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Last updated: 01 July 2021


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We test the latest blenders to help you find the best all-round performer for your needs. Our review covers:

  • personal blenders like Nutribullet and Ninja models
  • high-performance blenders from brands such as Vitamix, Optimum and Breville
  • standard low-to mid-priced blenders including Kmart and Sunbeam.

We conduct a number of performance tests on all blenders to work out which are best at blending a range of ingredients and which are easiest to operate and clean.

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So what do we test in order to review blenders? We look at:

  • how evenly the machines blend a soft food
  • the blender's ability to crush ice.
  • a standard blender's ability to chop carrots in a uniform manner, without leaving large chunks behind or conversely turning them into puree
  • how well a personal blender processes fruit and vegetables to make a smoothie
  • how well high-performance blenders make nut butter and sorbet
  • how well the blender processes a tough leafy green vegetable like kale.

We also test the following functions on high-performance blenders, if the model claims to be able to perform them:

  • blending and heating a raw vegetable soup
  • pizza dough
  • dry milling nuts
  • parmesan cheese.

Scores are comparable according to type: a high-powered blender capable of making nut butters and soups from raw ingredients will be tested differently to a blender designed for just the basics. Our interactive comparison tool helps you find out which brands are quieter and which are best at performing tough tasks like blending leafy vegetables. Our Recommended rating will help you quickly work out which models come out on top. 

If you're feeling overwhelmed, our blender buying guide should help you decide where to begin.

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    Standard blenders are cheaper; core functions are to blend soups and smoothies and crush ice. High-performance blenders are more powerful and can cost over $1000; suitable for nut butters, sorbets and making hot soups from raw ingredients using friction. Personal blenders are ideal for single-serve smoothies and can come with chopping attachments. Scores are only comparable by type.

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      Overall performance is based on how each type of blender performs its core tasks. All are tested for blending a soft food, crushing ice and blending kale. Extra tests include: chopping carrots for standard blenders and green smoothie for personal blenders. High-performance blenders are tested on both of these, plus nut butter and sorbet.

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      Ease of use score

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      We check how stable the jug is on the unit as well as how heavy it is to lift, how easy the controls are to use and how easy the blender is to clean. The ease of use score accounts for 40% of the overall score.

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      • Overall score
      • Performance score
      • Ease of use
      • Green smoothie test
      • Kale test
      • Nut butter test
      • Sorbet test
      • Blend a soft liquid
      • Crush
      • Chop
      • Dough
      • Dry milling nuts
      • Parmesan cheese
      • Raw soup score (%)
      • Pulse option
      • Speed cut out
      • Recommended processing time
      • Some parts dishwasher safe
      • Good points
      • Bad points
      • Brand
      • Model
      • Status
      • Price
      • Blender type
      • Blender construction
      • Jug type
      • Number of speeds
      • Cord storage
      • Jug lock
      • Removable blade housing
      • Dimensions (cm, H x W x D)
      • Wattage (W)
      • Weight of blender (kg)
      • Weight of jug (kg)
      • Jug capacity (L)
      • Lid lock
      • Measuring cap lock
      • Noise level (dB)
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