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If you have limited kitchen space, live in a college 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 blender.
Personal blenders are designed to blend single servings of smoothies and shakes that can be taken on the go in the same jar you blended in. And, like standard blenders, they're often powerful enough to pulse and puree small batches of dips, sauces, and batters.
A personal blender is a must-have kitchen gadget for creating portable smoothies–perfect for busy lifestyles, kids, and even travel. We considered power, portability, and budget when researching the personal blenders available today and put several to the test to see how they performed in real-life settings.
Here are the best personal blenders.
Best Overall: Nutri Ninja Pro Blender
Easy to set up and clean
Blender cups are durable and large
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.
While we highly recommend the Nutri Ninja Pro, if you're interested in the newest blending technology, you may want to check out the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro with Auto-iQ (which we haven't tested yet). Ninja's line of Auto-iQ blenders features preset buttons, with unique pausing and pulsing patterns designed to deliver perfectly blended drinks at the press of a button. This model features one preset for crushing and one for smoothies. It also features an increased 1,100 watts of power compared to our pick's 900. It also comes with two cups, but both hold 24 ounces.
Power Rating: 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: Magic Bullet Blender, 11-Piece Set
Includes three blender cup sizes
Cups are small and narrow
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. While it might not have the power to rival higher wattage machines, it's great for more than just smoothies, including grinding nuts, spices, and coffee, making salad dressing, and 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.
Fans of the Magic Bullet with particularly tiny kitchens or dorm rooms can check out the even-more-compact Magic Bullet Mini, which features slightly less power (200 watts) but is more portable.
Power Rating: 250 watts | Cups Included: 3 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 18 ounces | Weight: 4 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
"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 for Families: Cuisinart SmartPower Compact Portable Blending/Chopping System
Sleek, compact design
Still affordable, but with an upscale design in your choice of white or black with stainless steel trim, 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 either four 8-ounce smoothie servings or two 16-ounce servings. It also comes with two blades: one for blending and one for chopping–an 8-ounce chopping cup, and a set of four 16 ounce travel cups—so 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.
Power Rating: 350 watts | Cups Included: 5, plus a 32-ounce blender jar | Maximum Cup Capacity: 16-ounces | Weight: 7.6 pounds | Warranty: 3 years
"The 350-watt motor is impressively powerful for its size, and it effectively handled every task we threw at it, including crushing ice and grinding coffee beans." - Tierney McAfee, Product Tester
Best Mason Jar: Tribest PB-350 Single-Serving Mason Jar Personal Blender
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 for the whole family or for guests. This blender is designed to work with standard mason jars, so you can blend and drink right out of jars you are already using 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, and a commuter lid, so you’ll have plenty of options for blending large or small amounts. Tribest also offers an XL version (19-piece set) if you want even larger cup options.
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.
A new version, the Tribest Personal Blender II with mason jar attachment, is quite similar in terms of function and power. However, Tribest has added a cooling fan to allow you to blend for longer periods of time and extend the overall life of the product. The set itself comes with fewer pieces and no mason jars, though, so in terms of value, we're still giving the nod to the Personal Blender Original.
Power Rating: 200 watts | Cups Included: 6 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 16 ounces | Weight: 7 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
Best Design: Frigidaire ESMM100 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 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.
Power Rating: 300 watts | Cups Included: 2 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 20 ounces | Weight: 3.75 pounds | Warranty: 1 year
Best for Travel: BlendJet 2
Fun color choices
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 easily can 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 electricity required. After testing the original BlendJet One, we were excited to get our hands on the next-generation model, the BlendJet 2, which offers a larger capacity blending cup (16 ounces), more power, and a longer battery life.
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? There are measurement marks on the 16-ounce blender cup, which makes on-the-go eyeballing of ingredients simple—no measuring cups required. Like the original version, this model is self-cleaning for added convenience.
It comes in a range of fun colors (even more than the original version), and our reviewer was impressed with how fast it worked (even faster than the BlendJet One. It's powerful enough to crush entire ice cubes. The only downside is the limited capacity—this is definitely a blender for one, so don't expect to make super-sized smoothies or pulverize tons of solid ingredients. 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."
Power Rating: 5 volts | 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
Best Battery Powered: Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Compact Blender RPB-100
Recharges in 2 hours
No measurement markings on cup
This personal blender is lithium battery-operated, so you can use it anywhere without access to an outlet—as long as it's charged. The battery fully recharges in just two hours via a USB cable, which can be connected to ports on your computer or car or used with the included standard electrical plug. The battery is estimated to provide 20 minutes of runtime when fully charged.
It comes with one 16-ounce BPA-free cup plus a travel lid so you can take your smoothies and protein shakes on-the-go. The four-prong blade screws on to the blending cup, and can also be used to puree single servings of soup or crush ice for drinks and slushies.
The blender is powered on and off by a single one-speed power button that lights up when in use. The stainless steel accent and streamlined shape look good on countertops, too. It's a bit bigger and heavier than the BlendJet, the only other battery-powered model on this list, but it's backed by a three-year limited warranty, so keep that in mind if you're trying to decide between the two.
Power Rating: 7.4 volts | Cups Included: 1 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 16 ounces | Weight: 2.2 pounds | Warranty: 3 years
Best for Smoothies: COSORI Personal High Speed Blender C011-PB
Includes auto-blend and pulse settings
All removable parts are dishwasher safe
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.
Power Rating: 800 Watts | Cups Included: 3 | Maximum Cup Capacity: 24 ounces | Weight: 8.1 pounds | Warranty: 2 years
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 BlendJet One. It is battery operated, recharged via a USB cable, and can make several smoothies on a single full charge.
What to Look for in a Personal Blender
Blender Cup Capacity
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.
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.
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 an appliance is.
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.
How powerful are personal blenders?
In general, personal blenders aren't quite as powerful as standard-sized blenders since they have smaller footprints and therefore smaller motors, but most pack enough punch to whip up smoothies and shakes.
The exact amount of power depends on the wattage. The higher the wattage number, the more powerful the blender's motor will be.
Check the specifications before buying to compare the power of different personal blenders.
Can you put frozen fruit in a personal blender?
Yes, you can put frozen fruit in a personal blender. 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 are trying to blend frozen fruit in your personal blender and keep ending up with unblended bits, try letting the fruit sit out at room temperature for 5 to 10 minutes before blending to partially thaw and blend easier.
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.
The more powerful the motor (i.e. the more wattage), the better it should be able to handle ice.
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 Sharon Lehman, a home cook who happens to be a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist. She researches and reviews small kitchen appliances for The Spruce Eats, and tested several of the blenders on this list, including the Nutri Ninja Pro, Magic Bullet, and BlendJet One.