A good blender can pump out silky-smooth purees and make short work of frozen drinks, but a bad blender can leave you with lumpy milkshakes and a headache from the motor noise.
And it's hard to tell from price alone whether you're backing a winner: some of the top performers in our test outclassed products that were far more expensive. So it's worth doing your research to make sure you're buying the right blender for your needs.
Here are our tips for choosing a blender. Plus, for CHOICE members only, we'll reveal the top-scoring blenders from our rigorous lab testing. If you're not yet a member, join CHOICE to get instant access to all of our expert, independent reviews.
What kind of blender should I buy?
From a single-serve models suitable for smoothies for one, through to high-powered machines that can whip up hot soups from raw ingredients using blade friction alone, there are so many options when it comes to blenders.
So which kind of blender should you buy? It depends on what you want to do with it.
"If you want to reduce the amount of processed foods you buy, then a high-performance blender is worth considering," says Fiona Mair, CHOICE's kitchen expert.
"It really depends on what you want a blender for. If it's just for making shakes, smoothies and cocktails, then a standard blender is all you need."
- Capacity: 300–700mL
- Can be cheap to purchase
- Simple to use: blend and drink from the same cup
- Generally not as powerful as other blenders; you may need to add a little liquid to the mixture to make harder food easier to blend
- To avoid burnout, they can't be used for more than a minute at a time (low-end models often only have a pulse function)
- Capacity: 1.5–2L
- Prices range from $29 to $500
- Great for making soups, baby food and frozen drinks
- Some are powerful enough to grind coffee beans, seeds and spices
- The pulse function can be used to make breadcrumbs and crush ice
- Capacity: usually around 2L
- Can cost more than $1000
- Versatile: can make dough, sorbet, nut butters, spice pastes, crush large amounts of ice and mill flour, as well as the usual blender tasks
- The blade friction can heat up raw ingredients to more than 70°C so you can make hot soup
- Can turn fibrous vegetables like kale into a silky-smooth liquid (with the help of a little water)
- Some models have heavy-duty 'dry' jugs available so you don't have to ruin your regular jug with abrasive foods like nuts, seeds or legumes (or you can buy a second jug for these tasks)
What are the best blenders?
We recommend blenders with an overall score of 80% or more.
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