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12 Best Smoothie Makers To Blend the Perfect Healthy Breakfast or Post-Workout Snack

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Buying a smoothie maker may feel like a big purchase, but it could save you money in the long-term and set you up for better sporting performances.

Whether it's starting your day with a dose of goodness or recovering post-workout, freshly blended smoothies are a great way to fuel up fast. Shop-bought smoothies and pre-made protein shakes may taste good but they’re often expensive and packed with added sugar.

Making your own smoothies means you can zero in on what you need and like: Try adding protein powder for muscle repair, oats for energy and turmeric for post-exercise inflammation, or make one of these 23 healthy smoothie recipes. With that in mind, we set out to find the best smoothie makers.

What's the difference between a smoothie maker and a blender?

The difference between a smoothie maker and a blender is that smoothie makers make one drink at a time to minimise waste. Once your smoothie is ready, the jug turns into a cup that you can grab and go. Blenders tend to be bigger and more powerful because you can use them for lots of different things, but they lack the portability of smoothie makers and usually cost more.

Most smoothie makers are incredibly simple to use - click the jug in place, whizz the fruit up and that's it. Fancy features tend to be thin on the ground but look out for vacuum blending technology that helps lock in nutrients for an additional healthy boost.

How we test

To find the best smoothie makers, our expert tester judged each machine for ease of use, leakage, design, clarity of instructions and the taste of the blended smoothie. We experimented with fruits and more fibrous greens, as well as crushing ice (unless the manufacturer advised against it).

12 Best Smoothie Makers

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NINJA Blender with Auto-iQ BN495UK

With three power levels and a pulse button, our winner makes seriously smooth 600ml drinks in seconds —  there’s even an LED countdown timer to let you know how long is left. It’s tough enough to crush raspberry seeds and was a doddle to use. Oh, and there’s a recipe book for fresh ideas.

  • Fast
  • LED countdown timer
  • Dishwasher safe

  • None
Best smart smoothie maker
NutriBullet Balance Smart Food Blender

This blender is a true fitness buddy. Its accompanying app helps you weigh fruit and veg and tells you how nutritional your smoothie is. Download it and you’ll find tons of yummy recipes on there, too. 

Five power levels allow for greater control over the blending and every smoothie we made came out velvety and delicious. The two 930ml cups it comes with can go in the dishwasher, meaning less time cleaning up and more time getting sweaty.

  • Connects to a health app
  • Five power settings
  • Dishwasher safe

  • Struggles to pulverise seeds
Best vacuum smoothie maker
Tefal Freshboost Vacuum BL181D65

This versatile vacuum smoothie maker may be on the steep side, but it comes with a two-year guarantee and a generous ten-year repair warranty. 

It scored almost full marks for performance, just falling short due to not completely blitzing ice and raspberry seeds. The lid was quite stiff to attach and remove from the cup, especially after vacuum blending, but on the whole, you get your money's worth.

  • Vacuum technology
  • Multiple settings
  • Dishwasher safe
Best for value
VonShef UltraBlend Smoothie Maker

Non-slip feet help this stout smoothie maker stay firmly put as it makes easy work of fruit, seeds and ice. It takes leafy greens (remember all those important kale benefits!) in its stride too, so don’t worry about them getting tangled up. 

Rest assured that the 500ml and 800ml cups are totally leakproof, so you can pop your smoothie into your sports bag worry-free. It’s excellent value for money at under £50 and compact enough to store in smaller kitchens, too. The only downside is that it’s not dishwasher-friendly.

  • Price
  • Strong crushing power
  • Leakproof cups
  • Non-slip feet

  • Not dishwasher safe
Best for accessories
NutriBullet 600 8 Piece Set

For a reliable all-round performer, look to this great-value smoothie maker from a trusted brand. Fit foodies will appreciate the accompanying pocket nutrition guide and recipe book, as well as the generous range of accessories, including extra blades for milling dry ingredients, a tall 680ml cup and a smaller 500ml carry mug. It breaks down everything fully except seeds, which disrupt the otherwise smooth mixture. It’s compact enough to tuck away in a small cupboard and shuts down automatically if it overheats.

  • Price
  • Nutrition guide
  • Accesories
  • Compact

  • Struggles to break down seeds
  • No pouring lip on jug
Best for capacity
NutriBullet 1200

It can be tricky to know when your smoothie is as smooth as smooth can be, but this bullet blender automatically stops once it’s ready. 

There’s the option to keep it blending until you ask it to stop, too. It comes with a book full of easy and delicious recipes and effortlessly processes ingredients of all textures, including ice. 

The leak-proof cups are big - just under one-litre each - which is ideal for making a smoothie to drink throughout the day, but less so if you have small hands and want to carry them about. One chunky cup has a handle, which helps.

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  • Big capacity
  • Powerful

  • Price
  • Cups are hard to hold
Best budget buy
Wilko Black 1000W Power Blender Plus

Despite the bargain price, the 1000W motor on this smoothie maker is a real beast, tearing through everything we threw at it. The simple design should complement most kitchens and it comes with a choice of 500ml and 800ml cups. All in all, we were seriously impressed.

  • Price
  • Multiple cup sizes
  • Leak-proof cups

  • Not dishwasher safe
Best for storage
NutriNinja Slim Blender and Smoothie Maker

The sleekness of this slim smoothie maker belies its power. It quickly pulverised thicker fruit like grapes and apples and coped well with ice and oats, too. Raspberry seeds got the better of it though, adding unwanted crunch to our drink. 

It’s only got one power setting and there aren’t any buttons - simply push down on the bottle to start - meaning it couldn’t be easier to use. Handily, it comes with two 470ml bottles for taking out with you, but note that these aren’t leakproof.

  • No buttons to navigate
  • Price
  • Compact

  • No big capacity option
  • Not leakproof
Best for beginners
Salter EK2002V2 NutriPro Blender

Simple yet robust, this speedy smoothie maker packs a punch with its high-powered motor and multipurpose blades that chop, crush and extract all the good stuff. It lacks the bells and whistles of pricier models but makes a savvy choice for blending beginners. 

It’s intuitive to use and the two included 800ml cups have flip-top lids for on-the-go fuel-ups. The 50 recipes featured in the instruction manual offer fruity inspiration to get you off and running, literally. 

  • Powerful
  • Easy drink lids
  • Lots of recipes

  • Basic
Best cordless smoothie maker
Smoovii Blender

Finally, a portable option that doesn’t run out of battery after blending a single strawberry! One full charge lets you whip up 25 shakes, making this affordable cordless machine a reliable buy for office smoothies al-desko. 

It’s compact for faff-free storage and comes in a choice of jazzy purple or lime green. Our only niggle is that it proved slightly tricky to clean the blades without getting the USB port wet.

  • Portable
  • Fast
  • Compact

  • Hard to clean
Best for easy cleaning
Cuisinart Cordless on the Go Blender

If, like us, you find hand wash-only items more hassle than they’re worth, you’ll appreciate this blender’s dishwasher-safe cup and easily detachable blades. Sturdier than most cordless models, it stays stable on your worktop and crushes ice with ease. 

Given its high-end price tag, its inability to blend hot liquids feels like a let-down, and it also struggled to pulverise raspberry seeds and grape skins. Still, it impressed us overall, and will certainly bring some sleek style to your kitchen. 

  • Dishwasher-safe
  • Sturdy
  • Stylish

  • Expensive
  • Can't blend hot liquids
  • Struggles to break down seeds
Best for grab and go smoothies
Breville Blend Active Personal Blender VBL062

This basic blender isn’t hugely powerful, so don’t expect it to blitz orange pith and seeds, but it’s more than capable of crushing soft berries into a delicious smoothie. 

Simple but effective, it’s fully leak-proof and comes with two 600ml bottles with sports lids, ready to take to the gym. Best of all, the removable parts are dishwasher safe, right down to the blades!

  • Cheap
  • Leak-proof
  • Dishwasher-safe

  • Not very powerful
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