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 makes 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 a bit cheap. It's also one of the loudest blenders we've tested, and like most personal models can't process hot ingredients. That said, its exceptional overall performance makes it the best personal smoothie blender that we've tested.
If you want a better-built personal blender for smoothies, try the Breville Boss To Go Sport instead. This bullet blender takes longer to make a smoothie and isn't as easy to clean as the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri DUO, but it feels much more sturdy and durable. The base and transmission are made of metal, while the two single-serve jars are made of good quality plastic and come with to-go lids. In the 23-ounce jar, you can make an incredible smoothie, bar quality crushed ice, and excellent almond butter. The 15-ounce jar is dual-walled, which is intended to help keep your drink cold, and it also produces a great smoothie. This blender can be tricky to clean if you're working with sticky ingredients, but fortunately, the jars, lids, and blade assemblies are all dishwasher-safe. Overall, it's one of the best single-serve blenders we've tested.
Go for the Ninja if you want the model that makes crushed ice with a better texture or that takes less time to make a smoothie, but consider the Breville instead if a very sturdy build quality is important to you.
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.
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'.
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.