The best blender for smoothies blog

smoothie photoThe smoothies craze now in full swing, not just for the health conscious but also for people who want to enjoy a quick and easy meal or snack. So let’s take a look at which is the best blender for smoothies.

A good blender does many things and will become one of your most loved and well used appliances in your kitchen. From crushing ice, to blending a myriad of concoctions to drink, as well as making soups, pesto, dips, and nut butters. You will find there are many useful functions for a blender and most importantly for making healthy smoothies. Richard and I start each day with a healthy smoothie.

You might be wondering what the difference is between making smoothies and juicing. Juicing extracts the liquid from the fruit and vegetables leaving the pulp behind. Smoothies blend together all parts of the fruit or vegetable, including fibre, which is an important addition to everyone’s diet. While juices provide an instant injection of healthy goodness, smoothies will make you feel full for longer and provide ongoing energy throughout the day. It is also great to add super foods and healthy oils to your smoothies to make them extra potent and healthy. We add things like goji berries, acai powder, sesame seeds, chia seeds, coconut oil and flax oil.

Smoothies are an easy to make meal, and are extremely healthy as you can blend fruits and vegetables that might be difficult to eat in large quantities whole. Blending them into an easy-to-drink mixture makes eating your daily dose of greens and vegetables less of a challenge. Every smoothie we make has either kale or spinach as a base ingredient. We really need to be getting more raw green organic vegetables into our bodies.

So when it comes to choosing which blender is best for making smoothies, we need to consider a few key factors. Wattage, jar shape, warranty and durability, blade type and blender size are all factors to consider in deciding the best blender.

So which one is best for your smoothie making needs? Let’s take a look at the two main blender types and our recommendations of the best blender for smoothies in each type.

1) Countertop Blenders

Countertop blender photoA countertop type of blender is one with a jug and a lid and a motorized blade at the bottom of the base. This blender is excellent for blending large quantities of ingredients. This means that if you plan to make smoothies for the whole family, you should opt for a countertop blender.

Other advantages to this type of blender are that it is extremely powerful and can blend for long periods of time. Most countertop blenders are able to crush ice with ease, and will literally make a meal of most ingredients you blend for your smoothies. These blenders can be a pricey investment and you also need to make space in your kitchen to store this quite large piece of equipment.

Here are our recommendation for the best countertop blenders across various price ranges

With 4-speeds that are digitally controlled along with a large glass jar and 700 watts of power, this is a good quality yet inexpensive buy at £32.

Omega BL330S

This blender has a large jar, a 1-horse power motor and 600 watts of power meaning it can blend smoothies with ease. Though is only contains two speeds it is still an affordable purchase at £42.

Cuisinart Smart Power Deluxe

This is a high quality countertop blender with 600 watts of power meaning it can blend most items, although it isn’t as powerful as some of the other blenders. It has a four-speed control option for ease of use and will set you back about £50.

Ninja Professional Blender

This blender has a powerful 1000 watts of power meaning it is able to blend any type of fruit, nuts and ice. It also has a very large 72-ounce pitcher that allows large quantities of ingredients to be blended together making it good value at £60.

Magic Bullet NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender/Mixer System

With 900 watts and 1.2 horsepower motor and special extractor blades this blender is small yet very powerful and comes with a variety of cups for making multiple smoothies. It is priced around £80.

Now we move up into the big guns of countertop blenders which also come with a heftier price tag.

Oster Versa 14000-watt Professional

This blender is a good mid-price option with a powerful 1400 watt motor that spins at 28,000 rpms, so it will guarantee to make excellent smoothies every time. Your investment for this machine will be £110.

Blendtec Total Blender

This countertop blender is of commercial quality with a huge jar capacity. It is powerful with a 1,560-watt, 3 HP direct-drive motor, pre-programmed blending cycles and digital touchpad controls. It is of superior quality and will blend up smoothies (and anything you wish to mix) literally in seconds. This becomes an investment at £260.

Vitamix 1723 Professional Series 200

This is one of the most popular high speed blenders on the market. It is a commercial-grade blender with a 2+ Peak horsepower motor that propels blades up to 240 mph and a large-capacity 64-ounce BPA-free jar. This is guaranteed to give excellent results though it does come with a hefty price tag at £300.

Check out this review which compares the top two countertop blenders to get an idea of what these two powerful machines can do. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_bGc5imclhw

2) Immersion BlendersImmersion Blenders photo

An immersion type blender is one that is hand-held, with a motorised blade at the bottom of a stick. This kind of blender is not as good for making smoothies in large quantities so would be suitable if you only want to blend a small amount of ingredients.

The benefit of this type of blender is that the ingredients are mixed directly in the cup, so there is no need to transfer the mixture from the jar to cup like with a countertop blender. They are also much more affordable than a countertop blender, and don’t take up as much space. However, these type of blenders are nowhere near as powerful and most can’t do tasks like crushing ice.

Hamilton-Beach Turbo Twister Mixing Stick 59700

The most inexpensive option, this is a simple immersion type blender without the bells and whistles and can whiz up a smoothie effectively so long as it doesn’t include frozen fruits. It is also very inexpensive at £15.

Cuisinart CSB-77 Smart Stick Immersion Blender

In the next price range up, this is powerful for making smoothies that include frozen fruits and also includes a whisk and food processor attachment, making it a useful purchase that is also affordable at £32.

KitchenAid KHB100ER Immersion Blender

Able to crush ice and coming with its own smoothies mixing cup with a lid, this is a powerful blender for making smoothies though it is a bit of a pricier investment at £45.

Breville Control Grip Immersion Blender

The most expensive of those we recommend, this blender has 15 speeds and a control grip that makes it comfortable to handle. It is powerful to make the thickest of smoothies with any ingredients you want to blend, including ice. Would be a worthy investment if you choose an immersion style blender at £65.

Louise and Richard Thomas  founders of Fresh Start

Louise and Richard Thomas founders of Fresh Start

To learn more about making healthy and tasty smoothies and to see our favourite everyday blenders the Vitamix and the Nuribullet in action, be sure to attend our Fresh Start Bootcamp wellness programme where you can see them in action first hand!

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