On a new health kick? Or perhaps you’re trying to squeeze as many fruits and vegetables into your diet as possible? Whatever your reasons for wanting to start exploring the wonderful world of smoothies, it’s time to grab those nutritious and delicious ingredients and get whizzing!
If this is your first foray into all things fresh, fruity, and flavourful, don’t fret: we’ve put together a list of our top five beverage blitzing appliances to help you make the right decision for your needs, budget and, most importantly, kitchen! No matter if you have a wealth of worktop space to play with or you’re a little more limited, you’re sure to find something to spark your culinary creativity among this line up. But, before we head straight into our superb selection of smoothie makers, let’s delve a little deeper into these delightful drinks...
What are smoothies?
Other than yummy, you mean? Simply put, smoothies are drinks made from blended fruits and vegetables. They typically have some kind of liquid base such as water, fruit juice or milk, but you can even use cooled green tea or coconut water if you’d like.
Smoothies can be as fancy or as simple as you like, and there’s a bunch of recipes to try out there. They can be customised to your tastes or what happens to be in your fridge at the time, and can even be blended with your favourite protein powder for a healthy post-workout snack.
Drinking from a glass or travel cup is the traditional way of consuming a smoothie, but in recent years, many people have been turning smoothies into vibrant and attractive smoothie bowls. To make a smoothie bowl, you’ll need to turn your ingredients into a thick soft serve, which is actually far simpler than it sounds! All you have to do is use frozen fruits and veggies (instead of fresh), and cut down the amount of liquid base you use. Blend on low until you reach a creamy consistency, and top with any ingredients you’d like! We recommend crunchy granola, seeds, and fresh fruit for this. Whatever you choose, the possibilities are pretty much endless and a good smoothie definitely beats having the same boring cereal every single morning!
Looking for some scrummy smoothie bowl recipe ideas? Check out the video below. From indulgent chocolate creations to extravagant exotic fruit delights, this video truly has something to tantalise every taste bud.
Are smoothies good for you?
Making a smoothie is a brilliant way to consume some of your recommended five-a-day of fruits and vegetables. The NHS recommends a 150ml serving of unsweetened fruit juice or smoothie a day for the best health benefits.
Smoothies are also a great way to sneak some extra veggies into your diet if you’re not great at putting them on your plate. If you’ve got picky eaters in the family, why not sneak some veggies into that smoothie? Don’t like spinach but know it’s good for you? Pop some in and cover up the taste with other flavours!
If you’re not really a morning person, a smoothie that you can grab as you dash out the door is an easy way to make a quick and healthy breakfast. Portable blenders and smoothie bottles are becoming more and more sophisticated, and these gadgets can make passing up on those tempting pastries in the office much easier.
Is there a difference between a smoothie maker and a blender?
Well, yes and no. Much like the difference between a sweet potato and a yam, all blenders can be smoothie makers but not all smoothie makers can be blenders.
Most blenders can be used to make delicious smoothies. They’re versatile and a great addition to your kitchen. Plus, they often offer jugs with large capacities, variable blade speeds, and sit proudly on your countertop, so are ideal for using every morning. A high-quality blender can cost you a pretty penny, but if you like your smoothies, soups and sauces to be silky-smooth, the extra cost may be worth it.
Smoothie makers are designed specifically with making smoothies in mind. They tend to be smaller, fairly self-contained, and are usually designed to quickly make a single to-go serving - perfect for the busy individuals out there. Additionally, smoothie makers usually only have one speed and can be easily tidied away due to their compact design. Because smoothie makers are designed to do just the one thing, they tend to be more budget-friendly than a larger blender.
OnBuy’s top five smoothie makers
So you’ve decided to start making smoothies. There’s a plethora of blenders, juicers, food processors, and smoothie makers out there, but where do you begin? How do you choose the ‘right’ one? The answer will depend on your budget, lifestyle, and needs.
If you’re only planning on making smoothies and don’t need to consider whether your blender can handle tougher root vegetables or not, a bullet blender or smoothie bottle will do the trick perfectly fine. However, if your budget can stretch a little further or you’d like to make a whole host of culinary delights, you may want to opt for a multi-use blender that will cater to all of your needs. Not got much space? A compact unit would be ideal for not cluttering up your surfaces. There’s a lot of things to consider before purchasing your new appliance, so once you’ve figured out what you’re after, you can whittle down the list and find the perfect one for you.
To help you out, we’ve picked out five of our favourite smoothie makers on the market today, ranging from purpose-made, compact creations to brilliant, multipurpose blenders. So, if you’re ready to explore the wonderful world of smoothies, dive in!
Pros: Jug doubles up as a travel cup for use on the go, compact design makes for effortless storage, recipe ideas included
Cons: Single servings only - not suitable if you’re wanting to make smoothies for the whole family at once, fruit and veg needs to be chopped to fit into the jug
Find yourself dashing to the door every morning without any time to fix yourself a hearty breakfast? Well, with the Breville VBL136 personal blender, you can still enjoy those extra few minutes in bed without having to sacrifice your morning fuel.
Designed with speed and portability in mind, the jug of this nifty smoothie maker doubles up as a handy travel cup, so you can take your drink with you as you head out the door. Simply replace the blade section with the super-seal leak-proof lid and be on your way - think of it as the fresh way to get fast food!
Unlike more cumbersome models, this portable smoothie maker boasts a fabulously compact design that can be left on your worktop for easy access or tucked away into even the tightest of kitchen cupboards. This is both a pro and a con, as it means you can only whizz up a single serving each time. While this may not be a problem for those looking for a nutritious and delicious breakfast for one, it may not be suitable for larger families that also need to whip up brekkie for the kids before they head off to school. The smaller size also means that some larger fruits and vegetables will need to be chopped up before blitzing, which can add a few extra minutes to your morning routine. However, if you prepare in advance, this shouldn’t be a problem at all.
This nifty gadget comes complete with two blending jugs, so both you and your partner can enjoy a scrumptious smoothie on the go. Plus (and perhaps more importantly), you won’t have to rush to clean your dirty beaker as you’ll have a clean one waiting for you - nice! What’s more, it even comes with some mouth-watering recipe ideas, so whether you’re a seasoned smoothie making pro or a total beginner, you’ll be blitzing up some brilliant beverages in no time at all.
Pros: Multifunctional food processor - perfect for smoothies, soups, sauces and more, deceptively compact, variety of settings for different needs
Cons: May be considered overkill if you’re just looking to make smoothies, slightly more expensive than a personal smoothie maker
On the hunt for an all-in-one food processor that has every breakfast, lunch, dinner, drinks and sides covered? Your search ends here! Introducing the Geepas 1200W Compact Food Processor, lovingly nicknamed by the brand as ‘The Ultimate Multi-tasker’ - and we couldn’t agree more!
With this fabulous piece of kit, you can blitz, chop and mix your way to all manner of delicious delicacies. From grinding meat to pulverising chickpeas, crushing ice and, of course, whizzing up smoothies, this must-have kitchen appliance really does it all. Not to mention, it even comes with a pair of dough blades, so it really has everything you ‘knead’ to take your culinary skills to the next level.
Compact by name and nature, this food processor is the epitome of small but mighty. The stylish black and stainless steel design would look impressive on any kitchen worktop, but if you’re limited on space, you can tuck it away without any hassle whatsoever. Even better, with a generous bowl capacity of 1.2L, you can batch blitz smoothies to enjoy throughout the week or whip up a delicious smoothie bowl for the whole family to enjoy each morning - the choice is yours.
While an all-in-one food processor may not be needed by those who just want to create smoothies, it’s certainly a top choice for those who are looking to explore more culinary creations. It comes in at a slightly higher price tag to most personal smoothie makers, but for the wealth of uses it provides, it’s without a doubt worth the extra pennies.
Pros: All-in-one kitchen appliance, generous 2L capacity, 10 speeds
Cons: Can be quite noisy - particularly on the highest speed setting, wide base may make storing difficult if you’re limited on space
Our third choice is yet another all-in-one appliance that’s ideal for those looking to expand their culinary skill set. Just like the Geepas model mentioned above, this brilliant blender is both versatile and practical, boasting a wealth of different speed settings to see you through a whole variety of uses.
When it comes to making delicious drinks, you really can’t go wrong with this fabulous piece of kit. Looking for a milkshake maker? You got it. On the hunt for a juicer? You’re covered. After a smoothie maker? Job done. Boasting eight blades and 10 speed settings, you can crush, blitz, and blend a whole array of beverages in only a matter of seconds - perfect for those last-minute morning rushes.
Plus, with an impressive 2L jug capacity, you can whip up more than enough for all your friends and family at once, ideal for busy breakfasts and casual cocktail evenings alike. The only real downside to this gadget is the base, which appears slightly more cumbersome than some of the other blenders seen on this list. This may not be an issue if you have ample worktop and cupboard space, but it may pose a slight problem if you’re a little more restricted.
Pros: 3-in-1 mixer grinder, powerful 550W motor, comes with three stainless steel grinder jugs with fixed blades
Cons: White and orange design may look out of place in some kitchens, rather cumbersome
Calling all budding chefs and humble home cooks alike - the Geepas GSB5080 food grinder is the ultimate addition to your kitchen. Fantastic for knocking up tempting dishes in a matter of minutes, this 3-in-1 appliance will see you blending, mixing, and grinding your way to a whole host of tasty treats.
Yes, with this fabulous piece of kit, you can prepare absolutely anything, from smoothies to chutneys, spice blends and more - you name it, it does it. Designed for both wet and dry grinding, this must-have appliance will seriously cut down your food prep time. With razor-sharp stainless steel blades and three speed settings, this grinder makes light work of blitzing up ingredients, whether you’re going for silky-smooth or more chunky consistencies.
It comes with three stainless steel grinder jugs with detachable blades, which is ideal if you’re looking to prepare an array of different dishes at once. Even better, each jar comes fitted with an unbreakable see-through polycarbonate jar lid, so you won’t have to worry about any messy leaks, spills, or splashes. Plus, its stay-cool base motor and vacuum rubber feet makes for safe, vibration-free use every time.
The design, which, to us, is reminiscent of a rocket ship, may not be the most aesthetically pleasing for some - but it’ll certainly make an eye-catching element to your worktops! Also, the spherical base juts out quite significantly from the rest of the appliance, so if you’re limited on space, this is something worth considering.
Pros: Ultra-compact, variable speed knob, anti-scratch rim, ‘50s-inspired design
Cons: Additional attachments not included, rather expensive
A slightly different option from the rest, the Smeg HBF01CRUK hand blender may be small, but it certainly packs a punch! Taking the crown as the most compact of all blenders mentioned in this guide, this nifty gadget is ideal for even the smallest of kitchens.
While it may be small, don’t let that put you off. Powered by an impressive 700W motor and fitted with high-quality stainless steel blades, this immersion blender is just as powerful as some of the heftier products in this guide. In fact, it makes light work of crushing and blitzing frozen fruit and ice (without the need for much downward pressure), so there’s not much that this little powerhouse can’t do.
Handheld, you have full control over the consistency of your smoothies - a feature which can’t be said for most other blenders. When it comes to versatility, this hand blender has got you covered. Ideal for creating chunky salsas, smooth cheese sauces and, of course, scrummy smoothies, there’s no end of ways you can use this appliance. Plus, the stainless steel arm is detachable, so you can use an array of different attachments (not included) depending on your wants and needs.
Considering it’s such a small device and it doesn’t come with some of the additions that many of the other blenders in this guide do, it may come as a surprise to some that it’s actually the most expensive item on this list. While it may not be the most budget-friendly choice, it certainly excels in terms of practicality and versatility, so it’s fair to say that it’s well worth the price.
Ready to jump on the blend trend?
It’s never too late to boost your fruit and veg intake - and what better way than with a nutritious and delicious drink? With one of these superb smoothie makers in your kitchen, you can enjoy all the bright flavours and natural sweetness of fruit, with all the goodness and vitamins of vegetables to boot. Plus, you won’t need to head to a juice bar and splash the cash every time you want a scrumptious smoothie, so getting your hands on one of these amazing appliances could even save you money in the long run - bonus!
If our line up has piqued your interest and you're keen to take a look at even more smoothie makers, check out our extensive selection of food preparation appliances. From purpose-made juicers to all-in-one blenders, our online shelves are bursting with everything you need to blitz and blend your way to creating brilliant beverages from the comfort of your own home. So, whether you’re looking to kick-start a healthy lifestyle or sneak in a couple of extra veggies into your kids’ meals, we’ve got you covered.
Seeing as summer is right around the corner, why not use your brand new smoothie maker to make some heavenly yet healthy ice lollies? Simply make up your smoothies as normal, pour into some silicone ice cream moulds, chill in the freezer until frozen and enjoy - it’s really that simple! With a smoothie maker to hand, the possibilities really are endless. So, what are you waiting for? Pick yours up today!
The information in this buyer’s guide is correct at the time of publishing but may be subject to change.