One of the negatives of going away on vacation is missing out on your healthy eating habits. Consider taking along a portable bender for travel, and you will be able to whip up your delicious smoothies anywhere!

As a family, we are always super excited to plan a weekend camping trip away from home. We also look forward to longer school breaks when we can explore new destinations.

One of the problems I find is that we miss out on the healthy smoothies, soups, dips, and fresh juices that I make in my kitchen at home.

I have discovered, to my delight, that there is a range of portable blenders explicitly made for travel. They are compact, light, easy to transport, and easy to use.

How fabulous is that? I can make smoothies in a jiffy away from home. They are also ideal for taking along to the office to make a quick lunch.

How about using a portable blender at a sports event to give the kids an instant energy boost during the break-in a ball game?

For those of you who are not familiar with portable blenders – read on for more info.I will discuss in detail the pros and cons of small blenders for travel that were tested. You can then make an informed decision on which one is best for your needs.

What is a Portable Blender?

A blender is a kitchen appliance that will mix, crush, blend, stir, grind, liquefy, chop, grate, and more. They are ideal for making nutritious, healthy drinks, milkshakes, and smoothies.

To use a blender, you fill it with fruits, veggies, and other ingredients of your choice like nuts and grains. Choose your setting, turn on, and the blades work at high speeds to chop up the ingredients.

The result – you have a thick mixture that is commonly known as a smoothie. You can also get creative and prepare soups, dips, sauces, juices and even batter mixes for waffles and pancakes.

So, what is a portable blender? It is a blender that is smaller, lighter, and more compact than a traditional blender that you would stand on a shelf in your kitchen.

They are perfect for packing into a case or backpack. Many operate on reduced power. Some even work on batteries or USB power, eliminating the need for a power source – perfect for an away-from-civilization camping trip. Portable blenders will allow you to whip up the healthy mixtures you make at home but in smaller quantities.

What to consider when choosing the best travel blender for making smoothies on-the-go?

What I discovered when looking for the right small travel blender is that you cannot merely choose any blender. It has to be specifically designed for easy packing and transporting. Otherwise, you may as well lug along your current kitchen appliance!

So let’s consider the following main issues

WHAT you plan on BLENDING?

Blending can cover a variety of ingredients from soft fruits to hard nuts and even ice. You need to decide on what you are planning on blending when away from home.

You may want to settle on healthy fruit juices. You may want to make more complex meals like chunky soups, especially if you are away in cold weather and sleeping in a tent.

The strength, power, and functions of the machine you choose will determine the type of ingredients that you can blend.

SIZE and WEIGHT are important

For travel, lightweight, small, and compact are best. The physical size is also essential. You don’t want to use up valuable packing space, and you certainly want it to fit comfortably into your luggage.

Look for a size that will fit into your check-in suitcase. You won’t be able to carry your blender onto a plane as it has blades that fall under the prohibited section.

If you are setting out on a hiking or camping adventure, a blender that fits into a backpack is the ideal choice. Likewise, ensure that your blender fits into your gym, Pilates, yoga, or dance bag.

The POWER of the MOTOR

Motor power determines what type of ingredients you can blend. For traveling, you can go for a blender with lesser motor power. Kitchen blenders that are top of the range will average above 700 wattages.

For your travel blender, you can get away with a less powerful machine, even dropping down to as low as 125 wattage. Remember that the less power, the less strength, so if you are determined to crush nuts or ice, you will need the ability to do that.

What POWER SOURCE should I consider – battery or corded?

One of the best perks I found were blenders that do not need power – absolutely awesome. They work off battery power.

Now, there are two types of battery power that you need to check. The first is a standard battery with a life-span that will stop working once used up.

You will need to replace it – which is fine, as long as you have extra batteries on hand. Getting stranded mid-blend with no power is not what you want.

Some blenders have rechargeable battery packs and can blend multiple times before you need to recharge them. This also saves on having to buy loads of batteries and works out to be more cost-effective in the long run.

Many travel blenders are easily charged by plugging into your laptop USB port. Have you ever thought how fabulous this is for people who work late and want to whip a smoothie without leaving their desks?

Or, for the teens who game and cannot be away from their screens for more than a minute?

There are also travel blenders with standard power cords. If you are going to be in a hotel, resort, or vacation self-cater lodge, power will be available. A blender with a standard power cord will then be ideal for you. Plug it in where your accommodation has a coffee corner, and you are set.

TRAVEL JAR or BOTTLE

Best blenders for travel are ideal if they come with a travel jar or bottle. You blend, remove the jar, snap on the lid, and you have a healthy smoothie to take along.

This is perfect for campers, hikers, and outdoor adventure seekers. The con is that they mostly cater to one portion, so unless you buy additional containers, you are limited to a single serving.

Take into account the size of the jar. A 14oz serving is ideal for a single person on-the-go. For a family, this may be a little too small, and you should look for a jar that holds 24oz or even 32oz.

ACCESSORIES may be extra trouble

Having loads of accessories to attach to your blender in your home kitchen is excellent as you have the space to store them. I don’t want to travel with a blender and a lot of extra fussy bits and pieces. I would worry that I would lose them!

Accessories can take the form of extra cups, extra lids, extractor blades, and funnels. Decide which ones you need before packing too many.

KEEPING IT CLEAN – self-cleaning makes your life so much easier

For me, washing up dishes and appliances at home is a bind, and I certainly don’t want to spend my vacation washing up anything I don’t need to. Many blenders come with a self-cleaning feature, and I would certainly want that when away from home.

PRICE – decide on your budget before buying

Decide on how much you want to spend and stay within your budget. Portable blenders range from very cost-effective models at around $20 to more expensive models up to $100.

WARRANTIES and TECH SUPPORT put your mind at ease

I always look for a product that comes with a warranty. This puts my mind at ease, knowing that I will get support if something goes wrong. And, may even get a full replacement if necessary. The more extended the warranty, the more superior the product usually is.

Another perk is a company that offers tech support after purchasing. This is great for those of us who may need help with the initial set-up and understanding the different functions of the machine.

TRY IT OUT AT HOME FIRST

Because I am not very tech-savvy, I always like to try out any new portable appliance before I set -off on my trip. The worst experience will be to arrive and find that I cannot operate it, or there is a fault — total disappointment when you are miles from home.

So, spend a bit of time, set up the machine, and give it a whiz. Once you are sure it works the way you expect, you are ready to pack it up with your baggage.

The Top 12 Best Portable Blenders Reviews

If you have skipped the above and landed here for the most critical info – read on! I have assessed the top portable blenders for travel and highlighted their main features, pros, and cons. 

Nutri Ninja Pro BL456 – Compact Personal Blender

Nutri Ninja Pro B456

The Nutri Ninja Pro is a powerful 900 watts blender that can do everything from blend to crush frozen ingredients. It holds 24oz in a plastic container. 

The container has a convenient twist-on spout lid so you can blend and go. The blades are Stainless Steel, extra strong, and very sharp. I found that this blender makes a mixture with a smooth consistency. 

Why I like it – It comes with an extra container and extra twist-on lid, so I can whip up two batches without having to decant into mismatched separate bottles. The lids are sturdy and form a right leak-proof seal.

Key Features

  • Powerful 900 wattage
  • Holds 24oz
  • Manual pulse function for crushing ice and frozen ingredients

Pros

  • The all-purpose portable blender that can do most of the functions of your home model 
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe container
  • Comes with an extra container and lid

Cons

  • The higher price tag of around $60 
  • Must have a power supply to operate and only works with 110-120v, not 220-240v
  • You have to press down on the cup while it blends, so you can’t leave it alone while you do other things 
The Verdict:
This is a machine for people who are willing to spend a bit extra. It is a well-designed blender that will stand the test of time. 

Hamilton Beach 51102 Personal Blender with Two Travel Cups

Hamilton Beach Portable Personal Blender 51102

This blender is a lightweight, small machine with a low 175 power wattage. The machine looks stylish and is very compact, ideal for packing into your luggage. 

The container is suitable for one drink, holding a volume of 14oz. It does have Stainless Steel blades, but using it, I would not recommend trying to crush too many hard ingredients as it is not designed for heavy-duty work. 

Why I like it – it is compact, no-nonsense, light, and easy to take along on a day trip. It makes great smoothies and is perfect for blending baby food. I love the white color that makes it always look hygienic and clean. 

Key Features

  • Low 175 wattage
  • Holds 14oz
  • One-touch blending

Pros

  • Lower price at just over $20
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe container
  • Very easy to use 

Cons

  • Some users have indicated that their motor burnt out – perhaps they are putting too much strain on the machine? 
The Verdict:
This is ideal for a single on-the-go person who wants to mix up a great shake at work or the gym. It is very well priced and has a stylish design.

Hamilton Beach 51101AV Personal Blender for Shakes and Smoothies with 14oz Travel Cup and Lid

Hamilton Beach 51101AV

The black version of the Hamilton Beach Blender is also a compact, lightweight and easily transportable blender. It is priced at the lower end of the scale at around $20. The blender holds 14oz, ideal for a one-cup serving while on-the-run. 

I also found that this model is great for blending smoothies, baby food, salad dressings, and thicker juices. Although it says that it can crush ice, I would probably not use it for this. 

Why I like it – This is a great little blender to take to the office or on a day outing. It has an extra jar which is a perk when you want to make a treat for yourself and a friend. 

Key Features

  • Low 175 wattage
  • Holds 14oz
  • One-touch blending

Pros

  • Lower price at just over $20
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe container
  • Very easy to use 
  • Comes with two jars which certainly adds a convenience factor

Cons

  • Cleaning was a bit tricky as I found that bits of veggies got stuck between the blades
The Verdict:
This is a well-priced blender, ideal for a single serving. The black color is stylish and will make a cool gift for a young person starting their own home. 

Ninja Fit Single-Serve Blender with 700-Watt Base and 2 Cups (QB3000SS)

Nutri Ninja Fit

Ninja Personal is another blender that comes with a high rating. It is priced on the top end of the scale at close to $60. The Ninja has a powerful 700 wattage engine that makes it very capable of crushing up harder ingredients like nuts, seeds, and frozen berries. I love that that it comes standard with two 16oz cups, each with its own Sip and Seal lid. 

Why I like it – I tried it out blending kale, one of the most difficult leafy greens to chop up properly. It did a great job! 

Key Features

  • High 700 wattage
  • Holds 16oz
  • Supports 110 and 120v

Pros

  • Mighty and durable blades that can cut through the ice
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe containers
  • Comes with 2 cups and Sip and Seal lids 

Cons

  • Higher price at just over $50
  • Only works with power – no batteries
  • This blender is somewhat on the larger side; I would prefer something a little smaller for transporting 
The Verdict:
For the higher price, you do get a powerful and versatile machine. I feel that it will be better suited to keep in my kitchen, rather than taking it along in my luggage. 

Hamilton Beach 51131 Personal Blender with Travel Cup

Hamilton Beach Portable Blender 51131 for Travel

The first feature that caught my eye is the excellent and trendy raspberry color. It is super cool, and my kids love it. The blender has a compact design and offers a 14oz cup. It is ideal for one serving that I can whip up and take along with me on-the-go. 

For traveling, it will fit easily into a case or backpack. The Stainless Steel blades may crush ice, but I wouldn’t push it too far with hard ingredients. 

Why I like it – fun appliances always attract the kids, and I love that they want to experiment and make healthy smoothies to drink. 

Key Features

  • Low 175 wattage
  • Holds 14oz
  • Supports 110 and 120v
  • One-touch blending

Pros

  • Well priced at around $15
  • Very trendy color! 
  • Design is lightweight, compact and easy to transport
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe containers

Cons

  • Only works with power – no batteries
  • I wouldn’t try it out on harder ingredients or frozen berries
The Verdict:
This is a lightweight, trendy, fun, and super cool blender. Perfect to use at the gym, office, or to take along on the weekend away. 

NutriBullet® PRO 900-Watts Nutrient Extractor Blender

NutriBullet Pro 900

The NutriBullet Pro 900 is a much larger and robust machine that comes with 13 pieces. This is a superior model, driven by a powerful 900 wattage motor. I tried it out on kale, ice, and harder seeds, and it did a great job. I love the fact that it comes with 2 cups of different sizes, a 24oz and a 32oz. 

I can choose one most suited for what I am making. The cups are strong and durable and will last for a long time. Cleaning was easy as the blades are removable. I enjoy knowing that my NutriBullet appliance is perfectly clean. I don’t want little bits stuck and drying out in the blades. 

Why I like it – the NutriBullet Pro is reliable, durable, and up to any challenge. It also comes with a hard-cover recipe book that gave me some great ideas on new smoothies and soups to make for the family. 

Key Features

  • High 900 wattage
  • 2 cups – a 24oz and a 32oz
  • Multiple features
  • Separate extractor blade
  • Comes with a hard-cover recipe book filled with great ideas

Pros

  • Heavy-duty, powerful machine with numerous features 
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe containers
  • Comes with 2 cups of different sizes
  • Stainless Steel blades will handle any ingredients you throw at them
  • Easy cleaning with removable blades

Cons

  • High price at around $90
  • Only works with power – no batteries
  • I wouldn’t feel comfortable traveling with this blender. It is far too complex and large. It would, however, be great in my kitchen! 
The Verdict:
If you are prepared to pay a higher price for value, this is the perfect choice for you. I would personally keep this machine in my kitchen, rather than risk damaging it while traveling.

Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend 250-Watt Blender with Travel Sport Bottle

Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend

I love the trendy and sporty look of the Oster BLSTPB-WPK My Blend. It certainly created a buzz when I whipped up a smoothie in the office. The machine is compact and easy to transport. 

It features a cool sports-style bottle with a leak-proof lid. A one-finger grip allows me to take it along on a run or hike and attach it to a belt. The machine is driven by a 250 wattage motor which gives it enough power to deal with harder ingredients. 

Why I like it – this stylish blender in a trendy hot pink is great for taking along to the gym, the office or on a day outing.

Key Features

  • Low 250 wattage
  • Holds 20oz
  • Automatic fuse will revive the motor in the event of overheating

Pros

  • Well priced at around $17
  • Very trendy color! 
  • Design is super stylish, lightweight, compact and easy to transport
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe container

Cons

  • Only works with power – no batteries
  • Blades cannot be removed for full cleaning
The Verdict:
This is your ultimate movers-and-shakers blenders. Show this small Oster blender off at the gym, at the running club, and in the office — fun color and great value for money. 

Cuisinart CPB-300 350 Watt BPA-Free 32 Ounce Blender

Cuisinart CPB-300 Portable Blender for Travel

For those who are tech-savvy, this machine has a TouchPad to operate it. I was slightly hesitant in the beginning, but I soon managed to figure it out. 

This is an excellent middle of the range 350 wattage blender that will tackle anything from soft fruits to harder seeds and nuts. It comes with a variety of cups, including a 32oz blending jar, an 8oz chopping cup, and four 16oz travel cups with leak-proof lids. It certainly gives a great choice of options. 

Why I like it – I love the four 16oz cups. I can mix up a fresh drink for each member of the family before we set off to explore our new vacation venue. 

Key Features

  • Low 350 wattage
  • Multiple cups
  • 3 Function TouchPad and LED Lights 
  • Slip-proof feet

Pros

  • Neat design that is stylish and can be transported
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe containers
  • Comes with numerous cups of different sizes

Cons

  • Higher priced at around $50
  • Only works with power – no batteries
  • If you prefer old-fashioned buttons, the touchpad may not be for you
  • The cups don’t stack, so extra space is needed if you want to take along all the different containers
The Verdict:
Versatile and very functional higher-priced blender with six different cups, great for a family. The con is that the cups don’t stack, so you need to have extra space to take along all the various components if you plan on traveling with it. 

Magic Bullet Blender, 11 Piece Set

Magic Bullet Blender

I found that Magic Bullet machine did offer value for money at around $40. I wouldn’t use it for too much heavy-duty work, but it coped well with softer ingredients that I needed to blend. 

It has a 250 wattage power source and a neat design that makes it suitable for traveling. The cups are made of high-impact plastic and are strong and durable. 

Why I like it – At this price, I am happy to take this very popular bullet blender along on vacation. I used it to mix up some simple smoothies and shakes, and it worked well. 

Key Features

  • Low 250 wattage
  • Multiple cups

Pros

  • Well priced at around $30
  • Simple and neat design 
  • BPA-free and dishwasher safe containers
  • Comes with various cups

Cons

  • Only works with power – no batteries
  • It will struggle with hard ingredients
The Verdict:
If you are looking for a middle-of-the-range price, this is the right choice as it comes with multiple cups. It doesn’t cope well with harder ingredients, and you could probably get a better option at a similar price. 

PopBabies Portable Rechargeable USB Blender for Smoothies

Popbabies Personal Portable Blender with USB Recharge

This was the first blender I tried that does not have a power cord. For me, that is a crucial feature, especially when traveling into the outdoors. It uses a USB connection and can recharge while blending. I noticed that the charge also lasts for a long time; I only had to recharge after 3-4 days. 

The PopBabies Personal Blender holds a 14oz jar that has a secure lid. It will make smoothies, protein shakes, and baby food with ease. I also tried it with frozen ingredients, and it worked well. 

This is a truly portable model, lightweight and easily fits into a case. It comes with an ice cube tray that makes the perfect sized cubes for the blender. It also comes with a funnel for allowing easy filling when working with powders. 

Why I like it – Love the no-power option. It uses a battery that is rechargeable, perfect for outdoor adventures away from civilization. 

Key Features

  • Holds 14oz
  • Battery-powered machine with USB recharge feature 
  • Small size for blend-and-go

Pros

  • Well priced at around $36
  • Battery-powered and rechargeable – works anywhere in the world
  • Small, compact design for travel

Cons

  • Not sure about the blue color – but that maybe my sense of taste! 
The Verdict:
Ideal for traveling with a USB recharge feature, light and easy to use. You may want to leave the ice cube holder at home and pack the blender.

Moer Sky Portable USB Rechargeable Juicer Blender

Moer Sky Portable USB Rechargeable Blender

This was the next no-power blender that I tried. It features a battery and is recharged by plugging into a computer, laptop or USB power bank. The design is simple and neat and great for packing into a case. 

The blender has a powerful motor and six blades. It was great with softer ingredients, but I was hesitant to try it with too much ice.

 After use, I found that it was easy to clean by separating the different components. I did get the feeling that it may not last as long as some of the other blenders I tried, but I will have to wait and see. 

Why I like it: it’s compact and straightforward with a rechargeable USB battery — cost-effective price and well suited for a weekend get-away.

Key Features

  • Holds 14oz
  • Battery-powered machine with USB recharge feature 
  • Small size, for blend-and-go

Pros

  • Well priced at around $22
  • Battery-powered and rechargeable – works anywhere in the world
  • Small, compact design for travel

Cons

  • Didn’t seem to be up to crushing ice and harder ingredients
  • The instructions are quite difficult to understand as they are poorly translated
The Verdict:
A well-priced blender with a rechargeable battery. If you don’t expect it to do too much with harder ingredients, it will be great to make shakes and softer blends on a vacation trip. 

TOPQSC Smoothie Blender with USB Rechargeable Batteries

TOPQSC Portable Blender

This blender caught my eye with its simple design but extra power features, and it lived up to expectations. It is ultra-light and compact. The machine is battery driven and can be recharged with any standard USB connection on a laptop, computer, or power bank. 

It offers a 17-oz cup BPA-free plastic cup which is also certified safe for babies. The machine coped well with all types of ingredients and blended up a great, smooth, and consistent mixture. 

It is easy to clean with a built-in cleaning function. The detachable cap seals with a handy one-finger grip lid, it can also be frozen for use the next day – an added perk.

Why I like it – I love the slightly larger 17oz size and the fact that it can be used up to 20 times on one full charge. 

Key Features

  • Holds 17oz
  • Battery-powered machine with USB recharge feature 
  • Small size, for blend-and-go

Pros

  • Well priced at around $36
  • Battery-powered and rechargeable – works anywhere in the world
  • Small, compact design for travel
  • Deals well with all types of ingredients

Cons

  • The lid of the cup is a little small, so some more significant fruits and veggies need to be cut up into smaller pieces
The Verdict:
I loved this blender. It is priced in the middle of the range, making it more trustworthy than a cheapie and it does all I need. It is truly portable with a lightweight, compact shape and rechargeable battery.

Benefits of Owning a Small Portable Blender

Owning a compact blender certainly offers a surprising number of benefits that I had not even considered. I can ensure that the family maintains a healthy diet on vacation – traveling does interfere with your regular eating habits.

Apart from trying out all sorts of new foods, I find that we miss out on the essential healthy foods that we eat at home. Taking a mini blender along with our luggage allows me to blend up fresh fruit and veggies during our trip.

Stay healthy – blending smoothies is one of the easiest and simplest ways to get your daily fill of vitamins, nutrients, antioxidants, and other vital components.

I don’t have to follow fad diets, weigh ingredients, or eat bland food. I can choose from a vast range of exotic flavors, fruits, veggies, nuts, grains, and create delicious, nutritious meal replacements, and snacks in a jiffy.

Portable mini blenders save money when away from home – after a tiring day of site-seeing in a new destination, the last thing we want to do as a family is rush around and find a restaurant for dinner.

Shopping like a local is fun and makes you feel part of the city or town you are visiting. It also saves a load of money, as fresh produce is far cheaper than restaurant food.

Blenders with USB connections work anywhere! I have become quite the pro at making smoothies in blender in all sorts of venues.

My office is first – before a hectic meeting or at lunchtime, I head for the kitchen, throw in some ingredients from my cooler bag and blend up a shake after a workout at the gym.

I don’t need to drive home feeling exhausted. I relax and chat with friends and blend up a quick shake. They are always super impressed!

Enjoy healthy drinks on picnics, barbecues, and outdoor excursions. I always used to pack soft drinks for our outings, despite knowing that they are loaded with unhealthy amounts of sugar and chemicals.

I couldn’t think of any other option, apart from water which didn’t excite the kids. It is so easy to pack a cooler bag of fresh fruits, leafy greens, and other healthy products.

After we have explored the beach or the countryside, I quickly blend up a tasty drink for all of us.

They are great for small kitchens! I have a friend who has a tiny kitchen but loves cooking. I was at a loss for a gift idea until I thought of a portable blender.

Because they are compact, they take up minimal space. She was over the moon, as it fits neatly into a corner and does not need acres of space like most kitchen appliances.

You feel great knowing that you can eat healthily and enjoy it – feeling relaxed and at ease goes a long way to maintaining both your mind and body health.

Knowing that I can easily keep up a healthy diet is a great relief and stops me from opting for expensive and unhealthy fast-food take-outs.

My mini blender is especially helpful when away from home on business, vacation, or after a hectic day when the last thing I want to do is worry about a meal.

Get creative – try out new recipes and get creative in the kitchen. Make exciting soups, shakes, salsas, nut butters, waffle, and pancake batters.

You can also mix and match fruit, veggies, grains, and seeds to create exotic and delicious summer drinks or heartwarming winter soups. Give it a go!

Which portable mini blender is right for your travel?

When choosing the right portable blender, you should consider these key points.

  • How much do you want to spend? Portable blenders range from very cost-effective at around $20 to expensive at about $100. Keep in mind that cheap is not always right, and high prices don’t always offer the value they claim.
  • How big is your family? You will find that portable blenders are usually smaller than kitchen blenders. Some are only made for a single person. Others have more substantial containers, and some models come with extra containers.
  • Will you have a power source at your destination? If not, you will have to choose a blender with a rechargeable battery.
  • Strength of the machine? Are you planning on making shakes that require frozen or hard ingredients? You will then need a more powerful machine with sharp blades.