The best blenders

Whether you're making soups, sauces, batters or smoothies, a blender is a must if you want your food to be just right and super tasty

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The blender is one of those pieces of kitchen equipment that even the most casual of cooks needs every now and then. Liquidising ingredients for everything from soups to pancakes in seconds, it's a small appliance that's eternally useful, affordable and that doesn't take up much kitchen cupboard space.

Check out our pick of the best blenders for your kitchen. If you're looking for more kitchen appliance recommendations, head over to our hub page.

What to consider before buying a blender

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 – 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. 

Is it dishwasher safe? 

Are there any useful additional attachments, such as extra blades, or even extra cups for convenience? 

Are the blender cups and jugs BPA free, which is a must if you're conscious of your health? To read all about BPA plastics and why you should avoid them, visit HealthLine.

1. VonShef 4-in-1 Multifunctional 1.5ltr Blender

For a good all-rounder to test the waters of your new lifestyle, this blender is your best bet

Specifications
Best for: All-rounder
Power: 220W
Size: 1.5ltrs
Dishwasher safe: Yes
BPA free: Yes
Reasons to buy
+ Multi-functional kitchen utensil + Dishwasher safe + Comes with a range of mugs and jugs
Reasons to avoid
- Not as powerful as others 

If you’re starting out on your juicing (or smoothie) journey, then try this one out for size. Not only can you make your favourite drinks, you can grind coffee, blend together salad dressings and make your batter for the Sunday roast Yorkshire puddings. Because of its multi-functional use, the expression 'Jack of all trades, master of none' comes into it – so if you’re after a pro juicer or a pro coffee blender or a pro smoothie maker, don’t go for this. But for knocking out a healthy drink on your way out to work or on a sleepy Saturday morning, you can’t go wrong. 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.

2. Nutri Ninja 1500W Blender Duo

Get the most out of the food you eat with this powerful blender

Specifications
Best for: Nutrient saving
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

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. In addition to this, the blender has several settings, including smoothie, 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.  

NUTRiBULLET

3. NUTRiBULLET 600 Series

Ideal for those who fuel themselves with a smoothie every day, this blender ticks all the boxes when it comes to making drinks

Specifications
Best for: Making drinks
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

Ideal for making drinks such as milkshakes and smoothies, the Nutribullet 600 can liquidise fruit, nuts, ice, vegetables, seeds and much more. 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. 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 your  ingredients are liquidised. For nutrient-rich drinks with no unwanted lumps, there really is no better option.

KitchenAid Diamond Blender

4. KitchenAid Diamond Blender

Ideal for liquidising hot food, come winter this KitchenAid blender will never have a days rest

Specifications
Best for: Hot food
Power: 615W
Size: 1.75ltr
Dishwasher safe: Parts
BPA free?: Yes
Reasons to buy
+Stylish looking, available in different colours+Hot food setting+Large capacity
Reasons to avoid
- More expensive than others- Big - Low watt for the size

Looking for a blender for making soups, pasta sauces, or baby food? This KitchenAid Diamond Blender has a special hot food setting to avoid any mishaps when it comes to liquidising hot food (spoiler alert: it'll just explode in a normal blender) and thanks to the Intelli-Speed control feature, the blending speed will automatically adjust to suit the texture of your food. 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. It'll look great on your worktop, and it comes in black, red or cream to suit your interior scheme. 

Smeg BLF01SVUK 50's Retro Style Food Blender

5. Smeg BLF01SVUK 50's Retro Style Food Blender

This retro-style food blender will look great on your kitchen worktop, and the family will love it

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, the Smeg BLF01SVUK is the ultimate kitchen appliance for those who are looking for a family blender. It can liquidise just about anything, including ice. It's made from die-cast aluminium and has anti-slip feet, making it a sturdy find. It's a lightweight appliance, despite its sturdiness. It has four speed settings, as well as pre-set programmes for ice crushing and smoothie making. The jug itself is BPA free, and it has handy measurements on the side for a little helping hand when you're cooking. This is our top pick for the best family-friendly blender for your kitchen.

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