8 Best Smoothie Makers 2022 UK

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With global warming, a smoothie breakfast in the garden seems like a nice way to start the day. And the fastest way to make one is to invest in a dedicated smoothie maker.

We’ve tested a range of personal blenders to find ones that will look stylish on your kitchen counter and also mix deliciously smooth drinks.

Are smoothie makers better than blenders?

Although smoothie makers and blenders perform similar tasks on paper, in practice blenders are the most versatile, as they also handle tasks such as pureeing vegetables for sauces or soups. They are also more powerful and have more settings, but they cost more and take up a lot more space.

Their smaller counterparts are designed to mix smaller amounts, which should reduce food waste. Practically, their jugs also often turn into travel mugs. Plus, they’re less expensive and can be easier to clean due to their small size.

What works best for you will depend on the tasks on your cooking to-do list and the space in your kitchen. If you love fruity drinks, a dedicated smoothie maker is definitely the smartest investment.

Before buying, consider its capacity; if you’re serving two rather than one, a larger pitcher will save you time. Also look at the gear range. Usually one pulse setting and one standard cycle is sufficient. All additional modes will allow you to adjust the mixture to your ingredients.

How We Test Smoothie Makers

Our home tester expert tried 47 different smoothie makers to find their top picks. They made four different drinks — berries, mixed fruit, citrus, spinach and kale — to analyze how they worked with various ingredients. They also tested the quality of each shaved ice (unless otherwise specified by the manufacturer).

Overall, each was rated on performance, ease of use, product design and instructions, and the water resistance of their carafes.

Grab your bowl of fruit and get started with our pick of the best smoothie makers.

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Best All-Purpose Smoothie Maker

Ninja Foodi Power Nurtri Blender 2 in 1 with Smart Torque & Auto-iQ CB100UK

Having nearly scored top marks in our tests, a range of pre-programmed settings allow you to tailor each blending pattern to your ingredients.

The results were impressive; we enjoyed smooth, velvety drink after drink, even mixing ice cubes and apple skins. The Nutri Bowl attachment would come in handy if you like a smoothie bowl or nut butter, and its sturdy non-slip feet keep it firmly in place.

Key specs
Maximum capacity: 0.7L
Settings: Pulse, mix, mash, blend and powermix
Dishwasher safe carafe: Yes

Best investment

Wise boss to take away

This premium blender looks good and works just as well. When tested, it stood out for its intuitive push-button design and full intensity and pulse settings that combine for silky-smooth drinks.

As with most blenders we tried, the berry seeds remained whole and we found some unblended pineapple in our green smoothie. It cleans up well, but there are no measurement marks on its cups.

The accompanying cookbook deserves an honorable mention; it was particularly detailed, providing endless smoothie inspiration.

Key specs
Maximum capacity: 0.5L
Settings: manual and pulse
Dishwasher safe carafe: Yes

Purchase at the best budget

Breville VBL241 Blend Active Blender Compact Food Processor

Affordable and hard working, this smoothie maker is a brilliant buy. It proved adept at blending all ingredients, including ice – only berry seeds slipped through its blades without being crushed.

Our tester also liked its easy-to-read measuring marks and found the lid to be a reliable and clean pourer. Note that you will need to hold down its fusion button for the duration of use.

Key specs
Maximum capacity: 0.6L
Settings: manual and pulse
Dishwasher safe carafe: Yes

Best travel mug

NutriBullet 1000 Series

We really liked this colorful kitchen addition. Its smart technology particularly impressed; it only has one setting, but it senses when the blades need to change speed for the smoothest results.

And they were smooth – again, the berry seeds were the only ingredient that didn’t disappear into the drink. It also comes with a large and sturdy travel mug, making it ideal if you often eat lunch on the go.

Key specs
Maximum capacity: 0.93L
Settings:
Manual
Dishwasher safe carafe: Yes

Quietest smoothie maker

Zwilling Finallyigy Personal Blender

With its Art Deco-style tumbler, this sleek smoothie maker will look great on your kitchen counter. It’s also easy to see how much of each ingredient you’re putting in, with clear measuring marks, while reliably blending and grinding.

It’s on the quieter side – its 89 decibel rating is six decibels below average. The base shook a bit if we didn’t hold it down during the test, but its lid was securely attached.

Key specs
Maximum capacity: 0.55L
Settings: Legumes and smoothies
Dishwasher safe carafe: Yes

Best vacuum smoothie maker

Tefal Freshboost BL181D65 vacuum cleaner

The most technical smoothie maker we tested, this one will lock in maximum nutrients. Its sous vide blend settings claim to preserve vitamins and provide better blending and taste.

Results tend to appear clearer and brighter, and we noticed the ingredients stayed combined for longer, rather than separating after a few hours – perfect if you’re having breakfast at the office, for example.

These programs took longer than its manual setting (110 seconds versus 14) but if you have the patience, the drinks are worth the wait.

Key specs
Maximum capacity: 0.6L
Settings: Blend, vacuum, vacuum blend and pulse
Dishwasher safe carafe: Yes

The best compact smoothie

Moulinex High Speed ​​Blender & Personal To-Go Smoothie

Running out of storage space? This slim smoothie maker will fit inside. It only has one setting and you have to hold the button down the whole time you use it, but its blades have proven to be more than capable, crushing ice unscrupulously.

Large chunks of fruit were more troublesome, so cut them thinly before blitzing and it should serve you well.

Key specs
Maximum capacity: 0.6L
Settings: Manual
Dishwasher safe carafe: Yes

The best wireless smoothie

Cuisinart Cordless On-The-Go Blender

If power outlets in your kitchen are scarce or poorly placed, then this cordless smoothie maker should make your life easier. Its manual blending cycle shone our smoothies well, with just tough ingredients like kale and apple resisting the blades.

We also found its one-minute cycle more than enough – most were done in 45 seconds. Plus, its mug is dishwasher-safe and leak-proof. Then, when it needs a recharge, you can plug it in somewhere out of the way and it’ll be ready to go the next time you need it.

Key specs
Ability: 450ml
Power levels: Manual
Dishwasher: Yes

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