below this for the best results and remember it will take a bit of time.

Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.6L
  • Power: 450W
  • Pulse function

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We like

  • Multi Mill
  • Simple to use

We dislike

  • Not suitable for completely dry goods

Final Verdict

Affordable but without cutting down on efficiency, this is perfect for making all those homemade soups and dips to take the hard work out of it all

Blender Buying Guide

Types

There are many different types of blenders to choose from. They have also considerably improved in the past few years. Consumers nowadays are really spoilt for choice. The initial thing to consider is whether you want a jug model, or an immersion (aka handheld) model.

Jug Blenders

As the name suggests, these have a jug attachment that connects to a motor unit. There is a blade at the bottom that spins when the appliance is turned on, which allows it to blend and chop food. Most jug-blenders hold around 1-1.5 litres and can be made of either glass or plastic. Glass is the sturdier of the two – but the plastic options are lighter and less likely to shatter if knocked.

You can also buy personal blenders, also referred to as smoothie makers. These are very popular with health and fitness fanatics as they allow you to make small smoothie and shake portions and take them with you on the go, doubling up as a travel cup.

Handheld

Alternatively, if you will mostly be doing very quick blending and chopping, and less smoothie-making, you might do better with handheld immersion models, which you dip directly into a bowl of ingredients. They are less faff and excellent for making soups, as you don’t have to pour a bowl of hot liquid into a jug and out again. You can get hand blenders with a range of different attachments, such as a whisk – they make good all-rounders. Find our reviews here.

Consumer Needs

Choose your blender based on what you intend to use it for. If you cook and eat a lot of veg, it would be beneficial to seek out an option that has a ‘chop’ setting as well as a ‘blend’ setting, so it’s useful for both. If you’re planning on only using it to make smoothies and milkshakes, you should make sure the appliance has a nice sturdy base that won’t go flying when the power’s on. A useful feature to look for is a lid that has a hole in the top, so you can add extra ingredients as you go without needing to take the lid off.

There are lots of different aesthetic styles out there, so it’s easy to find one that will match the look and feel of your kitchen – whether it’s steel, cream, colourful, retro or traditional. Bear in mind how much space you have and whether the appliance will fit comfortably on your countertop (or wherever you plan to store it).

Capacity

Blenders can be very small, for one person, or much larger. Consider your family size when deciding which option is right for you. If you’ll be serving the whole family, you might want a large capacity or even an immersion model. Chefs should certainly opt for a large capacity version, as you will save both time and energy. The smaller options tend to be less expensive – although that doesn’t always apply, as it does also depend on the number of fancy features that the appliance has. Usually, they will hold anywhere between 0.5-2 litres.

Blades

Blades are incredibly sharp and incredibly fast. More often than not, manufacturers make it so that the blade base is removable for easy cleaning. Look out for this in your purchase, as it will make things a whole lot easier. The blades to look for are made from stainless steel for greater durability and to stop them rusting. If you use a dishwasher, look out for options that are labelled as dishwasher-safe.

Power

Some are more powerful than others. Some will liquify almost anything, whereas another blender might struggle with anything tougher than frozen fruit. Ice and tough vegetables in particular can cause problems with the less powerful blenders, so if you are going to be using it for crushing ice, for example, then you might want to go with something more powerful.

Wattages tend to range between 200-2000W, so the difference can be quite significant. But not everyone needs super-duper powerful blenders – and don’t assume that because it has a higher wattage it is necessarily lots better. If you want a standard blender that will make you a nice smoothie, then you don’t really need to go higher than 500-700W. Above 700 is very powerful, best for grinding things down really small – they can be used for things like grinding coffee beans, ice and nuts as well as all the usual ingredients. A higher powered option is quite good if you want to make baby food out of tougher vegetables, such as carrots and potatoes.

Settings

The basic settings you might find on blenders are as follows:

  • Chop
  • Stir
  • Mix
  • Puree
  • Liquefy

Puree is best for things like soup, whereas for a smoothie you would choose the liquefy setting. Mix is great for combining ingredients, for example with a salad. It is all fairly self explanatory.

With conventional blenders (less so with personal ones) there are usually two speed settings at least, or different settings for different ingredients. Do some research to ascertain which settings are important to you.

Noise

A standard blender operates at around 88 dB (decibels), and they can be quite noisy. If you’re looking for a quieter option that isn’t going to wake up the whole house if you start blending early in the morning, you should opt for one that is sound-optimised, like this Bosch model, or keep an eye out for blenders with a low dB count, closer to 68 or 78. For context, a 88 dB model would be twice as loud as a 78 dB one.

FAQS

What Are The Best Blenders For Making Smoothies?

If you’re buying a blender for making smoothies, you should opt for a jug model. You do not really need a heavy duty option for smoothie-making unless you also plan on using it for harder things like nuts and ice, and it’s important to you that they are completely liquified.

Alternatively, purchase a personal dedicated smoothie maker. They won’t be able to tackle any non-liquid based items but will give you on-the-go results.

What Are The Best Blenders For Juicing?

Blenders and juicers are usually separate appliances, unless you deliberately buy one that does both. With a blender, everything that goes into the container is broken down and consumed, whereas with a juicer you are simply squeezing out the juice, without any of the pulp and insoluble fiber. Some say that smoothies are the healthier option for this reason.

Our top juicer picks can be found here if you prefer this consistency and drink.

Who Makes The Best Blenders?

There are many excellent brands out there who make blenders, among the best brands are:

  • Andrew James
  • Black & Decker
  • BlendTec
  • Breville
  • Hamilton Beach
  • Ninja
  • KitchenAid
  • Oster

What Are The Best Budget Blenders?

Unless you have lofty plans for your appliance and its performance, you can get a perfectly reasonable blender for about £20-30. As previously mentioned, it depends on what you want to do with it and how challenging the ingredients are to liquefy – tough veggies might be a push.