Best Smoothie Maker 2019 – Buyer’s Guide

You may think that a smoothie maker is pretty much the same thing as a jug or hand blender. While you’re technically correct, there are a few notable differences.

First of all, a smoothie maker is usually much better at crushing ice. Ice is a staple of any smoothie or cold drink, especially if you’re using frozen fruit. Even though blenders usually get through ice, dedicated smoothie makers often have settings which add more power.

Another difference is that smoothie makers are designed to help you blitz and go. They may include several mixing jugs, most of which will be personal sized drinking bottles. Whether it be a smoothie or gym shake, you can take it away without any mess or need to transfer.

There is a whole host of smoothie blenders out there. Some more powerful than others, some able to give you different blade or jug options and some able to blend other foods such as soup. It’s a hard task to find the best, so to make the choice easier, have a read of our smoothie maker reviews and buying guide.

The Best Smoothie Makers – Our Top Picks

Best Smoothie Maker

Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ BL480UK

With the same one-touch principle as the Breville, this blender is super easy to use and will blend your drinks and smoothies up very quickly and easily, even with lots of ice. It uses vitamin extraction to ensure that you get the most nutritious end result, and the Auto IQ function blends the ingredients in the most efficient way according to what you’ve used.

With a powerful 1000W motor, you will not struggle to blend everything smoothly, with no gritty paste. There is also two different sized cups included, so you’re ready for however much you want to prepare.

The Ninja has two settings: Blend and Ultra Blend. Blend is best for things leafy veg, fruit and yogurt, whereas Ultra Blend should be applied to firmer ingredients like ice, tough vegetables and nuts.

This model also comes with a cool recipe guide to help get you inspired.

Features:

  • Nutrient and Vitamin extraction
  • Ice Crushing Technology & Pulse Function

We like

  • Convenient to use
  • Easily blends ice
  • Cup can be carried on the go

We dislike

  • Won’t blend very ‘fine’ bits, like tiny seeds
  • The ridges on the side of the cup make it annoying to clean

Final Verdict

This high-quality on-the-go model is another great option for health-conscious individuals who are willing to invest a little more in their purchase.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 1000W
  • Capacity: 500ml and 650ml
  • 2 Sip & Seal Lids
  • Dishwasher Safe Parts

+ Downloads

Nutri Ninja with Auto IQ BL480UK user manual

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NINJA Nutri Ninja Duo BL642UK

Super powerful and able to produce the smoothest smoothies possible, the NutriNinja Compact Duo can rustle up anything from nuts, seeds, frozen berries and chunks of fruit and veg, and will even cut down chia seeds.

The Auto-iQ presets will let you press a button and do all the hard work for you, so you don’t have to spend ages guessing the best speeds and pulses. Superior crushing power will also transform your ice into powdery snow, for the perfect iced drink that looks like it was formed by a professional.

There is a 25-page recipe book included in the box which is great if you need a bit of inspiration and ideas of how to take the product further and get the most out of it. There are three speed settings, which doesn’t sound huge, but due to the powerful motor, it will be able to tackle any items at whichever speed it goes at.

It is on the noisier side, but due to how fast it will tackle the contents, it isn’t hard to cope with. For the price, we think it is a steal.

We like

  • Powerful
  • Generous capacity
  • Price

We dislike

  • Quite bulky if you’d want to store it

Final Verdict

Fast, powerful, and packed with handy little helpings, this is the perfect blender if you want to be able to tackle a whole host of recipes and mixtures

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 2.1L
  • Power: 1500W
  • Ice crusher

+ Downloads

NINJA Nutri Ninja Duo BL642UK User Manual

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SAGE Boss To Go BPB550BA Blender

As expected with a Sage product, this is a powerful and pretty advanced smoothie maker which is a lot more accommodating than many other personal blenders out there.

It claims to pulverise ingredients up to 42% better than other models, resulting in smoother drinks and quicker waiting times.

The powerful 1000W motor – more than double most others – is great for tackling not only fruit, vegetables and ice cubes but also nuts, seeds and oats. Combined with a strong stainless steel blade and an impact resistant beaker, mixtures are whizzed up much faster than with other models reviewed.

It comes with two bottles, so you have one spare. We liked the little handle on the lids, too. This makes it easy to carry or hold if you’re out on a run. The die-cast metal body is not only long-lasting but will blend in with your other stainless steel accents. This is handy if it’ll be left out on the bench for all to see.

We liked how smooth-cut the bottles were, with no uncomfortable threads around the lid area or random grooves. Easy to drink from, and easy to clean.

You also get a little recipe book, which is a nice touch. Take your smoothies beyond the usual strawberry and banana flavours. Or, follow how to make almond milk, ice pops and mocktails. Expand your horizons and get the most out of the appliance.

It passed our leakage tests, and even though it is pretty noisy, this is to be expected with the power it throws out. You need to twist the cup to turn it on which can be a bit tiring on the wrists. But it whizzes fast so not a huge issue. Otherwise, a powerful item worth the extra money compared to other models.

We like

  • Powerful motor
  • Design
  • Can purchase extra attachments such as a grinder mill

We dislike

  • Large diameter of beakers can make them hard to twist or remove

Final Verdict

No frills and easy to use, yet incredibly powerful. A quality build, robust cups and easy to drink from too

+ Specifications

  • Power: 1000W
  • Capacity: 0.5L
  • Settings: 2 speed
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Dimensions: H46 x W30.8 x D41cm

+ Downloads

SAGE Boss To Go BPB550BA Blender User Manual

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NutriBullet 600 Series Starter Kit

This compact blender is a fan-favourite for a reason! You don’t need to learn any new dials, just throw in your fruit and veg’ and you’re away!

This versatile blender is the perfect selection for both new starters and experienced smoothie makers alike- you can find everything you need in this kit with a quick start guide, recipes and the small pocket nutritionist book sure to help you transform to healthy living.

There’s enough to get you started with in an instance and you don’t need to play around with any buttons, put in your fruit, vegetables and other flavours- then screw the lid on and place on the base. You can then push it down to get the 600W firing and creating an incredible 20,000 rpm speed sure to obliterate all of your food down to the tasty nutrients that you need.

It’s combines easy-use and power into one plus it’s so cheap! This is the entry level blender that can last years, rather than purchase cheaper items you’d be better off going straight for this. It is easy to use, easy to clean is dishwasher safe. Get your health kick off to the right start with the help of Nutribullet!

We like

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

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: 600 Watt
  • Capacity: 600 ml
  • Extra bottle included
  • Dishwasher safe

Morphy Richards 403041

Ideal for taking on the go and to the gym, this portable smoothie maker is both a great price and easy to use.

There are two speeds and a pulse function, so it is pretty flexible and adaptable depending on what you need to whizz. Once it is all done, just pop on the sports cap and take it with you wherever you’re going.

The beaker is 750ml in capacity, so perfect for any quantity of drink. There is a handy measuring guide on the side if you like to be precise, and the instruction manual gives you some great inspiration if you need a bit of help when it comes to flavours.

It does struggle a little with larger bits of fruit so make sure everything is chopped down well, but oddly it copes well with tougher items and nuts. Some people commented that after long-term use, the safety seal is a little unpredictable and can start wearing away. This is something which we didn’t experience, but it is worth taking great care of it and giving it frequent inspections. It also works best with quite liquid-based mixes and isn’t appropriate for dried items such as breadcrumbs.

But for under £20 and something quick and simple, it is a great solution. Whether it rivals the Breville, we aren’t quite sure, but the larger capacity will appeal to some.

We like

  • Quick to mix
  • Good capacity
  • Easy to clean

We dislike

  • Dial can be a little unpredictable

Final Verdict

A few issues, but overall a pleasant smoothie maker to use and great for the simple mixes

+ Specifications

  • Power: 300W
  • Capacity: 750ml
  • Settings: 3
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Dimensions: 12 x 11 x 34 cm

+ Downloads

Morphy Richards 403041 User Manual

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VITAMIX S30 Personal Blender

A high-performance mini blender, this Vitamix will handle any mixture you have to throw at it. There are ten speeds, so you can achieve the exact texture you wish, and the pulse feature adds even more control. And if you are blending a hot mixture such as soup, there is a little vent in the lid to let out any steam which may affect the blending.

You get two jugs included so you can adapt your creation for whatever you will be needing. A 0.6-litre travel cup with a flip-top lid is ideal for enjoying your drinks or soups on the move, while a larger 1.2-litre container can be used to make dips and sauces for the family, storing them until they are ready to be enjoyed.

The jugs, blade base and lids are all dishwasher safe so can be kept clean in between uses, and rather than using a plastic-based motor, it is all metallic which means it should last a lot longer and put in a stronger performance.

The shape is compact for smaller kitchens, and the speed dial is easy to read and control, making it perfect for the whole family.

We like

  • Choice of speeds
  • Two containers provided

We dislike

  • Struggles a bit on higher speeds

Final Verdict

Very powerful and adaptable to whatever its use, this Vitamix is great for anyone who is a regular blender user and needs something up to the task

+ Specifications

  • Capacity: 1.2L
  • Power: 950W
  • Ten speed

+ Downloads

VITAMIX S30 Personal Blender User Manual

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KENWOOD Blend X-Tract Smoothie 2Go SMP060WG Blender

Incredibly easy to use and pack away when you’re ready to leave the house, this Kenwood is perfect if you need a smoothie blender with a sports bottle so you can dash off to the gym in the mornings.

There are just two speeds and a pulse function, so you don’t need to spend ages tweaking it in order to get the right results. Just add the ingredients, attach the blade, fit to the base and twist the dial to get it whizzing.

Once it is done, just swap the blade for the bottle lid. It seems to blitz easily, whether the ingredients are frozen or fresh and no matter how much ice is in the mix. The blade cuts vertically and horizontally to get it done even quicker. The pulse function is good for that bit of an extra boost, too.

It is dishwasher safe, and because the bottle is quite a smooth shape with few grooves, is easy to clean by hand too after a soak. You should do this as soon as possible though to loosen residue. The blade is also simple to clean, although as expected you have to be careful.

You get two bottles with the purchase. This is good in case one is in the washing up bowl, or there are a few people in your household who want to use it. It isn’t suitable for dry ingredients so don’t crush ice cubes or grind nuts on their own. Always add liquid to your mixes.

The bottles are also quite narrow, so you may need to chop fruit and veg down small to fit through the opening. We tested for leaks though, and it seemed pretty safe – perfect for that dash to the train when it is in your bag.

We like

  • Choice of speed settings
  • Two bottles included
  • Easy to drink out of

We dislike

  • Noisy in operation

Final Verdict

Strong, easy to use and clean, and a good price. With no traces of pulp or ice left behind, performance is high

+ Specifications

  • Power: 300W
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Settings: 2 speed, pulse
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes
  • Dimensions: 36 x 14.5 x 14.5 cm

+ Downloads

KENWOOD Blend X-Tract Smoothie 2Go SMP060WG Blender User Manual

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John Lewis & Partners On The Go Blender

With two 600ml on-the-go bottles included, a simple design and easy to use controls, this smoothie blender from the John Lewis Food Prep range is perfect for those on a budget who don’t want to miss out on performance.

The build is solid for an appliance in this price range. It also blends well, not taking too long to get through the bottle contents if there is a good mix of solids and liquids in there. With fibrous foods such as kale and spinach, it struggles a little, but once it gets going and these combine with the other ingredients it isn’t noticeable in the final mix.

Some caps can be difficult to drink from with a combination of difficult openings and thicker mixtures. However, the lid of this model is comfortable to open with a flick, and it is relatively wide, so it won’t take you ages getting a good amount of drink.

Because there are two speeds, you can blend to the desired consistency and give some thicker mixes a bit of a boost until they get going. There are capacity markers on the side of each beaker, and the neck is wide enough to fit in whole berries or clumps of frozen fruit without chopping them down into tiny pieces.

We liked the button control as opposed to the dials, as they seemed easier to change quickly and were more comfortable to navigate. Sometimes, dials can be a little stiff, especially if the blender is currently working hard.

We like

  • Price
  • Button controls

We dislike

  • Under the blades is hard to clean fully

Final Verdict

If you want to spend under £30 but still want enough power to get the job done with no fuss, it is the ideal solution - no fuss or complications

+ Specifications

  • Power: 350W
  • Capacity: 0.6L
  • Settings: 2 speeds
  • Dishwasher Safe: Yes

+ Downloads

John Lewis & Partners On The Go Blender

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Breville VBL134 Blend Active Personal Blender

This personal 600 ml model is just the job for when you want to quickly whip up a healthy drink and take it with you. It is a one-person-blender with an additional portable bottle that makes it easy to carry around. The lockable lid means you’re safe from it leaking in your bag.

It is very easy to blend using this device, as it has a very simple one-touch operation – you just attach it to the base, twist it to lock and press the button – and off it goes. It’s great for preparing healthy drinks, such as smoothies, ice slushies and protein/sports shakes, so it’s a great buy for a health-conscious person that wants to make their own fresh drinks.

This is a much better device for making protein shakes than a simple shaker because you don’t get powder build-up around the edges.

We like

  • Easy to operate
  • Quick to use
  • Excellent value for money
  • BPA Free

We dislike

  • Not great for blending tougher items
  • Easy to overload the motor

Final Verdict

This machine is not bad at crushing ice for drinks, but if you’re looking for something that’s going to be doing heavy-duty ice crushing on a regular basis, then you might need something more powerful.

+ Specifications

  • Power: 300W
  • Capacity: 600 ml
  • Extra bottle included
  • Dishwasher safe

+ Downloads

Breville VBL062 user manual

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Kenwood Smoothie 2Go SB056

Enhance your physical and mental health by incorporating smoothies into your day-to-day lifestyle. This Kenwood smoothie maker has been created to make health easy!

This smoothie maker comes at a fantastic price and although it’s not got the most powerful engine on the market, it’s got more than enough to help blend you a tasty smoothie. You can utilise this to blend your fruits and veg’s with ease, it has low, high and pulse speed options.

If you’re shooting off to work or the gym, you can take your smoothie away with you. It is quick and easy, plus you can put the lid on your cup and take it with you.

Comes with two drink lids, a jug and a base. It boasts 300-Watt power and comes in black. It will easy add to your kitchen with its inconspicuous sleek design sure to adapt to any setting.

We like

  • Very cheap
  • You can take your smoothie with you
  • It has a pulse setting

We dislike

  • It has just 300-watt’s worth of power

Final Verdict

This is an option for somebody looking to start their health-kick, it’s a cheap blender but packs more than sufficient power to enjoy. It has a number of setting and lids that enable you to take your smoothie with you on the go.

Help and Resources

Smoothie Maker Buying Guide

Dimensions

The size of your smoothie maker may be important if you’re going to be storing it away in between uses.

Depending on how often you use it, most people will be popping it in the cupboard. Not only do you not want to take up a load of storage space, but you also want to be able to lift it out and put it away without it being too heavy, bulky or cumbersome.

Cup

As the aim of a personal smoothie maker is to be able to take the bottle on-the-go, you’ll want a cup which not only is a perfect size but also shaped well to carry, doesn’t leak and is easy to clean at the end of your drink.

There are usually two styles, taller slimmer models and larger, wider models. Which you prefer is down to personal choice, but the latter are often easier to clean as you can get your hand/a brush into the bottle. The former may be more comfortable to carry and fit into your bag, though.

Try and get a model which comes with at least two bottles, and with spares available to buy. This way, more people can use the machine, or you can prepare your lunchtime smoothie at the same time as your gym shake without having to transfer into another bottle and wash them up first.

Noise

All blenders and smoothie makers are noisy in operation. They’re powerful, and if you are chopping ice and other hard ingredients, then noise is a given.

Some can hide this better than others, though. If you live in a busy household and are often up before everyone else, you’ll want one which wins points for being quiet.

Cleaning

As you can imagine, smoothie bottles can get pretty dirty when in use. From seeds to the actual smoothie, if the container is an odd shape or too narrow to get your hand in, then these bits could get stuck.

In our reviews, we have mentioned whether the bottles are dishwasher safe and, if not, if they’re easy to clean by hand. Cleaning them thoroughly is important to not only keep them looking nice but also stop bacteria and germs.

Operation

The vast majority of smoothie makers are controlled by buttons or a dial, but there are still a few out there with which you need to twist the bottle when in the base.

Buttons are our favourite, as they’re simple to switch between. Dials are also simple, although some can be a bit stiff at first. The latter option is seen with very powerful models usually, but may not be ideal for anyone with weak wrists or smaller hands which can’t grip well.

FAQs

Why Should I Buy A Smoothie Maker?

You love your visit to the local cafe to grab a smoothie before you head to work. You buy huge bottles of smoothie mix from the supermarket, and they barely last two days.

Smoothie makers are always in your home, very easy to set up and use and you don’t need a lot of ingredients to get them going. From a bag of frozen berries to a load of bananas and scoop of peanut butter, via the veg which has been sat in your fridge for five days and you’ve not yet eaten, smoothies are a very versatile way to get your five a day.

You know what is going into the drink, and will save so much money compared to buying them ready-made.

What Size Of Cup Do I Need?

Most come with bottles around the 0.5L serving, which is ideal for a single serving smoothie and a little more. Some may come with beakers of various sizes, or there may be smaller/larger ones to buy as extra which means you can whip up a smaller portion for the kids or a larger portion for the family to share.