Perhaps you’re checking out smoothie makers because you’re keen to improve your diet and you’ve clocked the healthy halo that shines above every smoothie. Well, we have good news for you: a small (that’s 150ml small) smoothie counts as one of your five-a-day. The inevitable bad news? You can continue drinking smoothies (and juices) all the live-long day and the powers that be consider that to still be a mere one portion of fruit and veg. That’s because blitzing fruit into smoothie form releases sugars from their natural state, and that’s not great for your teeth.
Still, opting for a smoothie maker over a juicer is a healthier choice. The former pulverises whole fruit and veg so you’ll benefit from their fibrous qualities, while many of the latter separate the juice from the pulp. And there’s also the chance to chuck in a range of other ingredients such as spices, nuts and seeds, which bring their own nutritional benefits.
But perhaps you want a smoothie maker because smoothies are simply delicious, thanks in no small part to the thick and comforting texture, and the fresh flavours of fruit and veg. Well here’s some more good news – there’s nothing wrong with a little indulgence (in moderation, see above).
Whatever your reasons, we’ve sifted through the best smoothie makers on the market to recommend five of the best gadgets for your kitchen.
Best Budget Blender: Breville Blend Active Personal
Available in a range of bold colours including hot pink, blue and lime green, this sporty-looking number is an absolute steal at £20. It comes with two 600ml plastic bottles that attach directly to the base so there’s no need to decant into another vessel if you’re taking it with you to the gym. The protein shaker-esque flip lids won’t look out of place either.
You may need to chop up chunkier ingredients first and you’ll probably need to blend for a little longer than some of its bigger, pricier rivals since the motor’s only 300 watts, but its compact size is great for small kitchens or crowded worktops. £20 (RRP £33), buy on Amazon
Quietest Powerful Blender: Sage By Heston Blumenthal The Boss To Go Blender
For the smoothest of smoothies, this Heston Blumenthal-endorsed appliance is a cut above the rest. The 1,000-watt motor pulverises fruit, vegetables (including tough leaves like kale and spinach), nuts and ice in an instant, but despite its mighty motor it’s pretty quiet. With a brushed aluminium base and stainless steel components, it’s reassuringly sturdy and comes with two shatter-resistant beakers and travel lids. The cups, lids and blade can all be thrown into the dishwasher and there’s a full-colour recipe book included so you’re never wanting for smoothie inspiration. £85, buy on John Lewis
Best Value Blender: Salter Nutri Pro 1000
This super-charged bullet-style blender originally retailed at £150 but is now widely available for less than £40. Its large, heavy base is fitted with a powerful 1,000-watt motor and while it may be a little loud, it’s very effective at chomping through fruit and veg. It comes with three blending receptacles: two 800ml cups and a taller one litre beaker. Salter’s also thrown in a handy recipe book of 50 concoctions to slurp your way through. £40 (RRP £150), buy on Amazon
Best Multi-Tasker Blender: Nutri Ninja Complete Kitchen System
In addition to making top-notch smoothies, the Nutri Ninja is also adept at chopping, slicing and shredding vegetables, kneading dough, and blending soups, purées and frozen drinks. Its Auto IQ programme lets you bung ingredients into a jug or cup, press a button and stand back as it works its magic. The beefy 1,500-watt motor offers an array of blending functions that blitz through ingredients in next to no time and it comes with a range of accessories including jugs, cups, blades, shredding and grating discs, and a feeding chute. Ironically for a product called Ninja, it’s very loud, but it deals with pretty much any task in a matter of seconds so the volume’s worth putting up with. £150 (RRP £200), buy on Argos
Best Compact Blender: Philips Daily Collection Mini Blender
This basic blender is powerful enough to blitz through fruit, vegetables, nuts, coffee and herbs with ease, and thanks to its small footprint it won’t take up much room on your worktop. The blade is detachable and you can pop all the removable parts in the dishwasher for easy cleaning. You’ll need to blend your ingredients together in the jug before pouring your smoothie into one of the drinking vessels provided: a sturdy beaker or a sports bottle with a flip-top lid. £30.49, buy on Amazon