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The 10 Best Protein Shake Blenders Money Can Buy

What they lack in size, they deliver in torque.
By Brianna Lapolla
May 22, 2024

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It’s Sunday morning and you want to fuel up for your long run with a protein-packed smoothie. Enter: the protein shake blender. Often but not, always, smaller than the typical full-sized blender, these gadgets can handle frozen fruit, ice cubes, and raw nuts—and they’re way more cost-effective than their bulkier cousins. Here, 10 of the best mini blenders that deliver creamy results and can be tossed in the dishwasher for easy clean-up after. Find the best of the best below, as well as a few backup options we recommend. 

Other options we recommend:


(Editor’s Note: Looking for something even easier? Check out our review of protein-forward MRE shakes—including reviews of SoylentOrgainHuel, and more.)

The Best Mini Protein Shake Blenders

Ninja Nutri-Pro Personal Blender

Best Overall

Our best overall protein shake blender ticks just about every box. For one, the price isn’t terrifying—if you’ve never shopped for a decent blender before, prepare to be shocked by the price range. It’s plenty powerful (ice, frozen fruit, and other rigid foods aren’t an issue) but its size remains compact (it’s about half the size of a usual coffee maker). Plus, we really dig the to-go cup—it’s made a bit thicker than most and doesn’t feel as cheap. Plus the lid actually works, which is more than we can say for some cheaper options. The only downside for us is the noise level. In short, it’s not quiet, but very few of these personal-sized blenders are. It’s not a dealbreaker for us.

Pros
  • Powerful
  • Sturdy to-go cup
  • Compact size
  • Solid price point
Cons
  • Noise level

Magic Bullet Blender

Best Budget Option

Magic Bullet has established itself as one of the go-to brands for personal blenders, and for good reason. This 11-piece set does it all, whether you’re chopping, mixing, blending, whipping, or grinding. Versatile and easy to use, the Magic Bullet does way more than you’d expect from a $30 blender: it chops, mixes, blends, whips, grinds, and more. Though the wattage (200) is much lower than some of the other models on this list, the lighter weight and $39 price tag make this an excellent starter or budget option that still performs. We wouldn’t go cheaper than the Magic Bullet.

Pros
  • Incredibly affordable
  • Recognizable brand
  • Versatile
Cons
  • Can lack for power with particularly thick shakes
  • Feels a bit cheap

Beast Blender

Best High-End Option

This sleek, carbon black personal blender almost looks like art when you’re not using it. The innovative 12-rib vessel design is meant to increase turbulence and blending efficiency (the ridges help to push food toward the blades), while the drinking lid and carry cap make it easy to bring on your morning commute. At 1000W and 1400 RPM, it’s significantly more powerful than most of its compact competition, too. Power isn’t everything with blenders, but it does provide some insurance when you add a bit more protein powder than than usual and your blend is on the thick side.

Pros
  • Feels powerful
  • Looks great on a countertop
  • Lots of power
Cons
  • Fairly pricey

Breville Boss To Go

Best Quiet Option

We’ve come to expect greatness from Breville appliances, and this compact machine is no exception. This blender creates the creamiest smoothies by using a patented Kinetic blade and bowl system to pull ingredients down, and large curved sweeping blades that pulverize them into a super-fine texture. Reviewers note that the included cups are a great size and are very comfortable to drink out of, unlike some other brands.

Pros
  • High-end materials
  • Much quieter than most small blenders
  • Extremely powerful
Cons
  • Price

Zwilling Enfinigy Personal Blender

Best-Looking Option

If style is something you care about, this model from Zwilling looks cool and modern on your countertop. It has excellent blending capabilities, with a 500-watt base, touch control, and hidden display when powered off. Plus, if you’re not much of a chef, you’ll appreciate the accompanying Zwilling app, which provides a database of original recipes created especially for Enfinigy products.

Pros
  • Looks like it belongs in The Jetsons
  • Simplified controls
  • Sturdy
Cons
  • App connectivity is lacking

Other Great Protein Shake Blenders

Hamilton Beach Personal Blender

Amazon’s number one best-selling personal blender, with 4.3 out of 5 stars and more than 27,000 reviews, this Hamilton Beach model scores high marks for its efficient motor and compact, portable size (the 14-ounce BPA-free blending jar fits in most car cup holders). Best of all the blending jar, blades, and travel lid are dishwasher-safe, for the easiest cleanup imaginable.

Tribest PB-150 Personal Portable Blender

With this mini blender, Tribest lives up to its motto, “Making healthy living easy.” Small and powerful stainless-steel blades effectively grind ice, grains, seeds, nuts, and coffee beans. The blender comes with one commuter lid to take your drinks on-the-go and one regular top for secure storage in your refrigerator. Customers note that the compact size makes it ideal for smaller or single-serve portions, with one adding, “I have a Vitamix (love it), but for small tasks, the Vitamix is too large. Each morning I make a smoothie and this is just the perfect size for me.”

Bella Personal Size Rocket Blender

Another budget-friendly option is this under-$25 blender from Bella. It comes with 12 BPA-free, dishwasher-safe accessories, including one tall blending cup, one short blending cup, one drinking cup, two shaker tops, two lids, and two comfort lip rings. Two blade options make it great for multitasking: a blending blade will create smoothies, tasty sauces, and salsas, and a grinding blade that allows the Rocket to double as a food processor. Reviewers note that while it is a bit loud, it’s so powerful that you won’t have to bear the deafening sound for long.

Cuisinart CPB-300 350 Watt BPA-Free Blender

With 4.5 out of 5 stars based on more than 3,200 Amazon reviews, the Cuisinart CPB-300 is a no-brainer when it comes to mini blenders. Featuring a powerful, 350-watt motor, a sleek electronic touchpad, and LED indicator lights, it’s got high, low, and pulse controls to ensure you get the right consistency for whatever you’re making, whether that’s a smoothie, frozen cocktail, or even homemade nut butter. As one reviewer notes, “This is an outstanding product. I’ve been using it for at least seven or eight years essentially every day.”

La Reveuse Personal Size Blender

This 300-watt personal-size blender is committed to efficiency, ease of use, and portable design. This gadget is fairly no-frills, boasting just one motor base, one cross blade, one 18oz. BPA-free bottle, and one drinking lid. Though it might not have all the bells and whistles of some of the other blenders listed here, it’s ideal for simple smoothies and shakes and is ultra-affordable at just $20.