Sage The Fresh & Furious SBL620 review

Test score

92%

Key features

  • Jug blender

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 verdict: The best jug blender on test

The Fresh & Furious stormed through our tests. It can make a perfect smoothie, is intuitive and simple to use, and the jug is dishwasher-safe. If you’re after a jug blender, this is our top recommendation.

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies out of a range of ingredients
  • Great at mixing soup and pesto
  • Brilliant at crushing ice
  • Easy to use and clean
  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Quieter than most blenders
  • Has plenty of features
Cons
  • Particularly big

Magimix 11610UK review

Test score

91%

Key features

  • Jug blender

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 verdict: An oldie but a goldie

Like a good wine, this blender has stood the test of time. It’s a classic that impressed us just as much when we re-tested it as it did originally. It more than holds its own against newer rivals, storming through our tests and getting five stars in all key areas. It can handle tough smoothies, is a breeze to use and clean, and is quieter than most blenders. All-in-all, it’s one of the best blenders we’ve ever tested.

Pros
  • Brilliant at blending a range of smoothie recipes
  • Makes fantastic smooth soups
  • Versatile enough to make thicker mixes such as dips and sauces
  • All parts are dishwasher safe
  • Easy to use control panel and auto programs
  • Quieter than most blenders
Cons
  • Heavy glass jug can making using and washing up more difficult

Nutribullet Pro 900 review

Test score

89%

Key features

  • Mini blender / travel cup

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 verdict: One of the best

The Nutribullet Pro 900 is a mean blending machine. When we retested in 2021, it proved one of the best blenders you can buy thanks to its performance across a variety of recipes and its user-friendly design.

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies
  • Can blend thicker mixes well
  • Super simple to set up and use
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Struggles when hard ingredients are added to smoothies
  • Noisier than many similar blenders
  • Push-down-to-blend controls are not suitable for those with hand-dexterity problems

KitchenAid 5KSB4026BBK review

£249.00Typical price

Test score

87%

Key features

  • Jug blender

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 verdict: Expensive but brilliant

The KitchenAid 5KSB4026BBK is a powerhouse blender that flew through our tests with relative ease. It’s huge and its price may be off-putting if you just want to whip up the odd smoothie, but on performance alone, it’s hard to fault.

Pros
  • Fantastic at creating smooth mixes
  • Excellent at crushing ice
  • Not too noisy
Cons
  • Can be hard to see what setting you’re selecting

Nutribullet 600 review

Test score

86%

Key features

  • Personal

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 verdict: Outstanding at smoothies

The original Nutribullet has been around for a while now, and it remains the seminal bullet blender for a reason. It still holds up well and does an outstanding job with smoothies.

Pros
  • Makes great smoothies and pesto
  • Simple controls
  • Dishwasher-safe cups
  • Easy to clean by hand
Cons
  • Poor at crushing ice cubes
  • Push-down-to-blend controls are not suitable for those with hand-dexterity problems

Ninja QB3001UKS Slim blender review

Test score

86%

Key features

  • Mini blender / travel cup

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 verdict: Exceptional quality

This personal blender makes excellent pesto and it’s a doddle to clean. Smoothies and soup come out smooth and delicious, but it struggles to crush ice.

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies and soup
  • Easy to set up and use
  • Very easy to clean
Cons
  • Poor at crushing ice cubes
  • Uncomfortable vibrations on your hands when in use

Tefal BL420840 review

Test score

85%

Key features

  • Jug blender

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 verdict: Brilliance on a budget

This blender proves that you don’t have to spend a lot to get greatness. It doesn’t have many of the flashy extras that more premium models do, such as lots of speed settings or pre-set programs, but the Blendforce gets the basics right.

Pros
  • Great at making a range of recipes
  • Excellent at crushing ice
  • Very easy to use and clean
  • Dishwasher-safe
Cons
  • Struggles a little when tough ingredients such as nuts are added to smoothies
  • Noisy
  • A little slower than more powerful and expensive blenders

Kenwood Smoothie 2 Go SB056 review

Test score

85%

Key features

  • Mini blender / travel cup

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 verdict: Perfect for smoothies

Despite being such an unassuming, back-to-basics blender, this Kenwood held its own against newer and pricier rivals. It’s currently one of the cheapest Best Buys available and certainly suited to anyone looking to make and take smoothies on the go.

Pros
  • Fantastic at blending smoothies
  • Good for thicker mixes such as dips and sauces
  • Easy to use and clean by hand
Cons
  • Not dishwasher safe
  • A little noisy

Nutribullet Rx review

Test score

85%

Key features

  • Mini blender / travel cup

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 verdict: Big and powerful, but quite noisy

This is another great bullet blender from Nutribullet. It excels at smoothies, and tougher challenges such as ice. Its only downside is that it kicks up a racket when it blends..

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies even out of tough ingredients
  • Can blend thicker mixes well
  • Super simple to set up and use
  • Easy to clean
Cons
  • Push-down-to-blend controls are not suitable for those with hand dexterity problems

KitchenAid Artisan Power Plus 5KSB8270BBK review

Test scoreShow Context

84%

Key features

  • Jug blender
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verdict: Pricey, but worth it

We were very impressed with how well this blender pulverises soft and hard ingredients into smoothies, so whether you’re adding fruit, veg or nuts you’ll always end up with a velvety smooth drink. It’s better than most at crushing ice and it’s easy to clean.

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies and soup
  • Good at crushing ice
  • Very simple to use
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • Plenty of features
  • Heats soup
Cons
  • Doesn’t make the best pesto

KitchenAid Artisan Power Plus 5KSB8270BCA review

Test score

84%

Key features

  • Jug blender

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 verdict: Pricey, but worth it

We were very impressed with how well this blender pulverises soft and hard ingredients into smoothies, so whether you’re adding fruit, veg or nuts you’ll always end up with a velvety smooth drink. It’s better than most at crushing ice and it’s easy to clean.

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies and soup
  • Good at crushing ice
  • Very simple to use
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • Plenty of features
  • Heats soup
Cons
  • Doesn’t make the best pesto

KitchenAid Artisan Power Plus 5KSB8270BMS review

Test score

84%

Key features

  • Jug blender
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 verdict: Pricey, but worth it

We were very impressed with how well this blender pulverises soft and hard ingredients into smoothies, so whether you’re adding fruit, veg or nuts you’ll always end up with a velvety smooth drink. It’s better than most at crushing ice and it’s easy to clean.

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies and soup
  • Good at crushing ice
  • Very simple to use
  • Dishwasher safe and easy to clean
  • Plenty of features
  • Heats soup
Cons
  • Doesn’t make the best pesto

Nutribullet Balance review

Test score

84%

Key features

  • Mini blender / travel cup

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 verdict: Smart and smooth results

This Nutribullet Balance is one mean smoothie machine, even with tough ingredients such as nuts and frozen berries. And the accompanying app is easy to connect to and straightforward to use. If you’re keen to keep track of the nutritional content of your homemade smoothies, the Balance will be a fantastic, if expensive, option.

Pros
  • Smart nutrition tracking works seamlessly
  • Makes excellent smoothies
  • Very easy to use and clean
Cons
  • Poor at making thicker mixes
  • Blending cups aren’t good for travelling as they’re large and difficult to grip
  • Can’t be used to crush ice

Ninja BN495UK review

Test score

83%

Key features

  • Personal blender

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 verdict: Brilliant blending

The Ninja Personal Blender with Auto-IQ BN495UK is an all-round success, blitzing everything you put into it to create tasty, well-mixed recipes, no matter the thickness or the complexity of the ingredients. It’s a breeze to use and it’s the perfect size for easy storage.

Pros
  • Makes delicious drinks and sauces
  • Smart auto programmes
  • Streamlined and easy to use
Cons
  • Some recipes need lots of shaking and stirring
  • Moves around the worktop when it’s on.

AEG CB7-1-4CW review

Test score

82%

Key features

  • Jug blender

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 verdict: Stellar blending

This AEG blender can blitz a range of recipes and ingredients – it’s only let down by not being able to blend every tiny bit of tougher ingredients such as nuts or frozen berries. All-in-all, it’s a great blender, though it’s a little pricey for what you get.

Pros
  • Fantastic at making smoothies and soups
  • Can blend thicker mixes such as dips
  • Can turn ice cubes into a beautiful snow for frozen drinks and cocktails
  • Simple to use and dishwasher safe
Cons
  • Struggles a little when hard ingredients such as nuts are added to smoothies

 

Sage The Boss To Go BPB550BAL review

Test score

82%

Key features

  • Mini blender / travel cup

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 verdict: A good choice for quality-first buyers

This blender always impresses us on test, though more recently it’s been overtaken by some better models. Its one of the best on the market but not quite a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies
  • Also fantastic at soups and thicker mixes
  • Great at crushing ice cubes
  • Very easy to use
  • Simple and straightforward to clean
  • Dishwasher-safe
Cons
  • A bit noisy

Swan SP39040BLKN review

Test score

82%

Key features

  • Mini blender / travel cup

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 verdict: Small but perfectly formed

If you only want to whip up one smoothie at a time, the Swan Stealth Personal Blender SP39040BLKN will serve you well. It’s compact – great for small kitchens – and straightforward to use. For a budget smoothie maker with just one speed, it produces delicious results.

Pros
  • Great dairy smoothies and pesto
  • Excellent for smooth soups
  • Fairly quiet
  • Dishwasher-safe attachments
  • Easy to use
Cons
  • Nutty smoothies may have some granules left over
  • No dedicated pulse button

Russell Hobbs Retro Blender Cream 25192 review

Test score

81%

Key features

  • Jug blender

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 verdict: More than just a looker

If you’re after a stylish and sturdy glass jug blender, this Russell Hobbs retro model is a great candidate. It doesn’t flinch at even the toughest ingredients, and is dishwasher safe and easy to use.

Pros
  • Makes excellent smoothies
  • Good at making thicker mixes such as pesto
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Intuitive and easy controls
  • Quiet
Cons
  • Heavy glass jug is tricky to clean by hand
  • Instruction manual isn’t detailed

 

Ninja CB100UK review

Test score

80%

Key features

  • Mini blender / travel cup

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 verdict: Well worth considering

If you’re blending for one, the Ninja Foodi Power CB100UK is well worth considering. Smoothies made in the travel cup have a super-smooth consistency and the blender is convenient – simply blitz, pop on the lid and go. It only missed out on becoming Best Buy because it’s not quick and crushing ice is a bit too arduous.

Pros
  • Excellent smoothies
  • Great for blending soup
  • Smooth pesto
  • Easy to use
  • Dishwasher-safe attachments
Cons
  • Excruciatingly noisy when crushing ice
  • Can’t produce large quantities
  • Slow
  • No manual speed settings

 

Nutribullet Blender Combo review

Test score

79%

Key features

  • Jug blender

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 verdict: Great smoothies in a big jug

The Combo absolutely pulverizes fruit, veg, nuts, ice and anything else we could feed it to make velvety smoothies, smooth soups and more. Although it hogs a lot of space on your kitchen counter and it’s seriously loud, it’s an easy-to-use blender. If it didn’t struggle with thicker mixes such as pesto in the main jug, it would be a Best Buy.

Pros
  • Makes a perfect smoothie
  • Choice of cup sizes
  • User-friendly design
Cons
  • Struggles with thicker mixes such as pesto
  • Loud