If you travel a lot for business or otherwise, staying on track with healthy eating can be incredibly difficult. Plus, it is hard to get back on the wagon when you return home. The best solution would be to not fall off the wagon in the first place. A good quality portable blender is a fantastic way to get a healthy start to your workday when you are away from home. If you start your day with a healthy smoothie, you will have more energy and stamina and, as a result, be more productive.
A Portable Blender is also useful for camping and weekend car trips, as well as for those living in college dorms and efficiency apartments. Keep in mind if you are traveling by plane, blenders must be placed in checked luggage, according to TSA’s current regulations. Travel Tip:When using a blender in hotel room or college dorm, place unit on a hand towel, AND cover with a large towel to greatly reduce noise during operation.
– Weight and size. Being compact is of utmost importance. There is a reason no one travels with a Vitamix in their suitcase. If you are traveling by air, or backpacking through Europe or the backwoods, you may also need to pay attention to weight.
– Wattage. You unfortunately do have to compromise power in exchange for the compact size of the blender. Portable blenders have significantly less wattage than their countertop counterparts. Be careful not to compromise too much on wattage or you will be disappointed and frustrated with the blender’s performance. If you are going to be blending ice or frozen fruits stick with a blender that has 250 watts or more for a smooth consistency.
– Cord or battery operated. Most travel blenders have a cord plugin, which is practical and definitely preferable, unless you are bringing your blender with you tent camping where electricity is potentially unavailable. They even make gas-powered blenders which are also great for tailgating, camping, or any outdoor event.
– Blending jar serves as a travel mug. When you are on the go, you should consider whether you want to clean two separate containers (the blending jar and a portable beverage cup) or whether you prefer them to be one and the same. Most travel blenders have blending jars that serve a dual purpose as an on-the-go drinking mug.
The price has come down significantly over the past few months (from over $150 to $117 at the time of this article), and this powerful little blender is a great value. At 900 watts, it has the power to blend fruits, vegetables and ice to a very smooth consistency. It is dishwasher safe, comes with 4 mixing cups of varying sizes, and a flip-top lid for smoothies on the go. Some defective units have been reported but fortunately, the company offers a 1-year warranty. We recommend the Nutribullet Pro unit over its counterparts, the original Nutribullet and the well-known Magic Bullet – the older Nutribullet is just 600 watts, and the quality of the Magic Bullet has decreased significantly according to numerous recent reviews.
Blends in a 32 oz. blending jar and comes with 4 – 16 oz. travel mugs as well as an 8 oz. chopping jar. You can blend directly in any one of the 6 containers and everything is dishwasher safe, which is handy if you loathe washing anything by hand. Cord stores in the unit when traveling. The unit is attractive and stylish, and for some of us, that is an important consideration as well. Cuisinart covers the unit under a 3-year warranty.
The Oster MyBlend is a highly compact, simple blender for traveling and small spaces, such as RVs, college dorms, and apartments. It comes in four bright color options that, while pretty, will not appeal to everyone. The blending jar which doubles as a drinking mug holds 20 ounces. The travel lid does close and has a carry hook, but is not sealed, so should be handled with care. The Oster MyBlend is also quieter than most other blenders – a nice perk if you are worried about waking anyone up in the early morning. It comes with a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.
– 13.2” height with jar; 6.75” base height; 5.5” diameter
– 3.7 pounds
The Tribest Personal Blender is a very basic, no-frills travel blender. It comes with 4, BPA-free mixing cups: 2 large and 2 small. The cups are hand-wash only. The blender is covered by a 1-year warranty. Tribest also has a Mason Jar model which is an alternative for those that prefer glass over plastic. Mason jars are also just plain cool-looking to drink from. Plus, they are readily available in case one breaks.
The Hamilton Beach personal blender is super-compact and budget-friendly. It comes with a 14-ounce blending jar, which also doubles as a travel mug. The mug is not leak-proof, however, it is dishwasher-safe. The unit can blend small ice cubes and frozen fruits, but go easy on motor. The power cord conveniently tucks into base for storage.