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Here are the best personal blenders we've tested (from the left): NutriBullet, Ninja Fit, and Magic Bullet. Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Best Personal Blenders of 2022

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Here are the best personal blenders we've tested (from the left): NutriBullet, Ninja Fit, and Magic Bullet. Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

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Editor's Choice Product image of NutriBullet Select
Best Overall

NutriBullet Select

If you're looking for a versatile personal blender that can do more than blending smoothies, the Select is your best option. Read More

Pros

  • Fast and efficient
  • Blends smoothly
  • Versatile

Cons

  • A bit oversized
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Editor's Choice Product image of Magic Bullet Blender 11-Piece Set
Best for Smoothies

Magic Bullet Blender 11-Piece Set

Fast, simple, and very transportable, the Magic Bullet is designed with busy people in mind. Add enough liquid, and it can handle almost any smoothie ingredient. Read More

Pros

  • Easy to clean
  • Blends smoothly

Cons

  • No buttons or automatic programs
  • Low wattage that can't handle hard ingredients
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Product image of Beast B10 Health Blender

Beast B10 Health Blender

The great-looking blender comes with a sturdy base, some useful accessories, and a powerful motor. But its blending cup can be awkward to handle. Read More

Pros

  • Sturdy, durable base
  • Strong motor can handle most ingredients
  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Blending cup isn't comfortable to hold
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Editor's Choice Product image of Ninja Fit

Ninja Fit

It’s the Goldilocks of the category: not too big and powerful, not too small and weak, but just right. We were impressed by its speed and strength. Read More

Pros

  • Fast and efficient
  • Durable
  • Easy to transport and store

Cons

  • No buttons or automatic programs
  • Limited volume
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Product image of NutriBullet Pro 1000

NutriBullet Pro 1000

An upgrade from the Pro version, the Pro 1000 has a slightly more powerful motor base. Read More

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Decent at blending
  • Fast and efficient

Cons

  • No buttons or automatic programs
  • Limited volume

Blenders are useful, but not everyone needs a full-sized, high-powered blender living on their kitchen counter. For those who live alone, have limited storage space, or just don’t make frozen drinks that often, a personal blender is a better fit. Its compact size and specialty containers are perfect for on-the-go types who just want to quickly whip up their green smoothies and be on their way.

Our top pick for personal blenders, the NutriBullet Select (available at Amazon) , is more than up to those tasks, combining a powerful motor with slender blender cups for versatility and portability. While we think this NutriBullet is the best fit for most people, shoppers who are interested in just making smoothies should also consider the classic Magic Bullet Blender (available at Amazon).

To find out which personal blenders are worthy of turning your favorite fruits and leafy greens into something magical, we tested 10 of the top products on the market. We evaluated their mixing and blending abilities, also taking into account design, speed, noise level, and how easy they were to clean.

We used similar criteria when testing the best blenders, but prioritized portability during this round. After producing gallons of fruit smoothies and perfectly-purple yogurt, we knew exactly which products deserved our badge.

Credit: Reviewed / Betsey Goldwasser

The Nutribullet Select is the best personal blender we've tested.

Best Overall
NutriBullet Select

The NutriBullet Select is a perfect personal blender for everyday use. In our testing, this one aced all the blending tasks we threw at it. That's in addition to advanced features like soup-making and crushing sizable ice cubes. It can handle the basic tasks you’d expect from a larger machine.

This powerhouse has four settings—Extract, High, Low, and Pulse—located on a responsive control pad on the motor base. The Pulse feature lets you dice and chop vegetables with ease. “Extract” is a pre-programmed blending cycle that shuts off after one minute, and excelled at creating perfectly-smooth smoothies. Plus, the measurement markings on the pitcher come in handy when following a recipe or otherwise measuring ingredients.

Its accessories include a pitcher, a cup, a tamper, and to-go lids. The tamper is useful when making thin batter, gravies, and marinades. It can also be used to scramble eggs and process both cooked foods and uncooked fruits. The to-go lids, cup, and pitcher are top-rack dishwasher-safe.

The only thing we don’t like about the Select is that it’s slightly bigger than our previous winner, which makes it a bit less storage-friendly. However, its slim body still makes it relatively easy to move around and be put away.

Power Rating: 1000 watts Capacity: 32-oz pitcher, 24-oz cup Dimensions: 12.82 x 9.61 x 7.09 inches

Pros

  • Fast and efficient

  • Blends smoothly

  • Versatile

Cons

  • A bit oversized

We used Magic Bullet, our best budget pick, to make smoothies using frozen strawberries, lemon, and agave syrup.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

The Magic Bullet is small but mighty.

Best for Smoothies
Magic Bullet Blender 11-Piece Set

For a basic personal blender that will provide your daily smoothie/health shake and nothing else, consider the classic, oft-imitated Magic Bullet. Fast, simple, and very transportable, the Magic Bullet is designed with busy people in mind. While it only has a 250-watt motor, it’s strong enough to handle frozen fruit and most other ingredients, as long as you include an appropriate amount of liquid.

Throughout testing, the Magic Bullet produced some of the silkiest smoothies with the least fuss. The cylindrical shape makes it a breeze to clean, with no crevices for food to hide in. Unlike the Ninja, the Magic Bullet runs without you holding the button down, which is a major convenience.

This blender belonged to one of my housemates, and I used it to make smoothies most days for a full year. For the price, wattage, and functionality, you won’t find anything better.

Power Rating: 250 watts Capacity: 22 oz cup, 12 oz cup Dimensions: 13.19 x 6.93 x 10.63 inches

Pros

  • Easy to clean

  • Blends smoothly

Cons

  • No buttons or automatic programs

  • Low wattage that can't handle hard ingredients


Other Personal Blenders We Tested

Product image of Beast B10 Health Blender
Beast B10 Health Blender

The Beast is one of the newer players in the personal blender market. Its sleek and modern design attracts smoothie superfans who care about aesthetics and quality. The blender cups are made with heavy-duty Tritan (a type of BPA-free plastic) with fitted spill-resistant seals.

The Beast outperformed others in the smoothie test. Its smoothies are both silky in texture and easy to pour, which personal blenders don’t always achieve. It was quick, too, blending in under a minute.

Everything except the blade attachment and the base is top-rack dishwasher-safe. However, it’s so easy to clean that we’ve found a quick rinse is sufficient.

What we don’t like is The Beast's blending cup. It’s much bulkier than the others we tested and not ergonomic enough to hold comfortably in one hand.

The Beast has some interesting accessories that may be useful to some people. In addition to a small cup that’s good for salsa and hummus, it comes with a Hydration System, essentially a water bottle with an infuser inside. You can add fruits, herbs, or tea in the stainless steel infuser.

Power Rating: 1,000 watts Capacity: 1 liter Dimensions: 4.92 x 4.92 x 15.75 inches

Pros

  • Sturdy, durable base

  • Strong motor can handle most ingredients

  • Stylish design

Cons

  • Blending cup isn't comfortable to hold

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Ninja Fit

Ninja’s most basic blender, the Fit, was our original favorite. Its size and power are perfectly balanced in a Goldilocks-style sweet spot. We were impressed by its speed and strength when whipping up perfectly-smooth fruit smoothies, and by the relatively low noise level of its 700-watt motor.

While the blender’s design isn’t visually stunning, its black-and-silver base is sleek, unassuming, and small and light enough to easily store away. The blender’s containers have measurement marks and are similarly sleek and perfectly transportable—they even come with tight travel lids!

The Fit requires users to hold the container down or use the “pulse” method while blending, but this precaution works to prevent motor burn-out and means the blender will last longer than many of its counterparts. It’s so fast, you might not even notice.

As a proud owner of the Fit, Cassidy can attest to its capabilities throughout daily use (and misuse). She's used it to mix smoothies and shakes, blend butternut squash soup, whip up salad dressing and dips, and even grind granulated sugar into powdered sugar. While she doesn't recommend that last one, the Ninja Fit has taken everything Cassidy threw at it in stride. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose personal blender that’s as portable as it is powerful, this is your guy.

Power Rating: 700 watts Capacity: 2 16 ounce cups Dimensions: 4 x 4 x 13 inches

Pros

  • Fast and efficient

  • Durable

  • Easy to transport and store

Cons

  • No buttons or automatic programs

  • Limited volume

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NutriBullet Pro 1000

The NutriBullet Pro 1000 is the newer, more powerful version of the NutriBullet Pro. Its performance is a slight improvement over its predecessor, but not enough to top our list.

Its main advantage is how easy it is to use this blender—just plug it in and twist the blending cup to lock it in place. It’s powerful enough to make a smoothie with no visible chunks of fruit, but it also doesn’t have any additional settings. Its two blending cups include to-go lids. Despite its relatively high wattage, it’s one of the quietest blenders we’ve tested.

Its size may be great for people with limited kitchen space—you can either store it in the cabinet or leave it on the counter. However, it’s difficult to hand wash because the blending cup is small and the base is narrow. The good news is, the blending cup and to-go lids can be popped into the dishwasher, just be sure to use the top rack.

Power Rating: 1,000 watts Capacity: 32 ounce and 24 ounce cups Dimensions: 12.52 x 11.13 x 6.81 inches

Pros

  • Stylish design

  • Decent at blending

  • Fast and efficient

Cons

  • No buttons or automatic programs

  • Limited volume

Product image of NutriBullet Pro
NutriBullet Pro

The NutriBullet Pro is an upgrade in size and power from the basic NutriBullet. Whether you’re making a smoothie for yourself or to share with others, the blending cup certainly has enough room. There’s no “on” button—you just place the blending cup on top of the motor base, and twist it to lock. It takes about the same amount of time to make a smoothie as the Magic Bullet, and the texture was smooth with no visible lumps.

It’s also exceptionally stable while doing its job. Some blenders shift around during blending, but I didn’t have to hold down this blender to keep it in one place.

Power Rating: 900 watts Capacity: 32 ounce cup Dimensions: 12.01 x 7.72 x 15.94 inches

Pros

  • Blends well

  • Stylish design

  • Large blending capacity

Cons

  • No buttons or automatic programs

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NutriBullet

The NutriBullet belongs to the same family as the Magic Bullet, and it’s essentially a larger, prettier cousin, branded for its special “nutrient extraction” capabilities. (Let's be real, it's just a blender). Still, it’s a great multi-purpose personal blender that ran through our tests without an issue. Unfortunately, its wide containers, heavy base, and flimsy travel attachments kept us from awarding it the top spot on this list.

If you’re looking to make a lot of smoothie at once and drink it around the house, the NutriBullet is a good option—but if you plan to take the cups with you on the go day after day, you’d be better off with a more travel-friendly blender. And don't be fooled by its “nutrition extraction” claims—put the same ingredients in any of these top-performing blenders, and you'll get the same results.

Power Rating: 600 watts Capacity: 24 ounce cup Dimensions: 12.87 x 9 x 13 inches

Pros

  • Stylish design

  • Blends well

  • Sturdy, durable base

Cons

  • Oversized—hard to transport and store

  • Flimsy travel attachemnts

Product image of NutriBullet Rx
NutriBullet Rx

The NutriBullet Rx falls between personal and full-sized. It’s packed with features like “Souperblast mode,” which helps make soup and puree hard ingredients. This blender’s sturdy build stayed stable during its blending tests.

We were impressed with how powerfully it blends ingredients. With a 1,700-watt motor, it crushes ice, frozen fruit, and roasted nuts with ease. We also like the soup feature, which makes this blender more versatile. The powerful motor also drives a handy self-cleaning feature.

The Rx comes with more accessories than other NutriBullet blenders we’ve tested. In addition to the spare travel cups and lids, it has a cleaning brush, a blade remover, and an oversized cup with pitcher lid. The lids are designed to make pouring effortless and spill-free.

There are some downsides. It fell slightly short on the smoothie test, as we found very tiny pieces of frozen pineapple in the smoothie. It wasn’t a deal breaker, but it definitely knocked the Rx down a couple of spots in ranking.

It also wasn’t the fastest at mixing, partly due to the lack of a pulse feature. You can manually pulse the blender by manually turning it on and off, but we don't recommend it.

Power Rating: 1700 watts Capacity: 1 liter pitcher and 30 ounce cup Dimensions: 15.6 x 15.6 x 13.11 inches

Pros

  • Strong motor can handle most ingredients

  • Large blending capacity

  • Decent at blending

Cons

  • Oversized

Product image of Oster BLSTPB MyBlend
Oster BLSTPB MyBlend

The Oster MyBlend looks like someone stuck a Gatorade bottle on a narrow blender base—it’s clearly designed to appeal to fitness fiends who are used to shaking up pre- and post-workout drinks in similar-shape bottles. The narrow openings made the containers difficult to fill and clean, and their tinted colors make them look dirty even when clean. While the Oster churns out a decent smoothie, it’s extremely loud when starting and stopping, so much so our tester feared something was wrong.

It’ll do the job for a low price, but it seems unlikely to stand the test of time. You’d be better off with a less difficult product.

Power Rating: 250 watts Capacity: 20 ounce bottle Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 15.25 inches

Pros

  • Very affordable

  • Decent at blending

Cons

  • Very loud

  • Containers difficult to fill and clean

  • Unattractive design

Product image of Hamilton Beach 51103 Single-Serve Blender
Hamilton Beach 51103 Single-Serve Blender

This tiny plastic Hamilton Beach blender doesn’t have the inverted design common to the other personal blenders on this list—rather, the blades are built directly into the base of the blending container, like in most full-sized blenders. It makes drinking out of the container directly an odd experience—and it means there are zero replacement parts available to you if you lose or break something.

Throughout testing, the Hamilton Beach got the job done, but couldn’t produce as smooth of smoothie as the competition. Its blending button feels flimsy and breakable, and Cassidy can say from personal experience (her boyfriend owned this exact model) that the motor doesn’t last very long. Ultimately, it’s the cheapest blender on this list, in more ways than one.

Power Rating: 175 watts Capacity: 14 ounce jar Dimensions: 5.2 x 4.2 x 11.9 inches

Pros

  • Small and convenient to store

Cons

  • Not very durable, and no extra parts included

  • Blades are built directly into blending container

  • Smoothies aren't the smoothest


How We Tested Personal Blenders

The Tester

I'm Valerie, Reviewed's senior staff writer on the kitchen team. I've tested a range of kitchen gadgets from espresso machines to juicers since joining Reviewed. I tested the second round of personal blenders in this list.

And I’m Cassidy, Reviewed’s former kitchen editor. I basically lived off of small, portable kitchen tools during college. Throughout my time in undergrad, I used three of the blenders in this round-up with regularity—the Magic Bullet (which belonged to my housemate), the Hamilton Beach (which belonged to my boyfriend) and the Ninja (my own).

For this ranking, we wanted to mesh our previous understanding with the new testing and figure out which products should truly reign supreme. In order to do so, Valerie built off of Cassidy's previous testing. In the past, we've also tested some of the best affordable blenders using similar methods.

Our tester is pouring nut milk into the blending cup, making a smoothie with berries.
Credit: Reviewed / Jackson Ruckar

To find out which blender is the best, we put them into the tests.

The Tests

Personal blenders are primarily designed to make single-serving smoothies and shakes, so that’s where we focused. The two main tests were mixing brightly colored yogurt and blending up a strawberry-banana smoothie. The yogurt gave us a visual indicator of mixing efficacy, demonstrating the blades’ reach and how quickly the blender could mix distinct red and blue yogurt into a purple union.

The smoothie test was exactly what it sounds like—how well can this blender whip up a fruit smoothie? We considered speed, noise level, and ease of use while blending, then smoothie quality, lid tightness, and ease of cleaning when blending was done. When evaluating the blenders and containers themselves, we prioritized portability, design, accessories, and wattage, among other factors.

Some blenders were clearly more powerful thanks to higher wattage and larger size, but bigger didn’t always mean better—these blenders were usually louder, more difficult to clean, and had high-reaching blades that couldn’t handle small amounts of liquid. The ideal personal blender should be distinctly smaller and more portable to be meaningfully different than its full-sized counterparts.

What are the Types of Blenders?

While this ranking focuses on personal-sized blenders, there are others to consider, including immersion blenders and full-sized blenders. While it’s easy to be overwhelmed, you don’t need all of them. They use the same mechanics blend, mix, and pulverize food and drinks into your preferred form, so just choose what your situation requires.

Full-Sized

Full-sized blenders are great for making icy cocktails, health smoothies, milkshakes, and other drinks for multiple people at a time. Some can also be used to make soups, dips, nut butters, and other tricky foods. This is the most common type of blender, and they're ideal for larger households and people who like to entertain.

Personal

These blenders are great for individuals or couples who rarely need to blend a lot at once, and they've exploded in popularity with the latest rise in juicing and post-gym health smoothies. They're easier to store, clean, and transport than full-sized blenders, and their containers are ideal for on-the-go sipping. If you prefer speed and portability over volume, you’re in the right place.

Immersion

Immersion blenders are wildly different, but they're useful at what they do. Also called hand blenders, their wand construction makes them portable, simple, and perfect for hot foods. Plunge them into pesto, whipped cream, butternut squash soup, and more to whip them into shape.

If you enjoy cooking but aren't trying to feed a family or outfit a full kitchen, pairing an immersion blender and a personal blender cover your blending bases without taking up too much room.

There are also food processors, which are used for different tasks than blenders. Food processors have sharper blades, and usually handle foods instead of liquids. You can use them for chopping nuts and vegetables, making pastries and pesto, and general slicing and dicing.

What to Consider When Buying a Personal Blender

Power isn’t the only factor in a blender’s effectiveness. Among other things, the size and sharpness of the blades matter, too. But the motor’s power can be a solid initial indicator of a blender’s strength and efficiency.

Size matters too, and in this case, bigger isn’t necessarily better. Many of these models have containers that can detach from the base and become travel mugs or cups, so finding something that feels good in your hand and fits your lifestyle (or your car’s cupholder) is more important than grabbing the biggest blender.

Features still matter, even if most of these blenders don’t have the full array of settings a full-size blender does. Look for traditional features like pulse settings and one-touch options, as well as portability considerations like travel lids or easy-pour spouts on the container.

Can Personal Blenders Crush Ice or Frozen Fruit?

Some personal blenders can crush ice, though it’s not a guarantee nor part of our testing. Generally speaking, more powerful models should be able to crush ice. As for frozen fruits, you should be fine with most of these models, as long as you include enough liquid alongside the ingredients.

Meet the testers

Cassidy Olsen

Cassidy Olsen

Contributor

@olsencassidy

Cassidy covered all things cooking as the kitchen editor for Reviewed from 2018 to 2020. An experimental home chef with a healthy distrust of recipes, Cassidy lives by the "Ratatouille" philosophy that, with a few techniques and key tools, anyone can cook. She's produced in-depth reviews and guides on everything from meal kits to stand mixers and the right way to cook an egg.

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Valerie Li Stack

Valerie Li Stack

Senior Staff Writer

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Valerie Li Stack is a senior staff writer for Kitchen & Cooking. She is an experienced home cook with a passion for experimenting with the cuisines of countries she's visited. Driven by an interest in food science, Valerie approaches the culinary scene with a firm grasp of cooking processes and extensive knowledge of ingredients. She believes food speaks to all people regardless of language and cultural background.

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