The best personal blenders in 2023
Content is created by CNN Underscored’s team of editors who work independently from the CNN newsroom. When you buy through links on our site, we may earn a commission. Learn more
What’s in this guide
Best personal blender overall: Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro
Best budget personal blender: Magic Bullet Blender
How we tested
Who needs a personal blender, and why?
Other personal blenders we tested
Personal blenders are significantly smaller than their full-size counterparts, and since you can drink out of the cup you’re blending with, they’re great for protein shakes and smoothies. And because their cups feature convenient travel lids, it’s easy and convenient to blend your drink and take it with you to work, to the gym or just to run errands.
We ran nine of the top models on the market through a rigorous testing process, evaluating their ability to execute a variety of blending tasks. We also judged them on their design, construction, and — perhaps most importantly — how convenient and comfortable they were to drink out of.
Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro
Best personal blender overall
The clear standout in our testing, the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro was easy to use, created smooth blended drinks, and included a travel lid that was both comfortable to use and closed securely.
$80 at Amazon
$100 at Ninja
Magic Bullet Blender
Best budget personal blender
If you don’t require multiple blending modes or settings and just want to make a single-serving drink quickly and easily, the low-cost Magic Bullet Blender is an excellent option.
$39 at Amazon
$50 at Nutribullet
The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro’s solid construction gives the machine a sturdy, high-quality feel, and the wide base provides a stable foundation for its powerful motor. Its straightforward control panel was the simplest to understand right out of the box of all the personal blenders we tested, making it easy to get right to blending as soon as we plugged it in.
The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro has dedicated crush, smoothie and pulse modes, but our favorite feature in testing was its Auto-iQ function, which automatically selects a blending and pausing pattern for your chosen mix and stops once the blend is complete. We were initially skeptical of this feature, but ended up being impressed with the results, and appreciated how it let us hit the button once and walk away to do other things, confident we’d get good results. If you’d rather keep an eye on things and stop it manually, you can turn off this function at any time by pressing the “start/stop” button.
The Ninja had no trouble making any of our test smoothies. It easily crushed ice and frozen fruit, pulverized leafy and fibrous vegetables and had no trouble mixing our powdered protein drink in about 10 seconds. Whether this is due to the more vertically oriented blade assembly or to the Auto-iQ blend-and-pause routine, the Ninja also never got “stuck” or needed any manual shaking to clear lumps of partially blended ingredients like some other blenders did.
The travel lid of the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro was far and away the best of the bunch. It was easy to screw on and the lid cover flips out of the way while you’re drinking, securely snapping back down when you’re not.
The Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro includes two “single-serve” cups, though at 16 ounces they can definitely make two servings. Since it also comes with two travel lids, the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro can be a great option for a couple or household. The design of the lids, blades and large cups made everything simple to clean, and all the components are dishwasher-safe as well.
Though not a deal breaker, the drawback to the Ninja is its relatively large size compared to the other personal blenders we tried. If you have limited counter space, or don’t have room to store a new appliance in your kitchen, you may want to go with another option, like the Magic Bullet.
This compact blender couldn’t be easier to use; you just fill the cup, twist on the blade and press it down on the base to activate the motor. This straightforward operation, combined with its small size — about a 4.5-inch footprint — made it one of our favorite options.
Despite its compact size, the Magic Bullet Blender had similar heft and sturdiness to our top pick, the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro. It performed well in all our tests, although it did take a little longer to reach full blend than the larger, more powerful models we looked at. On our powdered protein drink test, it actually performed better than almost every other blender. Thanks to the small cup size — these are truly single-serving cups — minimal powder stuck to the sides while blending, an annoying issue that some of the larger cups suffered from.
We also appreciated that the Magic Bullet Blender comes with a second single-serving cup, as well as a third “short cup,” so it’s a useful option for more than one person. The cups are easy to clean and won’t take up much room in your cabinet either.
The Magic Bullet Blender’s lids are flat, with an opening like a travel coffee mug, instead of the spouts used by the other blenders we tested. While this design gives the lid a lower profile and makes it secure when transporting, we found it more challenging to drink thick smoothies. This may be a matter of personal preference, but worth noting for those who prefer a spout-style lid.
While the Magic Bullet Blender felt sturdy and featured rubber feet on the bottom to help with stabilization, it did do some slight “walking” across the counter during use. That said, it moved maybe half an inch or so in 60 seconds, so not too big a deal.
Although these personal blenders look relatively similar, they’re actually more varied than you might think. To help differentiate our options and confidently declare the winners, we tested them across a range of various criteria, from overall operation and ability to blend an assortment of drinks to the usability and security of their travel lids. After testing, we evaluated how each model performed on the following criteria, compared the results and finally chose the two blenders we felt were the best overall.
- User interface/ease of use: We reviewed the instruction manuals and, while operating the blender, noted how easy — or difficult — the blender was to use. Were the controls and user interface intuitive and straightforward, or were they more confusing, requiring some practice?
- Versatility: How many blending modes did each unit offer? More doesn’t always mean better, but it’s good to know, especially if you know you are interested in a specific mode, like “pulse” or “low. ”
- Operation: How powerful was the motor? How quickly did the blades crush, blend or mix the ingredients in the cup? Did the blender struggle and need you to manually shake it to work effectively?
- Frozen berry drink: We filled each cup with a mixture of ice, frozen berries, half a banana and half an apple and evaluated each blender’s ability to crush the ice and blend together the rest of the ingredients. We then judged them on the completeness of the blend as well as the final texture.
- Green smoothie: We filled each cup with kale, spinach and ginger root chopped into half-inch pieces, water and ice, and evaluated the blender on its ability to process the hard and fibrous ingredients. We also judged them on the completeness of the blend as well as the final texture.
- Protein shake: We filled each cup with protein powder, almond milk and ice, evaluating the blenders’ ability to quickly and completely mix the wet and dry ingredients together. We paid close attention to any remaining powder chunks after completion and remnants stuck to the sides of the cup.
- Build quality: Right out of the box, we paid close attention to the blender’s sturdiness and durability. Does it feel flimsy or cheap, or heavy-duty and durable enough to last? Do its components and buttons feel cheap, or made from high-quality materials?
- Stability: While in use, does the blender stay securely in place, or does it wander or vibrate across the counter? This is especially important when it comes to taller blenders with narrow bases.
- Lid quality: A reliable and secure lid is one of the biggest factors to consider when it comes to personal blenders, and we thoroughly tested each one to make sure it was comfortable to drink out of as well as secure enough to prevent spills and leaks while traveling or just walking around the house.
- Accessories: Did the bender include any extra accessories or items like additional blades, shaker lids or cup sizes? These are less important when it comes to personal blenders — we didn’t judge them on their ability to do things like blend nut butters or grind flour, tasks better left to larger, more powerful models — but still worth noting.
- Capacity: How much liquid can the cup hold? Is it too large to be convenient for travel, or too small to be useful?
- Ease of cleanup: How easy was the unit to clean overall? Were the blades difficult to access, was the lid easy to wipe down and were there any design elements of the cup that made them particularly easy or difficult to keep clean?
- Dishwasher safety: Can the cup and lid be washed in the dishwasher? Blenders are notoriously hard to clean, especially when they are allowed to dry, so this is an important consideration.
- We also noted the length and specific warranties of each blender and the types of coverage they offer.
The diminutive size of personal blenders, compared to full-size models with large pitchers, makes them a convenient and useful appliance for those who are most interested in making single-serving drinks with minimal cleanup.
With single-serving cups and locking travel lids, they are a great choice for those who want to take their smoothies on the go, whether that’s to the gym, class or work. They’re perfect for protein shakes and smoothies, sports drinks and on-the-go meal replacements.
Even if you’re not headed for a workout, they are a cost-effective solution for anybody who would otherwise be buying smoothies or green drinks from a smoothie shop. The relatively low price of personal blenders — our top picks are $100 or under — makes them even more attractive.
Plus, their compact size makes them great for those who don’t have the extra counter space that larger, bulkier blenders would require, and need something small enough that it can easily store away in a cupboard if needed.
While they can’t necessarily do everything a larger blender or food processor can, personal blenders can be used to make a variety of other items. Depending on the power of the unit, they can make satisfying salsas, soups and purées, and a few of the models we tested come with a separate blade for chopping and mixing dry ingredients and can be used to grind up flaxseeds and herbs, and even masticate nuts for nut butters. Salad dressings and condiments like mayonnaise, ketchup or hummus can also be made with most personal blenders. If you’re not sure if a blender has the power or blending mode to make a specific item, you can usually download the user manual online before purchasing.
The heavy-duty feel and sturdy construction of the NutriBullet Original make it a great choice for anyone who prioritizes performance over portability. Its powerful motor handled all our testing with ease and quickly blended anything we put inside the cup. The simple operation was easy to use as well. With no settings or controls to mess with, you just screw on the blade to the cup, flip it over onto the base and press down — immediately activating the blender. The NutriBullet Original performs similarly to the Ninja Nutri-Blender Pro, but its lid isn’t as good, so it isn’t as well-suited to making drinks for on the go.
Even though it was comfortable to drink out of, the latch that covers the spout wasn’t as secure as the Nutri-Blender Pro’s. That being said, if you’re planning to use it around the house and you’re fine drinking smoothies and drinks right out of a lidless cup, this blender could be a good alternative. And its relatively low price makes it an attractive choice for those on a budget.
You won’t find a cheaper personal blender than this Hamilton Beach model. Its single-button control is convenient for anyone who wants to avoid the extra hassle of multiple settings and the lightweight design makes it easy to pick up and shake around any ingredients that aren’t “catching” the blade as you’d like. Unfortunately, we ended up doing this quite a bit during our testing, as the small blades had trouble with the ginger and kale of our green smoothie. The design of this blender also permanently connects the blade assembly to the cup, which makes cleaning inconvenient if you take it to work or the gym. If you’re not able to wash it until you arrive back home, your dried ingredients can be a real challenge to scrub off. The entire unit is dishwasher-safe so this isn’t the end of the world, but it isn’t a great solution. The lid was both tough and messy to remove, and our least favorite among the blenders we tested. Instead of screwing on, you have to press the lid down and snap it into place, which also ended up spilling some of the contents.
Despite its powerful motor and sizable blades, the Oster My Blend’s odd-shaped cup made it impossible to make it a favorite. Unlike the other, more-tapered cups we tested, its cup narrows in the middle, which makes for easy gripping, but creates an annoying bottleneck for ingredients to get stuck while blending. The cup is also a blue color, which makes it difficult to see whether ingredients are mixed in well while you’re blending — a particular challenge with protein powders.
We appreciated other design features, like the carrying handles on the lid and the motor base, as well as the comfortable drinking spout. The Oster does have a powerful motor, blending ingredients easily — so long as they were able to reach the blade. Cleaning wasn’t easy either, and without a long bottle brush, you’ll have trouble getting to the bottom with a sponge — though it can go in the dishwasher.
We had high hopes for this ultra-compact blender, and although its cordless design is interesting, and potentially convenient for some users, we weren’t fans. It charges via USB, which means you don’t have to worry about plugging it in, but it does require you to carry around the entire unit (both the cup and motor base) if you decide to take it anywhere. We found this to be a safety issue, especially when we accidentally pressed the power button to activate the blade while we were drinking out of it. Although this can be remedied by using the lock setting — you press the power button until the purple ring flashes three times — it doesn’t feel intuitive for the user. We’d like to see a separate lock button or switch, although this would obviously take away from the single-button design.
In terms of performance, the BlendJet 2 had some trouble with our leafy vegetable drink, though it may have been due to the size of the greens we used. With better-chopped kale and smaller ginger chunks, it probably could have handled the drink better. But when it came to frozen berry and protein powder drinks, the blender did an admirable job. The carrying strap on the lid was a nice feature, and though it didn’t offer a spout or sipping opening, it stopped leaks and spills by securely screwing on tight.
This is a great blender, we just didn’t think it was a great personal blender. An extremely powerful option, it comes with four drinking cups (including an extra-large 32-ounce pitcher) and an additional blade for chopping, and is simple to use, with a “high,” “low” and “pulse” settings. Unfortunately, what it doesn’t provide is a decent travel lid for drinking on the go, which is an important criteria for a personal blender.
The four included lids all have drinking spouts, but they aren’t secure enough to stay on for travel, and the fifth lid, although it screws on securely, isn’t convenient for casual sipping. All this being said, if you aren’t bringing your blended drinks anywhere or don’t mind transferring them to a different receptacle, the Cuisinart CPB-300 could be a great choice. The inclusion of the extra-large pitcher allows it to work as a full-size blender and the chopping blade increases the variety of ingredients you can blend and the recipes you can make.
This ultra-powerful blender couldn’t be simpler to use, and as with the NutriBullet, you press the cup down to activate the blades. It comes with an impressive amount of accessories — including five different cups and a pair of blades — so like the Cuisinart, it could be a good choice for a full-size blender-style option. It also handled all our testing well, and absolutely pulverized anything we put inside the cup.
The large cup, at 23.6 ounces, is big for single servings, but a bit small for traditional blender duties, and when we tested it with our protein shake we ended up with powder stuck to the sides. We didn’t like the Bella Rocket Extract’s travel lid, which didn’t have an ergonomic spout and wasn’t as comfortable to drink from as our top picks, though it was watertight and secure. Still, it was a close call, and a better-designed lid would have made this one of our top choices.
The Beast Blender is a gorgeous device, with a far more stylish build than the other models we tested. The fluted, ridged oversized cup has a twist-on cap with a carrying handle, and was probably the most overall secure lid we tested. The white base and cup accents were attractive and we enjoyed the single-button control, which provided two modes — pulse and blend. The blend mode is a 1-minute timed cycle, which is made up of three blending periods separated by two pauses to allow for the contents to settle. However, it wasn’t as effective as the Ninja blender’s similar Auto-iQ function.
Unfortunately, the Beast is not dishwasher-safe, and washing by hand is inconvenient because the ridges on the inside of the cup, although they look good, make it a challenge to clean, especially if you’ve left it in your bag all day and the contents have dried on. All that being said, if you are looking for a more design-forward blender, you’re not going to do any better than the Beast Blender.
Read more from CNN Underscored’s hands-on testing
Note: The prices above reflect the retailers’ listed price at the time of publication.
Thanks for signing up!
Your welcome email is on its way.
Receive product recommendations, reviews & deals several times a week.
The 13 best personal blenders for smoothies and shakes
Owning a cutting-edge blender can be a game-changer in the kitchen, but it can also take up a ton of shelf space and cause annoying and time-consuming cleanups. Also, has anyone noticed how heavy they can get? No one has time for that.
Enter the personal blender. They’re sleek, equally as powerful as a regular-sized machine and most of them are built to take on-the-go for maximum efficiency. Whether you’re a morning smoothie type of gal, a puréed pesto topping guy or anyone who enjoys a smooth daiquiri once in a while, one of these products might be the perfect addition to your kitchen appliance arsenal.
Best personal blenders, according to shoppers
Dash Personal Portable USB Blender
With a lockable lid, blade cover and to-go bottle, this personal blender is a great option for the person who doesn’t have a minute to spare. One charge of the USB battery will give you up to 20 blends, and the powerful motor works to give you the perfect consistency, according to the brand. Choose from three colors, all under $50 each.
Zulay Kitchen Portable Blender
This personal blender had us at “built-in strainer.” But we definitely don’t mind the powerful 22,000 RPM motor, six stainless steel blades and lifetime guarantee. And did we mention it’s just $32?
PopBabies Portable Blender
Ice, seeds and all kinds of foods are no match for the blades of this portable blender, according to the brand. It can perform over 20 blends per charge and is designed for on-the-go functioning. Plus, it comes with a funnel and ice cube tray to help you create your favorite recipes with ease.
Magic Bullet Blender
The Magic Bullet is Amazon’s bestselling countertop blender with over 65,000 verified five-star ratings. It comes with a blending base, two different-sized cups, two lids, one to-go lid and a recipe guide. “For single people or small families, the magic bullet is the most versatile investment you can get,” added one shopper who raved about the appliance’s efficiency.
Hamilton Beach Single-Serve Blender
Hamilton Beach’s personal blender might be a regular traveler’s best friend. Make any drink with a single touch, then take it anywhere with the blend-and-go jar and lid. The container is also dishwasher safe and perfectly sized for easy storage.
NutriBullet Pro 900
Turn your ordinary food into “superfood” with the NutriBullet Pro, created with special extraction blades to get the most nutrition out of every shake and smoothie. And say goodbye to checking your teeth for loose spinach bits — with 900 watts of power used in just 60 seconds, you’re guaranteed a thorough blend every time, according to the brand.
Breakfast shakes. Midday latte breaks. Margarita nightcaps. The BlendJet 2 can fulfill all your beverage needs throughout the day thanks to its powerful TurboJet technology and 15-blend charge. Its lightweight build and self-cleaning tool — one Shop TODAY contributor’s favorite feature — will make this your go-to travel companion.
Zwilling Enfinigy Personal Blender
Developed in Germany, designed in Milan and soon-to-be blending in your own kitchen, this addition to Zwilling’s electrics line is giving your basic blender a massive upgrade. The cross-blade feature gets the job done on either of the smoothie or pulsing settings, and it’s built with safety systems in place for extra security. Don’t be fooled by the fragile-looking container; that 20-ounce bottle is made from BPA-free Tritan and is break-proof and heat- and cold-resistant.
Cuisinart EvolutionX Cordless Compact Blender
Whether you’re puréeing soups or fixing up your favorite protein shakes, Cuisinart’s compact personal blender has the power to do it all (literally — the EvolutionX is equipped with 7.4 volts of lithium ion). A USB cord is all that’s required to fully recharge the device for up to 20 minutes of consistent runtime. That can make a lot of soup!
Black + Decker FusionBlade Personal Blender
Wondering what sets this Black + Decker device apart from all the rest? Not only can it pack 20 ounces in one bottle, but this is the only personal blender made with stainless steel FusionBlade Technology, which is designed to evenly pulverize foods and liquids without fail (or lumps!).
Redmond Personal Blender
If you want a blender that looks as good as it runs, this vintage single-serve machine will make a stylish addition to your countertop. The Redmond comes in two soft colors, with two speeds and serrated blades to help you choose your level of texture and smoothness.
Oster MyBlend Plus Personal Blender
This all-in-one blender and sports bottle is great for anyone who is constantly on the move. The 500 watts of power deliver nutritious and chunk-free results, while the removable Tritan bottle, connecting carry hook and travel lid help make your commute a lot less messy.
Elite Gourmet Retro Personal Blender
Mix your smoothies, whip up salad dressings and create hearty homemade soups with the help of this elite gourmet machine. It has the retro look down, but also uses smart and modern technology, designed with a one-touch start and 300-watt motor. Plus, we are obsessed with the mason jar blending cup!
for home, business and for the raw food diet
Let’s tell you how the vacuum function is useful, which blender you can turn on if colleagues are nearby and which model to look at if you have your own cafe.
When choosing a blender, many people pay attention to its power. This is an important criterion, and yet it is difficult to understand only by it whether the device is suitable for you or not. It is better to start by deciding what dishes you are going to cook. Our article will help you understand blenders, and the table below will summarize and systematize the information.
I want to cook soups and smoothies at work to keep up my diet
Light, compact and relatively quiet models are suitable for this task.
Look for small models that can cook one small portion. Among them, for example, is the Hurom BL-C01 personal blender. The set includes two glasses – volumes of 350 ml and 600 ml – and two travel lids.
Smoothies, portioned soups, shakes and baby food can be prepared with this blender. Ready-made food can be taken with you to work, walking, jogging.
Control – mechanical. Time of continuous work — 1 minute. Noise level – 60 dB (like a loud conversation).
The Vidia PBL-001 personal blender is very powerful for its size. Its weight is only 2.2 kg. It makes 23 thousand revolutions per minute and can grind solid foods – nuts, grains, ice, hard vegetables. The blender is loud – the noise level is 85 dB (can be compared with the noise of a moving car).
Can make smoothies, shakes, baby food, pureed soups, grind nuts, grains, seeds. The set includes three glasses – 350, 500 and 700 ml. Ready meals can be taken with you – there are two lids with a valve and one without a valve.
The blender operates in three modes:
- Start/Stop – minute mixing at maximum speed.
- Auto Blend – repeat the cycle 10 times: blend for three seconds, stop for a second.
- Pulse – Blending only happens when you keep the button pressed.
The Tribest PB-350 has a noise level of only 40 dB. It’s like a quiet conversation at the next table in a restaurant.
Tribest PB-350 can grind all dry and raw foods, grind coffee beans, prepare sauces, smoothies and baby food. The set includes two glasses – 240 and 480 ml, three Mason glass jars – 120, 240 and 350 ml, a glass mug with a volume of 480 ml. A large number of containers is convenient if you are preparing several types of puree at once or making smoothies and soup at the same time.
There are several storage lids and a travel lid so you can take your puree or smoothie with you on the go. The weight of the blender with all accessories is 3.2 kg.
I have a child. Need a baby food blender.
How to choose a blender for baby food and what parameters are important to consider, we wrote in detail in this article.
I have my own cafe: I need a powerful blender
For public catering, it is important that the blender is powerful, fast, can work for a long time, and has an extended warranty.
A commercial blender must be able to do everything: make smoothies, purees, sauces; grind nuts, grains, cereals; make plant-based milk from nuts and soy. The budget version of such a device is RawMID Professional RPB-02. Great for when you don’t need a lot of work. He has an electronic control panel, a jug with a volume of 1.5 liters, a large knife with six blades. The blender is quite noisy – 65 dB, but it has an anti-noise cap.
RawMID turns food into a homogeneous mixture in just seconds. There are eight speeds to choose from and a timer that can be set to 5-90 seconds. The blender also has a voltage stabilization system, so that power surges and overheating are not afraid of it.
More expensive model – handsome Vitamix Vita Prep 3. Grinds fruits, vegetables, nuts, spices, coffee beans, crushes ice, prepares smoothies, sauces, soups, baby food, airy cocktails, makes the most delicate nut paste and minced meat. Vegetables and fruits do not need to be cut into pieces beforehand – you can throw them into the blender as a whole. Products can be gradually added during cooking.
What to look for: the blender is easy to clean, an improved cooling system and a fuse reliably protect it from damage. Withstands high loads and torments of hired personnel.
The Vitamix Vita Prep 3 has 10 speeds. There is a speed switch.
Small to medium sized business blenders can also be used at home. In this article, we just reviewed the best professional blenders.
I’m a raw foodist: I need a blender that can do everything
For raw foodists, a blender is a substitute for stove and oven. Raw soups, desserts, drinks, smoothies are prepared in a blender. The device must be powerful, high-quality and reliable. He should be able to chop nuts, dried fruits, fresh vegetables, herbs, cereals well.
RawMID Dream Samurai BDS-04 professional blender can prepare milk and nut paste, fruit, berry and vegetable smoothies and smoothies, chop herbs and frozen foods, crush ice, prepare sorbets and ice cream, raw food soups, vegetable pates, sauces, chop germinated seeds and grains, for example for bread from a dehydrator.
Jug volume – 2 liters. Material – thermoplastic Tritan – durable and safe for health. Time of continuous work — 4 minutes.
Available in black, white, red, yellow and blue.
The powerful Blendtec Professional 800 blender will serve you for decades. The blender crushes and grinds everything – ice, fruits (fresh, dried, dried), vegetables, grains, cereals. The legendary American brand, consistent quality and manual assembly will please you if you choose a device for a long time. Can work continuously for five minutes.
The special technology of the knife design does not require sharpening, and it is impossible to cut yourself on it when washing the bowl!
The Blendtec Professional 800 has a pulse mode and six programs, including a warm soup program. The blender does not have heating elements, but thanks to the high speed of rotation of the knives, the dish can be heated. Has a noise canceling cap.
Available in black and garnet.
I have sensitive digestion. They say a vacuum blender will do for me?
The healthiest blenders are vacuum. They pump air out of the bowl during cooking. Cooking in a vacuum preserves the maximum of vitamins and the natural taste of the food.
Vacuum blender is suitable for people with sensitive digestion who want to make a green smoothie as free of air bubbles as possible and homogeneous – this makes it easier to digest and assimilate. A green smoothie made without a vacuum will oxidize and cause bloating. The same smoothie made in a vacuum blender is perfectly safe for people with sensitive digestion. Also, drinks made in a vacuum can be stored longer, taken with you on walks or to work.
Modern vacuum blenders have a pump that draws air out of the bowl. It is not necessary to use a pump, so this vacuum model can function as a conventional blender.
The Tribest Personal Blender Glass PBG-5050 vacuum blender has a portable vacuum cleaner that runs on AA batteries. The set includes two glasses – a volume of 720 ml and 1.2 liters. There is also a storage lid and a travel lid so you can take a ready-made smoothie or cocktail with you. The manufacturer claims that vacuum-prepared drinks can be stored in the refrigerator for several days. The Tribest is pretty quiet by blender standards, at just 40 dB.
The Tribest Dynapro 2 DPS-2250 vacuum blender has a very powerful motor, thanks to which this device can grind solid raw and dry foods: fruits, vegetables, nuts, coffee beans, ice. Can prepare sauces, soups, smoothies, purees.
Its unique feature is the raw food mode indicator. It changes color from blue to white when the temperature in the container rises above 47°C and helps maintain the optimum temperature for raw food preparation.
From other functions – two modes to choose from (Impulse and Combo), timer, the ability to program the device, built-in ventilation, backlit LCD display.
Available in gray and red.
What to look for when choosing?
Refreshing fruit shake, delicate milkshake or delicious smoothie – a good blender will easily prepare these drinks. In our article, we will tell you how to choose it, what characteristics are important and what to look for if you need a blender for cocktails.
A properly prepared smoothie is more than just crushed and mixed ingredients. Some recipes call for saturating the drink with air, others for quick mixing to preserve nutrients in the products, and still others for the use of ice. Such recipe features should be considered when deciding which blender to choose for cocktails or smoothies. They affect performance and function requirements.
- is whipped at very high speed;
- needs a large bowl;
- it is important that ingredients can be added while whipping.
To make the milkshake tender, milk with ice cream must be whipped so as to obtain airy foam. To do this, the blender must run at high speed and be powerful enough. Usually milkshakes are prepared in large portions (from 250–300 ml). Therefore, the bowl for whipping should be large enough.
- need to grind or mix dense products;
- requires high speed whipping;
- bowl may be small.
Smoothies are made from the pulp of vegetables or fruits, as well as additional ingredients. It can be cottage cheese, greens, bran, kefir, water, milk, tea or hard nuts, ice. If you will be using hard foods in your recipes, you will need a more powerful blender with strong, sharp blades. It is desirable that it has a special mode for crushing ice, such as the Polaris PTB 1530G. The same blender has a separate mini chopper, which is convenient to use for nuts or greens.
An important feature of the correct smoothie preparation is quick whipping. If you whip foods at high speed for a long time, they will begin to heat up. This will destroy the vitamins and other beneficial substances contained in them. The blender must run at high speed to ensure that the entire volume of the cocktail is thoroughly whipped in a short time. For desktop Polaris models, the bowls have special internal ribs for this, which correctly direct the flow of liquid when the knives rotate.
- need speed adjustment;
- the bowl must be large enough;
- power is important, as well as the quality of the knives.
For fruit or vegetable smoothies, the pulp is crushed, whipped or mixed with the addition of pure or carbonated water, iced tea, crushed ice and other ingredients. They are usually prepared in large portions. Therefore, the bowl must be roomy. It is important that the knives are strong, not damaged if a bone is accidentally caught in the pulp. Some fruit smoothies are simply mixed, while others are whipped until airy foam forms. To prepare any recipe, it is important that the blender speed is adjustable.
Immersion blenders are handy for making complex cocktails. With their help, you can grind the ingredients in different ways, mix and beat them:
- chopper bowl is used for dense products;
- leg blender can grind and mix a large number of products at once;
- You can use a whisk to whip the drink until foamy.
If the blender will be used primarily for smoothies, the following features and attachments will be useful:
- speed control;
- turbo mode;
- chopper bowl;
- whisk attachment;
- measuring cup included.
The presence of speed control and turbo mode will allow you to flexibly adjust the operation of the blender: from slow rotation of the knives when mixing to fast when beating. The chopper bowl is useful for single ingredients, for example, if the recipe includes the pulp of apples, pears or other dense fruits. With the help of a whisk, the cocktail is quickly whipped to an airy foam, and a measuring cup will help you accurately determine the amount of ingredients. For many recipes, this is important in order to get the optimum consistency and flavor.
An immersion blender can be used for more than just smoothies. It can grind, mix, beat, chop. With it, it is convenient to prepare mashed potatoes, dough, fillings, sauces, creams and many other dishes. If you need a functional helper in the kitchen, the submersible model is a good choice.
Table blenders are very convenient for making cocktails, smoothies, milkshakes. They have a stable base, comfortable voluminous bowls, specially shaped knives for quick chopping, mixing, whipping. These models have several advantages:
- speed can be adjusted;
- food can be loaded into the bowl during cooking;
- the entire volume of the drink is evenly mixed and whipped;
- the finished drink can be stored directly in the bowl and poured from it.
Polaris models have additional benefits. For example, Polaris PTB 1834G comes with a travel bottle, which is convenient to take with you. You can crush ice in a separate crusher or in the main bowl. The shape of the jug is specially adapted for even mixing, and the knives provide fast chopping and whipping, which preserves the benefits of the products.
Preparing smoothies or smoothies in a stationary blender is easy. To do this, you need to install the bowl on the base, put food in it, close the lid, turn on the device. Many devices have adjustable speed and additionally have a pulse mode. It is convenient if the lid of the jug allows you to add ingredients right during cooking.
Like immersion blenders, stand-alone blenders can be used for more than just fruit smoothies or smoothies. They can be used to prepare many other healthy dishes, such as soups, mousses, sauces and even desserts.
Wireless devices do not require a network connection, making them more convenient to use. Submersible and stationary, as well as compact models are suitable for making cocktails.
Submersible models have the same functionality as conventional wired ones. They can have several nozzles, they are powerful enough, and their speed is adjustable. They are convenient to use if it is important to do without unnecessary wires in the kitchen, for example, if sockets are located inconveniently or are occupied by other appliances.
Desktop models have a fairly roomy bowl, for example, Polaris PTB 0435 CordLess has a volume of one and a half liters. The working part with a motor and rotating knives closes the jug from above. When the cocktail is ready, it can be removed and closed with a lid.
Compact cordless blenders are convenient to take with you. Their volume is calculated for one serving of the drink. It is 350 ml. They can prepare smoothies, milk and fruit shakes, and other drinks. You can make a cocktail at home and take it with you to work, school or the gym as a healthy snack. Thanks to the knives built into the lid, it can be mixed right before use. Another option is to prepare healthy snacks in a portable blender on the go. Put berries or a couple of fruits inside, add kefir or water, whisk quickly – and your cocktail is ready. The compact cordless blender Polaris PTB 0109Cordless additionally has a convenient carrying strap, and the lid closes hermetically and securely so that the contents will definitely not spill.
What to look for when choosing?
Which blender is better for smoothies: submersible or stationary, with a large bowl or, on the contrary, compact, powerful or economical? We figure out what the main characteristics should be.
The power requirements depend on what kind of cocktails you plan to prepare. If you need to grind and mix berries or fruits with not too dense pulp, mix mostly liquid ingredients, high power is not required – 300–500 W is enough. Choosing a more powerful blender is worth it if:
- Shake the cocktail until foamy;
- you are planning to make a smoothie and need a quick whisk;
- you need to crush dense solid foods, nuts, ice;
- you want to make large portions of cocktails, prepare drinks for the whole family or a large company.
For smoothies or complex cocktails, models with a power of 800 watts or more are suitable. If you need a device that can break ice, quickly whip airy foam and prepare large portions of cocktails, it is better to choose a professional model with a power of 1000 watts or more.
It can be smooth or stepped. It is good if the blender additionally has a pulse or turbo mode.
Speed control is needed to select the operating mode of the device. It is convenient to mix products with a relatively slow rotation of the knives. For grinding, you need a higher speed. Shake cocktails and make smoothies better at high speed. The pulse mode is useful for grinding solid foods, and the turbo mode is useful for whipping airy milk foam.
If you only need a blender for cocktails, you won’t need many different attachments. For a submersible model, a whisk and a chopper are enough, and for a stationary model, a regular bowl with built-in knives is enough. If the blender has to replace several devices, choose a more functional model.