Small space or small appetite? If you’re looking for a blender, you shouldn’t let these get in your way. A wide range of mini single serve blenders have exploded onto the market, and we’ve rounded up the best here so you can find exactly what you need. Whether you're trying to whip up a quick shake or smoothie in the morning or make some quick and easy sauces, our single serve personal blender review will help you figure out the best unit to get in 2017.
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You need adequate power to crush ice and frozen fruit consistently. That's why our first two choices - The Nutri Ninja Pro and Magic Bullet Nutribullet Pro 900 are going to be ideal. If they are within your budget, its worth going for either one of these units simply because of its ability to make smoothies, well, smooth. The other ones are ideal if you're going to doing a lot of simple liquid blends or even some simple rough chopping.
Unlike normal blenders, personal blenders are designed for single serve portions of: green smoothies, sauces, spreads, grinding coffee, crushing ice. Blending up thick creamy items such as nut butters may be more difficult in these types of units, though.
They are generally small and sleek, which makes them easier to clean than their larger counterparts, and their plastics are generally dishwasher-safe.
In addition, the blending cups of most personal blenders can be converted into portable cups with the addition of a lid, making it easy to blend a smoothie, for example, and immediately take it on the go without having to transfer it into another vessel.
Within the personal blender market, a number of factors can differentiate one product from another.
Wattage is an important factor that can influence the final product; higher wattages tend to produce smoother results more quickly, while lower wattages may take a little longer to provide the same result. Higher wattages can also deal with harder food items than lower wattages; ice, hard vegetables, and leafy vegetables often fare better with a higher wattage blender.
Cup size is also an important factor, and its relevance depends on what you’re looking for. If you’re planning on creating soups or sauces/condiments, your green smoothies tend to overflow your cups, or you’re preparing food for a family, you may need to look into products that provide larger cups; not all of them do.
Portability may also be an important factor if you travel. The weight of personal blenders varies dramatically with wattage and cup size, so if you’re planning on taking yours with you, it may be worthwhile to look specifically for a lighter option with fewer parts. Similarly, some of the lids that come included are not spill-proof; not ideal if you’re taking your drink on the go.
Like cup size, the overall size of the blender may important to you. All personal blenders are small, but some are much smaller than others – so if you’re working on limited space, such as in a dorm room or cramped kitchen, it may be worthwhile to invest in a smaller model.
Finally, different settings can impact the results you get with your machine. Most personal blenders are simple in that they have no settings at all – a simple “blend” setting is all that is offered – but some also offer faster or slower blend settings as well as pulse functions. If you like more control, or are making texture-sensitive items like sauces or spreads, this is an important consideration.
The most important factor in choosing the right personal blender is to look at your priorities. What are you planning on making with it? How much room do you have to work with? Are you planning on travelling, and do you need a variety of cup sizes for different purposes?
If you’re an athlete looking to increase the nutrients in your diet, it may be worthwhile to look into a product with stronger wattage to get the most out of the foods you put in. If you’re a student with limited space and time, consider a smaller piece with fewer parts and a spill-proof lid. If you’re cooking for a family, look for a model with a bigger cup size and ability to be put in the microwave.
The Nutri Ninja Pro aims to increase the nutrient load of your blended drinks by pulverizing the entire fruit or vegetable, including seeds, skins, and stems, which it claims to do using “AutoIQ” technology. It comes with two sizes of cup – 24oz and 18oz – as well as a recipe book.
Like the Nutribullet Pro 900, the Nutri Ninja Pro is one of the largest on this list, but still small enough to fit into small spaces. If you’re primarily interested in a heavy-duty blender that can do anything you need it to do in a small space, this may be what you’re looking for.
You may also want to check out our full article on Nutribullet vs. Ninja.
The Nutribullet Pro 900 is Magic Bullet’s latest offering. The company claims that the Pro 900’s higher wattage and uniquely-shaped blades pulverize the skins, seeds, and stems of fruits to create “NutriBlasts”, which are richer in nutrients than any ordinary smoothie. Any pulverizing blender will do this, so in our opinion its a bit of a romanticized marketing.
The Pro 900 comes with a 15-piece set, including two different blade assemblies, four cups in different sizes, a travel lid, and two recipe books for inspiration. It has Magic Bullet’s classic twist-and-push technique for easy use. It is the biggest of the personal blenders in this line-up, which could make it hard to fit into smaller spaces.
Be sure to also check out our article on the best Nutribullet.
Everyone knows the Magic Bullet: it’s been on infomercials for what seems like decades. The original Magic Bullet is smaller and less powerful than the Nutribullet Pro 900, and is best at processing soft foods and liquids. It’s the lightest and smallest personal blender in this list, which may make it ideal for those who want to save space or travel with it.
The Magic Bullet comes in a 17-piece set, including 2 cups, 4 lids, and 2 sets of blades. Like its successor, it features the twist-and-lock system that makes it quick and easy to use, and no settings that could complicate. Its makers say that it is designed to blend anything in 10 seconds or less – so if you’re someone who’s short on time, this could be ideal for you.
The makers of the Tribest PB-150 Personal Blender claim that it’s designed to do anything you need it to do: grind coffee, whip cream, blend smoothies, make pesto, crush ice – the list goes on. However, it only has a 200-watt motor, so products may be a little less smooth than expected. This blender is the tallest out of all those in the line-up, but lightweight enough at 3lbs that it is highly portable.
The cups on this blender are small compared to many of the others on this list at 16oz, so it might not be suitable if you are looking to blend up batches of soup or large smoothies. However, it does appear to have the easiest clean-up of all listed, with only two parts to clean, both of which are dishwasher-safe – so those short on time should consider it as an option.
If you’re an athlete, Oster has tried to corner your section of the market with the My Blend. This little blender comes with a 20oz sports bottle as the blending cup, meaning that you can take a smoothie on the go and then, when finished, use it as a regular water bottle.
Like the Magic Bullet, the My Blend has a 250-watt motor and an easy-to-use twist-and-lock system for use. It is middle-of-the-range in terms of size and weight, so will easily fit into small spaces in your kitchen or dorm room.
All of the personal blenders here are great for different uses, but there is one clear winner. The Nutri Ninja Pro's superior engine, multiple modes, and spill-free lids push it above the rest of the blenders here, and its ability to do anything you want it to do in a small space makes it ideal for almost anyone.
The Nutri Ninja Pro is ideal for athletes or health-conscious people, for those making soups or sauces, for people who are hoping to take their drinks out the door with them, and for people who are looking for an easy clean-up.
Hey! I’m Michelle and I write product reviews for ThriveCuisine.com. I’m always preparing healthy / plant based foods and I’ve developed a knack for helping people get the best bang for their buck.