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The 5 Best Personal Blenders - Winter 2023 Reviews

Best Personal Blenders

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 more than 20 personal blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best options, 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 Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO is the best personal blender that we've tested. If you're looking for a smoothie maker, it's a fantastic option, and its overall performance even rivals some full-size models. It's partly because of its 'smoothie bowl maker', a jar with rotating arms inside of it that allows it to easily process hard ingredients like nuts and make very smooth, spreadable nut butter. It comes with a pair of personal jars that you can use to blend extremely silky smoothies with fibrous elements like kale. Add in its fantastic ice-crushing ability, and you have a compact, multi-purpose blender that can help with everything from smoothies to hummus to slushies.

    It has a few other helpful design features, like to-go lids for the personal jars and a few automatic blending programs that let you move 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 preset 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.

    See our review

  2. Best Mid-Range Personal Blender

    If you're looking for a cheaper blender, the best single-serve blender in the mid-range that we've tested is the Ninja Fit. This bullet-style blender doesn't have blending programs, unlike the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, and you need to push down on the jar to blend. That makes it a bit less convenient to use, but it makes a silky blend with fibrous fruits and vegetables. It comes with two 16-ounce jars that are a good size for smoothies and shakes, along with matching to-go lids so you can use them as travel cups. It's easy to clean by hand, and the jars, lids, and blade assembly are all dishwasher-safe.

    While it doesn't come with a 'smoothie bowl maker' jar to make quick work of thicker blends, it's still quite versatile. It makes snow-like crushed ice, which is nice if you like frozen drinks or protein shakes with a lot of ice. It makes very smooth, spreadable nut butter, and it's decently easy to use for that purpose, even though it takes more time and effort than the DUO. The jars are narrow, so depending on what you're making, you might need to undock the jar partway through and shake it.

    See our review

  3. Best Budget Personal Blender

    For simple smoothie and protein shake recipes, a cheaper option might do the trick. The best single-serve blender we've tested in the budget range is the Oster MyBlend. It has a sportier look compared to the other blenders listed here, and you might like its bottle-shaped jar. The blender and jar come in several different colors, and the lid has a resealable drinking spout and a plastic loop so you can hang it from a bag or backpack. It's best for simpler smoothie recipes since it struggles with fibrous elements. Your recipe with blueberries or pineapple will be well-blended and drinkable but has more unprocessed bits than the Ninja Fit or Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO.

    Unfortunately, It's not good for making crushed ice for cocktails or frozen drinks. It's not easy to use for thicker recipes like hummus, although it can produce great results if you don't mind the extra work. It takes longer to process ingredients than the Ninja Fit, but you don't need to push down on the jar to blend, meaning you might prefer it for that reason. It's not the easiest to clean by hand, but its components are dishwasher-safe. It's quieter than the more expensive models listed here, which is nice if you don't want to disturb housemates with early-morning smoothie-making.

    See our review

  4. Best Small Personal Blender

    Personal blenders are generally more compact than full-size blenders, but if size is particularly important to you, the Magic Βullet Mini is the best small blender we've tested. When the jar is docked on the base, this blender is shorter than the others listed here, so it's more likely to fit into a cupboard. It's also the lightest, so it's easy to store out of the way in a cupboard or on a shelf and bring out when you need it. As you might expect, its 14-ounce capacity is also on the small side, but you can use it to make fantastic smoothies.

    However, like the Oster MyBlend, it makes a less smooth puree with fibrous fruits and veggies compared to the Ninja Fit or Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. It comes with a cup ring so you can drink from the jar at home, but unlike most personal blenders, there's no resealable to-go lid included. The jar and cup ring are dishwasher-safe, but the blade assembly needs to be cleaned by hand. Still, if you're looking for the best mini blender for your small kitchen, it's worth considering.

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  5. Best Portable Personal Blender

    The best portable personal blender that we've tested is the ΒlendJet 2. This blender is around the same price as the Magic Bullet Mini and isn't as good at processing stubborn elements like leafy greens or fruit skins. If you're looking for something you can take 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.

    Depending on your recipe, 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 from most recipes and 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.

    See our review

Notable Mentions

  • NutriBullet Pro+: The NutriBullet Pro+ makes incredible smoothies in either its 24-ounce or 32-ounce jar. The jars come with matching lip rings and to-go lids, and everything is dishwasher-safe. However, unlike the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, it can't crush ice. It's also not as good for making almond butter. See our review
  • Beast Health Blender: The Beast Health Blender has a sleek, modern-looking design and a fantastic overall performance that rivals the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO. However, it's more expensive than the DUO and only comes with one jar without a resealable to-go lid. See our review

Recent Updates

  1. Jan 12, 2023: Checked that the products are available and made minor text updates.

  2. Dec 13, 2022: Made minor text updates and checked that the products are in stock. Added the Beast Health Blender to Notable Mentions.

  3. Oct 28, 2022: Reorganized picks and removed the Ninja Nutri-Βlender Pro with Auto-iQ. Added the Oster MyΒlend as the 'Βest Βudget' pick and made the Magic Βullet Mini the 'Βest Small Personal Βlender'.

  4. Aug 31, 2022: Verified that picks represent the best recommendations and that the products are in stock.

  5. 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'.

All Reviews

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.