A lot could be gained from having your own portable blender a.k.a. personal blender. It fits the lifestyle of those who are always on the go – from fitness buffs to busy moms. It’s specifically designed for travel and it’s way easier to clean than one of those traditional bulky blenders that will always be stationed on your kitchen counter, taking up too much space.
But choosing the right single serve blender may be a tricky decision because there are so many models available on the market right now. That’s why we’ve created this guide to spare you the hassle of poring through countless reviews and learning what this product can do for you.
One thing’s for sure, though. Just out of convenience, a portable blender is something that you should definitely have. Whether you’re the type to take your preferred drink to the gym or have it as a cheaper and healthier alternative to your daily to-go beverages from your favorite café, a portable blender could save you a lot of time and money.
What is a portable blender?
Just from the name, you can tell that this type of blender is meant to be taken with you. You could use it at the office, the gym, at a picnic, anywhere. That’s why you’ll see that sometimes they’re also called travel blenders.
But this is just an option. Just like a typical food processor, you could choose to only use it at home and only take the juicer cup with you. The unit usually blends one perfect serving. You can blend in it and drink from it, so you wouldn’t have extra things to wash afterwards.
Because they’re designed for travel, they’re usually lightweight and are USB rechargeable. You wouldn’t have to worry about finding an outlet to plug it into like you would with a big blender.
Don’t be fooled by how small some of these blenders are. The ones on the list below are v powerful and can blend any fruit or vegetable you can think of. Plus, they’re not just great for smoothies and shakes. You could also make your own purees for soups and sauces.
If you’ve got a little one to feed, it’s also perfect for making your own baby food. A lot of parents are very wary of what they feed their kids. You could put your mind at ease by knowing exactly what your baby is eating.
If you’ve got a tropical vacation planned, this would be the perfect companion when you’re chilling at the beach and would like to wet your whistle with a fresh margarita. The possibilities are endless.
Do you really need a portable blender?
If you’re serious about keeping your eating habits in check, then yes. A lot of people use travelling as an excuse to stray from their normal eating habits. Healthy options aren’t always available everywhere you go and when they are, they’re usually more expensive.
Besides, smoothies are essential for a healthy diet. Unless you have the time to munch on fruits and vegetables all day, it would be easier and quicker to get your daily vitamin and mineral requirements from a serving of a nice yummy smoothie you’ve made yourself.
Another reason for getting a single serve blender is the issue of space. While large juicers, blenders, and food processors do have their own benefits, it’s now unnecessary to have them unless you’re making smoothies for a ton of people at a time. They’re only really good for commercial settings now.
This is great if you’re living in an apartment with a cramped kitchen or you’d like a blender that will easily fit in your luggage.
Choosing the right portable blender
Choosing a portable blender shouldn’t be complicated, but there are so many options out there that it can be quite confusing.
Before anything else, you have to ask yourself a couple of questions:
- What will you be using the blender for?
- How big or small of a serving would you like?
- How frequently will you be using it?
- Are you always going to take it with you or will it have its designated space?
Answering these questions will give you a clear idea of what your ideal portable blender might be. To narrow down our list, we’ve used the following criteria:
More power means more blending capabilities. A powerful blender will be able to blend tough things like nuts and ice into smooth and creamy concoctions. No one like a lumpy drink.
While speed is not important as power, it’s certainly a welcomed feature. You don’t really need a portable blender that has ten speeds. You’d be all set with a pulse option and a few speed settings so you can control how much your fruits and vegetables are blended. This is perfect if you’d like something a little chunkier like salsa.
The blender cup or jar is where you’ll be putting your ingredients. This is also what you’ll be drinking out of. You want to check what the cup is made out of to see if it’s going to be durable.
Typically, it’s going to be made from polycarbonate (hard plastic) or glass. Polycarbonate is half as light as glass, so consider that if you want something that’s easier to carry.
However, be cautious about the plastic used by the manufacturer. Make sure that it’s BPA free. BPA or bisphenol is a common chemical used in plastics manufactured in the 60s. It has since been proven to be toxic.
You also want something that’s crack and scratch resistant. Look for words like easy clean and dishwasher-safe. These make for a cup that will get you the most bang from your buck.
Check how the cup seals. You need a lid that’s secure because the last thing you want is your smoothie sloshing around your gym bag.
Lastly, check its capacity or how much liquid it can contain. Find a portion that you find suitable.
There are some portable blenders with detachable blades and some with blades built into them. Detachable ones are easier and safer to clean, especially if you’re going to be making thick smoothies.
However, it’s important to note that single blenders that can be taken apart are more prone to leakages and blades coming loose. You just have to weigh that against the convenience of the cleanup.
For something sturdy, always opt for stainless steel blades. These stay sharper for longer and they won’t rust.
This one is just a matter of taste. You might want something fun and colorful or something sleek and minimalistic. There’s something for everyone.
This is the part of the guide where we list our favorite fruit mixing machines. All these portable blenders have garnered generally positive reviews and there should be an option that suits your needs the best.
- Vitamix S30
If you read other lists, it’s guaranteed that you’ll find the Vitamix on there too. And for good reason. There’s not much to complain about it except for its steep price tag. But if you consider how much use you’ll get out of your Vitamix S30, it’s well worth it.
Why? This is quality blender that’s made from the best materials – a blender you can truly count on. It comes with a 40-ounce travel cup that’s sealed with a flip-top lid. If money is no trouble, then it’s very reasonable to splurge on this one.
- Solid construction
- 790-watt blending power
- Hardened stainless steel blades
- 10 speed settings and a pulse option
- Easy cleanup
- Longer warranty than most blenders (5 years)
- Very versatile
- A bit hefty at 12 lbs. and 6 oz. (all components)
- Very expensive
- Cuisinart CPB-300
Cuisinart is another popular brand that has been trusted in countless homes since the 70s. This particular model is marketed as a 15-piece blender, but don’t let that intimidate you. It does come with four 16-ounce cups that are made with safe hard plastic. You can easily take any one of those with you and it won’t weigh you down.
If you only use this “blend and go” attachment, the whole unit is very lightweight at only around 4 lbs. If you want a larger container, say for a puree, you can use the 32-ounce cup that it also comes with.
The CPB-300 also makes chopping easier. Included in the set is an 8-ounce cup that’s ideal for chopping onions and herbs for easy cooking prep.
As for power, you’ll get 350 watts, less than half of the Vitamix. But it’s certainly plenty powerful for your everyday smoothie. You don’t have to worry about blending things with ice and seeds. It can handle that.
It has two settings, high and low. There’s also a pulse mode. These basic controls are sufficient for everyday blending and they’re highlighted with LED indicator lights, which will come in handy should you want to use it somewhere dark.
- Many attachments for specific purposes
- Light and easy to store
- Safety interlock and automatic stop features
- Spare parts and cups are sold separately if you need more of them
- Breezy cleanup
- Decent warranty (3 years) and excellent customer support
- The cups don’t come with seals.
- Oster My Blend
You have two options for the Oster My Blend: a 250-watt one called Blend-N-Go and a 350-watt one called Pro. Both of these configurations weigh in at around 3 lbs. so it’s very lightweight. This is also a model that you wouldn’t mind being seen in public with. It looks very sleek and Oster offers 3 color options for it.
If you go for the Pro option, it comes with a double layered travel cup, so condensation wouldn’t be a problem. You can pop it in your bag and not have to worry about your other things getting wet in there.
That also keeps your prepared beverage cooler for a lot longer. Say you make your smoothie in the morning. In the late afternoon, you can still expect your smoothie to be nice and cool.
There’s not much to the controls of the My Blend. Oster designed it with the “One Touch” button. All you have to do is fill your cup with your chosen ingredients, twist it onto the base, and blend away.
If you go for the Blend-N-Go option, it’s going to take longer for you to blend smoothies with ice. The device can definitely do it, but it’ll take some time. Should the unit overheat, it will shut off automatically to avoid any accidents.
- Great design
- Keeps smoothies cooler for longer than other cups by up to 30%
- Comes with reusable straw and carry slip
- Comes with Tritan travel sport bottle (20 oz.)
- No-brainer controls
- Very quiet
- Very lightweight
- 3-year satisfaction guarantee
- Creamier blends will take some time to make
- Nutri Ninja Pro (BL450)
If you’re all about blending power, this is the one. With a staggering 900-watt capability, there’s nothing this bad boy can’t blend. Creamy smoothies made with usually tough ingredients like seeds, ice, beetroots and other hard vegetables will take no time at all. You can even use frozen fruit. It’s essentially a very powerful magic bullet blender. And compared to other high-powered blenders, the Nutri Ninja Pro is quieter.
You can expect to get years’ worth of usage out of this one because it’s made with high quality materials. For portability, you get a 24-ounce and 18-ounce cup. Both cups come with lids.
- For its price, its power can’t be beat
- Blend any ingredient with minimal effort and time
- Very versatile
- Just a one-year warranty and customer support needs improvement
- Cups are not the most durable
- Rubber ring needs to be replaced every so often
- Hamilton Beach Single Serve
Last but not least is the Hamilton Beach Single Serve. Thousands of people, particularly those who are all about going about their day with a smoothie in hand, have left positive reviews for this unit.
At 2.2 pounds, it’s the king of portability. Very few blenders are as small as or smaller than this one. It also comes in different fun colors (including Raspberry and Monaco Blue). Plus, you don’t have to look that hard online to find a place that sells it for under 20 bucks. That’s value for you.
The 14-ounce cup comes with a lid and it’ll fit in any cup holder in the car or on gym equipment.
Even though its power capability of 175 watts is the lowest on our list, it can undoubtedly handle your daily smoothies.
The only downside is that you’ll have to be careful that it doesn’t overheat. Unlike the other blenders where you can just throw in your ingredients in whatever order you like and let them do their job, the Hamilton has a bit of a learning curve. It also takes longer to make smoothies when you use harder ingredients like ice.
- Very affordable
- Very portable
- Has compartment for the electrical cord
- You have to be careful with the motor
- It takes almost a minute to blend harder ingredients