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Blenders buying guide

Discover the top 5 things you need to know when you’re buying a new blender with our handy guide.

If homemade smoothies, milkshakes and soups are your thing, then you’ll need a blender in your life. You can blitz through ingredients in seconds and make all kinds of nutritious or indulgent treats, making a blender a really useful addition to your kitchen. This guide will help you find the perfect blender for your needs.

Hand or jug

A jug blender comes with a blade at the bottom of the jug, making it the perfect all-in-one blender and decanter for your tasty fruit smoothies. For fuss-free blending, a hand blender is ideal. They have a small blade at the bottom of the ‘wand’, so you can blend straight into a pan or a bowl when you’re making a soup. It’s worth noting that some hand blenders will come with a separate jug – just have a scroll down to the specifications on our product pages for a list of the included accessories.

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Power

When it comes to blending, power is everything. The higher the wattage, the harder your blender will work to break down ingredients quickly and efficiently. If you’re looking to break down tougher foods like seeds and nuts, you’re better off with a model that has a wattage of 1000 or more. It’s also a good idea to consider the quality of the motor. Some blenders are powered by a DC motor which is brushless, making the blender much quieter, more efficient and more durable.

DC motor blenders

Accessories

With most blenders you get a range of accessories included with the product, which means you’re not just limited to one function making life in the kitchen is made a lot easier. Depending on what you plan on using your blender for, it’s a really good idea to check out what your chosen model comes with. Some of the most common additions are whisks and mashers – that’s your main course and dessert taken care of! There are even some that come with choppers, slicing discs and shredders that make preparing vegetables and meats quick and simple.

Blenders with choppers

Blending speed

More speed settings give you more control over your blend. Some softer fruits only need a gentle pulse, while other tougher ingredients will need breaking down with a blast of speed. Most blenders have at least 2 pace settings and this can go up to as many as 15. As well as speeds, there are certain models that have automated programmes for a range of different food types, giving you the perfect blend every time.

Blenders with turbo

Jug

There’s a few things to consider with a blender jug. If you’re mixing up big portions, you’ll need a capacity that’s suitable for the job – between 1.5 and 2 litres should do it. Smaller jugs can double up as a drinking cup, handy if you’re making a quick smoothie to go. Now for the material. If you want something light, go for plastic. But, plastic is known to scratch and can absorb odours, which makes glass a more sturdy and premium alternative. BPA-free plastics combine the best of both as they are strong, light and even look like glass. Have a look through the specifications on the product page to see what you’re chosen blender is made from.