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The 5 Best Personal Blenders - Winter 2024 Reviews

Best Personal Blenders

A personal blender is a great way to make personal-sized blends that you can easily take on the go. They generally excel at making smoothies, and they tend to come with differently-sized single-serve jars. While they're not as versatile as full-size models, have simple controls, and can't hot blend, they're a great choice for making smaller-portioned mixes.

We've tested more than 25 personal blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best small blenders, whether you're looking for the best personal smoothie blender or don't have space for a full-size blender in your kitchen. If you want more options for making single-serve smoothies, check out our list of the best bullet blenders. For more great options for smoothies, try the best blenders for smoothies and the best budget blenders.

  1. Best Personal Blender

    The best personal blender we've tested is the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. Unlike most personal blenders, it can help with all kinds of recipes, so it's worth considering if you're looking for a multi-purpose blender for a cramped kitchen. That's partly because of its 'smoothie bowl maker,' a jar with rotating arms inside that allows it to easily process thick smoothies or other recipes like nut butter. Naturally, it comes with personal jars for single-serve drinks and easily blends extremely silky smoothies with fibrous fruits and vegetables. Add in its fantastic ice-crushing ability, and you have a versatile blender that can help with almost any recipe.

    Its controls include a few automatic blending programs, which is also unusual for a personal blender, so you don't have to manually stop the blender when it's done. You can also move away from the blender as it's running—which may be useful because it's one of the louder blenders we've tested. If you're concerned about noise, you might prefer the NutriBullet Pro 900. This quieter blender can match the Ninja's fibrous ingredient blending performance, which is important for well-blended smoothies with ingredients like kale, but it comes with a few downsides. It's not meant for ice crushing, and its blade assembly isn't dishwasher-safe.

    Ninja and NutriBullet are among the most popular personal blender brands, and if you want to know more about how they stack up against each other, you can read a more detailed comparison here.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Personal Blender

    If you're looking for a personal blender, Ninja is one of the best brands to check out, and they make good options at a few different price points. The Ninja Fit isn't as feature-packed as the previous pick. It doesn't come with a 'smoothie bowl maker,' making it harder to use for small batches of nut butter or hummus. However, it has no problem smoothly processing stubborn smoothie ingredients like spinach or blueberries. It's also great for small batches of crushed ice, so it can easily handle ice cubes in your smoothie or produce well-blended slushies and blended margaritas. It's quieter, so blending an early-morning smoothie is less likely to wake everyone up.

    This blender's 16oz jars have a narrow shape, and depending on the recipe, you may need to stop and shake the jar so that everything reaches the blades. However, its main drawback is the controls—it has no buttons, and you need to push down on the blending jar and hold it to blend. Blending something like a smoothie doesn't take long, but the Magic Bullet Blender might be a better option if the controls are a dealbreaker. It's more difficult to clean by hand, and you can't use it to crush ice without liquid in the jar, but it's a good option for well-blended smoothies. Its jar locks into place, so you can do something else while the machine runs.

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  3. Best Budget Personal Blender

    The Magic Bullet Mini is worth considering if you're looking for the best mini blender for smoothies or want a more budget-friendly blender. This model isn't as well-built or powerful as the previous picks, but its light, compact design makes it easy to store in cramped kitchens. It makes a smooth blend with fibrous ingredients, meaning it can make a well-blended smoothie with fruit or leafy greens. While it takes longer to process those ingredients than the Ninja Fit, you don't have to press down on the jar the whole time.

    However, it feels plasticky and not particularly durable. It's not very versatile since it's hard to use for thicker recipes. Also, like most Magic Bullet blenders, it's not meant for crushing ice without liquid in the jar. This is the only blender on the list that doesn't come with a resealable to-go lid for the jar. If you plan to use your blender's jar as a travel cup, the Oster MyBlend is around the same price and comes with a resealable lid. However, it struggles to make a smooth blend with common smoothie ingredients like leafy greens.

    See our review

  4. Best Quiet Personal Blender

    Despite its relatively small size, the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is one of the loudest blenders we've tested. That might not bother you much for occasional use, but a roaring blender can get annoying if you use it often or make recipes with longer blending times. If the noise level is a priority, the best single-serve blender we've tested is the Beast Health Blender. This premium blender is one of the quietest personal blenders we've tested, and it's still powerful enough for a variety of recipes.

    It's also more expensive than the DUO, so it's definitely on the pricey side for a personal blender. However, it has a premium build and an equally fantastic performance for most recipes. It easily liquifies difficult ingredients like leafy greens, handles thicker recipes like nut butter, and makes snow-like crushed ice. It comes with a drinking lid for its 34oz jar, but the jar has a shorter, wider shape than most personal blender jars, which might make it a little less convenient to use as a travel cup. The jar's ribbed design gives it a high-end look but makes it harder to clean by hand than most picks here since food tends to get trapped in the ridges.

    See our review

  5. Best Portable Personal Blender

    If you want a portable option that you can use to blend a smoothie on the go, the best single-serve blender is the Ninja Blast. This model doesn't perform as well as conventional blenders like the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, but its battery-powered design gives it a few advantages. You can use it to blend a smoothie on the go, whether you're outside, at your desk, or making a post-workout snack at the gym. Its lightweight, compact design makes it easy to carry around, including the motor base and blades, and its resealable lid makes it easy to enjoy a smoothie on the go since you can open it with a push of a button.

    However, compared to the other blenders on this list, it struggles more with fibrous ingredients like leafy greens or blueberries, so you won't get the same perfectly smooth blend you do with the DUO. However, it still does a decent job of blending fibrous ingredients, and adding a couple of ice cubes isn't an issue. Unfortunately, it's difficult to clean since the motor base and blades have some tough-to-reach spots that trap food. You can put the jar in the dishwasher for a quick clean.

    If you want more battery-powered options, check out our recommendations for the best portable blenders.

    See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Feb 19, 2024: We've made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are in stock.

  2. Jan 24, 2024: We've verified that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  3. Jan 04, 2024: Made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are in stock.

  4. Dec 01, 2023: Made minor updates to the text and checked that the products are in stock.

  5. Nov 01, 2023: Checked that the picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are available.

All Reviews

Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best small blenders and best personal smoothie blenders for most people. We factor in the price (a cheaper blender wins over a pricier one if the difference isn't worth it), feedback from our visitors, and availability (no blenders that are difficult to find or almost out of stock everywhere).

If you want to choose for yourself, here is the list of all our personal blender reviews. Be careful not to get too caught up in the details. While no blender is perfect, most blenders are great enough to please almost everyone, and the differences are often not noticeable unless you look for them.