Designed to offer flexibility, this blender comes with three different attachments. One 2.1l jug that, well, has more capacity. It will chop, blend and mix, as well as knead doughs with the attachment’s included. The cup attachment is also designed for smoothies and has the capacity to make a single drink and can then be taken on the go with you. The “power nutri bowl” is for making smoothie bowls and thick desserts, such as frozen yoghurt as well as nut butters. Best of all, every cup and blade is dishwasher safe – hurrah!
When it comes to kitchen appliances you’ll get some serious use out of, blenders are up there with the best of them. Not only do they have a (relatively) small footprint for smaller kitchens, they also take the elbow grease out of myriad types of meal prep – from sauces and dips to smoothies and nut butters, blenders are there to deliver at the press of a button.
As we came to discover, the term blender encompasses a fair few things. First of all, there are stick blenders, which are handy for sticking into a jug or pan to blitz soups and smoothies. Then there are jug blenders which you might equate with smoothies and milkshakes. Some blenders also cover ground as food processors, offering up grating, slicing and spiralising attachments.
But be not afraid, if you’re unaccustomed. When choosing the best blenders, you want to consider how much space in the kitchen you have. Real estate in our kitchen is a finely balanced thing, and some of these bad boys should be paying half the mortgage with the amount of stuff that comes with them.
You’ll also want to think about ease of use, and what you’re really going to be using it for. There’s something about pouring soup from a pan into a jug blender that just makes us want to give up on a recipe. Also, ponder whether you really need the whizzy extras – will you really make mashed potato with your blender? Only you can answer that.
And then give some thought to functionality. Some blenders come with programmes such as ice crushing and chopping as well as good, old-fashioned blending. Ice crushing is useful for making cocktails, if that’s your vibe. If you never make frozen cocktails then you can let this pass you by.
How we tested
We were looking for blenders that powered through whatever we threw at them. Blenders that could handle thick and hard foods without slowing down or getting clogged were order of the day. We were also very keen on the blenders that were easy to clean. So, to whittle down the contenders we made a lot of smoothies, as well as nut butters, and we also blended root veg to see how smooth they could go. These were the best blenders that blitzed the competition.