Getting all of your 5 a day in can be time consuming and not easy to do. I know I have trouble doing so and I am not willing to spend hours each day chomping my way through a mountain of raw veggies and fruit to make sure I get them all in.
So what’s the alternative? Luckily there is an easy answer to that. Smoothies. For a good resulting smoothie you will need a good blender in which to prepare them.
But what is the best blender for smoothies?
In the past I used to drink a lot of thick milkshakes from McD’s. Without realising it I was consuming a lot of processed sugars which was not good for me but there was something about them that I really liked.
Nowadays, with a bit more knowledge of processed and shop bought foods I try to keep things like that to an absolute minimum if not cut it out completely.
Today I can have a smoothie which contains fruit and vegetables, yes vegetables and tastes just as great as a shop bought milkshake/smoothie but with none of the hidden extras like sugar, flavour enhancers or preservatives.
But what is the best blender for smoothies? Well I have reviewed my top 5 as per my usual format to give you the best information on which to base your decision. If you are looking for the best blender under £100, the best blender for smoothies and ice or the best blender for green smoothies then you have come to the right place.
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|Features||Nutri Ninja BL480UK||NUTRiBULLET 600||ViVo© Professional||Salter NutriPro||Nutri Ninja BL450|
|Power in Watts||100W||600W||900W||1000W||900W|
|Cups||2 (1x500ml, 1x650ml)||3 (2x511ml, 1x680ml)||4 (2x600ml, 1x700ml, 1x150ml)||3 (2x800ml, 1x1ltr)||2 (1x500ml, 1x650ml)|
The best blenders under £100
What I love about this blender the most is the Auto IQ feature. You simply press either the ‘Blend’ or the ‘Ultra Blend’ buttons and that’s it. The machine recognises the when the ingredients are broken down / blended and then automatically stops. It also has a pulse function for you to give something a quick burst in case you prefer your smoothie a little ‘less’ smooth.
Having 2 settings is quite unique so it makes it my personal favourite because you get the added versatility. If you like your smoothie at a different consistency to others in your household then you don’t need multiple machines to get it.
It breaks down pretty much anything you can throw at it including seeds and harder ingredients like carrots and also ice leaving the smoothies much finer and less gritty than other blenders, this is in part down to the extra speeds, good quality blades and the beefy 1000W motor.
You get 2 good sized cups, one of 500ml and one of 650ml, both of them come with sip and seal lids. They are used with the main blender for ‘in cup’ processing so you can blend and go. If 2 cups are not enough for you then you can also get extras / replacements in the form of 2x650ml or a single 900ml if you like your smoothies a bit bigger
I like the NutriBullet blender and this one does not disappoint. You get 2 different blade attachments, which are used for breaking down ingredients like seeds, stems and skins to extract more of their nutritional content.
I like the fact you get three cups in this set, there are a variety of combinations you can have thanks to the comfort lips, one of which has a handle built into it if that is your preference. If not there is a handle free option to suit. 2 stay fresh lids to boot to keep your yummy creations nice and fresh too.
This is a doddle to clean and the bpa free cups are too. It is also quite a small unit at only 14 inches high even with the tallest cup so you will have no trouble at all storing your NutriBullet.
If you are after the most bang for your buck in terms of how many smoothies can you make in one go then this may be the choice for you.
The Vivo comes with 4, yes 4 different cups so pretty much everyone can enjoy fresh smoothies at the same time. What you actually get is 4 cups, 2 x 600ml, 1 x 700ml and 1 x 150ml, 2 resealable lids, one flip top lid, 2 blades and the base unit which houses a hefty 1000W motor.
The 2 blades are: one flat for grinding and one leaf type for blending. The 2 different blades allow to you break down different types of ingredients in order to extract more nutritional content.
The cups, it is worth noting are also BPA free and are dishwasher safe too.
The thing I like about the Salter is that it is designed with size in mind. You get not only a huge 1000W machine to smash through and turn to a pulp your toughest ingredients but you also get 2 huge 800ml cups with flip top lids and a whopping 1 litre cup to boot.
Given the cups are roughly 25% larger than other blenders / smoothie makers on the market it makes sense to put a big motor in to cope with the demand and this model does the job admirably.
At the slightly lower price point you expect to see some features drop off but in this case the only thing I can see is the fact you only get a singe blade. That said with the huge cup sizes and the large capacity motor I feel this is more than made up for.
As is fairly standard the cups are also BPA free and are dishwasher safe too.
Another winning entry from the Nutri Ninja range. At the lower price point but you are still getting the Nutri Ninja quality brand you come to know and trust.
A 900W motor is in the unit which powers through your ingredients with ease turning them into smoothies in no time at all. I like the cups for this model, like all other Nutri Ninjas, you get 2. 1x 650ml and 1x 500ml. Both come with the Sip n Seal lids for drinks you can have on the go and are easy clean and dishwasher safe.
This model comes with just a single speed setting and one blade but the strong motor can handle ice and raw tough vegetables nuts and seeds. If you are looking for a good brand but are on a budget this is definitely worth considering
When it comes down to it you need to get a quality machine which not only does the job but does it well and lasts. In my opinion these are not only the best blenders under £100 but the best blenders for smoothies overall.
Thank you for reading.