BEST FOR: Busy Gym Bunnies
Breville Blend Active, £32.99
This portable, individual-sized blender comes with two handy sports bottles, giving you one-person-portion fruit smoothies, breakfast drinks, protein shakes and iced juices on-the-go. Take it to work, or the gym and enjoy – the one-button function means it’s so simple to use, and the leak-proof lid will prevent any in-transit spills. It has powerful blades too; ideal for crushing tough fruits and nuts, plus the specialised design prevents protein powder collecting around the edges for an ultra-smooth post-gym drink.
BEST FOR: Smoothie & Soup Lovers
Nutribullet RX Nutrition Extractor, £149.99
The most powerful Nutribullet on the market, this clever blender boasts 1700 watts of SMART technology to break down even the most difficult foods, extract the maximum amount of nutrients (95% to be exact – the highest available) and create silky-smooth smoothies. It also features a seven-minute ‘heating cycle’ – which transforms raw vegetables, nuts, seeds, fruits, and spices into warm, hearty puréed soups, sauces, dips and drinks.
BEST FOR: No-Fuss Soups & Sauces
Kitchenaid Corded Hand Blender, £119
In a rush? Just pop this hand-held gadget into a pan of cooked ingredients to make perfectly-blended soups and sauces in seconds. The powerful motor is surprisingly quiet – ideal for making puréed baby food without waking little ones up – and the soft-grip handle offers exceptional control. And as for washing up – the removable twist-lock design makes it super easy. There’s also a whisk attachment ideal for emulsifying vinaigrettes and salad dressings.
BEST FOR: Healthy Family Meals
Magimix 3200xl Food Processor, £239.99
When it comes to saving time, this blender comes out on top. You slice, grate, chop, whisk, blend and bake (yes, this genius gadget even kneads dough) for the whole family, thanks to the automatically adjusting motor, range of attachments and host of functions. It has an extra large feeder tube and a one-litre bowl working capacity, so making big meals is an absolute doddle.
BEST FOR: Cooking Connoisseurs
Kitchenaid 175 Artisan Stand Mixer, £549
Any foodie worth their salt will recognise this iconic design – the sweeping curves and rounded head give it a presence in the kitchen that other mixers can only dream of. It's not all about looks though, its full metal construction is robust and stable and the direct drive motor provides plenty of power. The mixer's original planetary action eliminates the need to rotate the bowl too, plus with a wide range of attachments, it’s a serious all-rounder.