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 14 personal blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best personal blenders. Check out our recommendations for the best 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. It comes with two 24-ounce jars with matching to-go lids, so you can easily make single-serves of your favorite drinks. There's also a 14-ounce jar equipped with unique, manually-operated arms that work to push food towards the blades for a smoother blend.
It's easy to use, with buttons for different modes that act as timers. It makes an outstanding, silky smoothie in less than a minute using any of the jars. It can also crush ice into a snow-like consistency, and make smooth, spreadable almond butter. When you're done using it, clean-up is really easy since a quick rinse will work for most messes, and you can put the jars and lids in your dishwasher.
Unfortunately, it doesn't have the best build quality, as its plastic motor base feels a bit flimsy. Also, like most personal blenders, it can't be used to blend hot ingredients. That said, if you want something that can make a fantastic single-serve smoothie, it's one of the best blenders for smoothies we've tested.
If you prefer a personal blender with better build quality, consider the Breville Boss To Go Sport instead. It takes longer than the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO to make a smoothie, and it's not as good at crushing ice, but it feels much more sturdy. The metal base and transmission feel very solid and durable. The 23-ounce and 15-ounce jars also feel well-built and come with matching to-go lids. You can use either one to make an incredible, silky smoothie. This blender also makes smooth, spreadable almond butter and bar-quality crushed ice. The jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher safe, so clean-up is easy.
If you want the personal blender with the best performance, go for the Ninja. Try the Breville if build quality is important to you and you don't mind something with slightly worse performance.
The best personal blender that we've tested in the budget category is the Ninja Nutri Ninja Pro. This compact model comes with three jars, including a 24-ounce jar, an 18-ounce jar, and a 12-ounce jar. They include matching to-go lids, so you can easily bring your blended drink with you to the gym or office.
It's simple to operate, with one speed setting. It can crush ice into a snow-like consistency in about two minutes, which is great for making frozen drinks. You can also make a decent, well-blended smoothie in less than a minute in its 12-ounce jar. It's very easy to clean since rinsing with soap and water should take care of even stickier messes, and the jars and lids are dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, it can't be used to blend hot ingredients for soups or purees. It also produces dry, sticky almond butter with some unprocessed chunks. That said, if you're looking for an affordable blender to make your daily smoothie or protein shake, it's a solid option.
The best cheap personal blender we've tested is the Magic Bullet Mini. This small, compact blender can easily fit into your cabinets without taking up too much space. It comes with one 13-ounce and one 8-ounce jar for making smoothies and salsas, and there's even a resealable lid so you can take your blends with you on the go.
With its 13-ounce jar, this blender makes a good smoothie, and it can process leafy greens like kale into a smooth, foamy blend. You can easily clean out the jar with a soapy water rinse after making a smoothie, and the jars are even dishwasher-safe for an easier clean. The blades need to be washed by hand, but that shouldn't be very difficult if you're making liquid blends like smoothies.
Unfortunately, like many blenders in this price category, it has a mediocre build quality, with a generic plastic body that doesn't seem very durable or premium. It can't be used to crush ice, either, and it can be a bit more difficult to clean out stickier messes like almond butter from under the blades. That said, if you're on a tight budget, it's still a solid choice.
If you're looking for a cheap personal blender that can also crush ice, consider the Oster MyBlend instead. While it only comes with one 20-ounce main jar and doesn't make as good of a smoothie as the Magic Bullet Mini, it can crush ice into a slightly clumpy texture in a few minutes. Though this blender is also made of plastic, it's better-built, and its materials seem a bit more durable and sturdy. Its main jar has a unique sport bottle design, and its drinking lid makes it easy to bring your blends with you on the go. Unfortunately, if you like to make smoothies with leafy greens like kale, you may be disappointed that the blender can struggle to incorporate them into the mix, resulting in a leafy, foamy blend.
If you want a blender that makes a better smoothie, check out the Magic Bullet, but if you want a better-built blender that can crush ice, consider the Oster instead.
Apr 27, 2021: Added the Oster MyBlend as 'Cheap Ice Crushing Alternative'.
Feb 26, 2021: Added the BlendJet 2 to Notable Mentions. Checked that other picks are still the best products for our users and that they're available.
Jan 27, 2021: Checked that the recommended products are still the best picks.
Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best personal 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.