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Best portable blender 2024: for your daily smoothies, dips, and drinks

These blenders are perfect if you're short on storage or you're always on-the-go

One of the options for best portable blender, BlendJet 2 in black on a countertop
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In the last few years, gym bunnies, campers, and people with compact kitchens have discovered just how useful portable blenders can be. Cordless models don't need any connection to an outlet; they are compact enough to fit in most handbags and backpacks; and they'll be able to tackle making smoothies, juices, dips, salad dressings, sauces, batters, and more. How do I know? I've tested them all.

Alongside a team of experts, I've put the best portable blenders through exactly the same tasks as the best standard blenders on the market. I don't think you should have to make any compromises when you downsize, so the models in the list below can make a silky smoothie (even if you add lots of fibers and seeds), delicious dips, and lump-free protein shakes.

After using models from Ninja, BlendJet, Nutribullet, and Cuisinart, I've found the best six on the market. Our top pick is the Ninja Blast, which also happens to be one of the cheapest, but we've got the details of the best ones for every kind of task. And, if you like the idea of space-saving appliances, make sure to check out our guide to the best immersion blenders, which can still tuck into a drawer, but they have a bit more power too.

The quick list

Best portable blenders 2024

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Best portable blender overall

The best portable blender overall

Specifications

Capacity : 18oz
Pitcher: Plastic
Dimensions: 9 x 3 inches
Power: 7.4V

Reasons to buy

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Great at crushing ice
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Great with leafy greens
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Excellent with protein powder and creatine
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Good capacity

Reasons to avoid

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Not always great with frozen ingredients
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Struggles with larger chunks
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Doesn't blend seeds
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Good for backpacks but not handbags

It takes a lot to earn the top spot in our buying guide and the Ninja Blast has recently taken the crown from Cuisinart's Evolution X. Why? It has a bigger capacity, liquid measures on the pitcher, it's lighter, smaller, and better value.

When we first opened this in the test kitchen, our experts were struck by how well-designed the NInja is. It's slim enough to sit in any water bottle holder ( both in backpacks and cup holders), available in a range of attractive colors, and has a useful flip-top lid that doesn't drip or dribble.

We put it through our standard range of tests. We made a smoothie with fibrous green spinach, seedy frozen raspberries, bananas, and tough frozen blueberries. The results were smooth, although we did find the odd lump of frozen strawberry leftover.

Alex, one of our experts, has been using this in his home ever since and says that it's remained consistent and impressive. He regularly adds a scoop of protein powder and creatine to his smoothie mix and the Ninja doesn't struggle to keep the mixture silky rather than lumpy.

What our experts are most excited by is the ice-crushing capacity. Given the shape, size, and power of the Ninja, we didn't initially have high hopes for how well the Ninja could handle ice, but this did a great job both in our tests and back at Alex's home. It crushed ice to a slushy consistency, with just a few seed-sized pieces left swilling around. It's one of the few portable blenders that we'd actually trust to make an ice cone.

Overall, it's easy to use, with a handy system of colored lights around the power button that lets you know when you can use the blender. It's easy to clean – you just add a little dish soap into the blender with water and press start, and it does a pretty good job cleaning up, even if you've left shake residue in there for a couple of hours. It has a blade cap to cover up the blades when the motor housing is uncovered, which is a great safety feature. Alex also liked the screw-on bottom, which means you can take shakes on the go without taking the blades and motor with you. This also passed our commute test.

However, it's definitely not perfect. Like most portable blenders, it struggles to process seeds. It's also not as good as a full-sized blender for making dips; it made a serviceable hummus, but not a great one. It's also fairly tall, so while it's actually a little more compact than the Evolution X, it's definitely better suited to a backpack than a handbag.

There's more information in our Ninja Blast review.

Best portable blender for the gym

The best gym blender

Specifications

Capacity : 16oz
Dimensions: 9 x 3 inches
Power: 5V

Reasons to buy

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A great range of colors
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The price is reasonable
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Easy to clean
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Very portable
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Can handle fresh fruit as well as protein powder

Reasons to avoid

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The charging port could use a cover
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It won't blend tougher ingredients

If you'll mostly be using your blender for protein shakes, it's important that it can a) make a good smoothie and b) incorporate powders into said smoothie without it going lumpy. Of all the models that we tested, the BlendJet was easily the best.

Whilst the Ninja did a good job of protein shakes, the BlendJet takes the edge on creating an ultra-smooth texture. It's also smaller, slimmer, and easier to fit into your gym bag and car cup holders. We gave it a test for how well it fares in backpacks during peak commuting time, throwing a full blender around in the bag and it didn't leak a drop. So, all your electricals will be safe beside it.

Our smoothie test is also tougher than the average and the BlendJet sped through it. We gave it fibrous spinach, frozen, seedy berries, ice, and oats, all of which whizzed away to almost nothing. If we're being picky, there was a hint of blueberry skin textures left behind, but it wasn't any more than we would expect from a portable blender. When we added a scoop of BlendJet's protein powder we made the perfect protein shake. There weren't any lumps at all. We also used it to make pancake batter, again a mix that risks getting lumpy, and it excelled. The only thing to note is that this might need a little shake as it blends to make sure that all the drink is reaching the blades.

The fact that there's also a pulse setting means you can use it at home to make dips with thicker ingredients. We tested it with half a can of chickpeas, tahini, a squeeze of lemon, and some cumin. That's some tough stuff for a blender to get through, but this was silky. Our experts used it for pesto, salsa, and guacamole. All turned out well, although we did need to take the bottle off and give the mix a stir, because the thicker ingredients can get stuck under the irremovable blades.

If you need some more power, I'd opt for the BlenderX. It's motor crushes ice much more effectively and consistently, but it's heavier, bigger, and clunkier. 

Our BlendJet 2 review has more information.

Most powerful portable blender

Most powerful

Specifications

Capacity: 32 oz.
Pitcher: Plastic
Dimensions: 12.01 x 7.72 x 15.94 inches
Power: 900W

Reasons to buy

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Made very smooth drinks
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Can power through tough ingredients easily
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The controls are straightforward
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It won't take up too much space
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Attachments for taking your drink on the go
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Reasonably priced

Reasons to avoid

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Limited size
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Blades can't go in the dishwasher

This isn't the classic portable blender: it's bigger than a water bottle, needs to be plugged in, and it's a lot more powerful. We've included it in this guide because Nutribullet sends sip-style lids that screw onto the blending cups, transforming them into a bottle that you can take with you on the go.

I've had the Pro 900 for years and I honestly can't ever see myself switching. It fits neatly into my compact kitchen, is available in a range of colors, and it feels more versatile than any of the other models in this guide. Not only does the sip-style lid make it easy to travel with your smoothie, but the blending cups come with 18 oz, 24 oz, and 32 oz capacities. You can make a small serving for yourself, or a bigger portion that you store in the refrigerator with the help if Nutribullet's screw-on lids.

We put this through our classic smoothie test, which tells us how well the Pro 900 can handle tough spinach, frozen, seedy strawberries, tough blueberries, oats, and almond milk. I've thrown kale, seeds, and nut butter into my smoothies too and it's never let me down. Every smoothie I make is super smooth and expertly blended. It's arguably the best of the bunch, but the reason it's below BlendJet and Ninja is because it's so much bigger and heavier. This is the blender for people who put performance first.

Although simple to operate, the bullet-style blender shape can be a little limited on less watery mixes. For example, this can make good hummus, salsa, nut butter, and guacamole, but it's not always consistent across them all. I don't have to interfere with making salsa and guacamole, but the nut butter and hummus always need me to lift the blending cup, mix the ingredients around, and then set it running again.

When you're done with the Pro 900 everything but the blades themselves can go through the dishwasher, and it's easy enough to clean the blades under running water after your drink is finished. The only thing to note is that this isn't a blender that you can take with you on the go. What's more, it only has a single speed, so if you want to get creative with a recipe you might be a little stuck. We also found that when we tried it on sauces and dips like hummus it left a little to be desired.

Our full NutriBullet Pro 900 Series Blender review has more details.