Best Portable Blender
If you're looking for the best blender to grab and go, you'll want to take a look at the PopBabies Portable. This blender incorporates numerous portable features that are convenient and user-friendly. The sturdy handle offers a solid grip, while the detachable jar lets you drink without the motor base attached, which we found to be a rare attribute during our testing. The bold measurement lines clearly indicated both ounces and milliliters. Meanwhile, the push-start button is easy to operate. Blend smoothies, juices, or your morning protein shake in seconds; you can even crush ice as long as you use tiny cubes from the included tray.
As the name suggests, there is one feature of this product that certainly pops, and that's the color. Not everyone may be a fan of the baby powder blue. Also, the base may be too wide for the cupholder of some vehicles. However, the base did fit nice and snug in our cupholder.
The PopBabies Portable Glass has an impressive blend to battery ratio. On a single charge, the PopBabies Glass blended over 40 times without showing any signs of slowing. This was by far more blends than what the manufacturer suggests. What's even more astounding was how quiet the blender was during operation, making it the least noisy blender we tested. The sleek and sturdy design is a nice touch for those wanting a more classy look.
The only downside is the jar is made of glass. This means the PopBabies Glass can break while on the go. However, the quality construction and remarkable battery life make this an excellent buy for anyone who desires reliable performance.
The Sboly Portable Mini was made with busy couples in mind. While most portable blenders are only good for one person, with this Italian design, you get two cups with matching leak-proof lids all for the price of one. Another notable feature is the removable blade plate. The majority of portable blenders we tested incorporated a non-removable blade; meaning, it was permanently attached to either the base or the drinking cup. The simple yet smart design of the Sboly allowed our testers to easily clean the blade without risking water damage to the motor.
While we like the compact bottles, we did feel the lids could use a handle for a better grip. On the other hand, if you like the feeling of drinking from a wide mouth mason jar, you'll dig gulping drinks from these compact bottles.
The clever design of the AUZKIN Cordless Mini is where affordability and durability combine. The body of this blender is made from a thick BPA free plastic that passed our drop test with flying colors. The motor base features a dual blade that's built directly into the lid; this saves space and makes the entire unit one giant to-go cup. While the motor is not the most powerful we tested, the AUZKIN has no problem whipping up a daily protein shake.
As much as we like the portable design, we're not fans of having an exposed blade when sipping on our smoothies. Then again, you can't beat the nominal price.
For those who want a portable blender that can do more, the BlenderX Cordless is right up your alley. This was by far the most powerful blender we tested, dominating at crushing ice and sliced through frozen fruit with ease. We dig that the larger bottle capacity allows you to produce bigger batches of frozen drinks. This is ideal for gatherings with friends, wherever that may be.
The main drawbacks are the price and the portability factor. With greater power comes a heavier, bulkier size. To circumvent the size, the manufacturers tossed in a custom sling-style drybag. If you don't mind paying top dollar or toting around an additional bag, then you'll reap the benefits of having a portable blender that tackles all your blended beverage needs.
We were pleasantly surprised by this budget-friendly option. The OBERLY Cup efficiently whipped up smoothies and managed to crush smaller ice cubes about 1cm in size. We found the tall and slender body to be a highly portable and packable design. The push-button is easy to operate, and the motor is easy to charge. In fact, this was the fastest charging portable blender we tested.
Of course, with most budget buys, you'll come across some shortcomings. The plastic bottle was not as thick as other options, and the handle had a great deal of flex. This caused the entire product to bounce when walking, leading us to suspect it will eventually break off over time. While this may be trivial to some, others may agree the bright pinkish-purple is not the most appealing color. The good news is there are four other color options to choose from.
Among being easy to transport, portable blenders should be fast and convenient. This is what we like most about the Tenswall Portable. Load up your ingredients, screw on the lid, double-click the button, and get ready to drink in 30 seconds or less. The blending bottle has an hourglass shape which enables you to get a firm grip on the body. Meanwhile, the flip-top lid lets you sip in the car without worrying about spillage.
As for the cons, the plastic flip-top doesn't appear to be the most durable. Repetitive opening and closing leads us to believe this part could eventually snap off; we feel the same about the plastic handle. Other than that, we recommend the Tenswall for anyone with a packed schedule.
At a single glance, you'll notice the LaHuko Personal Size is virtually identical to the Tenswall. The one minor exception being the USB charging port is white rather than gray. We found the performance to be almost as similar, with the exception of a longer blend time. Easy to operate and easy to charge, the LaHuko is a travel-friendly option that packs well in a gym bag, daypack, or suitcase.
One issue we found was the LaHuko tested on the lower side on the number of blends per charge. However, if you're traveling with a USB charging port nearby, this won't be an issue.
If you want a portable blender that is super compact, you'll like what the Hotsch Personal has to offer. At 8.50 inches tall and 2.75 inches wide, the Hotsch has the smallest dimensions out of all the blenders we tested. The featherweight design makes it easy to cart around without thinking twice about extra weight. While it may not be the best at crushing ice cubes, the Hotsch has no problem whipping up a quick protein shake.
While we love the portability, we do feel this option would benefit from incorporating a handle. Also, the deep groove around the blade may prevent some ingredients from blending all the way. Other than that, the Hotsch is good for those who want the most compact option.
Why You Should Trust Us
Our portable blender testing was led by our kitchen tester Carissa Stanz. She has been specializing in food writing and product testing for over four years and spends more time than one should conjuring up new recipes in the kitchen. From smoothies to lattes, she has spent the better part of a decade preparing and serving up tasty refreshments at neighborhood coffee shops, making her an ideal tester for this review.
We formulated our test plan by assessing the intended use of the products and then zoned in on the most important criteria. We then rated each product according to portability, blending performance, durability, ease of use, and ease of cleaning. We then put each one through a series of tests which included blending ice, frozen fruit, and protein powder. We also packed, dropped, cleaned, and cupholder outfitted each one.
Analysis and Test Results
Before stepping foot in the kitchen, we did our research and picked the best nine portable blenders. Then we meticulously analyzed each product in our side-by-side testing, evaluating each on portability, blending performance, durability, ease of use, and ease of cleaning.
A good portable blender should be just that, portable. We tested portability by measuring, weighing, and packing each product. We assessed how well the blenders packed in a daypack, took them for a short hike, and then nestled them in the cupholder of a vehicle. While virtually all the portable blenders were deemed portable, some stood out among the crowd. For instance, we loved the sturdy handle on the PopBabies lid and the fact we could remove the bottle from the base. This not only lightened the load but felt the most akin to carrying around a light reusable water bottle.
The Sboly and BlenderX were similar in that the bottle could be removed from the base and toted around with a sealed lid. However, the bulky size and heavier weight of the BlenderX was not ideal. While we do like the nifty waterproof bag the manufacturers included, we found the strap and inability to balance the pack load to feel awkward. On the other end of the spectrum was the Hotsch which we found to be incredibly compact.
The tight lid of the PopBabies Glass gave us assurance the drink would not spill in transport. We also liked how the slim design fit well both in the water bottle pocket of our daypack and our vehicle cupholder. With the AUZKIN, we didn't have to worry about the bottle somehow detaching from the base during transportation. We were also fans of the rubber grip around the body of the cup. The Tenswall and LaHuko both got honorable mentions for their bottle grip, but could use some improvements on their flimsy straps.
We conducted a three series test to assess blending performance. This included crushing ice, blending smoothies, and whipping up protein shakes. We then examined the results for desired consistency, evenness, and leftover residue. We also clocked the blending cycles and tallied up the blends per battery charge.
The BlenderX crushed the blending test. Equipped with 260W blending power, the BlenderX had no trouble with our ice test, pulverized large pieces of fruit, and left the least amount of protein powder residue in the blending cup.
Next was the PopBabies and the PopBabies Glass. Both these blenders proved to make a tasty smoothie with a desirable consistency. They also outshined the competition when it came to blends per battery life. Most portable blenders start to peter out as the battery drains, but this wasn't the case for both of the PopBabies. Each maintained a consistent length of time for over 40 blends. Also, props to the PopBabies Glass for the exceptionally quiet blend.
We were also pleased with the blending performance of the Sboly and OBERLY which managed to crush up tiny ice cubes and were rather surprised by the AUZKIN. Despite only having a dual blade with minimal power, this blender made a decent protein shake.
Since portable blenders are designed to be used anywhere you take it, the next factor you'll want to consider is durability. When testing durability, we looked at the construction of each product along with the quality of materials. We then packed each blender in a daypack and dropped it on the ground. After, we carefully re-examined every component and performed an additional blend test. While each one passed the drop test, there were some notable differences in construction which led us to suspect some may last longer than others.
The PopBabies features quality craftsmanship and materials. The plastic blending bottle is durable and nestles beautifully in the base. Meanwhile, the solid handle lets you keep a firm grip on the bottle so you are less likely to drop it. While we also dig the exceptional quality of its sister counterpart, the PopBabies Glass, the glass blending bottle raises some concerns. Mainly, a concern the glass will eventually crack while on the go.
The thick plastic of the AUZKIN can withstand some abuse. Although, we foresee the low power motor eventually giving out with repeated use. When unboxing the BlenderX we noticed two loose washers underneath the blade plate. The instructions made no mention of this which raised some eyebrows. We also question what repetitive use will do to the longevity of some of the more budget-friendly options, such as the Hotsch and OBERLY. However, the cheaper construction of the Hotsch earned it a 6 out of 10 which was the lowest score given for durability.
Ease of Use
For ease of use, we tested everything from charging to operation to drinking. The PopBabies topped the charts. This is the only option with bold measurement lines featuring ounces and milliliters. We found the funnel accessory helped load ingredients into the blending bottle and the on/off push button was simple to operate. We wish the PopBabies Glass also included this accessory as we found the smaller bottle mouth harder to load. However, this blender had remarkable stability requiring zero hands during blending.
The wider mouths on the AUZKIN and Sboly made them easy to load. The AUZKIN scored slightly higher due to the simplicity of the two-piece setup. However, we did appreciate the Sboly has a blade plate that can be removed from the jar when drinking.
The BlenderX features a unique screw on bubble lid designed to remove the blade component from the base. We found this to be an odd mechanism for removing the blade and much more likely to get neglected or lost in the shuffle over time. There's also the fact that this machine won't operate unless you're holding down the button. The OBERLY, Tenswall, LaHuko, and Hotsch were also all on the same level for this metric.
Ease of Cleaning
The last metric we rated was the ease of cleaning. For this, we weighed how easy it was to dismantle and hand wash all the components, with a particular emphasis on cleaning the blades. We found all of the blenders were easy to hand wash, but we were particularly fond of the Sboly in this category. The detachable blade plate made this component more accessible for cleaning. This also meant we could safely clean the blade without worrying about causing water damage to the motor.
The blade of the PopBabies and BlenderX could also be cleaned without causing damage to the motor. However, the PopBabies has a blade that's attached to the inside of the bottle, which makes it harder to reach. Meanwhile, dismantling all the components of the BlenderX took slightly more effort. We found the PopBabies Glass, AUZKIN, OBERLY, Tenswall, LaHuko, and Hotsch took little effort to clean, but could not give them a perfect score because you can't wash the blade without risking water damage to the motor base.
Portable blenders are great for whipping up an array of ice-cold beverages anywhere you take them. However, not all are made alike. We conducted side-by-side testing to shed some light on different attributes with the goal of helping you make an informed decision about your purchase. Hopefully, you can now decide which one is best for you.
— Carissa Stanz