As food trends come and go, one thing remains — the love (and need for) great smoothies.
Smoothies have withstood countless diet fads because they are totally customizable, easy on the gut and super convenient to make. The only downside is navigating a bulky and cumbersome machine every time you want to whip up a quick treat.
Luckily, you can still enjoy your daily smoothies without the hassle of full-sized blenders. Portable and single-serve mini blenders pave the way for quick and convenient smoothies at any time of the day.
To help you get through the rest of 2021 living your best and most healthy life, we’ve compiled the 9 best portable blenders.
The Best Single-Serve Blenders
The first group of smoothie-making gadgets is the single-serve blenders. Think of them kind of like mini blenders. They don't have the same capacity as the big guys, but they function pretty much the same. Fill your canister, turn it on and wait as you get smoothie perfection.
Ninja is one of the leading names for blenders, so you can be sure you are getting quality with their Nutri Pro Compact.
A step above their bulkier options, this compact blender requires only a few simple steps to get a great smoothie: just fill up your blender cup, twist on the bladed lid, throw it on the blender and then switch lids for an easy option on the go.
That brings us to our next point: the Ninja Nutri Pro has awesome travel lids. Unlike other open cups, the pro features a sip and seal lid to keep your travel cup from making a traveling mess.
Not quite ready to take the plunge? Almost 9,500 people have given the Ninja Nutri Pro Compact Blender 5 stars on Amazon.
So if you don't believe us, take it from them.
- Reputable Ninja Brand
- 900 watts
- Pulse feature to crush ice, seeds and other smoothie difficulties
- Sip and seal lids
- Not made for hot liquids
- Reviewers have complained about blade quality and durability
- Struggles crushing full-sized ice and frozen fruit chunks
Another pick from Ninja, this personal blender combines the best of both worlds. The Ninja Personal Blender has the durability and nutrient extraction that Ninja is known for with the simplicity of a single-serve blender. In other words, you will get the smoothies you love but without the frills that other blenders have, including the Nutri Pro.
To use, simply throw your ingredients into your blender jar and push the cup down to activate the blades.
- 700-watt motor
- Powerful Ninja pulse features
- It doesn't do well with temperature extremes (hot or frozen items)
The OG of the single-serve blender world is the Magic Bullet. What it lacked in performance was made up for in innovation and functionality.
And smoothie makers are still using the magic bullet today for smoothies, protein shakes and even margaritas.
We love the magic bullet because of the interchangeable blades, which makes it easy to chop up just about anything. Use the cross blade for chopping up ice cubes, veggies or grating cheese. Switch to the flat blade when you make whipping cream or need to grind up spices and coffee beans.
And when you need to do it all in a day? Simply throw the canisters into the dishwasher or rinse them out in the sink for quick cleanup.
Unfortunately, this option does have a significant downside: the wattage. At just 250 watts, you will need to be mindful not to overfill. Also, some reviewers have noted a burning smell at times. But with only 250 watts of power, who is really surprised by that?
- Recipe Book (including those margarita recipes I mentioned earlier)
- Interchangeable Blades
- Dishwasher Safe
- Multiple cups and accessories
- 250 Watts
If you love the nostalgia of the Magic Bullet but want something with a little (or a lot) more power, you may find the Nutribullet Pro series is for you. The Nutribullet Pro 900 and 1000 go far beyond the Magic Bullet's capabilities.
With both motors starting at 900 watts, you won't have to worry about your machine every time you make a simple smoothie or milkshake.
With ergonomically designed blades, these little blenders can also tackle nut butters, ice cream and frozen fruit.
- 32-ounce, BPA free cup
- 900 - 1,200 watt motors
- Recipe Book
- Two-blade system may contribute to leaking
Another trusted name with kitchen appliances is Cuisinart. While it may not be the Nutribullet Pro powerhouse, the Cuisinart CBP-300 does offer some serious power given its truly compact size.
Something we love about this model is the patented ultra-sharp set of stainless steel blades.
You can also choose between high, low and pulse action, making it a great fit for a variety of uses––from smoothies to salsa to grinding flax and herbs.
- Patented blades
- Four travel cups
- Cups aren't ideal for drinking
The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is one of the most affordable options on our list. It is also one of the easiest to use, thanks to the one-touch button and wrap-around cord for easy storage.
While it only comes with a 175-watt motor, this little machine is great for juices, shakes, baby formula, salad dressing and marinades.
And if you are prepared to help with some chopping, it can also be a good way to get your morning smoothies in. Although reviewers have noted that if you plan to whip up a smoothie every day, you might want to opt for something with more power.
Unfortunately, this model is no longer available on the Hamilton Beach website, but it is still available and a highly-reviewed item on Amazon.
- 14 oz blending jar
- One-touch button
- Wrap-around cord
- 175 watts
- Not great for daily use
If you don't love the awkward blender cups that traditionally come with small blenders, then the Oster My Blend may be the right choice for you.
Not only is this one of the most budget-friendly picks on our list, but it also has the hands-down best travel cups.
The drinking lid comes with an easy-to-carry hook that looks and feels like a water bottle. And the design makes sense given that Oster encourages everyone to refill their cup with water throughout the day.
The compact size and simple design make the Oster a great option for college students living in the doms or anyone with limited counter space.
We also love that it utilizes two different wattages to create the perfect blend. The My Blend will crush ice with 400 watts of power and then continue to blend at 240 watts.
- Best drinking cup
- Recipe book
- Resettable Fuse
- Built-in, resettable fuse will revive the motor in 15 minutes should it overheat
- All good things must come to an end, and our only drawback is that this little machine may not last for years on end.
The Best Cordless Travel Blenders
For a step beyond the compact blenders listed above, these cordless personal blenders make it easy to make smoothies wherever you are — the office, in the car, leaving the gym, etc.
The Aoozi Portable Blender makes it difficult to come up with excuses why you can't lead a healthy lifestyle.
This all-in-one product combines your blender with your travel cup, so you don't have to keep track of any extra pieces.
Simply throw your ingredients in and go about your day. And when you are done, add some water and let this gadget get to work on the cleanup.
It comes stocked with 2 AAA batteries but is also USB rechargeable, so you never have to worry about losing power.
The downside? The blender cup does not detach from the base, so you'll be carrying around the entire machine.
Another thing to keep in mind is that this machine may not be ready to handle the frozen fruits and full-sized ice cubes that other smoothie blenders can. So you will either want to leave this for protein shakes or be prepared to do some dicing first.
- Super portable
- Built-in 4000mAh battery
- Food-Grade stainless steel blades
- 3-5 hours charge time lasts for 20-30 uses
- Built-in blender cup
- Low wattage
Another truly portable option is the Popbabies Portable Blender.
And in this case, we may have saved the best for last.
This small blender comes with a detachable bottle for drinking, two lithium metal batteries and a specially curated ice cube tray, so you don't have to worry about chopping up your ice cubes. (Hallelujah!)
And because the cup is detachable, you don't have to lug around the entire machine all day long.
We love the idea of using this for fresh baby food on the go or making your breakfast at the office.
Popbabies does include some disclaimers about their product. It is not made for bullet-proof coffee or drinks hotter than 50 degrees. They also note that you should not use frozen fruit from the supermarket or normal-sized ice cubes, as both are too large for the machine. Instead, plan on chopping and freezing your own fresh fruit and using their
- USB rechargeable
- Recipe Book
- Great for traveling
- Complaints about chunky frozen foods
- Not made for hot items
Why Get a Portable Blender?
If you are stocked up on all the major kitchen appliances, you may think you don't need a portable or personal size blender.
You may even be asking yourself, what good is a travel blender when I have a Vitamix?
While it may not have the power that your Blendtech or Vitamix has, personal blenders play a big role in meal prepping and overall food planning.
Nothing ruins your wellness goals quite like traveling. Whether you are on a lengthy vacation or just popping out of town for the weekend, the urge to grab a quick and convenient bite to eat is difficult to overcome. Add in screaming children or a cranky spouse, and it becomes nearly impossible.
Portable blenders are easy to throw in a suitcase for quick, healthy and satisfying meals in a moment.
Travelling isn't the only thing that makes eating healthy difficult. For many of us, the daily grind of work doesn't give much space for food prep. If you can get through the list-making and grocery shopping, you still have to find time and energy to actually prepare your meals each week.
Portable blenders take convenient meal planning to the next level. Just divvy up your produce, and when it comes time to leave in the morning, you can simply throw it in the blender and be on your way.
Some options make it easy to blend your favorite smoothies right from the office.
Can we all agree that sometimes you just don't need half a gallon of banana berry smoothie? Sure, you could suck that baby down for breakfast all week or enjoy it for lunch. You can also throw it in the fridge for later (we won't even talk about that post-blend goop at the top of your smoothie.)
But when you need a little more variety in your life, compact blenders make it easy to make a smoothie, enjoy it and move on with your meals.
Personal blenders are also great for making small batches of baby food.
Just Plain Convenient
The final benefit of having a personal or portable blender is that it is just plain convenient. Small blenders work for small spaces like your tiny home, apartment or van life. They also are easy to store in cupboards for when you just can't afford to lose any of that precious counter space.
So when you need a quick and easy way to make smoothies (or other yummy recipes) each day, a small and portable blender may be right for you.
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