I've tested so many blenders, and these 6 are the actual best you can buy

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KitchenAid K400 Artisan blender
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If you're forever on a mission to get your five a day without putting in a ton of effort, you need to get on board with blenders. Because that gadget that all your friends have — but that you still haven't quite gotten into — is actually a kitchen countertop essential. And it's an ideal appliance for instantly upping your fruit and veggie intake. 

Whether you're striving towards a healthier you or can't deal with the lumpy green smoothies your current blender is serving up, there are a ton of cool models to help you upgrade. 

Be it soups or protein shakes, I've rounded up six models that I rate highly so that you have the best blending experience. Many now go above and beyond just smoothies, offering a range of smart presets to bring you everything from crushed ice for cocktail hour to velvety smooth soups to thaw you out on a cold day. Designed by brands like Vitamix and Ninja, a good quality blender is worth its weight in gold on your kitchen countertop, making it a fine addition to your juicer and coffee machine. Plus, if you're an eco-warrior, it's a great way to minimize food waste.

Soup lover? Not all blenders can be used to make this warming meal, but we have been sure to include some heatproof models that will leave you with tasty and healthy homemade lunch in minutes. Constantly on the go? We've featured portable models you can take to the gym or on your subway commute. From the likes of NutriBullet, Ninja, and Beast Health — all are great for protein shakes and morning smoothies because of their personal-size blending cups. 

What else is a blender good for? We use ours for mixing ingredients — think pancakes or waffles — and blending them into a thick consistency for pouring straight from the pitcher to the pan. You can also get a two-in-one juicer and blender model if you're tight on countertop space but want the best of both worlds, as our gal Miley Cyrus would say.

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Real Homes review process — how we tested these blenders

Beast Health Blender in Future Plc test kitchen

Beast Health Blender in Future Plc test kitchen

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This isn't about whizzing through appliances and giving them a rating on the day. Nope, we test and review blenders both in our Future Plc test kitchen and in our own homes over a lengthy period of time. Here are some of the things we're scoring points for:

  1. Power: Not everyone needs the most powerful blender, but if you want something that can crush ice and blitz out leafy greens, the higher the wattage, the better. We listed the power for all of our best blender picks, so just take a look at our top five entries.
  2. Size: When you buy a big blender, make sure you have the space to store it when it's not in use. Many people like to leave their blender on the kitchen counter, but if you want to store your blender in a cupboard or on a shelf, it's worth checking that the blender is light enough to be lifted easily and that it isn't too tall for the storage space you have.
  3. Attachments: Blender food processor combos are perfect for cutting down your appliances by giving you a two-in-one machine. If you already have a food processor, buying a blender food processor could be an unnecessary expense. 

Meet our blender reviewers:

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Annie Collyer

Annie has the Smeg blender in her kitchen to match her toaster, kettle, and fridge from the same brand. She loves its style but most of all she raves about how easy it is to use — and clean. It's quite big so she uses it for serving up smoothies for herself and her husband.

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Millie Fender

Our head of reviews, Millie has tested most of the blenders in this guide and used them to make everything from smoothies to soups. Millie could eat soup all day, every day, so she prefers an immersion blender or one that can handle hot liquids. Most recently she tried the Zwilling Enfinigy and really enjoyed its smart light-up control panel, which looked oh-so-chic in her kitchen.

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Christina Chrysostomou

Christina is currently putting the Beast Health Blender through its paces in and outside her home. She loves bringing the chic fluted bottle to the gym as an alternative to the protein shaker that's been by her side every workout. At the moment, this stylish leakproof vessel is getting a lot more use, and *knock on wood* there's been no smelly whey-and-water spills in her car.

What to consider when choosing a blender?

Want to know everything you need to know about picking a blender in three minutes? Millie Fender provides the lowdown on what to look out for when buying this appliance. She sieves through everything from blades to jug materials and more so that you can shop for a blitzing machine built for your everyday needs.

Christina Chrysostomou
Former acting head ecommerce editor

Hi, I'm the former acting head ecommerce editor at Real Homes. Prior to working for the Future plc family, I've worked on a number of consumer events including the Ideal Home Show, Grand Designs Live, and Good Homes Magazine. With a first class degree from Keele University, and a plethora of experience in digital marketing, editorial, and social media, I have an eye for what should be in your shopping basket and have gone through the internal customer advisor accreditation process.

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