There are a lot of different blenders that you can buy, each with their own array of speeds, programs and features. We walk you through our picks for the best blenders that can help you make nutritious smoothies and more.
Best Overall Blender
Ninja Nutri Blender Duo
- Very powerful
- Has a lot of useful settings
- Auto-iQ technology that automatically switches to the setting and speed that’s appropriate for the jar that you placed on the blender
- Easy to use and clean
- Many customers found the blender very noisy even on the lower settings
The Ninja Nutri blender is just a great all-rounder that can take on any sort of task that you have for it. You get eight different settings to choose from, four of which are simple settings like low, mid, high, and pulse, which allow you to simply set the speed, while the others are meant for specific drinks and food preparation.
The frozen drinks setting, for example, is the best way to make smoothies since all you need to do is drop some ice and some ingredients in the blender, and it’ll do the rest. You get a timer that tells you exactly when the blending is done, and the blades on the inside are sharp and durable enough to chip through any vegetables as well as ice cubes for cold drinks.
Additionally, you also get three durable Ninja cups of different sizes that come with sip and seal lids, and which are a great way to drink your smoothie.
Best Bullet Blender
Nutribullet 900W Mega Pack
- Removable blades makes it easy to clean them
- Takes up very little space on your counter
- It’s incredibly easy to use
- Only one speed setting
- Quite noisy regardless of what you blend
Since it’s a bullet blender, the Nutribullet is incredibly easy to use. These blenders work by having you place the bladed cap on top of the measuring cup, and simply pressing the cup into the blender and locking it in to turn it on. There are no buttons to press, it’s always on the highest setting, and liquidizes any ingredients in a matter of seconds. Both the cup and the blades are easy and safe to clean as well.
The one big issue that these blenders have is that you don’t get any variety in the blending options since there is only one speed. Many people simply apply pressure or release the top of the blender instead of locking the cup in order to control how finely they want to mince their ingredients, but this isn’t really the main purpose of this blender.
If you’re looking for different blending options, then you might want to skip this product. However, if you’re looking for a powerful device that can make you a smoothie in record time, then this would be one of the best blenders that you can buy.
Best Stick Blender
Braun MultiQuick 5 Vario Hand Blender
- Multiple speed settings on the handle display
- Comes with several useful attachments
- It’s very quiet
- Some customers found the attachments difficult to clean because of the placement of the blades
Stick blenders give you the most control over how finely you want to mince your ingredients. Standard blenders and even bullet blenders might have start/stop functions, but they’re nowhere near as convenient as the one-button push-start functions that this little device comes with. You also don’t need to have any free counter space since you can simply place this device in a drawer and only take it out when you need it.
Moreover, you get four very useful attachments that you can use the blender with depending on what you want to do with it. The standard blade and the puree attachment are great for getting that sort of semi-liquid consistency for any drinks or food spreads that you might be making, the chopper is great for cutting up vegetables and fruits, and you even have a stainless steel whisk.
The Braun also comes with a 600 ml beaker, which is a lot more durable than you might think, and that can help you hold together all of your ingredients.
Best Vacuum Blender
Beko Prowellness Vacuum Blender
- A lot quieter than other standard blenders
- Preserves the nutritional value of the ingredients more effectively
- Comes with an auto-clean function
- The vacuum function usually takes more time than the blending process itself
- The blender takes up a lot of space
The purpose of a vacuum blender is to remove all of the air from the liquid in the container before you start the blending process. This preserves more of the vitamins and nutrients of the vegetables and fruits that you blend, and it also allows you to place your smoothie in the fridge for longer without it losing its rich flavour.
Despite how complicated this might sound, the Prowellness is actually incredibly easy to use and comes with several useful features. Among these features is the multitude of different speed settings, the different consistency settings like smoothie and sauce, and even a 700 ml cup that can hold almost half of the 1.5 L capacity.
You also get an auto-clean function that allows you to get the blender ready for a new batch of ingredients by simply putting in a little water and pressing a button. This is a very easy way to clean your blender with no effort at all, and it really helps if you’re one of the people that feel squeamish about placing their fingers anywhere near the blender blades.
Best Budget Blender
Russell Hobbs Mix and Go Stainless Steel Blender
- Very cost-effective
- Takes up minimal space
- Comes with two 600 ml containers
- Only one speed setting
Similar to the previous bullet blender that we mentioned, this device works by simply placing the blade attachment on top of the container and pressing it into the blender base to activate it. Unlike the previous model though, this blender comes with two 600 ml containers that can be used as bottles for your smoothie straight out of the blender.
These two containers come with lids that can be fitted in place of the blade attachment on top and they can allow you to just drink the smoothie that you just made without even having to pour it into another container first. They’re also dishwasher friendly, which makes clean-up a snap. Just don’t forget that you still need to manually clean the blade attachment.
This blender is a great purchase for the low asking price, and while it may not come with different speed settings, it’s still a great way to make yourself a smoothie in very little time with very little effort.
Best Premium Blender
Breville the Q Quick Super Blender
- Comprehensive set of features
- 5 speed settings and 4 programs
- 7-year warranty
- Significantly more expensive than standard blenders
- The noise levels aren’t as high as most standard blenders, but it’s still not exactly quiet either
This is a heavy-duty blender, which essentially means that it can cleave through virtually anything without you having to worry about a blockage happening. You get the auto pulse/ice crush, smoothie, green smoothies, and soup settings, which means that this blender can help you make everything from a refreshing drink to a light breakfast in the morning.
You also get several speed settings, a total volume of 2L, and an auto-clean function that takes care of the mess in the blender for you. This model also has a 7-year warranty, which is a massive improvement on the standard 1-year warranty that the other items on our list have.
The container itself has a handle at the side that makes it easy to move, but it also has a ring latch for the lid that ensures there won’t be any accidental spills while the blender is on. This is without a doubt one of the best blenders when it comes to both power and features, so if you’re willing to pay the admittedly steep price, then this would make an ideal addition to your kitchen.
Best Blender Brands
Ninja make top-of-the-line blenders that vary in size, price, and the number of different features and settings that they come with. Regardless of what you get from this brand, it’s guaranteed to work well, have a lot of power to cut up everything that you put in it, and last you for a very long time.
Nutribullet are a lot more specialized when it comes to blenders, and they prefer to stick to their strengths and, for the most part, only make bullet blenders. This means that they have little diversity when it comes to their products, but if you’re looking for something small that can give you a smoothie in 10 seconds flat, then it’s probably gonna come from Nutribullet.
Breville is a heavy hitter in the appliance field, so it’s hardly a surprise that they also produce some very high-quality blenders as well. The blenders that you get from Breville are sometimes on the expensive side, but they provide a large variety of settings and great overall quality.
How To Choose The Right Blender
Should I Buy a Countertop Blender or a Stick Blender?
It all really depends on what you’re looking to get out of your blender. Both models can let you mince a variety of fruits, vegetables, and other ingredients, but there are a few distinct differences that make one a lot more useful than the other for certain applications.
Countertop blenders come in many different shapes and sizes, so there will more than likely be a model that does exactly what you’re looking for. You can either find yourself a simple blender that can help you cut up some food, or you can get yourself something with a few more options that you can use to make everything from sauce to minced vegetables.
The countertop models also come with a lot more power under the hood, which can allow you to blend a larger variety of items. As an added plus, you won’t get tired using these blenders, unlike the manual stick models, and they’re also a lot safer to use thanks to the plastic or glass casing of the container that stops any food chunks from flying into your face.
Stick blenders also usually come with a few attachments that can allow you to either make smoothies or prepare food with them. However, while they may be flexible, they usually only come with preset speed settings rather than the programs that standard countertop blenders come with.
A stick model is also a lot more enticing if you don’t want to spend too much money on a blender. Countertop blenders also vary in price, but there are quite a lot more affordable options if you go for a stick blender.
If you’re looking for something that offers you more variety, then a countertop blender is the choice for you. On the other hand, if you’re looking for something that’s practical, doesn’t take much space, and that you can put away and take out easily, then you might want to get yourself a stick blender.
Should I Buy a Blender or Food Processor?
These two appliances are so remarkably similar in their basic utility that many people can’t even tell them apart. In all honesty, there really isn’t all that much difference between them, and the only significant one is the level of food preparation that they’re capable of.
Blenders are devices that have blades at the bottom and are very good at very finely dicing the ingredients placed in them, or just completely liquifying them. Food processors have blades at both the top and the bottom.
Food processors have many speed settings and programs, but they’re usually much better at food preparation since they can dice vegetables and fruits into very small bits, or something slightly larger. Blenders on the other hand are usually cheaper, and due to the (usual) lack of settings in comparison to processors, they’re not exactly cut out for food preparation for the most part. But, as we said, there’s no definitive line between the two, and higher-end models tend to be both.
Are Glass Blenders Better Than Plastic?
There really isn’t a significant enough difference that results from a blender having either a plastic or a glass container, although it is worth considering whether a blender has dishwasher friendly components or not.
The taste of your food or drink shouldn't change depending on whether the blender is glass or plastic, although there are some customers who have a preference for glass due to a perceived difference in taste.