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We’ve tested 49 hand-held and benchtop blenders.

Hand-held blenders are great for whipping up purees or soups. Benchtop blenders are ideal for crushing ice or making smoothies. Now there are “super” blenders, which can process nuts and seeds, create sorbet from frozen fruit or make dough. We’ve tested each type and discuss the features to look for.

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Types of blender

Hand-held blenders

Just the thing for puréeing a soup or knocking up a smoothie, hand-held blenders have advantages over traditional benchtop styles. They're convenient, cleaning is easier and they take up less room in your cupboard. They're much cheaper, too.

All stick blenders can blend or puree soft foods and some also have attachments to chop, grind and process hard foods.

Benchtop blenders

Benchtop blenders are the workhorses of the kitchen – for our test we pureed soup, crushed ice and chopped carrots. We've recently added two new tests – making a green smoothie and blending kale. This means you can’t directly compare our latest test results with our previously tested models.

Benchtop blenders come with a jug, useful for whizzing up smoothies and drinks. They can tackle heavy-duty tasks such as crushing ice or frozen fruit.

Super blenders

"Super" blenders can do more than a regular benchtop blender – they can process raw ingredients into a hot soup, process nuts and seeds into a paste, make sorbet from frozen fruit, and mill grain into flour.

Our tests for super blenders included making nut butter, sorbet from frozen fruit, and dough.

Compare all types of blenders we've tested

Benchtop blender features

If you're choosing a new benchtop blender, here's what to look for.

  • You want a lightweight and stable jug that's easy to lift, comfortable to hold and stays firmly on the bench.
  • 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.
  • Cleaning is easier when the blender has a removable blade.

Hand-held blender features

If you're thinking about buying a hand-held blender, here's what to consider.

  • Comfort: The blender should be easy to hold – so try out the grip to make sure it fits your hand. A non-slip grip makes it less likely the blender will slip from your grasp.
  • Controls: These should be large, easy to operate and clearly labelled. The on/off button should be within easy reach. A seal over the controls will stop food from getting in.
  • Cleaning: The motor unit mustn't be placed in water – so look for a blender with a detachable blade or shaft. Dishwasher-safe attachments make cleaning even easier.
  • Safety: The blender should have a stop-release mechanism so that it will stop whenever you take your finger off the control button.
  • Blade guard: There should also be a guard around the blade to prevent accidental contact - but you need to take care because the guards could damage bowls and saucepans. A pan guard prevents this scratching.

Some models have extra features

  • Whisk – for whipping cream and beating eggs.
  • Processor – good for chopping raw vegetables or grinding nuts (but only small amounts at a time). It's a separate unit similar to a small food processor. A rubber base on the attachment will provide stability while you're using it.
  • Pulse – useful for small quantities of dry food. Activating the pulse button gives you short bursts of power that help to distribute the load and ensure the food is uniformly chopped.
  • Wall mount – for easy and accessible storage.
  • A jug is useful for blending.

Breville awarded Top Brand

The Top Brand award recognises brands that perform consistently well across product testing, reliability and customer satisfaction.

We have awarded Breville our 2016 Top Brand award for blenders. It had the best test performance backed up with good reliability and owner satisfaction.

Reliability

We received information on 1927 blenders in our 2016 appliance reliability survey.

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