Three best personal blenders

Allen Foster

Because the body processes liquids more rapidly than solids, drinking a fruit smoothie will leave you feeling hungry much faster than eating whole fruits will.

Over the years, personal blenders have become synonymous with health. They are seen as the "ninjas" of nutrition or the "magic bullets" used to combat poor lifestyle choices. Unfortunately, not every personal blender is a miracle machine. Many are exceptional, but many have drawbacks. It can be confusing for the consumer because every company boasts about why its personal blender is the best. When you read this article, you'll gain insight that will help you recognize exactly what makes one personal blender better for your particular needs than another.

Considerations when choosing personal blenders

Personal blenders are all about speed. They make a microwave feel like a dial-up modem by comparison. If a personal blender takes more than 30 seconds to make a meal, it's taking too long.

Keeping that in mind, you want to get a personal blender that is the right size. We're talking about portion sizes with the right capacity cup - 14-ounce, 16-ounce, 20-ounce - and also about the size of the entire unit, which should be compact enough sit beside your coffee maker or in another easy-to-access place. After all, a personal blender is the type of appliance you'll be reaching for every morning.

The other necessity for a personal blender is ease of use. Chances are you don't want something that you have to fiddle with and program; for most people, a one-push operation is ideal. Whether it's the tap of a pulse button or a little downward pressure on the lid, your personal blender needs to start and stop in an instant. This feature allows you the opportunity to whirl your ingredients into the perfect consistency.

Since you will be using your personal blender frequently, you will want one that is easy to clean. If it's going to take you considerably longer to clean the blender than it is to make a smoothie, you'll eventually become frustrated with the tediousness of keeping your personal blender in good working order.

If you're going to be making frozen drinks, you'll need a personal blender that is powerful enough to turn ice into a consistent, yummy slurry. Not all personal blenders can do this efficiently.

Lastly, you want to think about price. The best value lies between $20 and $60. If you dip below $20, the unit may be too lightweight to hold up under frequent use. As you start to approach the $100 mark, you're getting into premium models that are durable but might have too many bells and whistles for a quick morning blend. However, if bells and whistles are what you want, then that is the price range you should be considering. Happiness with a purchase is all about finding what is best for you.


Q. I'm always running late in the morning. Can I prepare my smoothies the night before?

A. The fresher your smoothie is, the better it will be for you. If you need to make one the day before, storing it in the refrigerator (or freezer) in an airtight container is best. When it is properly stored, the shelf life of a smoothie is about one day. Adding chlorophyll (the green stuff in plants) can help extend the life of your smoothie an additional day.

Q. I'm eating tons of smoothies, but my weight isn't dropping as I had hoped. What's going on?

A. Smoothies have a lot of nutrients. They also can have a lot of calories; one cup of pureed avocado is nearly 400 calories. Portion control is the key. If you're making large smoothies packed with sugar, you'd be better off (calorie-wise, not nutritionally) having a few cans of soda.

Personal blenders we recommend

Best of the best: SharkNinja Ninja Fit

Our take: An impressively powerful personal blender that can be used to create a wide array of healthy concoctions.

What we like: The 700 watts give the blades enough juice to quickly whirl through ice to make frozen drinks. The blender can also handle tougher items like nuts and seeds. It comes with two 16-ounce cups with sip-and-seal lids and a recipe guide.

What we dislike: The 16-ounce cups can feel a little small on hungry days.

Best bang for your buck: Hamilton Beach Single Serving Blender

Our take: An affordable, conveniently sized appliance that is best for light-duty blending.

What we like: The compact design makes this blender small enough to store with your drinking glasses. You blend and drink from the same cup, so there are not many pieces to worry about.

What we dislike: This blender will not handle heavy-duty work like some other choices, and the 14-ounce container might be a little small for some users.

Choice 3: Magic Bullet Personal Blender

Our take: A highly versatile blender that is as useful for creating dips and omelets as it is shakes and smoothies.

What we like: The design makes the appliance quick and easy to use. This offering comes with three dishwasher-safe cups, lids, and a 10-second recipe booklet that provides ideas for everything from appetizers to desserts.

What we dislike: You need to follow the directions to get the longest life out of the motor. When using ice, be aware that there will be a few larger chunks the machine will miss.

Allen Foster is a writer for BestReviews. BestReviews is a product review company with a singular mission: to help simplify your purchasing decisions and save you time and money. BestReviews never accepts free products from manufacturers and purchases every product it reviews with its own funds.

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