The best blender is must-have appliance even if you’re not much of cook. Blenders are easy-to-use and even if you always order take-out when your friends pop by, you can still use it to impress them with a multitude of blended drinks. From coffees to crushed ice in fancy cocktails or perhaps protein shakes for your gym buddies. However, budding chefs will know a blender is a valuable tool for plenty of culinary creations including blitzing up beautifully smooth soups, sauces, salsas and dips.
Blenders come in a variety of types, from a standard model with a large pitcher, to single serve cup blenders specially designed to create lump-free shakes and smoothies. Some even offer both attachments so you get the best of both worlds. Check out how to use a blender for some tips and tricks on getting the most from a blender. Don’t be fooled into thinking you can create fresh fruit juices in a blender though, for that you’ll need one of the best juicers, if you use a blender to liquidize fruits you’ll get a thicker smoothie style drink.
Some of the best blenders offer food processor attachments, making them multi-purpose appliances and regular cooks will benefit from this additional functionality. But it’s also worth considering one of the best food processors if that’s what you’re looking for. Alternatively, if you’re short on space but still want to be able to blitz up soups and sauces, an immersion blender could be just the appliance you need. These handheld blenders are the ideal space saving solution, but they don’t have the blending power of their full-size counterparts. Our article, jug blenders vs immersion blenders, offers a more in-depth look at the two types of blender.
If you’re not sure whether you need a blender or what you might use it for, our article the five best dishes to make in a blender offers up some inspiration. Otherwise scroll down for top picks, we’ve put a range of models to the test, making smoothies, crushing ice, and blitzing nuts to help you decide which is the best blender for you.
The best blender of 2022
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 and it can blitz ice cubes with ease.
This Vitamix blender has an impressive 10 variable speed settings, a pulse function, five programs with predefined speeds and duration for everything from smoothies, to dips and spreads. There's even a programmable timer so that you can set the blender to work and it’ll automatically switch off once the timer is up.
However, the A3500 is quite bulky, so take this into account if you’re short on space, it's heavy and it's the most expensive blender we've tested - with a price tag that's double, and in some cases triple that of other blenders in this list.
Read our full review: Vitamix A3500
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. All of the programs can be selected by using the dial on the front of the K400, making it simple to use.
In our tests it impressed us by producing smooth, grit free smoothies and thick glossy mayo. The ice crush program makes short work of blitzing through ice cubes too. There aren’t any additional blending cups or accessories included with this KitchenAid blender though and it struggled to chop nuts evenly.
If you buy this blender in the US or Australia, it’ll arrive with a plastic pitcher whereas, in the UK, it’s sold with a glass pitcher.
Read our full review: KitchenAid Artisan K400 blender
If you want professional-style smoothies, then 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 included so that you can make smoothies for when you’re on the go.
In our tests, we were impressed with the 12-speed settings and the preset programs for creating crushed ices, smoothies, and more. The smoothie settings did a good job of creating a silky mixture, but the green smoothie setting was particularly powerful for mixing up veggies. It was simple to use, too
The Breville the Super Q machine is really designed for making larger quantities and it struggled to mix small mayonnaise recipes we tried out, however, when it’s filled to capacity, the blender copes well and there were no leaks whatsoever.
This blender is great if you have a large household or just want to make large quantities of mixtures in one go, but the machine itself is also pretty tall measuring 18.1 inches/ 46cm high.
Read our full review: Breville the Super Q
Nutribullet, which is more commonly known for its range of powerful smoothie makers, also offers this multi-use blender that can be used for hot and cold ingredients and has a large 1.7-quarts / 1.6-liter capacity.
It proved very versatile in our review, producing silky smooth, well-combined results for smoothies, soups, and dips, and even crushed ice and broke down nuts too. It’s simple to use and offers good value for money, so is the perfect entry-level blender.
You won't find any on-the-go cups bundled in, but it does come with the same unique stainless-steel extractor blade found in Nutribullet’s personal blenders, that’s designed to pulverize ingredients without losing any of their nutrition.
The control panel features two speed settings and a pulse function, although you can’t use the pulse setting if you’re liquidizing hot ingredients, so this blender is best suited for smooth soups, as opposed to chunky ones.
Read our full review: Nutribullet Blender
If you want a blender solely to make refreshing smoothies, then the Ninja Personal Blender and Smoothie Maker QB3001 is worth considering. On test, we found the blender blitzed tough, fibrous fruit and vegetables including pineapple and spinach into a smooth, silky drink without any grittiness.
Simple to use, the Ninja Personal Blender and Smoothie Maker QB3001 comes with two 0.5-quart / 0.47-liter single-serve cups and to-go lids, so you can pulverize ingredients into a smoothie or protein shake and take it with you, without having to decant it first.
We also found the blender effectively crushed ice and ground hazelnuts. It’s not as versatile as a jug blender though, and can’t be used to make condiments such as mayonnaise that require ingredients to emulsify, it was also one of the nosiest blenders we tested too.
Read our full review: Ninja Personal Blender and Smoothie Maker QB3001
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 pulverized fruit and vegetables with ease and made a great mayo. If you’re a cocktail fan, then a durable blender that can crush ice with ease is a must-have, and this model won’t let you down, 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 a host of accessories, such as personal blending cups, but we think that’s acceptable considering this is the most-affordable blender KitchenAid offer.
Read our full review: KitchenAid K150 Blender
Breville offers a range of stylish, durable, and powerful blenders, but with eye-wateringly expensive price tags, they may be out of reach of many consumers, with the exception of 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,which is smaller than most other Breville blenders. We also found there was 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 review: Breville the Fresh and Furious
With its die-cast aluminum frame that comes in a range of 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 with 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, and then finish by washing it by hand. We like that the measuring cap in the top of the jar doubles as a key to remove the blade, for when a more thorough clean is needed.
Read our full review: Smeg BLF001PBUK blender
If you’re tight on space on your kitchen countertop, this smoothie maker and food processor in one, is a great buy. Compact, and simple to use, the Nutribullet Magic Bullet Kitchen Express comes with two 0.5-quart / 0.47-liter single-serve cups for blending smoothies, and a 0.9-quart / 830ml food processor bowl, so you can grate, chop, and slice food too, as long as it's in small quantities.
During testing, while the blender did a good job at pulverizing fibrous pineapple, it struggled with leafy spinach, leaving our smoothie with a gritty texture. It was also unable to achieve a uniform consistency when chopping nuts and crushing ice. However, we were impressed with its ability to grate carrot, slice cucumber, chop onions and make breadcrumbs.
As with similar smoothie-maker style blenders, it's not suited to making condiments like mayonnaise, as there’s no way to add ingredients while the blades are spinning to ensure they emulsify together. It was also one of the noisiest blenders we’ve tested too.
Read our full review: Nutribullet Magic Bullet Kitchen Express
How we test blenders
In a bid to compare each blender, we’ve put in hours in the kitchen preparing bowlfuls of mayonnaise, while also blending pineapple, spinach, and Greek yoghurt 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 ingredients have leaked from the base or lid during blending.
We also evaluate how finely and evenly the blenders chop ice and nuts and compare how easy they are to use. For each model we rate how loud they are, how durable and easy to clean the body and parts are, and the useful accessories they come with such as a tamper for moving ingredients closer to the blade, extra jugs or containers, and recipe booklets for inspiration.
Best blender FAQs
What to consider when buying a blender
When it comes to selecting the best blender for you, start by identifying the type of blender you need.
Jug blenders feature a blade inside the plastic or glass receptacle, which spins when connected to the motor in the base units. They can blend large quantities but are usually bulky.
Meanwhile, 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 attach 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’s also immersion blenders to consider. Often referred to as hand blenders or stick blenders, they 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. The blade can be detached from the main unit, containing the motor for easy cleaning too.
Also consider the number of speed and power settings the blender offers. If you’re looking to crush ice and grind coffee beans, it’s worth considering a blender that has more control over how quickly it spins, to ensure you can chop the food to the consistency you want.
Finally consider any accessories the blender comes with such as additional containers, a tamper to push food down during blending, and a brush to clean under the blades, as well as whether the parts are dishwasher-safe and simple to clean.
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 we’ve already mentioned above, these feature a cup that the blade assembly screws on to, 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 on 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 it can’t be used 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 liquid can be added during blending. It’s also powerful enough to crush ice and pulverize nuts, as well as coming 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 quite limiting whereas blenders give you the means to make everything from smoothies to dips.
For all the pros and cons of both 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 key if you want it to last as long as possible and if you want to avoid any nasty odors building up. Many blending jugs can be placed inside the dishwasher but you can also clean them by adding warm water and dish soap to the blending jug, placing the lid on, and blending up the soapy solution.
If you’re struggling to get rid of any stubborn stains, create your own cleaning paste using 1 tablespoon of baking soda and mix it with 1 teaspoon of white vinegar. You can add this solution to the stains by using a clean scrubbing brush or a clean toothbrush.
For more handy hacks, read our how to clean a blender feature.
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