Best Smoothie Blenders in Australia : Reviews & Buyer's Guide
Whether you’ve recently discovered the world of fitness, are looking to beat the heat of the summer, or just want dinner time to be an easier affair (in terms of the prepping and cooking), blenders present the perfect solution! Versatile like Meryl Streep, you can crush, chop and puree ingredients with these little genius machines, making life all that easier and more convenient.
However, the sheer number of options out there can be quite overwhelming. What if you end up picking a blender that just won’t blend consistently, leaving tiny undesired chunks of ice and fruit in your smoothie or chops your veggies into shapes as varied as the pebbles on a beach? With so many different features, sizes, shapes and individual requirements, how do you pick a blender that perfectly suits your needs? What are the factors that let you recognize a good blender when you see one?
Buyer’s Guide: How to Find the Best Smoothie Blender for You!
Making your own blended drinks at home can be fun, easy and over in a matter of seconds (right from preparing to consuming to cleaning), provided you have the right blender. Apart from speed, blenders present a whole world of benefits, such as:
Additionally, a good blender will last you for a long time to come and is sure to be a great addition to your kitchen.
But wait! What if you already have a food processor?
Well, both machines look extremely similar but it ends there; that’s about all they have in similar. If you want a multi-functional, versatile piece of equipment that can get the job done in seconds, we’d still recommend that you get yourself a blender. Though we don’t want to take away anything from the efficiency of food processors, they’re a better option for those who only want a machine that chops, shreds and dices food, minus the blending.
Blenders, on the other hand, though not designed specifically to chop, mince or dice, still manage to get the job done efficiently; if you’re not too picky about your fruits and veggies being “MasterChef” quality, you can mince and chop by using the “pulse” function. (However, if you are picky about “MasterChef” quality, an increasing number of models are available with specific chopping and dicing functions, as well.).
Therefore, the bottom line is that though both machines are built for different purposes, the humble blender manages to be one step ahead of the processor for being able to efficiently do the processor’s job as well as its own!
Types of Blenders
Before you decide what features you want in your blender, it’s important to know that there are 3 different types of blenders, each with its own features and purposes — the stick blender, bullet blender and full-sized blenders.
Full-Sized Blenders: Full-sized blenders are the most powerful of the lot, equipped with fast-spinning blades and a super-powerful motor. Therefore, these blenders, though great for almost all blending tasks, are ideal for heavy-duty tasks such as crushing ice, making extremely smooth smoothies and soups, and ice creams. Naturally, being full sized, these blenders have more volume capacity, but that means that they also take up more bench space and tend to be bulky; they’re also the most expensive blender type out there.
Stick Blenders: Also known as “hand blenders” and “immersion blenders”, stick blenders are a great option if you want to blend food or drinks directly, such as blending food while it’s cooking on the stovetop, instead of transferring it into a full-sized blender to get the job done. Sleek and slim, stick blenders are easy to store, occupying minimal space but with their limited power, they are ideal only for light tasks.
Bullet-Type Blenders: Bullet-type blenders are the perfect solution to anyone looking for a blender that is portable without compromising on its power. Less expensive than full-sized blenders, these blenders are great for on-the-go drinks and smoothies and as they mix ingredients in a cup that you can drink from, they work great as single-serve blenders.
What to Look for in a Blender
One of the most important factors to look out for in a blender is its power; a high-power blender is indicated by the presence of strong motors with more horsepower and higher wattage and is capable of producing faster, better-blended results.
The higher the wattage, the more the power; therefore, high-wattage blenders are great when you require a blender that can run efficiently for long hours and get more work done. They’re especially helpful to people running home businesses or home-studio chefs who are just starting out.
A blender with a 1500-watt motor that can max out 2-3 HP can easily crush ice, blend nuts into butter and even grind grains into flour. Due to the high friction of the blades and the speed of operation, the food inside may tend to get heated; this may not always be beneficial but it is great when it means that you can cook a blended soup in the blender!
Blenders that are slightly less-powered (1100-watt range) can still crush ice and grind nuts and hard foods such as apples and carrots, but naturally, not as efficiently as their higher-powered counterparts. These blenders are better for lighter tasks like pureeing cooked vegetables and fruits and making smoothies.
Blenders with a power capacity any lesser than this are great for light drinks and blending soft foods (such as milk, berries and yoghurt) but not crushing ice or grinding hard food.
Blenders are available in a range of different sizes; therefore, decide how much blending you’ll be doing in one shot. For single-serve smoothies or smaller amounts of sauces and purees, smaller capacities (under 1 litre) are great (such as bullet-blenders), whereas blenders with a higher capacity (1.5-2 litres) are necessary if you intend to make smoothies or soup for the whole family.
If you’re worried that you might have to spend a large amount on getting a full-sized blender for a large capacity, you can work around this problem by getting a stick blender. In that case, all you’ll require is a bowl of the desired capacity; of course, your hands may end up hurting, but hey, no pain no gain, right? A relatively small price to pay for the substantial amount of money you’ll end up saving!
Most blenders come with a range of different speeds, especially stick blenders and full-sized blenders as they’re also used for cooking. Bullet blenders, on the other hand, generally operate only at one speed, though you do have the option to pulse when required. Some blenders come equipped with pre-set default speed-time combinations, designed for various tasks of specific nature, such as pureeing, crushing ice or making smoothies.
The amount of working space or bench space you have influences your blender-buying decision; as mentioned earlier, conventional blenders are bulky, space consuming and can be as tall as 20 inches or 50.8 cm! Sure, more volume and power, but that also means bigger size and hence, more space required. Personal blenders are shorter (generally 13-16 inches tall), whereas immersion blenders are hand held and hence, can be easily stored in a drawer.
Anyone who says the price doesn’t matter is either lying or related to Warren Buffet; the price matters not just because you’ll be paying out of your hard-earned savings but because it defines what type of blenders are available to you!
If your budget is under $100, chances are that you’ll mostly find low, or at most, medium-quality full-sized blenders. However, you’re sure to find affordable immersion blenders of decent quality (and even great quality, closer to $100) within that budget. For a budget ranging from $100 to $200, you’ll still mostly find medium-quality full-sized blenders, though they may come with more accessories. You’ll also chance upon the occasional high end and fancy bullet or stick blenders in this range, with powerful motors and high-quality builds.
For a top-tier full-sized blender, be prepared to shell out anything between $200 to $500 (and higher, in some cases!); these blenders are heavy duty in every sense — in their build as well as their performance! At higher prices, you not only get more accessories but also more power.
A lot of people are more than happy with dual-functional blenders that only blend and pulse; however, for the aspiring master chefs out there, more controls are necessary, such as multiple speeds, default or pre-programmed modes, automatic one-touch functioning, and the like.
However, whatever controls you may or may not choose to have, we highly recommend that you get a blender with a pulse function, as this makes it much easier when chopping up hard food items like ice and frozen foods.
There is also a range of additional features that you could consider when getting yourself a blender, such as:
Now that you have a slight idea of what to look for in a blender, here are our top blender reviews!
If you don’t mind paying extra for a top-tier, state-of-the-art blender that adds a whole new level of smoothness and silkiness to your smoothies, the Vitamix 5200 Professional Grade is it!
More expensive than most similar competitor models, the Vitamix 5200 completely justifies its price tag with a 2-litre capacity, aircraft-grade stainless-steel blades and tons of advanced features that.
Oh, and did we mention the blender-based recipe book and DVD?
Good things come in small packages and so it is with the Nutribullet 900W NB9-0507, a step up from the company’s original 600 series;
this compact-yet-powerful 5-piece machine comes with 900 watts of power and the capacity to break down tough ingredients like seeds and whole fruit without breaking a sweat, or even better, one of its parts!
You’re sure to love this “boss” full-sized blender if you’re someone who loves effortless ice crushing, smooth soups and silky smoothies!
Equipped with a high-velocity blade-and-bowl system that’s uniquely designed, 1,500 watts and not 1 but 3 stainless-steel blades, you can imagine the kind of power and quick work that the Breville the Boss blender is capable of!
Perfect for blending both hot and cold foods thanks to its thermo-resistant glass, the Kenwood kMix Bench Blender is all kinds of high-performing and good looking!
Its removable stainless-steel blades ensure perfect, consistent blending each time, whereas its 1.6-litrecapacity makes it a great option for those who blend in big batches!
With a 2200-watt motor and 42,000 RPM, you bet that the Logik Octablend 2200W blender would be the most powerful blender on our list!
Affordable and equipped with tons of great features, the manufacturers of this blender claim that you’re only limited by your imagination when it comes to using this blender!
Top Recommended for Smoothies — Vitamix 5200
When it comes to making the smoothest smoothies, we believe that very few blenders can do the amazing job that the Vitamix 5200 is capable of, even better than the Nutri Ninja model on our list.
With 1400 watts of pure power and 3-inch laser-cut stainless-steel blades time boot, this blender will not only make quick work of any fruit or vegetable you put into it, but also give you smoothies with consistent silky-smooth consistency.
Want to add ice? Not a problem; this blender can crush ice like the last season of GoT crushed our collective souls. Bad comparisons apart, you get the point!
Blenders that have less powerful motors will give you chunky smoothies, which quite frankly, defeats the purpose of a smoothie, don’t you think? And even if you did manage to get the desired consistency, your blender may just wear out faster as the motor and the blades have to work that much harder for it, unlike the Vitamix’s powerful motor that is specifically designed to give you quick and smooth results.
Additionally, the blender also comes with variable speed control, letting you fully control how fast you want the machine to go and ergo, how smooth you want your smoothie to be.
Best Budget Pick — Nutribullet 900W
Compact yet powerful, the Nutribullet 900W’s price tag belies its amazing power and outstanding features. For a price well below $130, this blender comes with a pocket nutritionist, a manual, a recipe book, 5 different pieces, an efficient lid, a high-torque base and 900 watts of power; you’d be hard pressed to find another blender that can max out this much power and these many features at such a reasonable price!
In a market of overpriced models with half-baked efficiency and cheap products of even cheaper quality, lower efficiency and questionable durability, the Nutribullet 900W shows you that all hope isn’t lost — you can still find a blender that fits in your budget but performs like competitors three times its price. This blender more than justifies its “best budget” title
The Final Word
If you thought buying a blender was easy, you’re right! It absolutely is, provided you know what you’re looking for and hopefully, this article has helped you realize what you should be looking for in a blender. The right blender is the one that perfectly fits your needs so ensure you know what your needs are. Do you want a blender that is multi-functional? Well, be prepared to pay a little more, then. Do you want one just to make smoothies? You’ll have to forego other benefits and functions!
The point is, though each blender comes with a world of pros, it also comes with its cons, both in terms of the individual blender itself as well as the type of blender it is (full sized, stick or bullet). Weigh everything before you make a decision so that you always get the best results with any blender you purchase!