The best protein shake blenders are easy to use, clean, and come with a personal jar or two to take your shake with you on the go. You may need something that can liquify hard and fibrous ingredients like greens and seeds, but if you tend to simply toss some ice and protein powder in the jar, an inexpensive blender with a compact design may be what you're looking for.
We've tested more than 70 blenders, and below are our recommendations for the best options for making single-serve protein shakes. If you're looking for a full-size blender, the models on our best blenders for smoothies list are also suitable for making protein shakes. See our recommendations for the best personal blenders and the best bullet blenders.
The Ninja Fit is the best blender for protein shakes we’ve tested. It's a budget-friendly, compact personal blender, which is nice if you only use your blender for protein shakes. It's also quite versatile, as it can handle both powdered mixes and add-ins like fibrous kale or harder foods like nuts and frozen strawberries.
It comes with a pair of 24-ounce personal jars with resealable to-go lids, making it easy to blend a shake and toss it in your gym bag. If you like to add leafy greens, seeds, or nuts to your blends, the blender can easily process these ingredients into a smooth consistency. It also makes very smooth, spreadable almond butter, which is nice if you add it to your shakes.
Unfortunately, the jars are small and narrow, so you may need to shake the jar to make sure everything is incorporated. It can only handle three cubes at once and produces clumpy crushed ice, which could be an issue if you sometimes make frozen drinks like slushies. If you don’t mind its relatively small capacity, it should do a great job with most protein shake recipes.
If your recipes are usually limited to powder and liquids, the Oster MyΒlend is the best blender for protein shakes we’ve tested. While it’s not an extremely versatile blender, it's a cheap option with a convenient design for making powder-based shakes to-go. Its relatively compact design is good for small spaces, and it comes in a few different colors to suit your style.
It has a water-bottle-shaped jar with a flip-top lid and built-in loop that allows you to hang it from a bag or backpack. It can’t fully liquefy fibrous ingredients like leafy greens and isn't powerful enough to blend nuts smoothly, so you may not get a uniform blend if you add ingredients like kale or nuts. That said, it does a okay job of crushing ice cubes. It's easy to clean by hand, and the jar and lid are dishwasher-safe.
Unfortunately, while it’s decently well-built, some parts of the motor base feel cheap. You may also find the jar's 20-ounce capacity to be on the small side. If you’re looking for a blender to mix simple protein shake recipes, it's an inexpensive option with a sporty, easy-to-use design.
If you want a personal blender with larger-sized jars, you may prefer the NutriBullet Pro. This bullet blender comes with two 32-ounce personal jars, meaning they have a higher capacity than most personal-sized jars we've tested. Its simple design makes it a good choice if you want a blender mainly for making shakes or smoothies.
You can use it to make fantastic, silky drinks with ingredients like raw kale and frozen fruits. It also does a decent job making almond butter, which is nice if you like to add a spoonful to your shakes. The to-go lids for the jars make it easy to take a shake with you to work, and there are also cup rings that make it easy to drink from the jar at home.
Unfortunately, this blender is louder than the other picks on this list. Also, while the jar and lids are top-rack dishwasher-safe, the blades need to be cleaned by hand, which is inconvenient. The manufacturer warns against using it to blend ice on its own, limiting its versatility somewhat, although you can add ice cubes to the jar as long as there's also some liquid.
The ΒlendJet 2 is the best blender for protein shakes with a portable design that we've tested. This battery-powered blender is meant to be portable, and you can drink directly from the jar when you're on the go with the motor base and blade assembly attached. The entire blender is small enough to fit in a backpack or a bigger purse, and the lid has a built-in carrying strap.
While it isn't for processing tough ingredients like nuts, you can use it to make fresh protein shakes even if you don't have access to an outlet. It can handle chunks of frozen fruit like bananas and even does a decent job crushing ice, unlike other portable blenders we've tested. It's very quiet, so it shouldn't be too disruptive if you use it to blend up a shake during your lunch break. It's advertised to take about 90 minutes to charge fully with the included USΒ-A to USΒ-C cable and should last for about 15 20-second blending cycles.
Unfortunately, it makes foamy, leafy drinks if you add fibrous ingredients like kale, although the result is still drinkable. It's bad at making almond butter, which may be disappointing if you want to make your own to add to shakes. It's not dishwasher-safe, although it's very easy to rinse clean since the jar is open on both ends once you remove the blade assembly.
Our above recommendations are what we think are currently the best blenders for protein shakes 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 blender reviews, sorted by smoothie performance. 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.