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Best Personal Blender

Blenders are nothing short of a kitchen must-have for making those cool, soothing smoothies when the weather is a bit too warm for comfort; or for making a warm, delicious soup perfect for those days when it’s too cold to go out. But for those of us who lack the luxury of time as well as a sufficiently wide countertop, a compact, personal blender may be the best way to go.

Best Personal Blenders of 2018– An Overview

Needless to say, finding the perfect blender won’t be an easy task. With the sheer magnitude of choices out there, you’d be lucky to not end up with more questions than when you first started. Thankfully, we’ve compiled a comprehensive list of some of the best personal blenders to meet your blending needs.
Take a look at the table below to get a general idea of what separates these personal blenders from the rest of the flock.

Name of productDimensionsWeightFeatures
Magic Bullet13.2 x 6.9 x 10.6 inches4.7 pounds3 cups Single-speed
Hamilton Beach Personal Blender4.8 x 4.8 x 10.3 inches1 pound1 cupSingle-speed
Oster Simple Blend 1009.9 x 6.4 x 12.3 inches4.2 pounds1 cup Variable-speed
Black + Decker FusionBlade7 x 8.8 x 8 inches1.5 pounds2 cups Single-speed
Vitamix S5517 x 13 x 14 inches12.4 pounds1 cup Variable-speed
Nutri Ninja Auto iQ15.5 x 6 x 6 inches5.6 pounds2 cups Single-speed
NutriBullet Pro 90011.8 x 6.9 x 14 inches7.8 pounds2 cups Single-speed

Many things go into the making of a high-quality blender. You have to consider factors such as blending speed, blend consistency, blade durability, and overall build quality. And for the heavy commuters, taking into account the ease of cleaning as well as the availability of cups to-go can go a long way in creating a more fun, more efficient, and more convenient blending experience. In the table above, we have highlighted what are the general aspects to look for in a personal blender. Now that that’s out of the way, let’s get down to what really makes these blenders tick.

1

Magic Bullet – The Kitchen Magician

The tall, pill-shaped design of the Magic Bullet allows it to generate very little footprint, making it ideal for those of us who are overly-conscious of countertop clutter. You can easily store the Magic Bullet in your kitchen cabinet and take it out only when you need it, or just leave it on the counter. You probably won’t even notice it’s there! But make no mistake, it may be small, however, it packs a pretty heavy punch. The Magic Bullet comes with a stainless steel cross blade that can satisfy any of your blending needs in – and we quote – 10 seconds!

That’s not all. The Magic Bullet is as versatile as it is fast, and can chop, blend, grind, mix, mince and whip whatever ingredients you dump into it. From hard foods like nuts and ice, to ingredients with softer consistencies like milk and yogurt, the Magic Bullet can break them all down.

In addition, the Magic Bullet is super simple to use. All you have to do is dump your ingredients into the mixing cup, twist the cross blade onto the cup, then line up the tabs and press it on the power base. Just continue blending your ingredients to the desired consistency and voila! Your concoction is magically complete.

The Magic Bullet also comes with cups of 3 different sizes – tall, party and short. Regardless if you’re making a single-serving smoothie to-go, or preparing for a family-sized party with the boys, just toss your ingredients in your desired cup, and let the Magic Bullet do its thing. And for those of us who enjoy a drink on-the-go, the Magic Bullet also comes with a flip top to-go lid.

PROS
  • Compact and easy to store
  • Easy to clean
  • Versatile blends
  • Simple to use
  • Travel-friendly
CONS
  • Has relative difficulty blending frozen ingredients
  • Weak grinding power
2

Hamilton Beach Personal Blender – Mini Mixer with a Great Value

Sleek and lightweight – that’s what the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is. With its 14 ounce jar and travel lid, the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is a great addition to any health-conscious individual’s arsenal of kitchenware. It takes up very little counter space, and you can drink from the same jar that you mix with. Fewer things to clean equal less hassle. And at around $15, it’s definitely a worthy investment with very few risks.

That said, there are several areas where the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender falls short compared to the other products on the list. For instance, its 175-watt motor can only do so much when it comes to blending power. It’ll be able to handle soft ingredients like bananas and even tougher ones like apples with enough liquids, but you most likely won’t be able to break down things like ice without straining the blades too much. Its small size also has its pros and cons. You won’t be able to fit a lot in the cup, and relative ease to clean also becomes a challenge as a result of the smaller opening.

In short, the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender is a great blender for entry-level blender enthusiasts. Its no-frills build does get the job done, but it lacks the oomph you’ll find in the pricier models.

PROS
  • Very little footprint
  • Inexpensive
  • Comes with a travel lid for drinking on-the-go
  • Simple one-touch-blend interface
CONS
  • Lots of shaking and stirring as ingredients at the top of the cup are not blended evenly
  • Risk of wear and tear if used to blend tough ingredients
  • Small opening makes it hard to clean
3

Oster Simple Blend – The Under $30 Choice

With 10 varying speeds, the Oster Simple Blend offers great precision for the meticulous blender. Whether you’re looking to make a chunky chocolate dip, or a creamy soup, there is very little room for error with the Oster Simple Blend. Its Crush Pro 4 blade also helps you get that consistent texture throughout your liquids. Coming with a 6-cup plastic jar, the Oster Simple Blend is great for serving both large crowds and small parties. You can’t really go wrong with a large jar. Did we mention it’s also dishwasher safe and BPA-free?

What stands out with the Oster Simple Blend is its unique Legendary Duralast All-Metal Drive. In terms of durability, it trumps competitor plastic systems by far. And not only is it built to last, it even comes with a10-year warranty.

One of the drawbacks to the Oster Simple Blend, is that it’s not really simple at all. When you’re in a rush, considering what speed you should blend your foods at is hardly something you would want to waste your time with. And with a large 6-cup jar, it’s hard for the Oster Simple Blend to not stick out like a sore thumb, at least for a personal blender.

Overall, despite some of the flaws, for roughly $30, the Oster Simple Blend is undoubtedly a steal. When you consider the fact that it comes with a 10-speed control system offering great precision, is built for a beating, and only costs one-tenth of the more renowned, high-end models, it’s almost a crime to not buy one!

PROS
  • Great control with variable-speed capabilities
  • Pulse feature for precise blending
  • Able to pulverize most ingredients easily
  • Cheap
CONS
  • Shaky base
  • Very loud
4

Black + Decker FusionBlade – The Middle “Ground”

Coming in a close second to the Oster Simple Blend is Black + Decker’s FusionBlade personal blender. You may be familiar with the company’s line of power tools and home improvement products. Yes, Black + Decker has been a long-time player in the industry, and is the progenitor of the hand-held drill you see in your father’s garage. Now if they could break down walls, then foods shouldn’t be a problem, right?

With its single On/Off button interface, the FusionBlade puts control in the user’s hands. There are no presets, just tap and blend. Simple, yet efficient. And with its stainless steel blade and 275 watt motor, the FusionBlade crushes ice with relative ease, allowing for some great cold concoctions on those fine sunny days.

It also comes with 2 blending jars, along with travel lids for you to blend and drink on-the-go. There’s also the added benefit of having one less thing to wash. Perfect for making a quick drink before you hit the gym.

Now for some of its shortcomings. Despite being in the same price range, the FusionBlade pales in comparison to the Oster Simple Blend in two things: build quality, and functionality. The FusionBlade offers only a single-speed function quite typical for models at its price point, which might be a plus to users who prioritise easy usability, whereas the Oster Simple Blend has a variable speed capability, usually only found in higher-priced models. Once the user has gotten used to the Oster Simple Blend, there shouldn’t be any remarkable difference in terms of usability. In addition, the fact that the FusionBlade could only pulse at a single-speed means that it’s either blitzing at maximum or not at all, which could be considerably straining on the motor and the blades, if the user is not careful. Evidently, this problem does not exist in the Oster Simple Blend because the motor speed is precisely controlled.

In short, though the FusionBlade lacks the punch found in the Oster Simple Blend, it makes up for it in terms of the simplicity with which it can be operated, its smaller footprint, as well as the relative ease in cleaning from its blend-and-drink cups, as compared to the Oster Simple Blend, which offers no such convenience.

PROS
  • Small footprint
  • Blend-and-drink bottle that fits perfectly into a car cup holder
  • Very easy to clean
  • Simple one-touch-blend interface
CONS
  • Tall, narrow design of the cup makes it difficult to get an even blend at the top
  • Weak locking mechanism between the cup and the base
5

Vitamix S55 – The Premium Pick

First diving into the personal blender niche with their S30, Vitamix has further revamped the S30’s performance with an additional four preset modes – Smoothies, Power Blends, Dips & Spreads, and Frozen Desserts. Like the S30, the Vitamix S55 also comes with one 20 ounce double-walled travel cup, a 40 ounce blending pitcher, and a tamper to push the ingredients down whilst blending. Its equipped with a 790 watt motor which is almost as powerful as the more expensive Vitamix models, but on a smaller scale, making it optimal for individual servings.

With presets, you could just set the program you want and let the blender handle the rest. Everything will be automated. Things couldn’t be more simple. Pre-programmed results also yield greater consistency as compared to human mechanics, especially if you’re following a recipe word for word.

The design of the S55 is just top-notch. Leakage is almost non-existent with its specifically designed drainage hole, which causes the liquid to fall down the back of the machine, and the cooling vent is specially covered to prevent liquids from being sucked in. The S55 is also a relatively silent shredder; there’s very little noise when the blender is in use, great for those midnight smoothie cravings.

Like all of its sister models, the S55 comes at a remarkably higher price point than the other items on this list. That said, it offers supreme build quality and robustness. Whether that fits the price tag it comes with is up for debate. But if you’re willing to invest in a stable, durable blender, you can’t go wrong with the S55.

PROS
  • Double-walled cup helps maintain temperatures over long periods of time
  • Variable speeds for precision blending
  • Preset modes offer greater blend consistency
  • Sturdy build
  • Very little noise
CONS
  • Expensive
  • Big and bulky
6

Nutri Ninja Auto iQ – The Blender with a Brain

As you probably have guessed already, the Ninja Auto iQ was made for those of us who are either too busy, or too lazy to manually pulse our ingredients to a pulp. The Auto-iQ comes with 2 programs – Blend and Ultra Blend. Simply push the button, and let the machine do the work for you. Albeit so, you could still get your hands dirty if you want to. There is a Start/Stop button for continuous blending. Just press it to start, and press it again to stop. Another manual alternative is the Pulse button, whereby you press and hold the button to start, and release to stop. There’s a display timer so that you’ll be able to accurately gauge the length of your pulsing. The motor also has an auto-shutoff feature to protect against overheating.

The Ninja Auto iQ comes with 3 BPA-free plastic cups of various sizes – a 32 ounce cup for large servings, the regular 24 ounce cup, and the small 18 ounce cup for individual use. These all come with their own Sip & Seal Lids for you to drink on-the-go.

With regards to the motor, it’s a whopping 1000 watt beast that’s capable of blitzing just about anything at a speed of 21,000 rotations per minute! The Ninja Auto iQ also includes the trademarked Smooth Boost technology, which essentially detects the consistency to which the ingredients are blended into, helping you get that perfect blend every time.

Despite being such an all-powerful tool, there have been complaints that the Ninja Auto iQ is surprisingly loud. You might also not take kindly to the fact that it rattles sometimes, as well as the plastic finish. But, if you’re a big smoothie fan, then the Ninja Auto iQ is the way to go, especially if you travel more frequently than not.

PROS
  • Able to blend most ingredients with ease
  • Takes up very little counter space
  • Very easy to clean
CONS
  • It's noisy when in use
  • The base may be shaky sometimes
7

NutriBullet Pro 900 – Best Overall

Coming up last, but definitely not least, is the NutriBullet Pro 900. Bringing personal blending back to basics, the NutriBullet Pro 900 comes with a 900 watt motor and two stainless steel Extractor blades that take care of almost all your blending needs. It comes with 2 BPA-free plastic cups – one at 32 ounces; and the other at 24 ounces. Two lip rings are also included for comfortable drinking, one of which is handled for ease of carrying around.

The NutriBullet Pro 900’s blending speed is comparable to the Magic Bullet’s, emulsifying your toughest seeds within 10 seconds. The cups also come with a fairly wide opening, reducing spillage when you’re making smoothies, and making clean ups less of a chore. The even distribution of volume also improves the consistency of your blends, as compared to tall and thin cups, which tend to have an uneven gradient of consistency from the top of the cup, to the bottom of the base.

In regards to noise, the NutriBullet Pro 900 leans towards the loud side. But all that said, given the quality of its blends, its relative ease in usage and clean-up, as well as its speedy results, the NutriBullet Pro 900 is a strong competitor even against the higher-priced models out there.

PROS
  • Fast and powerful motor
  • Easy to clean
  • Small footprint
CONS
  • Loud

Best Personal Blender – A Buyer’s Guide

Normally, unless you like researching every model out there, you wouldn’t have to put in too much thought into getting a personal blender. To make things even easier, here are some things you should look out for when planning to buy a personal blender.

Single-Speed vs Variable-Speed

Do you like things simple? Or do you prefer a more, meticulous blend control? If you like things speedy and simple, then models with single-speeds like the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender or the NutriBullet Pro 900 may be the one for you. But if you like to have precise control over the consistency of your concoctions, then the Vitamix S55 or the more economic Ninja Auto iQ may be more suitable.

Size

Those of us looking for a personal blender are usually those with a shortage of counter space. Which is why size is a fairly big deal, especially if you already have a dozen other items on the counter or cabinet as it is. That said, the size of the blender is also sometimes an indicator of its strength and robustness, with notable exceptions like the Magic Bullet. So if you don’t mind sacrificing some blending strength for more space, models like the Hamilton Beach Personal Blender could be what you’re looking for.

Blending Strength

Evidently, we’re looking for a personal-sized blender that can mix and grind what we need it to. A powerful motor does not always equate a stronger blending strength. Ultimately, we should be clear on our eating habits, and from there, justify how strong of a blender you’re looking for. If you’re looking for a blender that can crush ice and nuts, then stronger blenders may be a viable option, but if you’re only going to mix some fruits and protein powders, then the Vitamix S55 is a bit overkill.
The ideal personal blender is efficient, lightweight, and simple to use. And with that said, we hope we’ve helped you gain a clearer picture of the type of blender you’re looking for.

Conclusion


Like we’ve mentioned before, finding a good blender is not that difficult. You may have noticed that there is fairly little difference between each product on the list. Each of them has their own unique traits. But do we really need so many embellishments in a personal blender? Generally speaking, the deciding factor is almost always the price of the blender. The rest are notable concerns but don’t weigh as much in the decision as the price tag. We chose the NutriBullet Pro 900 precisely because at its price range, it’s a strong competitor even against full-sized blenders in terms of power. Though it doesn’t really compare in terms of robustness and noise control, its superior blending speed and compact size more than makes up for it. True to its nature as a blender, there are no fancy buttons or controls, all the NutriBullet Pro 900 does is blend, blend and blend. And as someone who’s looking for a personal-sized blender that can whip us a smoothie before our daily workouts, do we really need anything more?

We hope that our article has been of some help in helping you make the right choice. It’s been a pleasure writing this and we hope that you’ll think of us the next time you need advice. Thank you for your time. We hope to see you again soon.