Take it from someone who’s reviewed more than 100 blenders… there are too damn many of these things on planet earth.
You can have a basic need. For example “I just want something that makes smoothies that I can take to the office or on holiday”, and the difficulty you will have working out which of all the options is actually best for you… It can make you not want a dadgum blender after all.
That’s why I wrote this post.
By the end of it, you’ll know which small, portable blender is your best option, depending on what you want to make with it, and what your budget is. Sound good?
You can use the table of contents below to make a quick jump, or just keep on reading for all the details.
Top 5 Portable Blenders in 2020
1. Best All-Round: Oster My Blend
For the cost of a few cocktails on a night out, you could solve your portable blending issues once and for all.
The Oster My Blend comes in 2 versions: the Blend-N-Go with 250 watts and the Pro with 350 watts of continuous power. Both versions measure only 6.9 x 6.7 x 14.9 inches and weigh about 3 pounds. And if you’re going to bring this with you to work or when you travel, you don’t have to be embarrassed about it because this one looks quite nice and there are different color options to choose from.
You get a 20-ounce Tritan sports bottle, which is BPA-free and dishwasher-safe. What’s more, with the Pro version the cup is double layered to prevent condensation so you can put it in your bag along with your important documents. The double-layer also keeps the smoothie colder for 30% longer, so you can last for almost a whole day with a smoothie you prepared early in the morning. You even get a reusable straw and a carry clip attachment.
2. Best If Price Is No Object: Vitamix S30
If you said no to the My Blend in number 1, it could only be because you’re intending to do something with the blender that the Oster doesn’t have enough power or size for. So I thought “Ok then, number 2 will be a blender that can do EVERYTHING”. That’s the Vitamix S30.
If you haven’t heard of Vitamix a) Who are you? b) They’re basically the top of the blending world and their blades use aircraft-grade steel to murder your ingredients into a delicious smoothie.
Vitamix markets the S30 as a compact and portable blender, although it does weigh a hefty 12 pounds 6 ounces. But it’s small enough when you use the travel cup with a flip-top lid. It only becomes 15.66 inches high with the 40-ounce container that it also comes with. That’s just 3 pieces all in all, and the construction is quite solid.
3. Best Mid-priced: Cuisinart CPB-300
On the face of it, putting a 15-piece blender on a list of portable blenders seems very wrong. But the CPB 300 is actually a great blender to take with you.
If you’re just going to use it for smoothies, then you can just bring 1 of the 4 16-ounce BPA-free “blend and go” cups with you. By doing so, the blender will only measure 10.1 x 15.8 x 10 inches and weigh just 4 pounds.
But the CPB 300 isn’t limited to just making single-serving cups. You can also bring the 32-ounce cup for larger servings, and you can even take along the small 8-ounce chopping cup along with the chopping blades.
Even though the CPB 300 offers just 350 watts of power, it’s certainly sufficient for on the go smoothies. Its ice-crushing power is fantastic, which is always a concern with personal blenders. In fact, you can think of it as a full-service blender that takes up only half as much space as your typical full-service blender. You can even make food preparations such as chopping nuts and herbs using it.
4. Cheapest: Hamilton Beach Single Serve
If you looked at the number 1 Oster and thought “Nope, still more than I wanted to spend”, never fear. My list has still got you covered.
The Hamilton Beach, as well as being the cheapest, is perhaps the most popular single-serve blender around. It has received thousands of reviews with most of them giving it full marks. Just about everyone thinks that it’s the best option there is for single servings.
It measures 4.8 x 4.8 x 10.3 inches and weighs just 2.2 pounds, which makes it really portable. It’s actually one of the smallest blenders in the market right now. It even comes in a variety of colors. You know that it was specifically designed as a portable bender because the designers even put in storage for the electrical cord.
Also, the 14-ounce blending jar doubles as a cup to go as it comes with a travel lid. It fits just about any cup holder in a car or on a gym machine.
5. Nutri Ninja Pro (BL450)
So we come to the best portable blender in our list – the Nutri Ninja Pro. This model doesn’t have the Auto IQ feature but that’s okay, because the computerized settings may not survive a bumpy ride when you travel anyway.
What’s really exciting about the Nutri Ninja Pro is that you won’t ever have to worry about insufficient motor issues. This thing is a brute, offering a whopping 900 watts of power.
That means you don’t have to worry about hard ingredients, crushing ice, or spending too much time blending. And it’s not as noisy as other powerful blenders. Just put your ingredients inside the container, pulse it for a few seconds, and you’re done!
I hope this has helped you make an informed decision. Good luck!