Best Blender For Individual Smoothies

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The personal blender is an awesome tool to have in your home kitchen for lots of reasons: blending spice mixes, making sauces, dips, or guacamole, and of course, for creating healthy and rejuvenating, single-cup or individual-sized smoothies. Compared to their full-size blending counterparts, small blenders with a single cup size are easiest for clean-up, are more cost-effective than full-sized blenders, and are convenient to store, no matter how big (or small) your kitchen is.  What is lost with the price reduction and the size minimization is usually power (and, of course, maximum blending volume). Fortunately, the power that is lost is usually made up for in a smaller surface area at the base, which tends to force food to blend just a bit more easily. That said, you get what you pay for, so if you buy something cheap up front, the motor could go out quickly, or the blades might dull more quickly. Having reviewed the top-rated personal blenders available on the market today, we are confident in asserting that the NutriBullet Pro – 13-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System is the best personal blender for making individual smoothies.

Our Number One Pick:

NutriBullet Pro - 13-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System with Hardcover Recipe Book Included (900 Watts)

The NutriBullet Pro 900 is truly best in class. At 900 watts, this personal blender does not shirk on power, and reviewers comment on the product’s long-term durability. Further, choosing the NutriBullet system is an all-inclusive purchase: with the blender itself, you get two “colossal” cups, an emulsifying blade, two lids, two ringed handles, two comfort lip rings, a pocket nutrition handbook and a beautiful hardcover cookbook. At a lower price point than many competitors, it would seem that this is truly the perfect purchase. So, does it come with any drawbacks at all? It does: the NutriBullet system comes with a lot of plastic pieces and components, and reviewers note that these plastic components are of very poor quality, and deteriorate quickly. Further, the size of the cups does not necessarily align with the size of the base and blade, making it difficulty to secure the blender together tightly. A few reviewers have reported leakages that occur over time. But overall, for personal blending that will get the job done at a reasonable price point and with all the trappings you need, the NutriBullet is a very solid option.

Runner Up:

Breville Boss To Go BPB600BAL Kinetix Blade and Bowl System, One size, Silver

Breville is a household name, and the Breville Kinetix Blade and Bowl System is one of the best personal blenders you can find on the market today. It is certainly powerful, with a metal base and a driveshaft to produce incredible torque, and high-quality steel blades that won’t dull quickly. The cups offer a tight seal to the base ensuring no spillage. So why isn’t this product number one? The Breville falls short on a few key areas. First, its price tag is quite a leap up from the NutriBullet, and it does not come with all of the accessories and goodies of the NutriBullet system. Further, reviewers complain that the blender is incredibly loud. And what’s great about the Breville is also one of its shortcomings: the tight-sealing cups have posed somewhat of a problem for some reviewers, who express great difficulty getting the cups off once they’re screwed on. Apart from these issues, the Breville is a great product.

Worth Considering:

Tribest Personal Blender PB-250 Complete Blender and Grinder Package

Looking for a “no-frills” personal blender option? The Tribest Complete Blender and Grinder Package might be the prefect option for you. This little blender is easy to store, comes with two cups, two blades and two lids, and is made of incredibly sturdy plastic. Reviewers also note that it’s very easy to clean. Finally, the Tribest has the lowest price point of the three blenders reviewed here. So what are the downsides to this “no-frills” product? First, the motor is only 200 watts, so this is a very low-powered blender when compared to the 900-watt NutriBullet. For blending fruit smoothies, soft or liquid food items, or small or soft nuts (or spices), it’s a great product; for large, frozen food items, the lack of power makes this a less ideal option. Also, the Tribest (like the Breville) is very loud. Reviewers also dislike the design of the blade, reporting that chunks of frozen fruit or pieces of ice can very easily get wedged between the blade and the base. Fundamentally, this is a good product if you’re looking for a low cost, low maintenance, and low fuss personal blender for smoothies. But among high-performing blenders, it doesn’t hold up to the Breville or NutriBullet.  

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Things To Keep In Mind

What should I look for in a blender if I do need to crush ice?

Not all personal blenders are made alike – some are simply better than others for crushing and blending ice or frozen fruit. And if you’re the kind of person who likes to use frozen fruit in the morning to make your own refreshing smoothie, here are a few things you might want to watch out for. First, you need serious power. A low-powered motor simply won’t crush ice the way you want it to, and you’ll end up with big chunks (which nobody likes). You also want to pay attention to the quality of the blade – thin, or low-quality blades just won’t hold up against large chunks of ice. Finally, look for a blade that sits low over the base. The further the blade is away from the base, the more likely you’ll be to get ice jammed in-between.

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Wrapping Up:

Best Blender For Individual Smoothies

When it comes to personal blenders, a lot of your purchase decision will come down to personal preference: will you be using this blender for other things (besides just smoothies), will you be blending ice, do you need something that’s easy to store? Depending upon your needs, your choice may ultimately vary. However, a solid choice to satisfy the needs of most is the NutriBullet Pro – 13-Piece High-Speed Blender/Mixer System. This product is powerful, comes with a lot of fun cups, tools, and gadgets that you’ll need, and is a relatively easy-to-clean and cost-effective option.


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