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Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v1.0
Reviewed Oct 19, 2020 at 08:59 am
Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender Picture
4.1
Multi-Purpose
5.6
Smoothies (Single Serving)
3.9
Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
3.9
Ice Crushing
1.9
Soups
2.6
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
175 W
Hot Blending
No

The Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender is a personal blender with a 14-ounce main jar that's ideal for making single serves of your favorite foods. However, this blender has a sub-par build quality, and it doesn't seem very durable. It can't hot blend, and it fails to crush ice and make almond butter. It also struggles to fully process fibrous ingredients like kale commonly found in smoothies. On the upside, the jar and lid are dishwasher-safe, and it's easy to clean by hand.

Our Verdict

4.1 Multi-Purpose

The Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender is poor for multi-purpose use. This personal blender has a sub-par build quality, so it doesn't feel very durable. It also can't hot blend, and it fails to crush ice and make almond butter. While it makes a passable smoothie, it doesn't fully blend fibrous ingredients like kale, so there are leafy, grainy chunks left in the blend. On the upside, you can wash the jar and the lid in the dishwasher, and it's also easy to wash by hand.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Sub-par build quality.
  • Struggles to fully process fibrous ingredients.
5.6 Smoothies (Single Serving)

The Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender is disappointing for smoothies and protein shakes. It makes a foamy, grainy smoothie, as it struggles to fully process fibrous ingredients like kale. You may need to stop it and use a spatula to push ingredients towards the blades. It also doesn't have the most durable build, but the jar and the lid are dishwasher-safe and easy to clean by hand.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cons
  • Sub-par build quality.
  • Struggles to fully process fibrous ingredients.
3.9 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
3.9 Ice Crushing

The Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender is terrible for ice crushing. Ice gets trapped under the blades, and it fails to crush ice cubes, resulting in a clumpy blend that isn't ideal for frozen drinks.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cons
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Sub-par build quality.
1.9 Soups

The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender can't hot blend, so it isn't suitable for making soups.

2.6 Professional Use

The Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender is awful for professional use. It doesn't feel very durable, and its 14-ounce capacity main jar isn't suitable for making large batches of food. It can't hot blend, and it fails to crush ice and make almond butter. On the upside, its components are dishwasher-safe, and it's very easy to clean with soap and water.

Pros
  • Dishwasher-safe and easy to clean.
Cons
  • Can't hot blend.
  • Can't crush ice.
  • Sub-par build quality.
  • 4.1 Multi-Purpose
  • 5.6 Smoothies (Single Serving)
  • 3.9 Smoothies (Multiple Servings)
  • 3.9 Ice Crushing
  • 1.9 Soups
  • 2.6 Professional Use
  1. Updated Aug 25, 2022: Reviewed the Magic Bullet Essential and added that it's better for processing fibrous ingredients.
  2. Updated Aug 08, 2022: Converted to Test Bench 1.0.
  3. Updated Oct 19, 2020: Review published.
  4. Updated Oct 08, 2020: Early access published.

Test Results

perceptual testing image
Design
Design
Dimensions
Height
12.4" (31.6 cm)
Width 4.1" (10.3 cm)
Depth 4.1" (10.3 cm)
Weight
1.8 lbs (0.8 kg)
Shaft Length (Immersion Blenders)
N/A

The Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender is a fairly small, compact model. You can easily store it on your kitchen counter or in a cupboard without taking up a lot of space. You can even remove the jar for easier storage. If you want a personal blender that's portable as well as compact, check out the cordless NutriBullet GO.

5.5
Design
Build Quality

This blender has a sub-par build quality. It's mostly made of plastic, which doesn't feel very premium or durable. It doesn't have any anti-slip pads to help keep it stable while blending. The plastic lid also feels quite cheap, as it's very thin and doesn't fit very tightly on the jar.

1.2
Design
Jar Capacity
Main Jar Capacity
14.0 oz (414 ml)
Additional Jar Capacity
N/A
Design
Jar/Beaker Materials
Jar/Beaker Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Dishwasher Safe
Yes
Design
Blades
Blade Type
Sharp
Blade Count
4
Removable
No
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The four sharp blades are fixed to the jar and can't be removed. The jar is dishwasher-safe, so you can wash the blades in your dishwasher, too.

Design
Lid
Two-Part Lid
No
Lid Closing Type
Friction

The lid seals on the jar using friction. There's also a sliding spout on the lid designed for drinking.

Design
Power Cord
Stow-Away Compartment
No
Cord Length
2.0 ft (0.6 m)

The power cord isn't as long as some of the others we've tested, but it should still reach nearby outlets as the blender is a smaller size. There isn't a stowaway compartment to hide the cord when it's not in use.

Design
In The Box

  • Motor base
  • 14oz jar (with blades)
  • 1x Drinking lid
  • Manual

Performance
4.9
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Small Batches)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
4.5
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
5.0

This blender is acceptable for processing small batches of fibrous ingredients. It struggles to fully process fibrous ingredients like kale, so you may need to use a spatula to push ingredients towards the blades. Even then, there are still visible kale bits in the blend, resulting in a foamy, grainy smoothie. If you're looking for a compact personal blender, the Magic Bullet Essential is more suitable for making silky single-serve smoothies.

4.4
Performance
Fibrous Ingredients (Full Capacity)
Jar Used Main Jar
Fibrous Ingredients Processing
4.0
Fibrous Ingredients Texture
4.5

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

5.0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Crushed Ice Preparation
5.0
Crushed Ice Texture
5.0

The Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender is awful for crushing ice. Ice forms under the blades, which prevents the unprocessed cubes from getting blended. It fails to crush ice, even when you try shaking or mixing the ice around in the jar. If you want a personal blender that can crush ice, take a look at the BlendJet 2.

1.0
Performance
Nut Butter
Nut Butter Preparation
1.0
Nut Butter Texture
1.0

This blender is terrible for almond butter. While it chops almonds into smaller pieces, it fails to blend them down into a butter-like texture. The resulting blend is dry, grainy, and clumpy, making it hard to spread on toast.

8.5
Performance
Noise
Noise @ Max Speed
84.8 dB
Performance
Blade Speed
Min Speed
21,000 RPM
Max Speed
21,000 RPM
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Type
No

The Hamilton Beach Personal Blender only has one speed setting. You can also simulate a pulse mode by pressing the main button and releasing it in short bursts.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Controls And Programs
On/Off Switch
No
Speed Presets
1
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
No
Programs
0
Blending Time Indicator
No
Programmable Timer
No

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

8.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning

This blender is very easy to clean. You can use soap and water to clean up most messes. For stickier messes like almond butter, you may need to use a brush to clean near the blades and the small grooves along the walls. The jar and the lid are also dishwasher-safe for an easier clean-up.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

This blender comes in several different color variants, including Black, White, Red, Raspberry, Blue, and Green. We tested the Black variant, and you can see the label for the model we tested here. We expect the other color variants to perform similarly.

Some retailers let you buy this blender with an additional 14-ounce jar. Since this jar is identical to the 14-oz main jar we tested, we don't expect a difference in performance. If you come across any other variants of this blender, let us know in the discussion section below so we can update our review.

Compared To Other Blenders

The Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender is a personal blender that doesn't have a very versatile performance. While its 14-ounce main jar and to-go lid are designed for bringing your blends with you on-the-go, its motor isn't as powerful as some of the other personal blenders we've tested like the NutriBullet Pro. It has a sub-par build quality, so it doesn't seem very durable, either. If you're looking for other blenders, check out our recommendations for the best blenders and the best blenders for smoothies

BlendJet 2

The BlendJet 2 is a better blender than the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender. The BlendJet makes a smoother blend with fibrous ingredients, can crush ice, and has significantly better build quality. On the other hand, the BlendJet is battery-powered, and some users may prefer the Hamilton Beach's corded design.

Magic Bullet Mini

The Magic Bullet Mini is a better personal blender than the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender. The Magic Bullet is better-built, and it comes with an additional jar. Unlike the Hamilton Beach, it can make almond butter, though it isn't very good. The Magic Bullet also makes a better smoothie. That said, the Hamilton Beach is easier to clean by hand.

NutriBullet Pro

The NutriBullet Pro is a better personal blender than the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender. The NutriBullet is better-built, and it can make almond butter, unlike the Hamilton Beach. It also comes with an additional jar, and it makes a better smoothie. However, the Hamilton Beach is easier to clean by hand.

BELLA Rocket Blender

The BELLA Rocket Blender is a slightly better personal blender for multi-purpose use than the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender. The BELLA is better-built, and it comes with an additional jar and a small grinding cup. It also makes a better smoothie. That said, the Hamilton Beach is easier to clean by hand.

Breville Boss To Go Sport

The Breville Boss To Go Sport is a better personal blender than the Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender. The Breville is better-built, and unlike the Hamilton Beach, it can crush ice and make spreadable almond butter. It also comes with an additional jar, and it makes a better smoothie. That said, the Hamilton Beach is easier to clean by hand.

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