7 Best Battery-Operated Blenders in 2020 – Reviews & Top Picks
Last Updated on March 7, 2021
Portable blenders are an interesting niche item that has a surprisingly large number of uses. Blenders aren’t something you might think need to be portable, but once you have one, you’ll wonder how you ever lived without it. Having a blender in your office at work, taking one with you when you travel, or having one stashed in your car for a quick smoothie before the gym is extremely convenient.
Any blender is portable if you don’t mind lugging around a large kitchen appliance. But in this article, we’re going to cover portable, battery-operated blenders that are designed to be thrown in a bag and taken with you. Ordinary blenders are big, heavy, and only work if you can find an outlet. In these reviews, you’ll find everything you need to know about battery-operated blenders designed to be carried with you wherever you go. We’ll first discuss our favorites and then give you some general tips for buying a portable blender to help you find the perfect one.
A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
|Best Overall||PopBabies P1001W Personal Blender||
|Best Value||Tenswall Portable Blender||
|Premium Choice||Cuisinart CSB-300 Rechargeable Hand Blender||
|Hotsch A5 Portable Blender||
|KitchenAid KHBBV53DG Cordless Hand Blender||
The 7 Best Battery-Operated Blenders – Reviews 2020
1. PopBabies P1001W Personal Blender – Best Overall
Our first portable blender is the P1001W Personal Blender from PopBabies. The P1001W is a nifty 14-ounce blender that charges via a USB cable. One nice feature is the ability to use the blender while it’s charging. Some battery-operated blenders can’t be used during the charging cycle, which can be extremely annoying when you’re caught off guard. In today’s world, you’re never far from a USB port, so even if you accidentally let it die, you’ll still be able to make a quick smoothie.
The battery is large enough to support 25 blends before needing to be recharged and supplies enough power to easily blend frozen fruits and nuts. Don’t let the small stature fool you; this blender surprised us by quickly blending hard ingredients without stuttering or getting stuck.
Besides the blender, you also get a detachable pouring spout and a small ice cube tray. We don’t get much use out of the spout, but the ice cube tray is handy and makes conveniently-sized ice cubes for a travel blender. If you’re looking for a powerful, compact battery-operated blender, this is the one.
2. Tenswall Portable Blender – Best Value
The Tenswall Portable Blender is a very capable blender that slightly underperforms compared to the PopBabies model. It has a lower capacity of 13 ounces, a smaller battery capable of providing 15 blend cycles before needing a recharge, and is less powerful. Smoothies that take 20 seconds with the PopBabies take almost twice as long in the Tenswall.
In the box, you’ll only find the blender, owner’s manual, and USB charging cable. There are no additional goodies that come with the Tenswall, so you won’t get a handy ice cube tray or detachable spout.
At this point, you might be wondering how the Tenswall made our list at all. The answer is the price. Tenswall’s portable blender is the best battery-operated blender for the money. It only performs slightly worse than the P1001W but is significantly cheaper. If you need a portable blender on a tight budget, Tenswall has you covered.
3. Cuisinart CSB-300 Rechargeable Hand Blender – Premium Choice
Fresh on the heels of our best-valued blender, we’re going in the completely opposite direction to talk about the swanky Cuisinart CSB-300 rechargeable hand blender. We’ll say it right away: this blender isn’t cheap. Compared to the other blenders on this list, the CSB-300 is very expensive.
Let’s talk about the blender itself first. The CSB-300 is an immersion-style blender with 5 speed settings and can run continuously for 20 minutes on a single charge. It charges on a base station, so the blender is truly cordless. We love how fast it blends and attribute its speed to the large 3-inch stainless steel blade.
Now let’s quickly mention everything that comes with the blender. You get a 4-cup measuring cup, a 2-cup chopper, a chef knife’s attachment, and a whisk attachment. Now, we’re not complaining about any of these extra add-ons, but we can’t help but wonder what the price would be without them. Ultimately, the question of whether it’s worth the inflated price depends on if you need all the extras it comes with. If you don’t, you’re probably better off looking for a different blender.
4. Hotsch A5 Portable Blender
Next up, we have the Hotsch A5 portable blender. It is similar to the PopBabies and Tenswall blenders, with a few key differences. Let’s start with what we like. The Hotsch A5 has 6 blades, unlike the other blenders we’ve reviewed so far, making it easier to get a smooth texture in less time. We also like the cleaning brush it comes with. It’s a small detail, but we appreciate how much easier it is to get the hard to reach places with the help of a brush.
Now for the not-so-good stuff. We found the A5 struggled with loads the other blenders had no trouble with. It’s not a huge deal but it means you’ll need to make smaller batches and possibly avoid hard ingredients like nuts and frozen fruit entirely. It’s a shame because the Hotsch is easy to use and gets decent battery life.
Other than being slightly underpowered, the Hotsch has a nice 14-ounce capacity and can get about 15 blends per full charge.
5. KitchenAid KHBBV53DG Cordless Hand Blender
KitchenAid is a big name in kitchen appliances, so we were excited to try their cordless hand blender. The KHBBV53DG is another immersion-style blender like the Cuisinart, but unlike the Cuisinart, it is a much more reasonable price.
The KHBBV53DG comes with just the basic required gear: the blender, a 3-cup blending jar, and a charging cable. We like that there aren’t any odd extra pieces of equipment that aren’t essential, and thankfully the price reflects that. We also like the fast charging mode, which gives you enough juice to blend an average-sized smoothie after just a quick 20-minute charge. A full charge takes 2-3 hours, considerably less than the other blenders.
It’s slightly less powerful than the Cuisinart, which is our primary complaint against it. If it were slightly cheaper or slightly more powerful, it would make a serious case for our number one pick. As it is, it just isn’t a good enough value to beat the blenders above it. Still, it’s a solid immersion blender with a nice quick charging feature that you probably won’t be disappointed with.
6. BlenderX ModernComfort MC-PRB-01 Cordless Home Blender
The BlenderX from Modern Comfort is a bit different from the other portable blenders reviewed thus far for one main reason: it’s not very portable. It comes with a 20-ounce jar which offers excellent capacity with the major drawback that its large size makes it unwieldy. Using the BlenderX feels a lot like using a corded blender just without the cord. We think it’s perfect if you only want to use it for backyard barbecues where there aren’t enough outlets or similar situations, but we wouldn’t dream of bringing this with us to the gym, for example. It’s simply too big.
With that out of the way, it works great! It’s powerful, gets excellent battery life despite its high power, and easily blends large ice cubes, frozen fruit, and pretty much anything else you can throw at it. Unfortunately, it is next to last on our list simply because it is barely a portable blender. Its large size makes it difficult to lug around and only good in very specific circumstances.
7. NutriChef Cordless Personal Portable Blender
The last portable blender on our list is the NutriChef cordless personal portable blender. This NutriChef blender only has a 10-ounce capacity and comes with a much smaller battery than other similar blenders. We could only get a disappointing 10 blend cycles on a full charge.
Overall, this blender is quite lacking. It’s almost too small to be useful and struggles with even some easily blended ingredients like room temperature bananas. We didn’t even bother attempting to blend anything remotely hard as it could barely handle the soft ingredients we tried.
The only thing this blender has going for it is its small size, which makes it extremely easy to carry. If you’re only blending small amounts of very soft ingredients or maybe just liquids, this could be a good choice. Otherwise, steer clear.
Now that we’ve shown you our favorite battery-operated blenders, we’d like to give you some general guidelines you can follow when you start shopping for a portable blender.
What Will You Be Blending?
The most important factor to consider when choosing a portable blender is what you will use it to blend. If you like to make smoothies full of frozen fruits or include hard ingredients like nuts, make sure you get a blender with enough oomph. Portable blenders face an uphill battle since blending takes a lot of power, and there is only so much you can pack into a small, portable battery. There are some impressive portable blenders available, so if you’re willing to pay a bit more, you can get one that’s almost as powerful as a countertop blender.
How Portable Do You Need it to Be?
Portable can mean a lot of different things. As we joked earlier, technically, ordinary blenders are portable if you’ve got a big enough bag and don’t mind carrying heavy things. When you’re looking at different options, consider how you’ll be using your blend most often. If you plan on making protein shakes before the gym, you can get away with a smaller, less powerful blender than someone who wants a blender for the office. Some people take portable blenders camping with them and therefore look for the smallest, lightest blender they can find.
How long you need your blender to last in between charges is also an important aspect to consider. Using our camper example from above, if you’re going to be making pina coladas in the woods for three days, you need a beefy battery that won’t run out in a few hours. The tradeoff is that larger batteries tend to come with larger blenders, making it difficult to find the holy grail of small yet long-lasting blenders.
Our opinion is that you should buy the smallest battery that lets you just barely get what you want out of a blender. We regularly use a small, compact blender to whip up a quick smoothie before our workouts, and the battery only has enough juice for a single-use. Since we don’t need more than one blend, it works great, but for other uses, it wouldn’t be enough.
Immersion vs. Traditional
What style blender you choose depends more on personal preference rather than on practical considerations. Both styles are equally capable of blending smoothies and milkshakes, and which you prefer depends entirely on which you like better. Some people feel like immersion-style brewers are prone to bubbling over and making a mess, while other people have dealt with leaky traditional blenders and swear that immersion is the only way to go.
What else you get with the blender is less important than the other factors, however, extras could act as a tie-breaker if you are choosing between two similar products. We think that the ideal accessories to get with a blender are a cleaning brush and a blending jar. A blender that doesn’t come with a blending jar will be a pain to use since you’ll have to hope you have a properly-sized container somewhere around your house. This is only an issue for immersion-style blenders, so don’t worry about it if you’re purchasing a traditional blender.
A cleaning brush isn’t a make or break inclusion for us, but we underestimated how useful it is to have a brush designed specifically for the blender you buy. It makes it much easier to get into all the nooks and crannies that are easy to miss with just a paper towel.
We hope you enjoyed these reviews! Portable blenders run the gamut from small, single-serving machines all the way up to large behemoths that are nearly indistinguishable from the corded variety. It can be tricky to find the right balance of power, convenience, and battery life right for you, but hopefully, you’ve found some useful nuggets in this article that will assist you in finding the right battery-operated blender.
Our overall recommendation if you’re looking for a reasonably priced jack-of-all-trades blender is the PopBabies P1001W Personal Blender. It has enough power and battery life for most people at a great price. If money is tight and you can get away with something slightly smaller and less powerful, go instead with the Tenswall Portable Blender. It isn’t as powerful or reliable as the PopBabies, but it will save you a decent amount of cash.
Conversely, if you have some extra money and want the total package, check out the Cuisinart CSB-300. It is an extremely powerful, truly cordless blender that literally comes with more bells and whistles than we know what to do with, but it blends nearly anything quickly and easily.
Nicole is a juice fanatic and overall fitness enthusiast who loves sharing her passion for juicing with others. When she’s not blending up a new concoction of her favorite fruits and vegetables, Nicole can be found behind the computer, writing about all things juice!
Table of Contents
- A Quick Comparison of Our Favorites
- The 7 Best Battery-Operated Blenders – Reviews 2020
- 1. PopBabies P1001W Personal Blender – Best Overall
- 2. Tenswall Portable Blender – Best Value
- 3. Cuisinart CSB-300 Rechargeable Hand Blender – Premium Choice
- 4. Hotsch A5 Portable Blender
- 5. KitchenAid KHBBV53DG Cordless Hand Blender
- 6. BlenderX ModernComfort MC-PRB-01 Cordless Home Blender
- 7. NutriChef Cordless Personal Portable Blender
- Buyer’s Guide