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Best portable blender 2022: 5 travel-friendly blenders

Our top 5 best portable blenders, featuring cordless models that can blend anywhere, and travel-friendly blenders that are perfect for RVs or vacation

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The best portable blender will help you to keep up with your healthy lifestyle, even when you're on the go. Many of the best cordless blenders in our guide are cordless, and even the corded models are compact and lightweight enough to be perfect for travel. Whether you're headed to the office straight after a trip to the gym, or you want a smoothie to finish off your hike, the best portable blenders are perfect for travel. 

There are quite a few portable blenders on the market, but below you will find a range of models that we've reviewed ourselves, meaning we can tell you everything you need to know about the ease of use, the portability, and most importantly, if they're any good at blending. 

The best portable blender for you might be one that is ultra-lightweight so you can easily pack it into your work bag, or one that is still powerful enough to make more than just protein shakes. While heftier choices are typically more powerful, the Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Blender, our top choice, still packs in a lot of power in a small device. 

You can also take a look at our guide to the best blenders and best food processors for more expert reviews, but our top 5 best portable blenders are the perfect choice specifically for those who want something that can be used for travel.

Best portable blenders 2022

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The best portable blender overall

Specifications

Capacity : 16oz
Dimensions: 3.9 x 3.5 x 11.69 inches
Power: 2 lithium ion batteries

Reasons to buy

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Cordless
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Powerful
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Only 4 pounds 

Reasons to avoid

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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? 

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. The battery does last a very long time though, and we were pleasantly surprised by its ability to tackle the trickiest of ingredients. 

Our Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Blender review has more information

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The best cordless blender

Specifications

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

Reasons to buy

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Very portable
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Easy to clean
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Can be used for drinks, dips and more

Reasons to avoid

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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. 

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. 

Our BlendJet 2 review has more information

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Best affordable portable blender

Specifications

Capacity : 13oz
Dimensions: 7.52 x 7.01 x 4.06 inches
Power: 1 lithium ion battery

Reasons to buy

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Great safety features
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Super lightweight
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Designed for traveling 
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Very quiet

Reasons to avoid

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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 Nutribullet GO Portable Blender review has more information

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4. BlenderX Cordless Portable Blender

Best portable blender for camping

Specifications

Capacity: 20 oz jar
Dimensions: 5.75 x 5.75 x 13 inches
Power: Lithium ion battery

Reasons to buy

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Very powerful
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Comes with a carry bag 
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Easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Only one cup
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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 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. 

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5. Ninja Nutri Pro

The best corded travel blender

Specifications

Capacity: 0.7litres / 24oz
Dimensions: 15 x 6 x 6 inches
Power: 900W

Reasons to buy

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Simple to operate
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Powerful motor
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Well priced
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Easy to clean

Reasons to avoid

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Loud
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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. It's a good middle ground for those who can afford to go corded, but don't want a bulky blender. 

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 Nutri Pro didn’t do a particularly good job, with uneven chopping and blending. The base is chunky, but this is another one we think would be great for RVs or vacations where you can use a power outlet. 

How we picked the best portable blenders

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When testing the best portable blenders we first tried blending smoothies. While a cordless blender is rarely as powerful as a corded one, it's still important that your new blender will be a good substitute when your home blender is out of reach.

We tried a mix of frozen and fresh fruits, mixed with regular or nut milks, and a drizzle of honey. If the blender has an automatic shutoff we made a note of how many tries it took to get the smoothie to the perfect consistency.

We also tried making pesto in our portable blenders, which allowed us to see how they handled less wet ingredients, and also helped to see if any odors would remain inside the blending cup after use. 

Finally, we made crushed ice to see if the blenders could handle a few ice cubes. This is a big challenge for a portable blender, but some surprised us with how well they did. 

Tips for using your portable blender

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.

How do I choose a good portable blender?

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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.

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 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.