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Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender Blender Review

Tested using Methodology v0.8
Reviewed Oct 19, 2020 at 08:59 am
Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender Picture
3.1
Multi-Purpose
5.2
Smoothies/Protein Shakes
2.8
Ice Crushing
4.2
Soups
2.8
Professional Use
Blender Type
Personal Blender
Power
175 W

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

3.1 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.
5.2 Smoothies/Protein Shakes

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.
2.8 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.
4.2 Soups

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

2.8 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.
  • 3.1 Multi-Purpose
  • 5.2 Smoothies/Protein Shakes
  • 2.8 Ice Crushing
  • 4.2 Soups
  • 2.8 Professional Use

Test Results

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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.

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.

Design
Main Jar/Beaker
Material
BPA-Free Plastic
Jar Capacity
14.0 oz (414.0 ml)
Beaker Capacity
N/A
Weight
0.4 lbs (0.2 kg)
Dishwasher Safe
Yes

The main jar has a 14-ounce capacity, so it's best-suited for making single-serve blends. The jar and the lid are both dishwasher-safe for an easy clean.

Design
Additional Jar
Material
No Additional Jar
Capacity
N/A
Weight
N/A
Dishwasher Safe
No

This blender doesn't have an additional jar. Some retailers sell a variant of this product that comes with an additional 14-ounce jar, but we didn't test this variant.

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
2 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
Performance
Speed And Controls
Min Speed
21000 RPM
Max Speed
21000 RPM
Speed Dial
No
Pulse/Turbo Mode
Yes
Noise @ Max Speed
88.6 dB
On/Off Toggle
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.

0
Performance
Almond Butter
Preparation Time
< 10 min
Texture
Dry
Spreadability
Not Spreadable
Unprocessed Almonds/Chunks
Yes

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.

6.0
Performance
Smoothie (Best Jar)
Jar Used
Main Jar
Preparation Time
< 5 min
Texture
Foamy and Grainy

This blender is acceptable for smoothies. 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.

0
Performance
Smoothie (Other Jar)
Jar Used
No Other Jar
Preparation Time
N/A
Texture
No Other Jar

This blender doesn't come with an additional jar.

0
Performance
Crushed Ice
Preparation Time
0 min
Ice Quality
Failed To Crush

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.

Ease Of Use
Ease Of Use
Programs / Modes
Crushed Ice
No
Self-Clean Program
No
Single Serve
No
Timer
No

This blender doesn't have any programs or modes.

8.0
Ease Of Use
Cleaning
Smoothie Cleaning
Simple
Almond Butter Cleaning
Simple

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.

Ease Of Use
Extra Features
Hot Blending
No
Additional Jugs
No
Juicer Attachment
No
Food Processing Attachment
No
Heating Element
No
Noise Dome
No
Tamper
No
Vacuum Pump
No
Speed Adjustment Based On Jar Size
No

This blender doesn't come with any extra features.

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

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 at it. 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.

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.

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.

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