The 10 Best Personal Blenders
This wiki has been updated 28 times since it was first published in April of 2015. Getting out your big blender can be overkill when all you want is a single-serve smoothie or pint-sized pre- and post-workout drinks. These personal models make for a convenient alternative, as they take up little countertop space and save you the time and hassle of having to wash a large pitcher and lid. They’re also great for grinding coffee beans or making small batches of dressings or sauces. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. If you'd like to contribute your own research to the Wiki, please get started by reviewing this introductory video.
Open Kitchen Personal Extraction Blender Available exclusively from Williams Sonoma, this handy, compact device helps you make smoothies, nut milks, and fresh juices in seconds. Its peak-performance 800-watt motor and patented blades can puree even hard-to-blend ingredients while preserving their healthy nutrients. It comes with two BPA-free cups so you can take your beverages on the go. It even makes quick work of pulverizing hard-to-blend ingredients like kale and pineapple, and there won’t be any unpleasant pulp remaining in the drink. It can also grind coffee beans, seeds, nuts, cheese, and whole spices. williams-sonoma.com
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A good number of sturdy, tried-and-true models join our list in this update. Although it might be the newest item coming on board, the Breville Boss To Go delivers consistent results with every use, and you’ll enjoy velvety smoothies every time, since its reliable, single-speed motor doesn’t strain even with extra-thick blends. It’s by far the priciest model on our list, but its durability shines through with a stainless steel body and a die-cast metal driveshaft. It’s also from a company that has made a name for itself in high-quality small kitchen appliances. It’s elegantly designed with a straightforward interface, and you can get a lot of use out of it since it’s not only good for drinks, but also for sauces and batters.
The NutriBullet Pro 900 features a 900-watt motor and stainless steel extractor blades that enable it to blend even the toughest of whole foods into nutritious smoothies and shakes. Like the Breville model, it boasts a simple, intuitive design, and you’ll appreciate how quickly it works; you’ll likely have your beverage ready to drink in less than 60 seconds’ time. It comes with two BPA-free plastic cups, has a sturdy, stable base, and is available in your choice of 11 colors.
Not only does the Oster MyBlend pulverize tough ingredients like a pro, but it’s also really enjoyable to look at. You can choose one in neutral black and white, or from among several bright, cheery colors. You’re blending your ingredients right into the sport bottle, which is convenient when you want to take your breakfast on the go. Once you’re done with it, just fill the bottle with water throughout the day to stay hydrated. It’s got a convenient carrying hook that comes in handy whether you’re commuting to work or going for a hike.
The Tribest PB-150 might be from a lesser known brand, but it’s a force to be reckoned with if you’re looking for an ulta-small model that’s a breeze to store and won’t hog much countertop space. You can run it in the continuous mode or the push-button pulse setting. The cups come with tight-fitting lids that make it easy to take your drinks to work, the gym, etc. It also can double as a coffee grinder, potentially saving you on storage space.
The Magic Bullet comes on board as a well-designed, compact model that is convenient for shakes as well as salsas, dips, or dressings. It measures only 12 inches tall and five inches wide, and offers a sleek silver housing and nonslip fit on its base. Just know that it can struggle with nuts or thick ingredients, and will likely require a lot of manual shaking of the cup in between blending sessions. Many users also feel it operates considerably loud.
The Cuisinart CPB-300 features a thoughtful design that includes a user-friendly touchpad with LED handy indicator lights. It’s got two separate blade assembles designed for blending and chopping, and it also has a special cup for when you’re using it for chopping. Unlike some others, it offers both low and high speed modes. It comes with onboard cord storage, which helps keep your countertop tidy. Two caveats to note: Some say it struggles with ice, and replacement parts tend to be expensive.
The Hamilton Beach 51131 is a budget-friendly choice that’s about as easy to operate as they come. It weighs in at only two pounds when empty, and has handy measurement markings on the cup to help you fill ingredients according to your recipe. It’s available in an array of colors, and like the Cuisinart model, it’s got handy, wraparound cord storage. It’s backed by a one-year warranty. One thing that you may or may not be bothered by: The blades are affixed to the bottom of the cup (like with the pitcher of a full-sized blender), meaning they will be there when you remove the cup to drink from it. All of the others on this list have designs where the blades are attached to the base.
For safety’s sake, always follow the manufacturer’s usage instructions carefully and use extreme care when washing the blades of your blender. Also, unplug it when it’s not in use.
How Does A Personal Blender Work?
A blender is intended to operate similarly to a food processor in which it will chop or puree any number of foods.
The average personal blender is comprised of three basic parts: a motor, pitcher, and rotating blade that attaches to the motor and is located at the bottom of the pitcher.
A blender is intended to operate similarly to a food processor in which it will chop or puree any number of foods. It differs from a food processor in that it is often more powerful than the average food processor and is generally intended to convert solid foods to liquid form.
The most powerful models, many of which are featured on this page, have the ability to crush ice and other frozen foods resulting in delicious cold beverages.
Some more modern blenders are called immersion blenders. They are handheld, have an attached motor and blade and come in one piece. They are inserted into the ingredients and blend from top to bottom rather than bottom to top.
Many blender pitchers come with measurement marks so you know exactly how much of each ingredient is going into your concoction. Most blenders have options for pulse blending so you can get the desired results.
These blenders can sit on your counter top or be stored in your cabinets until you are ready to use them. Some come with heavy glass pitchers while others use a sturdy plastic. Your average counter top blender comes with multiple speed settings.
Most blenders can handle any job you throw at them although some are meant for personal, occasional use, while others are intended for frequent, heavy-duty blending jobs.
What Do I Need to Know Before I Buy?
The blender you choose is going to depend on what you plan to use it for. As with most products, the most expensive choice isn't always the best choice.
Consider some of these things before you make your final blender purchase:
First, you will need to consider how big you need your blender to be. Take into account both what you plan to use in your blender and how much counter space you have in your kitchen. A large blender might make a lot, but if you don't have the space to store it, it can get annoying and cumbersome leaving you wishing you had purchased something smaller.
First, you will need to consider how big you need your blender to be.
If you are only using it for yourself, consider getting a small personal blender that will blend a quick smoothie, protein shake, or soup and leave you with minimal prep time and cleanup.
Second, check to make sure that your chosen blender has all of the functions you need. If you're not planning to use it often, consider going for a small blender with just a few simple speed settings. If you are in the habit of hosting large parties and tossing a wide variety of unpredictable ingredients in your blender, then look at some of the larger blenders with a range of speed settings.
Third, consider the materials that you prefer your blender to be made of. Some people appreciate a light weight plastic pitcher while others want a heavy, more durable glass pitcher. Many consumers will accept nothing less than a stainless steel blade and BPA-free plastic. Also, you will want to make sure the base and motor are going to hold up to everything you plan to put it through.
Finally, consider safety. If the blender you are considering might be hard to clean with a blade that's difficult to reach, you could be setting yourself up for cuts and scrapes. Make sure that your current outlets can withstand your current blender wattage, and make sure you have a place that you can prevent the cord from coming into contact with water or other liquids.
History of the Personal Blender
The first blender was patented on November 17, 1885 by Rufus M. Eastman. When he filed the patent, Eastman said that the blender could be powered by mechanical, electrical, or water power.
Although it has been over eighty years since this handy little kitchen device first debuted, this model or some variation is still a staple in most kitchens around the world.
In 1911, Hamilton Beach patented and marketed an electric milkshake blender. This creation eventually evolved into a triple milkshake blender with three blades that spun simultaneously inside three different cups to blend ingredients. Various designs of these blenders are still used in restaurants today.
In 1936, Fred Waring created the first electric blender in the model that we are most familiar with today. Intended for making more than milkshakes, this blender changed the way people chopped and ground their food, and it cut food prep time in less than half.
This eventually sparked a number of blender creations, including the personal blenders that are featured on this page. Although it has been over eighty years since this handy little kitchen device first debuted, this model or some variation is still a staple in most kitchens around the world.
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