Blend away all the time you used to spend slicing and dicing in the kitchen.
Whether you’re an aspiring chef who wants to step up their cooking game or just someone who wants to make life just that little bit easier at dinner time, a blender could be the solution.
Top 10 food blenders in Australia
The Kenwood Blend X Pro Performance Blender is a strong choice. With three pre-set programs and six heavily reinforced stainless steel blades, this model is easily powerful enough to handle blending for all your smoothies and soups. The blades rotate at 30,000 RPM thanks to the 1600W motor, and the Helix Force blade system allows for two levels of cutting - giving you a comprehensive and efficient method of blending food quickly. It also has a decent capacity of 2 litres, so it’s enough to cater for the family. The RRP for this model is $699, which can be considered high range for a blender of this size.
SMEG products have a reputation for being high quality (it's the go-to brand for most cooking shows and have consistently positive customer reviews). The BLF01CRAU Blender is an effective model with a BPA-free die cast aluminium body and a max revolution per minute number of 18,000. Stylistically this model would fit in well to any 50s-style kitchen, with pastel colouring and a vintage design. The model has 800W power, four speeds and three preset programs (smoothie, ice crush and pulse) to make your cooking experience easier. The RRP for this model is $299, which is mid-range.
Breville’s ‘The Boss’ Super Blender makes the list due to its variety of settings and speeds. With five preset programs (pulse/ice crush, smoothie, frozen dessert, green smoothie and soup) and 12 speed options, it’s easily one of the most comprehensive and customisable blenders on the market. With a 2-litre BPA-free Tritan jug and die cast base, the model is sturdy and durable. It has 2200W of power with an LCD blacklit display and an auto-cleaning function to make life even easier. The RRP for this model is $699, putting it in the higher price range - though with the added features it isn’t an unreasonable asking price.
The Vitamix A3500i Ascent Blender is set apart from other models on this list due to its capacity for Bluetooth integration and wireless connectivity. The model has five program settings (hot soup, smoothie, frozen dessert, cleaning and dips/spreads) and variable speed control, allowing you to create the ideal blend of speed and setting for your meal. It also features interlock technology, which prevents the machine from operating without having a secure lid. The RRP for this model is $1,495, which makes it the most expensive blender on the list - though it comes with a 10-year full warranty.
The Nutri Ninja Duo Blender is a simple, easy model to operate with a 1500W motor that can have you whipping up smoothies in no time. There are five possible speed settings to achieve the result you’re after, with 0.5 litres capacity. Stylistically it has a black finish to suit any kitchen, with pro extractor blades and a safety lock that ensures that no spillage will occur when you use it. The RRP for this model is $199, making it one of the cheapest models on the list and one of the most accessible for families not wanting to splurge on something with extra features.
The Breville Kinetix Twist Blender is an effective blender to add to your kitchen. With a 1.5 litre capacity it’s a suitable model for a small family, and with 1000W it is capable of handling all your blending requirements. It has four speed settings, and with a stainless steel finish you can be sure that it will be durable and match any kitchen. The RRP for this model is $149.95, though you’ll be able to find it cheaper by shopping around.
The George Foreman Mix and Go Blender is a good choice for families who like to create smoothies and iced drinks, as it comes with chill sticks and an ice crushing blade. The RRP for this model is $29.99, which it is one of the cheapest options on the list - thus making it ideal for families who don’t want to break the bank on a blender without knowing they’ll get enough use from it.
The Target TARB100 Blender is one of the most budget-friendly blenders on the market, and still has enough features to ensure your family gets the most out of your blender. With a 500W motor it’s strong enough to blend everyday ingredients with ease, and it has two speeds to choose from - plus a pulse function. With 1.5 litres of capacity, the family is set. The RRP for this model is $29, making it one of the cheapest blenders on the list.
The Sunbeam Two Way Blender is a reliable and effective model from a brand that has long been known for the quality of its small appliances. The two-way function allows the blades to spin both ways, ensuring all food gets drawn in and blended. The model has seven speeds with three pre-programmed recipes. At 2 litres capacity, it’s one of the bigger blenders on the market. The RRP for this model $179, which is on the low to middle range of the price spectrum and is good value for money.
The Kinetix Control Blender is another customisable model that allows you to craft your blended meal to your specifications. It has seven task controls, allowing you to select the option that best suits your undertaking, and an in-built timer for optimal blending. There are two types of blades, one set to crush and chop, and another set to whip and aerate. The RRP for this model is $259.95, but it can be found cheaper at select stores.
What is the difference between a blender and a food processor?
Blenders and food processors have a lot of similarities but they are not, in fact, the same type of appliance. Blenders are far more suited to liquids, and are stronger than food processors when it comes to making smoothies or sorbets. Food processors are generally stronger, with more capacity to work with vegetables, fruits and solid foods. Having said that, blenders nowadays can be strong enough to achieve both, and in some cases have additional accessories designed for that purpose (such as additional blades).
What should I look for in a food blender?
- Capacity: If you have a big family, or regular dinner parties with lots of people over, you are going to want a larger blender. Be sure to check the litre capacity listed on the specs.
- Blades: A wider blade selection will mean you can do more with one kitchen appliance which is clearly a positive thing. However, if you’re less of a cook and do little more than some chopping, grating and blending then consider keeping it minimal to lower the cost. Buying a reputable brand will also ensure that the blades are chip-proof, sharp and will last.
- Power usage: While basic food processors won't take up any more than any other kitchen appliance, it’s always a good idea to check this.
- Warranties: Warranties are easily overlooked until the moment you really need it. Purchasing a reputable food processor from a respected Australian retailer will ensure your consumer rights are protected, and you will be able to repair or replace your purchase if there is a problem.
- Dishwasher safe: Most food processors will have dishwasher-safe parts, but this is such an important point it’s always best to double-check.
- Controls: The majority food processors have three controls: on, off and pulse. For most people this will be more than sufficient, but if you’re really active in the kitchen and want numerous functions, look out for a model than allows you to choose from multiple speeds. This might be helpful for people who bake a lot and need noticeable speed variation between whisking and folding.
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