Best blender 2021: for summer smoothies and iced drinks

Pick up the best blender in 2021, with our top picks from Nutribullet, Ninja, Smeg, KitchenAid, Philips and more

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The best blenders will power through ice, fruit, and protein powder to create smooth and creamy blended food and drinks. We’ve found a range of excellent blenders from top brands such as Ninja, NutriBullet, Cuisinart, Oster, and KitchenAid to help you find the very best for your needs.

Many people now associate blenders with the personal blenders that are used to create smoothies and protein shakes. These personal blenders come from top brands like NutriBullet, who create small and convenient appliances for use in small kitchens and flats. These are perfect for those on a health kick, and they’re powerful enough to blend ice and other tricky items. 

However, for blending larger quantities, you can also opt for a traditional blender. These come with a base and large pitcher, and will create lump-free baby food and soups for your whole family. They are also more expensive as standard because of their larger size and capacity. For more healthy home cooking solutions, check out the best juicers

The best blender you can buy in 2021

NutriBullet Blender Combo

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1. NutriBullet Blender Combo

Best blender overall: for personal or family-sized drinks

Specifications
Best for: Ticking every box
Power: 1200W
Size: 1.8ltr,
Dishwasher safe: Parts
BPA free?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+The price is right+8 accessories included+3 speed settings+Love the look+Hot and ice blending
Reasons to avoid
-Bulkier than some

The NutriBullet Blender Combo is a smart multitasker. It's got eight attachments and three speeds, as well as a pulse setting. You can use this blender to crush ice and even blend up soup until perfectly smooth.

Covers all bases
Use the 1.8 litre pitcher for family-sized soups and choose between the 900ml colossal cup, 700ml travel cup and 500ml short cup for personal smoothies. It also includes two to-go lids for dashing around and drinking frozen treats on the go. 

Complete control
There are three different speeds to choose from with the NutriBullet Blender Combo. Extract is designed to make the most of the nutrients in your drinks, and pulse can give you that extra push you need to blend up soups and crush ice. 

Hot and cold
Not all of the best blenders can be used to blitz up hot ingredients, but the NutriBullet Blender Combo can. Use it for soups and other piping hot drinks without worrying. 

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2. KitchenAid K400 Artisan blender

Best high-end blender: our tried and tested pick

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Power: 1200W
Size: 1.6ltr
Dishwasher safe: Parts
BPA free?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Stylish looking, available in different colours+Hot food setting+Easy to clean+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
- More expensive than others-Heavy

We put this blender to the test and found it practically faultless. From its charming exterior to its powerful 1200watt motor, it has the power we expect from the very best blenders and the looks to win it that spot on your kitchen counter. But then, what else do you expect from KitchenAid? 

Safe
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.

Family-sized
With a 1.6 litre capacity, it'll be able to make enough servings for the entire family, and you may even have some leftover. There are also optional add-ons including a personal-sized cup and even a juicer attachment for citrus fruits.

Durable
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.

Best blender for baby food: Nutri Ninja 1500W Blender Duo

3. Nutri Ninja Duo 2-in-1 1L Blender

Best value blender: high wattage ensures you get the most out of your food

Specifications
Power: 1200W
Size: 1ltr
Dishwasher safe: Yes
BPA free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Blends and purees + Extracts nutrients + Very powerful+ Extra cups included
Reasons to avoid
- Doesn't extract juice alone- More expensive

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.

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.

Settings
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.

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4. Ninja Blender with Auto-iQ BN495UK

Best personal blender: powerful and smart, this is the best blender for single-serve smoothies

Specifications
Power: 1000W
Size: 700ml
Dishwasher safe: Yes
BPA free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Immensely powerful+Can handle frozen fruit and veg+Makes amazing smoothies+Auto-iQ modes mean it's hands-free
Reasons to avoid
-Single serve only

If you’re starting out on your smoothie journey or a seasoned protein shake fanatic, this blender from Ninja is our top pick of 2021. When we tested it, we found it could power through both fresh and frozen produce with ease, and its Auto-iQ settings make it one of the smartest blenders you can buy. 

Single serve only

With two 700ml cups (which come with lids for taking on the go) this is a blender that's best suited to making large smoothies for one. The pitcher is easy to take around, so for trips to the gym or the morning commute it can meet all your single-serve needs, but will struggle to blend for a family. 

As smart as they come

The Ninja Blender with Auto-iQ BN495UK has two Auto-iQ modes which run for a preset amount of time to deliver perfectly blended smoothies. the Max setting is great for frozen items, and we found that it blasted through even frozen chunks of spinach for a smooth and even blend. 

Best blender for smoothies: NUTRiBULLET 600 Series

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5. NutriBullet 600 Series 0.7L 8-Piece Blender Set

Best blender for smoothies: a small, easily stored piece of kit that packs a punch

Specifications
Power: 600W
Size: 0.7ltrs
Dishwasher safe: Yes
BPA free?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Comes with extra cups+ Excellent at making smoothies fast+ Available in lots of different colours
Reasons to avoid
-Only good for making drinks-Smaller capacity than most-Not as powerful as others-Only one speed setting

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. 

One-man blender
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.

Best blender for ice: Smeg BLF01SVUK 50's Retro Style Food Blender

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6. Smeg Retro 1.5L Food Blender

Best blender for ice and frozen drinks: this retro-style food blender will look great on your kitchen worktop and it can crush ice

Specifications
Best for: Families
Power: 800W
Size: 1.5ltrs
Dishwasher safe: Yes
BPA free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Available in a range of colours+ Large capacity+ Very stylish+ Safety lock
Reasons to avoid
- Doesn't come with any cups- More expensive than others

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. 

Construction
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.

Functions
It has four-speed settings, as well as pre-set programmes for ice crushing and smoothie making.

Best blender on a budget: Breville Blend Active 0.6L Personal Blender

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7. Breville Blend Active 0.6L Personal Blender

Best blender on a budget: a quality piece of kit for a fraction of the price of its competitors

Specifications
Best for: Easy to use
Power: 300W
Size: 0.5ltrs
Dishwasher safe: Yes
BPA free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+One button, no faffing+Includes two bottles+Can crush ice+Easy to clean
Reasons to avoid
-Smallest capacity on the list

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. 

Function
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.

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8. Philips Viva Collection Pro Blend 5

Best large blender: perfect for families

Specifications
Best for: Large drinks
Power: 600W
Size: 2ltrs
Dishwasher safe: Yes
BPA free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Variable strength+Ice mode+Measurement markings +Good power
Reasons to avoid
-Only one jug size

The Philips Viva Collection Pro Blend 5 has markings on the side of the jug that show its capacity up to 1500ml. 

Function
With a range of strength that goes up to 600 watts, you can vary the power needed for smoothies, soups, and even crushing ice. The pulse setting is particularly good for tough tasks.

Straightforward
Ideal for family use, this blender has a screw-on pitcher that's easy to clean and made of break-resistant BPA-free plastic. 

How to buy the best blenders

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 the NutriBullet Blender Combo. 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-around piece of kit that's perfect for a modern kitchen, you really can't go wrong with this model.

How to choose the best blender

There’s a lot to consider when buying the best blender. For a start, think about the size of your household and how often you’ll be using a blender. Most blenders come with parts that are dishwasher-safe, but it’s rare to find that one that can be cleaned in the dishwasher entirely. 

Cleaning a blender is a fiddly process, so look for one with as many dishwasher-safe parts as possible. Another thing to consider is the amount of speeds. For pulsing and chopping, you need something with a variety of settings, which means the one-speed NutriBullet may not be ideal. .

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Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie joined the Real Homes team in 2021 after working at TopTenReviews as a Staff Writer. She is constantly on the hunt for the latest (and best) kitchen appliances, and reviewing these products hands-on. As a baking enthusiast, Millie’s job at Real Homes is the perfect excuse to cook up an endless supply of snacks. When she’s not in the kitchen though, she loves knitting and exploring London's top food markets.