Modern blenders and smoothie makers have become an essential kitchen accessory, especially if you want to hit your five-a-day.

Blenders and smoothie makers are a great way to get the family consuming more fruit and vegetables, with a wide selection for all budgets

No brand is more popular than the Nutribullet - and the sleek and easy to use blender boasts a roll call of health conscious celebrities among its biggest fan.

It's versatility makes it a top option for those who want to blend and go.

But with so many new options now available it can be hard to work out exactly which one to go for that will most suit your needs.

Check out our full breakdown of the best smoothies and blenders below to help you get started on your health kick.

What are the benefits of using a blender/smoothie machine?

Best juicers and smoothie-makers

NutriBullet 900W Blender

The powerful 900-watt motor is 50% more powerful than older models, which means the blender is able to cut through most types of fruit and vegetables. The extractor blades and cyclonic action can also grind through seeds too.

The blender comes with a number of conveniently-sized cups and lid, meaning you can instantly blend and go. Saving on time and effort when creating your smoothies and during clean up. The sleek design and compact size also works for all kitchens - big and small.

It's easy to see why this is such a popular option for those starting out on their smoothie/juicing journey.

£79.99 | Buy now from Amazon

The all-in-one system means you get a top notch food processor and efficient blender and drinks maker in one compact high-performance machine.

The processor/blender feature five Auto-iQ pre-programmed settings, so at the click of a button you can make a drink or dessert ensuring you have quality, precise results every time.

The two-in-one blending jug features a crushing blade and the 1200 watt motor ensures drinks, soups and desserts are always a smooth and silky consistency.

The interchangeable jugs and cups also give you the flexibility to whip up ingredients just for you, or the whole family, and all the removable attachments can be easily dismantled and put in the dishwasher.

£199 | Buy now from Argos

KitchenAid Artisan K400 Blender

If you are looking for a blender that can do it all, then the KitchenAid K400 blender is the ultimate kitchen-counter top accessory.

The unique asymmetric stainless steel blade creates a powerful vortext that blends ingredients into a smooth texture, while the ribbed jar which folds ingredients back in for a smoother consistency.

The addition of an Intelli-Speed control allows you to maintain optimal speed with each setting, which is ideal if you plan to use yours for a range of blending tasks.

£279.99 | Buy now from John Lewis

If you love the retro look this Smeg blender will be right up your street. Kitted out with a 800 watt motor, the blender will easily blitz through fruit, vegetables and even ice.

It comes with an easy to use pulse action function and there is a dedicated smoothie setting which prepares velvety smooth drinks at the touch of a button.

The 1.5 litre jug is perfect for food prep for the entire family and special Tritan™ BPA free plastic is both hard-wearing and scratch resistant.

£179 | Buy now from AO

The 1300w motor is a 100w upgrade on the brand's 11610 Le Blender model so you can expect a fast and powerful blitz on everything from frozen fruits to nuts and seeds.

It comes with five automatic programmes so you can prepare perfect smoothies, soups, desserts and even cocktails at the click of a button.

The Magimix also comes with a 1.8L heat resistant jug and watertight lid so you won't have to worry about blending soups or sauces.

£199 | Buy now from Amazon

The new Breville blender is a great one for beginners. Not only is it affordable, it is also very easy and practical to use.

Juices and smoothies can be blended directly into conveniently sized bottles that are easy to transport so you can drink on the go.

Each bottle holds 600ml and there is also a food processor attachment which holds 450ml of ingredients. The multi-blade attachments can also be used to prep sauces, grind spices and blitz nuts and seeds too.

The compact design and features make it a versatile kitchen essential.

£42.74 | Buy now from Amazon

Sage The 3X Bluicer Pro Blender and Juicer SJB815BSS

The Sage 3X Bluicer Pro gives you the best of both worlds, combing a blender and a juicer in one - you can even bluice (juice, then blend ingredients).

The genius design features a blending jug and juicing and the compact and practical machine is ideal for busy families.  The 1350W motor can expertly blend, crush, juice and and even create frozen cocktails with its bluice function.

£269.99 | Buy now from Lakeland

Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender

The Vitamix E310 Explorian Blender is your perfect sous chef in the kitchen. The blender has a number of features including chop, pulse, blend and crush.

There are ten variable speeds and the large 1.4L container means you can whip up smoothies, soups, purées, salsas and more for the whole family in seconds.

£349 | Buy now from John Lewis

Kenwood Blend-X Fresh Blender

This Kenwood blender is excellent value for money.

The 600w motor will blend most ingredients, and the large two litre jug capacity means it is a great piece of kit for larger families who are into making smoothies.

It's strong enough to crush ice and the pulse button makes it easy to control your desired consistency.

£42.99 | Buy now from Currys