The 9 Best Personal Blenders of 2020

Whip up a smoothie and take it on-the-go

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Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Nutri Ninja Pro at Amazon

"Has 900 watts of blending power that can pulverize fruits and vegetables."

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Magic Bullet Blender, 11 Piece Set at Bed Bath & Beyond

"Comes with enough pieces to make it useful for more than just smoothies."

Best Mason Jar Blender: Tribest PB-350 Mason Jar Personal Blender at Amazon

"Designed to work with standard mason jars, so it’s cheap and easy to blend smoothies for a crowd."

Best for Travel: Supkitdin Portable Rechargeable USB Personal Blender at Amazon

"No need to plug this into a power outlet, so it’s great to take on the road to blend a quick smoothie."

Best Splurge: Open Kitchen by Williams Sonoma Personal Blender at williams-sonoma.com

"Boasts of the ability to power though fibrous foods like pineapple and tough veggies for green smoothies."

Best for Smoothies: Oster My Blend 250-Watt Blender at Amazon

"Has three different blade styles in one assembly for the best result every time."

Best Budget: HOVNEE Mini Personal Blender Juicer at Amazon

"Has a rechargeable battery and a 50-watt motor that spins the blades at 20,000 RPM."

Best Multi-Purpose: FOCHEA High-Speed Personal Blender at Amazon

"Includes a 51-ounce pitcher for larger amounts or for chopping fruits and vegetables for salsas, sauces, and meal prep."

Best Design: Frigidaire Retro Smoothie Maker at Amazon

"An attractive retro look gives it some personality, so it will look good living on the counter."

Best Overall: Nutri Ninja Pro

Nutri Ninja Pro (BL456)
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Very Good
What We Like
  • Fast

  • Easy to set up and clean

  • Blender cups are durable and generously sized

What We Don't Like
  • Noisy

The Ninja company is known for its innovative appliances and was one of the first to come up with personal-sized blenders. Now that the market is crowded, these blenders are still user favorites because they check all the boxes. This one has 900 watts of blending power that can pulverize fruits and vegetables, turning them into a silky smooth drink. Our tester was also able to make hummus, salsa, pudding, and even chopped vegetables. The blender can even crush ice, so slushie iced tea or lemonade is possible on hot days.

The twist-on spout lids make it easy to take the drink to go. This includes an 18-ounce cup and a 24-ounce cup, each with a lid, and more are available in case everyone in the family needs their own. For easy cleaning, the removable parts are all dishwasher safe, so this is as easy to care for as it is to use.

"I found most things were pretty thoroughly processed in 10 seconds or less."Sharon Lehman, Product Tester

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Magic Bullet Blender, 11 Piece Set

Magic Bullet MBR-1701 17-Piece Express Mixing Set
Courtesy of Amazon.com.
What We Like
  • Tiny footprint

  • Includes three blender cup sizes

  • Affordable

What We Don't Like
  • Blender cups are small and narrow

  • Blender cups lack measurements

This handy personal blender comes with enough pieces to make it useful for more than just smoothies and a 250-watt motor that’s still very capable—the manufacturer says it can blend in 10 seconds or less. While it might not have the power to rival higher wattage machines, users like it for more than just smoothies, including grinding nuts, spices, and coffee, for making salad dressing, and for chopping chunky salsas. Our tester was also pleased to discover it only takes light pressure to start the blender and that it includes a locking feature for hands-free blending.

This includes a 10-second recipe book with plenty of recipes for smoothies, soups, dips, and sauces. It also includes three different blender containers, reusable lids, and a flip-top to-go lid. The removable parts are top-rack dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

"My smoothies weren’t as plentiful or smooth as I normally prefer, but I was impressed with how fast the Magic Bullet worked."Sharon Lehman, Product Tester

Best Mason Jar Blender: Tribest PB-350 Mason Jar Personal Blender

What We Like
  • Includes two grinding blades

  • Comes with several mason jars and lids

  • Easy to use and clean

What We Don't Like
  • Not as powerful as some other blenders

Most personal blenders use proprietary cups or jars for blending, and extras can be expensive when you need more jars for the whole family or for guests. This blender is designed to work with standard mason jars, so it’s cheap and easy to blend smoothies for a crowd using the mason jar adapter. Many reviewers found it very easy to attach their own mason jars, although some note that the mason jar adapter can sometimes get stuck to the blade mechanism, which may make it tricky to remove. It also includes its own large and small cups with cup lids, as well as mason jars, mason jar lids, and a commuter lid so you’ll have plenty of options for blending large or small amounts.

Two grinding blades are included as well. One has four prongs and the other has two. The blender has a 200-watt motor so it’s not as powerful as some, but it’s sufficient for smoothies, shakes, and sauces.

Best for Travel: Supkitdin Portable Rechargeable USB Personal Blender

What We Like
  • Great for those on the go or short on time

  • Easy to clean

  • Includes power adapter and cord

What We Don't Like
  • Not as powerful as tabletop blenders

No need to plug this into a power outlet, so it’s great to take on the road to blend a quick smoothie whenever you want to. When fully charged, it can make 15-20 smoothies, so it’s perfect for overnight or weekend trips, or just for cordless use at home. The juicer is light enough so you can tilt, tip, and shake it in use for better blending. For easy drinking, it includes two straws and a straw-cleaning brush. When it’s time to recharge, it includes a power adapter and USB cord to make it easy. People who are often on the go or have tight schedules gave this blender rave reviews.

Best Splurge: Open Kitchen by Williams Sonoma Personal Blender

Open Kitchen by Williams Sonoma Personal Blender
Courtesy of William Sonoma
What We Like
  • Easy to use

  • Fast

  • Can also grind seeds and coffee beans

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

Still affordable but a bit more expensive than most, this has a powerful 800-watt motor, so it’s a great personal blender for smoothie enthusiasts who don’t want a full-size blender. This boasts of the ability to power through fibrous foods like pineapple and tough veggies for green smoothies, and it can also grind hard foods like seeds and coffee beans. To prevent leaks, this has a locking system that ensures the jar won’t wriggle loose and make a mess.

Great for couples, it includes two identical 24-ounce tumblers, two lip rings, one storage lid, and one travel lid. For easy cleaning, all of the removable parts are dishwasher safe.

Best for Smoothies: COSORI Personal Blender

What We Like
  • Powerful

  • Includes auto-blend and pulse settings

  • All removable parts are dishwasher safe

What We Don't Like
  • Comes with only one travel lid

An impressive 800 watts of power, auto-blend and pulse settings, and a start/stop button make this little machine ideal for blending everything from soft fruits to tough kale. Plus, it can crush ice for slushie drinks on hot summer days. This has three different blade styles in one assembly for the best result every time. The innovative auto-blend option blends in 3-second bursts with 1-second breaks in between, stopping after 10 bursts. Meanwhile, holding the pulse button blends at the highest speed for as long as the button is held down.

For easy cleaning, all of the removable parts are dishwasher safe. This includes two 24-ounce containers, one 12-ounce container, a storage lid, a travel lid, a cleaning brush, and a recipe book

Best Budget: HOVNEE Mini Personal Blender Juicer

What We Like
  • Portable

  • Powerful

  • Easy to use and clean

What We Don't Like
  • Some say it could be bigger

At a price that’s similar to what some travel mugs cost, this portable blender won’t break the budget. It has a rechargeable battery and a 50-watt motor that spins the blades at 20,000 RPMs for surprisingly efficient blending for smoothies, salad dressings, milkshakes, and baby food.

While it may not be strong enough to deal with kale or whole ice cubes, the portability means it can go wherever you want it, and it’s light enough to tip or shake to get the best blending. This recharges via USB, so you can recharge in the car or by plugging it into your laptop.

Best Multi-Purpose: FOCHEA High-Speed Personal Blender

What We Like
  • Powerful

  • Easy to use

  • Can grind meat

What We Don't Like
  • Smaller than comparable models

More than just a personal blender, this includes a 51-ounce pitcher for larger amounts or for chopping fruits and vegetables for salsas, sauces, and meal prep. It also includes a 10-ounce jar for chopping small amounts for garnishes, as well as a 20-ounce travel cup for taking smoothies on the road. This has a 700-watt motor and sharp blades that can handle fruits, vegetables, and ice, and it has suction cup feet that keep it stable on the counter. The removable parts are dishwasher safe, so cleanup is easy, no matter what you’ve blended.

Best Design: Frigidaire Retro Smoothie Maker

What We Like
  • Retro design

  • Quiet

  • Easy to use and clean

What We Don't Like
  • Doesn't work with standard mason jars

Most personal blenders look utilitarian and ready to hide in the pantry, but this one has an attractive retro look that gives it some personality, so it will look good living on the counter for daily use. It has a 300-watt motor that operates at two speeds for efficient blending and the quirky chrome side lever starts and stops the blender.

It includes a large 20.3-ounce plastic drinking jar, a glass mason jar with a handle, and two lids. While this does include a glass mason jar, the threads on the blender are not compatible with standard canning jars, so they can’t be used as replacements.

Final Verdict

The Nutri Ninja Pro gets the top spot because not only is it fast and powerful—great for those with tight schedules—but it's also compact and easy to clean. Do you travel a lot or love making smoothies at work? We recommend the Supkitdin Portable Rechargeable USB Personal Blender. It can make several smoothies on a single full charge, and comes with a power adapter.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Donna Currie has used a veritable flock of blenders, from manual to hand blenders to a high-end Vitamix that she tested for The Spruce Eats. To make sure she found the perfect personal blenders for everyday use, she spent hours doing even more research online to narrow down the list to the best of the best.

What to Look for in a Personal Blender

Number of to-go cups: Single folks may not want multiple cups that they’ll need to store, but if you’re making morning smoothies for the family, having one for each person might be nice. While you can usually buy additional cups for these blenders, it’s convenient to get exactly what you need all in one kit.

Blender cup sizes: How big is your morning smoothie? Do you like the idea of blending once and then portioning it into several cups, or do your family members have different flavor preferences? Look for a kit that’s right for you.

Power: While wattage isn’t the perfect indicator of a blender’s power, it’s a pretty good hint. If you typically blend softer foods (like bananas and yogurt), you won’t need as much power as someone who plans on blending hard vegetables, ice, and frozen fruits. Higher power can also mean that the blender will be a little noisier—which might be a consideration if you’re blending in the morning while your family’s still asleep.

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