All of the included cups and lids are dishwasher safe which makes cleaning a breeze. Moreover, if you want to reheat your beverage, you can safely put them in a microwave oven.
Comparatively low power.
Combining the functions of a blender, mixer, food processor, and a juice extractor, the Nutribullet Magic Bullet gives you more than each of these appliances. The unit has a thoughtful design that will let you enjoy various beverages and treats spending minimum time on cooking and cleaning.
Tall cup: 680 ml
Short cup: 511 ml
Handled smoothie mug
Blending, Crushing ice
2 x comfort lip rings, Stay fresh re-sealable lid, Steamer/shake lid, Flip-top lid, Bonus Magic Bullet 10-second recipes, User guide
Auto IQ technology blends and runs ingredients for the exact amount of time that is needed for making great textured drinks and smoothies.
Compared to other units, this one is quite noisy.
The Ninja [BN495UK] is a compact yet powerful smoothie maker, tailored for use on the go. It can blend virtually anything from tough chunks of vegetables to seeds and ice and takes virtually no space, making it an ideal companion for picnics, gym, work, and so on. The included spout lids make it safe to transport your drinks spill-free.
2 bottles: 700 ml
Blending, Chopping, Crushing ice
1 speed + pulse
Auto-iQ Programs (Blend & Max Blend)
Pro extractor stainless steel blade
BPA-free plastic, BPA-free tritan
2 x spout lid, recipe guide
Prepare lip-smacking smoothies, protein cocktails, iced drinks, shakes or slushes in 2 sports bottles this smoothie maker comes with. These bottles will fit into most car and bike cup holders and feature convenient wide spouts, allowing you to drink nutritious beverages on the go.
The flip-top is a bit tight and difficult to open.
Are you and your partner active lifestyle and healthy diet followers? Then this compact smoothie maker is just for you. You can make a portion of your beverage right in one of the sports bottles while an instruction manual with dozens of tasty recipes will help you make your first steps towards a healthy way of living.
2 bottles: 600 ml each
The model boasts compact dimensions and has a cord storage compartment in the bottom, all of this making it a handy choice for any smaller kitchen. The non-skid feet ensure great stability on any surface.
The bottles are somewhat tricky to clean.
The VBL241 smoothie maker from Breville strikes a perfect balance between compactness and functionality. Smaller in size, the unit is ideal for any kitchen space. At the same time, it can cope with multiple kitchen tasks and cater to many needs of home chefs.
Blending bottle: 600 ml
Food processor bowl: 450 ml
Blending, Crushing ice
Angled stainless steel blades
1 x leak-proof lid, Recipe ideas
A high-torque power base, combined with a strong blade rotating at the speed of 25,000 RPM, allows efficiently extracting all essential nutrients from any ingredients, including tough fruit skins and stems.
There might be some plastic burning smell during the first uses.
If you are a healthy eater or follow some kind of slimming diet, great chances are that your morning starts with a smoothie. The NutriBullet smoothie maker will let you get the most out of fruit and veg and create finely textured, thick drinks packed with vitamins and vital minerals.
Oversized cup: 909 ml
Tall cup: 680 ml
Blending, Grinding, Crushing ice
1 speed (exclusive Cyclonic Action)
BPA-free plastic cups, Plastic body
Flip-top to-go lid, Stay fresh lid, Handled comfort lip ring, Recipe book
Nutribullet Magic Bullet MBL11
Magic in Your Kitchen
While a food processor and a blender are indispensable appliances in the kitchen, not everyone can afford to have them due to the lack of space. That's where the Nutribullet Magic Bullet blender comes in.
This model can substitute for a number of kitchen appliances you usually use for chopping, mixing, dicing, pureeing, grinding, and blending foods while taking just very little space on your countertop. Not many devices with so many features have such compact dimensions as the Magic Bullet.
On the flip side of the coin, the 200-watt motor of the blender is not the most powerful available, so be ready that it may take a bit more time to pulversise hard ingredients such as beet, seeds, and the rest. However, when it comes down to the usual tasks such as mixing and blending, the blender works a miracle and can handle most any fruit and veg you throw at it in mere seconds.
In the user manual, you will find a table with approximate processing times you'll need for each of the tasks and user-friendly instructions that will help you easily cope with them. Additionally, the booklet includes awesome 10-second recipes that will make cooking fantastic dishes as simple as never before.
Packed With Accessories
Let's have a closer look at the included accessories. First of all, the unit comes with a high-quality stainless steel blade that will help you easily blend through tougher and softer ingredients alike. Just keep in mind that it is not recommended to clean the blade in a dishwasher and hand cleaning with some soapy water is advisable to keep it sharp and prolong its lifespan.
Next, the package includes a tall and a short cup plus a handled smoothie mug. In such a way, even if you have made a couple of beverages to enjoy later, you can still use the blender for making other dishes.
In addition to a flip-top lid and a stay-fresh resealable lid, you will find a steamer/shaker lid. This accessory is irreplaceable for reheating foods in a microwave oven and for storing hot liquids. It will also come in handy if you want to use the Nutribullet blender cup as a spice grinder.
Summing up, the Nutribullet Magic Bullet Blender is a multifunctional and portable kitchen appliance that can become your reliable kitchen helper. Though not the most powerful out of Nutribullet models, it is still a great choice for a family, thanks to its versatility and an extended set of accessories it comes complete with.
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Ninja BN495UK 1000W
A Top Choice for On the go Use
The BN495UK is a recent Ninja's offering, featuring compact design, fast and effective performance, and great textured results. However, the cutest thing about it is, without a doubt, the Auto-IQ technology. Thanks to this feature, you won't need to guess what settings to use when preparing your drinks and will be able to spend less time in the kitchen, which is a big plus for busy families.
Designed with portability in mind, the BN495UK weighs slightly less than 3kg, making it ideal for on-the-go use. At the same time, it's not flimsy. Featured with a 1000W motor and a set of extra sharp blades that have been tested with over a hundred ice crushing cycles, this unit can go through the toughest of ingredients, effortlessly making a smooth puree out of vegetables, nuts, spinach, seeds, and even ice.
The smoothie maker is shipped with two flasks. Both are quite substantial in volume, giving you 750 ml each, so you can have enough smooth drinks with you when going to work, gym, or office. Also supplied are two spout lids, which allow you to secure a cap on the flask when carrying a drink with you, and a recipe guide containing some great smoothie ideas to get you started.
Regarding performance, you're sure to love how simple it is to use the unit. Actually, all you need to do is to plug in the base of the device and set a blending cup on top. After that, you can either go for manual settings if you'd like to take control over the blending process or choose Auto-IQ programmes. The advantage to using the programmes is that they'll let you blend the loaded ingredients for the exact amount of time needed for perfect smoothies.
What is also great about the BN495UK is its low upkeep. The unit is made of dishwasher-safe parts, so it can be quickly cleaned in a dishwasher machine. When it comes to blades, they are easy to wash under the tap but be sure to do it after each use to prevent food from sticking to them.
|Last updated price||£94.80|
Sports and Smoothie Make a Healthy Combo
Whether you're a sportsman looking for a device to prepare protein shakes or just someone longing to live a healthier life, the Breville VBL136 smoothie maker will fit you to a tee. Thanks to its upright design (the bottle here sits vertically on the base), no protein powder will deposit on the bottom and edges of the bottle and you'll always have a top-drawer smoothie of fine consistency at hand. Let's take a closer look at it.
The Breville VBL136 set includes a blender and two stylish 600-ml sports bottles which you can use to take your nutrition drink with you. The bottles are compact and fit as a fiddle in most car and bike cup holders as well as in side pockets on standard gym bags. Additionally, the cap has a no-spill spout to prevent the beverage from leaking out, which makes it a great product for active people.
With the Breville VBL136, you can make not only many delicious homemade fruit and vegetable smoothies but also many great sports nutritious cocktails as well as delicious Frappuccino - an icy drink many love drinking in the summer to chill out after a hard day. Preparing this drink is very easy. Simply pour cool coffee into a cup, add some cream, sugar or flavours to your liking, put several ice cubes and blend. In less than 10 seconds, Frappuccino will be ready.
At the Touch of a Button
Packed into a pretty much standard personal blender design, the Breville VBL136 offers no-hassle touch-of-a-button operation and is extremely easy to use. At the same time, though, it's fast and efficient. Simply add your favourite ingredients to the bottle, place it on the base unit, push the button and blend until the desired consistency is achieved. Voila! Your nutrient-rich treat is ready. And if you want to take it with you, replace the blade attachment with a leak-proof lid which is also included in the kit and you are good to go.
If you are not a smoothie wizard yet and make you first steps in smoothie making, a handy instruction manual contains a number of great recipes to help you mix up vitamin-packed drinks for yourself and delicious cocktails for your little ones. Overall, with the Breville VBL136, you are not limited in what you are blending. So, you are free to experiment and create your own signature recipes.
To resume, whether you make your first steps towards healthy eating or you are an active lifestyler in need of a quality personal blender to mix up your sports shakes and nutritious drinks, this affordable and functional smoothie maker from Breville will get you covered.
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Breville VBL241 Blend Active
Small and Capable Multi-tasker
Seek an efficient way to blend low-calorie shakes several times a day or concoct thick smoothies every now and then? The Breville VBL241 will get you set on that and offer a lot more than just smoothie making capabilities.
To start with smoothie making, the unit delivers to its initial function brilliantly. Despite a lower power of 300 watts, the motor gives a mighty punch to robust stainless steel blades, thus, ensuring a speedy torque. Besides, the blades are specifically angled to create a perfect circular action and make sure the foods will always get right onto the cutting edge. As a result, the blender will do a great job both on softer ingredients like ripe fruit and veg or juicy berries and on harder ones like leafy greens, roots, and seeds. It will break down skins, pulp, and thicker fibres to a fine consistency with no lumps and chunks in it.
Apart from perfectly homogeneous smoothies and shakes, the Breville VBL241 can do the chopping, pureeing, and grinding tasks as well. So, chopping onions or soft meat, pureeing dips, pastes, and sauces or grinding nuts, herbs, and even coffee beans won’t be a hassle. As such, the model will meet common cooking needs and will be of great use for avid home chefs who cook a lot and experiment with ingredients.
In the meantime, the blender is a fairly compact unit that will fit literally any countertop, whatever the kitchen space. And a cord compartment in the bottom makes it a breeze to store.
An Affordable Alternative to Premium Blending Beasts
A smaller blender is a modern kitchen staple, it’s a fact. Facilitating many kitchen tasks you’d normally do manually, it makes the life of beginner and experienced home cooks a lot easier and expedites the whole cooking process. And while choosing one, most of us turn their eyes to top-liner models from the premium segment. Providing great performance, most often, they are on the higher price end. With the Breville VBL241, though, you’ll get a reasonably-priced alternative to those blending beasts, which is not inferior to them in performance.
Thus, a combo of a lower power motor and smartly designed blades ensures premium blending results while minimising overall noise level during operation and also minimising overall power consumption. Just like in more expensive rivals, the VBL241 pack also comes complete with two jars, including a 450ml food processing vessel and a 600ml smoothie bottle with a lid for on-the-go use. All unit parts are made of quality materials that are durable and absolutely safe for the food.
All in all, the Breville VBL241 is a compact mighty smoothie maker that will stand strong against more expensive and powerful counterparts and is ideal for home use.
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Enjoy a Burst of Vitamins
Though a drink, a smoothie is more than just a delicious cocktail. It’s a blend of ingredients that offers a tasty way of delivering healthy nutrients to our bodies. With that in mind, in NutriBullet they create smoothie makers allowing you to get the maximum out of the foods you'll pulverise. And the NutriBullet Pro is by far the most popular and top-selling model in the range of this most recognised blender brand.
Many customers estimated the smoothies they've made with the NutriBullet Pro as the best they've ever tasted. A drink will have a perfectly silky texture and ideally homogeneous consistency. It won’t be too watery or too thick, just as smooth as you want it, with a distinct fresh flavour. The secret behind this is branded blending technology. A power base hosts a 900-watt motor yielding impressively high torque and the outstanding blade rotation speed of 25000 RPM. Add to this an extremely durable extractor blade system made of top-quality steel, and you’ll get the unit that will easily beat through hard and soft ingredients alike. Fleshy fruit, juicy berries, fibrous leafy greens, tough stems and roots, and even solid nuts and seeds will be crushed and blended into a smooth emulsion without any hassle. Moreover, you can even use frozen ingredients and ice to make refreshing and energising slushes.
Unlike many other smoothie makers, the NutriBullet Pro will not just cut and mix ingredients but rather break them down to the most absorbable form. And owing to the immense power and blending force the unit provides, the foods will be liquidised in mere seconds that will prevent ingredients overheating. Hence, all the nutrients, minerals, and vitamins contained in the pulp, skins, leaves, and stems will remain intact.
Simple yet Well-Thought Design
As powerful as it is, the NutriBullet Pro comes encased in a very compact and simple design. Whether you want to keep the blender on the countertop or stow it away for storage when not in use, it will take minimum space. Besides, the model has no buttons or any other type of control. To start blending, it is enough just to twist the cup clockwise and let the appliance do the rest. Once you achieve the desired thickness and texture of the drink, twist the cup counterclockwise to stop the unit.
Despite overall simplicity and straightforwardness, this model is complete with a number of handy accessories for your maximum convenience. Thus, the package contains two cups (900 ml and 680 ml accordingly) to make bigger or smaller portions. A stay-fresh screw lid will let you store the drink in the fridge for later while a flip-top lid is a nice addition for taking your drink with you wherever you go.
To round things up, the NutriBullet Pro smoothie maker is a compact and easy-to-use, yet, a powerful and high-performing appliance that will meet the needs of the most exacting healthy eaters and greatly save your time on blending tasks.
|Last updated price||£79.99|
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What Is a Smoothie Maker?
With our life becoming extremely dynamic these days, leading a healthy lifestyle is essential. You need to eat healthily as well as include an appropriate amount of minerals and vitamins into your daily diet to give you the energy to keep going all day long. That’s where a smoothie maker comes in. Able to prepare smoothies in less than a couple of minutes, it will add a noticeable increase in your energy as well as satisfy your food cravings, keeping you away from eating fast (junk) food. By blending a cup of smoothie yourself, you will be able to nourish your body with essential nutrients and get a daily needed dose of vitamins without feeling any rumbles in your stomach.
Smoothies are full of vitamins while also being incredibly flavourful and delicious. You can make them by blending any of your favourite ingredients be it fresh fruits, berries or vegetables. Plus, you can top them up with ice cubes, dairy products, juice, spices, syrup or honey depending on what you like. Smoothies are also a great way to lose weight. Rich in fibre that fruits and vegetables contain, they will leave you sated for a longer time and curb the urge to snack on something that’s not good for your health. Not surprising, smoothies are also a popular snack of sportsmen and active people who are always on the go.
Sounds tempting enough? All you need is to get a smoothie maker! In this article, we review some of the best smoothie makers alongside the core features that should be taken into account when selecting the one that will be right for you.
Meanwhile, if you want to switch to eating well-balanced meals or you simply need to prepare a substantial and healthy breakfast for your kids, we recommend getting a yoghurt maker, too. Without a doubt, it will become a valuable contribution to the health and well-being of your whole family.
What Features to Compare
The first aspect to consider when choosing a smoothie maker is its performance, which depends on the power of a device and capacity of a jar and cups that it comes fitted with. To get well-blended smooth beverages, select models with power 400 watts and higher. Some of the best models will not only grind ingredients of different density but also handle ice and mash frozen fruit, allowing you to make various cold desserts and cocktails. If your family lives a healthy lifestyle, and you all love drinking smoothie, choose high-capacity units with a 36-48-oz bowl. Meanwhile, a small on-the-go smoothie cup will be a welcome addition, especially if you love to have your drink on the way to work.
Next, consider the controls. Although usually, smoothie makers do not have many modes, some models may still be more advanced than the other. So, if having only Pulse mode is not enough for you, choose smoothie makers offering several speeds or preprogrammed settings. That said, many people tend to opt for standard functionality, as it is usually sufficient for most needs.
Further down the list, take a look at the design peculiarities. By this we mean the blender body, materials used and accessories included. Blending attachments in smoothie makers are highly efficient, allowing you to grind just about any type of fruit, berries, and veg to almost liquid form, as well as crush ice and puree nuts for smooth and appetising sauces, smoothies, dressings, and dips. Though manufacturers may change the width, length, and shape of the blades, at the core they remain pretty much the same, executing the same function.
After that, consider the materials used. Glass pitchers are considered to be more durable, scratch-resistant, and dishwasher safe, making them a reliable and practical solution for any kitchen. Nonetheless, a lot of people prefer plastic jars since they are break-resistant. Also, plastic is more popular with those people who seek on-the-go cups.
Extra accessories most often include different replaceable lids to cover the bowl for storing your smoothie in the fridge. The lids for smaller personal cups are mainly intended to prevent spills and leakage. Some lids even feature a 1 or 2-oz cap to be used as a measuring cup or to add some additional ingredients without interrupting operation of a smoothie maker. There are also smoothie makers that have a special spout to pour your beverage without taking off the pitcher. Finally, few elaborate models have a built-in stir stick to scrape the pitcher's sides for better ingredient mixing when the machine is on.
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