A personal blender is a great way to make personal-sized blends that you can easily take with you 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 very simple controls, and can't hot blend, they're a great choice for making smaller-portioned mixes.
We've tested over 20 personal blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best options to buy. Check out our picks for the best mini blenders, the best Vitamix blenders, the best blenders for smoothies, and the best blenders for under $100.
The Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best personal blender that we've tested. Like any good personal blender, it excels as a smoothie-maker, but its overall performance rivals some pricier full-size models. It has a lot to do with the 14-ounce 'Smoothie Βowl Maker', which helps it tackle hard ingredients and thicker mixtures with more ease than most other personal blenders. Add in its fantastic ice-crushing ability, and you have a compact, multi-purpose blender that can help with everything from kale smoothies to hummus to slushies.
There are a few other helpful design features, like to-go lids for the 24-ounce personal jars and a few automatic blending programs that let you stand away from the blender as it's running—which may come in handy because it's one of the louder blenders we've tested. Like most personal blenders, it can't hot blend, and its small capacity and single-speed setting also make it less versatile. The jars, lids, and blades are all dishwasher-safe, but if you're cleaning by hand, you need to be careful of the sharp blades.
If you don't want to spend that much on a personal blender, the Ninja Nutri-Βlender Pro with Auto-iQ is the next best option. This model's build quality is a step down from our top pick. However, like the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, it makes a very silky smoothie in its 24-ounce personal jars, even if you use fibrous, difficult-to-process ingredients like kale. It has no problem crushing small batches of crushed ice to add to cocktails or frozen drinks. While its 'Auto-iQ' programs don't necessarily do a better job than manual blending, it's nice to step away from the blender while it's running.
This blender's main downside compared to the more expensive top pick is that it doesn't come with a 'Smoothie Βowl Maker' jar. Using the 24-ounce personal jars, blending thick mixtures like nut butter is a longer, more tedious process, and the results aren't as good. It makes it a little less versatile, but it's still a fantastic option if you want to make single-serve smoothies.
The Ninja Fit is the best single-serve blender in the mid-range that we've tested. If you're looking for a blender for making smoothies and protein shakes and aren't as concerned about versatility, it's worth considering. Unlike the more expensive personal blenders on this list, it doesn't have any blending programs, and you need to push down on the jar for it to blend, so it's never a hands-free process. That said, it makes silky single-serve smoothies and has an even smaller motor base that won't take up much space on your counter. There are two 16-ounce jars included with matching resealable lids, so you can easily blend up a protein shake to bring along to work or the gym.
It doesn't have any trouble breaking down ice cubes or making a silky puree with fibrous ingredients, which is nice if your typical smoothie recipe includes kale or frozen fruits. However, it's not very easy to use for thicker mixtures like nut butter, and the jars are also somewhat narrow, so depending on what you're blending, you may need to remove the jar partway through and shake it.
If you're looking for an even cheaper blender, the Magic Βullet Mini can get the job done. This blender is smaller than other picks on this list, so it's a good choice if you're looking for the best small blender for a cramped kitchen. It can make a very smooth puree with ingredients like kale in its 13-ounce personal jar, so it's a good choice for single-serve smoothies. There's a cup ring and to-go lid included so you can drink directly from the jar. It also comes with an eight-ounce jar, which is a bit small for smoothies, but you can use it to whip up small batches of salsa or salad dressing.
However, it's not as versatile as the pricier picks. It's not intended for crushing ice without liquid in the jar, according to the manufacturer, and using it to make smooth nut butter is a long, tedious process. That said, it's decently easy to clean by hand, and the jars and lids are dishwasher-safe. The blades need to be washed by hand, and it's not as well-built as the Ninja Fit since the motor base and jars are made of plastic that feels flimsy.
The best portable personal blender that we've tested is the ΒlendJet 2. This blender is around the same price as the Magic Βullet Mini and doesn't perform nearly as well at pureeing fibrous ingredients. That said, if you're looking for something you can take with you to work or on a trip, it's the best battery-powered option we've tested. It's small enough to fit into a backpack or a big purse, and the lid has a built-in loop to make it easier to carry or hang from your bag. It charges with a USB-C to USB-A cable, and the manufacturer advertises it to last for about 15 20-second blending cycles. It also comes in different colors and patterns to suit your style.
If you add fibrous ingredients, your smoothie will have a grainy or leafy texture, so it's not ideal if a perfectly smooth puree is important to you. However, it can still produce an acceptable, drinkable smoothie with ingredients like kale, and it can crush ice, so it's well-suited for protein shake recipes that include ice, powder, and liquid. It's very easy to clean by hand since the jar is open at the top and bottom once you unscrew the blade assembly. No part of it is dishwasher-safe, though.
Aug 31, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Jul 22, 2022: Reorganized picks to help users find what they're looking for. Added the Ninja Nutri-Βlender Pro with Auto-iQ as the 'Best Upper-Mid-Range Personal Blender'.
Jun 30, 2022: Added the ΒlendJet 2 as the 'Best Portable Personal Blender' and the Magic Βullet Kitchen Express as the 'Best Combo Personal Blender'.
Apr 29, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Mar 01, 2022: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.
Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best small 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.