The best blender for smoothies

Smoothies are the perfect go-to breakfast or post-workout treat. Here’s our pick of the best blenders for smoothies

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We've already found the best blenders out there, but what about the best blender for smoothies?

There’s a smoothie for every occasion, from healthy green concoctions full of vitamins and delicious tropical fruit blends to protein-packed post-workout drinks and decadent breakfast treats. But, to make the best smoothie you’ll need the best blender for the job—one that has the power to chop through tough ingredients and ice for silky smooth results. There’s a huge variety of blenders on the market today, from serious blending machines with multiple preset programmes to affordable one-button personal blenders that keep things simple. This is our pick of the best blenders for creating delicious smoothies.

The best blenders for smoothies

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1. VITAMIX ASCENT SERIES A3500i

The most powerful and comprehensive blender for smoothies

Reasons to buy
+Powerful 1,400 Watt motor+Makes silky smoothies—as well as hot soups and frozen desserts—in minutes+Touch interface, 5 program settings, programmable timer, variable-speed control + pulse+Very easy to clean+Large two-litre jug is perfect for making smoothies for the whole family+10 year manufacturer warranty
Reasons to avoid
-Expensive-Blending cup kit sold separately

Vitamix has developed something of a cult following—and it’s no surprise. This high-performance machine allows you to create smoothies, soups, sauces, and frozen desserts and more with ease. What’s more, the jug and blades are ridiculously easy to clean. While you can, of course, make blenders in the two-litre jug, the Vitamix blending cup kit makes smoothies even simpler.

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2. NUTRIBULLET PRO

The most elegant blender for smoothies

Specifications
Dimensions: Fold dimensions 54.5 x 53.5 x 143cm | Setup dimensions 98.5 x 53.5 x 124cm
Screen Type: LCD
Product Weight: 19kg
Weight capacity: 120kg
Programs/Settings: Speed, Calories Burned, Time, Distance
Reasons to buy
+On-trend champagne finish and small size looks great in the kitchen+Simple, intuitive design—simply push, twist and blend+Includes 2 blending cups+Dishwasher-safe parts+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-No control over speed-Shouldn’t be used for more than 60 seconds at a time-May struggle to blend tougher ingredients, such as kale or dates

Make smoothies fast with the easy-to-use Nutribullet Pro—there’s only one speed, but it takes just 60 seconds to make most smoothies. It’s also super easy to use as there’s no controls, you simply twist the cup into the base and it starts automatically. It’s available in ten fun colours—we love the on-trend champagne finish.

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3. VONSHEF ULTRABLEND SMOOTHIE MAKER

The best portable blender for smoothies

Reasons to buy
+Modern design with sleek matte black body and suction feet that will fit into contemporary kitchens+Powerful 1000W motor, 25,000 RPM speed+Comes with 800ml and 500ml cups, and spill-proof and sip & seal lids+Dishwasher safe, lightweight and easy to carry+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-No control over speed -No pulse button-Powerful motor can loosen the cup if it’s not tightened properly

Weighing just one kilogram, the  VonShef UltraBlend Smoothie Maker is lightweight enough to pack in a bag, making it perfect for whipping up smoothies in the office, the gym, or on-the-go. Its small size also makes it easy to store when not in use, freeing up valuable bench space.

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4. NUTRI NINJA AUTO-IQ

The smart blender for smoothies

Reasons to buy
+Patented Pro Extractor Blades easily blend tough ingredients and ice for super-smooth results+Two different Auto-iQ blending programs+Dishwasher-safe parts for easy cleaning+Powerful 1000W motor+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for hot liquids-Not as durable as some other blenders this list due to plastic gears-You’ll need to add ice to your smoothie as the heat generated by the motor will result in a warm smoothie

Take the guesswork out of making smoothies with this powerful blender that features “Auto-IQ” settings that automatically pulse, pause and blend ingredients for you. Select Auto-IQ Blend for fruits and other soft ingredients, or Auto-IQ Blend for ingredients like frozen berries and ice. If you want to take control, there’s also the option to use the manual settings.

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5. NUTRIBULLET MAGIC BULLET MINI BLENDER

The best small blender for smoothies

Reasons to buy
+Small size makes it perfect for tiny kitchens+Jug is dishwasher safe+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-250 watt motor isn’t as powerful as other blenders on this list-Small 0.6-litre cup size-No control over speed

If you’re tight on space in the kitchen, this tiny personal blender is ideal—although with a 250 watt motor, it’s probably best to stick to soft fruits and liquid ingredients rather than ice or nuts. While you can’t control the speed, you can use pulse mode to make sure chunkier ingredients are smoothly blended.

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6. SAGE THE BOSS TO GO

The most robust personal blender for smoothies

Reasons to buy
+Sleek design with brushed silver base+Powerful 1000 Watt motor+Smooth-edged, ready-to-drink from cups+Dishwasher-safe parts
Reasons to avoid
-500ml cups are smaller in size than other comparable models-Expensive

With a sleek die-cast metal base, the Sage Boss to Go is a seriously robust blender. Paired with a powerful 1000 Watt motor and a “kinetic” blending action that pulls ingredients down from the top of the cup, it can easily blend most ingredients smoothly. The one draw-back is the size of the cups—at 500ml they’re smaller than most other cups included with comparable blenders. 

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7. BOSCH VITAMAXX VACUUM BLENDER

The best vacuum blender for smoothies

Reasons to buy
+Innovative vacuum blending technology that takes the air out of the cup before blending+Ideal if you want to make smoothies ahead of time to store in the fridge+Powerful 1000 watt motor+Comes with a two-litre jug and two storage boxes
Reasons to avoid
-Not suitable for hot liquids-Large footprint-Expensive-Noisy

If you want to keep smoothies fresher for longer and create smoother, less frothy drinks you’ll want a blender that uses vacuum technology. The Bosch Vitamaxx Vacuum Blender uses a built-in vacuum pump to extract oxygen from the cup before blending, retaining more nutrients. As a bonus, it comes with two storage boxes that you can also vacuum seal to keep ingredients fresh for up to twice as long.

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8. BREVILLE BLEND ACTIVE BLENDER

The best budget blender for smoothies

Reasons to buy
+Small size makes it ideal for tiny kitchens+Includes two 600ml cups with sipping lids+Affordable
Reasons to avoid
-It’s not recommended to use the blender for more than 30 seconds at a time-300 watt motor won’t blend tough ingredients, such as kale or dates, smoothly-No control over speed

This seriously affordable blender is perfect for those on a budget. It’s got a small base, which is great if you’re lacking in bench space, and comes with two cups that double as bottles. It’s simple to use—there’s just one “blend” button—but it won’t create silky smooth drinks as it just doesn’t have the power, so you’re best sticking to softer fruits.

How to choose the best blender for smoothies

Before you buy a blender, think about what you want to use it for—are you just going to be making smoothies, or will you want a more traditional jug blender? And, will you be looking for a variety of features—think pulsing, preset programmes and adjustable speed—or do you want a blender that simply turns on and off? The number of features, as well as durability and power, will determine how expensive the blender is. If you’re planning to use the blender frequently and want to blend tough ingredients, such as dates and kale, you’ll want to go for a powerful motor at 1,000 Watts or higher. Finally, think about how much space you have in the kitchen and whether you need a blender that can be easily stored when not in use or whether you have enough bench space to keep it out.

What is the best blender for smoothies?

If you’re looking for a powerful blender that doesn’t just tackle smoothies, but can take on all manner of kitchen tasks—including blending and cooking soup, creating delicious frozen desserts, and blending smooth nut milks—then the Vitamix Ascent Series a3500i is the blender to go for. There’s not much it won’t get through and the texture of the smoothies is second to none. It does, however, come at a price. If you’re looking for something more affordable and just want to focus on making simple smoothies, the Nutri Ninja AutoIQ is our pick.