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Blender reviews

Last updated: 30 June 2020

CHOICE reviews the latest blenders to help you find the best all-round performer to suit 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, including personal single-serve blenders that let you create a healthy snack on the run in order to find out:

  • which are best at blending a range of ingredients
  • which are easiest to operate and clean
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    So what do we test in order to review blenders?

  • Blending a soft food: We assess how evenly they blend.
  • Ice: We assess the blender's ability to crush ice.
  • Chopping carrots: We assess standard blenders' ability to chop carrots in a uniform manner, without leaving large chunks behind or conversely turning them into puree.
  • Green smoothie: For personal blenders, we process fruit and vegetables and then put the smoothie through a fine sieve to see how well the blender has processed them.
  • Nut butter and sorbet: High-performance blenders are more versatile than regular blenders so we conduct the following extra tests on these products.
  • Kale: We process kale to assess the blender's ability to process this tough green leafy vegetable.

    We also test the following functions on high-performance blenders, if it 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 nut butters and making soups from raw ingredients will be tested differently to a blender designed only for 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 see quickly 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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    List of brands we tested in this review.

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      This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. You can often get a better price by shopping around.

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      Blender type

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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.

        Performance score

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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
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        • 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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