Best smoothie makers for healthy, tasty drinks: Ninja, Nutribullet and more

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Close-up blender process. Cooking a green evening smoothie. Mixing in a blender bowl.
With the right blender, you can whip up smoothies and shakes in seconds. (Getty Images)

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If you're looking to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into your diet, try a smoothie maker. 

They're a speedy way to get your five-a-day and are ideal for those that are time-conscious or just feeling lazy. 

When shopping for one, there are a couple of things to consider. Firstly is the consistency of your drinks, if you want a juice-like beverage, a more powerful motor will be required. Size is also an important factor, as depending on the size of your kitchen, you may need a more compact design to fit on smaller countertops. 

Second is budget, as machines can vary dramatically in price - some are in the hundreds, others can be found for less than £30. 

In our shopping edit, we've handpicked a versatile bunch to shop now, from slick high-end designs for smoothies, juices, soups and salsas to budget-friendly models which are designed with portability in mind. 

Best smoothie makers 

Ninja Nutri Slim Blender and Smoothie Maker | £59.99 from Amazon

Ninja Nutri Slim Blender and Smoothie Maker
This easy to sue Ninja blender and smoothie maker can be used with fresh or frozen ingredients

Ninja is one of the most reputable brands for home appliances, and its blender and smoothie maker is a must-have if you want something effective but not overly expensive. Compact enough for small surfaces, it can blend whole fruits, vegetables, nuts, seeds and even crush ice. The cups are dishwasher safe and it also comes with a recipe guide to get you started. 

Breville Blend Active Personal Blender & Smoothie Maker | £19.99 from Amazon

Breville Blend Active Personal Blender & Smoothie Maker
This Breville blender is less than £20 and perfect for making smoothies in a hurry

If you're looking for a machine for less than £20, this Breville blender is perfect. Simply fill up your bottle with chopped fruit or vegetables, screw on the blade lid, blitz for 20 seconds, and voila - a fresh, speedy smoothie is all yours. It's easy to clean, store and takes up little counter space. 

BlendJet Two Green The Original Portable Blender | £50 from Oliver Bonas

BlendJet Two Green The Original Portable Blender
This green blender from Oliver Bonas is portable and can be wirelessly charged

Believe it or not, this colourful blender is portable, fitting standard-size cup holders and coming with a carrying strap to take outside the home. It's a handy little device if you want to enjoy smoothies anywhere but your kitchen – for example, in the office. It also comes with a base, lid, strainer, jar, and a USB charging cable.

Sage SBL920BSS Super Q Food Blender | £399 (Was £599) from John Lewis

Sage SBL920BSS Super Q Food Blender
This Sage blender has a 186mph blade tip speed and can stir, chop, puree and mill

For an investment piece of kitchen equipment, this Sage blender fits the bill. The slick device is a commercial-grade blender that has a powerful motor, 186mph blade tip speed to stir, mix, chop, blend, puree and mill, noise suppression technology (so you don't wake anyone up when making your early morning drinks), along with a 2-litre jug and a 700ml blender for smoothies for one person.

Salter EK2002V2 NutriPro Personal Blender | £58.99 from Amazon

Salter EK2002V2 NutriPro Personal Blender
Salter EK2002V2 NutriPro Personal Blender

Another mid-range blender is this one from Salter, which can be used for more than just smoothies, it can whip up hummus, cocktails, and juices too. The 1200 watt blade can chop and crush ingredients with ease at just the touch of a button. Need more convincing? One happy Amazon customer said: "It is easy to use and easy to clean, and blends fruit and veg really well."

Cuisinart Silver Cordless On-The-Go Blender | £100 from Lakeland

Cuisinart Silver Cordless On-The-Go Blender
This cordless Cuisinart blender can make up to 8 smoothies on a full charge

This cordless blender from Cuisinart is perfect for on-the-go, you can even bring it to the gym for protein smoothies and shakes. On a full charge it can blend up to eight smoothies and the lightweight design won't take up much room in your bag or car boot. 

KENWOOD Smoothie 2GO SB056 Smoothie Maker | £34.99 from Currys

KENWOOD Smoothie 2GO SB056 Smoothie Maker
KENWOOD Smoothie 2GO SB056 Smoothie Maker

Kenwood is a well-loved home appliance brand, and its reasonably priced smoothie maker is a fun addition to your kitchen if you're looking to incorporate more fruit and vegetables into your diet. It has a 0.5 litre travel mug, 300-watt motor and two drink-through lids so you can enjoy your creations on the go,

Magimix 4200XL 18475UK Food Processor | £299.99 from John Lewis

Magimix 4200XL 18475UK Food Processor
This Magimix food processor can prepare food quietly and quickly

This retro-style blender from Magimix is both functional and fun for showing off on your kitchen counter. It's very versatile and can do everything from kneading dough, grating cheese, beating egg whites, chopping onions to slicing fruit and vegetables. It can also be used for making dips thanks to the mini-processor that comes with it. 

PROMiXX MiiXR X7 Smoothie Blender | £99.99 from Amazon

PROMiXX MiiXR X7 Smoothie Blender
This Promixx blender is stain and odour resistant, and dishwasher safe

Amazon is a great place to shop for home appliances, so if you're feeling impatient, the majority of devices are available with next-day delivery. Reviewers say its very easy to use, looks smart in the kitchen and the portable cup makes it super quick in the morning if you're on the go.

Smeg BLF01PBUK 50s Retro Style Food Blender | £160 from John Lewis

Smeg BLF01PBUK 50s Retro Style Food Blender
This retro Smeg blender comes with a 1.5 litre jug and a 45ml measuring cup

Smeg is well known for its retro-style designs and this white model is no exception. It has an 800-watt motor to blend fresh and frozen fruits or vegetables, but it can also be used for salsas, soups and purees. There are four speed settings to customise the consistency of your drinks, a 1.5-litre jug and 45ml measuring cup as well as a crushed ice feature. 

Nutribullet Starter Kit | £39.99 from Currys

NUTRIBULLET Starter Kit
This Nutribullet starter kit from Currys is dishwasher safe

Nutribullet is often considered one of the best blenders on the market for its speedy, efficient ability to blend smoothies and juices with little effort. This dishwasher-safe design has just one button for pulp-free smoothies in seconds. 

Lakeland Personal Blender and Smoothie Maker | £44.99 from Lakeland

Lakeland Personal Blender and Smoothie Maker
This blender from Lakeland comes with a blending jug and a blending bottle

Lakeland's own brand blender and smoothie maker is reasonably priced and easy to get to grips with. It has a blend-and-go bottle, a toughened glass jug, simple controls and is compact enough to suit smaller kitchens. 

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