6 of the best blenders

We've found 6 of the best blenders to shake up your juicing routine

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Looking to buy one of the best blenders on the market today? Whether it’s to make your much-loved fresh juice, homemade salsa, a sweet-tasting smoothie, or maybe even a naughty-but-nice milkshake, we’ve found the top six blenders that can tackle any job. 

These blenders will make light work of dense ingredients such as ice, nuts, seeds, as well as your fruit and veg. Scroll down to the bottom for our guide to key features to look out for when choosing a blender, from the volume of the jug to whether you get any carry cups included.

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OUR PICK OF THE BEST BLENDERS 

NutriBullet Pro

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1. NutriBullet Pro

Best good-looking blender: place this on your kitchen counter with pride

Reasons to buy
+11 colour options+BPA-free cup+Includes recipe book for inspiration+Comes with to-go lids
Reasons to avoid
-No control over speed-Not to be used for more than 60 seconds at a time

The NutriBullet Pro comes in 11 different colors from Champagne to Onyx, Violet, and Rose Gold. That and it boasts a simple, non-intrusive exterior with no buttons – when the blade is attached to the machine it will work – that we definitely don’t mind storing on our kitchen surface year-round. It has 900 watts of power behind it, as well as a BPA-free 32-ounce cup for making your favorite smoothie and milkshake recipes in. It also comes with two to-go lids to enjoy on the go, while you can pop the cup itself in the dishwasher. Fill it with dense foods, fruit, and veg and watch its stainless steel extractor blades slice down the ingredients. Though we should note that it should not be used for more than 60 seconds at a time…

Ninja Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender

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2. Ninja Professional 72 Oz Countertop Blender

Best blender you can buy: this Ninja model packs a punch

Reasons to buy
+Dishwasher safe+Large capacity+Fast working+Crush and purée, too+Pulse mode+BPA-free
Reasons to avoid
-Doesn’t come with any cups

Buy this Ninja blender if you love your milkshakes and smoothies (and whatever else) to be free from bits. It can cut through everything from ice to seeds, and it’s dishwasher safe as well as BPA-free. Not just for blending, it can crush and purée, too – perfect for frozen margaritas! With six different blades to do the job fast, you needn’t wait long for a beverage. It has a 64-ounce maximum capacity, making it also great for families. With a range of buttons including a pulse mode, everyone can use it.

Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender

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3. Hamilton Beach Power Elite Blender

Best budget-friendly blender: great value yet very powerful

Reasons to buy
+12 functions+BPA-free+Affordable+Easy serving
Reasons to avoid
-Small capacity-Not the best looking

On a budget? Not yet ready to spend 100s of dollars on a new blender? Try this Hamilton Beach model out for size. It works at 700 watts and boasts 12 different functions from purée to dice and grind. With five, easy to use and well-labeled buttons, it’s very simple to get the results you require whether that be a thick and chunky dip, finely grated carrots (for cake, obviously), or a creamy milkshake for dessert. It comes with a BPA-free 40-ounce jar which is dishwasher-safe, along with the blades and lid, too. The best part? It boasts a pouring spout for easy serving.

NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Blender Combo

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4. NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Blender Combo

Best blender for daily use: for serious smoothie and milkshake lovers…

Reasons to buy
+Extractor function+Pulse function+Comes with two to-go cups+BPA-free+Dishwasher safe parts
Reasons to avoid
-Large-Not the best option if it’s going to be on show

Buy this NutriBullet blender if you’ll be using your new blender more or less every day of the week. Not only is it built to last, but it offers 1,200 watts of power at the touch of one button. Perfect for blending everything from hard fruit and veg to all kinds nut butters, as well as seeds, ice, and more. It comes with a multi-serving pitcher that measures 64 ounces, as well as a 32-ounce cup and a 24-ounce cup for enjoying your drink on the go (or storing a sauce for later use). Its blade is made from stainless steel and the cups are all BPA-free, while they can be popped in the dishwasher after use, too. This machine also boasts an extraction mode as well as a pulse option, and low, medium, and high settings.

Oster Blender Pro

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5. Oster Blender Pro

Best blender for function range: with 3 pre-programmed settings and 4 other modes

Reasons to buy
+3 pre-set settings+Durable+Pulse function+Comes with carry cup+Glass jar+Dishwasher safe
Reasons to avoid
-Not the best choice looks-wise-Quite bulky

The Oster Blender Pro is made from black nickel and boasts seven speeds including three pre-programmed settings – smoothies, salsa, and milkshakes. It works at 1,200 watts to blend fruit and more and 900 watts to crush ice, while it also has a pulse mode. It comes with a six-cup Boroclass glass jar that’s dishwasher safe, and also included in the box is a 24-ounce smoothie cup complete with a lid. 

Magic Bullet Mini Blender

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6. Magic Bullet Mini Blender

Best small blender: for tiny kitchens or small appetites

Reasons to buy
+Comes with an extra cup+Inexpensive+Compact+Dishwasher safe
Reasons to avoid
-Not so good for families

Consider the Magic Bullet Mini Blender if you have a small kitchen with little storage space, or if you live alone and don’t see any point in owning a large blender. This model can make everything from salsas to guacamoles, smoothies, and much more. What it lacks in size it definitely makes up for in features – it can blend, chop, and mix ingredients with ease.  It arrives with a short cup for enjoying en-route, while it has 200 watts of power sitting behind it. It doesn’t have a button – simply attach the cup and twist to turn it on – and it’s dishwasher-safe for your convenience.

How to choose the best blender

When choosing a blender, be sure to bear in mind some key features from its price – you’ll want to set a budget depending on how often you’ll use your blender – to its size. If you have a smaller kitchen or if you’d like to hide your blender away, opt for a compact option. 

Whether it’s dishwasher safe is another key feature, as well as its jug size. The smaller the jug, the fewer mouths it can feed. Some blenders feature different modes while others you simply twist to turn on. Depending on what you’ll be using it for, choose accordingly. 

Some blenders come with carrying cups included for drinking inside or outside of your house, while others come with just the unit. Based on where you will be enjoying your creations, pick a blender that comes with cups and lids. Working from home? Don’t worry about it.

What is the best blender?

The Ninja Professional Countertop Blender is, without a doubt, the best blender on the market in 2020. It can be used for everything from smoothies to soups and dips as it can crush, puree and blend, while it boasts a large, 64-ounce capacity and it’s dishwasher safe for easy cleanup. While it doesn’t come with any cups included, it is fast working so you can enjoy your milkshake, margarita, or even dip some chips in your homemade dip within minutes of turning the machine on.