Everyone needs a blender in their kitchen, but not everyone needs a full-sized, high-powered blender permanently sitting on the kitchen counter. For those that live alone, have limited storage space, or just don’t prepare things like icy cocktails very often, a personal blender is a much better fit. Its compact size and specialty containers are perfect for on-the-go types who just want to quickly whip up morning smoothies, shakes, and dips—and then be on their way.
Our favorite personal blender, the NutriBullet Select(available at Amazon for $88.66), is more than up to those tasks, combining a powerful motor with slender (but not too 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 vegetables 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.
Here are the best personal blenders we tested ranked, in order.
The Beast B10
Magic Bullet Blender
NutriBullet Pro 1000
Oster BLSTPB-WBL My Blend
Hamilton Beach 51103 12412 3421
If you’re looking for the perfect personal blender for everyday use, look no further than the NutriBullet Select. 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 ice cubes that are reserved for full-sized blenders, meaning this personal blender can tackle basic kitchen tasks beyond making a smoothie.
This 1,000-watt blender has four settings—Extract, High, Low, and Pulse—located on a responsive control pad located on the front of the motor base. When users press Extract, the blender will start a pre-programmed blending cycle that shuts off after one minute. The Pulse feature lets you dice and chop vegetables with ease.
The NutriBullet Select excelled in the smoothie test when we used the Extract setting—the resulting smoothie was perfectly smooth. Plus, the measurement markings on the pitcher come in handy when following a recipe or otherwise measuring ingredients.
Its accessories include a 32-ounce pitcher with lid, a 24-ounce handled travel 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, cups, 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.
If you’re on the hunt 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 with the appropriate amount of liquid added to the blending container.
Throughout testing, the Magic Bullet produced some of the silkiest smoothies with the least fuss. Thanks to their cylindrical shape (no crevices!), its blending containers were also a breeze to clean. Unlike the Nutri-Ninja, the Magic Bullet can also be turned on and remain on without being held down, an appealing 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.
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 Nutri-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.
Personal blenders are primarily designed to make single servings of smoothies and shakes, so that’s where we focused our testing. We ran each blender through two main tests—mixing brightly colored yogurt and blending up a strawberry-banana smoothie. The yogurt test was used as a visual indicator of mixing capabilities, demonstrating the blades’ reach within the container 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 took into account speed, noise level, and ease of use while the blender was on, and then smoothie quality, lid tightness, and ease of cleaning when all was said and done. When evaluating the blenders and blending containers themselves, we prioritized portability, design, accessories, and wattage, among other factors.
While some blenders were clearly more powerful than others thanks to their higher wattage and larger size, we found that 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. To us, the ideal personal blender should be distinctly smaller and more portable than its full-sized counterparts. What’s the point of keeping a large blender base on your counter if you only want to make a 16-ounce smoothie?
Personal Blender, Immersion Blender, or Full-Sized Blender?
While this ranking focuses on personal-sized blenders, there's also your immersion blenders (not to be confused with immersion circulators) and regular full-sized blenders to consider. If you're not already a kitchenware connoisseur, you're probably wondering, "Why are there so many types of blenders? Are they actually that different? Do I need to own every single one?!"
The answer to that last question is no, you don't necessarily need all three. When it comes down to it, they all use the same mechanics to blend, mix, and pulverize food and drinks into whatever form you choose—but choosing which blender for your kitchen will make life a lot easier.
Full-sized blenders are great for making icy cocktails, health smoothies, milkshakes, and other drinks for more than one person at a time. High-end models, like our favorites from Breville and Vitamix, can also be used to make soups, dips, nut butters, and other tricky foods. Most people have some kind of this blender sitting around their house, and they're the ideal choice for larger households and people who like to entertain. Personal blenders, however, are ideal for individuals or couples who rarely need to blend a lot at once—they've exploded in popularity since everyone started juicing and making health smoothies for those post-gym vitamins. They're easier to store, clean, and transport than full-sized blenders, and their containers are ideal for on-the-go sipping. If you're looking for a quick blending solution and don't need to make a lot of anything at once, you can probably forgo a full-sized blender in favor of a personal one.
Immersion blenders are the odd-one out, but they're still incredibly useful. Also called hand blenders, their wand construction and lack of blending containers make them portable, simple, and perfect for hot foods. We use ours to make pesto, whip up homemade mayo and whipped cream, and blend butternut squash soup. If you're like us and enjoy cooking but aren't trying to feed a family or outfit a full kitchen, pairing an immersion blender and a personal blender can help you cover all your blending bases without taking up too much room.
Other Personal Blenders We Tested
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 belnder cups are made with heavy-duty Tritan (a type of BPA-free plastic) with fitted spill-resistant seals.
During testing, the Beast outperformed others in the smoothie test, making the smoothie both silky in texture and easy to pour, which isn’t always the case for a personal blender. It was quick, too—in under a minute, the blending session was completed.
What we don’t like about this blender is its blending cup. It’s much bulkier than the other ones we’ve 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 that is essentially a water bottle with an infuser inside. You can add fruits, herbs, or tea in the stainless steel infuser.
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 to fully clean the parts.
Ninja’s most basic model of their Nutri-Ninja, the Fit, ultimately earned its place as our favorite personal blender in our first round of testing. 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 when whipping up fruit smoothies, which turned out smooth as can be, and its 700-watt motor’s relatively low noise level while grinding away.
While the blender’s design isn’t visually stunning, its black-and-silver base is sleek and unassuming and—most importantly—small and light enough to easily be stored away. The blender’s 16-ounce containers with measurement marks are similarly sleek and perfectly transportable (they come with tight travel lids!) for on-the-go sipping. 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 up smoothies and shakes, blend butternut squash soup, whip up salad dressing and dips, and even grind granulated sugar into powdered sugar. While she don’t recommend that last one, the Nutri-Ninja Fit has taken everything Cassidy threw at it in stride. If you’re looking for a multi-purpose personal blender that’s portable and powerful in equal measure, this is your guy.
The NutriBullet Pro 1000 is the newer, more powerful version of the NutriBullet Pro. Its performance is a slight improvement compared to its predecessor, but not impressive enough to top our list.
Its main advantage is how easy it is to use this blender—just plug it into an electrical outlet 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.
It comes with two blending cups (one 32-ounce and one 24-ounce) and two 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 with ease 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 in the dishwasher when it's time to clean, just be sure to use the top rack.
The NutriBullet Pro has a powerful 900-watt motor and a cup capacity of 32 ounces, an upgrade from the other NutriBullet blenders we’ve tested. Whether you’re making a smoothie for yourself or making enough to share with others, this blending cup certainly has enough room.
There’s no ON button—all you need to do is 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 ingredient 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.
The NutriBullet belongs to the same family as the Magic Bullet, and their relationship is obvious from appearances—the NutriBullet is essentially a larger, prettier Magic Bullet, branded for its special “nutrient extraction” capabilities (let's be real, it's just a blender). It’s a great multi-purpose personal blender that’s hugely popular online, and it 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 claims of its superiority in extracting nutrients—put the same ingredients in any of these top-performing blenders, and you'll get the same results.
The NutriBullet Rx falls between a personal and a full-sized blender. It’s packed with features such as the Souperblast mode, which allows users to make soup and puree hard ingredients. This blender was stable during all our blending tests thanks to its sturdy build.
In our 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 because it expands the possible uses for this blender.
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. We like that the lids are designed to make pouring effortless with no spilling.
The blender can self-clean, thanks again to its powerful motor, which makes cleaning a breeze. However, it does have a downside. 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 a couple spots down in ranking.
It wasn’t the fastest at mixing, which is partly due to the lack of pulse feature. You can manually pulse the blender by turning it on and off using the Start button, but we don't recommend it.
The Oster MyBlend looks like someone stuck a Gatorade bottle on narrow blender base—it’s clearly designed to appeal to fitness fiends who are used to shaking up pre- and post-workout drinks in these kind of bottles. Due to their narrow openings, we found the containers difficult to fill and clean, and their tinted colors make them look dirty even when clean. And while the Oster churns out a decent smoothie, it’s extremely loud when starting and stopping, so much so I was afraid something was wrong.
It’ll do the job for a low price, but seems unlikely to stand the test of time—and you’d be better off with a less difficult product.
This tiny plastic Hamilton Beach blender doesn’t have the inverted design common to the rest of the personal blenders on this list—rather, the blades are built directly into the base of the blending container, as they are in most full-sized blenders. While this doesn’t speak to its actual capabilities, 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 her own 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.
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.
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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