The best blenders 2019 - as chosen by Mumsnetters
Whether it’s cooking up a storm for the whole family, blitzing soups for last-minute dinner plans with friends, or whizzing your five-a-day into a healthy smoothie, here’s a rundown of the blenders and hand blenders that Mumsnetters wouldn’t be without
Should I get a hand blender or a countertop blender?
Unsure whether to opt for a countertop blender or hand blender? Ultimately, it comes down to space and sheer power. A hand blender (also known as a stick blender) is ideal for blending smaller quantities of ingredients and softer foods, whilst most countertop blenders can handle bigger batches and firmer ingredients, including nuts and ice. Decide what you’re most likely to use your blender for and let that guide your choice.
If you're working with a more compact kitchen – and therefore counter space is a valuable commodity – it might be sensible to go for a hand blender, and ideally a multi-function one, that can be stashed in a cupboard when not in use.
Best blenders for less than £100
1. NUTRiBULLET 600 Series, £54.99
The NutriBullet is one of the most popular options for a reason. With a high speed blender, powerful nutrient extractor and 8 attachments, you can whizz up smoothies, soups and even blend stubborn nuts and veggies quickly and easily. Mumsnetters love the fact that the NutriBullet extracts all of the goodness from the whole food – even those pesky stalks and tough cores – so it’s a bit easier to stay on track with your nutrition. With other blenders, this goodness can often be lost but, thanks to the NutriBullet’s powerful cyclonic technology, these elements are broken down into a smooth, pulp-free recipe.
“They're absolutely amazing. I use mine at least once a day."
“Love, love, love mine. Use it every day without fail. It's so easy to use and to clean. I have a green juice every morning.”
“I love my NutriBullet. They are fab – not like any other blender.”Buy now from Amazon
2. Breville IHB086 Hand Blender, £19.99
Don’t underestimate the power of a hand blender. This Breville blender packs a punch without the hefty price tag. With two speed settings, you can adjust the power based on the ingredients you’re using, whilst the mini chopper easily breaks down difficult foods such as nuts and seeds. If you’re looking to cool down with a smoothie, the ice crushing function tackles cubes easily and leaves you with a smooth and chilled drink. What’s more, this blender is dishwasher-safe, so there’s no need to worry about fiddly cleaning.
“I love it and it's been the best kitchen accessory I've bought for ages.”Buy now from Argos
3. Russell Hobbs 24710 Horizon Hand Blender 3 in 1 Set, £49.99
If you’re looking for a hand or stick blender that lets you do more with less, this Russell Hobbs number could be just what you're looking for. Complete with a range of attachments, Mumsnetters love how easy it is to swap from one function to another and get different results – whether that’s chopping veggies, whisking eggs or making a creamy, blended dip. This three-in-one tool certainly has busy cooks in mind, allowing you to chop, whisk and blend up a storm then simply remove the used attachments and pop them in the dishwasher.
“I have this one. It's great as the motor is strong but it doesn't have a big clunky base. I work it pretty hard and have made lovely things with it.”
“On its fast setting, it can whisk beautifully and on a slower setting, it can even handle chopping nuts.”Buy now from Amazon
4. Kenwood HDP406WH Triblade, £69
If you're looking for a durable blender that can handle daily use, the Kenwood Triblade is favoured by Mumsnetters for its power and performance. With eight different speed settings, as well as a pulse function, it doesn’t matter whether you’re making soup, a smoothie or even baby food (many of Mumsnetter recommended this blender for weaning food). It also comes with a range of accessories including a masher, whisk and specific soup blender, eradicating the need for countless separate tools in the kitchen.
“I make loads of soup, at least three massive pressure cooker pots a week and would not be without my Kenwood hand blender.”
“I LOVE it. If it broke today, I'd instantly order another.”
“I got a Kenwood Triblade from Argos. It's been great so far and has had daily use for about two months (weaning food).”Buy now from John Lewis
Best blenders for more than £100
1. Vitamix Ascent A2500 Blender, £549.00
Nope, you're not seeing things. This blender really does cost more than £500 – but bear with us. The Vitamix food blender is very much considered an investment by Mumsnetters, who justify the higher price tag with its longevity and top-quality performance – not to mention the standard 10-year warranty. No need for chopping, de-coring or other fussy tasks; simply pop the whole food in the two-litre jug and let the powerful motor do its work. From chopping to blending, the Vitamix Variable Speed Control allows you to create a variety of textures at the touch of a button. You can even use your Vitamix blender to make hot soup without a stove (in 10 minutes!) and fresh ice cream in seconds. So, whether you’re making a soup, smoothie or simply preparing raw ingredients, the Vitamix Ascent has you covered.
“It’s one Vitamix in a a lifetime or yearly purchases of lesser blenders.”
“I use the Vitamix at least four times a week and wouldn't be without it.”
“I have used my Vitamix for four years now – it is constantly on the go. Still going strong! The motor gives it great power hence its ability to pulverise.”Buy now from Amazon
2. Magimix 4200XL, £269.95
If you’re looking for an all-singing, all-dancing food blender, you’d be hard pushed to find a better solution than the Magimix 4200XL. With a whopping 30-year guarantee as standard, Mumsnetters love how reliable – and chic – this powerhouse is. From chopping, mincing and blending to whisking, grating and even kneading dough, the Magimix performs the functions of up to eight other kitchen appliances. Whilst it might not be the cheapest blender on the market, its versatility and durability make it a real investment.
“I wouldn't be without my Magimix! I've had mine 10 years+ and it's still going strong, so I think it has probably paid its way by now!"
“The Magimix is worth its weight in gold.”Buy now from Amazon
3. Nutri Ninja 1500W Blender Duo, £119.00
Not to be confused with the NutriBullet, the Nutri Ninja blender is deserving of its own place in this list. Mumsnetters love the convenience it delivers, thanks to the Nutri Ninja cups that allow you to just ‘blend and go’. But quick drinks aren’t the only thing on the menu; thanks to the precision engineering and technology, this blender can whizz up fruit, vegetables, seeds, nuts and even ice in a matter of moments. What’s more, the intelligent Auto-iQ programme takes the guesswork out of food prep with uniquely timed pulsing, blending and pausing patterns that achieve the perfect consistency every time.
“Yes! The Nutri Ninjas are amazing!”
“No extra washing up – the bottle you drink out of is the one you make it in so only extra is a blade. All goes in dishwasher too!”
“You get all the nutrients too, nothing wasted. I am hooked!”Buy now from Amazon
4. KitchenAid Diamond Blender, £124.94
Mumsnetters love that this KitchenAid blender is not only super powerful but looks great too. The style and colours of the blender might be pleasantly retro, but the performance is ultra-modern as its diamond shape design and stainless steel blades make light work of even the toughest ingrdients. The Intelli-Speed function ensures that the blades always move at a speed that’s optimal for that particular setting – so you’ll never over-blend or under-blend your ingredients, meaning perfect results every time.
“My KitchenAid blender has pride of place in my kitchen and looks lovely on the worktop.”
“It is literally amazing. They really are worth the money.”
“It gets lots of use and I'm very funny about having appliances on show, but this is a thing of beauty stares with love across the kitchen table.”Buy now from John Lewis
5. Bamix Deluxe Hand Held Blender, from £110.70
The Bamix Deluxe Hand Held Blender is small but mighty. Precision-engineered in Switzerland, this model is highly durable and robust, even when tackling bulkier ingredients. Recommended by Mumsnetters for its versatility, this Bamix blender can chop, puree, froth, whisk, beat, stir and even emulsify ingredients with ease. Odour-resistant and grease-repellent due to a special coating on its chromium-plated shaft, cleaning the Bamix hand blender is as simple as running the head under hot water.
“I have a Bamix and it's great for whipping mashed potatoes and sauces. It also doubles as a chopper and whisk.”
“The Bamix is very good. It’s pricey but has lasted a good few years now and is still going strong.”Buy now from Amazon
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