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6 Best Personal Blenders for Smoothies, Tested by Experts

Our top pick is Oster's My Blend portable blender.

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We updated this article in September 2022 to add more information about each product and added a new pick, the Beast blender. based on extensive testing by the Good Housekeeping Institute.


A personal blender can be used to blend most things a full-sized blender can — plus it can even function as a food processor in some instances like pulsing up a pesto or salsa! While full-size blenders are handy for families who need multiple servings at once, a personal blender is often perfectly sufficient for smaller households, individuals who are always on the go and people making single servings — AKA a parent or teen making food for themselves or another family member. Most of the blending cups that come with these machines include a secure to-go lid and some even come with multiple cups. Personal blenders can be used for making healthy smoothies, emulsifying a creamy salad dressing or whipping up one or two servings of blender pancakes.

To help you find personal blenders worth the money and that fit your specific needs and recipes, our experts in the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab have tested more than 100 blenders over the years, including full and personal-size models. These are the best personal blenders you can buy, according to Lab testing, in-home use and vetted online reviews.

Our top picks:

You can read more about how we test personal blenders in our Lab — plus how to purchase the best personal blender for your needs and lifestyle — at the end of this guide. Looking for more kitchen appliances to pulverize and blend ingredients? Check out our guides to the best coffee grinders and best food processors.

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      1
      Best Overall Personal Blender
      Oster
      My Blend
      Oster
      Weight 1 pound
      Dimensions 15.25 x 5 x 5 inches
      Jar Capacity 20 ounces
      Wattage 250 watts
      2
      Best Value Personal Blender
      Hamilton Beach
      Personal Creations Blender
      Hamilton Beach
      Weight 2.25 pounds
      Dimensions 3.94 x 3.94 x 11.9 inches
      Jar Capacity 14 ounces
      Wattage 175 watts
      3
      Most Powerful Personal Blender
      BEAST
      Blender
      Beast
      Weight 12 pounds
      Dimensions 4.92 x 4.92 x 15.75 inches
      Jar Capacity 25.4 ounces and 11.8 ounces
      Wattage 1000 watts
      4
      Most Versatile Personal Blender
      Magic Bullet
      Blender
      Magic Bullet
      Weight 3.37 pounds
      Dimensions 13.19 x 6.93 x 10.63 inches
      Jar Capacity 22, 16 and 12 ounces
      Wattage 250 watts
      5
      Best Personal Blender for Families
      Cuisinart
      CPB-300 Personal Blender
      Cuisinart
      Weight 6.53 pounds
      Dimensions 10.12 x 15.75 x 10 inches
      Jar Capacity 32 and 16 ounces
      Wattage 350 watts
      6
      Best Personal Blender for Smoothie Bowls
      Ninja
      Foodi Smoothie Bowl Maker & Nutrient Extractor
      Ninja
      Weight 6.48 pounds
      Dimensions 6.69 x 6.69 x 10.79 inches
      Jar Capacity 24 and 14 ounces
      Wattage 1200 watts
      How we test personal blenders
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      We have tested more than 100 blenders over the years, including numerous immersion blenders and personal blenders, to find the best high-performance models. We test each with the same standardized recipes to see how they stand out among the rest. When we test personal blenders, we adjust the recipes accordingly.

      a smoothie put through a sieve to see if there are any remaining pieces in the smoothie
      Good Housekeeping/Eva Bleyer

      To help mimic how a home consumer would use a blender, we make green smoothies, vanilla milkshakes and frozen margaritas as well as broccoli-leek soup, if the blender is equipped to blend hot ingredients. (A blender must have vents in order to safely blend hot ingredients, and you should avoid blending hot liquids in a personal blending cup, which could potentially cause burns upon opening.)

      During Lab testing, we weigh the final product and strain it through a mesh sieve to evaluate whether all ingredients are blended and that each grind or puree is uniform.

      ice cubes crushed in personal blender
      Good Housekeeping/Eva Bleyer

      We also evaluate how well blenders can handle hard ingredients: We grind coffee beans, and we include frozen strawberries and ice cubes in our tests.

      We evaluate each machine for operation and functionality, including helpfulness of the manual and ease of use for assembling the blade parts, positioning the jar on the base, using the controls, reading markings on the jar and cleaning the blender. We also consider how loud each blender is while operating and how well it fares in the dishwasher if it's dishwasher-safe.

      What to consider when shopping for a personal blender
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      ✔️Weight: Portability is key when it comes to a quality personal blender, but usually you are only carrying around the blender cup which should be lightweight. Look for heavier blending systems (or suction cups) to ensure that your blender stays put on your counter while blending, otherwise you may have to hold it down while blending.

      ✔️ Jar capacity: Though our top picks include options between 12 and 32 ounces, a 16-ounce cup seem to be a sweet spot — it's big enough to hold a meal-size smoothie, but not too bulky to carry. If you like blending up anything from a small salad dressing to a large protein smoothie, many personal blenders come with a few different cup sizes to meet your various needs.

      ✔️ Cup style: If portability is important to you, be sure to assess cup style. Is it slim and easy to hold? Does it fit into your vehicle's cup holders? Does it have a lid that seals well? Does it have a spout or sports lid?

      ✔️ Wattage: Higher wattage blenders are intended to handle more difficult-to-blend foods, like ice-filled beverages. (For context, the blenders we tested ranged in wattage from 175 to 1,200.) It's important to note, though, that higher wattages don't always perform better. The shape of the cup and the ability to pulse help with blending too.

      ✔️ Cleanability: If you're short on time and don't feel like taking a bottle brush to your personal blender, ensure that it's dishwasher-safe.

      Why trust Good Housekeeping?
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      In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances and Innovation Lab, Eva Bleyer has tested everything from ranges to juicers to kitchen scales to blenders. Eva conducted the most recent side-by-side testing of 25 blenders. As a trained chef from the Natural Gourmet Institute with a background in health-supportive cooking, she has a great deal of experience using blenders. As a commuter she especially understands how valuable a high quality personal blender is.

      Brigitt Earley is a freelance writer and editor with nearly 15 years of experience testing and writing about consumer products, including blenders and other kitchen accessories and gadgets. She holds a degree in Professional Culinary Arts from the French Culinary Institute (now Institute of Culinary Education).

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