The best blender will be able to power through ice, frozen fruit and veg, and hot sauces and soups. These versatile kitchen appliances can be used for breakfast, lunch and dinner, and will come with powerful engines and sleek designs that deserve their place on your kitchen counter.
We've had the chance to review top blenders from KitchenAid, Ninja and more to bring you our top six, some of which are available for under £50. While you don't have to pay much to buy the best blender, some prefer to splash out on a die-cast option that's built to last. Or maybe you want something that will tie in to your kitchen colour scheme, in which case the range of colours and designs available will be a big factor in finding the right model for you.
In our guide we've included personal blenders to blitz through your morning smoothie, as well as mighty family-sized blenders that can tackle soup and sauces for quick and easy dinners. For more healthy home cooking solutions, check out the best juicers.
The best blender you can buy in 2021
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?
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 1.6 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 the KitchenAid K400 Artisan 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-around piece of kit that's perfect for a modern kitchen, you really can't go wrong with this model.