Jug blenders come in all sorts of different shapes, sizes and value for money. When buying a jug blender you should ask yourself what you will be using it for the most. If you want to make smoothies for instance, there are smoothie-makers on the market that are much better than jug blenders. As for soups, you can now buy blenders that chop, cook and puree soups, which is much more convenient as you simply put all the ingredients into the one device.
However, if you are looking for an all-round machine that chops, whizzes and blends solids and liquids, you cannot go wrong with a jug blender.
There are some points to consider before you get your money out.
Do you want a basic model that just has one speed? Are all the parts dish-washer safe? Glass jugs will last longer than plastic but are heavier. Do you want extra parts and how easy is it to store when not in use?
Now that we are ready to choose a new jug blender, here are our suggestions:
A cheap blender here but with a good pedigree. Very versatile for the price as you get four separate attachments for making smoothies, soups, dressings, marinades and much more. A really good value for money blender.
During January this jug blender is half price and well worth the money. We like the illuminated control buttons on the front and the simple speed control which is a dial, not settings.
We like this blender as it is so easy to use, you don’t really have to look at the instructions. Nice big jug which measures 1.5L and a choice of two speeds and pulsing action. Added extra of a grinder which makes grinding coffee beans or nuts a cinch.
Very smooth blending here from this Philips Avance glass jug blender, also a very quiet machine to operate. Features the ProBlend 6 star blade which allows for the superior results when blending. Lovely big glass jug of 2L, which gives the blades the chance to work properly and with optimum space.
- Kenwood Blend-X Classic Blender – £99.99
It’s the multi-layered blade that makes this blender stand out from the rest. It slices and blends practically anything you fire at it, including nuts, root vegetables and even ice. Only downside is that not all the parts can go in a dishwasher.
If you are choosing jug blenders based on colour, you might like to know that this one from Smeg comes in six colours, including pink (shown), pastels blue and green and cream. It is easy to use and ideal for everyday blending such as smoothies and soups. Includes a crushed ice function and smoothie programme and has four different speeds and a pulse action.
A nice compact blender that would look good out on the kitchen worktops. It is amazingly quiet when in use, features four pre-set programmes for smoothies etc., and three settings. The whole thing can be taken apart for easy cleaning.
This is one of our favourite jug blenders as it is a good alternative to some of the really expensive ones on the market. It has great features such as an eight-pronged blade that blitzes just about everything, blends both wet and dry ingredients even seeds and grains. Comes in two colours – silver and white.
Part of TV chef Heston Blumenthal’s range, this jug blender really is the business, if you can afford it. Dear Heston has thought of every blending scenario and invented the perfect machine. Contains a patented blade that makes the smoothest soups and smoothies, and includes five pre-set programmes and a whopping 12 speeds. If you think it is expensive, it has actually dropped £50 in price since last year.
Finally, this blender is not just an ordinary blender, hence the price, but it can do some pretty amazing things. It can make soups from scratch, ice cream and smoothies and has all the other functions you would expect in a blender, including chopping, whizzing, blending, grinding and dicing. Our favourite of them all.