If you have limited kitchen space, live in a dorm or small apartment, or just don't like the look of large appliances filling up your countertops, a smaller-sized personal blender may be a better choice over a full-size machine.
Personal blenders are designed to blend single servings of smoothies and shakes that can be taken on the go, often in the same jar they were blended in. And, like standard blenders, personal blenders are often powerful enough to pulse and puree small batches of dips, sauces, and batters, or crush ice for frozen drinks.
A personal blender is a must-have kitchen gadget for creating delicious smoothies to go—perfect for busy lifestyles, kids, and even travel. We considered power, portability, and budget when researching and home-testing the top personal blenders available on the market today.
Here are our picks for best personal blenders.
Ninja Nutri Pro Compact Personal Blender
Easy to set up and clean
Cups are durable and large
Who else recommends it? 95% of 13,900+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
The Ninja company is known for its innovative appliances and was one of the first to sell personal-sized blenders. Although the market is now crowded, Ninja blenders are still user favorites because they check all the boxes of power, usability, and smart design. This one boasts 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, and pudding.
This blender can also crush ice, so slushy iced tea or lemonade is possible on hot days. Our tester did note that the blender did best with liquid ingredients, ice, or recipes with at least minimal liquid content (like the hummus)—Ninja claims the Nutri Pro can chop veggies, but this "tended to create uneven pieces," she said.
The twist-on spout lids make it easy to take a drink to go. This unit includes an 18-ounce cup and a 24-ounce cup, each with a lid. 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 simple to care for as it is to use.
Price at time of publish: $89.99
Power: 900 watts | Cups Included: 2 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 24 ounces | Weight: 7 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
"A cup of ice was crushed to fluffy snow-like consistency in under 10 seconds and without any added liquid. That should give you an idea of how well the Nutri Ninja can handle frozen fruit for smoothies and desserts." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Runner-Up, Best Overall
NutriBullet Pro 900
Stellar blending power
Large cup for bigger batches
Stands up to years of heavy use
Cups lack measurement lines
With a 900-watt motor, the NutriBullet Pro is the perfect replacement for a high-powered blender in small kitchens. It gets sauces, soups, and smoothies as smooth as you want them, and even thick contents don't need to be opened up and re-stirred to be thoroughly blended. After years of heavy use, this blender maintains its efficacy beautifully.
This blender comes with two BPA-free 32-ounce blender cups, which give you the option to work with larger batch sizes than most personal blenders (although they're still great for individual smoothies and small-batch dips). You also get two cup rings, two handled lip rings, two to-go lids for convenience, and a recipe book. The blender cups lock into the base for hands-free blending. The motor is not meant to run for more than 60 seconds at a time, but that ends up being more than enough for even tough blending jobs.
The blender cups, blades, lids, and rings are easy to clean in the dishwasher or by hand. The NutriBullet Pro is one of the more expensive personal blender options, but its durability, power, and versatility are well worth the price.
Price at time of publish: $89.99
Power: 900 watts | Cups Included: 2 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 32 ounces | Weight: 4.7 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
Best for Families
Cuisinart Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System
Sleek, compact design
Loud on highest setting
This personal blender packs plenty of power with a 350-watt motor. There are controls for pulsing, low-speed blending, and high-speed blending, which are housed on an electronic touchpad with LED indicator lights. Our tester found everything about the design to be intuitive and user-friendly.
The 15-piece set includes a 32-ounce blender jar, which allows you to make four 8-ounce smoothie servings. It also comes with a blending blade, chopping blade, 8-ounce chopping cup, and set of four 16-ounce travel cups. This means multiple people can enjoy a smoothie at once, making this a great choice for families and larger households. The cups come with lids and are BPA-free and dishwasher safe for fast cleanup.
This system goes beyond just smoothies; our tester successfully made cashew butter, crushed ice, and ground coffee beans. The one complaint she had is that it does get loud and shake a bit on the highest setting.
Price at time of publish: $79.95
Power: 350 watts | Cups Included: 5, plus a 32-ounce blender jar | Maximum Cup Capacity: 16 ounces | Weight: 7.3 pounds | Warranty: 3 years
"The 350-watt motor is impressively powerful for its size, and it effectively handled every task I threw at it, including crushing ice and grinding coffee beans." — Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Best for Mason Jars
Tribest Single-Serving Blender (16-Piece Mason Jar Set)
Has two grinding blades
Includes several Mason jars and lids
Easy to use and clean
Not as powerful as some blenders
Most personal blenders use proprietary cups or jars for blending, and extras can be expensive when you need more jars. This blender is designed to work with standard Mason jars, so you can blend and drink right out of jars you already own with 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, a commuter lid, a grinding blade, and a chopping blade. Tribest also offers an XL version if you want even larger cup options.
The blender has a 200-watt motor, so it’s not as powerful as some, but it’s sufficient for smoothies, shakes, and sauces.
Price at time of publish: $95
Power: 200 watts | Cups Included: 6 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 20.3 ounces | Weight: 7 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
Frigidaire 300-Watt Retro Smoothie Maker
Easy to use and clean
Doesn't work with standard Mason jars
Most personal blenders look utilitarian and ready to hide in the cabinet, but this one has an attractive retro style 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 16.9-ounce 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.
Price at time of publish: $39.99
Power: 300 watts | Cups Included: 2 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 20 ounces | Weight: 3.75 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
Best for Travel
BlendJet 2 Portable Blender
Fun color choices
Increased capacity from previous versions
Measurement markings on blender cup
Doesn't fit many solid ingredients
Short charging cord
Designed with portability in mind, the BlendJet 2 can go anywhere you do. The blender cup and base function as a single unit and can easily be tossed in a gym bag, large purse, or even luggage. It is battery-operated and recharges via a USB-C cable, so it can be charged in the car or plugged into a laptop and used to blend anywhere, no wall outlet required. After testing the original BlendJet One, we were excited to get our hands on the next-generation model, which offers a larger-capacity blending cup (16 ounces), more power, and longer battery life. This new version is powerful enough to crush ice cubes easily.
Our tester particularly liked that the BlendJet 2 can get at least 15 uses out of every full charge—a significant improvement over the previous version. Another upgrade is the measurement marks on the cup, which makes on-the-go eyeballing of ingredients simple. Like the original version, this model is self-cleaning for added convenience.
It comes in a range of fun colors, and our reviewer was impressed with how fast it worked (even faster than the BlendJet One). The only downside is the limited capacity—this is definitely a blender for one. Still, for making quick protein shakes at the gym or blending up simple smoothies while away from home, our tester highly recommends this model. Our tester was also sent free samples of the brand's JetPacks, which are powdered single-serving fruit, veggie, and protein smoothies that can be whipped up quickly in the blender, and found them "surprisingly tasty."
Price at time of publish: $49.95
Power: 200 watts | Cups Included: 1 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 16 ounces | Weight: 1.34 pounds | Warranty: 30-day return policy
"The blending mode is much faster than it used to be. The BlendJet One took about one minute to blend, but the BlendJet 2 blends for about 20 seconds and then turns itself off automatically." — Sharon Lehman, Product Tester
Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Compact Blender RPB-100
Travel lid included
Operation isn't the smoothest
No measurement markings
A bit heavy to travel with
This personal blender is battery-operated, so you can use it anywhere: camping, in the office, by the pool, whatever. The rechargeable lithium battery fully charges in two hours via a USB cable, which can be connected to a standard wall plug or the ports on your computer or in your car. A full battery provides power to run the blender for 20 minutes, which is enough to make a dozen or more smoothies between charges.
It comes with one 16-ounce BPA-free cup plus a travel lid so you can take your smoothies and shakes on the go. (Extra cups and lids are also available for sale.) You fill the cup with whatever needs blending, then screw on the four-prong blade and flip the whole thing over to lock it into the machine. It's got plenty of power, able to puree a single serving of soup or crush ice for frozen drinks, but our tester found that it didn't quite get her smoothies as smooth as a full-size model. The cup also doesn't have measurement or fill-line markings, which means you need to measure your ingredients separately before they go in.
The EvolutionX is simple to use, with a power button that turns the machine on and also turns on the one-minute auto-shutoff blend mode. The stainless steel accents and streamlined shape look good on countertops, too, though the cordless feature is designed for travel. Once charged, you can take it with you to just about anywhere, although the unit with its base is not exactly small enough to be truly handheld.
Price at time of publish: $79.95
Power: 350 watts | Cups Included: 1 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 16 ounces | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Warranty: 3 years
"The Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Compact Blender is sturdy, space-saving, and powerful." — Sharon Lehman, RDN, product tester
Best for Smoothies
Hamilton Beach Personal Blender with Travel Lid
Portable cup and travel lid
Simple one-button blending
Bladed bottom stays in the travel cup
If you’re someone who likes quick breakfast smoothies or wants to take a protein shake to the gym, this personal blender from Hamilton Beach is a great single-serve option that doubles as a travel cup. Simply make your drink, detach, and you’re on your way with a lidded 14-ounce smoothie cup. Both the lid and cup are dishwasher safe.
The stainless steel blades can crush ice and frozen fruit for a smooth drink. It’s a simple blender with only one button pulse, but the 175-watt motor gets the job done. Since this item is a personal blender, it’s small and not light, which is perfect for easy storage. The cup even has measurement lines on the side, so you know how much of each ingredient you’re adding. Convenient and quick, this blender is ideal for people who are always on the move.
Price at time of publish: $21.99
Power: 175 watts | Cups Included: 1 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 14 ounces | Weight: 2.28 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
Best for Smoothie Bowls
Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo Smoothie Bowl Maker and Personal Blender
Easy to clean
If you’re interested in creating smoothie bowls at home, Ninja’s smoothie bowl maker has a 1,200-watt motor to power through ice and frozen fruit without needing to add much liquid, resulting in a thick and silky smoothie.
This is a truly versatile blender, which comes with six functions: one-touch blend, pulse, smoothies, extraction, bowls, and spreads. Two 24-ounce cups, a 14-ounce bowl, and lids for each come with the blender. None of the items take up too much space and most are dishwasher safe.
In addition to smoothies, this blender can create nut butters and homemade ice cream. Ninja even throws in a 15-recipe booklet with your purchase, so you can try a number of tasty treats.
Price at time of publish: $119.99
Power: 1,200 watts | Cups Included: 3 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 24 ounces | Weight: 6.5 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
Best Hybrid Personal/Full-Size
NutriBullet ZNBF30500Z Blender Combo
Fast and powerful
Simple, lightweight design
Easy to use and clean
This versatile blender includes cups from 24 to 64 ounces that all attach to the same blade base, allowing you to make a smoothie for one all the way up to a pitcher of frozen daiquiris for your next party. The base is a bit bigger than other personal blenders, but it's still got a smaller footprint than a typical full-size one while offering an impressive 1,200 watts of power.
It comes with three different-sized cups, the two smaller of which have travel lids, with a vented cap for the largest cup that lets you use it on hot soup. (Blending hot foods in the fully sealed cup of a traditional personal blender builds up pressure that can result in scalding soup spraying everywhere.)
Price at time of publish: $149.99
Power: 1,200 watts | Cups Included: 3 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 64 ounces | Weight: 10.3 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
Best for Baby Food
Nuby Mighty Blender Baby Food Maker Set
Convenient microwave steamer insert
Includes storage cups and freezer tray
Flimsy plastic motor base
If you're making baby food at home, you don't want one huge blender pitcher full of pureed carrots; you need small amounts of many different foods, and the personal blender is an ideal tool for just that. Nuby specializes in toys and tools for babies, and its Mighty Blender is designed expressly for homemade baby food. The larger of its two blender cups has a steamer insert you can use to cook food in the microwave before blending, and it comes with lots of small individual containers and a six-compartment freezer tray for easy storage and transport. There's even a separate milling blade that can turn oats or other grains into baby cereal.
This is a pretty low-wattage blender, but turning soft-cooked fruits and vegetables into pureed baby food doesn't require a ton of power. It also isn't the most heavy-duty machine out there, though its relatively low price and array of useful accessories might make it worthwhile for new parents.
Price at time of publish: $59.99
Power: 200 watts | Cups Included: 2 | Weight: 5.3 pounds | Warranty: None
The Ninja Nutri Pro gets the top spot because it's not only fast and powerful—great for those with tight schedules—but also compact and easy to clean. If you travel a lot or love making smoothies at work, we recommend the BlendJet 2, which is battery-operated, recharged via USB, and able to make several smoothies on a single full charge.
What to Look for in a Personal Blender
Blender Cup Capacity and Quantity
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 the right size for you. Larger cups can, of course, blend more at once, but they're less portable. Many personal blender models come with more than one small cup, which lets you make a kale smoothie and then a strawberry-banana one without having to wash everything out in between. (Most of the brands on our list sell additional blender cups, so you can buy as many as you need.)
Lids and Accessories
Some personal blenders come with travel lids that screw right onto the cup, which is a lot more convenient than pouring the cup into a separate mug to get your smoothie into the car. Some screw-on lids even include a mug-style handle for easy gripping. Other blender models offer multiple sets of blades for chopping and grinding, while cordless models can charge their batteries via USB and don't need a wall plug in the car or on the trail.
While wattage isn’t the perfect indicator of a blender’s power, it’s a pretty good hint. In general, the higher the wattage, the more powerful the appliance, and the higher the price. If you typically blend softer foods like bananas and yogurt, into liquid-heavy smoothies, you don’t need as much power as someone who plans on blending dense vegetables, ice, and frozen fruits. Higher power can also mean that the blender will be noisier—which might be a consideration if you’re blending in the morning while your family’s still asleep or have an easy-to-wake infant.
How powerful are personal blenders?
In general, personal blenders aren't as powerful as standard-sized blenders—more powerful motors are simply bigger and heavier—but there is some overlap: 1,000 watts is on the weaker end for a full-size blender and the stronger end for a personal one. On the other hand, the smoothies, sauces, and shakes you'd typically use a personal blender for don't need extreme levels of power.
Can you put frozen fruit in a personal blender?
You can put frozen fruit in a personal blender, but the key to getting a smooth blend is adding the right ratio of liquid to frozen ingredients. Check the user manual for recommendations. If you find yourself ending up with unblended bits, try letting the frozen fruit sit out at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before blending to partially thaw. If that doesn't help, you might need a more powerful blender.
Can a personal blender crush ice?
Some personal blenders are powerful enough to crush ice, which is a necessary feature if you like making icy coffee drinks, slushies, and frozen margaritas. Higher-wattage blenders will be better at crushing ice quickly, while weaker models will take too long to break up large cubes to keep the ice frozen. Trying to crush ice in a low-end blender isn't unsafe or anything, just ineffective.
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.
This roundup was updated by Katya Weiss-Andersson, a writer and editor who has nearly a decade of experience as a professional chef, Sharon Lehman, a home cook and registered dietitian nutritionist,Allison Wignall, a writer who focuses on food and travel, and Jason Horn, a commerce writer at The Spruce Eats.
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