Who should buy a personal blender

A personal blender is a convenience item for the dedicated smoothie lover who’s short on time in the morning. If you want to quickly make a morning smoothie and run out the door without having to wash a blender pitcher and lid, a personal blender is for you.

Personal blenders are good for small jobs like smoothies, but their motors aren’t as powerful as the ones found in our picks for full-size blender. This means you’ll need to use more liquid, cut fruit into smaller chunks, and avoid crushing large pieces of ice.

How we picked and tested

From left to right: NutriBullet Pro 900, NutriBullet, Cuisinart CPB-300, Jamba Juice Quiet Shield, Vitamix S-55, Nutri Ninja, Tribest PB-150, Bella Rocket Pro, Bella Rocket. Photo: Michael Hession

The perfect personal blender is powerful, hands-free, and simple to use. It should be able to make relatively smooth purees in about a minute, and should have a small footprint that doesn’t take up much space on a countertop. A sturdy cup with a secure travel lid is a major plus, especially for commuters. We also found that blenders that had only one speed and were powered by engaging the cup with the base were the easiest to use. And of course, the perfect personal blender is also durable and reliable.

We decided on 10 blenders to test, and started by blending a smoothie from frozen bananas, strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, and juice for the recommended running time of each specific model. If any blender couldn’t make a puree in that amount of time (usually one minute) or the base began to get…