You can spend as little as $30 on a new blender—or well over $500. Paying more generally means better results and more versatility. But there are exceptions, including high-priced models that literally cracked under the pressure of our tough tests and bargain blenders that exceeded expectations. This buying guide will lead you to the best blender for your needs and budget.
Mix It Up With the Best Blender
We test, evaluate, and compare the latest blenders so that you can get the most value for your money.
If you’re just looking to whip up the occasional milkshake or morning smoothie, you’ll want a different model from one you’d use if you’re a fan of whole-fruit juicing with a taste for homemade almond butter. Here are the four main types, from the most-to-least versatile:
“Premium” or “High-Performance”
“Premium” and “high-performance” are terms that manufacturers use. The price tips you off, and these blenders are usually meant to do more than conventional blenders, such as making nut butters or serving up hot soup.
Priced from $300 to $1,000.Blender Ratings
These less expensive models are best for lower-intensity blending tasks, such as milkshakes and fresh fruit smoothies. Forget the hot soup or whole-fruit juicing, and you might have to settle for chunkier frozen cocktails.
Priced from $40 to $150.Full-Sized Blenders Ratings
A relatively new blender category aimed at people who like to take their power shakes and yogurt-based smoothies on the go; mixing containers double as a travel jar. They are not intended for hard-core blending.
Priced from $20 to $100.
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Personal Blenders Ratings
Submerge this cylindrical device with exposed blades directly into the food or drink you’re preparing—say, simmering vegetables in a pot. It’s more of a complement to your countertop blender than a replacement.
Priced from $30 to $240.
other hand blender prices
Lakeland hand blender set
This 600w machine has an impressive number of bells and whistles for the price tag, including separate attachments to blend, whisk and chop. We liked the turbo button for extra oomph and to cope with harder ingredients, as well as the low speed button for softer foods. We also give it brownie points for the ergonomic handle and the ability to change attachments seamlessly with a quick twist. Plus, you get a three-year guarantee. But we’d have liked the attachments to be dishwasher proof.
Buy now £49.99, Lakeland
- Lakeland£49.99Buy now
Sage the control grip all in one hand blender set
Heston Blumenthal had a hand in developing this 700w machine, so it should come as no surprise that there are so many nifty features including a ridiculously fast and effective slicer with a whopping 18 thickness settings, a pushing tool that doubles up as a measuring cup and a variable masher. It also whisks and shreds. Don’t be put off by how bulky it is – it’s neat enough to store – and we love the ergonomic handle. Our only issues with this were that it doesn’t chop as well as it could and we’d have liked a blending beaker to be included.
Buy now £118, Amazon
- Amazon£112Buy now
- ao.com£112Buy now
- Lakeland£129.99Buy now
Braun multiquick3 MQ3025 blender
This 700w machine initially won us over with its chopping attachment which can handle the likes of nuts and herbs – both things that many blenders struggle with. A great option, then, if you want a gadget that also chops well, it also has star qualities when it comes to whisking and whipping. The anti-splash design works well, saving your worktop from being splattered with food, and it has two speeds and a decent grip, as well as being easy to clean. The bowl is a bit on the small side, though.
Buy now £49.99, Currys
Despite coming in at less than thirty pounds, this single-speed 600w blender that chops, blends and purees will do you proud when it comes to the basics such as blending soups, making smoothies or food for babies. It’s quick – faster than others for making soups and mayonnaise, in fact, and you get a beaker thrown in. The detachable parts can be bunged in the dishwasher and it’s comfortable to hold. But it’s quite fiddly to assemble.
Buy now £34.99, Amazon
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- ao.com£40Buy now
Morphy Richards 402060 control blender
This is a bargain for an easy-to-use, no frills 600w stick blender that works well for soups, purees and smoothies. As you might expect at this price, it doesn’t have enough oomph to blitz through harder ingredients and it’s not as fast as some. It’s also quite noisy and you can’t put anything in the dishwasher. But for straightforward, simple tasks, it gets the job done and it’s easy enough to keep clean. And while other machines at this price feel shoddy or have motors that burn out, this feels as though it will last longer.
Buy now £21.99, Amazon
- Amazon£21.85Buy now
- ao.com£22Buy now
Cuisinart 3 in 1 cordless hand blender
If ever there was a kitchen gadget where the cord has the potential to get in the way, it is a hand blender, making this cordless machine an excellent addition to any culinary arsenal, especially if you’re short on plug sockets in your kitchen or may need to move around with it. A full charge gives you 20 minutes of continuous use, which is enough time to easily make a range of creations, and you get five settings and attachments covering all bases, whether it be chopping, pureeing, mixing or whisking. It’s on the heavy side, though, and isn’t our first choice for bulk cooking.
Buy now £100, Amazon
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- Selfridges£130Buy now
Russell Hobbs food collection hand blender 22241
This bargain hand blender is a great option for students and those on a tight budget. It’s no frills, so you don’t get the whizzy extras that come with the pricier machines here, but you do get two speeds and a pulse function for versatility, and the stainless steel blades make short work of pureeing softer ingredients like veg for soups and cooked fruits for puds, plus thickening creams and sauces. It can get hot, so try not to use it for too long, and it’s loud and a bit cumbersome to hold, but for the basics it holds its own.
Buy now £11.34, Amazon
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KitchenAid five speed hand blender
This one looks and feels top quality and we couldn’t fault the array of attachments which mix, blend and chop. It’s one of the best we tried for whisking – eggs whites never looked so fluffy in such a short time and it chops herbs well too, something hand blenders often fall short on. It’s very easy to switch between blades and doesn’t slip out of your hand, but falls short on crushing ice, despite brand’s promises. A great option for deep pots and pans and it’s quiet and easy to store, but the instructions are poor.
Buy now £119, Currys
Bamix swissline hand blender 100.309
This is the mother of all hand blenders, whisking egg whites, grinding spices, mashing potatoes, making mayonnaise and more, with its long list of capabilities including chopping, blending, mincing, pureeing, stirring, beating, frothing and emulsifying. We were particularly intrigued to see if it could live up to its promise of turning cold skimmed milk to the consistency of double cream within seconds and it really does (although we found it failed at crushing ice). It should last you decades but be warned it works differently to other blenders so watch the brand’s YouTube videos to get the most out of it as the instructions aren’t great. It’s a shame the parts aren’t dishwasher friendly.
Buy now £199.99, Amazon
- Amazon£199.99Buy now
The verdict: Hand blenders
The Lakeland hand blender is a mid range option that ticks all the boxes (except being dishwasher proof) and will see you through seemingly endless culinary delights, while the Bamix swissline hand blender is nothing short of incredible, if you can afford it.