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The 10 Best Blenders - May 2017

Every week we analyse the technical specs, reviews and prices of every blender on the market in the UK to determine our top 10 list.
In total we compared over 928 blenders, 2,680 reviews and 5,720 prices. Last updated 19 May 2017.

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Le Blender
#1 in Blenders

Magimix Le Blender

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361 Reviews + 1 Award
  • One industry award
  • Low-priced
  • A top selling blender
1,200W
Tabletop Blender
Orange
Power
Type
Colours
1.8L
Bowl Capacity
  • £39.95
    Amazon UK
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  • More shops: 7
  • £49.99 Littlewoods
  • £136.66 Flubit Deals
Pro 900
#2 in Blenders

NutriBullet Pro 900

439 Reviews
  • Fairly priced
  • Top seller
  • Expert reviews are poor
900W
Tabletop Blender
Brown
Power
Type
Colours
0.9L
Bowl Capacity
  • £50.00
    eBay
    Save £19.37 (28%)
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  • More shops: 8
  • £89.99 Argos
  • £89.99 Currys
BL450
#3 in Blenders

Ninja BL450

251 Reviews
  • Expert reviews are average
  • Competitively priced
  • Top seller
900W
Tabletop Blender
Black
Power
Type
Colours
0.65L
Bowl Capacity
  • £31.99
    eBay
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  • More shops: 9
  • £39.97 Currys
  • £39.99 Amazon UK
kMix
#4 in Blenders

Kenwood kMix

5 Reviews + 1 Award
  • Expert reviews are average
  • Competitively priced
  • Only released a month ago
800W
Tabletop Blender
Red
Power
Type
Colours
1.6L
Bowl Capacity
  • £12.00
    eBay
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  • More shops: 29
  • £13.14 Amazon UK
  • £54.99 Argos
BL682
#5 in Blenders

Ninja BL682

22 Reviews
  • Bisphenol a (BPA) free
  • A best selling product
  • Expert reviews are poor
1,500W
Tabletop Blender
Black
Power
Type
Colours
2L
Bowl Capacity
  • £135.00
    eBay
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  • More shops: 4
  • £179.99 Argos
  • £190.00 Amazon UK
Professional Series 500
#6 in Blenders

Vitamix Professional Series 500

76 Reviews
  • Owner reviews are excellent
  • Has a mill
  • Expensive
1,200W
Tabletop Blender
Brushed Steel
Power
Type
Colours
2L
Bowl Capacity
  • £275.63
    eBay
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Professional Series 300
#7 in Blenders

Vitamix Professional Series 300

96 Reviews
  • Excellent owner reviews
  • Has a variable speed
  • Expensive
1,400W
Tabletop Blender
Black
Power
Type
Colours
1.8L
Bowl Capacity
  • £344.73
    eBay
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  • More shops: 6
  • £495.00 Amazon UK
  • £498.95 John Lewis
750
#8 in Blenders

Vitamix 750

Trusted Reviews - Recommended
83 Reviews + 1 Award
  • Excellent expert reviews
  • Expensive
  • Expensive
1.6W
Tabletop Blender
Black
Power
Type
Colours
1.9L
Bowl Capacity
  • £398.48
    eBay
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  • More shops: 5
  • £645.00 Amazon UK
  • £650.00 John Lewis
S30
#9 in Blenders

Vitamix S30

Trusted Reviews - Editor's Choice
9 Reviews + 1 Award
  • One industry award
  • Has a variable speed
  • Not cheap
950W
Tabletop Blender
Transparent
Power
Type
Colours
1.2L
Bowl Capacity
  • £249.95
    eBay
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  • More shops: 5
  • £299.00 John Lewis
  • £299.00 John Lewis
Versa Performance
#10 in Blenders

Oster Versa Performance

3 Reviews
  • Expert reviews are good
  • Has a pulse function
1,400W
Tabletop Blender
Black
Power
Type
Colours
1.9L
Bowl Capacity
  • £302.00
    Amazon UK
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Blender Buying Guide

Blenders are kitchen appliances which use high-speed rotating blades to cut and puree foods into liquids. They can be used in both food prep (i.e - reducing tomatoes to a puree for sauce) or for making smoothies and juices from fruits and vegetables.

There are two main types of blenders on the market - handheld/immersion and tabletop:

Handheld/immersion blenders: these appliances consist of a ‘wand’ with blades on one end, which is held and lowered directly into the food to be blended (hence the name 'immersion blender', since they are immersed in the food). Because they don’t have a bowl, they are far smaller and easier to store, and are usually cheaper. However, because they are lowered directly into the ingredients, they lack the splash guards of tabletop blenders. Therefore greater care has to be taken when using them, so you don’t end up covering your kitchen in tomato sauce! Because they are smaller and lack several safety features (such as guards) they tend to be less powerful than tabletop models.

Tabletop blenders: unlike handheld models, tabletop blenders have their own separate bowl into which the ingredients are poured and blended. They have a splash guard that is placed over the top to prevent accidents and stop liquid being fired everywhere. These models of blenders tend to be more powerful and capable of reducing harder ingredients to liquid, but come at a cost: tabletop blenders take up more room than their handheld brethren, and are often more expensive. They also generate more cleaning, since the bowl and the blades will have to be cleaned every time its used.

Capacity

This attribute only applies to tabletop blenders, but is an important consideration - the bowl capacity will determine how much food/liquid can be blended at one time. Blended capacities vary considerably - some models have large bowls/jugs that can hold several litres of liquid at a time, while others can only hold a single serving of liquid - enough for a single smoothie or juice, but impractical for larger kitchen use. Which brings us to...

Juicers/Smoothie Makers/Nutribullets

Juicers, smoothie makers and Nutribullets are a special subset of blenders that specialise in blending fruit and veg into single-serving liquids. They are extremely good for this purpose, often coming bundled with a special cup to make transferring/transporting the smoothies as easy as possible. Some even use the cup itself as the blending jug, blending the ingredients directly into the cup for efficiency.

While they excel in this specific function, customers should be wary of buying them for larger kitchen use - because of their single-serving capacity, they wouldn’t be efficient when cooking for families, and you may end up having to blend ingredients in batches. Moreover, because the are generally made to blend soft fruit and veg, the power level and blades are not as powerful as less specialised models. This means that using a smoothie maker for general kitchen use may end up breaking the blades or overtaxing the motor, leading to a broken appliance.

Lastly, because these appliances (especially Nutribullets) are aimed at the healthy eating and exercise crowd, they tend to be more expensive than standard blenders, even though they may have a smaller capacity or fewer features. So when choosing a blender, think carefully what you’re going to use it for, and maybe look towards a standard kitchen blender if you intend to make anything apart from smoothies and juices.

Power Level

All our blenders have a power rating, measured in Watts (W). The higher the power level, the more efficient the appliances will be at blending. This in turn leads to smoother liquids, fewer chunks, and better results!

Many of the models on our site also have multiple speed settings. Often this can little more than low or high, but is crucial for getting the best results from harder ingredients, or crushing ice to make cocktails and frozen smoothies.

Easy-to-Clean

Finally, given that blending is inherently a rather messy business, you will have to clean your blender after every use. Therefore it may be helpful to check that your chosen model is marked as easy-to-clean, meaning that it has been designed for stress-free cleaning. Some models are even safe to put in the dishwasher, making them extremely easy to clean and take care of.

Blender Retailers, Prices and Features

Blender Prices

Blenders range in price from £10 to £662 and in total we found prices for 215 blenders. On average, a new blender costs £87 and 80% of blenders are priced between £22 and £180. The most expensive blender that we found is the Waring MX1200XTX at £661, and the cheapest is the Kenwood kMix at only £11.

Blender Brands - Price Range

The average price of Panasonic blenders is £452 which is the highest average price of all blender brands. Panasonic blenders start at £452 and the most expensive Panasonic blender costs £452.

The average price of Blendtec blenders is £404 which is the second highest average price of all blender brands. Blendtec blenders range in price from £344 to £464.

The third highest average blender price out of all brands is Vitamix blenders with an average price of £352. Vitamix blenders range in price from £250 to £616.

Blender Brands - Average Ratings

We have evaluated 37 expert reviews and 2,308 user reviews for blenders written online and used this data to determine the average rating for each brand of blender. The top rated blender brand is KitchenAid with an average rating of 94%. The second best brand is Vitamix with 93% and the third best brand is Magimix with 92%.

Biggest Blender Retailers

The biggest blender retailer by number of products currently for sale is eBay. We found 166 current blender offers from eBay. The second biggest blender retailer is Amazon UK with 150 offers. That means eBay is slightly bigger than Amazon UK when it comes to blenders. Currys is the third biggest retailer with 39 current offers.

When Are Most New Blenders Released?

Over the last 3 years we couldn't see any evident trend in the release month for new blenders. The biggest month in 2016 for new blender releases was September, with 57 new blenders released that month. January was the biggest month in 2015 for new blenders, with 54 new blenders released that month. 129 new blenders were released in September 2014 making it the biggest month that year for new blender releases.

How Fast Do Blender Prices Drop After Release?

On average blenders drop in price by 1% in the first 6 months after release. That means that on a typical blender costing £87 you could save on average £1 by waiting 6 months before buying.

Powers

Across the range of blenders, the powers range from 1.6W to 2,240W. The powers of the majority of blenders range from 180W to 360W. The SageBBL910UK, which can be purchased for £99.00, has the biggest power and is a 2,200W Power blender. The blender with the smallest power is the SageBBL910UK, which is a 1.6W Power blender and is priced at £615.78.

Bowl Capacities

Across the range of blenders, the bowl capacities range from 0.3L to 1,500L. The bowl capacities of most blenders range from 0.3L to 17L. The blender with the biggest bowl capacity is the HotpointTB 050 DR0, which is a 1,500L bowl capacity blender and sells for £39.99. The HotpointTB 050 DR0, which currently retails for £19.98, has the smallest bowl capacity and is a 0.5L bowl capacity blender.

Biggest Blender Retailers

We found 166 current offers for blenders from eBay making it the biggest blender retailer. That is slightly bigger than the second biggest retailer, Amazon UK for whom we found 150 current offers for blenders. The third biggest retailer is Currys with 39 current blender offers.

Which Are the Cheapest Retailers for Blenders?

The retailer that most frequently offered the cheapest price on blenders is Amazon UK and offers the cheapest price on 101 blenders.

Proportion of Blenders for Which Each Retailer is Cheapest?

With the cheapest price on 67.3% of its blenders, Amazon UK is most frequently the cheapest blender retailer.

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