The best blender is something you will use a lot if healthy eating is on the agenda. This small kitchen appliance is perfect for whizzing up your favourite smoothies as well as warming soups and sauces in winter. Blenders are a piece of kitchen equipment that are increasingly considered essential – even amongst the most casual of cooks. Plus, they're affordable and don't take up too much kitchen space.
So, whether you're well acquainted with the green smoothie or this is your first foray into the world of blended foods, you'll be sure to find our pick of the best food blenders – a more than handy addition to your kitchen.
Think you're actually in need of the best food mixers, which are better suited to mixing doughs, batters and more? Check our our buying guide.
The best blender you can buy in 2020
If you’re starting out on your juicing (or smoothie) journey, this blender from VonShef is our top recommendation for 2020. Not only can you make your favourite drinks, but it can also grind coffee, blend a salad dressing and help prepare your batter for Sunday roast Yorkshire puddings.
Buy the VonShef 4-in-1 Multifunctional 1.5L Blender
A multi-functional piece of kit, it's probably better suited to those who want to use their blender for a bit of everything, rather than those seeking a pro standard smoothie maker or coffee blender, for example.
What else can it do?
A perfect entry-level blender that will blitz orange juice with heaps of pulp and double-up as food preparation gadget when juices are out of season. In our opinion, this is the very best food processor you can currently buy.
The best blender for making drinks such as milkshakes and smoothies? The NutriBullet 600 Series. It can liquidise fruit, nuts, ice, vegetables, seeds and much more.
Buy the NutriBullet 600 Series 0.7L 8-Piece Blender Set
A good purchase if you're making smoothies and other drinks mostly just for yourself, as it has a small-ish capacity of 0.7 litres. However, this does mean it will fit nicely on your kitchen worktop or in your cupboard.
Easy to use
While the fact that it only has one setting may be a disadvantage for some, it does mean that your job will be made easier as there'll be no faffing switching between speeds – you just press the button until the ingredients are liquidised. For nutrient-rich drinks with no unwanted lumps, there really is no better option.
In our opinion, this blender from Nutri Ninja is the best blender for baby food. Much of the food we eat doesn’t naturally release the full extent of its nutritional value but with the help of this powerful blender, you can make sure whole foods and seeds are completely broken down to extract their full potential.
Buy the Nutri Ninja Duo 2-in-1 1L Blender
Quick and easy
This 2-in-1 jug blender is pretty smooth to operate; just add ingredients and let the pre-set Auto-iQ programmes do the rest. The super-sharp blades will slice through fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and ice in just a matter of moments.
This brilliant blender features several settings from smoothie to blend, ultra blend and food puree. So, whether you’re blending the evening’s dinner into something consumable for your baby or creating a delicious smoothie with lots of lovely ingredients, the power of the Nutri Ninja will blend down the toughest of veg and fruit into the ideal smoothie.
Looking for a blender for making soups, pasta sauces, or baby food? This KitchenAid blender has a special hot food setting to avoid mishaps when it comes to liquidising hot food (spoiler alert: it'll just explode in a normal blender). It'll also look great on your worktop as it comes in black, red or cream to suit your interior scheme.
Buy the KitchenAid Diamond 1.75L Jug Blender
Thanks to the Intelli-Speed control feature built-into this blender, the speed will automatically adjust to suit the texture of your food. Accidents = avoided.
With a 1.75 litre capacity, it'll be able to make enough servings for the entire family, and you may even have some leftover.
It's made from a die-cast metal base, meaning it's robust and is built to last, and it has six settings in total, as well as a pulse button.
Sturdy and stylish, this Smeg blender is the ultimate kitchen appliance for those who are looking for something for families: it can liquidise just about anything, including ice.
Buy the Smeg Retro 1.5L Food Blender
It's made from die-cast aluminium and has anti-slip feet, making it a sturdy find. It's also a lightweight appliance, despite its sturdiness. The jug itself is BPA free, and it has handy measurements on the side for a little helping hand when you're cooking.
It has four-speed settings, as well as pre-set programmes for ice crushing and smoothie making.
Featuring one-touch operation, the Breville Blend Active is the best blender for those who are looking for something easy to use and happily affordable.
Buy the Breville Blend Active 0.6L Personal Blender
Its blade can cut through everything from ice to nuts, seeds and frozen fruit, and it comes with two dishwasher safe and BPA free cups.
Easy to use
Since it has just one button, this blender features one speed setting. Press and hold the button until your food is blended to the right consistency then remove the bottle from the blender, swap the blade to the bottle lid and you're off. Not only is it easy to use, but thanks to the fact it has dishwasher safe parts, it's easy to clean too.
How to buy the best blenders
Where to buy a blender?
When it comes to choosing the best blenders, there are a few factors worth considering if you want to ensure you're investing in the best piece of kit to suit your needs. We'd recommend considering the following...
How will you be using your blender?
If it's for your morning smoothie, it's best to go for a model geared towards that purpose, such as the Nutribullet 600 series. However, if you're looking for a blender to liquidise the ingredients for Yorkshire puddings or to mix a pancake batter, a more powerful model will be more suitable. High wattage models aren't always better, so be sure to check what the blender you've picked is best designed for.
How many speeds does the blender have?
Smoothies only? One speed is enough. However, if you'll be using your blender for all sorts of recipes, invest in a model that has a range of different speeds and settings, and look out for those with a pulse setting, an ice-crushing setting and a hot food mode.
What is the size of the blender
Consider this both in relation to how much storage space you have for it and how much food it needs to cope with at a time? Most range from 0.5 litres to 1.5 litres; smaller ones are obviously best for making that single morning smoothie; larger models will be needed for tackling dinner party recipes.
Are there any useful additional attachments
These may include extra blades, or even extra cups for convenience?
Are the blender cups and jugs BPA free
This is a factor worth considering if you're conscious of your health and the research surrounding BPA plastics. To read all about BPA plastics and why you should avoid them, visit HealthLine.
What is the best blender?
In our opinion, the best blender currently available, and in stock, is to buy the VonShef 4-in-1 Multifunctional 1.5 ltr Blender. This machine can blend coffee beans, salad dressings and batter, as well as smoothies and all the rest. So, if you're looking for an all-round piece of kit that's perfect for a modern kitchen, you really can't go wrong with this model.