We have reviewed blenders from the top manufacturers and consider the Magimix LeBlender as the best blender 2020 has on offer for foodies. This model is a high power blender that achieves great results, comes with a specially designed spatula and is easy to use due to its seamless controls. If you want a really good blender with multiple functions and not just a blender for smoothies – this is a great option!
We carried out the test ourselves and tested all of the products as they are intended to be used by you, the consumer. This jug blender test was carried out by an inspired foodie and kitchen gadget nerd with experience looking at food processor combo appliances. All of the models were tested over a long period, with some having been tested over several years. We retained the models that performed the best to undertake long-term testing so that we can continuously add updates to the reviews.
All of the jug blender models were tested by preparing several different dishes under the same conditions. It was a good day at the Pricerunner office with smoothies, soups, spreads and crushed ice all being made. Some tests were repeated several times and we used a jury of many people to evaluate the results. We also had children test the products to see how easy they were to use. We measured the noise level each blender made and examined how easy they were to clean it. To support our test results, we spoke to several different juice bar employees to see how their experiences with the different blender models compares to ours. Finally, we carefully reviewed the user manuals and guarantees and evaluated the promises made by the manufacturers; for example, how quickly they state that ice can be crushed. We compared each smoothie mixer against each other using the following criteria:
Functionality and performance: How many pre-set programmes does the high power blender have, and how strong is the motor? How well does the blender do what it's intended to do? Are the smoothies it makes really as smooth as they claim? How well does it make hummus or a sweetcorn dip? Is it easy to crush ice with the blender?
Ease of use: How easy is the high power blender to use? Are the buttons and controls easy to understand? How easy it is to clean and does it take up a lot of space? Is the smoothie mixer 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: Is the blender well designed with a stable base? Can it cope with stress, both in terms of vibrations and temperature? How long can you run the blender without it overheating? Has it been manufactured from high-quality and non-toxic materials? What kind of guarantee does it come with?
We have given each blender a score in relation to its price tag. In other words, how good were the blenders at each task in relation to how much they cost? We had higher expectations of the expensive blenders than of the cheaper ones, and vice versa. Ultimately our goal was to discover the best blender 2020 consumers can buy and the budget blender every foodie needs to know about.
Has simple controls and comes with a specially designed spatula to help with puree food.
Motor power: 1,200 W RPM: 15,000 Marked volume jug: 1.8 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 90 Dishwasher safe: No, only the fully dismantled glass jug Height of jug without lid: 24 cm Total height with lid: 42 cm Material jug: Glass Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: 4 Cable length from rear edge: 99 cm Cable winder: Yes Rod: Yes Warranty period: 3 years Price class: Medium
The renowned Magimix brand was founded in France in the 1970s and their current blender model is simply called ‘Le Blender’. In the UK, you have a selection of colour options including black, orange, steel or chrome. Is this the best blender 2020 homeowners can buy? The blender has the majority of functions and characteristics that you'd expect: a stable design, pre-set programmes, a pulse function and a blender rod – all of which are easy to operate. One advantage of the blender rod is that it's designed like a spatula, making it easier to scrape the contents out of the jug. This is great if you're making things with a thicker consistency, such as pesto. The jug is made of thick and sturdy glass, and the motor unit is well balanced to enable it to remain stable during operation. The jug is quite heavy but has a convenient height of 24cm that allows it to be easily stored in the cupboard.
The Magimix jug blender performed extremely well in our tests. The only disappointing feature was the 60-second smoothie programme, which ran at a relatively low speed and left a lot of lumps in the smoothie. We feel that the majority of people will want a completely smooth smoothie, but that doesn’t mean this isn’t a great blender for smoothies. It just means users should ignore this smoothie program and run it at full speed instead. Another weakness of the Le Blender is that its noise level was somewhat higher than the majority of other blenders we tested. In our test, we measured a noise level of 90dB at a distance of 20cm. While this is an OK noise level, it certainly isn’t the quietest available.
One thing to remember when using the Magimix Le Blender is that you can unscrew the bottom of the jug to make it easier to clean. However, we found that occasionally the bottom didn’t screw on sufficiently tight enough during our tests, resulting in the smoothie ending up all over the kitchen worktop. Despite this, the Magimix Le Blender remains an extremely well designed and effective kitchen appliance. Fans of kitchen gadgets are sure to love it.
A high power blender with a light jug that can produce fantastic spreads, nut butter and smoothies!
Motor power: 2,200 W RPM: 28,000 Marked volume jug: 1 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 93 Height of jug without lid: 23 cm Total height with lid: 38 cm Material jug: Plastic Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: 4 Cable length from rear edge: 123 cm Cable winder: No Rod: No Warranty period: 8 years Price class: Premium
Blendtec is a well-known kitchen equipment manufacturer due to their popular YouTube series "Will it blend?". In this series, which has managed to accumulate millions of online views, they put their blenders to the test by blending anything from the new model of iPad to a jug full of golf balls. Clever marketing aside, this is indeed a really good blender provided you are willing to spend a little bit of money on it. If you are seeking a budget blender then you should probably keep scrolling down our guide.
The Blendtec Classic 575 isn’t that tall, with its jug a mere 23cm in height and the blender’s total height measuring in at just 38cm. Other than that, this small blender is light, easy to use and has a stable base. The buttons on the console are on a discreet and elegant panel built into the motor unit, allowing the blender to be easily wiped down. One great function of the blender is its digital display, which has a timer that counts down how many seconds remain when using a pre-set programme - or count up the seconds if you run the blender without a programme. We found this made food preparation feel easier as it gives you a feel for how long it takes to prepare certain dishes. This high end blender also earns plus points for the safety features of this device; there's a switch on the back which makes it more difficult for children to start the machine themselves.
Despite its compact size, the blender packs an impressive motor power of 2200W. This is the real reason why the machine performed so well in our tests – it's quite simply in a class of its own. For spreads, you won't be able to get smoother hummus in 60 seconds. When making a sweetcorn dip and smoothies, the results were also exemplary. Ice is crushed as small as you'd want it for a daiquiri, even if the jug does shake a lot due to its lighter weight when the ice is crushed.
So, is the Blendtec Classic 575 the perfect blender for those smoothies with ice? Well, it does have some shortcomings. The worst of these is probably its noise level, which was 93dB at a distance of 20cm. The stated maximum volume of the jug is also only 1.0 litre. Even though there is a little more space in the jug, if you are intending to make big batches of smoothies for the whole family this model is perhaps not the one for you. The buttons of the Blendtec also felt a little less natural than controlling the blender’s speed using a dial, as was often the case with the other blender models. The lack of a blender rod is another downside compared to other machines. However, on balance this proved to be a good-quality blender with high levels of functionality. Just remember it isn’t quiet.
A high-quality smoothie mixer which is fantastic at making smoothies and crushing ice!
Motor power: 1,200 W RPM: 30,000 Marked volume jug: 2 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 86 Dishwasher safe: No Height of jug without lid: 26 cm Total height with lid: 51 cm Material jug: BPA-free plastic Pulse function: No Pre-set programmes: No Heating function: Yes Rec. maximum use time: None stated Cable length from rear edge: 207 cm Cable winder: Yes Rod: Yes Warranty period: 7 years Price class: Premium
The Vitamix TNC 5200 is certainly a premium jug blender and ice crusher. Vitamix is a well-known brand, with many juice bars using professional versions of their machines. This TNC 5200 model has been around for a number of years and many comparative tests with similarly priced Blendtec blenders exist online. We have been using the Vitamix TNC 5200 for several years and despite having used it a great deal, it shows no signs of deteriorating performance or wear and tear. It’s a solid, high-quality smoothie mixer with a robust jug made from hard plastic. Two important characteristics of the TNC 5200 is that it has a motor that can run for a long time - and it is able to heat food as it is mixes!
The TNC 5200 produced consistently good results in our tests. It was fantastic when making smoothies, with the results being really well mixed and smooth. Even when using it to crush ice, it produced top-class results despite the fact that it lacks an ice programme.
The jug narrows at the bottom, allowing it to mix the ingredients really well. However, this shape can sometimes be problematic as larger ingredients can easily get stuck above the cutting blades. Thankfully, the TNC 5200 comes with a blender rod to help avoid this issue. Since the blender jug is relatively tall, it can also be difficult to store and scrape out its contents. It can also feel a bit wobbly at times. Oddly, the blender lacks both a pulse function and pre-set programmes, which actually makes the blender feel strangely complicated. With fewer controls, it feels a little difficult to use and get the results you want. It's also rather poor in terms of safety as the blender can start at maximum speed if you leave the turbo button on. Despite these minor shortfalls, the Vitamix was one of the best blenders in our test. Vitamix is a popular kitchen device manufacturer amongst foodies and kitchen gadget nerds. The high quality of the machine means that it will be one of your best friends in the kitchen for many years to come.
A substantial food blender with a dishwasher-safe and clear marked glass jar
Motor power: 1,200 W RPM: 24,150 Marked volume jug: 1.8 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 88 Dishwasher safe: Yes Height of jug without lid: 25 cm Total height with lid: 43 cm Material jug: Glass Limit for temperature of ingredients: Max. 90°C Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: 3 Heating function: No Rec. maximum use time: 3 min Cable length from rear edge: 105 cm Cable winder: Yes Rod: No Warranty period: 5 years Price class: Budget
Founded in the 1940s, Wilfa is a Norwegian brand that produces a wide range of kitchen machines and other domestic electrical appliances. The Knus S. WBL-1200B is a mid-level blender in their range. Despite this, the Knus S. was the cheapest blender in our test.
The cheap blender has a substantial thick glass pitcher which is dishwasher safe and perfect for all substances from baby food and eggnog to ice. The markings on the jug are clear, making it easy to measure the volume of its contents. The markings on the blender’s control panel are just as clear, with different symbols indicating the different speeds you should use. Pre-set programmes are also available for smoothies and for crushing ice, and the blender also has a good pulse function. We feel that these are the standard functions that most blender users will use. The blender also has a useful cable winder on its underside with an exit at the back of the machine, allowing you to neatly store the excess cable.
The WBL-1200B's performance was perfectly acceptable when making smoothies and spreads. The results are also sufficient if you want to use it to crush ice for a cocktail. While it clearly doesn’t perform as well as the very best machines, if you take its price into account the Wilfa Knus S is a solid performer with value for money. However, the chassis of the Knus S. does feel a little cheap and not as solid as the housing of other machines. Another disadvantage is that the bottom of the jug is strongly sloped, making it a bit difficult to clean efficiently. This would also have been easier had a blender rod been included in the package.
Overall, it feels like you get a good blender for your money with the Wilfa Knus S. WBL-1200B and it will do everything the average family will require from a blender.
A vacuum blender that gives your smoothie the coolest colours
Price class: Medium Motor power: 1400 W Rpm: 35,000 Marked volume jug: 1.8 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 92 Height of jug without lid: 25.5 cm Total height with lid: 43 cm Material, jug: Plastic Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: Yes Cable length from rear edge: 110 cm Cable winder: No Stir stick: No Warranty period: 2 years
The HR3752 is a slightly more expensive medium class model in Philips’ high speed range, and with a speed of 35,000 rpm it certainly is incredibly fast. But what makes the HR3752 really unique is that you can blend your ingredients in a vacuum. The lid of the jug is integrated with a stand making it possible to empty the jug of air before you start blending. According to Philips, this means the flavour and freshness of the drink is retained for longer.
The angled blades mean the blender cuts and blends efficiently. The suction cups holding the machine in place keep it stable despite the high speeds it reaches. The settings are wonderfully simple and easy to use. You learn how to use the vacuum function quickly, and it takes just a couple of extra minutes to empty the jug of air.
The encapsulated buttons make the blender relatively easy to use. The jug is made of light plastic, which means it feels – unsurprisingly – rather plasticky. But the fact that it's light is something many users will appreciate.
One downside is that there’s no cable winder on the HR3752, which means it doesn’t look very tidy if you have the blender sitting out on the kitchen worktop. Another disadvantage, probably due to the vacuum function, is that the blender can’t tolerate temperatures greater than 40 °C. This is really low, so if you're planning to prepare hot stock, for example, this is the wrong product for you.
The Philips HR3752’s vacuum function makes it really stand out in our tests compared to other blenders. The strawberry smoothie that we prepare comes out much redder than the ones from all the other blenders. And the same applies when we make gazpacho. The flavour is also slightly different. It’s not necessarily tastier, but there’s definitely a difference. The high speed means that everything we prepare comes out really well blended – almost the same quality as the best premium blenders. And the same applies when we crush ice. The ice is perfect for using in a margarita or a mojito.
Overall, the HR3752 is a really good blender for anyone who makes a lot of smoothies and perhaps occasionally wants to blend a special cocktail.
An easy-to-use blender with a strong motor and substantial jug capacity!
Motor power: 1,400 W Marked volume jug: 1.8 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 87 Dishwasher safe: Yes, but separate the blades Height of jug without lid: 23 cm Total height with lid: 43 cm Material jug: Glass Limit for temperature of ingredients: Max. 80°C Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: 3 Heating function: No Rec. maximum use time: 3 min Cable length from rear edge: 106 cm Cable winder: No Rod: No Warranty period: 2 years for materials and labour, other 10 years Price class: Budget
Despite the fact that the Blender Hero delivers a full 1400 W, this is a blender that's kind on your wallet. The substantial glass jug is tough and the control panel is easy to use, complete with clear buttons. With a dishwasher-safe jug only 23 cm tall, it's effortless to both clean and store. It has programmes for smoothies, crushing ice and a pulse function. This is all you need in terms of everyday blending. Underneath, it has suction cups that keep the machine stable.
Given the price, the Blender Hero 1400 W performs well on spreads, smoothies and crushing ice. One disadvantage is that the bottom of the jug slopes sharply. This makes it a bit more difficult to clean the jug properly without unscrewing the bottom. For such a large kitchen appliance manufacturer, it's also surprising that there's no cable winder underneath. The box states that the product has a 10-year guarantee, but this only applies to motor parts, and the rest of the machine only has a two-year guarantee. However, the OBH Nordica Blender Hero 1400 W is a useful, good value for money blender which is easy to use, has a substantial jug and a strong motor for everyday use.
Easy-to-use blender with a large jug that produces good results.
Motor power: 1400 W Rpm: 35,000 Marked volume jug: 2 litres Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 95 Dishwasher safe: Yes Height of jug without lid: 27 cm Total height with lid: 42 cm Material jug: Tritan plastic, BPA-free Limit for temperature of ingredients: Max. 80°C Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: 2 Heating function: No Rec. maximum use time: 3 min Cable length from rear edge: 110 cm Cable winder: No, but there is space Rod: Yes Warranty period: 2 years Price class: Budget
The ProBlend 6 3D Avance Collection is part of the range that Philips calls "high speed blenders". The idea is that the rapid rotation breaks down the ingredients and also releases more nutrients. With its top speed of 35,000 rpm, this is the second fastest of all the blenders in the test. It's a substantial machine, equipped with a two-litre jug. The jug material looks like glass but is actually highly durable plastic. It also weighs less than glass equivalents, which comes in useful. The controls are commendably simple and because a blender rod is included, food preparation is made very easy. The blender also has suction cups underneath to keep it stable on the worktop. The jug is light but a little fiddly to attach to the chassis before use.
The Avance HR2653 large blender performs consistently well when preparing a range of dishes and drinks. It also succeeds extremely well at crushing ice. However, the standard programme for crushing ice lasts 120 seconds, which is twice as long as other blenders. The problem with the high speed is that the noise is dreadfully loud in comparison – 95 dB at a distance of 20 cm. This is probably a consequence of pushing a motor of only 1400 W to 35,000 rpm. In other words, this isn't a good blender if you have noise-sensitive neighbours. As with its sister model, the HR3556, you can remove the bottom of the jug to facilitate cleaning. This is particularly important on this model as the base of the jug slopes quite a bit towards the edges. This makes it more difficult to clean without unscrewing the base, and the ingredients get stuck in the corners. If you live in a detached house with a family who aren't light sleepers, the Philips ProBlend 6 3D Avance Collection HR3653 is a good-value-for-money blender that can cope with everything you need – smoothies, soups, spreads and crushed ice.
A quiet blender for anyone who needs to make smoothies on the run
Price class: Medium Motor power: 1000 W Marked volume jug: 1.6 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 83 Height of jug without lid: 25.5 cm Total height with lid: 41.5 cm Material, jug: BPA free plastic Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: Yes Cable length from rear edge: 105 cm Cable winder: No Stir stick: No
The PowerBlend7 JB 7192 is a medium class blender from German manufacturer Braun. The 1.6 litre jug is relatively small, but works fine for most purposes. The blender comes with two 600 ml “to go” mugs you can blend drinks in.
The blender has all the functions you need, with separate programmes for different purposes. The lid has an integrated measuring cap that’s very useful. The buttons are entirely encapsulated and the design nicely smooth, which makes it easy to keep the machine clean and attractive. The housing is in elegant brushed stainless steel. Braun have even won design prizes for the PowerBlend7 JB 7192.
All-round blender for homes with sleeping children or sensitive neighbours
Perhaps the biggest advantage of the Braun PowerBlend7 JB 7192 is that it's relatively quiet among the otherwise often noisy competition. In our test, we measured the noise level as only 83 dB, which is really good.
Something else that stands out is that it includes two “to go” mugs. You can attach these directly to the motor unit to quickly make yourself a tasty smoothie for breakfast. This is a plus point if you usually take a smoothie with you to sip on the way to work.
Another advantage is that all the loose parts are dishwasher safe. You can also unscrew the bottom, which is potentially very useful if you want to clean it properly. Nobody likes the garlic flavour from last night’s pesto in their fresh morning smoothie. But our testers felt the bottom unscrewed a bit too easily. This means there’s a risk of leakage if you're not careful.
In terms of our tests, this blender ends up roughly in the middle. When we use it to crush ice, there are far too many large chunks left for the PowerBlend7 JB 7192 to get our approval. In other tests with things like gazpacho, the results are better. But it's clear that the 1000 W motor is weaker than the ones on most other machines. Soups and purées turn out quite gritty.
Our overall impression is that the Braun PowerBlend7 JB 7192 is a perfectly reasonable all-round blender that’s primarily useful if you live in a flat or often drink a smoothie on your way to work.
An easy-to-use blender that’s affordable and also easy to store!
Motor power: 700 W RPM: 28,000 Marked volume jug: 1.5 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 86 Dishwasher safe: Yes Height of jug without lid: 25 cm Total height with lid: 42 cm Material jug: Glass, on-the-go container in BPA-free plastic Limit for temperature of ingredients: Max. 60°C Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: No Heating function: No Rec. maximum use time: 2 min Cable length from rear edge: 84 cm Cable winder: No, but there is space Rod: No Warranty period: 2 years Price class: Budget
As everyone knows, Philips produces a wide range of household machines. Within their blender department alone, they offer 10 models to choose between, with prices from less than £50 to several hundred. This Viva blender has a power of 700 W and falls into the lower mid-section of their range. The ProBlend 6 (HR3556) is easy to use and has only one control panel with large symbols. This also means that it lacks pre-set programmes with timers, but it does have a pulse function. The jug is made from thick glass and is easily installed into a locked position on the motor unit, which keeps it stable. The motor section is relatively light, which means that the blender can feel a little wobbly. However, this is counteracted by the base having suction cups to keep it firmly attached to the worktop. The blender also includes a neat portable mixer that means you can mix directly in a plastic smoothie mug.
The base of the jug on the ProBlend 6 Viva Collection can be unscrewed. This is useful for thorough cleaning, even if it also means that there's a slight risk of it coming undone when the jug is full – so remember to keep it properly screwed on! In terms of results, it's clear that the ProBlend 6 Viva Collection is a slightly more affordable model. When we make smoothies, it does a reasonable job but no more. And during the preparation of a range of spreads, there are quite a lot of large pieces left. You can crush ice with it if it's in a smoothie, but if there's only ice in the blender it's a bit less satisfactory. However, this applies to the majority of blenders. One problem is that the cable is only 84 cm long. This makes it quite difficult to position it in many places in the kitchen. In purely practical terms, however, the blender is easy to store as the jug is short, and the entire jug is dishwasher-safe, which is useful.
A robustly designed blender which is also available in many different colours
Motor power: 550 W RPM: 12,000 Marked volume jug: 1.5 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 86 Height of jug without lid: 24 cm Total height with lid: 38 cm Material jug: Glass Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: No Cable length from rear edge: 117 cm Cable winder: Yes Rod: No Warranty period: 3 years Price class: Medium
Kitchenaid is perhaps the world's best-known brand for kitchen appliances. They first started manufacturing kitchen appliances nearly one hundred years ago, with their most famous appliance being their stand mixers. The retro design of the Artisan 5KSB5553 blender is largely unchanged from the original 1930s model and it’s available in 13 different colours. It's a robust machine, with a substantial motor section in cast metal that gives it excellent stability. The jug is made of thick glass and is only 24cm tall which makes it easy to store. The set also includes a handy 0.75-litre blender container if you want to blend larger amounts. The control panel and its buttons are without edges and joints, making them particularly easy to clean.
Unfortunately, while Kitchenaid’s blenders have held onto their retro designs, their functionality and performance haven’t evolved with the times either. The majority of their competitors have increased the motor powers of their blenders in recent years to cope with the increasing demands of consumers. Kitchenaid has stuck to a power level of just 550W, which is less than half that of their competitors. The maximum speed is also only a low 12,000 rpm, which means that it can't mix and crush as well as other blenders. Nor does it have pre-set programmes. Kitchenaid’s recommended blending speeds for various processes are significantly lower than for other appliances, and they typically give less impressive results. But of course, these blending results are also a question of taste.
The Kitchenaid Artisan is one of the few models that has buttons to regulate the blending speed instead of a knob. This unfortunately makes it more difficult to use. In our tests, the Artisan didn’t perform as well as those comparable models when making smoothies and spreads, with significantly more larger chunks remaining. However, it performed extremely well at crushing ice. There's no cable winder underneath the machine, which means that despite the short length of its cable, it can take up unnecessary space and collect dirt on the kitchen worktop. As such, the Kitchenaid is great for those who prioritise design and would primarily be a nice statement piece in a well-designed kitchen.
A really large blender for anyone making large batches
Price class: Premium Motor power: 1,600 W Rpm: 30,000 Marked volume jug: 2.0 l Measured noise level (dB at 20 cm): 88 Height of jug without lid: 26.5 cm Total height with lid: 54 cm Material, jug: Plastic Pulse function: Yes Pre-set programmes: Yes Cable length from rear edge: 104 cm Cable winder: Yes, on the back of the machine Stir stick: Yes
Kenwood is a classic British kitchen equipment brand that was founded in 1947 to make everyday life easier for women in the home. Today the company is owned by the Italian manufacturer De’Longhi.
The BLP900BL (or BLP900BK) blender model is a large machine with a jug holding a full two litres and a rotation speed of up to 30,000 rpm. The model is 54 cm high including the jug, which makes it the tallest in our test. This means it can be difficult to store the BLP900BL in a cabinet if it’s fully assembled.
The Kenwood BLP900BL has a cable winder on the back, which is unusual, but means that it's quite easy to hide the cable neatly. The colour of this Kenwood blender is a bit of an acquired taste, as it’s a mixture of grey and lime green. This design choice wasn’t popular with all our testers and may not work if you want a blender that can sit out permanently on the worktop.
The large jug is good for users who like making large batches when they're preparing food. The lid has an extra handle, making it easier to remove, which can be tricky on some blenders. A plus for the BLP900BL is that it includes a stir stick. A stir stick often simplifies the process if some of the mixture gets stuck on the sides of the jug, or if you need to make sure large pieces of fruit get blended evenly.
However, the BLP900BL doesn’t perform very well in our tests. In the ice crushing test – where we always use ten ice cubes, which is the recommended number – many of the ice cubes remain pretty much whole despite running the entire programme. When we make soups and smoothies, the end result is significantly thicker – in some cases more like a porridge than a soup – than other blenders in the same price class. Another disadvantage is that Kenwood recommend you don’t prepare hot ingredients, but instead stick to blending ingredients at room temperature.
Overall, this is a useful blender if you’re preparing large batches and perhaps are also a fan of Kenwood products.
More of us are becoming increasingly conscious about the food we eat. Organic foods, raw foods, vegan foods and simply more nutritious foods are becoming increasingly popular. A blender is essential for many of these styles of eating and especially a much-loved kitchen accessory for vegans. So, you’re not alone if you’ve been thinking about buying a blender for your kitchen worktop recently! These days they are becoming as common a machine in the kitchen as a kettle or toaster. Blenders – sometimes called mixers – are a kitchen appliance which can be used in many different ways. They allow you to easily make hot and cold foods including smoothies, juices, soups, crush ice or even delicious hollandaise sauce. To a large extent, a blender can replace what a food processor, stick blender or juice squeezer used 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 feeling on a Sunday morning to quickly be able to make up a healthy 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 having stronger motors even for home use. Having a blender that can do everything has become a status symbol – just look at Blendtec's YouTube series "Will It Blend?", which has amassed millions of views. Some brands have even started measuring the motor strength of their blenders in horsepower rather than watts. You can get blenders with up to 4 hp motors – the speed of a small outboard motor! Blenders are also among the few kitchen appliances that children will think are fun to use. The "smoothie challenge" is a well-known social media concept that is popular amongst many children and younger people.
So what factors are important to consider when you choose 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 through which to add ingredients, and in some cases, a mixer rod to stir the jug’s contents or scrape it out. All of these parts are relatively easy to use and clean. We think that the biggest factor when choosing a blender is whether it can do the job you most want – how well does it make dips, smoothies and soups, or crush ice. In addition to this, there are other practical aspects to consider such as quality, user-friendliness, noise level, how easy it is to store the blender, whether it can be cleaned in the dishwasher, how the different parts are designed and, of course, its price.
One thing we found with all of the blenders in this test is that they were all very easy to clean. As a result, we put less of an emphasis on this factor in the final scores. Another rule of thumb when choosing a blender is to get one with a strong motor, ideally one with 800-watt power or above. Many people expect plenty of results from their blenders, expecting them to quickly smash up large bits of vegetables and nuts, prepare ice cream and mix heavy spreads. As such, many people become very frustrated with motors that are too weak, which also often give off a slight burning smell or eventually break down completely. While a strong motor is therefore useful, they are perhaps less environmentally friendly as they consume more energy. At the same time, you often won't use a blender for more than a few minutes at a time, so you won’t notice a massive difference in energy consumption and household bills.
Another simple tip is to buy a blender with a mixer rod, as this will make food preparation significantly easier. Sticking to a few basic rules during food preparation is perhaps as important as when you choose your blender model. Always start by adding the liquid to the blender jug first. If you are blending lots of hard ingredients and large pieces add them a little by little, otherwise you’ll risk getting the ingredients stuck above the blades. Always put the heaviest things at the top of the jug so that they will help to push all of the contents down towards the blades. When you crush ice (or other hard ingredients), always add a little water to start with to help facilitate the blending.
We tested 12 of the most well-known blenders for home use in several different price classes, including models from Vitamix, Blendtec and Magimix. However, we didn’t look at the cheapest variants from these brands which had weaker motors, nor the most expensive models which are primarily intended for professional use in restaurants and juice bars.
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