10 best personal blenders

21 January 2021

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Have a morning smoothie or lunchtime shake ready in moments with one of these top personal blenders.

If you’ve promised yourself a healthier 2021, a personal blender is a great way to make a small change.

Personal blenders, also known as bullet blenders, can whip up a smoothie in mere seconds, allowing you to front-load your day with a hefty shot of fresh fruit and veg, and add extras such as nuts, yoghurt and seeds.

They’re also great for making frothy milkshakes and desserts, and even small portions of baby food, sauces and dips.

Not all bullet blenders are created equal, so we’ve scoured online stores and trusted reviews for the best personal blenders on the market right now. Here’s our rundown of the most impressive.

1. Best overall personal blender: NutriBullet 1000 Series Nutri Blender

“We have a NutriBullet and use it every day for smoothies. The best thing is that it's really good for making sure you get your fruit and vegetable intake. I've lost weight, my skin is much clearer, and I feel much more alert and healthier in myself. It’s also good for soups, sauces and dips (it makes a good guacamole too).”

1. Best overall personal blender: NutriBullet 1000 Series Nutri Blender

The ever-popular NutriBullet range never seems to disappoint and, sitting at most price points, we think there's a NutriBullet for everyone.

We’ve picked the 1000 series as our favourite for its excellence at powering through fibrous veg, and dealing with nuts and seeds with ease.

If you’re serious about smoothies, this is a great buy as it's fast and copes well with anything you throw at it, giving you a fabulously smooth smoothie in under a minute. Smart technology means it magically knows when to speed up and slow down.

We also love the NutriBullet 1000’s sleek design and neat footprint, which means it’s easy to store, but you’d be equally happy to have it out on display on your work surface. It has rubberised feet which help it to stay stable when in use, and the blade housing is quick to clean.

With no set-up required and one simple twist-and-go mechanism, the NutriBullet 1000 will be a real winner for most households.

Pros

  • Blends tough ingredients
  • Fast
  • Dishwasher-safe parts
  • Comes with a stainless-steel and plastic cups as well as flip-top lid

Cons

  • Noisy in use
  • Can't be used to crush ice

Key specs

  • Power: 1000W
  • Capacity: 0.72 litres

2. Best budget personal blender: Homgeek Personal Blender

2. Best budget personal blender: Homgeek Personal Blender

At less than £30, Homgeek's Personal Blender does much more than the basics, with features that many of the models at triple the price don’t offer.

The safety features are excellent, with a non-slip foot design that means it doesn’t jiggle around on a work surface, automatic shutdown before it overheats, and a function that prevents the motor running unless the jar is properly attached.

It’s really simple to use, with just one button that puts the blender in motion, and it even has a self-cleaning mode – just add water and detergent to the jar and press 'go.' It comes with two 600ml travel cups that can be hung on a backpack.

Its stainless-steel blades are excellent at powering through fruit and vegetables and it produces a particularly good texture for smoothies.

Pros

  • Good safety features
  • Very reasonable price

Cons

  • Less powerful motor than some

Key specs

  • Power: 360W
  • Capacity: 0.6 litres

3. Best personal blender for families: Salter NutriPro Extractor

“I have the Salter NutriPro. Cheaper than NutriBullet and I find it less messy than a handheld – particularly when using frozen stuff. We use it at least four times a week with frozen fruit etc and it’s still going strong two years later.”

3. Best personal blender for families: Salter NutriPro Extractor

If you want to make smoothies for the family but don’t want the expense and storage issues a jug blender brings, this Salter model will do just the job.

Its one-litre capacity makes enough smoothies for the whole family to have a glass with breakfast, and it has a really powerful motor that copes well with all manner of fruit and veg.

It comes with two 800ml travel cups with lids, which are dishwasher-safe, and has some great features, including suction feet that keep it steady and a non-drip cup. It can also be used for blending soups and sauces.

Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Large capacity

Cons

  • Wider footprint than some

Key specs

  • Power: 1000W
  • Capacity: 1 litre

4. Most versatile personal blender: Philips Daily Collection Mini Blender

4. Most versatile personal blender: Philips Daily Collection Mini Blender

The great-value Philips Daily Collection is a personal blender as well as a mini chopper, which is ideal if you don't have a food processor as it can chop vegetables, herbs and even meat. It comes with a glass jug as well as cups to give you extra flexibility.

Although less powerful than other blenders in this list, it makes a really good smoothies with a good consistency and has no trouble with tough ingredients.

The jug, blades and cups are all dishwasher-safe, and the machine has a really small footprint. A great choice for a first home or for anyone low on kitchen space.

Pros

  • Quiet in use
  • Great value – extras included
  • Useful cord storage

Cons

  • Only blends small amounts of ice

Keys

  • Power: 450W
  • Capacity: 0.6 litres

5. Best small personal blender: Ninja NutriSlim Blender

“It's amazing! No extra washing up – the bottle you drink out of is the one you make it in so the only extra is a blade. All goes in the dishwasher too! So much easier than a juicer with all its pulpy mess. You get all the nutrients too – nothing wasted. I am hooked.”

5. Best small personal blender: Ninja NutriSlim Blender

This small but powerful blender is ideal for small spaces, sitting neatly in a worktop corner or kitchen cupboard for storage.

The 700-watt engine means it has little trouble blitzing tough ingredients and it also crushes ice – something even NutriBullets don’t claim to do.

The blender comes with two cups and two sip-and-seal lids, so you can make smoothies for yourself and a family member in the morning, and be out the door with them in moments. The cups are dishwasher-safe and the blade housing rinses and washes really easily.

Pros

  • Can crush ice
  • Slimline

Cons

  • You have to apply pressure to blend so you can’t press a button and leave it to work on its own

Key specs

  • Power: 700W
  • Capacity: 0.47 litres

6. Best personal blender for smoothies: Sage The Boss To Go

“I have a Sage The Boss To Go. It's great and can take frozen fruits without any trouble.”

6. Best personal blender for smoothies: Sage The Boss To Go

This is another powerful blender with a 1000-watt motor that makes short work of fruit, veg, nuts and seeds. A kinetic blade and bowl system works to constantly pull the ingredients down towards the blades so that you don’t have to stop and shake it to ensure everything is blended. It produces a really fine smoothie with a light, bubbled feel.

The Sage has a smart chrome casing and a squat design that sits solidly on any work surface. It comes with a recipe book to give you some inspiration, as well as two tough Tritan dishwasher-safe sports cups and lids, with the ‘Sage Assist’ loop that makes the lids easy to remove.

Pros

  • Powerful motor
  • Easy-to-lift loop on lids
  • Quiet in use

Cons

  • At the pricier end of the market

Key specs

  • Power: 1000W
  • Capacity: 0.5 litres

7. Best personal blender for frozen fruit and veg: Ninja Blender with Auto-IQ

“I went for this one with the pre-programmed buttons mainly because I didn't want to have to stand there holding the jug. I totally love it – does a brilliant job and takes seconds to clean. And my son unwittingly and happily drank a smoothie with kale in without realising. Result.”

7. Best personal blender for frozen fruit and veg: Ninja Blender with Auto-IQ

Another great offering from Ninja, this blender is more powerful than the Ninja NutriSlim with a 1000-watt motor that blends almost anything.

If you want to make smoothies that include lots of tough stemmed greens, like kale, and want to invest in a Ninja bullet blender, then it may be worth paying extra for this one.

It has ‘Auto IQ’ – two different one-touch blending programmes that allow you to blend at different speeds according to the ingredients you’ve used and the consistency you want. There’s also a pulse function to give you more control and let you gently blitz things like pesto and guacamole.

The machine is neat, with a small footprint, and looks stylish enough to have on display, but is also small enough to pop easily into a cupboard if you prefer.

Pros

  • Quiet in use
  • Powerful motor
  • Small footprint

Cons

  • Shakes about a little on the work surface when in use

Key specs

  • Power: 1000W
  • Capacity: 0.7 litres

8. Best personal blender for food prep: Breville Blend Active Pro Blender

“We have a Breville Blend Active Blender. So easy to use – just chuck in some fresh or frozen fruit, veg, ice, fruit juice, yoghurt or even ice cream. Once blended, you just pop on the drinking lid, so not much washing up either.”

8. Best personal blender for food prep: Breville Blend Active Pro Blender

The simple but effective Breville Blend Active Pro comes with a blending cup, a grinding mill for spices, nuts and coffee, and a food processor cup for chopping veg, meat and breadcrumbs.

It’s small, so isn't a total replacement for a food processor, but if what you want is a good personal blender with the capacity to occasionally whizz up a spice blend or some breadcrumbs, then this is a great buy.

It creates a snow-like consistency when crushing ice and is also handy for puréeing small batches of baby food, as well as whipping up dips like hummus and pesto. It’s very easy to operate with just one simple button, and cleans up well, though you might want to get a bottle brush to clean the tall smoothie cup.

Pros

  • Can crush ice
  • Affordable
  • Extras included

Cons

  • Tall cup is tricky to wash
  • Shakes a little in use

Key specs

  • Power: 300W
  • Capacity: 0.6 litres

9. Best portable personal blender: BlendJet One Portable Blender

9. Best portable personal blender: BlendJet One Portable Blender

The nifty BlendJet One is a genius product if you want a smoothie at lunchtime but like it to taste really fresh.

You can put all your ingredients into this leak-proof travel blender, take it out with you and then blend the ingredients into your smoothie whenever you’re ready for it. It lasts for 10 blends without needing to recharge, but you can plug it into any USB to charge it up too.

The cup is dishwasher-safe, but you can clean it simply by whizzing up soap and water, and we like the safety features such as the auto shut-off to help prevent accidents.

As well as being great for smoothies, this blender will be handy for weaning, letting you blitz up cooked or raw fruit and veg for your baby on the go. Call us shallow, but we really like the pretty colours too.

Pros

  • Can be used to blend anywhere
  • Self-clean function – just add water and detergent

Cons

  • Fairly small capacity

Key specs

  • Power: Not listed
  • Capacity: 0.35 litres

10. Best luxury personal blender: NutriBullet Balance

“I love mine. I keep it out on the counter because it's used so often – at least once a day in this house
– for smoothies, curry pastes, milling nuts/seeds/spices, soups, pesto etc.“

10. Best luxury personal blender: NutriBullet Balance

With 1200 watts of power, the NutriBullet Balance is great at pulverising almost anything into a smoothie without leaving small bits behind.

Like all NutriBullets, it's stylish and compact, with the added bonus of an app that you can use to connect the blender to your phone. The app allows you to follow recipes and then accurately record each ingredient's nutritional value, which is ideal if you’re trying to change your diet. The in-built scale means you never have to the measure ingredients yourself again.

Easy to clean and simple to use once you’ve got the app going (though you can, of course, use it without), the NutriBullet Balance is a great choice for those into their smart tech.

Pros

  • Connects to an app via Bluetooth
  • In-built scale
  • Some dishwasher-safe parts
  • Very powerful

Cons

  • Not meant for crushing ice
  • More expensive than other models

Key specs

  • Power: 1200W
  • Capacity: 0.9 litres

What is a personal blender?

A personal blender does a similar job to a jug blender, but is typically used for smoothies and for blending smaller amounts, offering speed and convenience.

Personal blenders can often also be used for making pesto, hummus and sauces. But, generally speaking, they aren’t for blending hot ingredients like soup. Some, however, come with attachments that allow you to grind coffee and ice, and to chop nuts.

They're most useful if you want to take a smoothie with you on the go in the mornings, or if you’re on a health kick and having smoothies for more than one meal a day.

How do I choose a good personal blender?

Other than ensuring it will fit on your work surface and do all the jobs you need it to, here are a few things to look out for:

  • Dishwasher safe parts for ease of cleaning
  • Good power – the higher the wattage, the smoother the blend
  • Decent blades – stainless steel is generally best
  • Automatic programmes that allow you to push a button and leave the blender to get to work on its own
  • Different speed settings to give you more control
  • A solid base and rubberised feet to stop it from moving around
  • Spare cups and sports lids
  • Extra features such as an ice crush button, and a container for chopping nuts, seeds and more

Do I need a personal blender?

As with any kitchen gadget, a personal blender is handy as long as you use it regularly. If you only plan to make a smoothie once a month for you and your family members, then a jug blender will give you more versatility.

A personal blender does, however, take up a lot less space on the kitchen countertop than a jug blender, so if you don’t need a large capacity, then a personal blender is far easier to store.

Are portable blenders worth it?

Mini or portable personal blenders are designed to be taken on the go. A drinking cup with a blade at the bottom, you simply load up your ingredients into it before you leave the house and then blend when you’re ready for your smoothie.

They’re great if you want to have a smoothie in the office or for weaning when you're on the move. But if you’re mostly having your smoothie first thing in the morning, you'll be better off with an ordinary personal blender that comes with additional travel cups should you need them.

The best portable blender to buy is the BlendJet One Portable Blender, which is compact, leak-proof and great value for money.

What is the best Ninja personal blender?

Ninja is enormously popular in the blender market and makes two blenders, both of which we feature here. If it’s within your budget, the Ninja Blender with Auto-IQ is the best Ninja personal blender to buy for its power and useful blending programmes. For those looking for a slim-line blender, the Ninja NutriSlim Blender is the better option.

What is the best inexpensive blender?

The budget market has really opened up for personal blenders in the last year, with lots more available below the £50 mark, and supermarkets, like ASDA, designing own-brand models.

We looked at several budget personal blenders and the one we think offers the best value for money is the Homgeek Personal Blender, which comes with two Tritan bottles, makes a mean smoothie and is priced at under £30.

How we chose our recommendations

As always, we scoured the Mumsnet forums for recommendations and also made a note of any products that hadn’t impressed Mumsnetters. We also researched which personal blenders had aced tests with organisations, such as Which?, been awarded accolades with other reviews websites, and had impressed customers in product reviews.

We took all that information and made up a shortlist of products that had cropped up time and again in our research. For our final recommendations we picked the 10 products from our shortlist that we felt offered the best range in terms of style and price, ensuring there was something there that would appeal to everyone.

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