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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.