Food scientists declared recently that blending your smoothies actually does to nutrients what a flamethrower does to kobe steak – which is why juice “extractors” like the NutriBullet are a fitness fanatic's new best friend. Minimising the amount of heat and oxygen – the sworn enemies of vitamins – added to your spirulina smoothie, it uses special blades and a lower powered 600W motor that teases the goodness out of your fruit and veg rather than smashing it into submission.
Kitchen Aid Artisan
Blender behemoth and all-round top on the line product, the Kitchen Aid 5-speed is instantly recognisable and thoroughly loved by many. Its design is simple, yet unmistakable and available in a seemingly ever expanding range of hues. Five speeds are present, plus a pulse mode and a rather useful dedicated ice crushing mode – great for cocktails.
Vitamix Aspire Black
Far from the best looking blender on this list, the Aspire is more grunt than beauty. You can prepare everything from ice cream, to soups – though best to avoid doing it at the same time. As the 1200w spins it heats up, meaning your soups can go from chopped veg to steaming supper in around five minutes. This is one powerful blender, though you'll have to flex those purse strings to get one.
Bosch Hand Blender
If you're not looking to fill up your kitchen worktops with extra appliances, a hand blender is probably for you. This one from Bosch boasts a powerful 750w motor, paired with a stainless steel foot and great blending abilities. A couple of beakers are included, if you're planning on whipping up enough decimated fruit to save for another day.
Cuisinart 2 in 1 Prep and Blend
The two parts of this machine ensure it can handle a load of kitchen tasks, from slicing and whipping, to blending. The glass jar has a 1.5l capacity, the blades are stainless steal and everything is powered from a 600w motor. A variety of modes are available, including pulse and ice crush.
Kenwood K-Mix Blender
Coming in at a much more manageable price, this tabletop blender still packs a wide range of features, such as a decent 800w motor and a pulse setting. A 1.6l capacity should be plenty of room for the morning smoothie rush, or maybe a Friday night cocktail party. As with many K-Mix products, this blender is available in range of truly bright colours. We're especially taken with the orange version.
Sage Kinetix Control
Long, sweeping blades, paired with the usual crushing ones, ensure this blender is quick and efficient, while getting the most from your produce in the process. 5 modes offer great customisation, allowing you to choose from chopping to liquefying. A powerful 1200w motor is sure to make short work of those morning smoothies.