Keep it real smooth with these picks from NutriBullet, Hamilton Beach, and Ninja.

By Braelyn Wood
September 18, 2019
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My go-to breakfast on weekdays is a nutrient-packed smoothie (though it’s often sipped on a crowded subway car on my way to work, it’s still delicious). But with my beloved Ninja blender, I lose precious time transporting my smoothie creation to a jar (which inevitably spills all over the counter) and scrubbing down blender parts before I leave my apartment.

Thankfully, there's a solution for that: the best personal blenders. 

Single-serve blenders differ from regular blenders because they have a blending jar that doubles as a to-go cup when detached from the base. Typically, the set comes with a travel lid that directly attaches to the jar, so all you have to do is blend and go. When you’re already rushing out the door, a personal blender streamlines your busy routine and requires less cleanup—making it that much easier to DIY your healthy favorites. (If you're considering traditional blenders too, check out the best blenders for every budget.)

The smaller size of the blender is also helpful when measuring ingredients. By containing your smoothie to a single serving, you’re less likely to waste food in your overzealous attempts to mimic your favorite local smoothie shop. Trust me: I resent the number of times I’ve accidentally created an entire pitcher packed full of pricey superfoods, only to realize it would be impossible to ingest all of it in one sitting. (Psst.. here's how to make the perfect smoothie every single time.)

Popularized by brands like NutriBullet, personal blenders are also great for frequent travelers. The newest wave of personal blenders actually ditches the traditional cord set-up and replaces it with convenient rechargeable battery options—so you can use them *literally* anywhere. Heads up: Because they're less powerful than their corded counterparts, many of the lower-wattage designs can’t take on the same giant chunks of frozen fruit that a full-sized blender can. Yet, their tiny water bottle-sized construction still packs a powerful punch and makes them ideal for creating a perfectly blended protein shake or fresh fruit juice while on the go. 

Best of all, many of the best personal blenders actually cost less than $50, making them a super affordable option for anyone on a budget. You’ll even find some options for less than $15, like Hamilton Beach’s Personal Smoothie Blender. (That's basically the same price as buying one really fancy smoothie from a juice shop!) Not to mention, their compact size is ideal for tiny homes or crowded kitchens shared by multiple roommates. 

To help you find the right single-serve processor for your space, we’ve searched the web to find the very best personal blenders currently on Amazon. The best part? These top picks, which cover everything from the best blender for smoothies to the ideal option for regular gym-goers, are all under $50. Read on to find out why we consider these 10 blenders to be the best of the best:

Best for Smoothies: NutriBullet 12-Piece High-Speed Blender

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NutriBullet’s signature blender system has over 6,000 five-star reviews from customers who say they use it to blend everything from their own nut butters to super smooth hummus. The 600-watt motor base is powerful enough to shred through ice, seeds, fruits, and veggies. You can make your favorite smoothie recipe in either the 18-ounce or 24-ounce BPA-free plastic cups (both included) which have resealable lids to store your creation for later. Best of all, everything but the motor is dishwasher-safe for hassle-free cleanup.

Best Small Size: Hamilton Beach Personal Smoothie Blender

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This compact blender is not only Amazon’s number one best-selling personal blender, but it’s also small enough to store away in even the tiniest cupboards. The budget-friendly buy breaks down into a 14-ounce jar made with BPA-free plastic (the size of a standard water bottle) and a base with a one-touch blending button. When you’re ready to make your shake, just attach the jar with your fave ingredients, blend to your perfect consistency, remove the jar from the base, and add the travel lid. If you’re sharing the blender with roommates or a partner, there’s also a handy two-jar option.

Best Budget-Friendly: Magic Bullet 11-Piece Blender Set

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You won’t believe how simple it is to create your newest smoothie recipe: Just load your ingredients into the cup (choose between a tall 18-ounce cup, a shorter mug-shaped 18-ounce cup, or a 12-ounce cup)—and add a half cup of water before twisting on the blade. The 200-watt power base can chop, whip, and blend your creation in just 10 seconds (there’s even an included recipe book called 10 Second Recipes.) The countertop staple already has over 4,300 reviews on Amazon from satisfied shoppers and continues to be an Amazon’s Choice product (meaning it’s highly-rated and ships quickly). 

Best Portable: PopBabies Personal Blender

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The true definition of portable, this personal blender ditches the cord and runs on rechargeable battery power. That means you can blend your drinks *literally* anywhere, whether that’s an international destination or simply at your local gym. You’ll have to take a few extra steps to prep your concoction for this blender—like cutting all frozen fruit down to two inches and using the included mini ice cubes tray—but over 1,300 Amazon reviewers agree this blender is worth the extra steps. (Or you can prep everything ahead of time with freezer smoothie packets.) You can even use it while the 175-watt base is charging.

Best Wattage: NinjaPersonal Blender

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There’s nothing worse than leftover ice chunks in the bottom of your smoothie because they escaped the blades—but with Ninja’s personal blender, you’ll never have to worry. The 700-watt base is powerful enough to pulverize ice and turn your favorite frozen fruits into a silky-smooth creation. Each set includes two 16-ounce cups with a unique tapering design that creates a strong vortex for blending ingredients—plus, they’re perfectly sized to fit into most car cup holders. 

Best for the Gym: Oster My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Bottle

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The blending jar on this individual-sized blender turns into a convenient sports bottle for chugging your favorite protein shake. Instead of carrying your smoothie cup and a water bottle around all day, you can rinse and refill the sports bottle with water before washing it on the top shelf of your dishwasher. Plus, the Oster blenders (available in white, blue, orange, and green) come with both a one-year warranty and a three-year satisfaction guarantee, so you can trust that this gadget will last you for years to come. 

Best Stainless Steel: Dash Arctic Chill Blender

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By blending your smoothie directly in an insulated stainless steel tumbler, your icy drinks will stay cold for up to 24 hours as you head to the gym or that important Monday morning meeting. The 16-ounce tumbler (which also keeps hot drinks warm) is vacuum-insulated with double-walled sealing, so you don’t have to worry about condensation or your drinks losing their preferred temperature. Whether you’re making a healthier at-home frappucino or banana nice-cream, you can rely on the 300-watt motor and stainless steel blades to crush through ice and frozen ingredients. 

Best Handheld: DOUHE Cordless Mini Personal Blender

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This personal blender puts your favorite recipes at the tips of your fingers—literally. The handheld design relies on lithium batteries to power the stainless steel blades hidden in the removable cap. You’ll have to cut your ingredients in advance, add at least two ounces of liquid, and shake the cup as you blend. But between the super lightweight cup construction and sturdy silicone carrying strap, you can’t beat this blender’s convenience. 

Best Glass: TTLIFE Portable Glass Blender

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If you’re trying to keep plastic out of the kitchen to reduce waste, look no further than this portable glass blender. It combines a 15-ounce glass blending jar with a battery-powered base, so you can easily blend your favorite recipes while out and about. The powerful four-point stainless steel blade can blend crushed ice, seeds, fruits, and veggies in just 10 seconds. It’s not only super easy to operate (there’s only one button!), but also has an automatic 40-second shut off safety feature to prevent overheating.

Best for Juice: PopBabies Portable Cup Blender with Filter

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If you’ve ever imagined making and enjoying fresh juice on the beach, this mini blender will make those dreams a reality. The 10-ounce blender combines a motorized lid with a filtered cup, making it perfect for anyone who wants fresh fruit juice sans pulp. You can also rely on speedy clean-up thanks to the blender’s dishwasher-safe parts. Just be sure to charge the blender before you go—it takes about three to four hours to charge, but then lasts through multiple uses. 


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