You want a lightweight and stable jug that’s easy to lift, comfortable to hold and stays firmly on the bench. Glass jugs are heavier and prone to breaking if dropped. Plastic jugs are lighter, but may become stained with certain foods like turmeric.
Measurement gradings on the side of the jug can be a useful cooking tool, and indicate how much you can put in your blender.
Check the lid is easy to remove – the suction on some lids can make them tricky to remove.
Sealed controls help keep food out of crevices.
A good-sized chute helps add ingredients without spills while the blender is on. Some blenders come with a tamper so you can safely move ingredients around while the blender is on. Tampers are handy if you’re making nut butters.
Cleaning is easier when the blender has a removable blade.
Some jugs are dishwasher-safe, but check the jug will fit in your dishwasher.
A pulse function gives a short burst of power and is useful for small quantities, especially dry ingredients, to encourage even blending.
Some models come with pre-programmed settings like soup, green smoothie or sorbet.