The best blenders in 2022 for smoothies, soups, sauces and desserts

We tested the best blenders on the market from top brands such as Vitamix, KitchenAid, and NutriBullet

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The best blenders offer a good mix of performance and programs, along with an assortment of extras that allow you to use your machine for a range of different functions. 

We’ve selected and tested models at a range of price points to give you a better idea of which ones are worth the space on your counter top . These machines will whizz up your ingredients to make sauces, smoothies, and soups. Alternatively, if you're looking for an appliance that performs a wider variety of food preparation tasks—such as grinding and mixing up coarser ingredients—you might want to see our guide to the best food processors to buy, although several high-end blenders can easily assume the role of a food processor, as well.

To test the best blenders on the market, we used them to create everything from icy cocktails to vegetable-packed soups and even pancake batter. We looked at how quickly each model blended, how smooth the finished product was and what kind of functions they had to make the task even easier. 

Below are 10 of the best blenders you can buy right now, ranging from budget-friendly smoothie machines to premium models with an array of bells-and-whistles.

The best blenders as reviewed by our experts

Vitamix A2300i blender features a sleek and stylish appearance, intuitive controls, a built-in digital timer, one of woman&home's best blenders

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The best blender for doing it all

Specifications

RRP: $499.95/£449
Speeds: 10
Programs: Soup only
Guarantee: 10 years

Reasons to buy

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Heats soup to piping-hot temps
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Built to last and easy to use
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Capable of any blending task

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy with a large footprint
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No pre-programmed settings

The Vitamix Ascent A2300i (known as the A2300 in the U.S.) does it all — soup, smoothies, frozen desserts and even grinding — making it one of the best blenders you can buy right now. It also has excellent capacity in its deceptively lightweight two-liter jug. It's quick to get blending, too. Simply drop the jug onto its 1400W base, clip on the lid, choose one of 10 speeds and hit start. 

In tests, no task was too difficult for the Vitamix: it made faultless smoothies, piping-hot soup and crushed ice without skipping a beat. There’s even a recipe book to inspire you with frozen desserts, baby food and nut butter ideas, which tells you which settings to use for which recipes. Admittedly, there are no pre-programmed settings on this model but, as it’s so easy to use, you may find you don’t miss them. The Vitamix Ascent A2300i is our top pick for or serving up fuss-free food, and also one of the best gifts for couples who are settling into a new home.

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best blenders, Sage the Super Q blender, one of woman&home's best blenders

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The best luxury blender

Specifications

RRP: $499.95/£499
Speeds: 12
Programs: Five
Guarantee: 10 years

Reasons to buy

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Broad range of settings
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Powerful yet rather quiet operation
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Includes personal blending cup

Reasons to avoid

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More of a splurge buy
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Accessories need to be stored

Sage (known as Breville in the States) is known for offering a range of the very best coffee machines on the market, and they have a stellar blender in their collection too. One of the priciest in our guide, the ultra-powerful two-liter 2400W Super Q justifies its cost by blitzing quickly and using noise-suppression technology. It's far from whisper-quiet, but the sounds it makes are less obtrusive than many other blenders with a larger motor. 

The LCD display is a notable feature, allowing you to easily see what speed you’ve selected, set a timer or keep an eye on how long a program will bye running for. The Super Q performed well on all our blending tasks, producing fiber-free smoothies, efficiently crushing ice, and blending soup that was heated to hot—if not quite as hot as in the Vitamix above. 

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KitchenAid Artisan K400 blender, one of woman&home's best blenders

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The best blender to give as a gift

Specifications

RRP: $249.99/£279
Speeds: Five
Programs: Three
Guarantee: Five years

Reasons to buy

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Stunning design with 11 colors
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Suitable for hot liquids
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Blends well in seconds

Reasons to avoid

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Glass jug is heavy
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Limited capacity for price

Having a KitchenAid mixer has become something of a status symbol over recent years, but if you don't have much use for their stand mixer, you can still buy into the brand with their Artisan K400 blender. It’s available in a range of glossy colors and looks impressive, which means it's one of the best engagement gifts or best wedding gifts you could give to couple who love cooking. 

Beyond its good looks, this blender performs well too, delivering smooth smoothies and evenly crushed ice in seconds. It also offers a whole host of functions and speeds so you can make soups, sauces, doughs and frozen desserts. While the weighty glass jug is more limited in capacity than some (it's 1.6 liters), this 1200W machine can be easily accessorized with extra containers, one of which is a lighter plastic jug. The heavier jug can be tricky to clean by hand, but there’s a self-cleaning program on the dial. Overall, this blender works hard and looks fabulous in any kitchen. It is on the pricey side but there are often KitchenAid deals to be found.

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NutriBullet Blender Combo, one of woman&home's best blenders

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The best budget blender

Specifications

RRP: $79.99/£99.99
Speeds: Three
Programs: One
Guarantee: One year

Reasons to buy

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Good capacity for a budget model
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Can blend hot soup
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Brilliant value-for-money

Reasons to avoid

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Only offers one program
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Has three cups but only two lids

The NutriBullet Blender Combo will deliver a lot for you in terms of value. It's got a full-sized 1.8-liter blender that can handle hot liquids; three cups that can be used for blending and storing; a tamper for making frozen desserts and a powerful 1200W motor. It’s louder than some other models, but delivered consistently in our tests, producing evenly blended smoothies, chunk-free soup and snowy ice perfect for cocktails. 

For everything this NutriBullet is capable of making, you can rest easy knowing all components are dishwasher-safe, making for an easy kitchen cleanup. In an ideal world it’d have more choice of speeds or programs, but as an affordable all-rounder, you’d be hard-pressed to find one that ticks as many boxes. If you're debating a NutriBullet vs Vitamix, price is an important consideration. And if you opt for a NutriBullet, make the most of it by checking out our guide on how to use a NutriBullet.

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Nutribullet 600 personal blender, one of woman&home's best blenders

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5. NutriBullet 600W Personal Blender

The best blender for smoothies

Specifications

RRP: $69.99/£59.99
Speeds: One
Programs: One
Guarantee: One year

Reasons to buy

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Doesn't take up a lot of room
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Powerful blades
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Quick and easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Limited speeds and functions
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Blades not very long-lasting

We couldn't help it. We've included another NutriBullet. But when it comes to personal blenders, there's no brand that does it better. If you're looking for something compact, reasonably-priced and the right size to make a smoothie for one, then this is it. Admittedly, there are no bells and whistles or nifty programs, but all the magic is in the blend. 

The sturdy blades and high-speed blend function reduce even the toughest of fruits and vegetables to a smooth liquid in just seconds and with the push and blend and function it's quick and easy to use. However, the lack of buttons does mean that you have to be present during the whole blending process, so it can cost you a few seconds and it's worth making sure when you twist the beaker off the base that you're not simply unscrewing the lid or you could be left in a bit of a mess. We'd also recommend changing your blades every year or so because they can become a bit stiff after long periods of repeated use. 

This could make a great 18th birthday gift or Christmas gift for teenagers who are heading off to uni and want something compact for whizzing up cocktails. 

Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender with a tamper and brush next to it, one of the Ninja blenders on sale

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6. Ninja Foodi Cold & Hot Blender (Ninja Foodi Blender & Soup Maker)

The best blender for soup

Specifications

RRP: $159.99/£149.99
Speeds: Three
Programs: 10 automatic and three manual
Guarantee: One year

Reasons to buy

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Variety of programs to choose from
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Blends quickly
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Self-cleaning function

Reasons to avoid

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Glass pitcher is heavy to handle
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Tends to be very loud

If you love your soup maker but want to save cupboard space, then find yourself a Ninja, which is one of the best hot and cold blenders. While many blenders can't cope with hot vegetables when cooking soup, this one has a built-in heating element so you can make all your favorite recipes without the worry that it will crack or overheat. Add your ingredients in along with your choice of liquid and at the click of a button your soup will be ready in minutes. 

While some like to use the best hand blenders when cooking soup, we loved being able to do everything in one big jug. This made the silkiest soup we've ever cooked, despite having a top-of-the-range soup maker in our repertoire of kitchen essentials. And this is just one of its tricks. There are several different programs that let us whizz up smoothies and cocktails (with a load of ice) in seconds and we even chopped up some onions and carrots using the Chop setting, following up with the Sauté program to start our cooking off. There's even a frozen desserts section where you can make ice cream alternatives. But possibly our favorite part of this blender (other than the self-cleaning function), is the way that it just sits on top of the base without the need for any awkward twisting or clicking in.

And, if you love a Ninja blender, it's worth looking to find out where you can get Ninja blenders on sale throughout the year too.

smeg 50's style retro blender, one of woman&home's best blenders

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7. Smeg 50's Style Blender

The best stylish blender

Specifications

RRP: $259.95/£179.95
Speeds: Four
Programs: Three
Guarantee: Two years

Reasons to buy

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Specialized ice crush function
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Doesn't take up much space
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Lots of fun colors available

Reasons to avoid

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Limited speeds and functions
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Jug is on the small side

There are kitchen appliances that come with all the technical bells and whistles and then there are the ones that make your space look smart. While the bells and whistles can be fun to play around with, most of us usually end up falling back on the basic functions our blender offers. Which makes this fancy Smeg offering well worth your attention. 

This retro-style offering is one of the best blenders for crushing ice in seconds with its specialized function, while the smoothie function gives us the kind of silky drinks we'd expect from a Californian wellness bar. It only has four speeds but it still packs in a heap of power, though maybe not as much as the Vitamix option. We also found the pulse function handy for chopping up veg. Our only niggle is that the jug has a slightly smaller capacity than we're used to with other models, however, this means it's lightweight but still sturdy, which makes it more comfortable to use than some of the other blenders we've tested. 

It's a beautiful, compact package available in a number of lovely shades including, black, cream, and a trio of pastels: pink, blue and green. 

Ninja Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker and Nutrient Extractor with two spare cups next to it, one of w&h's best blenders

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8. Ninja Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker and Nutrient Extractor

The best blender for smoothie bowls

Specifications

RRP: $119.99/£99.99
Speeds: One
Programs: Four
Guarantee: One year

Reasons to buy

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Various attachments for convenience
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Strong motor and not too loud
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Four versatile programs

Reasons to avoid

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Not suitable for big quantities
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Doesn't handle nut butters well

If you're someone who's constantly trying to prove how smoothies are good for you by making up smoothie bowls for breakfast in the morning, then this one's for you. In the last decade or so, smoothie bowls have become a big healthy breakfast trend—hence the Ninja Smoothie Bowl Maker was born. 

This particular model from the popular brand is specifically designed to make smoothie bowls and comes with a personal bowl attachment for convenience and so that you can get your quantities exactly right. You can also make spreads and nut butters, as the different programs on the machine allow you to blend up your ingredients into a smooth liquid or a thick paste, so you can make the most out of your appliance.

Magic Bullet blender with accessories surrounding it, one of w&h's best blenders

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9. Magic Bullet Blender

The best compact blender

Specifications

RRP: $49.99/£49.99
Speeds: One
Programs: N/A
Guarantee: One year

Reasons to buy

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Has a very small footprint
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includes multiple cups and lids
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Great for protein shakes

Reasons to avoid

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Not great at crushing ice
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Need storage for accessories

The Magic Bullet is the best blender for those who live solo in small quarters. This 120V machine boasts an admirable 250W of power to help it blend, whip, chop and dice. Although the Magic Bullet itself as a small footprint, it does come with multiple accessories you'll need to find storage for. It includes a tall cup, a short cup, a party mug, two lip rings, two resealable lids, and a to-go lid — all of which are dishwasher-safe.

If protein shakes are your forte, the Magic Bullet excels at whipping those up, no problem. It's also quite good for making baby food, although smoothies may present some issues as it's not as adept at chopping ice and frozen fruit to a fine consistency. Still, for a solo-use blender you're getting fairly decent value here, especially if you like to take your drinks on-the-go.

Kenwood Blend-X Fresh on a white background, it's one of W&H's best blenders for smoothies

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Best blender for crushing ice

Specifications

RPP: $49.99/£59.99
Speeds: Three
Programs: None
Guarantee: One year

Reasons to buy

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Has an ice crush button
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Detachable blades for easy cleanup
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Lightweight and stylish build

Reasons to avoid

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No presets included
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Noisy, even on the lowest setting

Compact enough to tuck into a corner of a tiny kitchen, the Kenwood Blend-X Fresh is a neat, nimble blender that can handle everyday tasks, such as batter and milkshakes without any issues. There aren’t any pre-set programs, but this model does have a couple of tricks. There’s an ice-crush button that works well turning cubes to snow, and detachable blades mean it’s easy to wash by hand. 

As the jug is tall, the capacity hasn’t been reduced too much despite it's smaller footprint—there’s still 1.5 liters of working space in the 2-liter pitcher. However, its 650W motor can be limiting, meaning you’ll need to spend a bit more time chopping food into smaller pieces to circulate properly. It’s also noisy, even when operating on the lower speeds. 

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What to consider when buying a blender

There are various things you’ll want to take into account before investing in a blender.

  • Programs and speeds: A few basic speeds are fine for most, but more expensive options will have more—decide whether these are necessary for you. Some blenders have programs like a pulse mode, a puree mode, a soup mode, and a smoothie mode: dedicated programs provide convenience for these specific tasks, so can be very handy.
  • Capacity: Larger jugs are useful in family households, or for those who batch-cook, while smaller models are ideal for compact kitchens. As a specific guide, a 2-liter jug should be more than enough for all uses. The compact sizes available are also one of the reasons why the best blenders win in the food processors vs blenders debate, as food processors are less likely to be offered in smaller sizes.
  • Cleaning capabilities: Many (but not all) blenders come with self-cleaning functions—although learning how to clean a blender isn't too difficult without them. These self-cleaning functions use a high-speed mechanism to whisk away stubborn debris (when filled with water and washing-up liquid). Similarly, some blenders have dishwasher-safe parts, where others don't.
  • Power: Generally, the higher the wattage the better—it’ll provide faster blending and reduce your food prep time. Do note, however, that while higher wattage gives a rough idea as to how powerful the motor is, it doesn’t always equate to a blender being a better all-round model. 500 watts is generally powerful enough for a blender that's expected to do the typical tasks.
  • Blender material: Glass blenders are generally more scratch-resistant, and are less likely to become dulled or hold odors. However, they can be heavy to lift, and of course, more likely to break if dropped or knocked. Most good plastic blenders will use a high-quality BPA-free plastic.
  • Any extras: Some come with additional accessories, such as cups, a tamper or a feeder cap in the lid. Just like food processor attachments, these are all helpful extras for a blender so it's good to work if which, if any, are essential for you. 

How much should I spend on a blender?

Your budget will depend on what you intend to use your blender for. If you need something quick and easy for smoothies or shakes, a budget model that costs $50 / £50 or below may suffice. However, these less expensive models don't always have the strongest motors or the most precise blades, so your smoothies or soups may not always have the consistency you want.

For more heavy-duty usage - like making soups, dips and cocktails for parties - consider graduating to a mid-range model starting from $100 / £100. Blenders in this range will usually have more powerful motors, more speeds and perhaps a few nifty presets. They'll also provide a greater capacity than most cheaper blenders so you can make large batches for friends and family to enjoy.

Consider a premium blender (like a Vitamix) if you'll be frequently making big quantities and/or working with dry ingredients like grains, coffee beans or spices. Top-of-the-line models feature the most powerful motors, excellent build quality (to drown out the noise of said motors), and an array of pre-programmed features. But unless you plan to use your blender regularly for a multitude of tasks, there's no reason to spend a lot of money for one.

Fortunately, major shopping holidays like Prime Day and Black Friday boast plenty of deals on small appliances, including blenders. If you have your eye on a top-tier blender, taking advantage of one of those sales could help you save a good chunk of change.

Are glass blenders better than plastic?

When it comes to glass versus plastic, it's all a matter of preference. Plastic blenders tend to be cheaper, so they're the budget-friendly choice. They're also more lightweight so if you like to take your smoothies with you to the office or gym, a plastic blender will be your best bet. Nowadays, most plastic blenders are BPA-free so they're not as harmful to your body or the environment. 

Glass blenders are pricier and give off that "high-end" aesthetic. Since glass is heavier than plastic, glass blenders won't always be the easiest to handle — especially when it comes to cleaning. (And let's not forget how easy glass can shatter!) But glass blenders won't retain odors or stain as easily as their plastic counterparts. And if you intend to make soups, glass is the way to go since it's heat-resistant.

Which blender is best for smoothies?

We think the best blender for making smoothies is the NutriBullet Personal Blender, since it has a high-speed blend function plus sturdy blades that allows it to liquify frozen fruits and veggies with relative ease. We're also fans of the Sage/Breville Super Q Blender for its efficient-yet-powerful ice crush program and dedicated green smoothie button that removes any trace of fiber and spinach specks.

Generally speaking, you'll want to find a smoothie blender with blades that can pulverize ice and frozen fruits and veg into silky smooth liquids with minimal grit. Also, seek a model with a travel cup and lid so you can take your drinks on the go. In the case of personal blenders, you should be able to remove the cup right from the base as soon as you're done blending. For larger-scale models, seek a container that doubles as a pitcher so you can pour your drinks straightaway.

Need some inspo for your healthy drinks? Here are some easy smoothie recipes that you can make in no time.

Rachel Ogden
Rachel Ogden

Rachel Ogden is a UK-based freelance journalist with more than 20 years’ experience of writing, editing and sub-editing. For the last 13 years, she has worked exclusively in interiors, writing about everything from extending your home to kitchen worktops, flooring, storage and more. 


She has worked for a huge swathe of brands, including Woman & Home, Ideal Home, Elle Decoration, Real Homes, Grand Designs, Living Etc25 Beautiful Homes, The Evening Standard, The Independent and many many more. She was also shortlisted for Lifestyle & Interiors Journalist of the Year in the 2018 Property Press Awards.

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