Mixing things up: FoodTribe’s guide to the best blenders around
You too can find the perfect blend
Soups, smoothies, sauces… If you wanna make ‘em the easy way, you’re gonna need to get yourself a blender. We get it, though – with so many different makes and models out there, trying to decide which is the best blender for you can be a bit confounding.
To help make life a bit easier, we’ve come up with the ultimate FoodTribe guide to the best blenders around. Get ready to mix, blitz and purée your way to culinary greatness!
The best blender for… a low budget: The Morphy Richards 403052
At a smidge over £20, you can’t go far wrong with this all-rounder. The Morphy Richards 403052 has a decent 400W motor and a large, family-friendly 1.5 litre jug, allowing you to deal with a multitude of ingredients at any given time.
It’s got a fairly standard two speed settings (plus pulse, of course) to allow for custom blending – and its easy-pour spout will avert any soupy spillage disasters. Hallelujah!
All in all? A good quality blender that’s perfect for less arduous blending tasks, like puréeing cooked vegetables and soft fruits.
The best blender for… if money’s no object: The Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender
Tipping the pricier, heftier end of the scale is the Vitamix A3500 Ascent Blender – a blitzing behemoth that promises to churn out soup in five minutes, and ice cream in a mere 30 seconds. With blending chops like this, it’s easy to see why Vitamix blenders are generally considered to be the best in the market.
Operating via touchscreen, you can choose from ten different speed settings – making the A3500 Ascent versatile enough for all your blending, chopping, grinding needs.
As the old saying goes, you get what you pay for. The proof’s in the processing.
The best blender for… substance and style: The Smeg BLF01 50s retro blender
Ah, the Smeg BLF01… Just look at this blender and tell me it wouldn’t make a cool, shiny addition to your kitchen. As you’d expect from a Smeg appliance, it’s got a chic, retro aesthetic – but does it have the blending prowess to match?
Actually, yes. Yes it does. Thanks to its 800W motor, it’ll make quick work of tearing your vegetables to bits – and it’s a breeze to use, too. Just twist the knob for four speed settings, plus all-important pulse and ice modes.
Want substance and style? This baby does both.
The best blender for… small kitchens: The Tefal BL420840 Blendforce II
Smaller than your average blender, the Tefal BL420840 Blendforce II is petite enough to fit snugly into the most cramped of kitchen cupboards. Despite its diminutive size, however, its 600W motor means it can chew through liquid and lumps with impressive ease.
With just two speed settings (plus pulse), it’s remarkably easy to use – and not only that, it’s quick to disassemble and clean, with just the blades needing to be washed by hand.
Looking for a whizzer that packs a punch, but won’t take up too much space on your worktop? This is the best blender for you.
The best blender for… value for money: The Ninja Duo 2-in-1 Blender with Auto iQ
With features that rival the more top-end gadgets in the food processor market, the Ninja Duo 2-in-1 Blender is a comparatively inexpensive choice for those after a blender that does it all.
It’s pretty powerful, with a 1500W base – and its blades are specially designed using (slightly terrifying sounding) ‘total crushing technology’ to obliterate pretty much anything in their path. Ice cubes? Frozen fruit? Easy work.
But that’s not all. It’s also got a range of pre-set ‘Auto iQ’ blending programmes to take the guesswork out of food prep and ensure you maximise the health benefits of your blends.
The best blender for… hand blending: The Kenwood HDP406 Hand Blender
Why do we love the Kenwood HDP406 Hand Blender? Because it’s got LOADS of attachments, meaning it can do just about anything within the blending realm. The standard blade is great – nice and quiet – but just wait until you try the attachments for soup-making, chopping and mashing! Wowee.
This multitasking kitchen hero also comes with a chopping bowl and blending beaker, both of which have handy lids so you can store your whizzed-up creations in the fridge.
Got enough room to stash the entourage? Excellent. Look after this hand blender and it’ll look after you.
The best blender for… on the go: The Breville Blend Active Personal Blender
Available in snazzy pink, lime green, orange and blue, this eye-catching, sporty little model is one of the cheapest blenders out there. But don’t let the incy wincy price tag fool you – it’s actually pretty darn good at blending up a smoothie storm.
Need to blend in a hurry? Make this your weapon of choice. The comes with two free-blending bottles, meaning you can blitz, bang on a leak-proof lid, then bugger off.
This is a blender that’s not to be underestimated. If you need proof, just check out its thousands of stellar reviews on Amazon.
The best blender for… blending and food processing: The Kenwood MultiPro Compact
Emulsifying. Blending. Slicing. Shredding. You name it, the Kenwood MultiPro Compact can do it. And it’s surprisingly compact for such an all-singing, all-dancing gadget, so it’ll take up less space than you think.
Whether you’ve got the need to knead (bread dough) or simply want to make a sauce, this multi-functional tool has got your back. Within its arsenal you’ll find a knife blade, a whipping tool, a slicing disc and a shredding disc, meaning hours of food-blitzing fun can be had.
Looking for a blender that does more than just blend? Look no further.
The best blender for... all-out power: KitchenAid Artisan Power Blender
Want your blender to be the mightiest of them all? Then allow us to introduce the fearsome KitchenAid Artisan Power Blender – a Herculean beast of a machine endowed with a peak 2600W motor, for some reason.
Why is this motor necessary? We’re not sure, but it does render everyday soup-making VERY satisfying. Tip in your veggies and marvel at the destruction!
It’s noisy, bulky, pricey, and weighs a ton – but operating its hefty blades is the closest most of us will ever get to being a cartoon supervillain. And for that, we respect it.