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 15 personal blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best personal blenders. Check out our recommendations 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 for smoothies that we've tested. This sturdy blender comes with two 24-ounce personal jars with matching to-go lids. With the 'Extraction' preset mode, you can use either jar to make a fantastic, silky smoothie in less than a minute.
It has a straightforward design, with a single fast speed setting, a pulse mode, and a few presets that act as timers. You can use it to make snow-like crushed ice, which is nice if you like to add ice to your smoothies or make frozen drinks. There's also a 14-ounce 'Power Nutri Bowl' included that you can use to make fantastic almond butter. It's a very easy blender to clean by hand, and its jars, lids, and blades are all dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have the best build quality since the motor base feels plasticky and cheap. It's also one of the loudest blenders we've tested, and like most personal models, it can't process hot ingredients. That said, its exceptional overall performance makes it the best personal smoothie blender that we've tested.
The best budget personal blender we've tested is the Ninja Nutri-Βlender Plus. This bullet blender comes with three 20-ounce jars with matching flip-top lids, so it's easy to blend a single-serve smoothie and bring it with you to work. It's also one of the quieter personal blenders that we've tested and much quieter than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, in addition to being more affordable.
It has a simple design and doesn't take up much space on a kitchen counter. You can use any of the jars to make a fantastic, silky smoothie in about a minute and a half. It's easy to rinse the jar and blades if you're working with liquidy ingredients, and they're also dishwasher-safe. This model is also worth considering if you're looking for a multi-purpose personal blender since it can handle tougher tasks like making almond butter.
Unfortunately, the manufacturer advises against using it for dry ingredients like coffee beans. It's also mediocre for crushing ice, but it shouldn't be too much of an issue if you're only adding a cube or two to your smoothie recipe. Overall, if you're looking for a budget-friendly option, it's among the best single-serve blenders we've tested.
The Magic Βullet Mini is the best cheap personal blender we've tested. This compact bullet blender doesn't take up too much space on a counter or in a kitchen cupboard. It comes with a 13-ounce jar well-suited for smoothies and shakes and an 8-ounce jar that's a good size for making salsa or salad dressing.
With the 13-ounce jar, this blender can incorporate leafy greens like kale into a good smoothie. There's a resealable lid included, so you can store what you make, and a cup ring that makes it easier to drink directly out of the jar. The jars are dishwasher-safe, and while the blades need to be cleaned by hand, it's not very difficult if you're working with liquid ingredients.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have the best build quality since it's made of plastic that feels flimsy, and the jars don't feel very thick or solid. It's not intended for crushing ice on its own and can be tricky to clean after making something sticky like almond butter. Otherwise, if you don't want to spend too much, it's one of the best small blenders we've tested.
If you're looking for a cheap blender with better build quality, try the Oster MyBlend. This compact personal blender doesn't come with extra jars and isn't as good at making smoothies as the Magic Bullet Mini, but it has a much better build quality. It does an okay job of crushing ice, which is nice if you add it to your smoothies or make frozen drinks. You may also prefer its sporty, bottle-shaped jar, and it comes in a few different colors to match your kitchen. Unfortunately, it has trouble incorporating greens like kale into smoothies, resulting in a foamy, leafy drink.
If you're looking for a blender that makes silkier smoothies, try the Magic Bullet, but consider the Oster if you want a sturdier blender or something that can crush ice on its own.
Dec 21, 2021: Replaced the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro with the Ninja Nutri-Blender Plus because its lower price makes it a better fit for the budget category. Also removed the Breville Boss To Go Sport as the 'Βetter-Βuilt Alternative' to the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO because it's not currently available.
Oct 22, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. There were no changes to product picks.
Aug 24, 2021: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations in their categories and that the products are in stock.
Jun 25, 2021: Checked that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock. Added the NutriBullet Pro+ and the NutriBullet PRO 1000 to Notable Mentions because of their smoothie performance.
Apr 27, 2021: Added the Oster MyBlend as 'Cheap Ice Crushing Alternative'.
Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best personal blenders and 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.