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15 of the best personal blenders for smoothies, shakes, and more

Mixing up drinks doesn’t have to require a full-sized blender. Check out our ranking for the best personal blenders to make smaller servings.

Trying to eat clean and incorporate smoothies into your diet sounds great in theory, but lugging out a full-sized blender every single time you want a quick meal replacement or a refreshing treat is not the most efficient way to live.

A personal blender gives you the freedom to make your blended beverage of choice and be on your way with little hassle. The beauty of one of these appliances is that the container you mix your ingredients in is also your drinking cup. Speaking of which, when selecting the right personal blender for you, consider the blending cups. Take into account how many you want, the size and shape, the type of lid(s), and any bonus features like handles, non-slip sleeves, etc.

Depending on what you’ll be making with a personal blender, you need to pay attention to its power. Some of the inexpensive models can’t handle ice or large chunks of frozen produce, meaning you would have to stick to simple recipes and ingredients.

Whereas some blenders work best for smoothies and shakes, some of the more advanced options will have you making salsas, soups, and other types of dishes that require a bit more power without having to break out a hand mixer or slow cooker. Pro tip when using a personal blender: Most have blending cups that turn upside down during the actual blending, so pour in liquid ingredients first so the solids don’t stick to the sides of the container.

Below you’ll find our ranking of 15 of the best personal blenders on the market, varying in power source (rechargeable vs. power outlet), wattage, cup size, and more. 

Handles whole fruits, vegetables, and ice • Includes two cups and lids • Preset smart programs
Some reviewers mentioned the blender is loud
This small but mighty blender crushes whole fruits, veggies, and ice.

1. Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ

This small but mighty blender crushes whole fruits, veggies, and ice.

  • Power:
    1,000 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 18-ounce, one 24-ounce
Smaller equipment doesn’t mean lesser-quality results when it comes to the Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ personal blender. While not all personal blenders can handle whole fruits, vegetables, or ice, this one tackles them with ease. The blades on the Nutri Ninja rotate at high speeds to liquefy ingredients into smooth juices, smoothies, and purées.
As its name suggests, this machine uses smart technology to take the guesswork out of blending. It features intelligent programs that combine timed pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns that perfectly mix your ingredients of choice. A digital timer display counts down how much time remains in selected programs or counts up to track time while using manual speeds.
The Nutri Ninja Auto-iQ comes with two blending cups (18 and 24 ounces) that you can take with you on the go. Just screw on the included spout lids to turn the container from a blender to a portable beverage cup.
Preserves vitamins, flavors, and colors • Includes two cups and lids • Preset smart programs
This powerful blender goes an extra step with FreshVac technology to remove oxygen from ingredients.
Emulsifying fresh ingredients should yield fresh juice or smoothies, but did you know that the quality of your blended drinks can change depending on how you treat your produce during preparation? The Nutri Ninja blender with FreshVac technology includes a FreshVac pump that is designed to preserve vitamins, flavors, and colors by removing oxygen from your foods before blending.
To get the most out your fruits and veggies, use the pump before adding liquids or blending. The idea is that your beverage should have a smoother texture and richer taste, plus less foam and separation than if you don’t remove oxygen from the produce.
Similar to the standard Nutri Ninja with Auto-iQ technology, this blender features a digital timer display and smart programs that combine timed pulsing, blending, and pausing patterns.
Includes three cups and lids • Tears through seeds, fibrous stalks, and fruit and vegetable skin
Only one speed • Some reviewers stated issues with the rubber seal causing leaks
This blender provides you with the tools you need to make healthy smoothies, juices, and shakes.

3. NutriBullet

Though it only has one speed, you’ll get two different blade options included with the set.

  • Power:
    600 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    Two 18-ounce, one 24-ounce
The NutriBullet has a lower wattage than Ninja personal blenders, but its powerful blades are still able to shred fibrous stalks, tough seeds, pulp, and skin from fruits and vegetables into silky smooth liquids. The blender effortlessly extracts nutrients to make smoothies, juice, and shakes.
There’s room for variation when making your concoction as this set comes with two blade types and two different sizes of cups (which include travel lids for on-the-go consumption). You also receive a nutrition guide and recipe book with the NutriBullet, to get the most out of the blender. 
This compact blender only has one speed, but it should be powerful enough to handle whatever you throw at it.
Includes multiple cups and lids
Does not handle ice well
This is not the best personal blender out there, but it is a good choice for the price point.

4. Magic Bullet

A cheap, reliable blender that isn’t too feature-heavy.

  • Power:
    250 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 12-ounce, two 18-ounce
Not every personal blender is super fancy, nor do they all need to be. If you’re looking for something simple and inexpensive that still gets the  job done, the Magic Bullet is a solid choice. It’s designed to chop, mix, blend, whip, and grind. Designed to handle more than just drinks, this little blender can also be used for omelettes, sauces, and dips.
This 11-piece set includes three different blending cups with travel lids for drinking on the go, one of which has a handle for even easier transportation. Also included is a recipe book for guidance on quick, easy creations.
The Magic Bullet is not as powerful as some of the other personal blenders on the market, but it’s also not as expensive. Expect to compromise on some of the more advanced features in exchange for a lower price. The most common buyer-reported drawback of this blender is its inability to chop through large ice or frozen fruits.
Durable and powerful • Programmed settings • Includes large container and personal blending cup
This blender will cost you a pretty penny, but you’ll get superb, reliable performance.

5. Vitamix S55

Blend personal portions or larger batches thanks to the interchangeable setup.

  • Power:
    790 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 20-ounce, one 40-ounce
Vitamix blenders are some heavy duty appliances and take up the space to prove it. But the Vitamix S-series is a collection of space-saving blenders that take up less room and are ideal for personal blending. The S55 is compatible with both a single-serve, 20-ounce container, and a 40-ounce that can handle a crowd, meaning you can make single smoothies or larger servings depending on your needs. (That 40-ounce container is great for blending soups and baby food, then portioning them out into smaller jars.)
This blender features four programmed settings and variable speed control, giving you textures from smooth purées to chunky salsas. The blender can handle all sorts of dishes like soups, sauces, frozen desserts, and more. Unlike some personal blenders, this one has a vented lid that allows you to add ingredients while blending.
Blasting through ice cubes and frozen fruit isn’t a concern when it comes to the Vitamix S55. It has laser-cut blades from hardened stainless steel, which provide maximum durability.
Includes six blending cups • Multiple speed settings
Some reviewers reported a short lifespan for the blender
This is a powerful blender with lots of cup options.
If you are into meal planning and prepping, this Cuisinart blender set is perfect for you. It comes with a 32-ounce, 8-ounce, and four 16-ounce blending/chopping cups, so you can make batches of differing sizes and store some of your concoctions for later. 
Use the Cuisinart to blend smoothies, mince herbs, or grind seeds with help from three touchpad controls and their corresponding LED indicator lights.
Though this appliance comes with so many add-ons, the blender itself is relatively small to save space, and it has slip-proof feet to grip to surfaces, preventing movement during use and avoiding damage to countertops. Plus, it’s pretty cheap when you consider all that you’re getting.
Includes multiple cups and lids • Different kinds of blade edges
Users reported difficulties separating cups from the blender
Cosori offers a powerful blender, though you might have to throw your weight into twisting the cups off the base.

7. Cosori

A straw-like drinking spout makes these great for frozen smoothies.

  • Power:
    800 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 12-ounce, two 24-ounce
With three different blade edges, the Cosori personal blender smashes fruits and vegetables and crushes nuts, seeds, and ice. It features auto and pulse modes, blending ingredients in three-second intervals with one-second breaks. For high-speed mixing, you can press and hold the pulse button.
The beauty of a personal-sized blender is that you don’t have to dirty two containers. Make a smoothie in minutes, pop on one of the lids, and head out the door to take on your day. The two 24-ounce cups are standard blending cups, but the 12-ounce features a handle for easier travel transportation.
This Cosori blender claims to break down ingredients to extract nutrients, and has an overheating protection function to keep it working properly without damage.
Multiple color options • Compact and portable
Only one 14-ounce cup
Though it isn’t designed for big chunks of ice, this small blender adequately makes smoothies and shakes.
This Hamilton Beach blender is so compact, you could take it with you and blend wherever you can find an outlet. The whole thing weighs in at two pounds and the base features a slot to store the power cord. Blend mixtures in the 14-ounce container then pop on the travel lid and detach the cup from the base. Simply as that.
Hamilton is keeping it straightforward with this device — it just has one button to blend and pulse. This blender is designed mostly for smoothies and protein shakes, and can’t handle big chunks of ice or hard ingredients like seeds.
There is only one blending cup, so you can’t switch it up or store extra batches for later. You do have the choice between five colors, though. It’s all about compromise, people.
Five blending cups • Different types of lids • Two blades to blend whole produce or chop hard ingredients
Loud • Some reviewers reported overheating
With the number of cups and lids included, this blender gives you travel and storage options.

9. Bella Rocket Extract Pro

Blend drinks or grind coffee beans and nuts with the Rocket Extract Pro’s two powerful blades.

  • Power:
    700 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    Two 12-ounce, three 24-ounce
Whether you’re feeling a smoothie or some guacamole, you can turn to the Bella Rocket Extract Pro. It comes with five blending tumblers and two different blades for blending and grinding. In addition to the tumblers, this set also comes with different types of lids, including solid, travel, and shaker tops.
The blades on this baby can handle whole fruits and veggies or chop and grind harder ingredients like coffee beans and nuts. One thing to make note of is that there is no power button on the Rocket Extract Pro — it turns on when you screw the blending cup into place and powers off when you remove the cup.
Like some of the other choices on this list, the cups can be tricky to separate from the blade base, so be sure you’re screwing them on the grooves and aren’t over-tightening.
Sport bottles with travel clips • Reusable silicone straws included
Only one blending cup • Some reviewers reported burning smells
Though you only get one blending cup, it’s one of the best containers on this list.

10. Oster MyBlend Pro Series

The sport bottle is ready to go where you go, with its travel lid and carabiner clip.

  • Power:
    500 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 20-ounce
For all of you who lead active lifestyles, this blender comes with a double walled sports bottle with a flip cap and carabiner clip. The Oster MyBlend Pro utilizes one-touch blending, which means you just have to attach the blending bottle to the blade, then place them on the base and you’re good to go — it starts blending automatically.
The MyBlend Pro only comes with one blending container, but it makes up for it by including a set of four reusable silicone straws. The blending bottle is double walled, so it will keep your beverages cold up to 30 percent longer than standard cups.
As for power, this blender is designed to crush ice, frozen and fresh fruit, vegetables, and nuts. Because of the shape of the blending container, we suggest cutting up your ingredients so they all fit.
Super portable • Rechargeable
Can’t handle big chunks of ice or frozen fruit
This blender isn’t tied to a cord, giving you portability.

11. PopBabies

This blender charges via USB, so you don’t have to be by an outlet to use it.

  • Power:
    175 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 14-ounce
Unlike a lot of the other choices on this list, the PopBabies personal blender isn’t tied down by a cord. You charge it via USB and it’s portable enough that you can take it on the go and blend your drinks wherever — whether you’re making a fresh smoothie or just need to re-blend some chunks.
This blender is on the lower end of the price spectrum, which means you will compromise some power and features in exchange for a more affordable option. It can’t tackle ice the way some of the more advanced blenders can, but to make up for it, PopBabies includes a tray to make smaller ice cubes that the blender will be able to crush.
A funnel also comes with this blender to make it easier to drop in ingredients and prevent messes. Pro tip: Cut up ingredients into chunks that are two inches or smaller for best results.
Includes two sports bottles • Suction feet • Safety shutoff feature
Some reviewers had issues removing the cup from the base
This blender is safe and efficient.
Similar to the Oster MyBlend Pro, this Homegeek personal blender utilizes sports bottles for its mixing containers. Just attach one of the two included bottles to the blender’s blade, mix up your ingredients, pop the travel lid on, and you’re ready to go. Its slim profile makes it ideal for fitting in the cupholder in your car.
This blender is built for safety with a feature that prevents the motor from running unless one of the blending jars is attached to the base. It also has suction feet to secure it to surfaces.
While some reviewers mentioned trouble removing their blending cups from the blender’s base, the overall response to the Homgeek blender is positive. It received four stars and an Amazon’s Choice badge.
Safety features • Nice blending cups
Can’t handle large ice cubes or fruit and veggie chunks
Though it’s not the most powerful blender, the Chulux is good for quick blending in cups you’ll want to take with you.

13. Chulux

These substantial cups feature anti-slip grips and travel lids with hooks.

  • Power:
    300 watts
  • Cups size(s):
    One 14-ounce, one 20-ounce
The type of cup a personal blender comes with can really be a deciding factor in whether you want to invest in it. We are fawning over the Chulux blending cups, which feature flip travel lids with hooks and silicone grips. The two cups come in 14-ounce and 20-ounce sizes.
Though this blender has decent power, the seller does not recommend throwing in large ingredients. Cut down your fruits and veggies and use smaller ice cubes for the best results. Unfortunately, the Chulux does not come with a small ice cube tray (like the PopBabies model does). We’d recommend using crushed ice from your fridge dispenser for best results, or simply forgoing the ice altogether in favor of fruit.
Safety is a key feature in this blender as it will only power on when the blending cups are secured properly into the base. The blender also features non-slip feet to keep it steady while in use.
Blends well with the right solid to liquid ratio • Travel lid included • Affordable
Only one blending container • Can’t handle large chunks of ice
Not the most advanced personal blender, but it will get the job done if you want a smoothie or shake.

14. La Reveuse

Not the most advanced personal blender, but it will get the job done if you want a smoothie or shake.

  • Power:
    300 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 18-ounce
If all you’re looking for in a personal blender is a cheap way to make smoothies and shakes and cut back on your Jamba Juice addiction for good, the La Reveuse will do the job. This compact blender is not meant to crush ice or process foods, but it will pulverize fresh and frozen fruits as long as you have a good liquid to solid ratio.
The sports bottle with travel lid fits in standard cup holders and is great for taking a smoothie or protein shake to the gym or wherever you may be going.
To power on this blender, just lock the blending cup into place on the base — it will automatically start mixing up your ingredients. The blender features overheating protection too, so you don’t have to worry about it smoking or melting.
High rating on Amazon • Portable • Includes ice tray
Blending cup has no bottom — have to keep base attached while drinking
This blender is ideal for taking on the go, plus it’s great for making baby food.

15. Cozibot Travel Blender

Just because you’re far from an outlet doesn’t mean you need to skip your smoothie.

  • Power:
    65 watts
  • Cup size(s):
    One 13-ounce
A personal blender is great for small batches, but most are still only functional if you’re near a power outlet. Cozibot is a personal blender that’s also super portable.
Similar to the option by PopBabies, this bad boy charges via USB and the base stays attached to the cup, so you can just blend and immediately enjoy your beverage. Bonus: the Cozibot also comes with a lid that doubles as a little cup for when you don’t want to drink directly from the bottle.
The small blender isn’t the most powerful piece of machinery, but it can handle small bits of ice and frozen produce. Fear not if you don’t have access to crushed ice; the Cozibot includes a tray to make smaller ice cubes.