The best blenders for 2019
Blend away all the time you used to spend slicing and dicing in the kitchen.
Whether you’re looking for an easy way to introduce some more fruit and veg into your life or are just looking to make life that little bit easier at dinner time, a blender could be the solution. Allowing you to chop, crush or puree ingredients, blenders are an incredibly versatile and convenient appliance to have in your kitchen.
To help you find a model worth investing in, we've compared the customer ratings across high-volume small appliance sites The Good Guys and Harvey Norman. We found the blender models available across both stores and aggregated the scores buyers gave each product. Here are the ones they loved the most:
Overall customer rating: 5/5
If you're making smoothies for the whole family or need to prep large quantities of veggies for a family dinner, the Sunbeam Two-Way Blender is hard to beat. A large 2L capacity jug lets you handle large batches with ease while the two-way function allows blades to spin both ways, ensuring all ingredients get drawn into the vortex and blended out smoothly.
- Switch between seven speed settings, including three pre-programmed recipes (Smoothie, Chop/Salsa and Milkshake) or four manual settings.
- A powerful 1,100W motor delivers faster, more consistent results.
- Non-skid feet keep the blender in place, even on the fastest speed setting.
Overall customer rating: 4.9/5
Boasting great customer ratings and a price tag a little over $100, the NutriBullet 600W Blender proves that quality products don't have to be expensive. The blender's Cyclonic Action breaks through seeds, thick stems and tough skin to quickly deliver your ingredients lump-free. It's also a breeze to operate with no buttons needed. All you have to do is lock the cup onto the power base and press down until your ingredients look smooth.
- Pieces are dishwasher safe for an easy cleaning experience (excluding power base and blade holders).
- 700ml cup accommodates up to 5 servings of fruits and vegetables.
- Comes with a Pocket Nutritionist recipe book to help you get the maximum health benefits out of your blender.
Overall customer rating: 4.6/5
Featuring a 1,000W electric motor and Pro Extractor blades, the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ One Touch Blender allows you to power through dense foods easily for a truly smooth result. The Auto-iQ technology also makes life easy by offering smart, timed programs to suit all your mixing needs.
- Comes with 3 different sized cups (500ml, 700ml and 900ml) as well as 3 Sip & Seal lids so you can drink on the go.
- Choose from three smart modes including Pulse, Blend and Ultra Blend for complete control with just one touch.
- Features dishwasher-safe parts for easy cleaning.
Overall customer rating: 4.6/5
A simpler version of the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ, the Nutri Ninja Pro Blender is a great fuss-free blender with an accessible price tag. Though at 900W, it's a little less powerful than the Auto-iQ, the Nutri Ninja Pro features the same Pro Extractor blades that easily cut through ice, frozen food and other tough ingredients. It's also incredibly simple to use with its easy push-down start function.
- Includes 2 cups with 500ml and 650ml capacity respectively.
- BPA-free cups feature Sip & Seal lids so you can easily transport your creation to work, the gym or wherever you need to go.
- Includes a guide of 30 recipes to inspire healthy eating habits.
Overall customer rating: 4/5
Breville's Kinetix Twist Blender offers the user an easy and efficient blending experience. With 4 speed options, 1,000W of power and a 1.5L capacity, the model is more than capable of handling all of your blending requirements. It also features a citrus cone lid for juicing, helping you to nail making the perfect cocktail or smoothie.
- Kinetix Blades pull ingredients downwards while whipping and aerating them for thorough processing.
- A durable, shatterproof jug that's been made to last, even after hundreds of dishwashing cycles.
- A sleek, stainless steel design easily blends into any kitchen decor.
What is the difference between a blender and a food processor?
Blenders and food processors have a lot of similarities but they aren't the same type of appliance. Blenders are far more suited to liquids and creating smoothies or sorbets. Food processors, meanwhile, have a better capacity for working 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 to look for in a blender
While blenders do not differ greatly in functionality, they do come with various features which are suited to different lifestyles. Before purchasing a blender you may want to consider the following:
- Capacity. If you have a big family or regularly cater for large groups of people, you may want to invest in a blender with a large capacity of around 1.5–2L. If you're just making the occasional smoothie for yourself, on the other hand, you might want to look for something 1L or under.
- Warranties. Warranties are easily overlooked until the moment you really need them. Warranties will ensure your consumer rights are protected and will allow you to repair or replace your purchase if a fault arrises.
- Dishwasher safe. Blenders with dishwasher-safe parts are incredibly convenient, especially for those with limited time. If you don't want to deal with the clean-up process post-smoothie, check to see if the parts have been made to handle dishwasher cycles.
- Controls. For many people, basic functions such as blend and pulse are sufficient for their blending needs. If you like to have a little more control in the kitchen though, look out for a model that allows you to choose from multiple speeds and/or settings. This may be helpful for people who bake a lot and need noticeable speed variation between whisking and folding.
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