Smoothie Blenders Under £200
If, like me, you are partial to a delicious fruit or a healthy green smoothie but are fed up forking out your hard-earned cash at fashionable (and expensive) health stores then it could be time to invest in your own blender. Whoa! I hear you say! Isn’t that a huge expense? It can be if you want a top of the range model will all the bells and whistles that can cater for a small army but it ain’t necessarily so! If you’re still researching the difference between juicers and blenders, check out my guide to the best juicers and blenders!
Without breaking the bank, there are reasonably-priced blenders available that can more than satisfy your requirements. But what should you expect from a decent blender and what should you look for when making your purchase?
Paying big bucks for a smoothie blender doesn’t necessarily mean that the quality is any better than cheaper models. The bigger blenders will obviously cost more and usually come with a longer guarantee. They also have stronger motors of 1,000 watts or more for more effective blending of tougher fruit, vegetables and nuts but less expensive models are also built to deal with these “difficult” fruit and veg.
Personally speaking, £200 is about the limit I would spend on a decent blender as I only really want it for my own personal use and you may be surprised to hear that some of the best smoothie blenders cost less than that (win).
Three of the Best Smoothie Blenders for Under £200
One of the most popular smoothie blenders is the Nutribullet and I can understand why. Although it only has a 600 watt motor, the Nutribullet rivals some of the more powerful blenders. According to the specifications, this is because of its power blade and cyclonic action but, whatever the reason, the NutriBullet makes great smoothies and with ease.
I thought that with just a 600 watt motor, the NutriBullet would struggle with hard vegetable such as carrots and kale but this was not the case. Admittedly, it may take a little longer to fully blend these foods but the NutriBullet handled it well and delivered a well-blended smoothie with no coarse bits or stringy residue. Similarly with ice cubes and frozen fruit and vegetables, the NutriBullet pulverizes these with little difficulty which isn’t always the case with more expensive and allegedly more powerful blenders.
The NutriBullet only runs at one speed which is an advantage as far as I’m concerned. Quick, clean and simple is the way I like it and, speaking of clean, the blender is simplicity itself to clean and can be done in minutes although it is a good idea to always rinse out any blender straight after use.
As I only use the NutriBullet for myself, the fact that the blender’s capacity is only 26 ounces is not a problem. The manufacturer’s claims that a full blender should mix enough smoothies for three glasses is not strictly true as the glasses that come with the NutriBullet are about 32 and 18 ounces respectively. Unless you count a three-quarters filled glass as being full that is only a minor detail as it mixes more than enough for personal consumption. Do not be tempted to overfill the blending container as it will leak down into the blender’s works and cleaning the machine is a nightmare if not practically impossible.
The NutriBullet is a perfect personal smoothie blender which delivers everything it is supposed to and then some. There are bigger and better blenders on the market but the NutriBullet is probably the best smoothie blender under £200 you are likely to find.
Oster Pro 1200
You get a lot of bang for your buck with the Oster Pro 1200. The 1200 in the name stands for the 1200 watts of power which would probably grind down an iceberg never mind an ice cube. Not only is the Pro 1200 a great smoothie blender, it is also an excellent food processor when you use the supplied attachment.
Let’s forget about the food processing capability for a moment and concentrate on the matter in hand. Namely, how good is the Oster Pro 1200 at blending smoothies? The answer is: Very good indeed! For those of you more technically-minded than me, the Pro 1200 runs at seven different speeds and has three pre-set programs to easily whip up a smoothie, milk-shake or salsa at the touch of a button.
The 48 ounce capacity blending container might seem a bit off-putting for those of us living on our own but the Oster Pro 1200 comes with a 24 ounce Smoothie To-Go cup which is perfect for breakfast on the run or a quick snack. And the 48 ounce container is not wasted as you can blend a full mix for those replacement meals.
A few reviews I’ve read complained about the noise from the Pro 1200 but you can hardly expect a motor that powerful to run silently and that power is put to full effect as the blender easily deals with frozen vegetables and fruit as well as turning even carrots, kale, nuts and seeds into liquid. A good idea to get all your ingredients to the same consistency is to give the harder items a quick 10 or 20 second head start before adding in the softer items.
For those of you who want more than just a personal smoothie blender, or who like cooking (not for me, I’m afraid), the Oster Pro 1200 is the answer to both of those requirements and great value for its price.
Ninja Ninja Blender
The Nutri Ninja Blender may only have 400 watts under the hood but it can dice, blend and puree even the toughest of vegetables and fruit with ease. Something I’m told has to do with Quad-Blade technology! Not only is it a great smoothie maker but also a more than respectable food processor. It comes with a 16 ounce bowl for chopping and dicing and a large 48 ounce blending pitcher which turns out perfect smoothies in no time at all. A simple, but nice, feature on the large pitcher is an easy-pour spout which helps avoid spills and is something that should be standard on all blenders but isn’t.
My culinary skills may be sadly lacking but I like to think that I turn out a mean smoothie, be it fruit or vegetable and the Ninja Master is a great blender for consistent results. Even from frozen, everything is evenly diced, mixed and blended although a little more time is obviously required but two minutes is usually sufficient.
In six months of almost daily use, my Ninja Master has never let me down and is great value for its reasonable price. Apart from performing well, it is also easy to clean and maintain. A non-slip base helps avoid little accidents and the anti-spill splashguard keeps the surrounding surfaces clean. For a thorough cleaning, the blender is easily disassembled and the parts can be washed in a dishwasher.
The Ninja Master Prep probably isn’t the best smoothie blender under £200, but it’s decent. The 400 watt motor is probably on the small size but works very well and the only question is how long it will last. That said, the Ninja Master Prep is a great machine and great value at the price.
All of these are decent blenders. At the end of the day, they all have their strengths and weaknesses but ultimately it probably comes down to brand. Personally, I love the Nutribullet. A couple of my friends have a Nutribullet and they haven’t had any trouble. I also love the design of it, looks so sleek! Anyway, if budget isn’t an issue, check out my blog post here for the best blenders for smoothies! We all love a smoothie…