This Russell Hobbs model might be one of the more affordable blenders we tested, but it also looks the part, with its matt black finish giving it a stylish edge.
It's also very straightforward to set up and use. The design is simple, featuring just one large dial which twists to 'off', two speed settings, and pulse.
This can be easily turned and controlled when blending, and the pulse section is easy to access too, should you need extra bursts of energy to tackle stubborn ingredients. It's a powerful model, especially when the second of the two speed settings is used and you take advantage of the full 650W.
It functions as well as more expensive models on the market, so much so it blitzed our tester smoothie so thoroughly you'd think it had been made in a juicer rather than a blender, all thanks to its stainless steel blades with serrated edges.
In addition to perfectly smooth smoothies, the blender can also whip up sauces and soups with ease, and you can use the two-speed setting to determine whether you’d like them chunky or smooth.
The 1.5L glass jug is well-sized if you're looking to make large batches of soups and smoothies, particularly for a family, and while it is certainly sturdy and feels durable, its curved handle makes it easy to hold.
There's also a helpful portion indicator on the side of the jug and the lid has a removable cap filter so you can top up your ingredients while still blending. The jug was also easy to clean.
We found it to be completely leak-proof and sturdy, and the lid comes with a seal to prevent any spillages. There’s also a safety lock, which keeps the jug firmly attached to the base while blending.
It's a compact blender – great if you're looking for one, and can easily be stored in the cupboard – and it also comes with handy cord storage under the base to keep it neat and tidy when you're not using it.
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