Looking to find the best personal blender for your lifestyle?
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In this guide, expect to learn...
- My picks best personal blenders on the market today.
- What makes a good personal blender in the first place?
- How you can save money by picking one for the specific tasks you need.
If you're in a hurry, check out the summary below or keep reading for the entire guide.
My Top Picks for Best Personal Blenders
Even though there are 5 blenders featured in this guide, these are my three favorite personal blenders that I'd recommend to anyone...
- The Nutri Ninja Auto IQ (BL482)
- The Nutri Ninja Auto IQ truly has something for everyone. It’s the most powerful personal blender that I know (1000 watts of power) of and also includes pre-programmed settings at a very affordable price. If you’re the type of person who wants make consistent smoothies every time, you’ll really like the timer and functions on this blender. Not to mention the handy to-go cups with sip lids.
- Nutribullet Pro 900
- Even though it’s slightly less powerful than the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ, the Nutribullet 900 is still extremely powerful – more than enough for the average user. If you don’t want any programmed blending cycles then this is the way to go. All you have to do is put on the blades and click it into the base. Then enjoy your blended creation with one of the many to-go accessories which give you the option to add a comfortable lip ring, a lip ring with a handle or a lid you can sip out of.
- Original Magic Bullet
- If you want something light weight, the Magic Bullet is the way to go. It’s not nearly as powerful as the other two here, but great at doing some thinner smoothies, protein shakes and light chopping.
Personal Blender Basics
Personal blenders are smaller versions of counter-top blenders with the ability to make smaller servings that you can carry on the go.
The blending usually occurs directly in the cup that you drink out of, rather than inside a separate jar.
The blades screw onto the cup which mounts to a base for blending.
Most cups will even include lip rings and/or handles that make them comfortable to sip and convenient to carry.
Different Personal Blender Interfaces
There are two primary interface types that you'll find in personal blenders:
1. An interface that doesn't have any buttons. This means the blending cycle is started by pressing on the jar.
2. An interface with buttons that you can use to pulse, control speeds, start timed programs, and start/stop the blending cycle.
Motor Power on Personal Blenders
Usually, personal blenders have 1/2-1/3 the horsepower of counter-top blenders.
Of course there are exceptions, but is true for many of the big blender brands.
For example, the Nutribullet 900 has 1.2 horsepower while your typical counter-top Vitamix will have 2.2 horsepower.
This doesn't mean that personal blenders are "weaker" per se.
The container sizes are much smaller and thus require much less power to pulverize and form a vortex.
Personally, I've found that my Nutribullet 900 can pulverize things just as well as my Vitamix, assuming I've got enough liquid in there so a tamper is not needed.
As long as you can get the ingredients cycling towards the blades, you're going to get very similar results.
Tampers are devices that keep the ingredients moving towards the blades during the blending cycle. Learn more about blenders with tampers here.
Best Personal Blender Reviews
Nutribullet Pro 900
The Nutribullet Pro 900 is one of my favorite personal blenders because it's so simple, super convenient, and extremely effective.
It's the go to blender in my kitchen for small tasks.
It has an extremely simple interface with no buttons. Simply secure the blades, push down and lock in and the blending cycle begins.
At 900 watts of power, it's really all you need for a single person.
It also comes with two cups, lip rings, handles and to-go lids for maximum convenience.
- Extremely powerful and affordable.
- Interface is easy to use, no guess work with which buttons you should press.
- Easy to take off and on if you need to adjust ingredients.
- Cups are enjoyable to eat drink out of or spoon ingredients from thick blends.
- The sealing rings can fall off once in a while - need to make sure they're in properly.
Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ BL482
The Nutri Ninja Auto-IQ is the latest model in my personal blender line-up and I have to say I'm very impressed.
It has 100 more watts of power than the Nurtibullet Pro 900 and feels very sturdy and professional.
It comes with buttons to run pre-programmed blending cycles or to pulse the blender.
Personally, I don't find these things necessary, but I know others that love them.
Just like the Nutribullet 900, it also comes with cups to blend in and drink out of with "sippy lids" that are easy to put on.
- Extremely powerful personal blender - one of the most powerful besides for the bigger Ninjas like the BL660.
- Very easy to control and pulse with the buttons on the interface.
- Timer and programmed functions are helpful for getting consistent blends.
- Tends to be on the more expensive side.
- The base is on the heavier and larger side compared to the Nutribullet Pro 900.
Nutri Ninja Pro 900
The Nutri Ninja Pro 900 is very similar to the Nutribullet 900. It has the same motor power (900 watts) and interface without any buttons.
This means that it's more than capable of making smoothies with frozen fruit, ice and other ingredients that would struggle with a weaker model.
Personally, I cannot say I'd necessarily pick one over the other.
But one area where the Nutribullet Pro 900 comes out on top is the range of accessories.
The Nutri Ninja Pro has the cups and two Sip & Seal lids. This might be all you need, but some people may like the comfort lip ring and handled lip ring that comes with the Nutribullet.
It's really a matter of preference.
- Simple to use with a lot of power behind it.
- One of the best values on the personal blender market today.
- Cups with convenient sip and seal lids are great for people on-the-go.
- Many users report that the silicone gasket is difficult to clean - starts to smell after some use.
Original Magic Bullet Blender
If you don't like too much ice or frozen fruit in your smoothies, you might want to consider just getting the Original Magic Bullet.
With only 300 watts of power, it's not very powerful at all...
But if you're blending up some quick protein shakes without frozen ingredients, you don't need anything else.
It's also good for doing some light chopping or blending salsas.
- One of the most affordable blenders on the market.
- Extremely easy to use and useful accessories such as lip rings, flip tops and storage lid.
- Not very powerful, struggles with frozen ingredients and ice.
Hamilton Beach Personal Blender
If you're on a really tight budget or need something you can easily travel with, this Hamilton Beach Personal Blender just might fit the bill.
It's a weak blender -- even less powerful than the original Nutribullet.
But it's extremely small and easy to carry around. They even designed the cord to wrap around at the bottom of the base.
I personally would not make this blender a household staple, but it's great for someone who needs something quick and easy.
- Very small footprint with 14-oz blending jar and extremely light base.
- Fits easily in a car cup holder with a convenient lid.
- 175 watt motor is only capable of handling the light blends.
- Many users complain about motor burn out.
What's the Best Personal Blender for the Money?
Out of all the blenders on this list, I think that Nutri Ninja 900 is the best value for the money.
It's one of the best selling personal blenders on the market for good reason.
It's one of the few blenders (besides for the Nutribullet Pro 900) that can handle thick blends without breaking the bank.
You're paying for the powerful motor and solid design rather than buttons or functions which aren't totally needed.
What's the Best Cheap Personal Blender?
If you're looking for cheap above all else - then the Original Magic Bullet is probably the way to go.
At the time of writing this, it's about one-third the cost of the higher-end personal blenders.
I don't recommend it if you want to do ice and frozen fruit, but it's great for thinner smoothies, making sauces and doing some chopping jobs.
What's the Best Personal Blender for Protein Shakes?
There are two blenders on this list I'd recommend for protein shakes because it depends heavily on what kind of protein shakes you're going to be making.
Want something that can easily blend some liquid + powder that you can take to the gym locker room? Then go with the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender. It's light and super easy to carry around.
Do you prefer thicker protein shakes with things like frozen bananas or peanut butter? Go for the Nutri Ninja Auto IQ. It's got more than enough power for that and can even make things like protein-shake ice cream.
What's Best Personal Blender for Travel?
If you're going to be using your personal blender primarily for travel, the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is probably your best bet.
It's small enough to fit into a suitcase and isn't a burden to use a hotel.
The travel lid makes it easy to go from a hotel to a business meeting, or whatever you've got planned for the day.
Even though it doesn't have a lot of power, it's unlikely you'll be traveling with bags full of frozen fruit and ice cream.
What's Best Personal Blender for Hot Liquids?
There aren't many personal blenders that are safe for hot liquids because they don't have venting lids. Without the ability to vent, pressure can build up inside the vessel and cause it to explode.
That's why I'd recommend getting an immersion blended designed specifically for coffee.
The Nutribullet Rx does have a venting lid for making soup, but the manufacturer's specifically state you shouldn't start blending with hot liquids.
What's Best Personal Blender for Green Smoothies?
When you're making a green smoothie, you want all the stems and leaves to be completely liquefied.
Both have the ability to create powerful vortex which will make quick work of kale, spinach or other greens.
What's Best Personal Blender with Travel Cups?
The cups on the Nutri Ninja only come with a Sip and Go Lid.
On the other hand, the Nutribullet comes with a bunch of lid accessories including:
- Sip and Go style lid
- Standard lip ring without handle
- Lip ring with handle.
Both are good, but it's nice to have the lip rings for enjoying a smoothie in the comfort of your own home.
The "sippy" lids are good for taking things in the car.
At this point, you've probably realized that personal blenders aren't complicated.
I get a ton of use out of my two personal blenders (linked above) because they're so handy and easy to clean.
I use them as much, if not more, than my Vitamix and I'm confident you'll have the same experience.