10 best jug blenders

From soups to smoothies, whip up a healthy concoction with the press of a button

A good blender can blitz ingredients within seconds, making short work of everything from smoothies and milkshakes to soups and sauces. Professional-grade machines, such as Sage and Vitamix, can do a lot more besides, including milling grains and chopping veg. The higher-end ones also tend to be a lot more durable.

Don’t assume the more power, the better the blender – it’s not always the case. But do think about the exact tasks you’ll use it for, so that you’re not paying for extras you don’t need. Consider whether you want a glass (sturdier but heavier) or plastic jug. Also consider how easy it is to set up from the box and how simple it is to use. Are the parts dishwasher safe? Is the blade easy to cut yourself on or is it well-protected? Do you want a blender with extra jugs and blades?

And don’t forget to think about storage – some are lighter than others, with cord-storage included, while others are designed to be kept out on your worktop.

1. Tefal Blendforce: £21, amazon 


This is astounding value for a quiet, fast and efficient blender that’s easy to set up, use and store. The plastic jug isn’t as durable as glass and it’s no good at crushing ice, but its six blades blitzed through practically everything we put in it.

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2. Sage The Boss: £400, John Lewis




As you’d hope for the price, this blender makes the smoothest smoothies and soups (which you can reheat in the same machine) of all the ones we tested, thanks to a patented blade and bowl system. It’s versatile, too, with five preset programmes and 12 speeds. The backlit LED screen looks great. It’s noisy, though.

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3. Bella Extract-Pro: £50, amazon




With its seven auto-functions and 700W motor, this is a great all-rounder. The various tumblers and travel cup lids make it great for those wanting smoothies on the go. It’s not as quick as others, though, and can be noisy.

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4. Kenwood Blend-X Pro: £85, John Lewis




This makes fabulous smoothies and soups. A particularly good choice if you like ice in your drinks, it also makes great pesto, which is no mean feat for blenders. It’s got plenty of preset programmes and a variable speed dial, which makes it versatile, and it’s fast.

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5. Vitamix Professional Series 300: £499, Selfridges




It’s expensive, but this astonishingly durable blender makes perfectly lump-free smoothies in no time at all. Likewise for soups, which can also be heated up by the machine. It’ll handle any ingredient you throw at it, from soft fruit to raw vegetables, never blocking up or leaving bits. It’s extremely quiet, too.

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6. Lakeland Power Blender: £70, amazon




We found this machine did a decent job on smoothies, creating lump-free drinks in under a minute – very quick for blenders. The illuminated controls give this a contemporary, state-of-the-art look. It can be tricky to remove the jug at first, and it’s heavy. 

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7. Braun Identity: £90, House Of Fraser




The angled shape and higher blade positioning of this blender creates velvety-smooth results, and it crushes ice well. However, it’s quite slow and not the best when it comes to tougher ingredients such as nuts and seeds.

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8. Magimix Le Blender: from £130, John Lewis




This stylish machine is powerful and fast, even making light work of mayonnaise – one of the ultimate tests for blenders. You can buy a separate attachment for grinding coffee, spices and baby food. It’s easy to use and clean, but the glass jug does make it heavy. 

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9. Dualit VortecS: £150, John Lewis




With clear, illuminated controls, this is a user-friendly, good-looking machine. It quickly makes silky smoothies, and doesn’t struggle with ice. It’s not the easiest to clean, however, and the shiny metallic finish shows up every fingerprint.

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10. Smeg Blender: £150, John Lewis




This elegant, retro-looking machine is compact, making it ideal for smaller kitchens. It breezed through our tests for puréeing and grinding, although smoothies weren’t quite as evenly blended as some of the machines we tested, especially when we used frozen fruit.

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For an all-singing-all-dancing blender that will see you through year after year, our vote goes to Sage’s The Boss. For a cheaper end jug machine, we were blown away by the Tefal Blendforce – it’s a real bargain.

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