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7 best smoothie makers and bullet blenders for 2021

Runner's World UK Logo By Jess Denham, products tested by Frances Salvoni of Runner's World UK | Slide 1 of 8: Whether it's starting your day with a dose of goodness or recovering post-run, freshly blended smoothies are a great way to fuel up fast.Shop-bought smoothies may taste good but they’re often expensive and packed with added sugar.Buying a smoothie maker may feel like a big purchase, but it’ll save you money in the long-term and set you up for better sporting performances.Making your own smoothies means you can hone the ingredients for running. Try adding protein for muscle repair, oats for energy and turmeric for post-run inflammation, or make one of our 20 healthy smoothie recipes.The difference between a smoothie maker and a blender is that smoothie makers make one drink at a time to minimise waste. Once your smoothie is ready, the jug turns into a cup that you can grab and go.Blenders tend to be bigger and more powerful because you can use them for lots of different things, but they lack the portability of smoothie makers and usually cost more.Most smoothie makers are incredibly simple to use - click the jug in place, whizz the fruit up and that's it. Fancy features tend to be thin on the ground, but look out for vacuum blending technology that helps lock in nutrients for an additional healthy boost.How we testTo find the best smoothie makers, our expert tester judged each machine for ease of use, leakage, design, clarity of instructions and the taste of the blended smoothie. We experimented with fruits and more fibrous greens, as well as crushing ice (unless the manufacturer advised against it).

Whether it's starting your day with a dose of goodness or recovering post-run, freshly blended smoothies are a great way to fuel up fast.

Shop-bought smoothies may taste good but they’re often expensive and packed with added sugar.

Buying a smoothie maker may feel like a big purchase, but it’ll save you money in the long-term and set you up for better sporting performances.

Making your own smoothies means you can hone the ingredients for running. Try adding protein for muscle repair, oats for energy and turmeric for post-run inflammation, or make one of our 20 healthy smoothie recipes.

The difference between a smoothie maker and a blender is that smoothie makers make one drink at a time to minimise waste. Once your smoothie is ready, the jug turns into a cup that you can grab and go.

Blenders tend to be bigger and more powerful because you can use them for lots of different things, but they lack the portability of smoothie makers and usually cost more.

Most smoothie makers are incredibly simple to use - click the jug in place, whizz the fruit up and that's it. Fancy features tend to be thin on the ground, but look out for vacuum blending technology that helps lock in nutrients for an additional healthy boost.

How we test

To find the best smoothie makers, our expert tester judged each machine for ease of use, leakage, design, clarity of instructions and the taste of the blended smoothie. We experimented with fruits and more fibrous greens, as well as crushing ice (unless the manufacturer advised against it).

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