The best blender 2024: top blenders from Breville, Nutribullet and more

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The best blenders make it easy to create a whole range of healthy foods and tasty treats. They're simpler and more affordable than fully-fledged food processors but they do many of the same things, so you can use yours to make great smoothies, to blend soup, to juice fruit and to make many other tasty things. And if you're used to buying shop-bought smoothies, they can save you a ton of money too.

The best blenders compete with the best juicers, so you don’t need one of those taking up extra space on your counter. And they're surprisingly talented: in addition to soups and smoothies you can also make hummus, home-made mayo, salsa, soups, and even do some basic food pulverizing. 

The downside is that with so much choice it can be hard to navigate all the options. That's why we're here. We've buzzed and blended every ingredient imaginable across all kinds of blenders to find the very best ones for every kind of job and every budget too, focusing not just on how well they work but also how noisy they are and how easy they are to clean. 

Whether you're looking for a small battery blender or a high capacity citrus crusher the blender you're looking for is right here – and if you're not sure how to make the most of yours, check out our useful guides that show you how to use a blender and the five best dishes to make in a blender

The best blender 2024

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Breville the Fresh & Furious on a kitchen countertop

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The best blender overall

Specifications

Type: Jug blender
Capacity: 1.6-quarts / 1.5-liter
Speed settings: 5
Presets: 3

Reasons to buy

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Compact
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Affordable for a Breville appliance
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Effectively blends and crushes

Reasons to avoid

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Small blending jug
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Some leaking out of inner measuring lid

Breville offers a range of stylish, durable, and powerful blenders. Still, eye-wateringly expensive price tags may be out of reach for many consumers, except for the Breville The Fresh and Furious (known as Sage the Fresh and Furious in the UK). This entry-level blender combines the brand's sleek styling with power to create a compact blender that's more affordable than other models the brand offers - although the base is made from plastic rather than metal. 

Simple to use, we were impressed with the Breville The Fresh and Furious. It was able to liquidize pineapple and leafy spinach into a completely smooth and lightly aerated drink, with no bits, as well as crush ice, chop nuts, and emulsify eggs and oil into mayonnaise. 

The blender comes with a 1.6-quart /1.5-liter jug, smaller than most other Breville blenders. We also found a slight amount of leakage when the blender was filled to maximum capacity, but this was only in the well of the lid and not enough to be a serious concern. 

Read our full Breville the Fresh and Furious review

The Acekool Blender BC2

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The best budget blender

Specifications

Type: Smoothie maker
Capacity: 70 oz/ 2-liter
Speed settings: 8
Presets: 4

Reasons to buy

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Inexpensive
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BPA free pitcher
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Large 70 oz/ 2-liter capacity

Reasons to avoid

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Not dishwasher safe
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Lid lifts when blending at max capacity
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Handle position only suited to right-handed people

If you want to get a blender on a budget then the Acekool comes highly recommended from us. It has a large capacity that offers eight blending speeds and four preset programs which will blitz through lumps to smooth everything out.

It measures in at 17.7 x 7.3 x 8.3 inches/ 45 x 18.5 x 21cm (h x w x d) so it doesn't have a large footprint to take up on the countertop, and it has an unassuming black and white finish so it'll blend into the background. We felt that the controls were pretty intuitive on test with two large switches; one for power and the other for pulse. The central dial controls the adjustable blending speeds and as you increase the speed, the screen displays the level from 1-8, it also counts up the blending time. Below the dial and switches are the preset buttons for smoothies, ice crush, grind, and juice.

There is no cleaning preset, however, and none of the accessories are dishwasher safe so you'll need to wash this blender by hand. We also found that food sorts became trapped underneath the blades because they don't sit low enough to blend it, so it's large quantities of food all the way for the jug if you're to get the most out of it.

Read our full Acekool Blender BC2 review

Vitamix A3500

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The best premium blender

Specifications

Type: Jug blender
Capacity: 2.1-quarts / 2-liter
Speed settings: 10
Presets: 5

Reasons to buy

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Powerful  blades can crush ice, nuts and blend fruit
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Array of speed settings 
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Dishwasher-safe parts  

Reasons to avoid

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Takes up a lot of space 
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Expensive compared to the rest of the market

The Vitamix A3500 blender means serious business and made light work of combining ingredients in our tests without leaving any chunks behind. We used it to create deliciously smooth smoothies, as it can quickly blitz ice cubes.

This Vitamix blender has an impressive ten variable speed settings, a pulse function, and five programs with predefined speeds and durations for everything from smoothies to dips and spreads. There's even a programmable timer to set the blender to work and automatically switch it off once the timer is up. 

However, the A3500 is quite bulky, so consider this if you're short on space. It's heavy and the most expensive blender we've tested - with a price tag that's double and, in some cases, triple that of other blenders on this list.  

Read our full Vitamix A3500 review

The Ninja Blast on a kitchen counter

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The best single-serve blender

Specifications

Type: Smoothie maker
Capacity: 18oz / 532ml
Speed settings: One 30-second cycle
Presets: n/a

Reasons to buy

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Tackles fibrous foods with ease
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Great to-go lid with a handle
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Comes with base and blade cover
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Lightweight and stylish design

Reasons to avoid

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Crushed ice still a little chunky
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Only 18oz / 530ml capacity
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Gets stuck occasionally

No need to pull out that massive blender from the cupboard or deal with the bothersome cleaning afterwards if you need to quickly whip up daily single-serve smoothies, which is why many blender manufacturers have made portable blender best suited for making delicious smoothies. There are many of them, but we love the newer Ninja Blast best of all, as not only is it travel-friendly and retro-stylish but also more than capable to tackling trickier jobs.

On test, it proved excellent with handling fibrous fruits and vegetables, thanks to its powerful blades - although we have found that it's decent at best with crushing ice. It's also easy to use, with its single start / stop button on the base. And while it may take a couple of cycles when dealing with dryer, thicker blends, it still delivers silky smooth results.

It's also not just portable; it has a built-in rechargeable battery that gives you 10-15 blend jobs before recharging, meaning that you can take it with you on camping trips, road trips, and more. Finally, with an affordable price tag, it's a fantastic value, making it the best single-serve blender you can invest in right now.

Read our full Ninja Blast review 

KitchenAid Artisan K400 Blender

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The best blender if you care about looks

Specifications

Type: Jug blender
Capacity: 1.5-quarts / 1.4-liter
Speed settings: 5
Presets: 4

Reasons to buy

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Stylish design  
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Powerful  
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Easy to use 

Reasons to avoid

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No additional accessories included 
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Didn’t work well on nuts 

The KitchenAid Artisan K400 blender has the brand’s signature style but isn’t lacking in substance either. There are seven color options to choose from, and each model has four preset blending programs, a pulse function, and a choice of five-speed settings. You can select all programs using the dial on the front of the K400, keeping things simple. 

In our tests, it impressed us by producing smooth, grit-free smoothies and thick glossy mayo. The ice crush program does short work of blitzing through ice cubes too. Unfortunately, this KitchenAid blender has no additional blending cups or accessories, and struggled to chop nuts evenly. If you buy this blender in the US or Australia, it’ll arrive with a plastic pitcher, whereas it’s sold with a glass pitcher in the UK. 

Read our full KitchenAid Artisan K400 blender review

Nutribullet Pro 900 walnut dip

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The best blender for small kitchens

Specifications

Type: Smoothie maker
Capacity: 1-quart / 0.9-liter
Speed settings: 1

Reasons to buy

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Simple single-speed setting
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Small size is good for small kitchens
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Easily crushes ice and nuts

Reasons to avoid

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Only one speed
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Small capacity
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A spatula would be handy

Small blenders don't necessarily mean lack of power: despite only having a single speed, this Nutribullet does a great job of crushing ice, breaking down veg and more. It's 50% more powerful than the original Nutribullet, and the blade spins at 24,000 RPM to make light work of smoothies, sauces and dips. With a shake halfway through it also did a good job with thicker smoothies and dips.

Nutribullet promises one-minute smoothies and that's exactly what we got in our tests: provided you put everything in in the right order, with liquid going in last, and don't overfill it the results are consistently great. It's also easy to clean, which isn't always the case with blenders. 

The small size is a blessing for smaller kitchens: it doesn't need much counter space and it fits happily in even a small cupboard. But the downside of that is that it's a fairly small capacity blender, and it lacks the multiple speed settings and extra power of some of its larger siblings. If you're blending for thirsty families you might be better off with a larger countertop model.

Read our full Nutribullet Pro 900 review 

Breville the Super Q

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The best large-capacity blender

Specifications

Type: Jug blender
Capacity: 2.1-quarts / 2-liter
Speed settings: 12
Presets: 5

Reasons to buy

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Large capacity  
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Easy to use 
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Comes with an additional smoothie cup

Reasons to avoid

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Takes up a lot of space 
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Doesn’t cope well with small quantities  

If you want professional-style smoothies, Breville the Super Q is the option for you (also known as Sage the Super Q in the UK). This powerhouse blender wouldn't look out of place in a professional kitchen. It's also got a personal blending cup with a travel lid to make smoothies for when you're on the go. 

It impressed us during tests with the 12-speed settings and the preset programs for creating crushed ices, smoothies, and more. The smoothie settings did an excellent job creating a silky mixture, and the green smoothie setting effectively mixed up veggies. It was simple to use, too.

The Breville Super Q machine was designed to make larger quantities, and it struggled to mix the small mayonnaise recipes we tried. However, when it's filled, the blender copes well, and there are no leaks.

This blender is excellent if you have a large household or want to make large quantities of mixtures in one go. The machine is also pretty tall, measuring 18.1 inches/ 46cm high. 

Read our full Breville the Super Q review 

The KitchenAid K150 blender on a kitchen countertop

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The best value KitchenAid blender

Specifications

Type: Jug blender
Capacity: 1.5-quart / 1.4-liter
Speed settings: 3
Presets: n/a

Reasons to buy

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Effective at blending and crushing ice
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Simple to use
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Dishwasher safe jug and lid

Reasons to avoid

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Only three speed settings
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No preset programs

The KitchenAid K150 is a worthy contender for a place on your kitchen countertop. While this may be KitchenAid’s entry-level blender, it certainly doesn’t compromise on power. On test, we found that it quickly pulverized fruit and vegetables and made a great mayo. If you’re a cocktail fan, a durable blender that can easily crush ice is a must-have, and this model won’t disappoint you. It’s a great all-rounder.

The blender comes with a 1.5-quart / 1.4-liter plastic pitcher and has three-speed settings. While you won’t find any presets for making different dishes such as smoothies and sauces, we think this will appeal to those that want a simplistic blender that looks stylish too. 

It doesn’t come with many accessories, such as individual blending cups. However, we think that’s acceptable considering this is the most-affordable blender KitchenAid offers. 

Read our full KitchenAid K150 Blender review 

Smeg BLF01PBUK blender. Image Credit: Emily Peck / Future

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The best retro style blender

Specifications

Type: Jug blender
Capacity: 1.6-quarts / 1.5-liter
Speed settings: 4
Presets: 2

Reasons to buy

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Compact 
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Matching appliances in the range 
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Attractive design 

Reasons to avoid

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Can get noisy
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No cleaning program

With its die-cast aluminum frame that comes in eight glossy colors, including cream (pictured), red, pastel blue, and pink, the Smeg BLF01 blender has a head-turning design, while a range of matching appliances ensure you can achieve a stylish look in your kitchen. The compact blender has a control dial, two pre-set programs for ice crushing and smoothies, and four-speed settings. During testing, the Smeg BLF01PBUK blender reached 103 decibels, making it one of the noisiest blenders we've tested. And while it doesn't produce the smoothest smoothies, it does the job.

It's worth noting that the Smeg BLF01PBUK blender doesn't have a pre-set cleaning button – you can add warm soapy water to the jug and turn it on to dislodge any stubborn ingredients, then finish by washing it by hand. We like that the measuring cup on the top of the jar doubles as a key to remove the blade when a more thorough clean is needed.

Read our full Smeg BLF001PBUK blender review

Zwilling Enfinigy

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The best blender for batch servings

Specifications

Type: Jug blender
Capacity: 2-quarts / 1.9-liter
Speed settings: 12
Presets: 6

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight pitcher
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Easy to use
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Fast and powerful on high-speed settings

Reasons to avoid

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Pitcher position not ideal for left-handed users
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Blades not low enough to mix very small quantities

During testing, we were impressed at how easy the Zwilling Enfinigy was to use and how well it blended. It has 12 speed settings and five auto programs plus 'pulse' to choose from.

It looks smart on the counter top, too. Beyond the aesthetics this is one of the safest blenders we have reviewed; it simply will not operate unless the lid is fully pushed into position, and it’ll stop blending if you remove the lid mid-way through. Another feature we like about the Zwilling Enfinigy is that the pitcher is a lot easier to lift when it's full with blended fruit and vegetables, but we appreciate that this may not be for everyone because the reason why the pitcher is light is because it is not made from glass - meaning that it can not go into the dishwasher.

The things which are slightly disappointed over is that it didn't crush ice as well as we had hoped. Plus, the price is steep.

Read our full Zwilling Enfinigy Power Blender review

ShakeSphere Portable Blender E-Lid

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The best portable blender

Specifications

Type: Smoothie maker
Capacity: 24.6fl oz / 700ml
Speed settings: 1
Presets: 0

Reasons to buy

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Compatible with most other ShakeSphere tumblers
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Portable promising 14 cycles per charge (ours did 26 cycles)
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Worked well even with frozen produce

Reasons to avoid

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Can only produce single servings
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Not all ingredients completely liquidized

The ShakeSphere Portable Blender E-Lid is a completely cordless and portable blender, allowing you to take it with you anywhere for smoothies or protein shakes on the go. This is perfect for gym-goers or just busy commuters, and we found that it was great for blending ice and frozen fruits.

The big downside of the blender is its size, as it can only produce single servings and doesn't quite have the power of its full-size counterparts. It's also quite expensive for a smoothie maker. Still, the portability is a huge plus, and we found that the blender actually surpassed its promised 14 cycles per charge, giving us almost double at 26.

Read our full ShakeSphere Portable Blender E-Lid review

The Magimix Power Blender surrounded by ingredients to make a smoothie

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How to choose the best blender for you

When selecting the best blender for you, start by identifying the type of blender you need. Jug blenders have a blade inside the plastic or glass receptacle, which spins when connected to the motor in the base units. As a result, they can blend in large quantities but the downside is that they are also usually bulky. 

Smoothie blenders, also known as personal blenders, come with a small plastic cup rather than a jug. Fill the cup with your ingredients, then attach the blade, flip the cup upside down and connect to the base. When the ingredients are blended to your liking, remove from the base, unscrew the blade, and screw on a to-go lid, then take your drink with you. 

Finally, there are also immersion blenders to consider. These are really useful for soup, where you can blend your soup in the pot instead of having to pour it into a separate blending appliance. Often referred to as hand blenders or stick blenders, immersion blenders are designed to be inserted into a saucepan or container of ingredients you want to puree. These compact appliances should be swirled around in the liquid while the blade spins to ensure it’s blended uniformly – but you need to be careful if you don't want soup shooting everywhere. For more advice on this, it would be worth taking a look at our jug blenders vs immersion blenders guide.

Things to look for in a blender

  • Auto shut-off for safety
  • BPA-free or glass jug
  • Measurements on the jug
  • Drip-free pouring spout
  • Capacity of jug (counter top) / tumbler (portable)
  • No. of speed and power settings
  • Non-slip feet
  • Available accessories

What can you use a blender for?

Blenders can be used to blend, smooth or pulse a variety of foods (and liquids) depending on the type of blender you need. For example, if you just want to make simple smoothies and soups then a straightforward blender with not too many features and functions will be suffice. If, however, you want to smooth-out hot soups or pulse small, hard ingredients such as nuts then you will need to look out for the blender spec (and our reviews) which talks about this capability.

Blenders can also be used for making a healthy drink on-the-go. Portable and one-cup blenders cater for this. You'll often find that they are also much easier to clean than the larger countertop blenders, simply because there are fewer components to it.

If you're short of countertop space then a blender can sometimes even be used as a food processor. When we investigated whether or not can a blender be used as a food processor we found that hybrid blenders that come with a food processor attachment can do many of the jobs food processors can do, and while we wouldn't recommend them for serious processing they're great for smaller jobs.

Which blender is best for smoothies?

If you’re looking for the best blender to make smoothies in, we’d recommend opting for a dedicated smoothie maker rather than a jug or immersion blender. As mentioned above, these feature a cup that the blade assembly screws onto before being attached to the base. Once blending is complete, the blade assembly can be switched for a to-go lid that includes a spout, letting you sip the drink without having to decant it first. Our pick is the Ninja Personal Blender and Smoothie Maker QB3001, as it strikes the right balance between price and the ability to blitz fresh produce into a smooth, grit-free drink. 

However, there’s no way to add liquid during blending, so you can’t use it to emulsify ingredients, such as when making mayonnaise. In this case, we recommend the Breville the Super Q, as it comes with a pitcher so you can add liquid during blending. It’s also powerful enough to crush ice and pulverize nuts and come with a travel cup for smoothies - although you will need to decant the drink from the jug into the cup.  

Blenders vs juicers

While juicers and blenders look similar, they perform slightly different tasks. Blenders use sharp blades to break down the contents of the blending jug. This means everything in the jug is turned into a smooth mixture. Juicers, however, extract liquid and leave behind the rest of the fruits or vegetables. As you might expect from the name, juicers are primarily used to make fresh juice, so they can be pretty limiting, whereas blenders give you the means to make everything from smoothies to dips. 

For all the pros and cons of these appliances, head to our full feature on Blenders vs. juicers: what’s the difference?

How do I clean a blender?

Staying on top of cleaning your blender is vital if you want it to last as long as possible and if you want to avoid any nasty odors building up. You can place many blending jugs inside the dishwasher, but you can also clean them by adding warm water and dish soap to the blending jug, putting the lid on, and blending up the soapy solution. 

If you’re struggling to get rid of any stubborn stains, create your cleaning paste using one tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with one teaspoon of white vinegar. You can add this solution to the stains using a clean scrubbing brush or a clean toothbrush. 

For more handy hacks, read our how to clean a blender feature. 

How we test blenders

To compare each blender, we’ve spent hours in the kitchen preparing bowlfuls of mayonnaise, and blending pineapple, spinach, and Greek yogurt into a smoothie. As well as assessing how smooth the sauce and smoothie are, we’re also looking for ingredients that are well-combined without any curdling and whether there is residue trapped under the blade or if the elements have leaked from the base lid during blending.

We also evaluate how finely and evenly the blenders chop ice and nuts and compare how easy they are to use. Finally, for each model, we rate how loud they are, how durable and easy to clean the body and parts are, and the valuable accessories they come with, such as a tamper for moving ingredients closer to the blade, extra jugs, or containers, and recipe booklets for inspiration.

Michelle Rae Uy
Contributor

Michelle Rae Uy is the former Computing Reviews and Buying Guides Editor at TechRadar. She's a Los Angeles-based tech, travel and lifestyle writer covering a wide range of topics, from computing to the latest in green commutes to the best hiking trails. She's an ambivert who enjoys communing with nature and traveling for months at a time just as much as watching movies and playing sim games at home. That also means that she has a lot more avenues to explore in terms of understanding how tech can improve the different aspects of our lives. 

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