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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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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Russell Hobbs Desire 3-in-1 Hand Blender
  • Power: 400W
  • Capacity: 0.5L Chopper and Beaker
  • Two speeds
  • Warranty: 1 year
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Best Blenders 2018

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.

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.

+ Specifications

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

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.

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.

+ Specifications

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

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Vitamix® A3500 Ascent Series Blender User Manual

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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.

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

+ Specifications

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

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KENWOOD BLP302WH User Manual

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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+.

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

+ Specifications

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

+ Downloads

Ninja CT610UK Multi-Serve Touchscreen Blender User Manual

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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, 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.

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.

With jug-blenders, you will find different varieties for different needs. There are the high-performance models – these are the most expensive options, with highly powerful motors and fast blades. They will blend almost anything – even hard things like ice and nuts. Then there are the conventional models which are slightly less expensive – these are your standard smoothie and milkshake makers. Finally there are personal blenders – these are very popular with health and fitness fanatics – they are a new typ that allow you to make small smoothie and shake portions and take them with you on the go, doubling up as a travel cup.

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 – either conventional or personal (depending on what works best for you). 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.

What are the best blenders for juicing?

Blenders and juicers are separate appliances, unless you deliberately buy one that does both, like this VonShef Juicer, Blender and Grinder. With a blender, everything that goes into the container is 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.

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

Which are the best hand blenders?

Our favourite hand model is the recommended Hamilton Beach model, but there are many other perfectly serviceable options available too, such as this best-selling Braun immersion blender and this Kenwood model.

What are 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, like the Breville blender listed previously, or this Phillips jug blender. 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.