We have tested blenders and name Magimix LeBlender as best in test. It has a specially designed blender rod and simple switches which makes it easy to handle, all while achieving a good result.
We carry out our tests ourselves and test all products as they are intended to be used in reality. Our blender tests were carried out by an inspired foodie and gadget nerd. All models have been tested by preparing many different dishes under the same conditions – smoothies, soups, spreads and crushed ice. Some tests were repeated several times. When evaluating the results, we used a jury consisting of several people. We also had children use the products. We tested the noise level and how easy it is to clean the blender. We have carefully reviewed user manuals and guarantees. We also spoke to employees of juice bars to benefit from their experience of different models.
We evaluated the promises made by the manufacturers; for example how quickly ice can be crushed. All models have been tested over a longer period, and some have been tested over several years. We retain the models that perform best for long-term testing and continuously add updates to our reviews.
In our assessment we have focused on the following areas:
Functionality and performance How many pre-set programmes does the blender have, and how strong is the motor? How well does the blender do what it's intended for? Are smoothies smooth? What about hummus or sweetcorn dip? Is it easy to crush ice?
Ease of use
How easy to use is the blender? Are the buttons and controls easy to understand and use? How easy it is to clean and does it take up a lot of space? Is the blender so noisy that it'll wake the neighbours? How safe is the blender for children to use? How long is the cable and is there a cable winder?
Quality and design
How well designed is the blender? How much stress can it cope with, both in terms of vibrations and temperature? How long can you run the blender without it overheating? Has it been manufactured from high quality, non-toxic materials? What guarantee does it have?
We have given each blender a score according to its value for money, in other words how good it is at each task in relation to the price tag. We thus have higher expensive of an expensive product than a cheaper one, and vice versa.
Have you ever thought of adding a blender to your kitchen? You’re not alone. More and more of us are becoming conscious of the food we eat. Organic food, raw food, increasing numbers of vegans and people who simply want to eat more nutritious food are ever more popular trends. A blender is essential for many of these styles of eating, and it's become just as common a machine on the kitchen worktop as a coffee maker or toaster. Blenders – sometimes called mixers – are a kitchen appliance with many areas of use, including smoothies, juices and drinks, making soups and crushing ice. To a large extent a blender can replace what a food processor, stick blender or juice squeezer is expected to do. There are loads of recipes on the internet for tasty smoothies and soups that you can prepare in just a couple of minutes. It's a lovely healthy feeling on a Sunday morning to quickly be able to make up a glass of smoothie from coconut milk, chia seeds, banana and apple.
The range of blenders has also increased exponentially over recent years, with more models and stronger motors. Having a blender that can do everything has become a status symbol – Blendtec's series of "Will it blend?" videos on YouTube has had millions of views. Some brands have even started measuring the motor strength in horsepower instead of watts. You can get blenders with up to 4 hp motors – that's like a small outboard motor! Blenders are also among the first kitchen appliances that children think it's fun to use, and "smoothie challenge" is a well-known social media concept for many children and young people.
So what's it important to consider when you're choosing a blender? Pretty much all blenders consist of the same five parts: a tall container of hard plastic or a glass jug, a motor unit with a control panel, a lid, a smaller centre lid which can also be used to add ingredients, and in some cases a mixer rod to stir and scrape out the jug. All of these are relatively easy to use and clean. We think the most important thing is whether the blender does the job you want – how well it makes things like dips, smoothies and soups or crushes ice. In addition to this there are other practical aspects such as quality, user-friendliness, noise level, how easy it is to store the blender, whether it can be cleaned in the dishwasher and how the different parts are designed – and, of course, the price. One thing to remember with blenders is that all models are very easy to clean. So we have given this less emphasis in the final score.
Another rule of thumb is to choose a blenders with a strong motor, from 800 watts and upwards. Many people ask a great deal of their blenders. They are expected to quickly smash up large bits of vegetables and nuts, prepare ice cream and mix heavy spreads. Many people have become very frustrated with motors that are too weak, which give off a smell of burning and finally break down completely. A strong motor is therefore useful, but perhaps less environmentally friendly as you consume more energy. At the same time, you often don't use a blender for more than a few minutes at a time, so it's not a massive difference in energy consumption. Another simple tip is to buy a blender with a mixer rod, which significantly facilitates food preparation.
And sticking to a few basic rules during preparation is perhaps as important as choosing the right blender. Always start by adding the liquid. If you are blending lots of hard ingredients and large pieces, add them a little at a time. Otherwise you risk the ingredients getting stuck above the blades. Always put the heaviest things at the top, so they help to press everything down towards the blades. When you crush ice (or other hard ingredients), always add a little water to start with.
We tested 12 of the most well known blenders in different price classes, including Vitamix, Blendtec and Magimix. However, we have not looked at the cheapest variants with weak motors or the most expensive models which are primarily intended for professional use in restaurants or juice bars.
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