Best portable blender 2022: our top 10 travel blenders

Find the best portable blender for easy morning smoothies or taking on trips with reviews of blenders from BlendJet, Ninja, Cuisinart, and NutriBullet

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Whether you need a new blender to keep up with an active lifestyle, or you want something to take on trips, the best portable blender will slot right into your daily routine. Many of the portable blenders in our guide are completely cordless, with lightweight designs that will fit into gym bags or suitcases. Others need to be plugged in, but they've got a small and compact design that will make them easy to transport from location to location, and still allow you to use them from your own kitchen.

Many of the best portable blenders have been tried by the Homes & Gardens team. When reviewing we made smoothies, protein shakes, dips, and even crushed ice. As with any cordless appliance, you can't expect the same powerful design with a portable blender as you'll find with some of the best blenders we've tried. What these devices do offer is complete portability, with built-in handles to carry your drinks between meetings or quickly make a shake at your desk on busy days. 

While they are not suitable for use large portions, these personal blenders can also act as mini choppers to rival some of the best food processors, making dips and sauces as well as drinks. Including brands such as BlendJet, NutriBullet, Ninja, Cuisinart, and Hamilton Beach, our best portable blender guide features the top ten you can buy to get the new year off to a great start. 

Best portable blenders

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The best cordless blender: recharge and take on the go

Capacity : 16oz
Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.5 x 11.69 inches
Power: 2 lithium ion batteries
Reasons to buy
+Cordless+Powerful+Only 4 pounds 
Reasons to avoid
-Can't use when plugged in

Looking for a truly portable blender? Well, the Cuisinart EvolutionX could just be the one. It comes with a rechargeable battery and is capable of crushing ice and making smoothies and protein shakes on the go. What more could you ask for? 

Why we love it

The cup is 16 ounces and it comes with a travel lid alongside the blender attachment. Users love that this blender comes with a battery that can last a few weeks, or more. 

Using the blender couldn’t be easier: everything goes into the cup, then you press the button to activate the single-speed motor until you’ve got your desired mix.


We found that it was capable of blending ice and frozen fruits for delicious cocktails or iced coffee. Our main gripe is that it won't work when it's plugged in, so make sure it's topped up on power if you plan on using it at home. 

Homes & Gardens rated: 5 out of 5 stars. Our Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Blender review has more information

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The best lightweight cordless blender: it can even make dips

Capacity : 16oz
Dimensions: 9 x 3 inches
Power: 5V
Reasons to buy
+Very portable+Easy to clean+Can be used for drinks, dips and more
Reasons to avoid
-Struggles with tough ingredients

When we tried the BlendJet 2 it really impressed us with its versatility. There is a blending mode and also a pulse setting that can be used to make dips, and power through thicker ingredients. 

Why we love it

BlendJet has a range of powdered drinks which pair very well with the blender itself. They're tasty, too. You can buy a carry case and even a recipe book with inspiration for sauces, dips, and drinks.

We tried it out on a fresh fruit smoothie, and while it struggled a bit with tougher ingredients like the core of berries, overall it did an impressive job. Because it's cordless, you can shake it when blending to make sure that ingredients for dips are incorporated. This came in very useful when we made pesto from scratch. 


There's an in-built blade that isn't removable, so you will have to drink out of the blending cup or pour your drink out. Cleaning is easy: just pour in some water and dish soap and run a blending cycle, or shake. 

Homes & Gardens rated: 4.5 out of 5 stars. Our BlendJet 2 review has more information

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Best affordable portable blender: for smoothies and shakes in 30 seconds

Capacity : 13oz
Dimensions: 7.52 x 7.01 x 4.06 inches
Power: 1 lithium ion battery
Reasons to buy
+Great safety features+Super lightweight+Designed for traveling +Very quiet
Reasons to avoid
-Can't blend ice

We tried the Nutribullet GO Portable Blender out to see how it could hold up on a morning commute and we found that it's a back-to-work summer essential. Not only is it seriously lightweight (only 1.5 pounds) but it also has a clever two-part design that means you can carry around the bottle, full of fruits or protein shakes, and the blending unit separately.

The Nutribullet GO won't blend unless it is attached securely to the base. It switches off automatically after a 30-second blend.

We found that it was capable of blending fresh fruits with ease, but struggled with ice cubes thanks to its limited power. For shakes and smoothies, this is a great value portable blender – our

Homes & Gardens rated: 4.5 out of 5. Our Nutribullet GO Portable Blender review has more information

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4. BlenderX Cordless Portable Blender

Best portable blender for camping: it's weighty but powerful

Capacity: 20 oz jar
Dimensions: 5.75 x 5.75 x 13 inches
Power: Lithium ion battery
Reasons to buy
+Very powerful+Comes with a carry bag +Easy to use
Reasons to avoid
-Only one cup-A bit heavy

Another one that's Homes & Gardens tested, the BlenderX Cordless Portable Blender is powerful enough for ice crushing, and it works very fast.

The button front and center glows when charging, and when the blender is turned on. There is a screw-on cap that keeps your blades protected when not in use, and it's a case of simply screwing onto the plastic 20oz cup to start blending.

Charging takes a couple of hours, but the battery was long-lasting. Our main issue was the weight, because the base is hefty.

It weighs 4.62 pounds in total, but because it comes with a carry bag to and suction cups to keep the base attached to your kitchen counter, we think it's perfectly suited for use in RVs or camping trips. For taking in your handbag though, it's maybe a little weighty. 

Homes & Gardens rated: 4 out of 5 stars 

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5. Ninja Nutri Duo Smoothie Bowl Maker and Personal Blender

Best smart personal blender: for smoothie bowls and dips

Capacity: 0.7-litres / 24oz
Dimensions: 10.79 x 6.69 x 6.69 inches
Power: 1200 watts
Reasons to buy
+Automated programs+Very powerful motor+Handles frozen desserts+Decent range of accessories
Reasons to avoid
-Not as flexible as a full-size blender-Loud

Personal and travel blenders tend to be very simple to use with a simple on/off control. If you want to make something a bit more complicated with ease, then the Ninja Foodi Power Nutri Duo Smoothie bowl Maker and Personal Blender could be for you.

Why we love it

This blender has a 24oz travel cup and a smaller 14oz bowl for making the likes of frozen desserts and nut butter. To accompany this, there are four pre-set programs: extract and smoothie for the travel cup, and spread and bowl for the bowl attachment. You can also manually pulse if you want more control over the finished product.

With a powerful 1200W motor, the product gets rave reviews for its ability to deal with tough ingredients, making perfectly blended smoothies and excellent butter and frozen desserts.


Everything is dishwasher safe, so cleaning up when you’re done is really easy.

The downside is that the blender is quite loud, not particularly portable and, while more flexible than your average travel blender, it’s not quite as powerful or useful as a full-size blender. 

Still, if you want a smaller blender that can do a little more than just make smoothies for on the go, the Ninja Foodi is a great choice.

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6. Magic Bullet

Best value personal blender: best for price and attachments

Capacity : 0.53-litres / 18oz
Dimensions: 4.01 x 4.48 x 11.61 inches
Power: 250W
Reasons to buy
+Lots of accessories+Simple to use+Light and easy to transport
Reasons to avoid
-Not so good for frozen ingredients-Blades aren’t dishwasher safe

The original personal blender is still one of the best, and the Magic Bullet 11-piece set goes one step further, with everything you need to make and take drinks on the go.

Why we love it

With this set, you get the standard cup, a tall mug, short cup, recipe book, and blades for liquids and grinding. Given the low price, that’s a lot of kit in one box.

With only a 250W motor, the Magic Bullet works best with softer fruits, and it can struggle to make its way through frozen ingredients. If you want frozen drinks, then you should look for a higher-powered blender. 


For dry ingredients, you can switch-blades and effectively grind spices and seeds, making the Magic Bullet a handy cooking companion.

For its simplicity and low cost, the Magic Bullet remains the best value personal blender.

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7. Ninja Nutri Pro

Best travel blender: for those tough ingredients

Capacity: 0.7litres / 24oz
Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 6 inches
Power: 900W
Reasons to buy
+Simple to operate+Powerful motor+Well priced+Easy to clean
Reasons to avoid
-Loud-Doesn’t handle dry foods

A lot of personal or travel blenders tend to have fairly low-powered motors, but the Ninja Nutri Pro ups the game with a powerful 900W motor. That puts it above some large blenders and gives you a bit more flexibility to the ingredients that you can tackle.

Why we love it

Soft fruits are handled with ease, but put in tougher fruits or even frozen ingredients and you can see what the 900W motor is really for: here, you get similar smooth results as you’d expect from a much larger blender.

This single-speed blender is also really easy to use: everything gets loaded into a cup, then you press down to engage the motor. There are travel lids for the included 18oz and 24oz cups, and everything (including the blades) can go in the dishwasher.


Although it can handle dry ingredients, the consensus is that the Nutri Pro doesn’t do a particularly good job, with uneven chopping and blending.

With a rather chunky base, the Ninja Nutri Pro isn’t particularly portable, but it’s a great choice if you want single-serve drinks using a wide variety of ingredients.

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8. Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender

Best portable blender for smoothies: a smaller capacity makes it great for drinks

Capacity: 0.41-litres / 14oz
Dimensions: 10.38 x 4.75 x 4.75 inches
Power: 175 watts
Reasons to buy
+Extremely small+Excellent price+Great for softer fruits+Dishwasher safe
Reasons to avoid
-Relatively small capacity-Lightweight motor

If you frequently travel but want to make your favorite smoothies wherever you go, the Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender could be for you. Little bigger than a travel cup, this is a blender that you can throw in a bag and take everywhere.

It’s also cheap enough that you won’t mind so much if it should get broken as you travel, or if you leave the blender in a hotel room.

Why we love it

There’s a 14oz cup with a travel lid that attaches to the top of the blender. That’s a little smaller than many other models, but you’re sacrificing size for convenience, which seems like a fair trade-off.


Softer fruits and ingredients blend down well in the Personal Creations, but the 175W motor struggles with harder ingredients, such as frozen fruit. Some reviews point to the motor burning out, but just remember that this isn’t a heavy-duty blender for the entire house, but a device that you’ll use less regularly.

Even if you have other products on this list, the Hamilton Beach Personal Creations Blender could be a good addition for vacations or business trips.

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9. Cuisinart CPB-300, 350-Watt BPA-Free Blender

Best multipurpose personal blender: chops and blends, too

Capacity: 0.47litres / 16oz
Dimensions: 1.75 x 6.75 x 14.75 inches
Power: 350 watts
Reasons to buy
+Advanced controls+Chops as well as blends+Step-up in power from most travel blenders+Lots of accessories
Reasons to avoid
-Not enough power for big jobs

Most personal and travel blenders are designed with the simple job of creating smoothies. The Cuisinart CPB-300 is built for more than that, shipping with a 32oz blender jar, 8oz chopping cup, and four 16oz travel cups.

Why we love it

That’s not only a lot of flexibility, but for drinks on the go, you can either go most of the week without having to fully wash up, or you can take care of everyone in your family.

With a 350W motor, this model is more powerful than much of the competition, letting it power through most smoothies with ease, but some say that it doesn’t cope so well with frozen ingredients.


You get more advanced controls on this model than with a typical personal blender, with high and low speeds, plus a pulse control.

The jug and the chopping cup give more options in the kitchen, too. There’s a two-minute auto cut-off, though, so look for a full-size blender if you need to do bigger jobs.

If you’re after a well-priced blender that does more than just make drinks for travel, this is a great choice.

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10. Tenswall Portable Blender

Best budget cordless blender: lightweight and easy to use

Capacity: 0.38litres / 13oz
Dimensions: 9.45x3.14x3.14inches
Power: N/A
Reasons to buy
+Small and lightweight+Battery powered+Simple to use+Great results if you follow the instructions
Reasons to avoid
-Ingredients need careful preparation-Small cup 

If you’re going camping, then it doesn’t matter how small the blender is if you don’t have access to power. With the Tenswall Portable Blender, you don’t have to worry, as it has an internal battery. Charged via USB, the 2000mAh battery gives you around 12 uses.

Why we love it

There’s a relatively small fixed 13oz cup, but this at least means that the blender is easy to carry around, as it’s so small.

As the Portable Blender is battery powered, the motor isn’t very powerful and it’s not recommended for frozen fruit or ice. Tenswall also says to cut up fruit into 2cm before adding water, and it should be used by tilting, shaking, and then blending.

Provided the instructions have been followed, owners are impressed with the quality of the blended drinks, saying that this model competes well with more expensive plug-in models.


After use, clean water and a blending cycle can be used to clean it out. If you do wash with a sponge, be careful not to get water into the charging port.

More limited than the competition, if you have access to a power socket, you can get better blenders for not much more. If you regularly camp, then the Tenswall Portable Blender is a great way to make healthy drinks.

Portable blender tips: bring an extra cup

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If you’ve already got a blender, but want on-the-go convenience, it makes sense to see if there’s a single-serve cup upgrade for your existing model.

These replace the regular blending jug with a smaller cup (typically 16oz to 24oz) and blades, so you can mix your drink, stick on the lid and take your smoothie with you.

The advantages of this method are that you get the full power of your main blender, so can tackle harder fruits and vegetables, and even ice, and you don’t add another blender base into your home.

The main downside is that a smaller cup doesn’t make your main blender any easy to carry around, so these options aren’t very good if you need a blender to travel with.

Watch out for pricing as well. For example, if you take our top-recommend blenders, the Vitamix Personal Cup Adapter for the Vitamix 5200 costs more than most travel blenders on this list. Conversely, KitchenAid sells the 16oz Personal Blender Jar for $39.99, which fits the excellent K400.

How do I choose a good portable blender?

Portable blenders (also known as travel or personal blenders) are typically designed to make smoothies directly into travel mugs. They’re built for quick, grab-and-go operation, and are designed to be easier and quicker to use than their full-sized models.

There are lots of different models and no right choice, as it depends on how you want to use the blender. If you travel a lot and want a blender that you can throw in your luggage, then size is all-important. Look for a smaller lighter blender, even if you have to compromise on a smaller travel mug as a result.

If you’re going camping a lot and won’t have power, then look for a battery-powered model that you can pre-charge and use when you’re out.

Smaller blenders tend to have lower-powered motors, so will work well with soft fruits and for making most smoothies, but you’ll find they struggle with (or can’t handle) ice or frozen ingredients.

If you mostly make smoothies at home, then you can get a model with a bigger base and a larger motor. With a bigger motor, you’ll be able to make a wider variety of drinks.

For home use, you may find it useful to get a blender with different accessories, such as a chopping bowl for preparing ingredients for cooking, or a grinder for dealing with spices. Some even come with attachments designed to transform them into the best food processor

How much should I spend on a portable blender?

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As they’re smaller and aren’t as powerful as full-size blenders, prices are much lower. An entry-level blender should cost under $50, and give you basic smoothie making with softer fruits.

At the high-end, you can spend up to $150 on a model with more accessories and more powerful motors to give you more flexibility.

Is a portable blender as good as a full-size model?

A portable blender is different from a full-size one. Most portable models are designed to be quick and easy to use, with one-button operation and single-speed motors. They’re typically as good as large models for smoothies.

Travel blenders are generally quite limited, though: you can make smaller quantities, they’re not built to run for as long, and they don’t have the controls of a full-size model. 

You usually can’t use hot liquids in personal blenders, either, as the travel cups are made from plastic that could be damaged by the heat.

If you want to vary what you can make, and have more control over the process, a full-size blender makes sense and, as our guide showed, you can always add a travel cup to your model to give you that blend-and-go convenience. 

Millie Fender
Millie Fender

Millie Fender is the Small Appliance and Cooking Editor on the Homes and Gardens Ecommerce team. She specializes in cooking appliances and also reviews outdoor grills and pizza ovens. Millie loves to bake, so she will take any excuse to review stand mixers and other baking essentials. All of Millie's reviews are conducted at home, meaning she uses these products in her own kitchen, the way they're designed to be used. 

Millie is from Bath, England, and she grew up surrounded by classic Georgian architecture and interiors. She dreams of buying her own house and filling it with antiques, but for now, she lives in a sunny London flat with a very busy kitchen.