Deciding whether to buy a regular blender or super blender? First you should ask yourself how much you are going to be using the appliance. If you're right into your blending and looking for versatility, a high-powered super blender ticks all the boxes. If you're only interested in blending soft foods and making the occasional smoothie, a regular blender might be more up your alley.
Our home economist has put both types to the test and here we'll tell you just how she grills them in the CHOICE kitchen lab.
There's no doubt that our home economist Fiona Mair knows her way around a kitchen and has endless knowledge about kitchen appliances. With 30 years of experience she's seen lots of new technology enter the kitchen space. She goes from testing large appliances like ovens and cooktops to smaller benchtop appliances like hand mixers. She's a whiz in the kitchen and knows how to put any appliance through its paces to see if it's worth a spot in your kitchen.
With a range of products on the market, what makes us choose one blender or super blender to test over another? As with most of our product testing, our aim is to test the most popular models on the market and what you're most likely to see in the retailers.
We survey manufacturers to find out about their range of models, we check market sales information and we also check for any member requests to test specific models. From this information we put together a final list that goes to our buyers. They then head out to the retailers and purchase each product, just as a normal consumer would. We do this so we can be sure the products are the same as any consumer would find them and not 'tweaked' in any way.
How we test
Fiona conducts a range of performance tests on both blenders and super blenders:
- Blending a soft food We assess how evenly they blend.
- Ice We assess the blender's ability to crush ice.
- Chop carrots We assess the blender's ability to chop carrots in a uniform manner, without leaving large chunks behind or conversely turning them into puree.
- Green smoothie We process fruit and vegetables and then put the smoothie through a fine sieve to see how well the blender has processed them.
- Kale We process kale to assess the super blender's ability to process this tough green leafy vegetable.
Super blenders are more versatile than regular blenders so we conduct the following extra tests on these products:
- Nut butter
- Blending and heating a raw vegetable soup
- Pizza dough
- Dry milling nuts
- Parmesan cheese
Ease of use
Fiona checks the general comfort of each blender or super blender. She assesses the weight, the size of the chute, how well it sits on the bench and how easy it is to remove material from around the blade. She also assesses how easy the controls are to use and how easy it is to clean the unit.
The overall score is made up of:
- Performance (60%)
- Ease of use (40%)
For super blenders the performance score consists of crushing ice, chopping carrots, blending a soft food, making a green smoothie, blending kale, and making nut butter and sorbet. To ensure consistency with previous tests, results for dry milling and processing parmesan, making dough and blending and heating a raw vegetable soup haven't been included in the performance score as yet.
For blenders, the performance score consists of crushing ice, chopping carrots and blending a soft food. We've fairly recently included green smoothie and kale tests to regular blenders. To ensure consistency with previous tests, these results haven't been included in the performance score as yet.
We maintain a kitchen lab that is up to date with the latest reference machines and calibrated measurement tools for our testers to bring you the right results.
Ready to buy?
Take a look at our latest test results for blenders and super blenders.