Packing in your five-a-day needn’t be a chore. Smoothie makers help kickstart your morning by whipping up a fruity drink that’s far healthier than the sugar-filled, shop-bought alternatives.
Smoothie makers, also known as bullet blenders, make one drink at a time for grab-and-go convenience. The compact blending jug turns into a cup, you pop on the lid and you’re off. Families and anyone who prefers to batch make drinks could consider using a food blender.
It’s also a sure-fire way to get some much needed muscle-building protein into your diet. Chuck in the fruit, your spinach, your oats and a couple of scoops of protein powder and you’re ready to tackle the morning.
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How to choose a smoothie maker
Firstly, consider size. Will a small drink for the commute suffice, or do you to need enough to enjoy after your evening gym session, too? Blenders range from 470ml to 1.3 litres.
If you have a decent budget, look for vacuum blending technology. Essentially, what this does is seal all the nutrients inside your ingredients, making for a healthier smoothie with a longer shelf life. Smoothies made this way tend to be brighter in colour and lighter in texture, even hours later.
Most smoothie makers have one speed setting but some offer a pulse mode for greater control over blending.
How we test
We make a ton of smoothies to see how each blender copes with berries, seeds and fibrous veg. We try crushing ice, unless the brand advises against it, and assess ease of use, leakproofness and overall performance.