Best Personal Blenders From Consumer Reports' Tests
With single-serve blenders, smoothies are quick to make—and easy to take on the run
It can be hard to work at least five servings of fruits and vegetables into your day. Kicking off the morning with a nutrient-packed smoothie can help get you there. And a personal blender makes it even easier to whip up a quick and healthy breakfast.
Just stuff a single-serve blending cup with a handful of frozen fruit and leafy greens, some milk, and maybe a spoonful of almond butter; screw on the blade; and let it whirl for a minute or so. Then take off the blade, pop on the lid, and it’s off you go.
These machines aren’t limited to smoothies, either. They make it a cinch to prepare healthy soups, salsas, and more.
At Consumer Reports, we test personal blenders by mixing up virgin piña coladas and gauging how well they make icy drinks and smoothies. To assess a blender's soup-making abilities, we purée vegetables and broth. Our ice-crush test assesses how well the blenders break up ice alone.
Here are four personal blenders (listed in alphabetical, not rank, order) that are small enough to stash away in a cupboard or even leave on the kitchen counter. For more options, see our complete blender ratings.
CR’s take: The sleek PowerCrush PB2000G, which is recommended by CR, can crank out smoothies every morning, no problem: It earns an Excellent rating in our tests for making icy drinks. Roommates or family members will be happy, too, because this blender earns a Very Good rating in our noise test—meaning it’s relatively quiet (all the other blenders we tested earn only a Good or Fair rating). Black+Decker’s personal blenders earn a middle-of-the-road Good rating for predicted reliability, based on data from CR’s member survey.
CR’s take: A recipe book comes with the Breville Boss to Go, so you can branch away from the standard strawberry-banana smoothie with confidence. This model earns a Very Good rating in our icy drinks test, so it’ll put the “smooth” in smoothies. The Breville also scores a solid rating in our purée test. Breville is one of only two personal blender brands to earn an Excellent rating for predicted reliability from CR’s member survey.
CR’s take: The Nutri Ninja Pro doesn’t have any dials or buttons; to operate it, simply put the blender cup outfitted with its blade on the base and press down. This model earns a Very Good rating for making smoothies and an Excellent rating for puréeing ingredients for soups, and the included recipe book makes it easy to get started. Ninja’s personal blenders also receive Very Good ratings for predicted reliability and owner satisfaction, based on information from CR’s member survey.
CR’s take: Ninja’s Auto-iQ technology takes “easy to use” to a whole new level. It features preset programs that automatically adjust the blending speed and pulsing needed based on what you are making. The Ninja BL480, which is recommended by CR, also has a unique digital countdown timer that displays exactly how much time is remaining while it’s whipping up a snack. It comes with a recipe book for making smoothies and soups. In our tests for those two tasks, the Auto-iQ earns Very Good ratings.